【Must see】 What are the five frustrations of traveling in Taiwan as felt by those who have lived there?


Hello everyone! I’m @olivertomolife and I’ve studied abroad in Kaohsiung!

Taiwan, where many historical buildings built by the Japanese still remain, is a very popular travel destination.

I’m sure there are people who are interested in Taiwan these days and are planning to go on a trip.

In this article, I would like to share with you some of the frustrations I felt during my trip to Taiwan.

I had very few complaints during my trip, but I will share these five points that I found frustrating.

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  • First time travelers to Taiwan who are anxious
  • Want to know what tends to frustrate people when traveling in Taiwan
  • Want to hear the opinions of people who have studied abroad

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  • Good to know! What are the 5 frustrations of traveling in Taiwan?

I experienced a working holiday in Kaohsiung for a year from February 2020. I am currently writing a blog based on that experience.

By reading this post, you’ll get to know some of the frustrations of traveling in Taiwan!


Good to know! What are the five frustrations of traveling in Taiwan?

Taiwan frustration

1 Souvenirs in tourist spots are expensive.

If you are traveling to Taiwan for the first time, it may be difficult to imagine the local prices.

In fact, when I went there for the first time, I had no idea.

However, after studying abroad and understanding the cost of living in Taiwan, I found out that the prices of souvenirs in tourist areas are set high.

If you say that the prices are for tourists, you’re done, but if you want to travel while saving money, be careful.

One recommendation is to buy souvenirs at supermarkets, as you can get them at a fair price.

2 Pay for paper in station toilets

If you are traveling to Taiwan for the first time, you will probably be surprised to learn that the paper in the station toilets is charged for, and there are small pocket tissue vending machines.

Therefore, it is recommended that you bring your own toilet paper when traveling.

I myself was not happy about this, but I had brought my own toilet paper with me, so it was fine.

Also, if you want to use a clean restroom, going to a department store is recommended.

One important thing to note is that many places in Taiwan do not allow paper to be flushed down the toilet, so many have trash cans placed in the toilet.

If you flush paper by mistake, the pipes might get clogged, so be careful.

3 No eating or drinking on the subway

Eating and drinking is allowed on general trains in Taiwan, but it is prohibited on the subway.

If you do eat or drink, you will be fined, so please be careful.

On the other hand, I was surprised at how clean the subway system in Taiwan is.

Make sure you eat and hydrate before you get on the subway!

4 Cash policy

In Taiwan, you can pay by card at many famous restaurants and convenience stores, but in traditional restaurants, cash is often used.

Also, Taiwanese coins are large and bulky, making your wallet heavy.

For this reason, it may be useful to prepare a wallet specifically for coins when traveling.

I would like to see improvements in this area, as it would be more convenient if card payments were more widely accepted.

5 Different tastes in Japanese restaurants

There are many Japanese restaurants in Taiwan, but I feel disappointed when I eat there during my trip.

This is because the food is often seasoned to the taste of Taiwanese people and not to the taste of Japanese people.

Therefore, if you want to eat perfect Japanese food, this is not the place for you.

If you want to eat Japanese food during your trip, please refer to a restaurant owned by a Japanese company so you can have the same taste.


Taiwan travel
  • Souvenirs at tourist attractions are expensive.
  • Paper in station toilets is charged.
  • No eating or drinking in the subway
  • Cash system
  • The taste of Japanese restaurants is different

There you have it, my five biggest complaints about traveling in Taiwan!

Please stay tuned for more information about Taiwan in the future.

Thank you for reading to the end!