12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Busan
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Nantou
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Hengchun
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
5
Taipei
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Busan

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: experience rural life at Sun Moon Lake Toushehuo Basin Recreation Farm, then explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wenwumiaohoushan Park.

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Busan, South Korea to Nantou is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Busan to Nantou, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Busan in October: high temperatures in Nantou hover around 34°C and lows are around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

3
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.
Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to Chimei Museum (in Rende), Hai Shan Pai le Di (in Anping) and Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu). Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, admire the striking features of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), and make a trip to The Dome of Light.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung trip site .

Getting from Nantou to Kaohsiung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

1
night
Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): stroll around Longpan Park and then identify plant and animal life at Kenting National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hengchun vacation maker .

Drive from Kaohsiung to Hengchun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hengchun, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Longpan Park ©
Longpan Park

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 11th (Fri): explore the activities along Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Hualien takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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.
Step out of Taipei to go to Ruifang and see Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), which is approximately 46 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, pause for some photo ops at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, and wander the streets of Ximending.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Taipei trip maker app .

Traveling by train from Hualien to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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