Remote Work Destination of the Month: Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Are you a digital nomad looking for a new destination to call your remote office? This month we are excited to feature Kaohsiung, Taiwan as this month’s remote work destination.

There’s a reason why Kaohsiung made Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel list as one of The 10 Best Cities to Travel to in 2018, and why Taiwan ranked as the number one country in the world for expats in 2019 by Expat Insider’s 2019 Survey.

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is often overlooked by travellers who opt to explore the capital, Taipei, instead. Little did you know that Kaohsiung is one of Asia’s best kept secrets and one of the continent’s most unique up-and-coming cities. The city boasts a vibrant arts scene, mouth-watering local cuisine, seamless blends of historic and contemporary architecture, and is surrounded by jaw-dropping natural landscapes.

Internet

As a remote worker, the topic of Internet speed is first and foremost. The Internet speeds in Taiwan are some of the fastest in the world. Being a modern, technologically-forward country, you can stay connected even in the most remote parts of the country, without fear of Internet outages. Phone plans with unlimited data are cheap by Canadian standards and will only set you back about $40 CAD for one month.

The cafe scene in Kaohsiung is incredible. Taiwanese people love their cafes and you can be sure to find a cafe on every corner of the city. And, I’ll add that the cafes in Kaohsiung are some of the most beautifully-decorated, aesthetically-pleasing cafes you will ever see. All cafes in Kaohsiung come equipped with high-speed WiFi (I would be really surprised if you came across one without it) and most offer great workspaces.

Weather

The weather in Kaohsiung is some of the best in Asia. The “winter” season in Kaohsiung runs from January to February (short-lived, huh?), with evenings dropping down to about 10°C. Winter days are warm and pleasant. The fall and spring seasons are the best time to visit the city. The fall season runs from October to December, while the spring season runs from March to May. During these two times of year, you can expect comfortable, warm days and nights. If you can avoid it, don’t visit Kaohsiung during the summer. It can get unbearably hot, and the season is prone to monsoons.

Things to Do

Kaohsiung is a sprawling urban city, surrounded by incredible nature, with so much to do and see. 

The city is home to the highest bronze statue of a seated Buddha in the world. You can check out this incredible statue at Taiwan’s largest Buddhist monastery, Fo Guang Shan. 

Another absolute must-see landmark in Kaohsiung are the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas at Lotus Pond. This is one of the most breathtaking temples in Taiwan and all of Asia, and should undoubtedly be put at the top of your list.

Calling all nature and beach lovers! Kaohsiung is a costal city that with its very own, appropriately named Monkey Mountain (yes, there are plenty of monkeys here). You can hike to the top of Monkey Mountain for an awesome view of the city and ocean.

If hiking isn’t your thing and you prefer to hang out on the beach, you’re in luck! Kaohsiung has two beaches – Cijin Beach (located on Cijin Island, a short 5-minute ferry ride away) and the not-so-secret Secret Beach.

For some foodie adventures, head to the Ruifeng Night Market. This 3,000 square-metre market is buzzing with all sorts of activity. Be sure to fill your belly with some delicious dumplings here. And, if you’re feeling more courageous give one of the more “mysterious” food items a try.

If you are a bit of a thrill-seeker, why not give riding a scooter around the city a go? Taiwan’s infrastructure is designed for scooter traffic. It’s a heart-racing experience and a liberating way of exploring the city and its surrounding countryside.

Well, what are you waiting for? Start planning your remote work adventure today! If you are looking to become a Virtual Assistant with The Virtual Gurus, click here to apply today.

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