Taiwan East Coast (w/o Car or Bike)
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 5:23 AM Last Post By: Kaminoge
Apr 1, 2013 8:49 AM
Taiwan East Coast (w/o Car or Bike)Hi folks,
Just after some quick ideas. I'm planning to do the East Coast this weekend with a friend (last minute planned trip). However, as the title implies, we are don't have valid licenses for car/motorbike/scooter travel in Taiwan, and we aren't too keen on riding between towns/cities (especially with the forecasted rain).
Besides Taroko (obviously), could anyone suggest possible locations that are accessible by train from Hualian or Taidong that can be done as day trips? Or anywhere rurally where we could base ourselves for the weekend with places reasonably nearby to go see/do (hikes, beaches etc). We don't mind getting to a place & hiring a cycle (or taking one with us on the train from Hualian/Taidong).
Totally understand that this isn't the optimal way to really experience the East Coast, but it's all we have for now.
Apr 3, 2013 3:25 AM
1Taiwan by public transportation is easy, even on the east coast. Heck they even have busses to the trailheads so you can hike the beautiful mountains of central Taiwan.
Many countries are party to an International agreement allowing a drivers license in one country to be valid in another. I don't know if Taiwan is officially a party to that agreement, but I've been stopped on a motor scooter by a Taiwan cop and he accepted my US (Pennsylvania) license as valid.
Travelling within the major cities or on the side islands (I love Green Island) by public transport sometimes means making some choices (cost of cab vs. time wasted for bus) but overall, public transportation in Taiwan is fine.
Apr 3, 2013 5:23 AM
2To rent a car, you would need an International Driving Permit, which you can get in your home country with a valid local driver's license. Renting scooters is a bit more problematic, as many shops now require customers to have a Taiwanese license, which of course most visitors would not have. Ask around, however, as some places (particularly in the Kenting area) still seem to be willing to rent scooters to people without local licenses.
For Americans, it seems to depend on the state and reciprocity, i.e. whether or not the individual state recognizes Taiwanese driver's licenses. Of course, in LongIslandBob's case, it could just have been that the cop didn't want the hassle of having to deal with a foreigner. :-)
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