12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Nantou
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Taichung
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
4
New Taipei
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
5
Hualien
— 2 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  11​h
End: Singapore

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): browse the exhibits of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, hunt for treasures at Freedom Sunset Market, and then take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), and then examine the collection at Chimei Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip site .

Singapore, Singapore to Kaohsiung is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Kaohsiung reach 29°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Nantou.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Chimei Museum
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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake, then admire the striking features of Wenwu Temple, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wenwumiaohoushan Park. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Cingjing Veterans Farm and then take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan).

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Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Nantou takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, Nantou is a bit cooler than Kaohsiung - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to take a bus to Taichung.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

2
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.
On the 8th (Sun), engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, then identify plant and animal life at Kaomei Wetland, and then wander the streets of Rainbow Village Taichung. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tunghai University, look for gifts at Mark Taiwan, then walk around Lavender Forest, and finally experience rural life at Flying Cow Ranch.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Taichung day trip website .

Taichung is just a stone's throw from Nantou. December in Taichung sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can catch the train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Flying Cow Ranch
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
National Museum of Natural Science ©

3
nights
New Taipei

New Taipei
Xinbei, also known as New Taipei City, stands as a newly founded part of the wider Taipei metropolitan area, stretching up from the capital to the island's northern coast.
Step out of New Taipei with an excursion to National Palace Museum in Shilin--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, meet the residents at Taipei Zoo, and don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our New Taipei holiday builder app .

Take a train from Taichung to New Taipei in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in New Taipei, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): stroll around Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip planner .

You can take a train from New Taipei to Hualien in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

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