Taiwander

Taking you beyond Taiwan’s industrial history and developed west coast into the central mountains and undeveloped eastern regions, our intrepid Taiwanderholiday explores the island's natural splendour from north to south, giving you a deeper insight into the culture and traditions of this diverse destination.

At a glance
  • Walk Yangmingshan’s geothermal landscape
  • Explore the grottos in Taroko Gorge
  • Sip Bao Chung tea in Pinglin
  • Soak in Ruisui’s thermal springs
  • See the Eternal Flames at Chuhuo
  • Ride the Forest Train to Zhushan
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Taipei - 2 nights

Taipei is a blend of ultra-modern and time-old tradition, where Taoist temples and Japanese-era mansions sit alongside innovative architecture in a city shaped by a fascinating fusion of influences. There’s a dazzling array of culinary options, from high-end restaurants to vibrant street food; steaks and sashimi to Shanghai dishes and bao buns. Like the food, the architecture tells its own story – evocative incense-filled temples built, grand Japanese and Kuomintang era buildings, and the towering skyscrapers of Xinyi. Its exciting cultural scene, friendliness and approachability make it a truly stand out star among Asia’s busiest cities.

Day 1 - Arrive Taipei

On arrival in Taiwan, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your Taipei hotel.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

On arrival, the rest of your day will be at leisure to begin exploring the city.

Day 2 - Yangmingshan National Park hike & hot springs

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On Taipei’s doorstep sits the rugged landscape of Yangmingshan National Park. A picturesque escape from the city rush, your day will be spent exploring the mountains and forests on foot, enjoying the impressive array of flora including rhododendrons, azaleas and cherry trees. See volcanic fumaroles belch out sulphur, and sample local, organic fare at one of the farm restaurants in the fertile Bamboo Lake. Stroll through the aptly named Hell Valley, a geothermal river which disappears and re-emerges from beneath an eerie blanket of steamy mist! Drive back towards Taipei, stopping en-route for a well-earned hot spring in the soothing mineral waters at Beitou.

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Taroko National Park - 2 nights

Taroko National Park, on the east coast, is home to many spectacular mountains and canyons. The most famous is Taroko Gorge, the world’s deepest marble gorge with the Liwu River roaring through it; arguably the most impressive natural wonder in Taiwan. Explore the winding trails on foot, choosing from several routes through the breathtaking landscape. Take in the Tunnel of Nine Turns, the Swallow Grotto, and the poignant Eternal Spring Shrine dedicated to 450 highway workers who lost their lives nearby. Tread quietly, and you may spot wild boar, bear, deer and a wide array of birds as you wander.

Day 3 - Drive to Taroko National Park via Qingshui Cliffs & Pinglin Tea Museum

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Swap the bustle of Taiwan’s major metropolis for the serene tea hills of Pinglin, famous nationwide for Bao Chung tea. Stop to sample a cup of the local speciality in one of the many teahouses and, if you happen to be there during the Spring harvest, enjoy the freshest brew you’ll ever taste. Make a stop at the tea museum to discover more about this vital crop, then head south to the coast, following the Su-Hua Highway, for wonderful views over the Pacific Ocean, culminating in the breath-taking Qingshui Cliffs that drop almost vertically into the ocean. From Qingshui, drive to your hotel, surrounded by nature in the heart of Taroko National Park, where the rest of your day will be at leisure.

Day 4 - Taroko Gorge walking trail

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Spend a full day exploring Taroko Gorge’s many highlights. As well as visiting Swallow Grotto and the Eternal Spring Shrine, escape the crowds and appreciate the area’s natural beauty with a walk along one of the National Park’s numerous trails. The Lushui Trail offers fantastic views over the gorge and Liwu River from its elevated cliff-cut sections, whilst the Shakadang Trail runs along the bottom of the gorge, following an old indigenous hunting track. The Swallow Grotto Trail follows an old section of road, and presents a particularly photogenic perspective of this narrow valley carved through seemingly endless sheer cliff-faces.

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East Coast - 2 nights

With rugged, forest-covered cliffs leading to the wild, deep azure waves of the Pacific Ocean, Taiwan’s East Coast is as far from the country’s industrial image as it could be. Drive from the gentle hub of Hualien City into the rice fields and fruit plantations of the fertile East Rift Valley, seeing the landscape grow ever-more breathtaking. Cycle along winding roads through the Central Mountain Range, stopping to spend time some of the region’s high concentration of strongly traditional, indigenous communities; see diverse wildlife along the hiking trails; and soothe tired muscles in Ruisui’s therapeutic hot springs.

Day 5 - Drive to East Rift Valley for cycle ride, Ruisui hot springs

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Head south past Hualien – eastern Taiwan’s largest city – before delving into the East Rift Valley: a land rich with rice fields, tropical fruit orchards, and small indigenous villages hidden between the coastal mountains and the vast Central Mountain Range. Pause for lunch at an indigenous community organic restaurant, then swap four wheels for two and take a cycling tour along a little-used road through the scenic countryside. Continue by car to the small town of Ruisui, well known for its therapeutic hot springs, to settle into your hotel and spend the afternoon relaxing in the warm waters.

Day 6 - Walami Trail trek, Shanfeng waterfall picnic

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Fill up on a hearty breakfast in preparation for a serious morning of walking! Head to the start of the Walami Trail, a historic route that was constructed during the Japanese era, which is now part of the cross-island Batongguan Trail. Beginning high above the Nanan River, begin an easy, slightly uphill trek following the wild Lakulaku River through forest, past high waterfalls, and over suspension bridges. Keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, monkeys, eagles and all manner of weird and wonderful plant and insect life along the way, until you reach the magnificent Shanfeng waterfall, where you can rest over a picnic lunch before continuing the trail. From Walami, drive across the mountains to Chenggong – a lovely little resort right on the ocean - where the remainder of your afternoon will be at leisure.

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Kenting National Park - 2 nights

Frequently dubbed Taiwan’s tropical playground, Kenting National Park is one of the most picturesque areas of the country, boasting white-sand beaches and ecological protection areas, within a balmy tropical climate. Walk the ruined Qing-era walls around Hengchun Township, soak up the tropical paradise vibes of Kenting Town beach, and see the extraordinary phenomenon of Chuhuo, also known as ‘Hengchun Eternal Flames’, where natural gas ignites as it rises through mudstone cracks. In the evening we recommend mingling with the locals at the night market and sampling the wide range of street food on offer.

Day 7 - Pacific road trip to Kenting National Park via Chihpen Forest

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Travel further south along the increasingly dramatic coast, the vast Pacific stretching towards the horizon on the left, the verdant mountains to the right. Break the long journey and stretch your legs with a bracing walk in the Chihpen Forest Recreation Area, known for its diverse wildlife and huge, ancient banyan trees. Choose from a variety of trails to match individual fitness levels and how far you wish to walk. From Chihpen, continue your journey to Kenting National Park at the very southern tip of the country, where the rest of your day will be at leisure to enjoy your breathtaking surroundings.

Day 8 - At leisure in Kenting NP

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We can tailor your day in Kenting to suit you, choosing from a wide variety of activities, hiking through the hilltop national park with lofty ocean vistas, taking trails through an enchanted land of uplifted coral platforms, narrow caves and dense tropical jungle. Cycle a range of loop routes, try your hand at surfing or ocean kayaking and, if this all sounds a little too energetic, lay back on one of the lovely stretches of sand within walking distance of your hotel for a day at the beach with a book.

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Alishan - 2 nights

Sitting at an altitude of 7,215 ft in the Central Mountain Range, tantalizingly close to the mighty Yushan (northeast Asia’s highest peak) Alishan is a region of inspiring natural beauty. A treasure trove of wonders, from the forested mountains, wasabi farms and high altitude plantations that produce some of the world’s finest Oolong tea; to the stunning waterfalls, romantic cherry blossoms and warm autumnal colours, it’s no wonder that Alishan is Taiwan’s most popular national park. Ride the restored narrow-gauge Forest Railway, try unique, high-altitude foods in Fenqihu Town, and explore the region’s remote hillside temples.

Day 9 - Drive to Alishan NP via Chuhuo’s Eternal Flame

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Start out early on the long drive north to the Alishan National Scenic Area, stopping along the way at Chuhuo’s Eternal Flame, where natural gas catches fire as it seeps up from the ground. Continue north to Chiayi, make another brief stop to sample some of the region’s acclaimed tea, then ascend further to Alishan where the rest of your day will be at leisure to acclimatize and stroll around the village.

Day 10 - Central Mountain sunrise, trek Alishan trails

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Rise early to catch the sun rise over the Central Mountains, then take the famous narrow-gauge Forest Train to Zhushan to enjoy some delicious traditional snacks before climbing to the viewing platforms to witness Alishan’s famed sea of clouds sunrise. Soak up the tranquillity of the mountains as you hike back down to your hotel in time for breakfast. Spend the day exploring the extensive network of walking trails and scenic surrounds on foot, and at your preferred pace, enjoying the mountain vistas, visiting remote temples and wondering at the majestic giant cypresses.

Day 11 - Depart Taipei

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Board the high speed train from Chiayi to Taipei Airport to connect with your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 persons 4 - 5
First Class £3,053US$3,999 £2,955US$3,870 £2,364US$3,096

City Suites Nanxi

Behind the angular exterior of the City Suites Nanxi lies a labyrinth of quiet, well-defined rooms which balance a business-like simplicity with soft, welcoming details… See more

Crossing the Rainbow Bridge

Right on the doorstep of Taroko National Park, its manicured gardens set into the forested hillside, the Crossing the Rainbow Bridge is a delightful stopover spot where you can savour the region’s natural beauty… See more

Hoya Hot Spring Resort & Spa

The Hoya Spa is centrally located in Ruisui, a hot spring region of Hualien in eastern Taiwan... See more

Fujang Villa

The Fujang Villa boasts a picturesque setting overlooking the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, to the south of the fishing town of Chenggong... See more

Red Garden Resort

The charming, nine-bedroom Red Garden Resort offers an intimate alternative to Kenting’s sprawling, multi-facility hotels. Attention to detail, personalised service and Balinese-style décor... See more

Alishan House

Located high in Taiwan’s central mountain range, Alishan House is a well-appointed guesthouse unexpectedly tucked away in the wilds of the beautiful Alishan Forest Recreation Area... See more
Superior £3,447US$4,515 £3,349US$4,386 £2,758US$3,612

The Landis

There’s an agreeable atmosphere of classic European luxury to The Landis, with its Art Deco styling and between-the-wars Paris interiors. Of course, it's all contained within a relatively modern... See more

Taroko Village Hotel

Located on an idyllic plateau in the midst of towering mountains, the Leader Village is a sustainable eco-retreat that offers easy access to all the natural splendour of the Taroko National Park... See more

Hoya Hot Spring Resort & Spa

The Hoya Spa is centrally located in Ruisui, a hot spring region of Hualien in eastern Taiwan... See more

Fujang Villa

The Fujang Villa boasts a picturesque setting overlooking the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean, to the south of the fishing town of Chenggong... See more

Howard Beach Resort

Located within the bounds of the exotic Kenting National Park at the very southern tip of Taiwan, the Howard Beach Resort boasts an impressive array of leisure facilities... See more

Alishan House

Located high in Taiwan’s central mountain range, Alishan House is a well-appointed guesthouse unexpectedly tucked away in the wilds of the beautiful Alishan Forest Recreation Area... See more
Deluxe £4,136US$5,418 £4,038US$5,289 £3,349US$4,386

Hotel Eclat

The standards of hospitality, accommodation and dining in this fashionable boutique hotel have earned it endless favourable reviews but, for us, it’s the smaller, finer details that truly sets the Hotel Éclat apart... See more

Silks Place

Located in a spectacular mountain river valley, around an hour from Hualien City, Silks Place boasts a fascinating history, having originally been built in the 1950’s as a VIP hotel on the order... See more

Butterfly Valley Resort

In its beautiful mountain setting, the Butterfly Valley Resort is a comfortable base from which to hike and bike the country roads and riverside trails of Hualien County... See more

Papago International Resort

Very conveniently located for exploring Taiwan’s stunning East Rift Valley, the Papago Resort is a smart property with everything you need... See more

Caesar Park Hotel

Located on one of the southern-most beaches in Taiwan, the Caesar Park Hotel occupies a little corner of paradise. Kenting is a true year-round destination, and here’s a beachfront hotel with everything you could possibly require for some R&R time in the sun... See more

Alishan House

Located high in Taiwan’s central mountain range, Alishan House is a well-appointed guesthouse unexpectedly tucked away in the wilds of the beautiful Alishan Forest Recreation Area... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as Christmas & New Year and Chinese New Year) hotels often levy a surcharge and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will not require a visa to enter Taiwan. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

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Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.