Are you visiting Taiwan during the month of June? Well, just because typhoons start to hit the country doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun during your travel. Be sure to grab your flip-flops as we wear them in the rain. And when it’s not raining? It’s even better because your toes get to feel that tropical breeze! Keep this in mind: raincoats always work the best during a typhoon – umbrellas will be all in a twist from the crazy winds, you’ll see. When there is no rain, it can be really hot in June. All you need is tanktops and shorts. Nothing else.
March marks the tail end of the low season for traveling in Taiwan, so take your very last chance to enjoy best discounts on accommodation at major tourist sights. The rainy season is also coming to an end, but it can get hot and humid from March or April onwards. So be sure to pack wise and well.
In February, the winter is coming to an end in Taiwan, but the weather can still be quite changeable. Expect (mostly) warm sunny days in the south, yet don’t get too frustrated when occasional rain in the north keeps you penned indoors. That being said, always bring an umbrella when traveling to the north. As Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival both tend to fall in February depending on the year, culture buffs will be thrilled at the chance to travel in Taiwan during the month of February — festive celebrations everywhere!
In Taiwan, the coldest time of the year starts in January. It can be cool and/or cloudy and most homes are not heated. Northerners shiver as the mercury hovers around 10°C, while the south usually doesn’t get too cold. However, winter jackets and gloves are still essential when you are out early in the morning or late at night. For most people out there, January is not the best time to be traveling weather-wise, but we are telling you: Winter is no less fun than summer in Taiwan. Read on and you’ll never have a boring winter day again!
Winter officially starts from December, but visitors to Taiwan in December can still enjoy most outdoor attractions as the weather stays mild. However, there is a very remarkable difference in temperature between day and night. Expect the unexpected, in today’s climatic chaos, and be prepared. As central heating is not a common way of life here, some might need to sleep in the tracking suit, bed cover plus sleeping bag (okay, that’s a bit exaggerated) so they won’t freeze. Unlike North America and Europe, winter months in Taiwan are anything but “sleeping” holidays. The activity level will be the same as ever. The island is very vibrant, full of festivity but still in working condition. Nothing is closed on Christmas day. Nothing. So put your mind at rest and enjoy your trip of a lifetime.
With the mild weather and little rain, November is no doubt the best month to visit Taiwan. It is the low season when you get best discounts on accommodation at major tourist sights (up to 50%) yet the high season for hot-spring hotels. Even though the island doesn’t really experience snow (but anything is possible in these days of abnormal weather at abnormal times…), the weather can still be chilly, especially in the mountainous areas. If Taiwan’s subtropical climate scares you off, a visit in November will be a sheer delight.
October is no doubt the best time of the year for traveling around Taiwan. You get to avoid the huge crowd but still have fairly pleasant weather, cheaper prices and access to still-open attractions. It is also the best time to visit outer islands such as Penghu, Xiaoliuqiu and Lanyu. The northeast monsoon lasts about six months from October to late March and brings wet weather to the northeast side of the island, while central and southern regions stay relatively dry. In October, average low and high temperatures are 23 °C (74 °F) and 26 °C (79 °F), cooling a bit from the scorching summer heat, especially in the north. We have put together a Forrest Gump-type list of all the wonderful things to do in Taiwan in October. If you are already tempted by those good discounts on accommodation and flights, why not take a look at it?
In Taiwan, the sweltering hot summer is officially over in September when the breezy autumn becomes our mate. The humidity can still be outrageous though, but the southwest monsoon (associated with typhoons) ends in late September. As kids return to school in early September, attraction sites are a lot less hectic after the summer vacation, which means September is a good time of the year to travel around Taiwan without being bombarded by heavy traffic jams and huge crowds. Traveling in shoulder also get you a far nicer hotel room at a lower price if you know what to look for. Just because it’s autumn in Taiwan doesn’t mean your stay would be chilly and full of rain. Weather is still fair, sun is still bright, and the notorious subtropical heat is still here but way less intimidating. Tempting enough? Check out some of the cool things to do in Taiwan to have a blast in September!
August is a festive month in Taiwan, both in this world and the afterworld. There are an array of events dedicated to Mother Nature as well as hungry ghosts, where convivial festivities and sombre celebrations can be expected all around the island. It is also the “ghost month.” Wandering spirits are believed to search for substitutes — you or me — to take their places in hell and entice the living into water, to drown, so tourism takes a hit as locals avoid the beach. The high temperatures and frequent rains in midsummer can be overwhelming sometimes, so make sure you pack wisely for the subtropical climate of Taiwan (see how to pack for heat and humidity here).