I racked my brains about the week-off the company gave. Meanwhile, there were hardly any friends having a moment to spare and all colleagues already had their own plans. And then I saw by chance the information that entry visa is free in Taiwan for Vietnamese who ever has either one of America, Canada, England, Japan, Australia, Korea or Schengen visas and all you have to do is follow the instruction on Taipei Economic and Culture Office website. As I already had a Japan and a Korea visa for my own, so I easily booked Vietjet Air round-trip ticket from Hanoi to Taipei with costs three million. Therefore, my vacation was started with a solo trip to Taiwan – an exquisite island country. If you have more time you can spend 6 days, 7 days, 10 days or even 11 days in Taiwan. So, what to do in 5 days in Taiwan when solo traveling? Let’s check it out our Taiwan solo travel blog with the suggested Taiwan solo travel itinerary (Taiwan solo trip itinerary) on how to make a solo trip in Taiwan in 5 days to find out the answer!

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Jiufen Old Street at night
Xinmending town, Taiwan
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Taichung City
Take a adorable team picture in Rainbow Village
Raohe Night Market
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Bubble tea, must drink in Taiwan

As I was a solo traveller, I’ve already prepared clearly in advance. There is nothing to worry about because Taiwan is definitely safe even you are a girl and going alone, convenient transportation, in spite of your shortage of language knowledge, you can absolutely wreck Taiwan.

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View from Taipei 101 observatory

Now, let’s check out my perfect five-day itinerary (Taiwan solo travel blog, Taiwan solo travel itinerary, Taiwan solo trip itinerary) in Taiwan.

Taiwan solo travel itinerary — Day 1: Hanoi – Taipei

Vietjet’s flight took off at 15:05 in Hanoi and landed at about 19.00 in Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Because of going alone, it’s really important to keep in touch with relatives and friends that why I bought Chunghwa Telecom’s high speed 4G SIM card with 7 days of unlimited data in the main hall of the airport and available 150 TWD (almost $5) for making a call and texting. Because I’ve booked hostel closed to Taipei Main Station after entering, I quickly made a move to bus station so that I can buy ticket to go to Taipei Main Station. At the airport, there are full of instruction boards written in English for tourists to easily get the right ways.

Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan
Taoyuan International Airport, Taiwan

The bus no 1819 whose ticket costs 125 TWD (about $4) went to Taipei Main Station and took almost an hour to get to the center. In fact, there are several ways to move to the center from Taoyuan airport but bus is the cheapest one. Or if you catch the Taipei Airport train (MRT), it will only take 35 minutes but the ticket costs 160 TWD (about $5.3).

You can book Taoyuan Airport MRT Ticket & SIM Card & Exclusive Shopping Coupon for cheaper here.

1819 bus ticket from Taipei to Taoyuan airport
Here is 1819 bus ticket
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Bus 1819 is waiting on the platform

I’ve booked a bed for myself in the girl’s dorm room at Apartment 10F (Taipei) (Agoda.com or Booking.com) and it only took me about seven-minute-walk from Taipei Main Station with 515 TWD (about $17) per night on booking.com. This hostel is managed by two lovely girls and both of them had traveled a lot, excellent English communication as well as enthusiasm. About the hostel, cute decoration, spacious, clean, high speed wifi, air conditioner and water heater are equipped as well as breakfast service. Also, on the ten floor of this hostel has great night view of this whole city.

Apartment 10F

It was kinda late after proceeding to the check-in, so I went to convenience store whose name is Hi-life to have dinner containing drink, rice ball and fried fish. Although they were bought at a convenience store, it was really a delicious meal for me to continue my trip the next day.

A meal in Taiwan
A quite delicious meal at a convenience store in Taiwan

Taiwan solo travel blog — Day 2: Tainan – Taichung

Where to go in Tainan?

Summer in Taiwan is boiling to say which means the sun is scorching hot and if you don’t bring umbrella along or put a jacket on, you’ll feel like burning and uncomfortable. Most of all, Taiwan’s weather isn’t as hot as Hanoi’s but I find standing under any trees or building’s shadows so relaxing.

The second day in Taiwan, I made a decision on taking a visit to Tainan and Taichung first.

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Anping Old Street, Tainan
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Tainan in Autumn

It is over 300 kilometers from Taipei to Tainan that why it’s gonna take you about four to six hours by train or four to five hours by bus. As I don’t want to waste any time for moving, I decided to choose Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) which only takes almost 2 hours to get to Tainan. Most Taiwan high-speed trains are invested by Japan, no wonder why I had a feeling like I was on Shinkansen train. You can buy direct tickets at Taipei Main Station or get voucher(s) which gives you 20% off through Klook and then arriving at the station and exchange them to get your tickets.

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 Taiwan HSR train
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The way from the station to Taiwan High Speed Rail is a bit far away Tainan center. After checking the map, I found it a quite long way, so I asked “Information center” for help and then, an employee showed me the way to the center by H31 bus. Most of all, this bus tickets are completely free.

I arrived at Tainan City Hall and caught a taxi which was totally 130 TWD (about $4.3). Anping Old Street is an old town, mostly the oldest one in Taiwan and filled with food and souvenir shops.

Anping Old Street, Taiwan
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Anping Old Street (Yanping Old Street)
A cute baby shop in Anping Old Street, Tainan | taiwan solo travel blog
Girls hanging out in an old town of Tainan
Mother and her kid are hanging out in an old street of Tainan | taiwan solo travel blog

At noon, all the streets aren’t lively as much. In order to have a meal for my own, I stopped by a busy restaurant and wonder how to order here? After waiting for hours, I took a look at kitchen area and then an employee gave me a paper written by Chinese characters. Due to my lack of Chinese knowledge, I made a rash fill, gave it to that employee again and wait with fear for my unknown option. Luckily, my two dishes were pretty good. One was Taiwanese oyster omelette and the other was noodle soup.

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Taiwanese oyster omelette and noodle soup. | taiwan solo travel itinerary
Oyster omelettes are one of Taiwan's most popular street snacks, and Tainan's Huayuan Night Market (aka Flowers Night Market, 花園夜市), ...
Oyster omelettes are one of Taiwan’s most popular street snacks, and Tainan’s Huayuan Night Market (aka Flowers Night Market, 花園夜市), … | taiwan solo travel blog

Next, I took a bus to Tainan Confucius Temple and had a look at Fuzhong – an old town with a lot of lovely souvenirs shops.

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Tainan Confucius Temple
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Let’s take a picture with this lovely souvenir shop in Tainan
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Fuzhong Street in Tainan

After that, I went on a walk to Tainan Station and caught the train to Taichung which costs 363 TWD (about $12). Arriving at Taichung at night, I’ve already made a reservation in a dorm room at a hostel whose name is Ease Single Inn (Agoda.com or Booking.com) that only takes five-minute-walk to Taichung Station.

Ease Single Inn

Taiwan solo trip itinerary — Day 3: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts – Rainbow Village

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National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (left) and must-try milk tea in Taiwan (right)

The third day in Taiwan, I discovered National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and enjoyed the well-known Chun Shui Tang bubble tea on the B1 floor under the museum.

There is painted animation lane near this museum and Zhongxin market with a lot of vintage cafes which are perfect place to film and photograph as well.

National Museum Of Fine Art
Inside the splendid main building of the National Museum of Fine Arts in Taichung
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Chun Shui Tang bubble tea in Taichung, Taiwan
A perfect destination for young travel to take photos
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I took bus to Rainbow Village right afterward. This village is truly one of a kind, all thanks to a veteran whose desire is creating a village with stranger colors in order to inspire people to be in good spirits.

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In order to stimulate people’s spirit, a veteran created this strange village
Rainbow Village, Taichung, Taiwan
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Rainbow Village (彩虹眷村) in TaiChung, more than just a splatter of colours
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When the sun is down, I stopped back Taipei from Taichung Station. And the ticket is worth 289 TWD (almost $10).

Taiwan solo travel itinerary — Day 4: Longshan Temple – Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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Chiang Kai-shek Statue – The smiling bronze statue of Chiang Kai-shek faces the west, with the hope of reuniting China

Began in Taipei, I explored Longshan Temple, first built in 1738 and is one of the biggest as well as oldest temple in Taiwan.

Despite the again and again destroyed in the past, this temple was rebuilt in accordance with its own original look so that Longshan Temple is still holding on an ancient, solemn and sacred look until now. Therefore, you’ll see a lot of tourists as well as the citizens arriving here in order to worship.

How to get there: Stop in Longshan Temple metro station – the blue line.

Longshan Temple, Taipei City, Taiwan
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After that, I went on exploring Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. This Square is really spacious and gorgeous. And luckily, I arrived on time to watch them relieve the sentry. It was just so interested.

How to get there: Get off the train at Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall metro station – the red or green line.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, Taipei City, Taiwan
The memorial hall has four sides and an octagonal roof, to symbolize the number 8 — a sign of good luck and abundance in Chinese. | taiwan solo trip itinerary
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The Changing of the Guard happens every hour. The best time to go is around 10am on a weekday. | taiwan solo trip itinerary
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After the Changing of the Guard, it’s easier to leisurely go down the 89 steps | taiwan solo travel itinerary

Next, I stopped in Huashan 1914 Creative Park. This zone is kinda like the old Zone 9 complex in Hanoi. Huashan 1914 Creative Park is an artistry complex built up a waste factory contains art galleries, exhibitions, souvenirs, fashion shops, restaurants, cafes, … Thanks to all those, Huashan 1914 Creative Park makes a great impression on the young travelers who take not only sightseeing but also a lot of fantastic photos. Art shows are also organized occasionally here.

How to get there: Arrive at Zhongxiao Xinsheng Station – the yellow or blue line.

The outside area of Huashan 1914 Creative Park
The outside area of Huashan 1914 Creative Park
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Huashan 1914 Creative park
There were digital museum, gallery, live house, cafe, restaurant and shops etc. in the complex.
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Art Gallery
Huashan 1914 Creative Park
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Speaking to Taipei, Taipei 101 Tower may be the most remarkable one. I also had a look at pictures gallery, paintings and took incredible Tapei 101 Tower photos.

How to get there: Get off the train at Taipei 101 or World Trade Center MRT Station – the red line

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Reach Taipei 101 Tower
Taipei 101 tower
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The outdoor observatory on the 91st floor of Taipei 101 Tower
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Taipei 101
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Taipei 101 seen from Elephant mount
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The love sign in front of Taipei 101. Everyone who visits the building poses for a photo with this message of happiness | taiwan solo trip itinerary

At night, I took in the sights at Raohe night market and of course, must try once stinky tofu – a famous specialty in Taiwan. Truly, it didn’t particularly smelt well but it was such a delicious snack that it can be accompanied by cabbage pickles, although I found it a bit salty with the sauce.

How to get there: Arrive at Songshan MRT Station – the green line.

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Raohe St. Night Market, Taipei
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Grilled beef at Raohe night market
Grilled squid at Raohe Night Market
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Grilled king oyster mushrooms in the Raohe Night Market
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Raohe Street night market
Stinky tofu | Raohe Street night market
Raohe night market
Most famous dishes in Taiwan – Stinky tofu

Taiwan solo travel blog — Day 5: Xinmending – Hanoi

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The VietJet return flight was pretty late for about 19:00, so I mostly bonus a day to wreck Taipei. I spent time wandering in such a busy and lively Xinmending that I could shop and enjoy Taiwan’s cuisine.

Left: Red House, Right: one of the nearby bars
Xinmending town
Hot Star Chicken & Ay Chung Flour Rice Noodle
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Taiwan souvenirs found in Ximending

That was my perfect five-day in Taiwan which all was 10 million in total (no shopping things included). In spite of a variety of unreachable destinations, hope to see Taiwan again to wreck-it.

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An artistic virtual living space right at Huashan “creative park” 1914.
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Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

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