1. Book flight tickets from Kuala Lumpur – Taipei (the capital of Taiwan)
If you book a few months in advance, the flight ticket will be cheaper. In this case, we used AirAsiaGo (and we got the round-trip tickets for as low as RM750). You might be able to get cheaper rates as we bought the tickets during peak season.
If you are an AirAsiaGo member and have booked your flights through the site, you will enjoy an exclusive hotel deal within a certain period where you can save up to 50% off when you add hotels in your travel package!
The journey to Taipei from Kuala Lumpur: 4 hours of flight (from KL – Taipei)
Flight Ticket = RM750 (round trip)
2. Book Hotels!
We used AirAsiaGo to book our hotels and there are a lot of hotels ranging from different prices. The one we chose is around RM140 per night. There are over 660 hotels in Taiwan you can choose from in the AirAsiaGo website or application.
Hotel Budget = RM140 a night X 6 nights
= RM840/2 (shared with 2 person)
= RM420 each
3. Internet is all you need when you are there (4G everywhere with unlimited data!!)
SIM cards are readily available for tourist and visitors in Taiwan. The following unlimited data 4G SIM Packages are available at airports including Taipei Taoyuan Airport.
Taiwan is one of the few countries that offers real unlimited 3G and 4G internet on daily packages.
– 3 day unlimited pass + NT$100 credit = NT$300
– 5 day unlimited pass + NT$50 credit = NT$300
– 5 day unlimited pass + NT$300 credit = NT$500
– 7 day unlimited pass + NT$150 credit = NT$500
– 10 day unlimited pass + NT$100 credit = NT$500
– 15 day unlimited pass + NT$100 credit = NT$700
– 15 day unlimited pass + NT$250 credit = NT$800
– 30 day unlimited pass + NT$430 credit = NT$1000
Since you are going to be here for 7 days 6 nights, we suggest you to get the 7 day unlimited pass which will cost you NT$500 (about RM60).
Having internet connection throughout Taipei would really come in handy as everything can be found online and you would never get lost!!
Unlimited 4G internet for 7 days = RM60 (NT$500)
4. Transportation in Taiwan
Once you reach Taoyuan Airport, you can always take a bus to Taipei Main Station (the central part of Taipei). Busses leave frequently and cost NT$125 (about RM15) per ticket. Get down at Taipei Main Station as it is the primary interchange station for the city.
You then can get around in Taipei using their MRT. (Cost break down for Taipei MRT will be explained further in the article)
The Taipei MRT is the most convenient way to travel around Taiwan’s capital city. The Taipei metro is both cheap and convenient to ride.
Taipei MRT stations are clearly labelled in English, and will take you to the majority of the important tourist stops. All the exits at MRT stations have big maps in English on their walls where you can see Taipei attractions such as museums, temples, and parks.
Transportation Budget in Taiwan (Airport):
i) Bus from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main Station = RM15 (NT$125)
ii) Bus from Taipei Main Station to Taoyuan International Airport = RM15 (NT$125)
Taipei MRT Prices
Rides on the metro system are not free, but they’re cheap. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling on the Taipei MRT, you’ll want to get an EasyCard (similar to our Malaysian Touch n go card).
The card is the size of a credit card and will cost NT$500 (about RM60) to set up NT$100 for a deposit and the other NT$400 (about RM50) that you will be able to use to travel. You can use the card to get a 20% discount on rides in the Taipei MRT.
The MRT’s fares are distance-based, so the further you travel, the more you pay. A fare for a single-trip in Taipei’s subway will be between NT$15 (RM1.80) and NT$65 (RM8), but we doubt you’ll be spanning the full distance of the MRT.
Transportation Budget in Taiwan (MRT):
i) Using MRT with EasyCard = RM60 (NT$500)
Since our budget is about spending RM1,800 in 7 days 6 nights, you need to be a little stingy when it comes to food. But don’t worry, there are lots of good food with affordable price. We will explain also where to get Halal food for all our Muslim readers as well.
Try to stay away from ordering crab dishes and other expensive seafood. But you still can have a good meal for about NT$120 to NT$160 (RM15 – RM20) for each meal. You can actually save more in some places.
Taipei is well-known for their night markets, which open all over the city in the evening, selling a huge range of clothes and household goods, but their main attraction is the street food / the main attraction (for us) is the street food!.
Here’s a list of the bigger-scale and more popular night markets in Taipei city and the street snacks that they are famous for:
1. Tonghua Night Market
Address: Linjiang Street, Da-an District, Taipei 106
Opening hours: 6pm to 2am daily
2. Shilin Night Market
Address: No. 101, Jihe Road, Shilin District, Taipei City
Opening hours: 5pm to 1am daily
3. Gongguan Night Market
Address: Section 3, Luosifu Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City
Opening hours: 6pm to 12am daily
4. Huaxi Street Night Market
Address: Intersection of Guangzhou Street and Huaxi Street, Wanhua District, Taipei City
Opening hours: 4pm to 12am daily
5. Raohe Street Night Market
Address: Raohe Street and Sec. 4, Bade Road and Fuyuan Street, Taipei City
Opening hours: 5pm to 12am daily
6. Ningxia Night Market
Address: Ningxia Road, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
Opening hours: 6pm to 12am daily
7. Lehua Night Market
Address: Yongping Road, Yonghe District, New Taipei City, Taiwan 234
Opening hours: 6pm to 12am daily
Food budget for 7 days = RM420 (NT$3300)
4. i) Halal Food in Taipei, Taiwan
Coming from the land of ‘Xiao long bao’, you may be surprised to discover that Taiwan has not one, but two halal certification boards. The Taiwan Halal Integrity Development Association (THID) and the Chinese Muslim Association have both taken up the mantle of Halal watchdog.
Association differentiates “halal restaurants”; restaurants owned by Muslims, and “Muslim friendly restaurants”; restaurants owned by non-Muslims), both are fully Halal certified and safe for muslims to enjoy.
ii) Which Restaurants are Halal?
Taiwan boasts a surprising range of halal food options covering cuisines as varied as Chinese, Taiwanese, Indian and even Egyptian!
If you really want to pamper yourself and you think dining halal food in a 5 star hotel’s restaurant, we suggest you to dine at Palais De Chine’s restaurant. They have a vast variety of food choices, buffet style!!
A warning for street food: most of the meats are probably cooked with lard, so you may want to try asking the vendors as a precaution, or ordering the numerous tasty vegetarian dishes instead.
Here is a list of Halal Restaurants in Taipei, Taiwan. Check this website out.
6. Activities in Taiwan
i). Jiufen Old Street. The Santorini of Taiwan
ii). Gold Mine at Gold Ecological Park
iii) Golden Waterfall
iv). Yin Yang Sea
v). Mount Keelung
Vi). Long Shan Temple
Vii). Taipei Grand Mosque
How to get there:
Viii) Taipei 101
Cost: NT$500 (RM60) – Taipei 101 Observatory (Click here for more details)
There are more places in Taipei to see. There are too many of them in fact and we could not include all of them in the list. To check out more of tourist spots in Taipei, check out this website
7. Shopping Spree
Shopping in Taiwan is a place for you shopaholics. Certain things here are pretty cheap depending on what you want to get. We did not include any budget here as it will vary depending on individual tastes. If you really want to go on a shopping spree in Taiwan, we suggest you to bring extra cash.
8. Overall Cost Breakdown
– Flight Ticket (Roundtrip) = RM750 (could be lower if you book in advance)
– Hotel – RM140*6 = RM840/2 (share room) = RM420
– Transport from Taoyuan International Airport to Taipei Main Station = RM30 (roundtrip)
– Transport in/around Taipei using EasyCard = RM60
– Food =RM420 (for 7 days)
– Internet = RM60 (for unlimited internet 7 days)
– Overall = RM1740 for 7 days 6 nights in Taiwan
By the way, if you think 7 days is too long for you, then you should try AirAsiaGo’s new promotion whereby you can travel to Taiwan for 3 nights from RM800 per pax (inclusive of flights + tax)