I feel a little bad starting another thread about this, but hey, it might benefit someone in the future, if I get any replies…
Anyways, I will be going to Taiwan for about 9 days from December 23 to January 2nd. I`m planning on spending about 4 nights in Taipei, and then heading south. I want to go to Alishan, Tarako Gorge, and either Tainan or further south, depending on the weather and how I feel.
Looking at weather reports, it seems to be fairly warm but fairly rainy at the moment in northern Taiwan, at least. Is there going to be a lot of rain at this time of year?
Anyways, I am just looking for general advice. Has anyone been to Taiwan before, either for tourism or business (more common, I know)? Any recommended sites? How difficult will it be to communicate outside of Taipei? I don`t speak any Chinese languages… I can speak and read Japanese a little, which might come in handy, who knows?
Also, does anyone know about a good budget for my trip? (I generally go for all the cheapest stuff, so I am talking about a bottom-line budget.) Right now I have somewhat of a dilemma, because I have no credit cards. I`m going to have to bring hard cold cash, but I am not sure a) how much to bring and b) how much to convert into Taiwan new dollars… right now, my money is all in yen since I cant access my American bank account.
Any advice is appreciated! I know TokyoPlayer said his wife has some good Taiwan knowledge, so if he cares to come into this thread… cough cough.