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1 Week Taiwan Itinerary | The PERFECT Taiwan Itinerary!

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How much of Taiwan can you see in 1 week in Taiwan? Quite a lot actually! With only 1 week in Taiwan, I managed to see the capital city of Taipei, go hiking in a National Park and visit Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, a hugely underrated city in my opinion.

I was really happy with my Taiwan itinerary on my Taiwan Backpacking Trip and I fell in love with this country, if you have longer I do recommend spending 2 weeks in Taiwan, or even one month in Taiwan as there are just so many places to visit in Taiwan and on this small island, but if you have one week in Taiwan, that’s’ fine!

Here is my Taiwan Travel Blog detailing my Taiwan one week itinerary with what to do in Taiwan, things to do in Taiwan and recommendations for you if you have just 1 week in Taiwan.

1 Week Taiwan Itinerary


I’ve been to Taiwan twice. I love the country so much! I have written lots of posts to help you visit Taiwan, start with my 8 Helpful Tips For Planning a Trip to Taiwan from Start to Finish and the Best Places to Visit in Taiwan!

TAIWAN SIM CARDThe best way to stay connected in Taiwan is to buy this EasyCard & Sim Card package deal in advance. You’ll need an EasyCard to get around on transport in Taiwan anyway and at the same time you can get a Taiwan Sim Card with 4G and pick them up at Taipei Taoyuan Airport when you land!


The Metro within cities in Taiwan is really great, easy to use and so safe. You’ll need an EasyCard which you top up with credit to use the metro and buses.
To get around Taiwan, I loved travelling by train. As a tourist, we can’t use the direct Taiwan train booking system. Instead you can go to a train station a few days before and purchase your ticket, or book online in advance using 12GO Asia!

Day 1- Arrive in Taipei

Things to do in Taipei:

After checking in I headed straight out to a Night Market to start my Taipei itinerary. Night Markets are one of the most popular things to do in Taiwan so this was a great first introduction!

I went to Raohe Night Market because it was closest to my hostel, it’s a really famous Taipei Night Market so I recommend this for your first taste of Taiwan and Taipei!

From day one in Taipei, I recommend you get an Easy Card which is used on all transport in Taipei and in Taiwan which is so, well, easy! Be sure to get an Easy Card at the start of your trip in a metro station or pick an Easy Card up in the airport via this service.

Book a Private Pick Up from Taoyuan Airport to your Hotel in Taipei here.

Where to Stay in Taipei?

If you’re thinking about where to stay in Taiwan. Taiwan has so many hotels and hostels to choose from throughout the country. In Taipei, I stayed at Star Hostel Taipei East for 3 nights. It’s in a really good location in the Eastern Side of City and a beautifully decorated hostel with dorm rooms and private rooms. Lovely staff and good Taiwanese Breakfast included.

Search for Star Hostel East Taipei on or Hostelworld

Day 2- Explore Taipei’s Attractions

Things to do in Taipei:

To help with your Taipei itinerary, I suggest using the MRT to get around Taipei and to go to the following Taipei attractions. These places to see in Taipei flow well in terms of how the City and Metro are laid out which is why I recommend this route to you too. For what to do in Taipei for 3 days, here are some ideas:

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Park

Longshan Temple

Knife Massage in Taipei City Mall

Taipei Expo Park

National Palace Museum

Shilin Night Market

To see as much of Taipei as possible on this 1 Week Taiwan itinerary, the Taipei Fun Pass is a good product to purchase so you have unlimited access to 16 of Taipei’s top attractions! 

Buy the Taipei Fun Pass here and pick it up at Taipei Main Station when you arrive!

If you want to do a tour around Taipei, have a look at these options:


To help you plan your trip around Taiwan, have a look at all of my Taiwan Blog Posts here!

Day 3- Day Trip from Taipei

Things to do in Taipei:

As well as having many City Attractions in Taipei, there are lots of Taipei day trips to be done and lots to see on the outskirts of the City along with a bit of nature so this is a great way to spend day 2 in Taipei and to make sure you see the best with 1 week in Taiwan.

The best time to visit the Taipei 101 is first and early in the morning to avoid the queues. All of these attractions are in the same Eastern area of the City too so they are easy to visit in one day in Taipei:

Taipei 101

Elephant Mountain

Cable Car to Maokong

Maokong Walk

Another Night Market or Dinner in a Taipei Restaurant like Din Tai Fung which is a popular place to get Dumplings in Taipei!

Related Post: 3 Day Taipei Itinerary.

Day 4- Train from Taipei to Hualien & Explore Hualien

I caught the 10:00 am-12:30 train from Taipei to Hualien on my Taiwan itinerary.

I purchased my train ticket at Taipei Main Train Station during my first full day in Taipei to ensure I got a ticket, however, you can now book trains in Taiwan using 12GO Asia! I recommend you book a train ticket in advance too especially if travelling on a weekend around Taiwan.

Trains are the best way to get around Taiwan. You can’t book trains online via Taiwan’s train system but you can book them online using 12GO Asia, the top transport booking platform in Asia. Search for your trains here:

Powered by 12Go Asia system

If you’d rather go down the East Coast to Taichung and Tainan, rather than the West Coast on your 1 Week Taiwan Itinerary, read my 2 Week Taiwan Itinerary here to find out how to do this!

Things to do in Hualien

I got Lunch in Hualien when I arrived, there are many cafes and restaurants in Hualien.

Hualien has a huge Coastline so later on, I had a walk down to the Coast, the weather wasn’t on my side so I didn’t see much but going to the beach is a popular thing to do in Hualien, so is hiring a bike to explore the Hualien Coastline.

Hualien Food Markets starts at abut 6:00 pm by the Coast and it’s a really good food Night Market, in fact I preferred it to the Taipei markets I went to as it’s so well set out with lots of food options!

Where to Stay in Hualien?

Hualien is set up for tourism with many hotels and hostels. The best location to stay in Hualien is by the train station as it’s much more convenient.

I stayed at World Inn Hostel for 2 nights and really liked it. The staff are so friendly and gave me tips for my Hualien itinerary and Taroko National Park. Their dorm rooms have been thoroughly thought about and the private rooms are really comfy, I really recommend it!

Search for World Inn on or Hostelworld.

To SEE the Hualien Night Markets, have a look at my YouTube video here!

Day 5- Taroko National Park Day Trip from Hualien

How to see Taroko National Park?

Taroko National Park is the reason why I visited Hualien on my 1 Week Taiwan itinerary. It’s the most popular National Park in Taiwan and if you like nature and going on walks you’ll like this too.

I took the public bus from Hualien into Taroko National Park and jumped on and off it between walks around the park.

To see the full details of my day trip to Taroko National Park solo, have a read of this post.

If you are a confident moped driver, a moped is a great way to explore the Coastline and the National Park.

If you are a keen hiker there are some great hikes but some require permits so it’s best to look into this in advance.

If you would rather take an organised day trip around Taroko National Park which will enable you to see more and definitely see Taroko Gorge these are the tours I recommend which you can book online in advance:

Small Group Tour of Taroko Gorge, Quingshui Cliff and Qixingtan

Classic Taroko National Park Full Day Tour

Taroko Gorge Tour from Hualien

Day 6- Train from Hualien to Kaohsiung

I got the 8:23am-13:08 train from Hualien to Kaohsiung on my 1 Week Taiwan itinerary, and I had to change in Taitung. The first train was a (Hello Kitty themed) high-speed train and the second a normal older train. I had 8 minutes to change trains but the trains were on the same platform so it was fine! I purchased this train ticket the day before at Hualien Train Station which I recommend doing, especially on a weekend in Taiwan.

Things to do in Kaohsiung:

I arrived and had a little walk around Kaohsiung to start my Kaohsiung itinerary, got some lunch and chilled in my hostel until later where I headed to a night market in Kaohsiung.

There are 2 famous and popular tourist night markets in Kaohsiung, I went to Liouhe Night Market which is the smaller one and it was a good introduction to the City.

Where to stay in Kaohsiung?

I stayed at FlyInn Hostel for 3 nights. It’s in a great location, has really friendly staff and is very clean. The private double room was perfect for me as a solo traveller, they have single private rooms too and good dorm rooms.

Search for FlyInn Hostel on or Hostelworld.

Trains are the best way to get around Taiwan. You can’t book trains online via Taiwan’s train system but you can book them online using 12GO Asia, the top transport booking platform in Asia. Search for your trains here!

To help you plan your trip around Taiwan, have a look at all of my Taiwan Blog Posts here!


Here are my top Taiwan itinerary posts to help your plan your trip:


Taiwan isn’t the cheapest country but it’s not the most expensive either and can be travelled on a reasonable budget. Here’s my post on the cost of travel in Taiwan and how to travel Taiwan on a budget!

Day 7- Full Day Exploring Kaohsiung

Things to do in Kaohsiung:

Although Kaohsiung is not one of the most popular cities to visit in Taiwan there’s actually a good amount of things to do in Kaohsiung and I really enjoyed the City. I read a blog post before going which said it’s an underrated Taiwan City and I agree! It was a great way to end my Taiwan itinerary.

For more information on the best Kaohsiung attractions, have a read of this Kaohsiung blog post but in short, here’s how I recommend you spend one day in Kaohsiung.

Taiwanese Breakfast at Xing Long Ju

Pier 2 Art Centre

Ferry to Cijin Island and Explore island on foot or bike.

Lotus Pond and Dragon Tiger Pagoda

Kaohsiung Night Market

If you’d like a tour around Kaohsiung to see all the best local spots, have a look at this Kaohsiung Day Tour!

Leave Taiwan

I actually had a second full day in Kaohsiung and I flew from Kaohsiung Airport which is why I ended my Taiwan Backpacking Trip there but if you have a flight from Taipei you can get a fast train back to Taipei from Kaohsiung very easily. Book trains in Taiwan on 12GO Asia here!

If you do fly from Taipei and you have an extra day, you could visit the popular City of Taichung on your way back North.

I found it much cheaper and quicker to fly from Kaohsiung Airport to Japan, which is where I went next than Taipei Airport to Japan so I’d suggest searching some flight options on Skyscanner like I did to find to get the best and cheapest flight out of Taiwan as Taipei may not be the cheapest!

7 Days in Taiwan was not enough and is not enough by any means.

Like I said at the start I could have easily have spent 2 weeks in Taiwan and 3 weeks in Taiwan if I was travelling slower, it’s such a great country with so much to see and Taiwan is so easy to get around. The locals are friendly and it’s not that expensive making it a great Country to Backpack in Asia that’s a little bit different to the usual places people backpack to!

Need more ideas on where to go in Taiwan?? See:

The Top 16 Best Places to Visit in Taiwan!

2 Week Taiwan Itinerary | Taipei to Taipei Looping the Island!

 I hope this Taiwan Itinerary helps you plan your Taiwan Trip and Taiwan Holiday!

I stayed at the 3 hostels mentioned in this post complimentary but I had a great stay in all of them and fully recommend them to you. 


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

One of my favorite country to visit! I love Taiwan! It's a beautiful country. The night markets, landscape, views and the people are all amazing! I can't wait to go back in Taiwan.


Saturday 6th of April 2019

Taroko National Park looks beautiful! There’s so much great info in this post! I’d love to walk along the coast and hang at a little cafe!


Saturday 6th of April 2019

Thank you. I really wanted to give the info I wanted to find and I’d love to head back to the coast and do the same :)