This small indigenous community (三地門; Sāndìmén), 30km east of Pingtung, is a stronghold of the Rukai and Paiwan tribes. The region was lashed by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, but the local communities have slowly got back on their feet and it’s now possible to reach the very remote indigenous villages, such as Wutai and Dewen.
If you come from Kaohsiung or Pingtung, you are likely to arrive first at the lowlands of Shuimen (水門; Shuǐmén), on the southern bank of Ailiao River. You’ll find most of the facilities you need there, including hotels and the bus station. Sandimen is on the northern bank and there are two bridges linking the two townships.