Family holidays to Taiwan

Taiwan’s diverse culture, idyllic beaches and rugged scenery make it an increasingly popular option for an action-packed, family-friendly holiday in Asia. Parents from Japan and Hong Kong regularly take their children on the short hop over to this busy island, and the high-speed train running the length of the country makes it quick and easy to get around.

Highlights of a family holiday in Taiwan

  • This is a great place to be outdoors, whether you're eating or exploring, with well made trails through beautiful National Parks, and many excellent & friendly streetfood markets.
  • Taiwan is cycling-obsessed, and has miles and miles of bike tracks for all abilities - they're perfect for exploring as a family
  • If you have a Hello Kitty fan in the family, they're going to feel very much at home here, with everything from Hello Kitty themed restaurants, to a Hello Kitty airline flying out of Taipei...

With a UK based team of Destination Specialists with offices and partners across Asia, ensuring we focus on staying really local in our approach.  Our specialists have travelled extensively in Taiwan and throughout Asia, many having also lived in the region.Along with enjoying great travels, the team regularly inspect the best hotels, seek out new activities and 

design new routes – for inspiration we’d suggest taking a look through some of their Favourite Journeys. The weather during any of the kids holiday dates is always an important consideration and we have that covered with our best time to visit Taiwan section.

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Taiwan with your kids - what to expect

Though many families head straight for the sunny beaches on the east coast, or for some serious trekking in the stunning Taroko Gorge National Park, there is plenty to keep kids interested in the capital (Taipei).

Several theme parks and museums are easily accessible from the city centre, and even the sullenest teenager will be impressed with a trip to the top of Taipei 101. This striking structure stands over ½ a kilometre high and the view over the city from the observation deck is breathtaking.

Taiwan has many tempting night markets, each with a slightly different atmosphere, which make great shopping excursions for families with older children and teens. There are several in Taipei, including Raohe St where you can sample a dizzying array of street snacks, Huaxi St which is famous for selling snakes, and the Ximending district where you can get pretty much anything. The market stalls and surrounding buildings look truly spectacular – each street lit up in vivid neon colour, which will appeal to even the tiniest tots (just as long as they can stay awake!).

Wherever you go, you can’t escape the island’s love for kawaii culture, especially Hello Kitty. Apart from being able to buy her image on everything, there are several themed cafés, a Hello Kitty train that runs from Taipei to Taitung, and even a fleet of Hello Kitty planes! Both actual kids and the young at heart will enjoy the novelty of this hyper-cute national obsession.