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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

Tainan Park showing a lake or waterhole and a garden

Tainan City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(154 area reviews)

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 Flower Night Market.

Tainan City Centre
Yongkang, Tainan, Taiwan

Yongkang

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and parks in Yongkang. You might want to make time for a stop at Taiwan Metal Creative Museum or Yongda Night Market.

Yongkang
Xinying, Tainan, Taiwan

Xinying

Though Xinying might not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Tainan Municipal Xinying Stadium and Yuejingang Riverside Park.

Xinying
Tainan

Anping

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

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.

Anping
Madou, Tainan, Taiwan

Madou

While there might not be top attractions in Madou, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Tainan City Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center and Shanhua Sugar Factory.

Madou
Baihe, Tainan, Taiwan

Baihe

3/5(1 area review)

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.

Baihe

Top Hotels in Tainan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
4 out of 5
No. 269, Section 1, Yongfu Road, West Central District, Tainan
The price is ¥7,938 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

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! (633 reviews)

"台南煙波飯店位於台南鬧區,附近有很多吃的,飯店本身是2019年才落成的,所以一切的設備都還非常新,櫃檯的工作人員很親切也很幫忙,飯店安且早餐豐富性也非常的好,除了各國料理還有台南最有名的牛肉湯,讓人覺得非常接地氣! 飯店的二樓有健身房、泳池與三溫暖,各項設備也都維持的非常好,健身房屬於中型健身房但設備一應俱全,唯一美中不足的地方是三溫暖蒸氣室的部分溫度太高,每次進去都覺得是在烤豬,有點太熱! 整體而言是一次非常好的經驗,推薦給想到台南旅遊的大家!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 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 ¥10,754 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

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. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,534 reviews)
Great hotel, great service!

"Our stay was great, check in was seamless. We went for my wife's birthday, and when we told the hotel staff, they actually gifted my wife a small cake! Great hotel, would highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Jun 3, 2020

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan
Silks Place Tainan
Silks Place Tainan
4.5 out of 5
No 1 Heyi Rd, West Central Dist, Tainan
The price is ¥14,115 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 6

This family-friendly Tainan hotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Tainan Ximen Store and Tainan Confucian ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (951 reviews)

"Excellent service! Excellent food! Excellent room!!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 23, 2020

Silks Place Tainan

Vacation Rentals in Tainan

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
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
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

Popular places to visit in Tainan

Guanziling Hot Springs
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Guanziling Hot Springs

3/5(1 review)

Guanziling Hot Springs is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Tainan. Discover the area's hot springs and theme park.

Chihkan Tower
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Chihkan Tower

4.5/5(44 reviews)

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

Tainan Flower Night Market
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Tainan Flower Night Market

4/5(14 reviews)

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

National Cheng Kung University
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National Cheng Kung University

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around National Cheng Kung University, a top university in Tainan. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Shennong Street
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Shennong Street

4.5/5(8 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home with a trip to Shennong Street, a popular shopping spot in Tainan. Discover the temples in this culturally rich area, or seek out its biking trails.

Tainan Confucian Temple
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Tainan Confucian Temple

4.5/5(47 reviews)

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.

Top things to do in Tainan

Tainan Historical Tour
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Tainan Historical Tour

¥9,615
Per adult
Tainan Art and Leisure 1-Day Tour
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Tainan Art and Leisure 1-Day Tour

¥10,684
Per adult
Tainan Spiritual Culture Tour
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Tainan Spiritual Culture Tour

¥10,684
Per adult

Reviews of Tainan

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
69
5 - Excellent 57.5%
4 - Good
43
4 - Good 35.833333333333336%
3 - Okay
8
3 - Okay 6.666666666666667%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0%

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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