Taiwan’s glimmering cityscapes attract hordes of travellers but the island’s beauty stretches beyond the cosmopolitan to encompass its abundant natural scenery. In the warmer months, the country erupts into full bloom and a myriad of flowers blanket the land, making professionally-guided hikes through places such as Taroko Gorge and Yangmingshan National Park all the more enchanting. Museums, memorials and ancient temples aside, get in touch with atypical experiences such as making paper from scratch at Nantou and interact with the aboriginals.
Catch a breather at one of the country’s many hot springs in Beitou or try your hand at water sports by the underrated coast before embarking on a discovery of Taiwan’s major cities. There, the bustling night markets have made a name for themselves with their vibrant atmosphere and scrumptious food such as braised pork rice and beef noodles. If you’re a fan, grab some bubble tea in its land of origin or opt for a specially arranged tea-inspired lunch at a tea plantation if you’re feeling particularly sophisticated. Fun fact: the island country is shaped like a tobacco leaf!