13 days in Taipei & Kaohsiung Itinerary

13 days in Taipei & Kaohsiung Itinerary

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13 days in Taipei & Kaohsiung Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 9 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Taipei

9
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.
National Palace Museum and Qingyun Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Lanyang Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Caoling Historic Trail (Tsaoling Trail) (in Gongliao), Ruifang (Lao Zhen Xiang Bakery, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), & more) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). On the 27th (Fri), spend a day exploring the natural beauty of Yangmingshan National Park. Pack the 2nd (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Leofoo Village Theme Park. There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Taipei 101, contemplate the long history of U-mkt, wander the streets of Ximending, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Taipei trip maker app .

If you are flying in from Philippines, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

New Taipei, One Bear Museum, Leofoo Village Theme Park, Lanyang Museum
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Chimei Museum, then steep yourself in history at Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Confucius Temple.

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

Getting from Taipei to Kaohsiung by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Traveling from Taipei in January, expect nights in Kaohsiung to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Tainan
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

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