A Perfect One-Week Taiwan Itinerary
Taiwan is located in Eastern Asia, off the Southeast coast of China. There are many Taiwan tourist spots, beautiful tourist attractions, festivals to enjoy all year round. We will write one week Taiwan itinerary, 2 weeks and even longer if you decide to explore Taiwan with plenty of time.
Taiwan isn’t a popular destination like Thailand and is rarely visited by Western tourists. However, those who visit Taiwan can have fun as well because there are many Taiwan tourist spots to visit- from the beautiful architecture, to unexplored beaches and awesome national parks.
Taiwan is a country like no other – with spending metropolises, and hidden forests competing for your attention, each treating you to stunning scenes and adventures. read here all the things to know before visiting Taiwan.
WHERE TO STAY IN TAIWAN
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One Week Taiwan Itinerary
As first stop in your itinerary in Taiwan you will be getting to Taoyuan International Airport. If you have short time in Taiwan. Let’s see a week in Taiwan. We will recommend you to visit Taipei, Taroko National Park and also you can visit Taichung if you like cities can be a great option. Read here best Taiwan tourist sim card.
You will have a busy week between Taipei, Taichung City and trips around Taipei like Taroko National Park, Wulai and Sun Moon Lake. When staying in Taipei we recommend you to visit Taipei 101 and Elephant Mountain a nice trekking where you will have amazing views of the city.
The National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall. And at night is a must to do in Taipei visiting night markets. The most popular one is Shilin Night Market.
We recommend at least 2 days visiting Taipei to have enough time to go around. As day trips from Taipei Yangmingshan National Park, Jiufen and Pingxi could be a great idea. At night visiting the night markets was our favorite thing to do in Taipei.
Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010. It is an iconic tower which has ravishing architecture in the center of Taipei. It even has the fastest elevator so you should try that, it goes 90+ stories in just 35 seconds!
It is such a beautiful building that allows you to see the nice landscape of Taipei City from the top. There is Galleria mall in lower levels selling fine products. They simply have bunch of famous shops and store brands which attract millions of tourists each year! Plus, don’t forget to take a selfie from the bottom of the building since it is also a popular thing to do! Read here our experience in Taipei 101.
Elephant Mountain is the perfect place to see the best views of Taipei. The hike to get to the top will take you 15-20 minutes and everything is indicated properly with signs. Just expect a big crowd since many people visit Elephant Mountain since is one of the most popular spots in Taipei.
NATIONAL CHIANG KAI-SHEK MEMORIAL HALL
One of our favorite Taiwan tourist spots which is also a very famous place to visit. It’s located in the heart of Taipei City and has become a popular landmark since then.
It’s a great place to visit to understand about the history of Taiwan. World famous musicians have already performed at the National Theater and National Concert Hall which is also one of the purposes of the great building.
SHILIN NIGHT MARKET
This market is one of the largest and most popular night markets in Taiwan. If you are like Rachel who loves shopping, you’ll enjoy this place! There’s a lot of things to buy here, from food, clothes, shoes, and many other stuff. These things are either local or international. It’s just 70 meters away from MRT Jiantan Station so it’s accessible.
Trips Around Taipei
SUN MOON LAKE
It is considered to be the largest body of water in Taiwan found in Nantou County. The area surrounding Sun Moon Lake is where the Thao Tribe lives, one of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. This lake surrounds the tiny island Lalu. It is known that the east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west resembles a moon.
That is why it’s called Sun Moon Lake. Take note that swimming in Sun Moon Lake is prohibited, except during the annual 3-km race called the Swimming Carnival of Sun Moon Lake celebrated around the Mid-Autumn Festival annually.
Read here how to get to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei!
TAROKO NATIONAL PARK
It’s a must visiting Taroko National Park. You can see amazing landscapes and waterfalls and it was one of my favorite Taiwan tourist spots. How to visit Taroko National Park? It’s easy and it’s actually for free.
You can rent a motorbike and drive you around Taroko National Park. You will enjoy spending your day in Taroko National Park. If you don’t like riding a motorbike, you can join guided tours around Taroko National Park.
JIUFEN OLD STREET
This is one of the many places in Taiwan where you can try local food, buying souvenirs. Jiufen Old Street is the most prosperous shopping district so if you love shopping like Rachel does, you have to stay for a day or two here to enjoy the experience!
Read here how to get to Jiufen!
BA YAN WILD HOTSPRINGS IN YANGMINGSHAN NATIONAL PARK
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It is one of the 9 national parks in Taiwan, located between Taipei and New Taipei City. There are mountains here, as well as volcanic geography and hot springs, making it a summer destination for both locals and tourists. It’s truly a beautiful urban garden that you can go to if you want to experience nature even in the city!
One of the hot spring here is the Ba Yan Ye Xi Hot Spring, a hidden wild hot spring in Yangmingshan National Park. You can take a dip here and relax. Just wear proper swimming attire and expect it to be busy especially on the weekends. So we recommend you to visit during weekdays!
Wulai is a mountainous district on the southern part of New Taipei City. This is a must-visit Taiwan Tourist Spot because you can do a lot of things here with enjoyment.
You have to visit The Wulai Atayal Museum which traces the history of indigenous Atayal people, ride the cable car that runs up to the majestic Wulai Waterfall, swim in its hot springs and pools by the Nanshi River, and appreciate nature at Neidong Forest Recreation Area.
Taichung City is the second largest in Taiwan and you will find many plans to do. A cool thing to visit is Rainbow Village outside city center. We also loved it Fengjia night market to go out at night time.
It is a village in Nantun District, Taichung City that is unique because of the colorful houses here, thus, the name. All of the paintings in this village are painted by Grandpa Rainbow, Mr. Huang Yung-Fu. Tourists come and visit this to take pictures because of its fun, vibrant vibes. Have you ever been in Rainbow Village?
Read here how to get to Taichung City!
Fengjia Night market
Quite busy Fengjia night market but perfect for dinner. You will find many options as street food. There are restaurants around when you can eat noodle soups, dumplings and other Taiwanese dishes. You can’t miss night markets in your Taiwan itinerary they are part of the culture of the country.
More than One Week Itinerary in Taiwan
Once you have been visiting Taipei and around the area including Taichung City. Your next stop could be Tainan just a two-hour bus drive from Taichung and even less by High-Speed Train. Click here to book your train tickets in advance to travel around Taiwan.
Tainan and Alishan Mountain will be perfect to visit. And one of our favorite cities was Kaohsiung where we landed from the Philippines.
For sure, Tainan was one of my favorite Taiwan tourist spots and I had so much fun exploring around here with locals. It’s a bicycle friendly city, with nice restaurants where you can try delicious Taiwanese food. There are also cool bars where you can have tea and ice cream. Plus, the beaches were so beautiful and of course you can’t leave Tainan without visiting the night markets.
Read here how to get to Tainan!
ALISHAN MOUNTAIN VIEW
Alishan National Park is located in Chiayi County in Taiwan. It is a magical place because of the activities you can do here such as watching beautiful sunset and sunrise, relax, trek, or just reconnect with nature. The entrance fee to this national park is around $5 USD.
When visiting Kaohsiung you can’t miss the Tiger and Dragon Pagoda. A visit to Fo Guang Shan Memorial outside the city. Once back in the city make sure you visit Formosa Boulevard Metro Station one of the most beautiful in the world. And also make sure you visit Ruifeng night market. If you like street art Per 2 and Cijin Island is another interesting tourist spot.
DRAGON AND TIGER PAGODAS IN KAOSHIUNG
Like what we said earlier, Kaohsiung has a lot to offer, and one of which is the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. This pair of connected temples is built in 1976, and it got the name because of the two temples resembling a tiger and a dragon. This 7-story tower with colorful exterior is a great place to visit in Kaohsiung and is said to reflect the traditional Kaohsiung culture.
FORMOSA BOULEVARD MRT STATION IN KAOHSIUNG
Formosa Boulevard Station was remodeled and it became one of the most popular places in Kaohsiung. This station is known for the “Dome of Light”, which is the largest glass work in the world designed by Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. the Dome of Light is just a beautiful sight to see because it’s made from individual pieces of colored glass that really looks awesome in pictures!
FO GUANG SHAN BUDDHA MUSEUM
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum is famous because the 108-meter high Fo Guang Big Buddha, or the tallest sitting bronze Buddha statue in the world, is situated here. There are also other attractions like the children’s gallery and pagodas. There’s also prayer service, and Tea Chan at the Twin Pavilions, and religious relics. It’s a few kilometers outside Kaohsiung!
Read here how to get to Fo Guang Shan Monastery!
Ruifeng night market
You can try stinky tofu and street food. This market is one of the most popular ones in Kaohsiung. Prices are affordable and you can get dinner starting for $3-4 USD.
We loved it Sunfong temple where you can learn about Taoism religion. The temple is so picturesque and if you go early morning it will be quiet with not so many people around.
More Days in your Taiwan itinerary
If you have more than 2 weeks in your itinerary in Taiwan keep reading below. You can explore Taitung and Hualien where you will find our favorite night market in Taiwan.
Hualien is a perfect palce to stay if you are visiting Taroko National Park. Taitung will be a perfect area if you like nature and Kenting is worth it to visit. Also Penghu one of the most beautiful places in Taiwan.
If you visit Taroko National Park from Taipei to Hualien. We recommend you to stay a couple of nights in Hualien to explore around and experience the local vibes. It’s only an hour away from Taroko National park. You can visit the beaches and you can even do dolphin and whale watching. At night, you have to go to Dongdamen night market where you can buy most things for affordable prices and enjoy delicious local food!
KENTING NATIONAL PARK
Kenting National Park is located in Pingtung County and is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park. It is one of the famous tourist spots in Taiwan because of its tropical climate and sunshine, scenic views on the mountain and the beach, and the Spring Scream rock-band festival held here every March.
Penghu is the second smallest county in Taiwan, and is also called Pescadores Islands. It is an archipelago with 90 islands and islets that amaze tourists. Swimming and diving are not the only things to do here.
You can visit a lot of Taiwan tourist spots in Penghu such as Central Street, Mazu Temple, South Penghu Marine National Park Penghu Chang Yu-sheng Memorial Museum, Qimei Lighthouse, Siyu Eastern Fort, Jinguitou Fortress, Chuwan Crab Museum, Ocean Resources Museum and Siyu Western Fort.
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