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The Ultimate Kaohsiung City Travel Guide for first-time visitors

Kaohsiung Travel Guide

The Ultimate Travel Guide to Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan — This port city found in the South of Taiwan is primarily famous for its many parks and free attractions. Kaohsiung is home to numerous businesses and skyscrapers but with just the right amount of parks and natural attractions to give you the sense of being in a completely different world. Read our Kaohsiung travel guide below:

Kaohsiung Confucius Temple - Kaohsiung Travel Guide Blog
Kaohsiung Confucius Temple – Kaohsiung Travel Guide

To walk you through this great destination in Taiwan, here’s our Kaohsiung travel guide. This blog post includes guides on how to get there, popular Kaohsiung tourist spots, where to stay, and the best places to eat in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

Best time to Visit Kaohsiung

Weather-wise, it’s best to visit Kaohsiung during the months of October to November due to the excellent weather. The colder season is between December and February, but not so much that you’ll need to bring a heavy coat. The hottest months would be June while the rainy season occurs from May to September. If you don’t mind a little cool weather and want to save on hotel costs, December to February would be perfect.

Kaohsiung Travel Guide
Kaohsiung Travel Guide

Visa Requirement

There are numerous countries given a Visa Exemption by Taiwan. If you are a citizen of the United States or Britain, you have a Visa Exemption of no more than 90 days stay. Philippine passport holders are given an exemption for trips that are less than 14 days. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after arrival in Taiwan.

How to Get There

From Manila

AirAsia offers flights to Kaohsiung from Manila. From Kaohsiung International Airport is the second largest airport in Taiwan and is just 7.5 kilometers (5 miles) away from Kaohsiung City Center. Taipei Metro Red Line travel between the airport and downtown. Of course, the most convenient way is to book your Kaohsiung Private Airport Transfers via KLOOK.

From Taipei

Taipei is also a jump-off point to Kaohsiung. You have 3 options if you are coming from Taipei: the High-Speed Rail, the train, or Public Bus. The High-Speed Rail (HSR) starts from the Taipei Main Station with a travel time of 2 hours. You’ll arrive at the HSR Zuoying Station and then hop a ride on the KRT Zuoying Station. The train and bus will take you roughly 6 hours of travel.

Getting Around

MRT Station near Pier-2 Kaohsiung
MRT Station near Pier-2 Kaohsiung

Kaohsiung has a metro rail transportation system that you can use to reach practically all interesting spots in the city. There are transportation cards in Taiwan that can help ease the confusion of public transit. There’s also a bus system, Taxi, and Uber services if you’re not a fan of the MRT.

Where to Stay

Silks Club Kaohsiung

Silks Club Kaohsiung Hotel
Silks Club Kaohsiung Hotel

Address: No 199 Zhongshan 2nd Rd. Qianzhen Dist. Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

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This 4-star hotel stands in the heart of the city and allows for easy access to popular spots. The hotel itself boasts of a large pool, an in-house restaurant, high-speed internet, and a fitness center. The room features a refrigerator in every room and boasts an excellent view of the city below.

Park Lees Hotel

Park Lees Hotel Kaohsiung
Park Lees Hotel Kaohsiung

Address: No. 192, Wenxin Road, Gushan District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 804

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A luxury hotel, every room boasts of a large window showcasing the amazing city below. There’s an in-house restaurant, a bar, and high-speed internet. Breakfast is included in the price of the hotel. Suites are available and there are wheelchair access rooms to accommodate all visitors.

Riverside Hotel Esthetics

Riverside Hotel Esthetics Kaohsiung
Riverside Hotel Esthetics Kaohsiung

Address: No. 23-1, Andong Street, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 807

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If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, check this one out. The hotel is close to the Love River and boasts of a restaurant featuring western and Chinese cuisines. It comes with a business center with high-speed internet access. Visitors can also take advantage of dry cleaning and concierge services.

Kindness Hotel

Kindness Hotel Kaohsiung
Kindness Hotel Kaohsiung

Address: No.295, Jianguo 2nd Rd, Sanmin District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 807

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Featuring an in-house restaurant and a business center, this budget hotel is perfect for those who want a comfortable place to sleep without exorbitant costs. Hotel features include dry cleaning, refrigerator in every room, and the all-important air conditioning.

Also read: Ultimate List Of The Best Hotels In Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Where to Eat

Gang Yuan Beef Noodle Restaurant

Dry Beef Noodle Soup at Gang Yuan
Dry Beef Noodle Soup at Gang Yuan

Address: No. 55, Dacheng St, Yancheng District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

Gang Yuan Beef Noodle Restaurant is a local favorite noodle house but it’s becoming popular with tourists as well due to its social media exposures. The restaurant offers dry or soup noodles with eighter beef, pork, or pork knuckles as an option for toppings. The food is affordable but the place is always crowded and there’s a huge chance you will wait for your turn.

Pizza Rock Kaohsiung

Pizza Rock Kaohsiung photo via FB Page
Pizza Rock Kaohsiung photo via FB Page

Address: No. 327, Fumin Road, Zuoying District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 813

Offering Italian style dishes, this restaurant ranks high in Kaohsiung as they offer some of the best western dishes like salads, pasta, and pizza. They offer wine and beer at night and allows for takeout, delivery, and reservations.

Wang Steak

Wang Steak Kaohsiung photo via FB Page
Wang Steak Kaohsiung photo via FB Page

Address: No. 88, Zhongzheng 3rd Road, Xinxing District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 800

If you’re in the mood for mouth-watering steak, this is the perfect spot to visit. It serves primarily European cuisine, complete with high chairs available for family dining. They serve alcohol and opens their doors for private dining.

Chamonix Teppanyaki

Address: No. 29, Wufu 3rd Road, Qianjin District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 801

This one’s a bit more traditional, offering vegan options and cultural meals for both lunch and dinner. They accommodate people with special diets and allow reservations – perfect for those who are in a tight schedule.

What to Do and See

Dome Light

Formosa Boulevard MRT Station
Formosa Boulevard MRT Station

Located close to the Formosa Station, the Dome of Light is actually a public artwork created by Maestro Narcissus Quagliata, following the theme “Love and Pardon”.

Love River

Love River Cruise in Kaohsiung
Love River Cruise in Kaohsiung

It’s a long stretch of river with trees shadings both sides of the water. You can ride a bike along the riverside or choose to sit by the boat and soak in the serene environment. Love River an excellent place to visit especially if you’re with your special someone.

85 Storey Tower / Tuntex Sky Tower

85 Sky Tower or Tuntex Sky Tower by Aska-C via Wikipedia CC
85 Sky Tower or Tuntex Sky Tower By aska-c – archive copy, CC0

Boasting of 92 lifts, this tower is an exciting ride in itself as the speed of ascent can be very fast. One of the elevators here can take you to the 77th floor in just 45 seconds, making it one of the fastest in the world. On the 74th floor, you have the chance to view the whole city and the large expanse of the sea.

Fo Guang Mountain Monastery

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center
Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center

It’s the most famous Buddhist shrine in Taiwan, accompanied by a 120-foot high golden Buddha. The architecture is incredibly imposing, vibrant with colors and showcasing the excellent culture of Taiwan. If you happen to visit during the Lantern Festival, you’ll love the festive lanterns having all over the temple.

Book your Fo Guang Shan Half Day Tour

The Pier-2 Art Center

Pier-2 Art Center
Pier-2 Art Center

Originally a port warehouse, the entire space was converted to an art park hosting multiple exhibitions on a routine basis. There’s also a concert held in the park every weekend where you can chill and relax after a long day exploring.

Liuhe Tourist Night Market

Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung Taiwan photo via Wikipedia CC
Liuhe Night Market in Kaohsiung Taiwan photo via Wikipedia CC

End your day with a tour through this night market. Buyers can get anything from fruits, seafood, clothing, and other souvenir items.

Have Fun at Suzuka Circuit Park

Suzuka Circuit Park photo via FB Page
Suzuka Circuit Park photo via FB Page

Looking for some adventure while in Kaohsiung? Experience riding go-karts at Taiwan’s very first kart racing theme park — Suzuka Circuit Park in Kaohsiung. The park is conveniently located right next to Taroko Park, a popular amusement park and shopping mall in Kaohsiung. You can choose between two ticket options: a day pass or a night pass for both weekdays and weekends.

Book your Suzuka Circuit Park Tickets

Discover Kaohsiung via i-Ride 5D Visual Flying Theater

i-Ride 5D Visual Flying Theater in Kaohsiung
i-Ride 5D Visual Flying Theater in Kaohsiung

A must-try while in Kaohsiung, this ride will give you the most extraordinary theater experience in Kaohsiung. Be immersed in the new multi-sensory attraction featuring the beauty of Kaohsiung. Go on a heartwarming and thrilling 5D ride and enjoy the fascinating 5-minute 5D show with your friends and family.

Book your i-Ride Ticket Now

To help you create your Kaohsiung Itinerary, read our list of Best Things To Do In Kaohsiung, Taiwan

WiFi and Internet Access

Taiwan is tech-savvy so you can expect great internet speed and widespread wireless internet in the city. Free WiFi is available at the airport, most hotels, restaurants, and some public areas but if you want a guaranteed connection during your entire trip, I highly suggest that you book a Pocket WiFi Device via Klook.

4G WiFi for Taiwan (Taiwan Airport Pick Up)

4G WiFi Device Rental in Kaohsiung Taiwan image via KLOOK
4G WiFi Device Rental in Kaohsiung Taiwan image via KLOOK

Upon arrival in Taiwan, you can conveniently pick up the WiFi device at either Taoyuan, Songshan, or Kaohsiung airports before you leave the airport and head to your next destination. You can use the pocket WiFi anywhere in Taiwan and share it with 4 other users. Based on our experience, the internet was strong and they also offer unlimited data usage per day.

Kaohsiung Travel Tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind before you travel to Kaohsiung:

  • Grab an EasyCard. This will help you move around Taiwan without having to constantly count the amount of change you’ll have to pay at the counter.
  • Google Maps is wonderfully efficient in Taiwan and will give you excellent directions on where to get on and off
  • If you want a bit more adventure, try renting some bicycles from the mainland. This will give you more control over your trips

Sample Kaohsiung Itinerary and Budget

Day 1

  • Dome of Light
  • Lotus Pond
  • Heart of Love River

Day 2

  • Tian Liao Moon World
  • Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Memorial Center
  • Liuhe Night Market

Day 3

  • Alishan Mountain

Total budget can be anywhere from $300 to $600 for a 3-day trip depending on your itinerary and mode of transportation. Note that this price is excluding the cost of the hotel.

Kaohsiung Travel and Tour Packages

Check out our complete list of recommended Hotels in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan via Agoda or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

Help us improve our Kaohsiung Travel Guide by suggesting other places to visit, recommended places to eat, and other travel information that you want to add in this Kaohsiung blog post.

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