12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 1 night
train:  2​h
2
Taichung
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Taipei
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Hualien
— 1 night
train:  3​h
5
New Taipei
— 1 night
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Taipei
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): grab your bike and head to Seaside Park and then take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung trip app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kaohsiung is an approximately 8-hour flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Shopping Outdoors
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Seaside Park ©
Seaside Park

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Painted Animation Lane, get engrossed in the history at Taichung Literature Museum, admire the masterpieces at Asia University Museum of Modern Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland, and finally take a peaceful walk through Jiu Tian Black Forest.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Taichung itinerary builder app .

Traveling by train from Kaohsiung to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kaohsiung in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Taichung, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Taichung

Museums Parks Wildlife
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Asia University Museum of Modern Art ©
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Taichung Literature Museum ©
Taichung Literature Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taipei Grand Mosque, and then make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Taipei road trip planning app .

Getting from Taichung to Taipei by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 22nd (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites
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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei Grand Mosque ©
Taipei Grand Mosque

1
night
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Baiyang Trail, Ch'ing-shui Cliff and East Gate Night Market. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Ch'ing-shui Cliff, then head outdoors with Baiyang Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chishingtan Scenic Area, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at East Gate Night Market.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hualien trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Hualien takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to New Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). On the 23rd (Wed), go for a walk through Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street).

To see maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read New Taipei online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Hualien to New Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in New Taipei

Shopping Historic Sites
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Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

5
nights
Taipei

Taipei ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yangmingshan National Park, Raohe Street Night Market, Shilin Night Market, and other attractions you added. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tianhou Temple and 來好 LAI HAO Taiwan Gift Shop. Explore Taipei further: buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei trip planner.

Taipei is just a stone's throw from New Taipei. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trip

FengJia Night Market
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Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Shilin Night Market
Shilin Night Market

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