Taiwan was one of the more expensive places I visited in Asia compared to Cambodia and Thailand, but still much cheaper than Europe of course. Food and drinks were higher in Taipei of course more than the smaller cities. In Taipei, drinks could range from $2.00 to $4.00 US whereas the same drinks or a full plate of food in smaller cities like Kaohsiung would cost $1.50 to $3.50. Our friends went on package tours at the national parks and Green Island which cost a bit more than making your own tour.
All of the costs are listed below are in US dollars.
- $56.00 for a one-way ticket from Taipei to Kaohsiung on the high speed rail. The ride took 1.5 hours.
- $22.00 for a one-way ticket from Kaohsiung to Taipei on the slow train. The ride took 6.5 hours.
- A good bicycle for a day was $3.50 in Kaohsiung
- Small boat for a 10-minute ride to a small island is $0.50 from Kaohsiung
- I stayed for free at two friends’ apartments in Taipei and Kaohsiung. In Kaohsiung and Taipei, the cheapest accommodations are $18.00 a night.
Food in Taipei and Kaohsiung
- Food costs between $1.50 to $5.00 for a meal.
- Noodle soups: $1.75 to $2.00
- Dumplings: $0.16 for a veggie or meat dumpling
- Tour in Toroko National Park and a shared hostel stay with 4 people: $60.00 per person
- Tour to Green Island and transportation: $40.00 per person
Total cost for two weeks in Taiwan: $550
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