38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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38 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  9 h
1
Taipei
— 6 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Hualien
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 30 min
3
Kaohsiung
— 4 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Hengchun
— 4 nights
Bus + Train:  3 h
5
Tainan
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
6
Taichung
— 8 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Luzhu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Taipei
— 3 nights
Fly:  29 h
End: Sault Ste. Marie


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6
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), Taipei 101, Songshan Cihui Temple, and other attractions you added. Explore hidden gems such as National Taiwan University and Songshan Ciyou Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Taipei: Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang), Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area (in Datong) and Lipi Lake (in Yuanshan). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chih Nan Temple (Zhinan Temple), stroll around Lotus Pond, and get lost in a book at Beitou Public Library, Taipei.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Taipei trip maker app .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Taipei is an approximately 29-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to China Standard Time (CST) is 13 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in May, with highs in Taipei at 34°C and lows at 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 11th (Mon) before leaving for Hualien.

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Lipi Lake, Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Find places to stay May 5 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

4
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Step off the beaten path and head to Sanxiantai and Yanzihkou Trail. Change things up with a short trip to Taitung Brown's Road in Chishang (about 1h 45 min away). Next up on the itinerary: hike along Taroko Gorge, stop by Zengji Mashu, get outside with Zuocang Trail, and stroll through Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hualien travel app .

You can take a train from Taipei to Hualien in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Taitung
Find places to stay May 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff
Sanxiantai ©
Sanxiantai
Taitung Brown's Road ©
Taitung Brown's Road

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fo Guang Shan and Fengyi Academy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaohsiung: Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Donglong Temple (in Donggang). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Caishan Natural Park, head off the coast to Cijin Island, get outside with Ai He (Love River), and explore the activities along Lianchi (Lotus) Lake.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Hualien to Kaohsiung in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Donglong Temple, Xiao Liu Qiu
Find places to stay May 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Fo Guang Shan ©
Fo Guang Shan
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Kenting National Park and Alang Yi Trail. There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, take some stellar pictures from Kenting Wanli Dong, make a trip to Feng Chui Sha, and walk around Southern Point.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hengchun trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Kaohsiung to Hengchun takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Tainan.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pingtung, National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
Find places to stay May 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Alang Yi Trail
Alang Yi Trail

4
nights
Tainan

Tainan
The oldest city in the country, Tainan stood as the island's capital during feudal times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Guanziling Hot Spring and National Cheng Kung University. Change things up with these side-trips from Tainan: Singang Fenqtain Gong (in West District) and High-Heel Wedding Church (in Chiayi). The adventure continues: examine the collection at National Museum of Taiwan History, take in the spiritual surroundings of An'png Kaitai Tianhou Palace, contemplate the long history of Anping Tree House, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia).

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tainan trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hengchun to Tainan in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In May in Tainan, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Taichung.

Things to do in Tainan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Chiayi
Find places to stay May 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Guanziling Hot Spring ©
Guanziling Hot Spring
National Cheng Kung University ©
National Cheng Kung University

8
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wenwu Temple and Chung Tai World Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Sun-Link-Sea Forest and Nature Resort (in Zhushan), Ren'ai Township (Wuling & Cingjing Veterans Farm) and Yuchi (Sun Moon Lake, Siang Shan Bikeway, & more). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Tianhou Temple, wander the streets of Rainbow Village Taichung, contemplate the long history of Lukang, and identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Taichung online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Tainan to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tainan in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Taichung, with lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Luzhu.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Nantou, Changhua
Find places to stay May 27 — Jun 4:
Highlights from your plan
Chung Tai World Museum ©
Chung Tai World Museum
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Wenwu Temple ©
Wenwu Temple

2
nights
Luzhu

Luzhu ©
On the 5th (Fri), make a trip to Wufugong and then get in on the family fun at Leofoo Village Theme Park.

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

Getting from Taichung to Luzhu by car takes about 2 hours. June in Luzhu sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Taipei.

Things to do in Luzhu

Theme Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Taoyuan, Leofoo Village Theme Park
Find places to stay Jun 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
Leofoo Village Theme Park ©
Leofoo Village Theme Park
En'ai Farm ©
En'ai Farm

3
nights
Taipei

Taipei ©
You've added Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), Taipei 101, Songshan Cihui Temple, and other attractions to your itinerary. Enjoy Taipei some more: get a sense of history and politics at Presidential Office Building.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Taipei road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Luzhu to Taipei takes an hour. You will leave for home on the 9th (Tue).

Things to do in Taipei

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Songshan Cihui Temple ©
Songshan Cihui Temple
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101
Daan Forest Park ©
Daan Forest Park

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