We apologise but are currently unable to offer trips to Taiwan. An effervescing labyrinth which twists and turns between contemporary Japanese culture and traditional Chinese heritage; where night markets steaming with the scent of spice run into dramatic mountain landscapes and lakes glimmering with a sense of peace and solitude; a tailormade holiday to Taiwan offers an irresistible taste of the Far East, packed into one perfectly-poised island.
Disaffected and a moody, Tao Lin’s modern masterpiece Taipei cast a rather glaring light upon Taiwan’s capital city. It is a good book, but we recommend taking it with a pinch of salt, and the nuance it deserves. Modern Taiwan is invigorating, culturally diverse, and a joyous place to simply get lost in – though it might also overwhelm. That, of course, is its particular joy. Helping you to navigate its many and various pockets, we’ll bring the city and the country alive – from thriving night markets to honeycomb coastlines, and the romantic mist-shrouded waters and plunging mountains which adorn this remarkable place.
There’s no better way to experience this quixotic Far Eastern paradise than via a private tour. In boisterous, neon-lit Taipei, you’ll be guided from the National Palace Museum and Martyrs’ Shrine to the famous Shilin night market (and get a taste for the highly moreish paper-thin pork, seaweed and black pepper style). Regain your composure – and walk off the grub – among the honeycomb rocks and salty shores of Yehliu Geographic Park.
From former colonial residences to traditional Chinese-style architecture, Taiwan – whether in the heart of the city or out among the trees and the forest – has an unparalleled hotel offering that will excite the luxury bugs among you. The stately, elegant Mandarin Oriental is the byword for discreet, charming luxury, while the Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza is all about showy, bossy vibes. The rooftop pool is, without a shadow of a doubt, entrancing. Just try and pull yourself away. After all, as Tao Lin concludes: “the world is worth living in.”
For those who want a pinch of Far Eastern exotica for their luxury honeymoon, Taiwan does not disappoint. Whether the city calls or its the lush, natural splendour of Taroko Gorge – and its splindly, beautiful bridge – that’s on your mind, we’ve got you covered. Jubilant, colourful temples, plunging natural mountains, and neon-soaked cities will set the tone for a vibrant and infinitely memorable honeymoon. Take the bullet train to Hualien, on the island’s east, to experience a slower pace of life on the majestic Pacific Ocean coast.
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