12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

12 days in Taiwan Itinerary

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Start: Vancouver
+2
Fly + Foot + Train:  16 h 45 min
1
Hualien
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
2
Hengchun
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Nantou
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
New Taipei
— 4 nights
Fly:  14 h
End: Vancouver

2
nights
Hualien

Hualien ©
Nestled between the sea and the mountains, Hualien boasts a number of attractions, both natural and manmade.
On the 17th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Chishingtan Scenic Area and then trek along Taroko Gorge. On your second day here, head outdoors with Yanzihkou Trail (Swallow Grotto) and then make a trip to Ch'ing-shui Cliff.

Plan trip to Hualien with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Vancouver, Canada to Hualien is an approximately 17- hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 16 hours traveling from Vancouver to Hualien due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hengchun.

Things to do in Hualien

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

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), look for all kinds of wild species at Kenting National Park and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Shadao Ecological Reserve and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hengchun road trip planning site.

You can drive from Hualien to Hengchun in 4.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In March in Hengchun, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Nantou.

Things to do in Hengchun

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium
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Kenting National Park ©
Kenting National Park
National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium ©
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Nantou is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Sun Moon Lake, stop by Nantou Service Area, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Wenwumiaohoushan Park, and take in the awesome beauty at Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Nantou vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Hengchun to Nantou in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Traveling from Hengchun in March, things will get a bit cooler in Nantou: highs are around 25°C and lows about 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to New Taipei.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature Theme Parks
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

4
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.
When in New Taipei, make a side trip to see National Palace Museum in Shilin, approximately Shilin away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at YehLiu Geopark, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, browse the eclectic array of goods at Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lungshan Temple.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our New Taipei online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nantou to New Taipei takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daytime highs in New Taipei are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New Taipei

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Taipei
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Highlights from your plan
National Palace Museum
National Palace Museum
YehLiu Geopark ©
YehLiu Geopark
Beitou Hot Spring ©
Beitou Hot Spring

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