The Taiwan Minsu Experience

Taiwan is one of the favourite destinations in Asia.  It has a deep influence of its culture and hospitality from its neighbouring country, Japan.  Apart from the scenic spots ranging from mountainous, to fantastic sea views and lake views, and the numerous farms, Taiwan is also on par with the Japanese where service is concerned, particularly in offering their guests a fantastic Taiwan Minsu or also known as home stay experience.

Apart from Taipei, there are many registered Taiwan Minsu located all over the lovely island.  These are usually found in the more remote parts of the island where stunning views can be spotted. In particular, more can be found in the region of the Eastern Coast, where Hualien, Yilan and Taichung are.  These places offer amazing landscape of the mountains and the pacific ocean.

When you plan to travel to Taiwan for vacations, always make it a must to stay in Taiwan minsu to experience and participate in the local culture.  There many with different themes.

The guesthouses are usually made of wood and it usually spots two styles; Japanese or Western style.  Japanese style Taiwan Minsu usually allow bigger group of 5 and above to stay together in a room.  They have mattresses laid on the floor and the furniture is usually short and compact.  They resemble the Japanese inn very much and you would probably thought that you are in Japan.  The Western style usually allow up to quad sharing and have very nice sea views or mountain views.  The rooms are usually much bigger and very spacious.

The unique experience of staying in the guesthouse is about the food and the hospitality of the guesthouse owners.  Breakfasts are usually included in the stay and dinners are optional.  If you are staying in a region where certain minority resides, you can and should experience the local ethic food.  For example, in a region near the Cingjing farm, there are a lot of minorities tribe that migrated from Yunan in the early days.  If you happen to be staying here, you enjoy the sumptuous meals cooked by tribes.  They usually grow their own ingredients if they own a small farm in the Taiwan minsu.  The experience of enjoying a fresh home cook food with your hosts keep whipping up more dishes after a long tiring day will definitely make your trip more memorable.

Most Taiwan minsus also help to organise trips for their guests.  Unlike most hotels where the price is a rip off, the trips organised by the minsus are enjoyable and at a reasonable price.  The minsu owners most of the time will go all out to ensure their guests have an enjoyable stay in Taiwan. Where service is concerned, the Taiwanese has one of the highest standard.

If you ever travel to Taiwan for free and easy trip, make it a point to stay in Taiwan minsu to experience the local culture and enjoy the sumptuous food.   It will definitely change your experience of Taiwan completely and leave wonderful memories for your trip.

12 comments on “The Taiwan Minsu Experience
  1. Eric Loh says:


    we are planning a trip to Taiwan this December. If you have any special recommendation, please drop me a line or two.

    4 adults 4 children all below 12 hence can all stay in a room with 6 beds Japanese Style.

    Will probably need a car Hyundai Starex for a periods of 8 days

    We would like to skip the Taipei side so that we can concentrate on Yilan, Hualian 2 days Cijing 2 days, Sun Moon Lake 1 day and probably another day in taichung

  2. Best says:

    Hi Eric,

    You can fill up the details here: and we will get back


  3. Catherine says:

    I am planning a family trip to Taiwan. 4 adults and 4 children (2 is aged 13). This is our first time in Taiwan. We plan to stay for 6 days/5 nights. Please suggest an itinery for us. We plan to travel in may 2013. Thank you


  4. Adeline says:


    I am planning a 7D/6N trip to Taiwan in Dec. Travelling with 4 other adults, 2 of them are seniors. Pls suggest an itinerary for us. Would just want to cover a few places , not necessary cover all different corners of Taiwan.

    Thank you in advance,

  5. helen lim says:

    this is our first trip to taiwan. 7 night 8 days, my sister and i would like to tour round taiwan. would like to stay in minsu with good view and locations. please suggest some places of interest that is a must to visit and with no regret. please also advise us on the transportation.
    confirmed date 21.0.2013 to 28.03.13
    Air flight TR2992

    Thank you

  6. Haniyah Sua Hean May says:

    This is our second trip to taiwan. 7 night 8 days, my hubby and i would like to tour round taiwan. would like to stay in minsu with good view and locations. please suggest some places of interest that is a must to visit . Free and Easy

  7. Eileen says:

    Plan to visit Taiwan again in March 23rd to 29th March with a party of five includes one senior of age 88 years old.
    Intend to stay in Taipei Grandee Hotel for 2 nites on 23rd & 24th March first then proceed to Minsu stay for 1 night on 25th March and Jiao Si Evergreen Resort for 2 nights on 26th & 27th and return back to Taipei stay 1 more night on 28th March before returning to Singapore on 29th March.
    Appreciate your proposal. Thank you.

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