Taipei is no doubt the most popular place for tourists in Taiwan, and for good reasons. It is an absolute blast to visit this busy and fun city! Like most travellers who visit Taiwan, I only went to Taipei on my first time there. On my itinerary were the classic things you’d expect: do the stinky tofu challenge at the night market, visit Taipei 101, and go to the overrated Modern Toilet café. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time! BUT I could not help but feel a little unsatisfied when I left. After being surrounded by tourists for three days, I wondered if I really saw the true Taiwan. If you know me, I love to go off the beaten path and visit less well known and quirky places. SO I made the decision to go back to Taiwan for a half month trip last Christmas! If you follow me on Instagram, boy I don’t even need to tell you some of the super cool places I got to visit! Taiwan is a treasure trove of unique sites. In this guide, I share my two weeks Taiwan itinerary recommended for travellers who have time to go beyond Taipei and explore this awesome island. My friend, you won’t be disappointed!
*Note: You can mix and match the suggestions to suit your needs and click on the detailed guide for each destination!
Here we go!
Day 0 – Arrive in Taipei
Wherever you are flying in from, take the night to get a good rest at your hotel. You are going to need the energy for the adventure that is about to begin!
Ok so Taipei is still king as it’s the capital city of Taiwan. It does deserve the most time for exploration. There is a lot to do, see, and eat in Taipei! From Ninxia night market, to Betou hot spring, to elephant mountain, to the must take day trip to Jiufen old town, you will not get bored here!
Just one hour away from Taipei by high speed rail is Taichung city. I think Taichung is superr underrated. It’s a vibrant city bursting with colours, cool arts and beautiful scenery. Spend the first day checking out the unique Rainbow Village near the HSR station and visit the delicious Fengjia Night Market. On the second day, get your sexy poses ready and have a photoshoot day at the gorgeous Zhongshe Flower Market and Gaomei wetland.
It’s time to get out of the city! Get away to the peaceful Sun Moon Lake. SML is the largest body of water in Taiwan. It’s a great place to hike, bike and relax in general. Spend a day here to recharge after a week of being on the road. Netflix n’ Chill with lakeside view anyone?
There is nothing like the fresh mountain air in Alisan. A can’t miss gem for your Taiwan itinerary. You can watch the sunrise at two different viewing points on the mountains and on a good day, see majestic cloud sea. Hike through the forest and be in awe at the huge trees that are thousands of years old.
Kaohsiung is the third most populated city in Taiwan. Visit the rad Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, walk along the romantic Love River, and watch sunset on the beach at Cijin Island. A great city to visit for couples, solo travelers, family vaca-ers, life elopers, everybody!
Day 13- Day 14 Tainan
Tainan is reputed to have the best food in Taiwan! Does that entice you to visit? 😛 Indeed there are restaurants everywhere, multiple night markets and many many cafes. Spend the last stop in Tainan. Visit the historical Anpin district (where there is the most badass tree house you will ever see), check out the quirky Shennong street, and most importantly, eat eat eat!
Well that’s it for two weeks in Taiwan! There is so much to see on this wonderful island and I hope this guide served a great introduction. This particular Taiwan itinerary focused mostly on the west coast. But if you have more time, you can always make a longer trip and visit the east coast, which is full of gems as well! Check out this post on the beautiful Taroko Gorge, Written by Reading The Book. I am definitely visiting here next time!
Tips for traveling in Taiwan
Public transportation is cheap. But if you want more convenience, it’s easy to get around by taxi. A 10 minutes ride will set you back by about 100 NTD, which is about $4 USD. If you are traveling in a group, it’s worth it. You can also hire a driver for a day for a set price.
Taiwan weather is hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. I have visited during both seasons. Don’t go in August, just don’t. You will melt into a puddle. The best time to visit is in the fall and winter, when temperature is cool and rainfall is low. On my last trip to Taiwan in December, the temperature was about 15c on average. The more south you go, the warmer it typically gets. However, night times and on mountains can get cold. So packing one or two sets of warm clothes for layering is a good idea.
Have fun on your trip! If you have any questions about this Two Weeks Taiwan itinerary, always feel free to leave me a comment.
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