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Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Kuching, Malaysia
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Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

My husband and I will arrive in Taipei in December for 3 1/2 days, before our sons can join us for the latter half of our vacation which is 6 days.

We are planning to do Taipei, Jiufen, Tamsui and maybe Beitou with our sons during the later half of 6 days.

What side trips from Taipei can the 2 of us consider for the first 3 1/2 days, with the Dec weather in mind? We will land in Taoyuan in the early afternoon, and can take the train to a new destination immediately, if it is available from the airport. We have been to Taroko Gorge, Hualien, Sun moon lake and Aboriginal village before and don't want to do this again. We are in our 60's , and not keen on doing too many steps or steep inclines, but are ok with gentle hiking trails. Our interests are food, scenery, and culture.

Thanks

Tainan, Taiwan
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1. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

How about Tainan?

Central Tainan is famous for delicious food, culture and historical building.

You can go to enjoy the scenery in the countryside of Tainan.

http://www.twtainan.net/en-us

Kuching, Malaysia
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101 posts
2. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Thank you, Shane for your suggestion. I will look up your link.

How to get to Tainan from Taoyuan airport in Taipei? How long is the journey?

Taipei, Taiwan
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3. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

cahaya selamat datang, Taoyuan and tainan about 1.5 hours by High speed rail (HSR) transfer to tainan downtown by taxi about 30min

airport to Taoyuan HSR about 20-30min.

cheers!

Tainan, Taiwan
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4. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

TPE, Taoyuan Airport is NOT in Taipei. That city is called Taoyuan.

TSA, Songshan Airport did locate in Central Taipei.

Two recommend ways to get to Tainan from Taoyuan airport.

1) Take bus to HSR Taoyuan (25min), take HSR to HSR Tainan (1.5hr), take TRA to Tainan (22mins) or THSR Shuttle Bus to downtown (30~45min).

2) Take Ubus to Zhongli Service Area (20 min), transfer another Ubus to Tainan (3.5 hrs).

Kuching, Malaysia
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101 posts
5. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Thanks Shane and Andy for the detailed instructions to get to Tainan.

Can you recommend any other areas to visit rather than Tainan?

Taipei, Taiwan
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6. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Cahaya, Taoyuan, Hsinchu or Taichung maybe easier too. Check on these 3 forums and you may find some places to go. cheers!

Tainan, Taiwan
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7. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

How about Fenqihu and Alishan?

www.en.fenchihu.com.tw/fenchihu-travel.php

www.ali-nsa.net/user/Article.aspx…

You can also take Southwest Coast Route for one day trip.

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/42?x=3&y=1

Or take Taiwan Tour Bus.

http://www.taiwantourbus.com.tw/Schedule/

Kuching, Malaysia
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101 posts
8. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Thank you all for your kind suggestions!

I looked through and Hsinchu sounds interesting. Is it feasible to stay in Hsinchu and take days trips to attractions like Beipu, Shitoushan, Tainan hot springs and Nanzhuang?

Can you help me work out an efficient itinerary? We arrive on Tuesday 13 Dec at Taoyuan airport about 3 pm, and leave for Taipei on 17 Dec morning.

Can we do it on public transportation or better to engage a car and driver? If the latter , any suggestions for a safe and reliable driver and car?

Thanks again for your help

Tainan, Taiwan
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9. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

You can take these three routes for your Hsinchu trip. It's fine to go by public transport.

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/5?x=2&y=1

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/33?x=1&y=7

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/4?x=1&y=7

If you have enough time, you can take this as well. (same route in different direction)

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/70?x=1&y=6

http://en.taiwantrip.com.tw/line/69?x=1&y=6

No ♨️ in Hsinchu. That's Guanziling in Tainan.

Taoyuan-Hsinchu-Tainan-Taipei, is that fine?

You can spend 1 night in Hsichu and 2 nights in Tainan.

Kuching, Malaysia
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10. Re: Suggestions for trips outside Taipei

Thank you very much for your helpful and useful links. I am getting a better idea of how to plan my itinerary. Is it too much to do Beipu, Shitoushan, Nanzhuang all in one day? I was referring to Tai'an hot springs in Miaoli county. Is it possible to go there by public transport?

I get the sense that my trip in Hsinchu will be dominated by beautiful mountain scenery and temples. Should I do one day on the tourist shuttle ( Lion's Head and Nanzhuang) and go down to Tainan after that or stay in Hsinchu area for the whole 3 days?

What sort of different experience would I get in Tainan, that I would not get to see in Taipei and Hsinchu city and surrounding areas?

Looking forward to your input