12 days in East Asia Itinerary

12 days in East Asia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Taiwan trip planner

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Taipei
— 3 nights
Train
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Taichung
— 2 nights
Drive
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Alishan
— 3 nights
Taxi to Chiayi, Train to New Taipei
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New Taipei
— 3 nights
Drive

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Taipei

— 3 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Beitou Public Library, Taipei as well as Huashan 1914 Creative Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Juming Museum and Chuang's House. Get some historical perspective at Tianhou Temple and Hongludi. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Metro Walk Shopping Center - Taoyuan (in Zhongli) and Elephant Trunk Rock (in Ruifang). The adventure continues: hunt for treasures at COMMUNE A7 and stop by Linhuatai Tea Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Taipei route builder.

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major aiports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung International Airport / Ching Chuang Kang Air Base. In October, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping · Museums · Nightlife · Parks

Side Trips

Taichung

— 2 nights

Cultural City

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.
On the 6th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Taiwan Balloon Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taichung Baptist Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nantian Temple, then ponder the world of politics at Wanchungong, and finally revel in the low prices at Jhongsing Rice Castle.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Taichung driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Taichung are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Alishan.

Things to do in Taichung

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Alishan

— 3 nights
You've now added Alishan National Forest Recreation Area to your itinerary. Ciyun Temple and Shun Bao Fu De Temple will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Alishan Museum and Yuyupas.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Alishan trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Taichung to Alishan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

New Taipei

— 3 nights
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Shifen Old Street, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and YehLiu Geopark. On the 12th (Sat), make a trip to Shifen Old Street, go for a walk through Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhulin Mountain Buddhist Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shimen Jinganggong, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at YehLiu Geopark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yonglian Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Qingyun Temple, then stop by Lao Zhen Xiang Bakery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gold Temple.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New Taipei day trip planning site.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Alishan to New Taipei in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Taiwan travel guide

4.2
Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.

Chiayi County travel guide

3.7
Forests · Art Museums · Landmarks
A rugged landscape scattered with villages and vast plains of untouched nature, Chiayi County stretches between sea and mountains on the southwestern coast. The county benefits from a biodiverse environment due to its position on the Tropic of Cancer path, and hosts three of the country's major national parks and two cities divided into dozens of village regions. Here, outdoor lovers will have plenty of opportunity to get out into nature and absorb the everyday culture of rural life in Taiwan. Mountain hiking trails, forest to mountain train rides, and visiting the local fishermen's wharf should top your Chiayi itinerary.