40 days in Taiwan Itinerary

40 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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Taipei
— 6 nights
Train
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Kaohsiung
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hengchun
— 5 nights
Drive
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Taitung
— 5 nights
Drive
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Hualien
— 5 nights
Drive
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Baisha Township
— 3 nights
Drive
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Alishan
— 1 night
Drive
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Chiayi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Taichung
— 5 nights
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Taipei

— 6 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taipei: Jinshan Shuiwei Fishing Port (in Jinshan), YehLiu Geopark (in Wanli) and Ruifang (Nanzilin Trail, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), &more). Spend the 29th (Fri) exploring nature at Yangmingshan National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Lungshan Temple, take a stroll through Ximending, appreciate the history behind National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, and make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

To see reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Taipei trip planner.

Calgary, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Taipei, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Calgary in October: high temperatures in Taipei hover around 32°C and lows are around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can catch the train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Kaohsiung

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaohsiung: Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia) (in West Central District), Chimei Museum (in Rende) and Liuqiu (Scuba & Snorkeling & Xiao Liu Qiu). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, surround yourself with nature on Andy's Cab - Private Tour Guide, get a taste of the local shopping with The Pier-2 Art Centre, and make a trip to The Dome of Light.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kaohsiung holiday builder.

You can take a train from Taipei to Kaohsiung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Taipei in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kaohsiung: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 25°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hengchun

— 5 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.
Hengchun is known for nature, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park, kick back and relax at Shadao Ecological Reserve, get great views at Alang Yi Trail, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Hengchun planning app.

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Hengchun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In November in Hengchun, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 25°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Taitung

— 5 nights

Eastern City

Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Taitung is known for nature, parks, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step off the mainland to explore Orchid Island(Lanyu), take in the natural beauty of Jinlun Hot Spring, admire all the interesting features of Jin Gang Da Dao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Kung-Tung.

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You can drive from Hengchun to Taitung in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

Hualien

— 5 nights
Change things up with a short trip to Yushan National Park in Shuili (about 1h 35 min away).

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hualien vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Taitung to Hualien in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Baisha Township.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Baisha Township

— 3 nights
Get out of town with these interesting Baisha Township side-trips: Xiyu (Erkan Almond Tea & Erkan Community).

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Baisha Township online holiday maker.

Getting from Hualien to Baisha Township by car takes about 11.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Alishan.

Things to do in Baisha Township

Nature · Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Alishan

— 1 night
On the 25th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Shun Bao Fu De Temple, delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, then hike along Tashan Trail, and finally don't miss a visit to Yuyupas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Alishan online route maker.

Traveling by car from Baisha Township to Alishan takes 9 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks · Trails · Nature · Outdoors

Chiayi

— 3 nights
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Venture out of the city with trips to Xiluo Fusing Temple (in Dapi), Beigang (Bei Gang Wu de Temple God of Wealth Temple & Bei Gang Chao Tian Temple) and 36 Curve Road (in Meishan). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Bantaoyao Crafts Studio of Jiao-Zhi Pottery & Chien-Nien, go for a walk through Nioubuzai Grassland, see the interesting displays at Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles, and get a taste of life in the country at Greening Ranch.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Chiayi trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Alishan to Chiayi in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Chiayi

Parks · Trails · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Taichung

— 5 nights

Cultural City

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.
Explore Taichung's surroundings by going to Chung Tai World Museum (in Puli), Sun Moon Lake (in Yuchi) and Ren'ai Township (Hehuanshan National Forest Recreation Area, Cingjing Veterans Farm, &more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland, hike along Dakeng No.2 Trail, ponder the world of politics at Wanchungong, and make a trip to Shin Sei Green Waterway.

To find ratings and other tourist information, use the Taichung trip planner.

You can drive from Chiayi to Taichung in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Taichung are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks · Nature · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Taiwan travel guide

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Landmarks · Gift & Specialty Shops · Shopping Malls
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.