9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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9 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Taroko Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kaohsiung trip itinerary planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Kaohsiung is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. In December, Kaohsiung is a bit cooler than Singapore - with highs of 29°C and lows of 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Shopping Museums Outdoors
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)
Taroko Park ©
Taroko Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Kenting National Park and then kick back and relax at Shadao Ecological Reserve.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hengchun vacation app .

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 December, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hualien.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park

1
night
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): kick back and relax at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then head outdoors with Taroko Gorge.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hualien trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Hengchun to Hualien takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge

3
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.
Head to Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Taipei 101for plenty of shopping. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ximending and National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine. Go for a jaunt from Taipei to Fuxing District to see Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Taipei Zoo, make a trip to Elephant Mountain (aka Nangang District Hiking Trail), explore the landscape on two wheels at Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, and take an in-depth tour of National Palace Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Taipei online vacation 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, daytime highs in Taipei are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Shopping Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dongyan Mountain Forest Recreation Area, Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

2
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.
On the 14th (Sat), relax in the rural setting at Flying Cow Ranch, then identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, then take a stroll through Rainbow Village Taichung, and finally stop by Mark Taiwan. On your second day here, putt your heart out at Minigolf Taichung and then engage your brain at National Museum of Natural Science.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Taichung day trip planning site .

Getting from Taipei to Taichung by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Taichung are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 15th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Taichung

Parks Theme Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Flying Cow Ranch
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Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science

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