Taiwan is a state in East Asia and has a population of over 23 million; it is among the most densely populated states in the world. Although many parts of the state are highly urbanized, it still maintains its ancient Chinese culture and traditions. Today, it has become a prime medical tourism destination, especially since it is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in Asia. It possesses 13 JCI accredited medical centers, many of which are located in the capital of Taipei. These medical centers offer a wide range of specialist tertiary care. Most of the medical tourists come from Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, other regions in Mainland China, and even the Middle East. The cost of high-end treatments is considerably lower than in the USA and in some European countries such as the UK. Breast augmentation, along with other cosmetic surgery, eye care, and dental care are the most popular treatments in Taiwan.
Popular Cities and Regions
The capital of Taiwan, Taipei, is the financial, political, and cultural center of the state. It is highly influenced by a mix of cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and American, which makes it an intriguing place to visit. Raohe Night Market, Taipei 101 Observatory, and Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall are some of the most visited attractions inside this city. Taiwan’s largest port, Kaohsiung, is an urban city that still embraces its cultural values. Tourists in the city usually visit the Lotus Pond, which is a beautiful artificial lake full of lotus plants and surrounded by temples. For tourists who want to get away from busy cosmopolitan cities, Hualien is the perfect place to visit. It has breathtaking natural beauty. Tourists can visit the Eternal Spring Shrine, explore Qingshui Cliffs, and hike the Shakadang trail.
Located 40 km west of Taipei, Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport is the main entrance to the state. It operates flights to numerous international airports around the world. To get around Taiwan, tourists can opt for domestic flights. Low-cost airlines such as Air Asia and Tiger Air Taiwan will make traveling a lot more affordable. Other transportation modes such as the train (TRA) and Taiwan High-Speed Train (HSR) are also good options to travel from one city to another. Taxis and MRT are available to travel inside big cities.
Citizens of 65 countries can travel to Taiwan without a visa for up to 90 days. Turkey citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. eVisa is available for 18 countries including UAE, Saudi Arabia, Peru, and Oman.
March until May is Spring and the state experiences pleasant temperatures with occasional rain showers and thunderstorms. Summer is extremely hot and humid, the temperatures can soar to 30°C. It is also the rainy season and typhoons are a real possibility. Autumn brings pleasant weather as the heat drops and the rain decrease. Winter is cool and dry, starting from December to February.
- Local Currency: New Taiwanese Dollar is the currency. 1USD converts to around 31TWD.
- Money & Payments: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most top-end businesses. Tipping is not mandatory.
- Local Language: Hakka, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hokkien, Matsu, Formosan languages are the national languages and there are English speakers.
- Local Culture and Religion: The biggest religion is Buddhism and Taoism.
- Public holidays: Chinese New Year is celebrated for a week every February. There are also other public holidays, such as Labor Day and National Day.