36 days in Taiwan Itinerary

36 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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36 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Fly:  2​h 30​min
1
Matsu
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Datong
— 2 nights
taxi + train:  2​h 15​min
3
Hualien
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Taitung
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Pingtung
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Tainan
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Alishan
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Nantou
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Taipei
— 6 nights
End: Taipei

1
night
Matsu

Matsu ©
On the 12th (Wed), head off the coast to Guidao and then don't miss a visit to Dongyong Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Beihaikengdao, head off the coast to Tiebao, and then wander the streets of Qinbi Village.

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Taipei to Matsu is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and ferry; or ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Datong.

Things to do in Matsu

Nature Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Dongyong Lighthouse ©
Dongyong Lighthouse

2
nights
Datong

Datong ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): get outside with Qilan Shenmuyuan and then take in the awesome beauty at Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at Jiuzize Hot Spring, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Qingshui Spring, and then explore the activities along Emerld Peak Lake.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Datong trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Matsu to Datong takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of ferry and bus. June in Datong sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Hualien.

Things to do in Datong

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Emerld Peak Lake
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Visiting Taroko Gorge and Shakadang Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, grab your bike and head to Yufu Bikeway, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sixty Rock Mountain, and trek along Yanzihkou Trail.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hualien online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Datong to Hualien takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hualien

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

5
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Take a break from the city and head to Orchid Island(Lanyu) and Jinlun Hot Spring. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Guanshan Bicycle Path, head off the coast to Sanxiantai, stop by Natural Tasty Healthy Confections, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nuwalian.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Taitung trip planner.

You can drive from Hualien to Taitung in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Pingtung.

Things to do in Taitung

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

4
nights
Pingtung

Pingtung ©
Mostly serving as a base for exploring Kenting National Park, Pingtung enjoys a pleasant, subtropical climate, sandy beaches, and a friendly atmosphere.
Take a break from the city and head to Kenting National Park and Lianchi (Lotus) Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Pingtung side-trips: The Pier-2 Art Centre (in Yancheng), Kaohsiung Main Public Library (in Qianzhen) and The Dome of Light (in Xinxing). There's lots more to do: explore the gorgeous colors at Beauty Cave, look for all kinds of wild species at Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve, make a trip to Feng Chui Sha, and walk around Xiao Liu Qiu.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pingtung tour planner.

You can take a train from Taitung to Pingtung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Pingtung

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©
Beauty Cave ©
Beauty Cave

5
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Step out of the city life by going to Erliao Guanriting and Guanziling Hot Spring. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tainan: The British Consulate At Takao (in Gushan), Formosa Boulevard Station (in Xinxing) and Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum (in Dashu District). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Chimei Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Anping Fort (Anping gubao), make a trip to Dragon Tiger Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tainan visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pingtung to Tainan takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Alishan.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Kaohsiung
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)
Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island

2
nights
Alishan

Alishan ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Tanayiku and then head outdoors with Alishan Siding Yunhai. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Tefuye Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shouzhen Temple.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Alishan trip maker website .

Drive from Tainan to Alishan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nantou.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Chiayi County
Highlights from your plan
Shouzhen Temple ©
Shouzhen Temple

5
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Get outdoors at Sun Moon Lake and Ali Mountain (Alishan). Step out of Nantou to go to Qingshui and see Kaomei Wetland, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Yushan National Park. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), examine the collection at 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan, admire the striking features of Wenwu Temple, and explore and take pictures at Cingjing Veterans Farm.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantou road trip planner.

You can drive from Alishan to Nantou in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Nantou, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Taipei.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Taichung
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

6
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yangmingshan National Park and Yeh Liu Geo Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Ruifang (Elephant Trunk Rock, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), & more) and Shifen Waterfall (in Pingxi). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring, and get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Taipei online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Nantou to Taipei in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Yeh Liu Geo Park ©
Yeh Liu Geo Park

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