5 days in Taipei, Chiayi & Kaohsiung Itinerary

5 days in Taipei, Chiayi & Kaohsiung Itinerary

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5 days in Taipei, Chiayi & Kaohsiung Itinerary

Start: Ho Chi Minh City
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Taipei
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Chiayi
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kaohsiung
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Ho Chi Minh City

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and then browse the different shops at Taipei 101. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taipei Zoo, and then take in the pleasant sights at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Taipei online vacation planner .

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to Taipei is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ho Chi Minh City in December, you will find days in Taipei are much colder (23°C), and nights are a bit cooler (18°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Chiayi.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

1
night
Chiayi

Chiayi ©
The provincial city in the county of the same name, Chiayi sits as the gateway to the national scenic mountain area of Alishan.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Singang Fenqtain Gong, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at National Chung Cheng University, then don't miss a visit to The Hinoki Village, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Ancient Taiwan Tiles.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Chiayi online vacation planner .

Getting from Taipei to Chiayi by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Chiayi

Museums

Side Trip

National Chung Cheng University
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National Chung Cheng University ©
National Chung Cheng University
The Hinoki Village ©
The Hinoki Village

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and then stop by The Pier-2 Art Centre.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaohsiung online travel planner .

Getting from Chiayi to Kaohsiung by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Kaohsiung, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

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