12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5​h
1
Taipei
— Few hours
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Nantou
— 2 nights
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Hualien
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
New Taipei
— 2 nights
train:  15​min
6
Taipei
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

few
hours
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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei online trip maker .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Taipei is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. When traveling from Kuala Lumpur in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Taipei: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Ximen Red House - Ximending ©
Ximen Red House - Ximending

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes FengJia Night Market. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): explore and take pictures at Flying Cow Ranch, look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland, then don't miss a visit to Tunghai University, and finally stop by FengJia Night Market. Here are some ideas for day two: get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, take an in-depth tour of Taichung Literature Museum, then walk around Lavender Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pusasi, and finally make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Taichung travel planner.

Getting from Taipei to Taichung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Taichung are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to take a bus to Nantou.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Flying Cow Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Kaomei Wetland ©
Kaomei Wetland
National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science
Flying Cow Ranch ©
Flying Cow Ranch

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ali Mountain (Alishan). Keep things going the next day: take a peaceful walk through Ali Mountain (Alishan), find something for the whole family at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ci'entang.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nantou trip itinerary planning app .

Nantou is very close to Taichung. In December, daily temperatures in Nantou can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Nantou

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lugang Old Street
Highlights from your plan
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)

1
night
Hualien

Hualien
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hualien travel planner .

Getting from Nantou to Hualien by train takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. You will leave for New Taipei on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Tours

2
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei ©
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.
On the 27th (Fri), make a trip to Shifen Waterfall Walk Area and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): get in on the family fun at Leofoo Village Theme Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read New Taipei vacation planner.

Traveling by train from Hualien to New Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in New Taipei can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Taipei.

Things to do in New Taipei

Theme Parks Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Leofoo Village Theme Park
Highlights from your plan
Leofoo Village Theme Park ©
Leofoo Village Theme Park
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area ©
Shifen Waterfall Walk Area

4
nights
Taipei

Taipei
You've now added Shilin Nightmarket to your itinerary. Attractions like Taipei Zoo and Meihua Lake make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Taipei further: examine the collection at National Palace Museum, don't miss a visit to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, witness a stunning natural landmark at Beitou Hot Spring, and take an in-depth tour of National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Taipei day trip site .

Taipei is just a stone's throw from New Taipei. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Nature

Side Trip

Meihua Lake
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Meihua Lake ©
Meihua Lake

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