Top Budget Travel Destinations for 2012

30 Nov

Scroll down to the middle towards the bottom to read about Taipei! XD~


I’m wondering about the following cited on the article though:

#1. The Cross-Strait political stalemate affects English-speaking visitors?!

#2. Taipei’s rooms are 11 percent cheaper than they were in 2010? If so, why has housing price in Taipei, or islandwide, been on the rise, which is an easy target in the coming presidential election?!


Anyway, here is the pick on Fox News about Taipei:

Why in 2012: The arrival in Taiwan of the  first mainland Chinese tourists last June (not counting supervised tours) marked  a turning point for this onetime Chinese territory—a sign that a longtime  political stalemate might finally be thawing. It also brought an influx of  tourism revenue and a renewed interest in this Pacific island’s assets. The  cosmopolitan capital city has an emerging culinary scene (world-famous chef Joël  Robuchon opened a Taipei restaurant in November 2009) and plenty of snazzy new  construction, while the surrounding countryside offers lush hot springs,  majestic mountains, and golden-sand beaches. To cater to the new visitors,  Taiwan’s government launched the new TaiwanTourist Bus Travel Service, which  runs cheap day trips to several island attractions, such as an excursion to  Taiwan’s alpine Sun Moon Lake that includes a cable-car ride, a boat tour, and  electric-scooter rental (, day trips from $11). And while a  recent bump in U.S. visitors to Asia has caused hotel prices elsewhere on the  continent to jump 4 percent—rates in South  Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Singapore have  all spiked—Taipei’s rooms are 11 percent cheaper than they were in 2010, with an  average rate of $144 per night.


Best Time to Visit: May through August are  Taipei’s wettest months, with rainfall averaging eight inches; summer is  sweltering and humid. October and November are much more pleasant, with less  than four inches of rainfall and average high temperatures in the  mid-70s.


Where to Stay: Every room in the Tango Taipei  XinYi—which sits near the world’s second-tallest building, the nearly 1,700-foot  Taipei 101 Tower—has two 42-inch plasma TVs (one for the bedroom, one for the  bathroom) and a Jacuzzi tub (, from $137).


Price Check: At press time, tickets to Taipei  weren’t available beyond October 2012 (when direct flights from San Francisco  start at $1,145 on Taiwan’s EVA Airways). But if 2011 prices are any indication,  fall trips will come relatively cheap. This November, Malaysia Airlines offered  nonstop fares from Los Angeles for $1,057 and one-stops from Chicago were going  for $1,087 on Cathay Pacific.



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