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Taipei tours and excursions

Taipei tours

Bespoke tours

Tailor-made walking tours around night markets are available. Tours by Locals offer bespoke, themed tours, whether you're interested in food, shopping, or culture, led by local people.

Website: http://www.toursbylocals.com

Bus tours

Day and night tours of Taipei and excursions to scenic spots is offered by Golden Foundation Tours, the largest tour company in Taipei.

Tel: +886 2773 3266.
Website: http://www.gftours.com.tw

Taipei excursions

Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is best as an overnight trip as waking up to the mist over the lake at Taipei's most luxurious hotel, The Lalu (www.thelalu.com.tw), is part of the experience. Temples dot the shore and a rowing boat takes you to tiny Lalu Island. Both tours are offered by The Golden Foundation (www.gftours.com.tw).

Taroko Gorge

The spectacular marble canyon of Taroko Gorge in one of Taiwan's seven National Parks is the most popular day excursion. It includes a walk through tunnels and across a rope bridge below towering cliffs and visits to Taiwan's most picturesque temple.

Tel: +886 3 862 1100.
Website: http://www.taroko.gov.tw

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The Grand Hotel

Brighton's most famous hotel, and one of the only 5-star establishments in the city, the The Grand’s elegant Victorian building enjoys a central seafront position. This extensive hotel has more than 200 lavishly appointed rooms, and offers a stylish and luxurious base from which to explore the city. Its afternoon teas are world famous too.

Yomi Hotel

Set in the lively Shuanglian neighbourhood (and four minutes' walk from the MRT station), this budget hotel offers a raft of freebies: bicycle use, Wi-Fi device, bottled water and snacks, plus breakfast and use of a washer/dryer. Rooms are simple and minimalist but have flat-screen TVs, and there's a 24-hour convenience store next door.

Ximen Relite Hotel

The price is a bargain for Taipei, considering its close proximity to Taipei Central MRT/ train station and Ximending shopping district. The rooms are nothing special, but staff are friendly and Wi-Fi is free. Complimentary breakfast is served in a rooftop cafe.

Dong Wu Hotel

While the decor may be somewhat old-fashioned, the rooms at this modest hotel are a decent size, and are furnished with flat-screen TVs and tea and coffeemaking equipment. Complimentary breakfast is served in the cafe downstairs, and there's a small convenience store next door.

The United Hotel

Although somewhat in need of an upgrade, this hotel in the commercial centre is a solid mid-range choice. Perks include an airport limo service and business and fitness centres, and there's a downstairs cafe and a Cantonese restaurant.

Shangri-La Far Eastern Plaza

Imposing, but calm, and consistently voted as one of the best hotels in Taipei, the Shangri-La has all you need for a great stay, including a heated rooftop pool, a sauna and a spa. Restaurant choices include Japanese, Cantonese and Italian, and a cocktail bar with dazzling skyline views.