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

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.

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Where to stay 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 NT$2,373 per night from May 21 to May 21
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! (1,398 reviews)

Reviewed on 2021/2/9

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 NT$3,230 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
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! (1,648 reviews)
"The poor is great"

Reviewed on 2021/4/2

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
U.I.J Hotel & Hostel
U.I.J Hotel & Hostel
4 out of 5
No.5, Ln.115, Youai St., West Central Dist., Tainan
The price is NT$1,169 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tainan Snail Alley and Tainan Confucian Temple. Chihkan Tower and Shennong Street are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (745 reviews)
A great stay in Tainan.
"Very cozy and chic place. Helpful and friendly staff. Cool decoration and facilities. Superb common areas for both hotel and hostel guests. Greatest location in Tainan. Will definitely come back again."

Reviewed on 2021/1/16

U.I.J Hotel & Hostel
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.
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)
"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 2016/11/30

Tainan California Villa
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
2 out of 5
NO. 46-10, Kanping, Qigu District, Tainan
Located in Qigu District, this campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Taiwan Salt Museum, Taijiang National Park, and Luermenma Temple. The Qigu Salt Field and ...
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
England Bungalow
England Bungalow
3 out of 5
No.83, Sec. 1, Funong St., East Dist., Tainan
Located in East District, this villa is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from T.S. Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Chihkan Tower and National Cheng Kung University. Tainan Confucian ...
4.1/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

Reviewed on 2019/2/7

England Bungalow
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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Mar 24, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 5, 2020

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

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Dec 30, 2019

Make sure to visit Anping!

3/5 - Okay

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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。

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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

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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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