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Tainan

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

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 RM305 per night

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (351 reviews)

"The hotel is very new and clean. The room is big and confortable."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020

Lakeshore Hotel Tainan
Tayih Landis Hotel,Tainan
Tayih Landis Hotel,Tainan
4.5 out of 5
660, Sec 1, Shi Men Road, Tainan
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM325 per night

Located in Tainan City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Guohua Street and Tainan Confucian Temple. Shennong Street and National Cheng ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"Front counter agent was A in taking care of us. Very informative and helpful. Hotel is reasonably close to public transit, food, shopping, and site seeing."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Tayih Landis 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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM435 per night

This family-friendly Tainan hotel is located in the historical district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Focus Square, National Cheng Kung University and Tainan Confucian ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (2,478 reviews)

"Very clean and nice staff. The food was great there"…"

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2020

Shangri-La's Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Tainan

Popular places to visit in Tainan

Chihkan Tower
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Chihkan Tower

4.5/5(5 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(2 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.

Anping Old Fort
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Anping Old Fort

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Discover insights into the early history of Tainan at the 17th-century stronghold that once helped to defend the city against attack.

Top things to do in Tainan

Private Guided Tainan Tour
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Private Guided Tainan Tour

RM957
Per adult
Tainan Food Tour
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Tainan Food Tour

RM544
Per adult
Tainan Historical Tour
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Tainan Historical Tour

RM392
Per adult
Tainan Art & Leisure Tour
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Tainan Art & Leisure Tour

RM435
Per adult
Tainan Spiritual Culture Tour
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Tainan Spiritual Culture Tour

RM435
Per adult
Private 3-Day Restful Mountain Retreat
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Private 3-Day Restful Mountain Retreat

RM6,786
Per adult

Reviews of Tainan

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

4 Jan 2020

Excellent museums, free guided walking tours, vulcanic area with hot springs, fossil park and much more to do in the sorrounding area. Having a car would be the best.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Oct 2019

Tainan is a wonderful city with more history and character to it than cities to the north and is well worth exploring.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Aug 2019

A lovely town. Lots to do and see, alley ways to get lost and places to have coffee or eat and drink.

5/5 - Excellent

SELVAKUMAR

1 Jul 2019

Good Hotel and food, indian restaurant are very good food available.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

25 Apr 2019

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