I went solo tripping to Taiwan for the first time in early March and spent 1 and a half days in Taichung and 6 days in Taipei!
It is a super affordable travel destination! I had a budget of SGD600 for the entire trip and was surprised that I didn’t exceed. However, I’m very sure that I would have saved a lot more if I had a travel companion.
If you plan to travel to East Asia but is short of budget, I would recommend Taiwan! It is similar to Tokyo in some ways but just a cheaper alternative!
I won a $50 voucher from Scoot’s Best Wingman Facebook contest and used it for my plane ticket. As I was heading to Tokyo after, I only bought a one way ticket. After the discount, it was $59.75. To have even greater savings, I use Shopback to get up to 15% Cashback when I book my flights, accommodation and even activities!
In case you are wondering, my ticket to Tokyo was $192 one-way from Taiwan via Peach.
So, I arrived at Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) at 6am and took a 2 hour Shared bus ride to Taichung. The fare costed me less than $13.
Getting around Taichung using the public bus was free as I didn’t have to pay if I didn’t exceed a certain travel distance. Also, here’s the part where I saved a lot of money: Prior to my trip, I went onto a Female Solo Backpackers group on Facebook & chatted up with a Taiwanese girl that was so kind and willing to take me around with her friends for all two days!
Taichung’s public transport isn’t as efficient as Taipei, so going around is costly. For those who don’t have a license like me, they A Private Sightseeing Car Charter can cost up to a whooping $200/day! Considering the fact that I was travelling alone, it’s definitely expensive but worth it if you’re in a group. Alternatively, you can still Rent a Scooter to get around if you can ride for just $21/day!
Getting to Taipei wasn’t expensive either. It only costed $11 for a 4 hour bus ride. I didn’t really monitor how much I spent on Public Transport but it didn’t cost more than $20.
My colleague happened to be visiting Taipei during the same time as me and she didn’t mind me joining her group to Jiufen and Shifen (Ping Xi railway) for just $20! They had a driver so, not only did I save money on transport, I also saved on food (as we shared) and time!
Total cost on Transport – $54
Food & Expenses
The food here is SO AFFORDABLE! You can easily find a bowl of filling noodles for $2 at a night market! Cafe hopping here will not burn a hole in your wallet.
The shopping here can be a expensive so I didn’t really buy anything except for some small souvenirs like mini lanterns, postcards and magnets.
Tickets to sites are mostly free and inexpensive!
Now that’s leaving me with about $270 for food and expenses for 8 days which is $33.75/ day and was more than enough!