38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  14​h
1
Hsinchu
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Taipei
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
3
Hualien
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Taitung
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Hengchun
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kaohsiung
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
7
Magong
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Taichung
— 8 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Sydney

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hsinchu: Jinhan Dried Persimmon (in Xinpu), Leofoo Village Theme Park (in Guanxi) and Mike Recreation Farm (in Beipu). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at One Bear Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taoyuan Shrine, don't miss a visit to Dashan Beiyue, and enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at National Tsing Hua University.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hsinchu trip website .

Sydney, Australia to Hsinchu is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to China Standard Time (CST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in September: highs in Hsinchu hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Hsinchu

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Leofoo Village Theme Park, Taoyuan Shrine, Bashatun Gongtian Temple, Jinhan Dried Persimmon, Dashan Beiyue
Highlights from your plan
Eighteen Peaks ©
Eighteen Peaks
Leofoo Village Theme Park ©
Leofoo Village Theme Park
National Tsing Hua University ©
National Tsing Hua University

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli), Tamshui Yuandao Guanyin Temple (in Tamsui) and Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, admire the sheer force of Shifen Waterfall, and take a stroll through Ximending.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Taipei online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Hsinchu to Taipei takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Hualien.

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

4
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
When in Hualien, make a side trip to see Yushan National Park in Shuili, approximately 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: trek along Taroko Gorge, explore the landscape on two wheels at Yufu Bikeway, take in the dramatic natural features at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Sixty Rock Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Hualien online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Taipei to Hualien in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Yushan National Park
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

4
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, stroll through Guanshan Bicycle Path, and see the interesting displays at Taitung Museum.

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Traveling by car from Hualien to Taitung takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hengchun.

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

4
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 striking landscape of Kenting National Park, stroll around Longpan Park, step off the mainland to explore Sand Island (Sa-Dau), and observe the fascinating underwater world at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hengchun holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Taitung to Hengchun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Hengchun can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Kaohsiung.

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

4
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 Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District), Chimei Museum (in Rende) and Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu). There's lots more to do: explore the galleries of The Pier-2 Art Centre, take in panoramic vistas at Kaohsiung Main Public Library, steep yourself in history at Anping Tree House, and head outdoors with Ai He (Love River).

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung sightseeing planner .

Drive from Hengchun to Kaohsiung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Magong.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Parks

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

4
nights
Magong

Magong ©
Most visitors take a trip to Magong to see Penghu's iconic landmark, the famed Tianhou Gong Mazu temple, honoring the Chinese sea goddess and dating back to the 16th century.
Change things up with these side-trips from Magong: Xiyu (Siyu, Daguoye Xuanwuyan, & more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Crab Museum, don't miss a visit to Guanyin Buddhist Temple, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serpent Head Mountain, and look for gifts at Erkan Almond Tea.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Magong road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kaohsiung to Magong in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Magong

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Penghu, Xiyu, Huxi, Tong Liang Gu Rong
Highlights from your plan
Local Beach ©
Local Beach
Siyu ©
Siyu
Guanyin Buddhist Temple ©
Guanyin Buddhist Temple

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taichung side-trips: Ren'ai Township (Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) & Cingjing Veterans Farm), Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake, Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village, & more) and Mona Rudao Memorial Stele (in Nantou City). There's lots more to do: take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, admire the sheer force of Sunglungyen Waterfall, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ali Mountain (Alishan), and head outdoors with Tanyashen Cycleway.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taichung trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Magong to Taichung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. October in Taichung sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 24°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nantou, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

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