An Insider's Taipei Itinerary: 2 Days
Taipei 2-Day Itinerary Summary
Hey, I'm Nick!
I first left home with a backpack in 2001, and I've been living in Taiwan for the last 10 years. I am especially drawn to religious centers, spiritual sights, and natural attractions.
I started this website to share the things I learn on the road and to inspire YOU to travel MORE!
Access: Ximen MRT exit 6 (pedestrian section) or exit 1 (Red House). Shops mostly start opening around 11am-12pm.
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Open 8:30-6:30 (to 9:00 on Fridays and Saturdays), admission NT350, National Palace and Shung Ye Museum combined ticket NT400.
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Access: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall MRT, 5am to midnight (museum 9am to 5 pm, free).
Access: Guandu MRT station + 10-15 minute walk.
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Access: Longshan Temple MRT, open 6 am to 10 pm, free.
Observatory hours: 9am to 10pm, tickets NT600, access Taipei 101 MRT station.
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Access: Xinbeitou MRT
Millennium Hot Spring: 40NT (adult), open 5:30am–7:30am, 8am–10:00am, 10:30am-1:00pm, 1:30pm–4:00pm, 4:30pm–7:00pm, 7:30pm–10:00pm.
Hell Valley: free, 9am to 5pm, closed Mondays.
9 AM: Taiwanese breakfast
10 AM: Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
12 PM: Lunch in Ximen
2 PM: Take a nap or break
Access: Xinyi Anhe MRT (exit 3), dusk to midnight
9 PM: Time for a Drink
12 PM: Lunch and Hot Spring at Beitou
3 PM: Guandu Temple
4:30 PM: Danshui Riverside Promenade
Access: ferry from Danshui or bus Red 26, 836, or 857 from outside Danshui MRT station.
8 PM: Dinner in Taipei
Where to Stay in Taipei
Quiet, Convenient, and Good for Families
Taipei Main Station Homestay (Star Hotel): Only two minutes from Taipei main station, guests here rave about the super friendly hosts, bright spacious, rooms, and amazing location. Car hire also available. (read reviews / check prices)
W Hotel: Where did Lady Gaga stay in Taipei? At the W, of course. This is Taipei's newest, funkiest, and most fashionable luxury hotel. Even if you don't stay, come for a fancy drink at their 10F pool or try to get seats for their awesome weekend brunch buffet! (read reviews / check prices)
8 AM: Longshan Temple
4 PM: Elephant Mountain or Taipei 101
Elephant Mountain is just one stop past Taipei 101 on the MRT, and the views are arguably better because, well, you can get Taipei 101 in your shot.
7 PM: Tonghua Night Market (Linjiang Street)
8:30 AM: National Palace Museum
5 PM: Ferry to Fisherman's Wharf
Alchemy: Taipei 101 MRT, Ounce: Xinyi Anhe, Eslite bookstore: Zhongxiao Dunhua MRT
Chinese herbs in Herb Alley, next to Longshan Temple
Longshan Temple (I guess I shot this in the year of the ram...
choo-choo train conveyor belt sushi in Ximen
Taipei City from the Taipei 101 Obervatory
Taipei City from Elephant Mountain
Betel Nut Cocktail at Fourplay cocktail bar
Underground food stalls at enormous Shilin Night Market
A typical Taiwanese Quick Fry restaurant
My Taiwanese wife Emily at the W Hotel Weekend brunch (see luxury hotel section above)
Oyster omelets, a classic Taipei night market dish
Cheese dan bing, white radish cake, and soy milk. Taiwanese breakfast staples!
- Day 1 Morning: Taiwanese breakfast, Longshan Temple, Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- Day 1 Afternoon: Ximen, Taipei 101 Observatory or Elephant Mountain, Tonghua Night Market, cocktail bar
- Day 2 Morning: National Palace Museum and Shung Ye Aboriginal Museum
- Day 2 Afternoon: Beitou Hot Springs, Guandu Temple, Danshui riverside promenade, Fisherman's Wharf, Shilin Night Market or Din Tai Fung