Most visitors in Taiwan are heading directly to its bustling capital, Taipei. Though Taipei is a great city, when it comes to Night Markets, it doesn’t get anywhere close to Kaohsiung. Kaohsiung is the 2nd largest city in Taiwan on the south west part of the small peninsula and is famous for its festive night markets and seafood. It used to be the busiest harbour before Hong Kong dominated the region. Checkout this Kaohsiung DIY Travel Guide:
The best time to be in Kaohsiung is in the season between October and December. It’s mostly sunny and the weather is perfect.
Scoot have direct flights from Singapore to Kaohsiung. You can also take a direct flight from any other major cities in China or a domestic flight from Taipei. I always use Skyscanner for booking my flights.
Taiwan Highspeed Rail
Similar to Japan’s Shinkansen, you can also reach Kaoshiung from Taipei via their high speed train. Journey will take 1.5 hours for the express train. Click here to book your tickets Online.
Philippines and Singapore passport holders are visa-free to visit Taiwan.
I found it difficult to exchange money in Kaohsiung. If you arrive in late hours, it’s better to exchange a few at the airport and exchange the rest of your money to New Taiwan Dollar in Banks during banking hours. 1 New Taiwan Dollar is more than 1.50 Pesos in value, which makes estimating your expenses less difficult.
I stayed at Ahiruyah Guesthouse located very close to Liouhe Night market and Formosa Boulevard Station, where you will find one of the finest works of our arts in this city, The Dome.
Their bunk beds are just NT$ 500 per night. They also have private rooms if you’re traveling with a companion.
One thing I like about Kaohsiung is, there’s plenty of affordable accommodation. You can check other Kaohsiung Hotel discounts here:
Take the MRT and alight at Zouing station. The pond from its name is famous for the lotus plants on the man made lake and the beautiful temples around it. Including the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, Yuandi Temple and my personal favorite, the very traditional Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. There’s a local belief that when entering the Dragon’s mouth and going out from the Tiger’s transforms bad luck into good luck.
You can go around the lake by walking or cycling to visit each of the huge and beautiful structures around it. Rising straight by the lake is an enormous 72-meter high Syuan Tian Emperor holding a giant sword, it’s like a statue built to guard the lake.
For adrenaline junks and those who want a little adventure, you can ride a wakeboard at the newly opened Lotus Wake Park. The first and only full size cable park in Taiwan.
Cijin is a district of Kaohsiung in a small island located near the port. You can easily visit by taking a ferry from the old district of Yancheng. Ferry departs every 30 minutes and takes only 10 minutes to reach Cijin.
This island is popular for tourists to eat seafood, enjoy the beach and see historical sights. I did not skip trying the fresh catch from the street food stalls; it’s really fresh, delicious and cheap. Cijin seaside park has a beautiful collection of sand sculptures too.
Visit the old and beautiful Tianhou Temple and do a 20 minute hike to Cihou lighthouse. From here, you’ll see the beautiful view of the sunset and the city of Kaoshiung from its harbour.
Tianhou Temple in Cijin District. Built in 1673. One of the few old structures in Kaohsiung not destroyed by modernization. I realized that this is a common problem in cities around asia. #cijin #kaohsiung #iseetaiwan #igerstaiwan #travel #shotOnIphone6 #lpfanphoto
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About a minute walk from Formosa Blvd Train Station, this night market is a must and your visit to Kaohsiung is incomplete without walking to its myriads of food and shopping stands.
Taste all the popular Taiwanese/Chinese street foods, take your time and have an empty stomach prior to your visit. Many foreigners from around the world visit this night market. It’s a busy and exciting place for foodies like me. Have your dinner here each night and you’ll never run out of selection.
Kaohsiung DIY Travel Guide – Food Trip in Liuhe
Aside from the attractions within the city, you can also checkout these places near the Kaohsiung:
Moon World – This unique landscape got its name due to its resemblance to the surface of the moon. A popular spot to enjoy chicken dishes.
Fo Guang Shan Monastery – The biggest Buddhist temple complex in the country. A lantern festival takes place here during Chinese New Year.
Shoushan National Park – Also known as the Monkey Mountain, it’s an easy hike from Gushan District and a protected natural park where you can interact with many monkeys dominating the park.
From Kaohsiung International Airport, take a train to Formosa Blvd Station. Visit the The Dome at the center, this is not to be missed. Check in at the guesthouse.
Take a train to Zouying Station, alight and ride a bike or walk to Lotus Pond and visit the structures around the lake. Have some adventure at Lotus Wake Park before heading back to the guesthouse.
Visit the Liouhe Night Market and enjoy the best street foods.
Morning walk or cycle at the Love River. Have some snacks and bubble tea at Yancheng district before taking a ferry to Cijin.
In Cijin, walk along the main street and visit the Tianhou Temple. It leads to the beach and there a several stalls selling fresh seafood along the way.
Enjoy the sunset from top of Cihou Lighthouse.
Take a train to Central Park, walk around and get a coffee in one of the coffee shops around, enjoy the fresh breeze before you start our journey to your next destination.
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