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With the Taiwanese government relaxing its visa policies for many nationalities, Taiwan is groomed to become a tourism powerhouse in the Asia Pacific region. In the Philippines alone, while Pinoys are eagerly waiting for the implementation of the visa-free entry promise, Taiwanese and local airlines alike have been aggressively promoting the island by lowering fares.

But the truth is, Taiwan destinations are not hard to sell. It has everything going for it. It’s in a strategic location, smack in the middle of the East and Southeast Asian regions. If you’re based in Manila, it’s just 2.5 hours away. It also has a lot to offer, and they’re pretty diverse: from its rugged coasts to its lush inland mountains to its vibrant metropoles. These are all connected by an impressive and efficient railway system, making it so easy to explore. You can easily hop into a train in Taipei and get to other cities like Taichung and see their key tourist attractions too.

And oh, it’s one of the cheapest destinations in East Asia.

If you only have four to five days to explore the island, we’ve built a few sample itineraries that you may use as basis for your own. Feel free to make changes to suit your needs. Also notice that these all assume you will be flying in and out of Taiwan Taoyuan Airport.

We’ve also provided some recommended hotels that you may consider for your stay in Taipei and Taichung.

Taiwan Itinerary #1: Taipei + Yangmingshan National Park Day Tour

Prominent Stops: Taipei City Tour, Yangmingshan National Park
Duration: 4 Days

Yangmingshan National Park

Taipei Itinerary

Where to Stay in Taipei

Mr Lobsters Hotel Taipei

Mr Lobsters Secret Den Design Hostel
9F, No.22, Sec. 1, Chongqing N. Rd, Taipei Main Station


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Taiwan Itinerary #2: Taipei + Taichung

Prominent Stops: Taipei City, Taichung City
Duration: 5 Days

Taiwan to Taichung

Taipei Taichung Itinerary

Chung She Flower Garden
Chung-she Flower Garden in Taichung

Where to Stay in Taichung

Taichung Trans Ins

Taichung Trans Inn
No.150, Zhongxiao Rd., South District, Taichung


Taichung Box Hotel

Taichung Box Design Hotel
No.40, Jinxin St., North District, Taichung


Taiwan Itinerary #3: Taipei + Hualien

Prominent Stops: Taipei City, Hualien City, Taroko Gorge
Duration: 5 Days

Taipei to Hualien

Taipei Taroko Gorge Itinerary

Stream Taroko Gorge Taiwan
Tributaries to Liwu River

Where to Stay in Taipei

MUIU Capsule Inn Taipei

MUIU Capsule Inn
12F, No.37, Sec. 1, Kaifeng St, Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan 10044


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hi! i just to ask where did you find the 170 ntd full day taroko gorge bus tour? thanks


Hello, possible po kaya pag sa ximen lang mag stay tapos mag tour lang sa Taichung balik na lang ulit sa hotel sa ximen? as mura yung nakuha nyo tour sa taroko gorge kaysa sa klook. san po yung the main train station? thanks