9 days in Taipei, Nantou & Kaohsiung Itinerary

9 days in Taipei, Nantou & Kaohsiung Itinerary

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9 days in Taipei, Nantou & Kaohsiung Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+3
ferry + bus + foot + Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Taipei
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Nantou
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
3
Kaohsiung
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + ferry:  6​h 45​min
End: Boracay

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.
Shop till you drop at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) and Taipei 101. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ximending and National Palace Museum. Explore Taipei's surroundings by going to Yeh Liu Geo Park (in Wanli), Qingan Temple (in Ren'ai District) and Keelung River (in Bali). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yangmingshan National Park, head outdoors with Keelung River Right Bank Bike Trail, make a trip to Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, and take in the natural beauty of Beitou Hot Spring.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Taipei day trip planning tool .

Boracay, Philippines to Taipei is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of ferry, bus, and flight. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Boracay in December; daily highs in Taipei reach 23°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nantou.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

New Taipei, Qingan Temple
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National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) ©
Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street)
Taipei 101 ©
Taipei 101

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 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Wenwumiaohoushan Park, explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, and then contemplate the long history of Wenwu Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Lugang Old Street, then identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland, and then don't miss a visit to Rainbow Village Taichung.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nantou travel planning website .

You can drive from Taipei to Nantou in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaohsiung.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Taichung, Lugang Old Street
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Rainbow Village Taichung ©
Rainbow Village Taichung
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland

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 26th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Cijin Island, then make a trip to The Dome of Light, then view the masterpieces at The Pier-2 Art Centre, and finally get outside with Ai He (Love River). Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Smile Park, then get engrossed in the history at Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, and then browse the fresh offerings at Freedom Sunset Market.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaohsiung trip planner .

You can take a train from Nantou to Kaohsiung in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Nantou in December, things will get a bit warmer in Kaohsiung: highs are around 29°C and lows about 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaohsiung

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The Pier-2 Art Centre ©
The Pier-2 Art Centre
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum ©
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum
Cijin Island ©
Cijin Island

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