12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Taipei
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Nantou
— 3 nights
Bus:  30​min
2
Taichung
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Tainan
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
4
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
End: Taipei

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Lukang and Ci'entang. Discover out-of-the-way places like Jiji Wuchanggong and Mu Sheng Insect Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Nantou side-trips: Huwei (Cats on the roof, Yunlin Story House, & more) and Xiluo Fusing Temple (in Dapi). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Fenghuanggu Bird Park, admire the natural beauty at Jinzhen Gargens, explore the ancient world of Checheng Logging Exhibition Hall, and view the masterpieces at National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute.

For ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Nantou trip planner .

Taipei to Nantou is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for the bus ride to Taichung.

Things to do in Nantou

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Huwei, Touliu, Xiluo Fusing Temple, Lukang
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Lukang ©
Lukang
Yunlin Story House ©
Yunlin Story House
Ci'entang ©
Ci'entang

4
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Taiwan Balloon Museum and Dapunei Marble Soda Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Military Villages Museum and Western Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Taichung: Taiya Museum (in Tai'an), Lukang Folk Arts Museum (in Changhua City) and East District (National Tsing Hua University & One Bear Museum). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Gen.Sun Li-Jen Residence, get engrossed in the history at Taichung Literature Museum, explore the world behind art at Goldmine928 Massage Center Taichung, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pusasi.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Taichung trip planner .

Taichung is very close to Nantou. In January, daytime highs in Taichung are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Tainan.

Things to do in Taichung

Museums Spas Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hsinchu, Dapunei Marble Soda Museum, Taiya Museum, Lukang Folk Arts Museum
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Taiwan Balloon Museum ©
Taiwan Balloon Museum
Military Villages Museum ©
Military Villages Museum
Lukang Folk Arts Museum ©
Lukang Folk Arts Museum

2
nights
Tainan

Tainan ©
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
On the 31st (Fri), examine the collection at National Museum of Taiwan History, then delve into the distant past at Pujidian, then wander the streets of Guohua Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Zhen'antang Feihu General Temple, then kick back and relax at Ma Sha Gou Beach Recreation Area, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nankun Nidai Tianfu.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tainan holiday maker tool .

Traveling by car from Taichung to Tainan takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Taichung in January: high temperatures in Tainan hover around 29°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can take a train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling) ©
Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling)
National Museum of Taiwan History ©
National Museum of Taiwan History

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the striking features of Youchang Yuanshuaifu, learn about all things military at Air Force Museum, then contemplate the long history of Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Wan Jin Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): examine the collection at Hamasen Museum Of Taiwan Railway, then browse the exhibits of Kaohsiung Port Warehouse No. 2, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungshan Temple, and finally take in the natural beauty of Floating Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Tainan to Kaohsiung takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In February, daily temperatures in Kaohsiung can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Wan Jin Church, Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park
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Hamasen Museum Of Taiwan Railway ©
Hamasen Museum Of Taiwan Railway
Wan Jin Church ©
Wan Jin Church
Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park ©
Taiwan Aboriginal Culture Park

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