Everything about Taipei, bubble tea, and the Taiwanese meimeis is talked about all the time. It’s a fact that no one ever tells you to expect the unpredictable nature of Taipei’s weather. At times, Taipei can get hotter than Singapore in the summer. It’s impossible to escape the heat in a city like Taipei unless you’re in the path of one of those summertime storms. Preferably from the end of May to the beginning of October, stay away from the hotter summer months.
The end of the year is the ideal time to visit Taipei. In November, the weather in Taipei is mild (18°C to 24°C). You’ll be OK with your regular tees and jeans, but for the evenings, grab a hoodie or jumper. If you’re afraid of the cold like I am, pack some extra layers for Taipei’s December temperatures, which range from 15°C to 21°C.
Although Taipei winters are mild, the rain can be a tremendous pain, especially since the night markets aren’t protected from the wind or rain. Whatever the weather forecast for Taipei tells you, I still advise you to bring a small umbrella and wear water-resistant shoes. You may want to visit in March, April, October, or early November if you’re able to do so. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, these months give the best of both worlds. Direct flights from Singapore to Taipei are offered by Scoot, Jetstar, EVA Air, China Airlines, and Singapore Airlines. If you’ve forgotten, direct flights from Singapore to Taipei take 4.5 hours to complete.
To clarify, the international airport code for Taipei is Taoyuan Airport (TPE), located just outside the city. Taipei Songshan Airport is a second airport located within the municipal limits of Taipei. However, it exclusively flies to and from domestic and Chinese destinations. Because Taiwan is in the same time zone as Singapore, you won’t have to change your watch when you land. Travellers arriving for the first time should limit their search to hotels located around Taipei Main Station. You won’t have to change MRT lines if you stay in this area because it’s the hub for most MRT lines. Popular places to stay near Taipei’s main train station include:
- Cosmos Hotel Taipei
- Via Hotel Taipei
Most hotels in Taipei cost between $85 and $100 per night, including all extras, and are of a similar standard: modest and basic but immaculately kept, often with thoughtful extras like complimentary cup noodles. An exception exists in the Cosmos Hotel Taipei: It’s the largest and most visually appealing hotel in the neighbourhood, and the decor is Obiang (Chinese-style buffet breakfast provided), but parents and grandparents alike will enjoy their stay.
Visit a Taipei night market; it’s the absolute must-do thing in Taiwan. The selling factors of each night market are unique. Ningxia and Shida Night Markets are more geared toward buying and enjoying young Taiwanese culture than Shilin Night Market and Raohe Night Market. Stinky tofu, oyster omelettes, fried taro, and papaya milk are all common street foods. Many things are between 20 and 100 NTD in price.
Visitors to Taipei are also likely to pay a visit to the 101-story skyscraper Taipei 101, which features an observation deck at the very top. Entrance to Taipei 101 Observatory costs NTD600 ($27). However you may save money by pre-purchasing tickets on sites like Klook for NTD250 ($25). It is possible to arrange a journey to Taipei from Singapore using the information in the preceding paragraphs. The pages provide information on numerous modes of transportation, the best weather to visit, and a variety of well-known attractions.