Tainan

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

Shangri-La Far Eastern Tainan
Shangri-La Far Eastern Tainan
5 out of 5
89 Section West, University Road, Tainan, 70146
The price is S$180 per night from 6 Sep to 7 Sep
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Tainan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,289 reviews)
5 Stars Service
"While I don’t usually pick older properties for my stays, Shangri-La Tainan came highly recommended by friends and families. And it did not disappoint. From confirming the reservation to post-stay experience, I am still in awe that this kind of 5 stars service still exists in the hospitality industry. ..."

Reviewed on 16 Jul,2022

Shangri-La Far Eastern Tainan
Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
4 out of 5
No. 269, Section 1, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan, 700
The price is S$188 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Tainan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (2,682 reviews)
服務人員都很努力的服務客人所以未來還會選擇煙波
"被子太熱了點、被單有點粗。整體而言是乾淨的。服務很熱心、早餐不怕客人吃,可以吃到11:30 唯一可惜的是這次沒有注意到我的房間沒有浴缸,房間以四個人住的空間來講有一點小"

Reviewed on 4 Aug,2022

Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Formosa Yacht Resort
Formosa Yacht Resort
3.5 out of 5
Anping District Anping Rd 988, Tainan, Tainan City, 708
Stay at this 3.5-star hotel in Tainan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Popular attractions Shennong Street and Garden Night Market are located ...
Formosa Yacht Resort
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.
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
2 out of 5
NO. 46-10, Kanping, Qigu District, Tainan, 00724
Stay at this business-friendly campsite in Tainan. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Taiwan Salt Museum and Beautiful Baby ...
Spring Garden Golf Ranch & Resort
IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
3 out of 5
8, Chongshan 15th St, Tainan, 70158
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly apartment in Tainan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Popular attractions CHIMEI Museum and Chihkan Tower are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"很棒的民宿,很適合帶寵物"

Reviewed on 4 Feb,2019

IMEEK Pet Friendly Tourist Home
Tainan California Villa
Tainan California Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jiucengling, Xinhua Dist, Tainan, 712
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Tainan. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Popular attractions Xinhua Old Street and Hutoupi are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (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 30 Nov,2016

Tainan California Villa
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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