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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.

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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 NT$2,369 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 22

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! (791 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 2020/10/26

Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
HOTEL COZZI Ximen Tainan
HOTEL COZZI Ximen Tainan
4 out of 5
No.658-2, Sec. 1, Ximen Rd., Tainan
The price is NT$2,500 per night from Nov 25 to Nov 26

Located in Tainan City Centre, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wufei Temple, Hainlu Art Street, and Tainan Confucian Temple. Anping Old Fort is 3.9 mi (6.2 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"A lot of fun for kids. However, there seem to be something wrong with the cable signal. The movie channels were bad at all time."…"

Reviewed on 2020/8/2

HOTEL COZZI Ximen 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 NT$941 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! (1,435 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 2020/8/15

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

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 2016/11/30

Tainan California Villa
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 2019/2/4

IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
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 2018/4/8

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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