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TainanTaiwan

One of the island's oldest settlements and the region’s former capital, this city’s winding streets tell the story of Taiwan’s history. 

Tainan is the cultural heart of Taiwan, home to centuries-old monuments and temples, exciting festivals, a thriving art scene and cuisine that makes the rest of the island envious. Although it might look like any other large Taiwanese city, if you take the time to explore, you will find it is full of traditional, small-town charm and rich history.

Founded as a Dutch colony in 1624, this part of Taiwan was then occupied by the Chinese until the late 19th century. Explore Tainan’s Confucius Temple, the first Confucian temple in Taiwan and, at one time, the highest educational institution on the island. The temple grounds are a popular public gathering place, where you will see locals leisurely strolling, doing tai chi or flying kites.

Wander the streets of Anping, the city’s oldest neighborhood or go for a soak in the famous hot springs at Guanziling. Browse the trendy shops and street murals on Haian Road and then slow down amid the pretty stone pathways and lily ponds in Tainan Park.

Head to one of Tainan’s famous night markets. Hua Yuan Night Market in the north district is the largest outdoor market in Taiwan. Browse the food stalls and find out why Tainan’s cuisine is famous throughout Taiwan. Try a savory oyster omelet or coffin bread, thick fried bread filled with hearty seafood and vegetable chowder.

If you dare, check out the heart-pounding Yanshui Beehive Rockets Festival in February. Ranked among the world’s most dangerous festivals, the event involves the launch of thousands of fireworks and bottle rockets straight into crowds of onlookers.

Tainan is less than four hour’s from Taipei by car or train. You can easily explore the city’s attractions on foot or you can hire a rental scooter, which makes it easy to quickly navigate the busy streets. November and December, as well as March and April, are the best times of year to visit. During these months, the weather is warm and the city receives little rainfall.

Tainan Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Tainan

Top Hotels in Tainan

Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
4 out of 5
No. 269, Section 1, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan
The price is $83 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Tainan Ximen Store and Tainan Confucian Temple. Chihkan Tower and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (823 reviews)

"This hotel is really nice and the staff are very warm, friendly and hospitable. The layout of the room is good and everything is nice and clean. A really excellent place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Oct 26, 2020

Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
5 out of 5
89 Section West, University Road, Tainan
The price is $95 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

This family-friendly Tainan hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Focus Square, Chihkan Tower, and National Cheng Kung University. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,582 reviews)

"pretty good over all"…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2020

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road Branch
FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road Branch
4 out of 5
8F., No.76, Sec. 2, Minsheng Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan
The price is $37 per night from Dec 16 to Dec 17

Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shennong Street, Chihkan Tower, and Tainan Confucian Temple. Tainan City Hall and National ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,434 reviews)

"房間乾淨舒適,交通非常便利,附近有很多美食,服務人員親切,早餐好吃,真的非常值得,性價比超高!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2020

FX Hotel Tainan MinSheng Road Branch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Tainan

IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
3 out of 5
8, Chongshan 15th St, Tainan

Located in East District, this apartment building is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bakeli Memorial Park, Chimei Museum, and National Cheng Kung University. Tainan Confucian ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"很棒的民宿,很適合帶寵物"…"

Reviewed on Feb 4, 2019

IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
Tainan California Villa
Tainan California Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jiucengling, Xinhua Dist, Tainan

Located in Xinhua, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Yang Kuei Culture Memorial Hall and 3 mi (4.9 km) from Taiwan Metal Creative Museum. Yong ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
視野很好的民宿

"寬敞開放式廚房,設備及餐具齊全,讓我表演了一次餐廳級的晚餐,餐具多樣化,可惜各種餐具數量不夠一桌人數使用 客廳2面大玻璃視野非常好,大夥坐在客廳聊天很享受如此的休閒環境"…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2016

Tainan California Villa
songsuit
songsuit
3 out of 5
No.191, Sec. 2, Fuqian Rd., West Central Dist., Tainan

Located in Tainan City Centre, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Anping Canal and Shennong Street. Chihkan Tower and Tainan Confucian Temple ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
很棒的房間

"謝謝業者提供如此棒的住房及服務"…"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2018

songsuit
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Tainan

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Yukes

Mar 24, 2020

Tainan is laid-back, and the food is fantastic!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 5, 2020

A city with rich culture history, worth spending several days visiting.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 30, 2019

Make sure to visit Anping!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Nov 17, 2019

どの観光施設も気楽に行けるところにあるので、とても良いですが、バス等の交通手段は不便です。 台中の最悪中の最悪のバス利用経験があったので、タクシーを利用しました。タクシーは安全で気楽に利用できます。ただし、殆どいません。高鐵台南駅への交通手段も駅が使えないので、結局、電車利用は出来ませんでした。

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 16, 2019

Tainan is a old history city. There have a lot of tradition food restaurants and stores . Here are the most attractive things.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 13, 2019

Tainan is a unique place with lots of historical artifacts and cultural significance. Loved the small lanes with random shops, museums, food, and friendliness of the locals. I will be back!

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