15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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Train to Zuoying, Bus to Hengchun
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Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hualien
— 2 nights
Train
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Taipei
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nantou
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Train to Nangang, Bus to Yilan City

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Hengchun

— 2 nights
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Fu'an Temple and Taipower. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sand Island (Sa-Dau) and Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Longluan Lake Wetland, make a trip to Guan Shan Fude Temple, surround yourself with nature on Houbi Lake, and take some stellar pictures from Kenting Wanli Dong.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Hengchun trip website.

Taipei to Hengchun is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of train and bus. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Taipei in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Hengchun: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hualien

— 2 nights

Huashi

Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get out on two wheels at Uniquefun, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tzu Chi Foundation, and then hike along Lushui Trail. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at Emerald valley, trek along Zuocang Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Pure Aroma spa, and finally look for gifts at Zengji Mashu.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Hualien trip planning app.

Drive from Hengchun to Hualien in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Tours

Taipei

— 4 nights

City of Azaleas

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to YOLO Taiwan and North Gate. Visit Yonglian Temple and Tianhou Temple for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Sandiaojiao Lighthouse (in Gongliao), Ruifang (Xiahai Chenghuang Temple & Elephant Trunk Rock) and .Sansia Tsu Shi Temple (in Sanxia). And it doesn't end there: buy something for everyone on your list at Q Square, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bangka Qingshan Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Shinkong Mitsukoshi Mall (Xinyi Place), and steep yourself in history at Yinhe Cave.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Taipei trip planner.

Getting from Hualien to Taipei by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, daytime highs in Taipei are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nantou.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Nantou

— 3 nights
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nantian Temple and Jiji Wuchanggong. Escape the urban bustle at Jinlong Mountain and Wenwumiaohoushan Park. Get out of town with these interesting Nantou side-trips: Zhongyou Department Store (in Fengyuan) and Taichung Baptist Church (in West District). The adventure continues: trek along Hanbi Trail, see the interesting displays at Yoshan Tea, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenwu Temple, and get outside with Sun Moon Village Shueiwatou Trail.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Nantou trip planner.

Traveling by car from Taipei to Nantou takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus; 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 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Trails

Side Trip

Kaohsiung

— 3 nights

Harbor City

A small trading town in the 17th century, Kaohsiung now stands as a sprawling metropolis, its harbor representing the largest on the island.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Pujidian and Old Railroad Bridge Education Wetland Zone. Step off the beaten path and head to Jinhua Temple and Hanshin Department Store. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaohsiung: West Central District (Tainan Gonghuitang, Thai Peng Keng Maxwell Memorial Church, &more), Anping Guanyinting (in Anping) and Hecheng Fanbuhang (in Xinhua). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Lungshan Temple, pick up some local products at Freedom Sunset Market, view the masterpieces at ALIEN Art Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiao Nan Hai Guanyin Delubrum.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kaohsiung trip maker site.

Getting from Nantou to Kaohsiung by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Nantou in December: high temperatures in Kaohsiung hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas · Museums

Side Trip

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Flea Markets · Gift & Specialty Shops
Heart of Asia
A sliver of land just off China's east coastline, Taiwan represents one of the world's most densely populated countries--and one of Asia's most powerful economies. History buffs on a tour of Taiwan will discover ancient artifacts stored at outstanding national museums narrating nearly 10,000 years of Asia's history. Those interested in more active pursuits can organize a Taiwan itinerary around its modern mountain resorts, well-developed beaches, and protected forests sheltering hundreds of species of native plant and animal life. Begin your visit in Taipei, a vibrant capital city with a thriving entertainment scene, relatively inexpensive accommodations, and an eclectic culinary scene.