39 days in Taiwan Itinerary

39 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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39 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Vienna
Fly:  17​h
1
Nantou
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Alishan
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
3
Magong
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
4
Kaohsiung
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Hengchun
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Taitung
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Hualien
— 5 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  5​h
8
Matsu
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
New Taipei
— 6 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Vienna

4
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Escape the urban bustle at Sun Moon Lake and Gaomei Wetland. Get some historical perspective at Lukang and Dongpubu Nongbuluo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nantou: 36 Curve Road (in Meishan) and Rainbow Village Taichung (in Nantun). Spend the 30th (Mon) exploring nature at Yushan National Park. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan), explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park, and take a peaceful walk through Ali Mountain (Alishan).

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nantou trip itinerary app .

Vienna, Austria to Nantou is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Vienna to Nantou is 7 hours. Traveling from Vienna in December, expect Nantou to be much warmer, temps between 24°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Alishan.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Taichung, Lukang, 36 Curve Road
Find places to stay Dec 28 — Jan 1:
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Yushan National Park ©
Yushan National Park
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

2
nights
Alishan

Alishan ©
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): head outdoors with Tashan Trail, trek along Tefuye Trail, then get outside with Alishan Siding Yunhai, and finally snap pictures at Liujiadian Changshou Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri): hike along Mihu Trail, delve into the lush surroundings at Alishan National Forest Recreation Area, then look for all kinds of wild species at Tanayiku, and finally get outside with Tanayiku Fish Watching Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Alishan tour itinerary builder site .

Getting from Nantou to Alishan by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Magong.

Things to do in Alishan

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Chiayi County
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Tashan Trail ©
Tashan Trail

3
nights
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.
Visiting Shihli Beach Park and Chixiyanpu will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Local Beach and Lintou Golden Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Magong: Xiyu (Yuwengdao Lighthouse Siyu Lighthouse, Erkan Community, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Serpent Head Mountain, witness the site of a historic battle at Dongtai Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Qimei Longcheng, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Penghu Tianhou Temple.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Alishan to Magong in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, train, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Magong

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Xiyu, Penghu, Lintou Golden Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 6:
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Local Beach ©
Local Beach
Chixiyanpu ©
Chixiyanpu
Penghu Tianhou Temple ©
Penghu Tianhou Temple

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ai He (Love River) and Seaside Park. Visit Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area and Qi Jing Bathing Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Kaohsiung's surroundings by going to West Central District (Guanzi Hill (Guan Zi Ling), Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia), & more) and Anping (Anping Tree House & Anping Fort (Anping gubao)). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Lungshan Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fo Guang Shan, and savor the flavors at Freedom Sunset Market.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Magong to Kaohsiung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In January, daytime highs in Kaohsiung are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tainan, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 11:
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Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Fo Guang Shan ©
Fo Guang Shan
Anping Tree House ©
Anping Tree House

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.
Popular historic sites such as Fu'an Temple and Mudan Shihmen Battle Field are in your itinerary. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Shadao Ecological Reserve and White Sand Bay. Change things up with a short trip to National Forest Recreation Areas in Shizi Township (about 44 minutes away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Kenting National Park, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Dawan Kenting Beach Park, and make a trip to Feng Chui Sha.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Hengchun trip maker tool .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Hengchun by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in January, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Taitung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Pingtung, National Forest Recreation Areas, Fu'an Temple, Jialeshuei Surf Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling
Kenting Long Keng Ecological Reserve ©

5
nights
Taitung

Taitung ©
Sitting between the mountains and the sea, Taitung offers pleasing scenery no matter what direction you face.
Get outdoors at Lvdaoshilang and Guanshan Bicycle Path. Relax by the water at Nuwalian and Lanyu Badai Bay. The adventure continues: step off the mainland to explore Sanxiantai, head outdoors with East Coast National Scenic Area, grab your bike and head to Taitung Bicycle Road, and explore the activities along Jiaming Lake.

To find traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Taitung online trip builder .

Drive from Hengchun to Taitung in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hualien.

Things to do in Taitung

Parks Nature Outdoors
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Nuwalian ©
Nuwalian
Guanshan Bicycle Path ©
Guanshan Bicycle Path
Taitung Bicycle Road ©
Taitung Bicycle Road

5
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Take a break from the city and head to Taroko Gorge and Chishingtan Scenic Area. Get some historical perspective at Xiangde Temple and Hayashida Temple. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff, look for gifts at Zengji Mashu, get out on two wheels at Uniquefun, and get outside with Yufu Bikeway.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hualien online holiday planner .

Drive from Taitung to Hualien in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Matsu.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff

3
nights
Matsu

Matsu ©
Get some historical perspective at Qinbi Village and Dongquan Lighthouse. Escape the urban bustle at Yisiantian and Tiebao.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Matsu trip planner .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Hualien to Matsu takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and ferry; or do a combination of train and ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to New Taipei.

Things to do in Matsu

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 28:
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Dongyong Lighthouse ©
Dongyong Lighthouse
Dongquan Lighthouse ©
Dongquan Lighthouse

6
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Yangmingshan National Park and Yeh Liu Geo Park. Popular historic sites such as Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Yonglian Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting New Taipei side-trips: National Palace Museum (in Shilin), Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail (in Neihu) and 18 Fen Guai Zun Trail (in Beitou). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Ximending, shop like a local with Taipei 101, don't miss a visit to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), and have fun at Keelung River.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the New Taipei road trip planning site .

You can fly from Matsu to New Taipei in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of ferry and flight; or ride a ferry. In January in New Taipei, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 16°C at night. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei
Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 3:
Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

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