Well, I’d like to give myself a chance and see how it works out. I’ve been to Taipei 3 times and I feel climate and shopping are much better than Bangkok. I’m rather disappointed with Thailand in the sense that Thais are too conscious about ‘face’.
And what about you ? What is it about Taiwan that you feel disappointed ? Why did you move to Taiwan ?[/quote]
The weather is great in the winter here, it actually gets pretty cold. In the summer it felt even hotter than Bangkok! Thai people are indeed very conscious about face, but you’ll find the same thing here in Taiwan; perhaps even more so here.
I lived in Bangkok for more than three years, and though I loved Thailand, Bangkok was starting to feel a bit stifling. My goal in coming to Taiwan was to a)save some money b)do some hiking and c)spend a year or two to finish my BS.
The cost of living is so high here that I haven’t saved much; in fact, I actually earned more money in Thailand. The mountains are beautiful here but working six days a week doesn’t allow much time for hiking. I will, however, complete my BS soon.
Here’s how Bangkok compares to Taiwan on a few issues:
- Bangkok has a much lower cost of living
- BKK has much better food
- BKK has a much better nightlife
- BKK has much better restaurants
- Taiwan has much ruder people
- Taiwan has disgusting beaches
- There is a thick blanket of smog covering Taiwan almost all of the time. Pollution seems even worse than in Bangkok.
- While there are less cars on the road here than in BKK, the people in Taiwan are MUCH worse drivers, meaning that traffic is atrocious here.
- Jobs in Bangkok are much better (at least at foreign-managed companies); bosses offer more benefits and treat their employees much better in Thailand than in Taiwan.
That’s all I can think of at the moment, but I’m sure there’s more. I live in Taichung though, so you might have better luck in Taipei. I just know that after a year in Taiwan I’m searching for ways to return to Thailand - not Bangkok again, but Thailand to be sure.
I should add to my list of complaints the following: I don’t regret coming to Taiwan, and if your goal is simply to experience a new country and culture for 6 months to a year than by all means go for it.