Taiwan, off the east coast of China, is a wonderful destination for family travel. Taiwan is safe, the people are friendly, and the entire country is less than 14,000 square miles.
Here, we’ll cover where to stay and how to get around Taipei, Taiwan’s capital city on the North coast of the island.
Getting Around Taipei
Taipei is international and sophisticated. Hotels are of a high-caliber and food choices are endless. Getting around Taipei is easy. From the airport, you can easily take a taxi or the MRT to your hotel. The MRT is Taiwan’s subway system. It’s cheap, efficient, and very easy to navigate with signs in English and Mandarin. Children under 6 are free.
Pick up an Taipei Rapid Transit map at the airport or at an MRT station and you’ll be able to get around with no problem. (TIP: Be sure to follow the painted floors that tell you where to wait and where to board when waiting for an MRT train. Let departing passengers off first before trying to get on the train.) You’ll find that many passengers will give up their seat to a family riding with young children.
Where to Stay
Taiwan is broken up by districts (or neighborhoods) and most maps will label the areas of the city by district. Our pick while getting settled in Taipei is the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel (No 12, Sec 1, Zhongxiao East Road, Zhongzheng District).
The Sheraton Grand Taipei is a massive hotel with a great swimming pool on the roof that the kids will love, along with a gym, club suite and several restaurants and shops. It’s right out the door to the MRT station making it extremely convenient for touring the city, or if you prefer, staff will hail you a cab.
Another reason we love this hotel is the massive buffet that the main restaurant is known for. While on the pricey side, it offers boundless choices for breakfast, lunch or dinner with choices the entire family will appreciate. (In addition, seemingly small details: little little kids will love the special utensils, plate and cup that wait staff will bring for their meal and everyone will enjoy watching the exposed glass elevators go up and down.)
Visitors should not have a hard time communicating in Taipei as you are likely to find many people able to help you out in English. However, for the fun of it, or for when you venture outside of Taipei, it’s a good idea to learn a few words that can help, such as hello, goodbye, how much, where’s the bathroom, I want, etc.
Try the Pleco app. It’s a wonderful app that will let you type in what you want to say and even give you sentence examples for context so you’re sure of what you are looking for.
There is an option to listen to the audio file of the word or sentence you are looking for, which is extremely helpful since Mandarin is a tonal language, meaning if you say the tone of the word incorrectly, you will not be understood. I’ve even seen people play the audio file for a person they are trying to converse with rather than say it themselves!
For more on family travel in Taipei, visit:
- 10 Family Favorite Activities in Taipei, Taiwan
- Where to Eat in Taipei with Kids
- Two Awesome Taipei Day Trips