18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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18 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Hengchun
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Hualien
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Taipei
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Taichung
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  9​h
End: Singapore

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaohsiung: Chimei Museum (in Rende), Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Anping Guanyinting (in Anping). The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at The Pier-2 Art Centre, make a trip to The Dome of Light, take in the pleasant sights at Takao Fishing Port, and step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kaohsiung road trip website .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tainan, Xiao Liu Qiu
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
Highlights from your plan
Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

3
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.
Hengchun is known for nature, parks, shopping, beaches, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park, don't miss a visit to Feng Chui Sha, see the interesting displays at Taipower, and enjoy the sand and surf at Shadao Ecological Reserve.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hengchun attractions planner.

Drive from Kaohsiung to Hengchun in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Hengchun, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pingtung, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©

3
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Hualien is known for trails, nature, beaches, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Taroko Gorge, get out on two wheels at Uniquefun, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Xiangde Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Hualien trip planning site .

Drive from Hengchun to Hualien in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Taipei side-trips: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at National Palace Museum, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), buy something for everyone on your list at Taipei 101, and get engrossed in the history at National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Taipei trip planner .

Traveling by train from Hualien to Taipei takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Taipei can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

New Taipei
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Taichung: Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake & Wenwumiaohoushan Park), Ren'ai Township (Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) & Cingjing Veterans Farm) and Xiluo Fusing Temple (in Dapi). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, look for gifts at Mark Taiwan, take in the spiritual surroundings of Pusasi, and make a trip to Wanchungong.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Taichung trip itinerary maker website .

Take a train from Taipei to Taichung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Taichung sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nantou, Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, Xiluo Fusing Temple
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

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