Recommendations for most scenic place in Taiwan?
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 10, 2012 5:28 PM Last Post By: wix99
Jul 9, 2012 3:03 AM
Recommendations for most scenic place in Taiwan?We are a huge group of 8 (family members) traveling to Taiwan. After allocating 3 days in Taipei, we have about 4 days to spend elsewhere in Taiwan.
We are looking for scenic places easily accessible by car (we can self-drive), and within reach by the high-speed rail from Taipei.
Jul 10, 2012 12:14 AM
1you've 4 days, so maybe you can consider this tour:
Four Days Formosa Tour
Day 1 :
Pick up from Hotel ~ Taichung ~ Visit Sun Moon Lake（Wen Wu Temple, Te Hua Village, Cih-en Pagoda, Holy Monk Shrine） ~ Puli Town（Traditional Culture & Arts Center） ~ Stay overnight in Taichung.
（DeBao Business Hotel or similar）
Day 2 :
Pick up from Hotel ~ Visit Lukang Historic Area & Bagua Mountain Dafo Scenic Area ~ Transfer to Tainan ~ Stay overnight in Tainan.
（Toong Mao Hotel or similar）
Day 3 :
Tainan City Tour（Anping Fort, Chih-Kan Lou (The Chamber of Red Hill), Eternal Fortress (Yi Tzai Golden Castle ) and Koxinga Shrine） ~ Transfer to Kaohsiung ~ Visit Fokuangshan (Light of Buddha Mountain) ~ Stay overnight in Kaohsiung.
（Shi Hzu wan Hotel or similar）
Day 4 :
Pick up from Hotel ~ Kaohsiung City Tour（Former British Consulate, Sizih Bay (Sizihwan), Spring & Autumn Pavilions） ~ Transfer to Taipei by bus or train ~ Hotel.
Jul 10, 2012 1:49 AM
Jul 10, 2012 3:59 AM
One month ago, I had the chance for a week trip to South of Taiwan visiting Tainan, Alishan, Taitung and Kenting, which could be considered the most famous must visit places. If you love mountain and nature, I suggest you going to Alishan. If you prefer holidays by the sea Kenting is a must place - http://www.ktnp.gov.tw/eng/ .
Considering the car rental, you should consider bring your international driver license.
Although there are famous car rental companies like AVIS, they charge between 1800 - 2500 Taiwanese dollars.
Since I was on budget travel, I suggest you can take a look at this link: http://www.greenislandadventures.com/carrentaltaiwan.htm. Eddie the owner of the car rental company speaks English and he was a great help for my trip.
Hope this information is useful. Enjoy your trip!!
Jul 10, 2012 7:50 AM
4The most scenic area in Taiwan is the east coast followed by the central mountains. You aren't clear if you want to take the high speed rail somewhere and then rent a car. You can get to Taroko Gorge on the east coast in just over 2 hours on the train (not the high speed but a fast tilting train). You can rent cars in Hualien, the gateway town to the gorge. If this is your first time to Taiwan then the east is where you should go. Population density like Costa Rica and in addition to knockout scenery there is good aboriginal food to try, wild hot springs, hiking trails, some excellent short bike trips through rice fields, and the choice of driving along the coast and also inland through the rice growing rift valley. Four days would give you a taste of the area.
Jul 10, 2012 5:28 PM
5For a four day driving tour I would suggest the following:
1. Taipei to Taitung: coastal route. This would start with the beautiful northeast coast near Keelung, the amazing Su'ao-Hualien coastal highway, detour to Taroko Gorge, then along the coast to Taitung.
2. Taipei to Taitung: mountain route. Taipei to Taichung, through Nantou then to Hehuan Shan across the highest road in Taiwan. Drop down the other side of the central mountain range to Taroko Gorge and then travel on to Taitung via the coastal route. (A variation on this would be to travel along the northeast coast to Yilan and then up to Lishan and Hehuanshan and down to Taroko.)
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