8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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8 days in Taiwan Itinerary

Start: Manila, Luzon
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
2
Nantou
— 2 nights
3
New Taipei
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Manila, Luzon

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kaohsiung side-trips: Xiao Liu Qiu (in Liuqiu) and Chimei Museum (in Rende). There's still lots to do: view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, get outside with Ai He (Love River), and make a trip to The Dome of Light.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kaohsiung trip itinerary planning site .

Manila, Philippines to Kaohsiung is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. September in Kaohsiung sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nantou.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Xiao Liu Qiu, Chimei Museum
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Chimei Museum ©
Chimei Museum
The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Xiao Liu Qiu ©
Xiao Liu Qiu

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 5th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Caotun Leicang Si, explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then admire the striking features of Wenwu Temple. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) and then relax in the rural setting at Cingjing Veterans Farm.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Nantou online route builder .

Getting from Kaohsiung to Nantou by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to New Taipei.

Things to do in Nantou

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

3
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.
Go for a jaunt from New Taipei to Shilin to see National Palace Museum about 42 minutes away. There's lots more to do: pause for some photo ops at Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), take a stroll through Ximending, and don't miss a visit to Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our New Taipei trip tool .

You can drive from Nantou to New Taipei in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Taipei
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall ©
Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)

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