Traveling to Taiwan is now much more exciting for Muslim travelers, thanks to emerging Muslim-friendly attractions and accommodations all over the country. From national parks to mosques, historic sites, and Halal restaurants, a trip to Taiwan will surely be comfortable and memorable for all. If it’s your first time in Taiwan and not sure where to go, we’ve curated a 5D4N itinerary in Taiwan for Muslim travelers. Make your holiday more fun with these must-visit and Muslim-friendly destinations in Taiwan!
Day 1: Welcome to Taiwan!
Morning: Visit the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Start your Taiwan trip by heading to the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a memorial made in honor of President Chiang Kai-shek. This landmark showcases Taiwan’s history and Chiang Kai-shek’s life through the library and museum inside. The whole attraction is 250,000 square meters wide, surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. Occasionally, events and art performances are held here. Also, the Memorial Hall is equipped with a Muslim prayer room open from 10 am to 5 pm, near the Gate of Great Loyalty Hall.
Location: 100, Taiwan, Taipei City, Zhongzheng District
Operating Hours: 9 am to 6 pm
Learn about Taipei’s history at the Discovery Center of Taipei
In this museum, you’ll get to learn about the culture and history of Taipei. From historical records to installations, replicas and artifacts, documentaries, exhibits, and interactive displays, you’ll enjoy an informative tour of how Taipei developed through time. It’s a multi-sensory experience you shouldn’t miss that gives you great knowledge about the city.
Location: No. 1, City Hall Rd, Xinyi District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Operating Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily; Closed on Monday
Enjoy Halal lunch at Taj Indian Restaurant
Feeling hungry? We definitely recommend that you try Taj Indian Restaurant, one of the Halal-certified restaurants you’ll find in Taipei. Did we mention that it’s also a Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee? They serve sumptuous, aromatic dishes including Spice Curry Chicken, Mughal Style Lamb Skewers, and Garlic Charcoal Naan, among their specialty dishes. Book online to reserve a seat!
Location: No. 1, Lane 48, Section 4, Civic Avenue, Daan District, Taipei City
Operating Hours: 11:30 am to 2:30 pm; 5:30 pm to 10 pm daily; Closed on Tuesdays
Afternoon: Have an afternoon stroll at Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden
Explore nature with your kids as you head to Zhishan Cultural and Ecological Garden for a fun-filled afternoon. There are lots of activities to do here such as trailing, tree climbing, visiting the museum, playing at the playground, and seeing animals such as birds and reptiles up close. If you like adventures and outdoor parks, this park is a family-friendly place where you can appreciate Taiwan’s natural scenery.
Location: No. 120, Yusheng St, Shilin District, Taipei City
Operating Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily; Closed on Mondays
Admire the views at Taipei 101 Observatory
End your first day in Taiwan with a trip to Taipei 101! It’s Taiwan’s tallest building and was previously the world’s tallest building from 2004 to 2010. Marvel at panoramic views on the observation deck through binoculars on the 89th floor, as you ride the ultra-fast elevators to reach the deck. Inside Taipei 101, there are restaurants and shopping malls to visit too.
Location: No.45, City Hall Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei City 110, Taiwan
Operating Hours: 11 am to 9 pm daily
Day 2: Explore New Taipei City
Discover New Taipei City on your day two and be in awe of the wondrous views of the Northeast Coast of Taiwan! Get to see four attractions in just one tour for a one-of-a-kind experience in Taiwan.
See the odd rock formations of Yehliu Geopark
You’ll find various rock formations of all shapes and sizes in Yehliu Geopark. Waves, winds, and natural forces have formed these rocks along the natural park, which have been here for thousands of years now. Don’t forget to take photos of these rocks that even resemble iconic characters such as The Queen’s Head for cool memorabilia!
Have a cup of tea at Jiufen Old Street
It’s like traveling back in time when you go to Jiufen Old Street, one of the stops on this day tour. It’s a hillside village that’s famous for teahouses, local eats, and mountainous scenery. Make your way through the alleyways and find yourself trying out delicacies and freshly brewed tea, or even shopping for souvenirs.
Visit the Shifen Waterfall
In Pingxi District, there’s what they call the “Little Niagara Falls,” known as the Shifen Waterfall. This unique waterfall cascades waters majestically to the deep pool below, and tourists can watch it from various angles in viewing decks around the area. If you’re lucky, you might also see a rainbow over the pool that makes it even more spectacular to see.
Release sky lanterns at Shifen Old Street
Finish the tour with a magical experience by releasing sky lanterns on Shifen Old Street! With the help of the tour guide, you can write your wishes on the lanterns and set them off to the sky, best done during sunset. It’s a must-try experience that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Shifen!
Day 3: Learn about Taiwan’s rich history
Morning: Go hiking at Yangmingshan National Park
Take on a trip to one of Taiwan’s national parks! Yangmingshan National Park, situated in the northern part of Taipei Basin, offers stunning vistas of mountains, a volcano, and flourishing forests. Most people come here to hike, with a variety of short and long trails to choose from. It’s also home to Mount Qixing which is Taiwan’s tallest inactive volcano.
Tour the National Palace Museum
Did you know that the world’s largest collection of Chinese artifacts can be found in Taiwan? The National Palace Museum houses an impressive collection of more than 600,000 Chinese treasures such as relics, art, and more that span around 5,000 years since the Neolithic age. The museum is equipped with technology for an interactive experience for museum-goers, and an audio guide is available in select languages.
Location: No. 221, Section 2, Zhishan Rd., Shilin District, Taipei
Operating Hours: 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Mondays
Afternoon: Take a walk at the Bopiliao Historical Block
Get to know Taiwan’s history as you walk through a well-reserved block that’s been around since the Qing Dynasty in the 1800s. The Bopiliao Historical Block was previously a passage towards the Guting District and is considered to be one of the wealthiest areas in Taipei. After the Japanese rule, the block was left destroyed until it was renovated in 2003. Now, the block features a museum, exhibits, cultural activities, art galleries, shops, and cafes around the area.
Location: Lane 173, Kangding Rd, Wanhua District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Operating Hours: 9 am to 6 pm; Closed on Mondays
Taste local dishes at Shilin Night Market
Aside from tourist attractions and natural sights, one important activity you should try in Taiwan is going to its famous night markets. In Shilin Night Market, every nook and cranny is filled with food stalls, refreshment carts, and cheap hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are very budget-friendly. Some stalls serve Muslim-friendly food and vegetarian options like sweet potato balls, mochi, tofu, taro balls, and more.
Location: No. 101, Jihe Rd, Shilin District, Taipei City, Taiwan
Operating Hours: 4 pm to 12 am daily
Day 4: Escape to Taichung
Head out for another adventure this time, in Central Taiwan. Get ready for an adventure-filled day tour in Nantou County that lets you experience lots of exciting activities!
Bike along the scenic bike paths at Sun Moon Lake
A breathtaking view of Sun Moon Lake welcomes you as you pedal your way on a relaxing bike ride. It’s regarded as one of the most beautiful cycling routes in the world! Enjoy a quick biking adventure with your family and friends with a view of Taiwan’s largest lake.
Hop on a ferry ride and sail along Lalu Island
To get a closer view of the captivating Sun Moon Lake, you’ll hop on a ferry ride that passes through Lalu Island. While on board the ferry, you’ll be in awe of the amazing vistas of lake water and mountains.
Take a cable car ride to see panoramic views
On this tour, you can also ride a gondola that gives you a bird’s eye view of the famous Sun Moon Lake.
Learn about Taiwan’s indigenous culture at Yidashao Commercial District
As the last stop on this 10-hour tour, you can admire and learn about the arts and crafts of Taiwan. Visit the stalls and shops of Yidashao and bring home a souvenir or two that’ll remind you of Taiwan’s indigenous art!
Day 5: Explore Taipei
Morning: Visit the Taipei Grand Mosque
On your last day in Taiwan, make sure to visit the Taipei Grand Mosque. It’s Taiwan’s first and largest mosque. With ablution rooms and a prayer hall, you can perform your daily prayer in the grand mosque that is known to be the center of Muslim communities in Taiwan.
Walk and shop around Ximending
Of course, you can’t miss making a stop at the city’s most popular tourist spot, the Ximending area. It’s a pedestrian-friendly destination where you can shop, eat local snacks, and take nice photos of your friends in several photobooths as a remembrance. At times, there are buskers performing that you can freely watch as you stroll around.
Afternoon: Shop for souvenirs at Taipei City Mall
Never leave Taiwan without shopping! Spend your remaining hours at Taipei City Mall, the largest and longest underground mall in Taiwan. It’s where you can shop for affordable items like clothes, food, accessories, gadgets, beauty items, and more. It’s also connected to Taipei Main Station, which is easily accessible, and recommended for those who are heading straight to the airport!
So many sights and new discoveries are waiting for you when you visit Taiwan soon! From Muslim-friendly attractions, accommodations, food spots, and experiences, you can find all these when you book through KKDay!