Tainan

Taiwan

Taijiang National Park which includes a ferry, a river or creek and a temple or place of worship

4.5/5Top Destination

Experience upscale Tainan: its sightseeing, hot springs, ruins, and more!

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.

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Sightseeing, Tours and Hot Springs

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Where to stay in Tainan

Tainan City Centre
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Tainan City Centre

Monuments, Sightseeing, Tours

4.5/5 (104 Ratings)

You'll enjoy the hot springs and monuments in Tainan City Centre. You might want to make time for a stop at Chihkan Tower or Tainan Confucian Temple.

Anping
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Anping

Historical Buildings, Natural Parks, Museums

3/5 (2 Ratings)

You'll enjoy the museums and monuments in Anping. You might want to make time for a stop at Anping Old Fort or Eternal Golden Castle.

West Central District
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West Central District

Monuments, Budget, Culture

West Central District is noteworthy for its coffeehouses, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Chihkan Tower and Tainan Confucian Temple.

Baihe
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Baihe

Hot Springs, Spas, Nature

You'll enjoy the hot springs and parks in Baihe. You might want to make time for a stop at Guanziling Hot Springs or Biyun Temple.

North District
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North District

Monuments, Natural Parks, Walking

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in North District. You might want to make time for a stop at Tainan Flower Night Market or Tainan Park.

Top Hotels in Tainan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
5 out of 5
89 Section West, University Road, Tainan
$102/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.6/5Exceptional! (2,041 reviews)

"The view is very nice. The room is big and comfortable. All the staff are very polite and helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
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ECFA Hotel Tainan
3 out of 5
8F, No 145, Sec 2, Zhongyi Rd., Tainan
$12/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
3.9/5Good! (1,705 reviews)

"very nice and comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2019

ECFA Hotel Tainan
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HOTEL COZZI Ximen Tainan
4 out of 5
No.658-2, Sec. 1, Ximen Rd., Tainan
$93/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.4/5Wonderful! (803 reviews)

"Staffs are all friendly, very helpful. Hotel is clean. I expect more facilities for my kids but I think the play room is too simple and the TV games arent quite for my kids. A bigger indoor with slide and cages to climb would be nice. Cars on the tracks are too small for kids older than 7..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 12, 2019

HOTEL COZZI Ximen Tainan

Popular things to do in Tainan

Chihkan Tower
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Chihkan Tower

4.5/5 (30 Ratings)

Spend some time at this 17th-century Dutch fort, known for its classical Chinese architecture, statues and picturesque gardens.

Tainan Confucian Temple
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Tainan Confucian Temple

4/5 (34 Ratings)

One of the most important religious sites in Taiwan is an old temple complex filled with shrines and sculptures and noted for its architectural beauty.

Guanziling Hot Springs
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Guanziling Hot Springs

Explore the great outdoors at Guanziling Hot Springs, a popular spot to commune with nature in Tainan. Make time to visit the theme park and spas while you're in the area.

Tainan Flower Night Market
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Tainan Flower Night Market

3.5/5 (9 Ratings)

Join huge crowds of locals and enjoy the lively energy of an open-air market, while snacking on local delicacies, socializing and playing games.

Anping Old Fort
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Anping Old Fort

4.5/5 (22 Ratings)

Discover insights into the early history of Tainan at the 17th-century stronghold that once helped to defend the city against attack.

Shennong Street
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Shennong Street

4.5/5 (6 Ratings)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Shennong Street, a popular shopping spot in Tainan. While in the area, you can find time to visit its temples.

Top activities in Tainan

Vacation Photographer in Kaohsiung
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Vacation Photographer in Kaohsiung

$31

Book a private professional photographer for a family trip, destination wedding, secret proposal or just a great day. Prices start at 8.

Private 3-Day Restful Mountain Retreat
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Private 3-Day Restful Mountain Retreat

$696

See the beauty of northern Taiwan on this 3-day tour. Enjoy Taiwanese cuisine with a dessert making session and walk through the popular Fengjia Night Market. Then marvel at the gently sloping mountains at Sun Moon Lake and get a taste of culture at the Lukang Folk Arts Museum.

Private 5-Day Sun Moon Lake & Alishan Tour
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Private 5-Day Sun Moon Lake & Alishan Tour

$1,086

Spend 5 exciting days discovering the natural beauty of Taipei. Relax at the Flying Cow Ranch and beautiful Sun Moon Lake, enjoy delicious aboriginal cuisine, and try foods at the Fengjia Market. Get to know the processes of pottery and papermaking at the Snake Kiln and Paper Factory.

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