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Taiwan Travel: 17 things to do in Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung

Rainbow Village in Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo: Getty)
Rainbow Village in Taichung, Taiwan. (Photo: Getty)

Have you been to Taipei? What about the other parts of Taiwan?

The main island of Taiwan is elongated with Taipei in the north, Taichung in the middle, and Tainan in the south. The Chinese names of these cities are quite literally where they are located on the island.

Although most tourists would prefer to visit Taipei, the other parts of Taiwan have equally fascinating experiences.

Personally, I enjoyed touring around Taichung, which is more laid-back than Taipei but doesn’t lose the city vibes. Besides, if you’re looking for some authentic, mouth-watering sun cakes or tai yang bing, Taichung is the place to go.

Let’s take a look at 17 things you can do in Taichung, Tainan, and Taiwan's third most populated city Kaohsiung (after Taichung).

TAICHUNG

1. Visit the biggest theme park in Taichung

Lihpao Land Theme Park Combo Ticket, from S$21.99 (was S$26.39)

Lihpao Land Theme Park Combo Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Lihpao Land Theme Park Combo Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

2. Tease your brain at the Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions Ticket in Taichung, from S$16.70

Museum of Illusions Ticket in Taichung. (Photo: Klook SG)
Museum of Illusions Ticket in Taichung. (Photo: Klook SG)

3. Marvel at the stunning sunset at Gaomei Wetlands

Classic Taichung Attractions & Gaomei Wetlands Day Tour from Taipei, S$60.65 (was S$79.15)

Classic Taichung Attractions & Gaomei Wetlands Day Tour from Taipei. (Photo: Klook SG)
Classic Taichung Attractions & Gaomei Wetlands Day Tour from Taipei. (Photo: Klook SG)

4. Check out the street art at Rainbow Village

Taichung Half Day and One Day Tour: Gaomei Wetland, Rainbow Village, and Miyahara (From Taichung), S$52.75

Taichung Half Day and One Day Tour: Gaomei Wetland, Rainbow Village, and Miyahara (From Taichung). (Photo: Klook SG)
Taichung Half Day and One Day Tour: Gaomei Wetland, Rainbow Village, and Miyahara (From Taichung). (Photo: Klook SG)

TAINAN

5. Explore Ten Drum Art Percussion Group’s performance theatre, which was originally a sugar mill

Tainan: Ten Drum Cultural Village Admission Ticket, from S$10.99

Tainan: Ten Drum Cultural Village Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Tainan: Ten Drum Cultural Village Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

6. Witness the wide collection of important cultural heritage accumulated by Tainan in the past 400 years

Tainan Art Museum Admission Ticket, S$8.79

Tainan Art Museum Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Tainan Art Museum Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

7. Admire the ancient Greek style architecture and beautiful exteriors of Chimei Museum

Chimei Museum Permanent/Temporary Exhibition Ticket in Tainan, from S$8.79

Chimei Museum Permanent/Temporary Exhibition Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)
Chimei Museum Permanent/Temporary Exhibition Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)

8. Discover the history of naval development at Taiwan's first navy museum

Teyang Navy Destroyer Museum Ticket in Tainan, S$3.95

Teyang Navy Destroyer Museum Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)
Teyang Navy Destroyer Museum Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)

9. Visit the museum with the largest local fossil reserves

Tainan City Zuojhen Fossil Park, S$3.95 (was S$4.39)

Tainan City Zuojhen Fossil Park. (Photo: Klook SG)
Tainan City Zuojhen Fossil Park. (Photo: Klook SG)

10. See the living banyan roots and branches that cover the former warehouse at Anping Tree House

Anping Tree House Admission Ticket, S$1.99 (was S$2.19)

Anping Tree House Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Anping Tree House Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

11. Explore the first fort built by the dutch in Anping in 1624

Anping Old Fort Admission Ticket, S$1.99 (was S$2.19)

Anping Old Fort Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Anping Old Fort Admission Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

12. Feel the history of Tainan at Chihkan Tower, also known as Fort Provintia, built by the Dutch in 1635

Chihkan Tower Admission Ticket in Tainan, S$1.99 (was S$2.19)

Chihkan Tower Admission Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)
Chihkan Tower Admission Ticket in Tainan. (Photo: Klook SG)

KAOHSIUNG

13. Immerse yourself in Asia's largest VR theme park

Kaohsiung E-Da Theme Park Entry Ticket, from S$28.55 (was S$79.05)

Kaohsiung E-Da Theme Park Entry Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Kaohsiung E-Da Theme Park Entry Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

14. Ride a go-kart at Taiwan's first kart-racing theme park

Kaohsiung Suzuka Circuit Park Ticket, from S$13.15 (was S$17.55)

Kaohsiung Suzuka Circuit Park Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
Kaohsiung Suzuka Circuit Park Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

15. Go on a thrilling 5D ride

(5D Visual Flying Theater) i-Ride Kaohsiung Ticket, from S$14.79 (was S$29.89)

(5D Visual Flying Theater) i-Ride Kaohsiung Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)
(5D Visual Flying Theater) i-Ride Kaohsiung Ticket. (Photo: Klook SG)

16. Learn about the history of Taiwan Railway

Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway Admission Ticket in Kaohsiung, from S$6.55

Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway Admission Ticket in Kaohsiung. (Photo: Klook SG)
Hamasen Museum of Taiwan Railway Admission Ticket in Kaohsiung. (Photo: Klook SG)

17. Visit the legendary factory that has survived the ups and downs of Taiwan’s stationery industry

FLOMO Stationery Museum and DIY Experience Ticket in Kaohsiung, from S$3.49 (was S$10.99)

FLOMO Stationery Museum and DIY Experience Ticket in Kaohsiung. (Photo: Klook SG)
FLOMO Stationery Museum and DIY Experience Ticket in Kaohsiung. (Photo: Klook SG)

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