Question by >_<: Help with taiwan itinerary.?
can anyone please provide me with an itinerary for a 4D/3N tour of taiwan –> which includes tours of taipei, taroko national park, hualien, taichung, and the sun moon lake.
Answer by psc_mar
First, I assume you are an international visitor and will enter Taiwan at Taoyuan Airport. I have to warn you that this journey will be exhausting and the quality may not be good due to too many places and too little time! Second, I assume you will take public transportation instead of driving. In fact, I don’t think it is a good idea for visitors (especially first time visitor) to drive in Taiwan for the journey you proposed. Third, you have to realize that the major highway and railroad system in Taiwan is built along the coast-line of the island. Though there is a road that goes through the mountainous area (beautiful scenery!) to connect Taichung and Hualien, I personally do not recommend use it for your tight schedule (I know lots of people may not agree with me on this one). Reasons: less available transportation means, rare but possible delay due to road condition, perhaps car sick…. Fourth, to use land transportation may be your best choice. Domestic air transportation is available to connect certain points, but you may want to consider how much efficiency it may give you. Last but not the least, Taroko and Sun-Moon-Lake, in my opinion, shall be considered as excursions of the destinations Hualien and Taichung respectively. That is to say, you may have to change hotels every night in three cities (Taichung, Taipei and Hualien… I know, what a hassle!).
Now, it is my plan for you. Day 1: Since your trip involves both the west and east coast of Taiwan, you should go directly to Taichung the first day you arrive in Taiwan. If you can arrive in Taichung by noon, you may be able to join a tour provided by local tour operators to visit Sun-Moon-Lake (always touristy but the easiest). You can purchase the tour at the hotel you stay. If not by noon, take the next morning tour. Either way, you will have time to see what Taichung City can offer. Note: Often, short excursion tours are offered two times a day (morning and afternoon). You may want to check on the internet or with the hotel you are booking.
Day 2: After what you want to do in Taichung, go directly to Hualien because it will be better to spend the last night in Taipei. So, it will be less stressful for you to catch your flight out. The travel time from Taichung to Hualian by train is approximately 5+ hours, and you may have to change train at Taipei train station to go to Hualien. It seems that you can save at least 2 hours to fly from Taipei to Hualien in comparison to train. But again, train services are much more frequent than air and you would have to count the time to go to Taipei domestic airport. Does it really save you time? I will leave this question to you. Check in a hotel in Hualien City (yes, the city, not in Taroko) and relax. Oh, don’t forget to try the famous wanton soup (Yi-Xiang Bien-shi) that the former president Chiang Jr. liked the most. Purchase the tour to Taroko that domestic operators provide to the hotel guests and go to Taroko the second morning. It is not likely you will be able to make it in Hualien by noon. But, if you actually make it, you will have more fun in Taipei.
Day 3: Go to Taipei and see how much time you have before you depart, then, plan your own tour accordingly. I won’t recommend the package city tours for sure. It is very easy to get around in Taipei. Just relax and have fun.
Whatever you decide to do during this trip, enjoy and have a safe journey!
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