Welcome to Sun Moon Lake


Sun Moon Lake is part of the 90-sq-km Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area under the control of the central government. Accommodation is more than plentiful, with the majority of hotels centred in Shueishe Village (水社村) and Itashao (伊達邵). Itashao is not the quiet backwater it once was, though the strong presence of the Thao (the area's original inhabitants) is a very obvious contrast to the predominantly Taiwanese atmosphere at Shueishe.


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$582.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Taiwan from Taipei 5-Day Tour: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge

Start your 5-day round-island tour of Taiwan with hotel pickup in Taipei. Drive south into the lofty mountains to visit Sun Moon Lake, where you’ll stop at several temples like Wenwu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and Tse-En Pagoda. At Fo Guang Shan Monastery, one of the most famous Buddhist sites in southern Taiwan, take a walking tour and interact with monks and nuns.The next day, head to Kaohsiung, the second-largest city in Taiwan. Pass Love River (Ai River) and stroll through Lio Ho Night Market.In southern Taiwan’s Kenting National Park the following day, admire 37 miles (60 km) of coral-rimmed shoreline and explore the forest recreation area. On your fourth day, continue your journey through Taiwan’s scenic landscapes with a visit to Taitung’s East Coast National Scenic Area, where unspoiled land stretches for miles down the coast. See incredible land formations created by years of erosion.Then, in Hualien, marvel at the exceptional beauty of Taroko National Park’s Taroko Gorge, whose marble formations are split by a road that looms under forested peaks and towering cliffs.You’ll end your journey back in Taipei. All entrance fees, transportation, accommodation and daily breakfasts are included, and for lunch and dinner, your guide will be happy to recommend great places for you to enjoy authentic Taiwanese cuisine.For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.

$431.25 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Puli, and Alishan from Taipei

On this 3-day tour of Taiwan’s beautiful countryside, discover not only the region’s elaborate man-made attractions, but also its natural beauty. You’ll take home a memorable experience of Taiwan on a trip that combines a relaxing bus tour and a fascinating exploration of the area’s best sites on foot.Drive through the picturesque Sun Moon Lake area and walk through the well-preserved Alishan National Scenic Area with your guide. Visit the Southern branch of National Palace Museum.Please see Itinerary below for a more detailed schedule.

$482.99 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Central, Southern Taiwan 4-Day: Sun Moon Lake, Kaohsiung, Puli

You’ll be picked up from your Taipei hotel in the morning and driven to Puli to tour the Guangxing Paper Factory before continuing to scenic Sun Moon Lake, where you’ll visit local villages, shrines and temples. The next day, travel through small and big towns on the way to Lukang, a small urban township, where you’ll take a walking tour to visit extravagant temples with your guide. Stay overnight in a quaint garden villa and then journey to Kenting National Park for a walking tour, enjoying gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan Strait and Luzon Strait on the way.On your fourth day, take a coach tour of Kaohsiung’s top attractions, like the former British Consulate and the Spring and Autumn Pavilions, a Taoist temple complex by Lotus Lake. You’ll then head back to Taipei via coach or the express train, depending on the size of your group.You’ll stay in comfortable accommodations and enjoy transportation to and from all site locations. Daily breakfasts are included, and for lunch and dinner, your guide will provide suggestions on great local places to eat (own expense). The time for meals is flexible and is based on your group’s sightseeing schedule.For details on each day of the tour, see the Itinerary section below.

$220 Day Trips & Excursions

Sun Moon Lake 1-Day Leisure Tour from Taipei

Surrounded by lush, green mountain peaks, Sun Moon Lake is considered as one of the top scenic spots in Taiwan. Famed for its hiking and biking trails (named as one of the world’s top cycling destinations by CNN), as well as a plethora of other attractions and activities the lake attracts millions of visitors each year. Historically and culturally rich temples, pagodas, and other monuments are part of the stunning scenery of Taiwan’s largest lake. Late president Chiang Kai-shek once chose Sun Moon Lake as his preferred summer get-away and many attempts to capture the beauty of the lake have been made by poets and artists over time. This tour allows you to visit the lake in style. Enjoy a fun time with our knowledgeably English-speaking tour guide and experience the beauty and serenity of Sun Moon Lake, one of the most popular tourist spots in Taiwan.The lake is divided by Lalu Island, and got its name from the unique terrains that look like sun on one side and crescent moon on the other. Crowned as one of the Eight Wonders of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake is also the most famous source of hydroelectric power; offering key tourist themes - “high mountain and lake”, “indigenous culture”, and ”nature ecology.”You will be picked up at your accommodation in Taipei city around 8am, and will arrive at Sun Moon Lake, one of Taiwan’s most popular tourist destinations at 11am. Sun Moon Lake features the only full-range 3D tours (lake, sky and land) in Taiwan. You will be able to go on a boat trip and visit the best attractions around Sun Moon Lake. Whatsmore, you can also visit Xiangshan Visitor Center, known for its futuristic architectural design, and enjoy being embraced by the natural environment of Sun Moon Lake.

$258 Day Trips & Excursions

Sun Moon Lake Cruise with Taipei Bullet Train Private Tour

Prepare for a scenic day tour to Sun Moon Lake, known throughout Taiwan for its enchanting beauty – no matter the season or time of day. Divided by a island, the alpine lake was named for the round and crescent shapes of its unique landscape where hills and mountains reflect in the crystalline water. Your private guide will meet you in your hotel lobby and transfer you by private car to the Taipei main train station. Board the high-speed rail bullet train, accompanied by your guide to Taichung -- about an hour away -- where you’ll disembark for a 39-mile (64-km) drive by private car to Sun Moon Lake. During the 1.5-hour ride, absorb the spectacular hilllside scenery as you listen to commentary about the region and its aboriginal inhabitants from your informative guide. Learn how Sun Moon Lake and its surrounding countryside were designated one of thirteen National Scenic Areas in Taiwan. Upon arrival, embark on a 1.5-hour private motorboat cruise on beautiful Sun Moon Lake, stopping at several cultural spots along the way. Relax and be mesmerized by the sparkling water of the gorgeous lake, nestled in the verdant countryside. Keep an eye out for an abundance of birdlife such as the little egret, common kingfisher, black-crowned night heron, crested serpent eagle and more!Visit the Ida Thao Village representing the Thao tribe, one of the aboriginal tribes in Taiwan. Learn about the Thao people, who settled in the Tannan, Dili and Shuanglong Villages in the Xinyi Township. After a stop at Hsuan-Kuang Temple, meet local aboriginal people at the Ida Thao Village. Dine on aboriginal-flavored dishes for lunch at Ma-Gai-Dan restaurant, and spend your afternoon enjoying a private guided tour of the nine-tiered Tse-En Pagoda – situated at the highest altitude in the Sun Moon Lake area – and Wenwu Temple, located on the lake’s north shore.In the early afternoon, your guide will take you by private car back to Taichung’s high speed rail train station for your return trip to Taipei. When you arrive in Taipei around 6pm, you will be transferred by private car to your hotel in Taipei.

$626 Transfers & Ground Transport

Sun Moon Lake, Kenting National Park: 5-Day Taiwan Tour by Bus

Start your 5-day Taiwan-island tour by the comfortable coach. Our driver will drive you from Taipei City to Sun Moon Lake, including Wen Wu Temple, Holy Monk Shrine and taking sightseeing boat.  On Day 2, you will be taken to Lukang Historic Area. You will see the historical Mazu temple and Monuments.  Then, you will explore Kenting National Park on Day 3. You will continue your journey by train , then visit Hualien Taroko National Park on the last day.  Itineary    Taipei - Sun Moon Lake - Taichung   You will leave from Taipei City at around 8:00 AM by comfortable coach, and our driver will drive 2 hours to Sun Moon Lake. After lunch, you will check in at around 4:00-5:00 PM. The hotel will be Fushin Hotel Taichung or  Maison de Chine Taichung or Taichung Inhouse Hotel. DAY 2 Taichung - Lukang - Kaohsiung You will leave your hotel at around 9:00 AM. You will be taken to Lukang Historic Area by the comfortable coach. After having lunch (on your own), you will go to Kaohsiung City by a coach or train. Our local tour guide will lead you to check in at around 5:00 PM. The hotel will be  Hotel Kingdom Kaohsiung or Holiday Garden Hotel or Just Sleep Hotel Kaohsiung. DAY 3 Kaohsiung - Kenting   You will leave your hotel at 9:00 AM, and bound for Kenting National Park by the comfortable coach. Next, our driver will drive 2 hours to visit  Maopitou and Eluanbi Lighthouse. After lunch (on own), you will return to Kaohsiung City, and arrive at your hotel at around 5:30 PM. You will stay at Hotel Kingdom Kaohsiung or Holiday Garden Hotel or Just Sleep Hotel Kaohsiung. DAY 4 Kaohsiung -  Hualien Leave hotel at 7:00 AM, and visit Former British Consulate and Sizih Bay by coach. You will leave Kaohsiung by train at 11:18 AM. The train will arrive Hualien Station at 4:55 PM. The driver will drive you to hotel to check in. The hotel will be Hoya Resort Hotel Hualien or Park City Hotel Hualien or Just Sleep Hualien.  DAY 5 Hualien - Taiepi Explore Taroko Gorge National Park, such as Swallow Grotto, Marble Bridge, and Marble Exhibition Center by bus. Lunch is provided in this day. You will finish tour at 4 :00 PM then return to Taipei City by train. You will arrive Taipei City at 7:21 PM. Our driver will  pick you up to your hotel in Taipei City.  Important NOTICE  : Please book hotel in Taipei city on Day 5 . Our driver can only drive you to your accommodation in Taipei city . Please confirm with us before your make hotel  reservation for Day 5 .