12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
End: Taipei

2
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.
Visiting Taipei Zoo and Keelung River will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Taipei 101 and Shilin Nightmarket. Step out of Taipei with an excursion to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) in Ruifang--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Ximending, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, look for gifts at Sugar & Spice Bakery Cafe - Dunhua S. Store Ⅱ, and take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Taipei trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Taipei. December in Taipei sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of Natural Science and Wenwu Temple. Take a break from the city and head to Sun Moon Lake and Kaomei Wetland. Venture out of the city with trips to Ali Mountain (Alishan) (in Xinyi Township), Ren'ai Township (Cingjing Veterans Farm & Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)) and Alishan National Forest Recreation Area (in Alishan). There's more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Lugang Old Street.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Taichung vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nantou, Lugang Old Street, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park and then don't miss a visit to Feng Chui Sha. On the 5th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jialeshuei Surf Beach, then delve into the distant past at Hengchun Old Town, and then enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Bay.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hengchun trip planning app .

Getting from Taichung to Hengchun by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January, Hengchun is somewhat warmer than Taichung - with highs of 29°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Jialeshuei Surf Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
White Sand Bay ©
White Sand Bay
Jialeshuei Surf Beach ©
Jialeshuei Surf Beach

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and The Pier-2 Art Centre. Step out of the city life by going to Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area and Cijin Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Chimei Museum (in Rende) and West Central District (Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) & Shennong Street). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Ai He (Love River), make a trip to Xizi Bay Tunnel, and admire the landmark architecture of Hong Lou At Kaohsiung Municipal Kaohsiung Senior High School.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In January in Kaohsiung, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tainan, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

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