16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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16 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + foot + train:  11​h
1
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
2
Taichung
— 2 nights
3
Tainan
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
4
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
5
Taipei
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Chiayi
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Shakadang Trail and then contemplate the waterfront views at Chishingtan Scenic Area.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hualien visit planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Hualien is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Taichung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Shakadang Trail ©
Shakadang Trail

2
nights
Taichung

Taichung ©
Known its good weather, Taichung boasts an interesting set of cultural attractions, including many temples showing the development of religious architectural styles in the area and forming focal points for most tours of Taichung.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, take a stroll through Rainbow Village Taichung, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland. Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Dasyushan Forest Recreation Area, then trek along Dakeng No.2 Trail, and then make a trip to Shin Sei Green Waterway.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Taichung trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Hualien to Taichung in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. December in Taichung sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science

2
nights
Tainan

Tainan
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): examine the collection at Chimei Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), and then admire the landmark architecture of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia). On your second day here, make a trip to Hai Shan Pai le Di, then steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, then explore the wide array of goods at Hayashi Department Store, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling).

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Tainan trip planner .

Traveling by car from Taichung to Tainan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Taichung in December, expect Tainan to be a bit warmer, temps between 29°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

2
nights
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): head off the coast to Cijin Island, make a trip to The Pier-2 Art Centre, then don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, and finally get outside with Ai He (Love River). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a walk through Takao Fishing Port, explore the activities along Lianchi (Lotus) Lake, then don't miss a visit to Dragon Tiger Tower, then pick up some local products at Freedom Sunset Market, and finally ponder the world of politics at Kaohsiung Main Public Library.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaohsiung online day trip planner .

Getting from Tainan to Kaohsiung by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Kaohsiung are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Nature Parks Shopping
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Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)

3
nights
Taipei

Taipei
Situated in a basin between two mountain ranges, Taipei appeals to tourists with its blend of Asian cultures, living side by side amidst Japanese-era mansions and Taoist temples.
Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Palace Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, wander the streets of Ximending, and take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. While traveling from Kaohsiung, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Taipei, ranging from highs of 23°C to lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

New Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Chiayi

Chiayi ©
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, then take in the pleasant sights at Alishan Linye Village & Huiyisenghuo Village, and then don't miss a visit to The Hinoki Village. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gukeng Green Tunnel, don't miss a visit to Singang Fenqtain Gong, and then don't miss a visit to Bei Men Yi.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Chiayi tour planner .

Traveling by car from Taipei to Chiayi takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. On the 6th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Chiayi

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Gukeng Green Tunnel, Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum, Fenchihu Old Town
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The Hinoki Village ©
The Hinoki Village
Chiayi Park ©
Chiayi Park

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