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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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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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.
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).
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.
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.
Taiwan solo travel blog — Day 2: Tainan – Taichung
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taiwan solo trip itinerary — Day 3: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts – Rainbow Village
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Taiwan solo travel blog — Day 5: Xinmending – Hanoi
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.
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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