8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Kaohsiung
1
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Taipei
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Keelung
— 1 day
Drive:  30​min
5
Taipei
— Few hours
train:  2​h 45​min
6
Kaohsiung
— 1 day
End: Kaohsiung

2
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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Cihou Fort, then shop like a local with Kuchan Shopping District, and then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Wan Jin Church, contemplate the long history of Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Taroko Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kaohsiung road trip planning tool .

If you are flying in from Malaysia, the closest major airports are Kaohsiung International Airport, Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport and Kinmen Airport. December in Kaohsiung sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Tainan, Wan Jin Church, Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Taroko Park ©
Taroko Park
Wan Jin Church ©
Wan Jin Church

1
night
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.
To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Taichung trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Taichung is slightly colder than Kaohsiung - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Changhua, Zi Nan Temple
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Lugang Longshan Temple ©
Lugang Longshan Temple
Lukang ©
Lukang
Yichung Shopping Street ©
Yichung Shopping Street

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.
On the 27th (Fri), get to know the fascinating history of Yonglian Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple), then take a stroll through Ximending, and finally browse the different shops at Taipei 101. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Taipei Confucius Temple, take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum, and then take a stroll through Wulai.

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Traveling by train from Taichung to Taipei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Keelung.

Things to do in Taipei

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

New Taipei
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple) ©
Guandu Temple (Kuantu Temple)
Taipei Confucius Temple ©
Taipei Confucius Temple

1
day
Keelung

Keelung ©
A rainy port city close to the capital, Keelung appeals to visitors with its famous night market and wealth of historic structures.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Qidu Railway Memorial Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jile Si, pick up some local products at Ren'ai Market, then don't miss a visit to Keelung Harbor, then don't miss a visit to Dawulun Fort, and finally make a trip to Siandongyan Foshoudong.

To find out how to plan a trip to Keelung, use our trip itinerary maker.

Keelung is just a stone's throw from Taipei. In December, daily temperatures in Keelung can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Keelung

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Dawulun Fort ©
Dawulun Fort
Qidu Railway Memorial Park ©
Qidu Railway Memorial Park
Ren'ai Market ©
Ren'ai Market

few
hours
Taipei

Taipei
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Taipei is just a stone's throw from Keelung. You will leave for Kaohsiung on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Shopping Outdoors

1
day
Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, then pick up some local products at Freedom Sunset Market, and then make a trip to Hamasen.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung journey tool .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Kaohsiung takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. When traveling from Taipei in December, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kaohsiung, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Freedom Sunset Market ©
Freedom Sunset Market

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