Going Around Taipei with Just NTD 380/ PHP 650 / USD 13 for 3 Days

Travelling to Taipei soon but with limited budget on hand.  Don't fret you can go around Taipei for NTD 380/ PHP 650 / USD 13 in three days.   Tourist spots are near to each other, and very accessible via public transportation.  But how you can go to the major tourist spots with that amount.  Taiwan MRT offers passes for travelers like you.  It has 1-day, 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hour passes.  A 1-day pass will give you unlimited ride from the end of the day which is 12 midnight.  The rest of the passes will give unlimited ride from the first time you use your card  until you completed the 24, 48, or 72 hours.  1-day pass will cost NTD 150.  While 24-hour, 48-hour, and 72-hours passes will cost NTD 180, 280, and 380, respectively.  One thing I love about Taipei MRT lines that their stations are very near to the tourist spots, and have very informative exit information.  With a little bit of walking you can maximize your travel in Taipei.  If you are planning to avail it, just go to the booth in the station, and ask for the pass.

So what are the places you can go around in Taipei with  72-hour pass.  I will enumerate the place that you can go  from the day 1 to Day 3.

Day 1

Taipei 101

Visit the tallest building in Taiwan, and travel to the 89th floor to enjoy a paranomic view of Taipei. It opens from 9 am to 10 pm
MRT Station:  Exit 4 of Taipei 101/World Trade Center  Station (Red line)

From Taipei 101, you can see the two more tourist areas, the Elephant Mountain and National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall.  Both are walkable from Taipei 101.
Elephant Mountain

National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
Elephant Mountain

To have another view of Taipei City, Elephant Mountain is the best place to go.  If Taipei 101 is your starting point, you can walk towards Xinyi road all the way to Xiangshan MRT Station (Red Line) which is just 2 blocks away, or go back to Taipei 101 MRT Station to ride mrt to Xiangshan Station since you have unlimited ride.  From Xiangshan Park follow the sign to Xiangshan Hiking Trail.

MRT Station: Exit 2 of Xiangshan MRT Station (Red Line)
Hiking Trail
Hiking Trail
Viewing Deck

Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

The structure  is built to commemorate the late President  Chiang Kai-shek.  The area is surrounded  by gardens. At the back of the hall, there are cherry blossom trees.  If you are lucky enough, the flowers bloom  usually in January.  National Theater  and National Concert Hall are also located here. The hall opens from 9 am to 6pm.

MRT Station: Exit 5 of Chiang Kai-Shek  (C.K.S) Memorial Hall Station (Red & Green Line)

Taipei Botanical Garden

Taipei Botanical Garden is like an oasis in the middle of city.  It is a home for 2000 plant species.  It has different yards and mostly in Japanese style.  National Museum of History and National Taiwan Education Center  are also here.  Walk towards Nanhai Road to find the complex.

MRT Station: Exit 5 of Chiang Kai-Shek  (C.K.S) Memorial Hall Station (Red & Green Line)

Ximending or Ximen is known as Harajuku of Taipei.  It is surrounded by different clothing shops, restaurants, and bar and clubs.   The area is lively especially during weekend because there are performers in the street.

MRT Station: Exit 3 of Ximen Station (Blue/Green Line)

Modern Toilet
Modern Toilet Restaurant is one of themed restaurants in Taipei. It is located at Ximen. So after going around Ximen, you can have a good dinner here. Modern Toilet which is located near Ximending Emei Parking lot.

MRT Station: Exit 3 of Ximen Station (Blue/Green Line)

Day 2
Taipei Zoo
Taipei Zoo is a must visit when you want to see different animals from around the world.  It is divided in 8 areas e.g. aviary, african area.  It opens from 9 AM to 5 PM. You have to spend at least 3 hours in the zoo to enjoy it.

MRT Station: Exit 1 of Taipeo Zoo Station ( Brown Line)

Maokong Gondola
After the zoo, you can make your way up to Maokong via Gondola.  It you are tea lovers, this is a must go place. Visit the Tea Promotion Center to have a free Chinese tea, and learn about tea production process.

MRT Station: Exit 2 of Taipeo Zoo Station ( Brown Line)

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Miramar Entertainment Park
One of the largest mall in Taipei. It is well known for its Ferris Wheel on top, which gives you a good view of the city.  The mall has Money Changer as well.  This is where we exchanged our USD to NTD.  Food Republic is the best place to have dinner, which is adjacent to Miramar. 

MRT Station: Jiannan Road Station (Brown Line)
Day 3

National Sun Yat-Sen Memorial Hall
The memorial hall was built in 1972 as a tribute to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of republic of China.  It has a museum that displays Dr. Sun Yat-Sen accomplishments. Open from 9 am to 6 pm.  This is also just 3 blocks away from Taipei 101.

MRT Station:  Exit 4 of Sun Yat-Sen (S.Y.S) Memorial Hall Station (Blue Line)

Shilin Official Residence
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Shilin Official Residence is the former residence of late president of Republic of China, President Chiang Kai-Shek.   The residence is also surrounded by different gardens e.g. European and Chinese gardens.  It opens from 9:30 AM to 7 PM except  in Monday.  

MRT Station:  Exit 2 of Shilin Station Station (Red Line)

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Shilin Night Market
This is the most popular night market I've heard when i went to Taipei.  It is very popular because of the local food.  You can smell the stinky tofu once you enter the area.  It's a crowded at night so better to go here early

MRT Station: Exit 1 of Jiantan Station (Red Line)

Above are sample places you can go around in 3 days without spending too much money.  All you need is your MRT pass and a little bit of walking which is good to your heart.  By walking, you may discover more.  Don't forget to ask for tourist map in Tourist Information Center. 

Read Next: My Ultimate Guide to Taipei for Tourists.
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