- File Size: 25218 KB
- Print Length: 454 pages
- Publisher: Jesse Duffield; 3 edition (June 5, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 5, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Z25E5RW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Taiwan: A Travel Guide for Vegans Kindle Edition
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I bought this in preparation for my first trip to Taiwan, so I can't testify to the accuracy, but feel like I got a lot more practical information out of this book than from the Lonely Planet and Rough Guide ones. For instance, knowing to avoid Shilin night market ("There are no longer any vegetarian food stalls") in favor of the Raohe Street one probably saved me an evening of my vacation, and that alone is worth more than the price of the book. I'm certainly a lot less stressed out over being able to go around and find agreeable meals with a very limited command of conversational Mandarin.
There's also a fairly thorough but not overly long history of the politics of Taiwan that will help to keep me from saying the wrong thing to people I meet and am hoping to impress. If you like to hike or bike-ride, there's a lot of stuff in here related to that too. I read it all even though that's not really my thing, so at least I know what I'm skipping out on.
A few side notes: Being a egg-and-milk vegetarian, not a vegan, this book is helpful in the sense that if a meal is "safe" for a vegan diner, then it's safe for me. On the other hand, when the author says of a given location, "there are no restaurants here," there might still be a place where I could get meatless food that might contain egg or some dairy. It would be helpful to people like me if those were indicated alongside, but I get the vegan ethos enough to understand how that might feel to some readers -- and probably to the author as well -- like a compromise of ethical principles, and that this book isn't the place for that. I'm happy to go hunting elsewhere for that information, e.g. Happy Cow. (Oh that someone would write a travel guide inclusive of both vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian practices with the same rigor and clarity that this author has!)
And couple minor quibbles with the way the pages layout on the Windows 8 (Metro) version of the Kindle App. Tables in grids seem to be a particular problem, and I wish the photos could be zoomed into, but these things might be unavoidable on the platform. I read somewhere that the author is intending to reformat this book to match his newer offering, Taipei in Four Days: A Travel Guide for Vegans, and look forward to a forthcoming edition perhaps addressing some of these issues, which didn't impede at all my ability to read the book. (Also, as I've not bought "Four Days," I can't speak to how much the two overlap, or whether you'd still need to buy that after reading this.)
The language is quite clear, and it seems to have been carefully proofread, as I spotted only a couple minor typos. This was also my first Kindle purchase. The experience of reading it more than once reminded me of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, and in my head I heard that deep voice from the radio version intoning lines like "The path is famous for its monkeys."
On the format, I may not be the most reliable reviewer. I have an older grey Kindles and I never connect it to WiFi, so I can’t vouch for any of the maps or linked content. Not all the tables could be displayed on my device, but otherwise the text and pictures displayed fine. I had 2G data on my phone in Taiwan and was able to figure out most of what I was missing online.
Despite the downsides due to my device, the guide met my needs with its written content. It briefly discusses Taiwanese history, discusses useful transport options, recommends and describes various tourist destinations, and contains very useful information on vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Taiwan, including what to look out for with restaurants claiming to be vegan but likely are not.
Some of the content and prices were dated, but that happens with the mass-market travel books too. Most of the advice that was off also seemed to have conflicting information online, but we generally take advice with a grain of salt anyway. I will say the book could use a decent editor, as the grammar and spelling mistakes are frequent and distracting.
On the flip side, there were many recent updates to this book, including information about restaurants scheduled to close immediately following our trip and even discussed the earthquake in early 2018. Overall, it helped us make the most of our trip with restaurant and hiking recommendations alone. Definitely worth the price and I have no regrets.
I can't stress enough how helpful this book was for my trip. With very little english spoken in Taiwan, I basically always had this book open on my phone for directions as well as recommendations of what to try.The routes set in the guide are very flexible and always include comprehensive recommendations for vegan meals along the way. Also helpful is the breakdown of smaller practical things like the transit system and etiquette. The heart of the book is Taipei where there is plenty to eat and see.
The excursions to the Taroko Gorge and the north east coast were personal favorites of mine. As this seems to be an ongoing project I hope to see Alishan and Sun Moon Lake as well as southern Taiwan added in the future. But if your trip is less than 10 days there's more than enough things in here to fill your time. Special shout out to how helpful the author was through email.