13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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13 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
2
Taichung
— 3 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
3
Hualien
— Few hours
train:  5​h 15​min
4
Nantou
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Singapore

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yangmingshan National Park and Wulai. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine and Hsing Tian Kong. Change things up with a short trip to Jhuwei Beach in Taoyuan (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring, buy something for everyone on your list at Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Mall (Taipei Nanxi), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the wide array of goods at Miramar Entertainment Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Taipei online road trip planner .

In December in Taipei, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Jhuwei Beach, Wulai
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Ningxia Nightmarket ©
Ningxia Nightmarket
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Beitou Hot Spring ©
Beitou Hot Spring

3
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at National Museum of Natural Science and XinShe Castle. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kaomei Wetland, make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung, admire the masterpieces at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and stop by Yichung Shopping Street.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taichung attractions planner.

Getting from Taipei to Taichung by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Taichung are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan ©
921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

few
hours
Hualien

Hualien
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
On the 31st (Mon), take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hualien travel route planning tool .

You can drive from Taichung to Hualien in 5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nantou.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Tours

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Step out of the city life by going to Sun Moon Lake and Wenwumiaohoushan Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lukang and Taiwan Historica. Change things up with a short trip to Lugang Old Street in Changhua (about 36 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ci'entang, look for gifts at Taiwan Times Village, and trek along WenWu Hiking Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nantou online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of train and bus from Hualien to Nantou takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Changhua
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Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Lugang Old Street ©
Lugang Old Street

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