TRAVEL TIPS

Taiwan’s convenience stores, open 24 hours, are much more than places for cheap food and drinks. You can also pay utility bills, buy transportation and concert tickets, pay for and pick up online purchases, or have goods delivered at convenience stores throughout Taiwan. Some stores also have dining areas, restrooms and ATMs.

The recycling rate in Taiwan is a high 55%. There are almost no trash cans on the streets but you’ll likely find recycle bins in the larger train stations and some public areas. The country’s music-playing garbage truck usually swings by neighborhoods twice a day, five days a week. That’s when people bring out their sorted garbage from their homes.

Vegetarians eat very well in Taiwan. There is at least one vegetarian buffet in every neighborhood. High quality and an impressive variety define these buffets. Western-style vegan eateries are also becoming increasingly popular in the larger cities.

Taiwan’s public restrooms are very clean and usually provide toilet paper. Most public restrooms, especially those in parks, temples, and gas stations, have squat style facilities, but there are usually a couple of sit-down stalls as well.

Some mobile phone providers may require foreigners to show two forms of photo ID to register for a SIM card.

Keep in mind that earthquakes and typhoons affect Taiwan. Be sure to check flights and ferry times during typhoon season, as cancellations are frequent. It is best to avoid mountainous areas after earthquakes and typhoons.