15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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15 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Singapore
+2
Fly + foot + train:  11​h
1
Hualien
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Taipei
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Taichung
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Nantou
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Singapore

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
On the 9th (Mon), kick back and relax at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then hike along Taroko Gorge. Keep things going the next day: hike along Yanzihkou Trail and then explore the striking landscape at Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Hualien trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Hualien is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a train to Taipei.

Things to do in Hualien

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Chishingtan Scenic Area ©
Chishingtan Scenic Area
Taroko Gorge ©
Taroko Gorge
Ch'ing-shui Cliff ©
Ch'ing-shui Cliff

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yangmingshan National Park and Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail. Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Qingan Temple will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Keelung River (in Bali) and Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli). There's lots more to do: get to know the resident critters at Taipei Zoo, don't miss a visit to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, take a stroll through Ximending, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hsing Tian Kong.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Taipei trip planning app .

Getting from Hualien to Taipei by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

New Taipei, Qingan Temple
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Yangmingshan National Park ©
Yangmingshan National Park
Yeh Liu Geo Park ©
Yeh Liu Geo Park

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 15th (Sun), delve into the lush surroundings at Jiu Tian Black Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Gaomei Wetland, make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung, then get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, and finally get a sense of history and politics at Wanchungong. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of PaoChueh Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Taichung Baptist Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pusasi, and finally relax in the rural setting at Flying Cow Ranch.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Taichung attractions website .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Taichung, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a bus to Nantou.

Things to do in Taichung

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Flying Cow Ranch
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PaoChueh Temple ©
PaoChueh Temple
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): find something for the whole family at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village and then steep yourself in history at Wenwu Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Xuanguang Temple and then contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nantou online travel route planner .

Nantou is very close to Taichung. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Nantou

Theme Parks Nature Parks
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Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Wenwu Temple ©
Wenwu Temple

2
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.
On the 19th (Thu), examine the collection at Taipower, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, and then take a stroll through Fu'an Temple. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at White Sand Bay, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kenting National Park, and then walk around Southern Point.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Hengchun route website .

You can drive from Nantou to Hengchun in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Nantou in December: high temperatures in Hengchun hover around 29°C and lows are around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Checheng
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
White Sand Bay ©
White Sand Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): head outdoors with Ai He (Love River), then don't miss a visit to The Dome of Light, then stroll around Seaside Park, and finally admire the striking features of Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia). Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lungshan Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kaohsiung trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hengchun to Kaohsiung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
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Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Chihkan Tower (Fort Provintia)
Ai He (Love River) ©
Ai He (Love River)
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum

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