Taiwan with Kids: How to Plan a Round-Island Trip
Why Taiwan is Awesome for Kids
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!
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Days 1-3: Taipei
Days 4-5: Hualien and Taroko Gorge with Kids
Family friendly hotels in Hualien
Guanshan is known in Taiwan for its town circuit path, an easy bicycle ride that takes in gorgeous rural scenery. They have all kinds of bikes on offer, including kids' bikes, motorized bikes, and entire family bicycles. For quality bikes, there is a Giant shop connected to the train station, while the many shops east of the train station on Longsheng road, near the start of the cycling path, have a greater variety of bicycle types. See my full article on Guanshan for Travel in Taiwan magazine.
Luye is another great choice to experience Taiwan's countryside, but it's really spread out and not walkable, so I would only choose here if you are willing to explore the area by scooter or just get picked up by your hotel and spend most of your time relaxing there.
Family Friendly Hotels in Taitung
Day 8 and 9: Kaohsiung with Kids
Family Friendly Hotels in Kaohsiung
Sage and Lavender in front of our New Taipei City home, about to go on a trip
Getting Around Taiwan with Kids
Pro 'traveling with kids in Taiwan' tip: bring coloring books, sticker books, and lots of snacks
Taiwan's Taoyuan Airport with Kids
Don't miss the Hello Kitty check in counter at Terminal 2! (Sage pictured with G&G from Canada)
Emily with Lavender in one of the Taoyuan Airport's many children's play areas
1 Week Taiwan Itinerary with Kids
2 Week Taiwan Itinerary with Kids
Visiting hot springs: the best thing to do in Taiwan with kids in winter! Shot in Beitou, Taipei
Emily at the front with Lavender in a carrier, and Sage standing at the front of my scooter. When in Taiwan!
Lavender on Qixingtan Pebble Beach near Taroko Gorge
Emily with both kids on the Shakadang Trail, an easy but very scenic walk in Taroko Gorge
Day 6 to 7: Taitung with Kids
The scenery in Luye is gorgeous, but you need transportation to get around.
Tea Tian Villa (see prices) is the best hotel for kids in Guanshan. It's right by the train station, room balconies overlook rice paddies, they serve delicious Western style breakfast, and rooms come with children's toys.
Family bicycle on the Guanshan Town Circuit Bicycle Path
Bowling for kids at Taroko Park in Kaohsiung
Day 10: Fenqihu Mountain Village or Shizhuo Tea Farm
Alishan railway museum at Fenqihu, half way up to Alishan
Fenqihu, a small mountain village halfway between Chiayi and Alishan is currently the terminal end of the Alishan Forest Railway, because the remaining section from Fenqihu to Alishan was damaged in a typhoon in 2009. Taking the small train from Chiayi to Alishan is really fun with kids, and preferable to the winding bus ride. However, it can be tough to get tickets for it, so do plan in advance.
Tea farm near our guesthouse in Shizhuo. And yes, Sage wanted to wear his shirt inside out and backwards.
An easy hike from the tea farm where we stayed to another one
Day 11 and 12: Alishan with Kids
We came unprepared, but bought these hoodies and rain jackets at Alishan.
Family Friendly Hotels in Alishan
Day 13 and 14: Sun Moon Lake with Kids
When you finally get to the main attraction and one kid falls asleep...
My kids loved running around the docks at Itashao
Ride at the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village
Day 15: Back to Taipei
Family Friendly Hotels at Sun Moon Lake
Our little family