12 days in Taipei, Alishan & Tainan Itinerary

12 days in Taipei, Alishan & Tainan Itinerary

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12 days in Taipei, Alishan & Tainan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
2
Alishan
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
3
Tainan
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
4
Taipei
— 2 nights
End: Taipei

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lanyang Museum and Taipei Confucius Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Longshan Temple and Hsing Tian Kong. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Jiaoxi (Wufengchi Waterfall & Jiaosi Hot Spring), Dongshan (Dongshan River Forest Park & Meihua Lake) and Zhaoyinggong (in Yilan City). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xin Zhuang Ci You Temple, take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yonglian Temple.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei trip itinerary planner .

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In March, daytime highs in Taipei are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Alishan.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

New Taipei, Jiaoxi, Dongshan, Zhaoyinggong, Lanyang Museum
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Lanyang Museum ©
Lanyang Museum
Lungshan Temple ©
Lungshan Temple

3
nights
Alishan

Alishan ©
Get in touch with nature at Ali Mountain (Alishan) and Tanayiku. Discover out-of-the-way places like Alishan National Forest Recreation Area and Eryanping Trail. Explore Alishan's surroundings by going to Haiduan (Lisong Hot Spring & Jiaming Lake) and East District (Chiayi City Koji Pottery Museum & J18-Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum).

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Alishan trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Taipei to Alishan takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 4th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tainan.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Taitung, Chiayi, Eryanping Trail, Ali Mountain (Alishan)
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Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Lisong Hot Spring ©
Lisong Hot Spring

3
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Escape the urban bustle at Guanziling Hot Spring and Cijin Island. Get a sense of the local culture at National Museum of Taiwan History and Anping Tree House. Change things up with these side-trips from Tainan: Aogu Wetlands and Forest Park (in Dongshi), Gushan (Caishan Natural Park & Wudedian) and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (in Dashu District). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), get to know the fascinating history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), and ponder the world of politics at Tainan Station.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tainan itinerary app .

Getting from Alishan to Tainan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Tainan

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kaohsiung, Aogu Wetlands and Forest Park
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Guanziling Hot Spring ©
Guanziling Hot Spring
National Museum of Taiwan History ©
Caishan Natural Park
Caishan Natural Park

2
nights
Taipei

Taipei ©
To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Taipei road trip website .

Take a train from Tainan to Taipei in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Traveling from Tainan in April, things will get a bit cooler in Taipei: highs are around 30°C and lows about 22°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park