taiwan 10 days

Taiwan, with an area of only 36.000 km2, is the 38th largest island in the world, located in the Northwest Pacific with 70% of its terrain being mountainous. Therefore, Taiwan’s tourism industry is extremely developed with beautiful scenery, majestic and poetic natural landscapes. Moreover, Taiwan has a unique Chinese culture, rich cuisine, bustling night markets and friendly people. Taiwan is a place show both the beauty of the spectacular scenery, the ancient colors of traditional culture and is one of the most bustling and modern cities in Asia. So, how many days in Taiwan is enough, what to do in Taiwan for 10 days and how to spend 10 days in Taiwan (Taiwan 10 days 9 nights itinerary) perfectly? Let’s check out my Taiwan itinerary blog (Taiwan travel itinerary, Taiwan trip itinerary) with the details of Taiwan itinerary 10 days (Taiwan travel itinerary 10 days, Taiwan trip itinerary 10 days) and explore the most famous destinations of Taiwan: Taipei, Hualien, Taichung, Tainan, Kaohsiung

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Stunning sunset over Taipei 101, Taipei City
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Dadaocheng Old Street, Taipei | 10 days in taiwan
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Jiufen, one of the must visit places in Taipei
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Xinbeitou Hot Spring
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Hualien Coastline
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Gaomei Wetlands, Taichung. The most beautiful sunset spot in Taiwan
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Anping Old Street, Tainan
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Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Kaohsiung
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Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei
Raohe Night Market
Street food in Taipei
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Bubble tea, must drink in Taiwan

Prepare

Internet is needed to find information more easily and pick up at airport for convenient traveling with a discount rate of 20% and more.

  • Link to book 4G Wifi: here.
  • Link to book 4G Sim: here.
  • Link to book pick up from the airport to the hotel: here.

10 days in Taiwan — Day 1: Taipei: Visiting all the famous spots in Taipei city by MRT

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Ximending Bustling Street

Taipei is a very special city. It is not difficult to find an row of old houses located next to a skyscraper. It also is not difficult to see the bustling night markets with 10 thousand extremely delicious food but clean and tidy.. Generally coming to Taipei, you will have a basket of emotions when leaving.

Shenkeng Old Street (深坑老街) - The Tofu Capital
Shenkeng Old Street

Staying in Taipei for 4 days is fine (it’s just okay because we has been here for more than a thousand days and still find something new every day).

First, you should buy a “holy” Easy Card (priced at 200 TWD, available 100 TWD) to travel to the inner city attractions by MRT. You can buy it in advance here or buy at convenient stores such as 7 Eleven.

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Taiwan Easy Card
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EasyCard also can use to pay at 7-Eleven

Morning

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall: This is a VERY BEAUTIFUL square. This place will explain a lot about Taiwan’s history, so those who love history must definitely visit. Inside there is a huge statue of Chiang Kai-shek and one interesting thing is that every hour there is a very formal guard change ceremony.

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The entrance gates or Freedom Square Memorial Arch seen from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall | taipei itinerary 4 days blog
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The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall | taiwan itinerary 10 days
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Chiang Kai-shek Statue
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Changing guards | taiwan itinerary 10 days

Getting there: Take the MRT to Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall Station. Exit 5.

Longshan Temple: The temple is small but very famous in Taipei because of its sacredness. Not only Taiwanese people come here to pray, but also tourists often visit.

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Longshan Temple
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Getting there: Take the MRT to Long Shan Temple Station.

Noon + Afternoon

Lunch at the famous Dimsum restaurant Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101.

Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101
Din Tai Fung at Taipei 101
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See the Dimsum Din Tai Fung review here.

Getting there: Take the MRT to Taipei 101 station, Exit 1

Go to the Taipei 101 Observatory to see the panoramic of Taipei.

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Taipei 101 seen from Elephant mount

After eating Dimsum at Din Tai Fung in the basement, you can go to Taipei 101 to visit. If you want to getting to the Taipei 101 Observatory, you need to buy tickets to take the high-speed elevator to the 89th floor. Tickets can be bought at the ticket counter on the 5th floor of Taipei 101, or buy in advance at Klook will be cheaper than 15% (cheaper than 90 TWD). Note that if you buy tickets in advance at Klook, you can also use it on any day (the ticket redemption period is 1 year).

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Observatory

Link to buy Taipei 101 Observatory tickets in advance at Klook.

Sisi Nan Cun (Sisi South Village): An old village is opposite to Taipei 101 so it is easy to reach by foot. Formerly a dormitory for workers of 44th military factory, the later was kept as a small art exhibition venue for Taipei youths. This place is very easy to take pictures for virtual living and on weekends, it also often hosts flea market or lovely art activities.

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Sisi Nan Cun village

Sisi Nan Cun

Or maybe visit

Xiangshan (Elephant Mountain): This activity should be for young people and like to exercise a bit, because although Elephant mountain is not too high, and there are stairs to go up but because it is very steep, so when you reach the top, it is very tired. But from the mountain, you can see the beautiful Taipei 101 and see the whole of Taipei.

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Taipei seen from Elephant Mountain

Getting there: Take the MRT to XiangShan station (end of the red line)

Evening

Dinner with twin-side hotpot. There are a few very good restaurants you can refer to, choose the most convenient traveling restaurant.

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Twin-side hotpot
  • MK Mala King – No. 7, Lane 52, Da An Rd. Sec. 1 (MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station) Tel: 8771-6802
  • Heng Ji Mala Yuenyang – No. 40, Lane 107, Fuxing S. Rd. Sec. 1 (MRT Zhongxiao Fuxing Station) Tel: 8771-8960
  • Tian Wai Tian Mala Huoguo – 198 Dingzhou Rd. Sec. 3 (MRT Gongguan Station) Tel: 2367-3135
  • Ning Ji Mala Huoguo – No. 9, Lane 200, Guangfu S. Rd. (MRT Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Station)

Ximending Night Market: The night market is quite large, stretching throughout a neighborhood filled with all kinds of goods for youths: Clothes, shoes, cosmetics, confectionery, bubble milk tea, small food stalls to street food vendors. Prices are quite soft and focused on many mid-range brands.

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Ximending Night Market

Shopping at Ximending Night Market, Taipei

Getting there: Take the MRT to Ximen station, exit 6.

See more: What to eat in Ximending and what to buy in Taiwan here.

Drink Ten Ren’s bubble milk tea at Ximending: The tea shop is listed as one of the best bubble milk tea shops in Taipei. There are many Ten Ren bubble milk tea shops throughout Taipei but if you are in Ximen, you can find this address:

TENREN’S TEA

Address: No. 45 Chengdu, Chengdu Road, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan 108
Phone: +886 2 2311 9902

Taiwan travel itinerary 10 days — Day 2: Suburban Taipei

Morning + Afternoon

Option 1: Yehliu (Yeohu Geological Park) – Shifen – Jiufen

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Yehliu Geopark. Visitors especially love to pose at these rocks.

These are the 3 most typical attractions in the outskirt of Taipei. These 3 destinations can be reached by public transport but will take a lot more time, very tired and can not visit all in the same day (if including the time to walk around). Therefore, it is most convenient to take a 1-day tour of Yehliu- Shifen-Jiufen.

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A Ma Teahouse, Jifen
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Jiufen ancient village is as beautiful as in epic movies.

How to get there?

Car sharing: This type is cheap (about $20-$30/person depending on the driver’s requirement to know English or not), traveling with other visitors but also no matter what inconvenience. The only note when you follow this type is to need come to the right pick-up point and punctuality as the driver will depart at the specified time.

You can book this service via Klook here.

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Couples often drop lanterns together and wish for long love at Shifen Village
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Shifen station

Private car (shuttle bus): This type is a bit more expensive (depending on the 4-seater or 8-seater vehicle and driver’s language: English or Chinese) but it can arranges time to pick up, proactive scheduling and pick up at your hotel. Rent a shuttle bus will have a driver take to the tourist sites of Taipei outskirts within 8 hours.

The link to book shuttle bus within 8 hours to suburban of Taipei here.

Option 2: Nanya Rocks – Bitou Cape Recreation Area – Sandiao Cape Lighthouse

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Bitou Cape Park and lighthouse

This is one of the three northernmost tip of Taiwan, from here you can admire the breathtaking terrain of the entire Northeast Coast of Taipei, especially fossil monster shaped rocks can only be seen in Taiwan.

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Nanya Rocks
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The lighthouse

The easiest way is also to book day tour to save time and energy, link here.

Evening

Eat fresh seafood at Taipei Fish Market: We have reviewed the details of the Taipei fish market here. The cost will be about TWD 500/person, super fresh sushi, super delicious.

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Salmon sashimi

Address: No.18, Alley 2, Lane 410, Minzu E. Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei.
Getting there: From MRT Zhongshan Junior High School or MRT Xintian Temple take a taxi and ride about 10 minutes.

Taiwan itinerary 10 days — Day 3: Hot spring bath

Morning

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Wulai Atayal Aboriginal Village and Hot Springs

Among hot springs in Wulai you should take a bath in Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort (See the detailed article on hot springs in Wulai here).

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Overlooking Nanshi River
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Volando Hotspring

Link book the bathroom in advance (it is necessary to book in advance because it is always run out of rooms) and is about 300-500 TWD cheaper than buying directly at the resort, the link here for private bathroom and here for public bath.

A poetic experience at Volando Urai Spring
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Getting there: Take MRT Xiandian, then take bus 849 to Yanti station.

Afternoon

Visiting Gongguan area and National Taiwan University

Gongguan Night Market, Taipei
Gongguan Night Market, Taipei | 10 days in taiwan

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