8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  5​h
1
Kaohsiung
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Taichung
— 1 night
train:  30​min
3
Sanyi
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Dongshan
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 15​min
5
Taipei
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Kuala Lumpur

1
night
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.
To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip itinerary site .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kaohsiung is an approximately 8-hour flight. In December, Kaohsiung is a bit cooler than Kuala Lumpur - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Shopping Parks
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)
Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pusasi, then wander the streets of Rainbow Village Taichung, then identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, and finally look for gifts at Yichung Shopping Street.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Taichung visit planning app .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Taichung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kaohsiung in December, things will get a bit cooler in Taichung: highs are around 24°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Sanyi.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Wildlife Shopping
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
Yichung Shopping Street ©
Yichung Shopping Street

1
day
Sanyi

Sanyi ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum, then trek along Sih Yue Syue Trail, and then browse the exhibits of Taiwan Hakka Museum.

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Sanyi is just a stone's throw from Taichung. In December, daily temperatures in Sanyi can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dongshan.

Things to do in Sanyi

Museums Parks Trails

Side Trip

Taiwan Hakka Museum
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Taiwan Hakka Museum ©
Taiwan Hakka Museum
Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum ©
Sanyi Wood Sculpture Museum

1
night
Dongshan

Dongshan ©
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Meihua Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yilan Sancing Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Dongshan River Forest Park, and finally take in the exciting artwork at National Center for Traditional Arts.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Dongshan day trip website .

You can drive from Sanyi to Dongshan in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can take a bus to Taipei.

Things to do in Dongshan

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

National Center for Traditional Arts
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Meihua Lake ©
Meihua Lake
National Center for Traditional Arts ©
Yilan Sancing Temple ©
Yilan Sancing Temple

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 31st (Tue), wander the streets of Ximending, then pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and then hunt for treasures at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street). Here are some ideas for day two: grab your bike and head to Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, then explore the striking landscape of Yangmingshan National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hsing Tian Kong.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Taipei tour app .

Getting from Dongshan to Taipei by bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December in Taipei, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park

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