19 days in Taipei, Taichung & Nantou Itinerary

19 days in Taipei, Taichung & Nantou Itinerary

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19 days in Taipei, Taichung & Nantou Itinerary

Start: Taipei
1
Taipei
— 11 nights
Train:  2 h
2
Taichung
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Nantou
— 3 nights
4
Nantou
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
End: Taipei

11
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.
Bring the kids along to Taipei Zoo and Meihua Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Taipei: Banqiao (Fuzhong 15 & Banqiao Cihui Palace), Chiufen (Jiufen Old Street) (in Ruifang) and Leofoo Village Theme Park (in Guanxi). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at National Palace Museum, browse the different shops at Taipei 101, wander the streets of Ximending, and take in the awesome beauty at Yangmingshan National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Taipei journey planner .

If you are flying in from Singapore, the closest major airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport and Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport. In December, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Taichung.

Things to do in Taipei

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trips

New Taipei, Beipu, Dongshan, Lucky Art Crayon Factory, Leofoo Village Theme Park
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Taipei Zoo ©
Taipei Zoo
Leofoo Village Theme Park ©
Leofoo Village Theme Park
Taipei Children's Amusement Park ©
Taipei Children's Amusement 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the world behind art at National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, then make a trip to Rainbow Village Taichung, then explore the landscape on two wheels at HouFeng Bikeway, and finally identify plant and animal life at Gaomei Wetland. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get curious at National Museum of Natural Science, then stop by Mark Taiwan, then relax in the rural setting at Flying Cow Ranch, and finally make a trip to Tunghai University.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Taichung online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Taipei to Taichung takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Taichung are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Nantou.

Things to do in Taichung

Museums Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Flying Cow Ranch
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National Museum of Natural Science ©
National Museum of Natural Science
Flying Cow Ranch ©
Flying Cow Ranch
Gaomei Wetland ©
Gaomei Wetland

3
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
Nantou provides good access to the cultural and natural sites of the surrounding county of the same name.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Wenwu Temple and then find something for the whole family at Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Sun Moon Lake and then grab your bike and head to Siang Shan Bikeway.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nantou itinerary planner.

Nantou is just a stone's throw from Taichung. In December, daily temperatures in Nantou can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nantou.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Theme Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lugang Old Street
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Sun Moon Lake ©
Sun Moon Lake
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village ©
Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Wenwu Temple ©
Wenwu Temple

2
nights
Nantou

Nantou ©
On the 24th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Small Swiss Garden. On the 25th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Xitou Monster Village and then stroll around Xitou Nature Eduction Area.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nantou itinerary planner .

Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Nantou

Parks Nature
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Xitou Nature Eduction Area ©
Xitou Nature Eduction Area
Cingjing Veterans Farm ©
Cingjing Veterans Farm
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan) ©
Hehuan Mountain (Hehuanshan)

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