With 23 million people on an island the size of Maryland, Taiwan packs a big punch for its size. The heavily urbanized northern and western regions are home to neon buildings, traditional temples and bustling night markets, while the tranquil eastern and southern sides boast beautiful coasts, lush mountains and serene bed and breakfasts.
Taiwan is one of the safest countries in the world and its residents are famously kind to visitors. Public transportation is excellent in large cities like Taipei, but if you really want to get out and explore the island, a car is essential. With excellent attractions, friendly locals and picturesque roads to travel on, Taiwan is a true hidden gem of Asia.