12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly + bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Nantou
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Magong
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Taipei
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Hualien
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Taitung
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h
End: Singapore

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): see the interesting displays at J18-Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum, then delve into the lush surroundings at Ali Mountain (Alishan), and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Dongpubu Nongbuluo. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wenwu Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Nantou trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Nantou is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. While traveling from Singapore, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Nantou, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Magong.

Things to do in Nantou

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

J18-Chiayi City Historical Relic Museum, National Museum of Natural Science
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Ali Mountain (Alishan) ©
Ali Mountain (Alishan)
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)
National Museum of Natural Science ©

1
night
Magong

Magong ©
Most visitors take a trip to Magong to see Penghu's iconic landmark, the famed Tianhou Gong Mazu temple, honoring the Chinese sea goddess and dating back to the 16th century.
On the 8th (Sun), head outdoors with Lintou Golden Beach, head outdoors with Local Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Chixiyanpu, then enjoy the sand and surf at Shihli Beach Park, and finally stop by Erkan Almond Tea.

For more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Magong trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nantou to Magong takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Taipei.

Things to do in Magong

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Penghu, Erkan Almond Tea, Lintou Golden Beach
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Local Beach ©
Local Beach
Chixiyanpu ©
Chixiyanpu

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 9th (Mon), shop like a local with Taipei 101, then get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: wander the streets of Ximending, then hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), and then make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Taipei road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Magong to Taipei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and car; or do a combination of ferry and train. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in December, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Shakadang Trail and Baiyang Trail. Take a break from the city and head to Zhuilu Old Trail and Chishingtan Scenic Area. The adventure continues: appreciate the views at Mukumugi Valley, hike along Taroko Gorge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Xiangde Temple, and get outside with Yanzihkou Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Hualien trip itinerary builder website .

Take a train from Taipei to Hualien in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taitung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Shakadang Trail ©
Shakadang Trail
Baiyang Trail ©
Baiyang Trail
Mukumugi Valley ©
Mukumugi Valley

1
night
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Natural Tasty Healthy Confections, then head off the coast to Green Island, and then step off the mainland to explore Sanxiantai.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Taitung trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Hualien to Taitung by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Taitung

Nature Parks Shopping
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Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Green Island ©
Green Island
Natural Tasty Healthy Confections ©
Natural Tasty Healthy Confections

2
nights
Hengchun

Hengchun ©
Located on the southern tip of the eponymous peninsula, Hengchun serves as the entry point to Kenting National Park, often attracting more travelers than locals with its tropical beach resorts and bustling night markets.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then meet the residents at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hengchun trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Taitung to Hengchun in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dawan Kenting Beach Park ©
Dawan Kenting Beach Park

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