20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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20 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hsinchu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Nantou
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
4
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hengchun
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Taitung
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
End: Taipei

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang), Tamshui Yuandao Guanyin Temple (in Tamsui) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yangmingshan National Park, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei holiday planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Taipei. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Hsinchu.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

2
nights
Hsinchu

Hsinchu ©
On a trip to Hsinchu, an industrial hub in Northern Taiwan, you can combine pleasant walks in the parks and along the harbor with wider explorations in the area.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get in on the family fun at Leofoo Village Theme Park and then stop by Jinhan Dried Persimmon. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at One Bear Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jhulian Temple, then experience rural life at Mike Recreation Farm, and finally go for a stroll along the water at 17 Kilometers Hsinchu Coast Scenic Area.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Hsinchu driving holiday planner.

Drive from Taipei to Hsinchu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hsinchu can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nantou.

Things to do in Hsinchu

Theme Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Jinhan Dried Persimmon, Mike Recreation Farm, Leofoo Village Theme Park
Highlights from your plan
Leofoo Village Theme Park ©
Leofoo Village Theme Park
Jhulian Temple ©
Jhulian Temple

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Nantou is known for nature, parks, theme parks, historic sites, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, experience rural life at Cingjing Veterans Farm, make a trip to Mona Rudao Memorial Stele, and admire the striking features of Wenwu Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nantou trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Hsinchu to Nantou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September in Nantou, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Nature Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple (in Annan), Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Chimei Museum (in Rende). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), get outside with Ai He (Love River), and don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kaohsiung itinerary planner .

Getting from Nantou to Kaohsiung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daily temperatures in Kaohsiung can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre

3
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.
Hengchun is known for nature, parks, shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park, take some stellar pictures from Alang Yi Trail, stroll around Longpan Park, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hengchun day trip site .

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Hengchun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Hengchun sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Taitung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pingtung, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Taitung is known for nature, parks, museums, trails, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head off the coast to Orchid Island(Lanyu), walk around Taidong Forest Park, look for gifts at Natural Tasty Healthy Confections, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Guanshan Bicycle Path.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taitung sightseeing planning app .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Taitung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Orchid Island(Lanyu) ©
Orchid Island(Lanyu)
Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Guanshan Bicycle Path ©
Guanshan Bicycle Path

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the activities along Chishingtan Scenic Area and then trek along Taroko Gorge. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Eternal Spring Shrine and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hualien travel planner.

You can drive from Taitung to Hualien in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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