Hostels in Chiayi, Taiwan

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Get to know Chiayi (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Chiayi. To help you make friends with Chiayi before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Chiayi (no more

Chiayi, Taiwan, is a lively city with reasonably priced accommodation. It is the perfect starting point if you want to go hiking in the national park of Alishan. You can either take the old-fashioned train or the bus. The train is more romantic, but the bus is cheaper and more frequent.

Most tourists just come for that. But the city has much more to offer. Even though travel guides don't recommend staying too long in Chiayi, there are many things to explore, including the fabulous night market with excellent shopping opportunities, the Lantan Lakes reservoir, Chiayi Park with its so-called Sun Shooting Tower, the Japanese village Hinoki, and the temples. The most impressive temple is the Chenghuang Temple (City God Temple). And don't forget to check out the morning market, where they sell not only fruit and vegetables, but also fish heads and whole chickens. Your Chiayi, Taiwan hostel is a great place from which to base yourself so you can easily explore and take in everything this region has to offer.

The best way to explore the city is by bicycle or by scooter (if you have an international drivers license). Bicycles can be rented per hour and scooters can be rented per day. If you prefer walking, you can do most things by foot as well.

Chiayi is famous for its turkey rice, tofu pudding, and stinky tofu. Make sure you don't leave the city without trying all three of them. The turkey rice and the tofu pudding can be found almost everywhere, especially at the night market. And for the stinky tofu, well ... Just follow your nose. If you smell something revolting, this is it! It is worth overcoming the nasty smell and still trying the tofu, as its taste has nothing to do with its odor -- actually, it tastes quite nice. Be sure you get the fried one, because that's the best. It will be very forgivable, though, if you don't manage to stand the smell and run away quickly.

Last but not least, its inhabitants are the nicest people you can imagine. If you want to become friends with Taiwanese people, this is the place to go.

Written by local enthusiast for Chiayi hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Chiayi hostels Julie

FAQ about Chiayi Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Chiayi. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Chiayi. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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An Lan Jie Hostel is the best hostel in Chiayi for families.
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An Lan Jie Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Chiayi.

It offers: Pub Crawls.

Your Packing List for Chiayi

Your Packing List for Chiayi

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Chiayi and Taiwan.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

Get your full Packing List here

Chiayi Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Chiayi, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
8 Total number of hostels
$16 Average dorm price
$8 Cheapest hostel in Chiayi
Kite Hostel is the cheapest
1 Party hostels in Chiayi
An Lan Jie Hostel is the best rated
Most Chiayi hostels are located in
West District
5.2 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Chiayi City (14 Km / 8 mi.)
Alishan (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Nantou (51 Km / 32 mi.)
Changhua (55 Km / 34 mi.)
Sun Moon Lake (56 Km / 35 mi.)
Yuchi (60 Km / 38 mi.)
Tainan (65 Km / 40 mi.)

Travel Tips for Chiayi - from the Community

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