You can read all of my Taiwan posts under this category, but I’ve also made this easy travel guide for you which is a compilation of everything we did and how we did it. Each of the attraction is linked to their respective posts, where an in-depth experience is written for you and a How To Get There at the bottom. The itinerary below is already arranged on how near and convenient each of the spot is to the preceding and succeeding one.
How To Navigate Around Taipei is where I discuss how and where to get the Easy Card for buses and trains (it can be used for some attractions, as well, such as Maokong Gondola), a brief example of how to read the Taipei Metro Map and the train lines.
The 4 Full Days Itinerary
We flew from Cebu the night before and arrived at dawn on our first day. We started our trip with only 3 hours of sleep! Then, we checked out of our hotel on our 4th day, left our bags (as they usually would allow this, just ask the hotel reception) and went back to get it for our midnight flight back to Cebu. In total, we spent 4 Days, 4 Nights at the hotel. Even though, technically, we didn’t spend our first night there, but our first dawn, but with most hotels, check in starts at 2pm, check out at 12nn.
I suggest that you book a hotel near any of the MRT stations so you won’t have to travel far, and if possible, near an attraction. We stayed at ECFA Hotel – Wan Nian which is about a minute walk away from Ximending Night Market.
Day 1: Outside Taipei
We decided to start our trip outside of Taipei to, for the lack of better phrase, get it out of the way. You, usually, have all the energy at the start of the trip and long rides require that. We didn’t get our SIM cards with internet until the 2nd day but we didn’t have a hard time looking for Yehliu. It was the later schedule, before Jiufen, that we didn’t get to accomplish because we got lost at Keelung Harbour and the rain just. didn’t. stop. We thought it wouldn’t be worth it to pursue them since most of the planned locations were facing the Pacific Ocean. If you arrived back at Taipei early, you can go straight to Modern Toilet to have dinner there. We didn’t because we had to sleep.
Day 2: Heights
After our stormy, slightly scary Day 1, we were relieved to know that we will be spending the rest of the trip in Taipei. At least, we’ll only be lost within the city, but we got our internet and it got easy from there.
- Maokong Gondola
- Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
- Din Tai Fung – Taipei 101 branch, lunch here! If you’re already hungry after Maokong, just go straight here and then proceed to Taipei 101.
- Taipei 101, if you decided to go straight to Din Tai Fung after Maokong then here at Taipei 101, you can insert Sun Yat-sen after as it’s very near. Take a taxi even, it won’t hurt your budget.
- Elephant Mountain, this is best visited during sunset to nightfall because you can get a panoramic view of Taipei including Taipei 101. However, we didn’t get to visit here because it was still raining hard.
- Shilin Night Market, dinner here!
Day 3: History
- National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine
- Grand Hotel, you can skip this, if you want. Then, go straight to Confucius Temple.
- Milkhouses, quick snack before going in the temple, or at the 7/11 beside it.
- Taipei Confucius Temple
- Taoyuan Beef Noodle Soup, lunch here! We alighted at the station nearest to 2-28 Peace Park, that’s another attraction in itself, and that’s where we started to walk to the beef noodle shop.
- Coffee Alley, this one’s a nice experience, but you can skip it if you don’t want to spend too much.
- Ximending Night Market, dinner here! That blow torched meat is v good.
Pack all of your things after, to avoid delays on Day 4.
Day 4: Sakura
Check out of the hotel before leaving for Yangmingshan and leave your luggage whilst making sure it is secure. In fact, inquire before the whole trip if you can leave your luggage at the hotel even after check out.
- Yangmingshan National Park
- Go early, go straight to the flower clock if you don’t plan to spend the whole day here. Then, have lunch across the flower clock.
- Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
- National Taiwan University
- You can skip if you’re not a fan of Meteor Garden, haha. But it’s still an interesting place, though.
- Modern Toilet
- We only got to have dinner here easily because it is 5 minutes away from our hotel. You can have dinner near your hotel if it’s more convenient, insert Modern Toilet in Day 1 or 3.
There’s a lot of shops at the Taipei Main Station, but I did my souvenir shopping at Ximending Night Market. Key chains, fridge magnets, pineapple cakes, nougats and other dried fruits! Some shops in Ximending Night Market offer buy 3 boxes get 1 free for pineapple cakes and nougats, maybe you can ask your friend to share the deal with you!
My favorite pasalubong (which I mostly ate back home, haha) is the Chen Yun Pao Chuan Sun Cake that you can buy at the ground floor of Taipei 101 across Din Tai Fung.