Do you like road trips? The feeling of driving far away, seeing beautiful sceneries, playing music in the car, holding the steering wheel and exploring the unknown, not counting kilometers you go, but the moments you enjoyed.
I love road trips myself and wanted to share my last 4-5-day trip around the South and East of Taiwan. Of course, if you don’t have 5 days of holiday, you can just skip some places and fit it to your schedule. It doesn’t really matter how many places you visit, it’s about fun.
In this article, I included exact places to visit, food to eat, places for a hike, swim and take stunning photos, and tips about the car, because a road trip means a car.
在這趟旅程，你會看到我的7個最愛! | During this journey you are all going to see my 7 favorites destinations!
*台灣最驚豔的日出景點 ｜* The most stunning place to see the sunrise in Taiwan
*南台灣最迷人的夕陽景點｜* the most stunning place for the sunset in southern Taiwan
*台灣最美的星空｜ * The most beautiful night starry sky
*台灣最美的沙灘 ｜* The most beautiful beaches in TW
*台灣(世界上)最美麗的天然溫泉｜* most gorgeous natural hot spring in Taiwan (or maybe in the world)
*我在南台灣最喜歡的炒飯｜* my favorite chaofan in Taiwan
*我在台灣公路旅行最喜歡的車 (也是日常中最棒的選擇)｜* the favorite car for road trips Taiwan (and everyday life in Taiwan)
Make sure you fasten your seatbelts because safety is the most important and let’s get started!
We started in Kaohsiung in the early morning. I love the moment once you leave highway No. 3 and get through the winding roads to Kenting. Mountains on the left, seaside on the right and adventures in front of you!!!
然後我們朝向台灣最好玩的地方前進 – 墾丁沙灘，這裡有很多沙灘，不論你想玩水、玩沙、曬日光浴，或是讀一本書都適合。
And we are heading to the best fun you can have in Taiwan – Kenting beaches. There are lots of them. Whether you like to play in the water, play with sand, lay down and read a book.
我最喜歡的2個沙灘:｜My 2 favorites are:
地址: WPM9+P4 Hengchun Township, Pingtung County ｜Address: WPM9+P4 Hengchun Township, Pingtung County *Umbrella renting fee 300NTD/Day
這裡很美，也很有名，因為有2部電影在這裡拍攝 (李安導演的少年Pi的奇幻漂流，還有海角七號)｜Baisha beach is gorgeous and famous because lots of movies were shot here (Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” and Cape No. 7.
小灣 ｜*Xiaowan Beach*
地址: WRR3+HV 墾丁里 Pingtung County, Hengchun Township ｜Address: WRR3+HV 墾丁里 Pingtung County, Hengchun Township *Umbrella renting fee 300NTD/Day
我很喜歡這裡，因為這裡風比較小，就在墾丁大街旁邊，你可以在晚上帶著你的小吃過來(我通常外帶披薩，坐在這邊吃) ｜Xiaowan – I like this one because it’s hidden from the wind, next to the Kenting street and you can visit it at night and eat your snacks there (I usually get pizza take away and sit there and eat),
說到披薩，在海灘玩完之後，我覺得可以吃一點東西。你可以到後壁湖漁港，那邊有很多好吃的食物、新鮮的海產。｜Talking of pizza? After staying all morning at the beach, I think it’s time to eat something. How about visiting Houbihu Fish Harbour, there is lots of good food and fresh seafood.
地址: 946屏東縣恆春鎮大光路｜Address: WPRV+GJ 大光里 Pingtung County, Hengchun Township Opening hours: different opening hours for each restaurant
There are lots of other activities in Kenting. If you like to hike you can go to the national park with caves etc.
If you don’t like to walk too much, you can drive a bit east to Longtan Park and admire the views, follow that road for stunning views and pictures. And on the way back visit Lighthouse. This is the southernmost place in Taiwan.
營業時間: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
*Kenting National Forest Recreation Area*
Address: No. 201, Gongyuan Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, 946 Opening hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets: 150 for adults
Address: 946, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 台26線946號
Opening hours: 24 hours
營業時間: 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Address: No. 251, Dengta Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, 946 Opening hours: 7:00AM-5:30PM
Tickets: 60 for adults
在夕陽下山之前，如果還有時間，你可以去看看南部最有名的夕陽景點 – 關山。
If you still have some time before sunset, you might visit the most famous place to take sunset photos in the south of taiwan – guanshan.
*Guanshan Vista Point*
Address: No. 9-8號, Binlang Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, 946
Opening hours: 3PM-6PM Tickets: 60 for adults
I know you are hungry after all these adventures. Don’t worry you are in Kenting so you won’t starve. You have lots of options:
*Kenting Street offers lots of street and restaurants (my favorite is the pizza and smokey joe’s)/
*我最近也在南灣發現很多餐廳，你可能也會想去看看。我們上次去了外國人開的餐廳 ”Cowboy’s Beach Bar & Grill 牛仔沙灘酒吧餐廳”
*I also recently discovered there are lots of restaurants in Nanwan. You might check this as well. We went last time to the foreign owned Cowboy’s.
如果你還有力氣，考慮一下墾丁離城市很遠，如果你很幸運天空很乾淨 – 你可以開車到龍磐公園看看璀璨星空，但是務必小心 – 那邊可能非常暗，風也很大。如果不是開四輪傳動休旅車，不要開到沒有道路的地方。
If you still have energy, you might consider the fact that Kenting is pretty far from the cities and if you are lucky and the sky is clear – you might see some starry skies. I drove a bit to Longtan Park. But be careful – it might be very dark and windy. Make sure you don’t leave concrete road if you don’t drive 4WD.
地址: 946屏東縣恆春鎮台26線946號｜Address: 946, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 台26線946號 Opening hours: 24 hours
From Kenting to Taitung is less than 2hrs drive because the new tunnel has been just opened. Please do not exceed speed limits because it’s measured all the distance (60kmph max!) otherwise you will get a postcard by mail, but this service is pretty expensive, so better slow down anyways. In this kind of situation, I set up driving assistance, the maximum speed, safety distance and keep my hands on the wheel not worrying about tickets.
到台東後，有一個可以讓你看到東海岸的祕密景點 – 華源觀景台
There is one secret place that you can have nice views of Taiwan east coast right after reaching Taitung county: check Huayuan view point.
The road is pretty narrow but views are stunning. There is water tank. Some people take photos standing on it, which is good, but what is not good is falling to the water, so please be careful if you want to climb on it.
地址: M25C+W6 華源村 Taitung County, Taimali Township
*Huayuan View Point*
Address: M25C+W6 華源村 Taitung County, Taimali Township Opening hours: 24 hours
At this point you will cross Taitung city. You can stop for lunch and prepare for more adventures.
There are lots of stunning places by the coastal road no 11. Good to stop by and take some pictures or have some snacks are:
地址: R55W+CV Taitung City, Taitung County
地址: Q5WW+25 富岡里 Taitung County, Taitung City
*Jialulan Recreation Area*
Address: R55W+CV Taitung City, Taitung County Opening hours: 24 hours
*Xiaoyeliu Scenic Spot*
Address: Q5WW+25 富岡⾥里里 Taitung County, Taitung City
Opening hours: 24 hours
地址: FGR5+HG Fengbin Township, Hualien County
*Fushan Fish Reserve*
Address: 954, Taitung County, Beinan Township, 杉原20號
Opening hours: 8AM-6PM Tickets: 40 for adults
地址: 28CM+CP Chenggong Township, Taitung County
Address: 28CM+CP Chenggong Township, Taitung County
Opening hours: 24 hours
*Visit this place when tide is low and you have the interesting views.
One of the best places to stop is around Chenggong Town. There is a harbor and lots of food to choose. My and my wife like to eat at the market (only in the morning) or seafood at Mitaimusao.
今晚早點睡，因為成功鎮離三仙台很近，意思就是 – 台灣最美的日出就在那。我會讓你看看照片，要注意的是如果你要在三仙台飛空拍機，你要非常小心。風大的時候不要飛，當地人說這邊的海吞了很多空拍機。
Make sure you will go to bed early because Chenggong is near Sanxian Tai which means – the most beautiful sunrise is over here. I will let you see the photos. Please note that if you want to fly a drone at Sanxiantai you need to be very careful. Do not take off if its windy. Locals say that the ocean swallowed lots of drones there.
If you have enough time make sure you cross the bridge and follow the hiking path, there are some caves and a lighthouse on the other side. It’s really nice short hike.
Address: No.74,Jihui Rd.,Sanxian Vil., Chenggong Township, Taitung County Opening hours: 24 hours
地址: 6CX5+FJ Changbin Township, 台東縣
*Changbin Cycling Resting Area*
Address: 6CX5+FJ Changbin Township, 台東縣 Opening hours: 24 hours
From Sanxiantai I went a bit north and took road 30 setting as a destination: 池上, but on the way there is a few quite interesting spots to see. And the mountain drive is just awesome.
Make sure you stop few times because the views are breathtaking. At one of the stops you can get lemon juice from the local vendor.
地址: 797P+4X 寧埔村 台東縣長濱鄉
地址: 68C8+RJ Fuli Township, 花蓮縣
*East Coast National Scenic Area*
Address: 797P+4X 寧埔村 Taitung County, Changbin Township Opening hours: 24 hours
*Wangyouting (View point for golden needle flowers in Aug/Sep) * Address: 68C8+RJ Fuli Township, 花蓮縣
Opening hours: 24 hours
池上這邊的稻田很有名，你可以停車下來走一走，也可以租腳踏車。你可以再這邊找住宿，我們很幸運找到了一間有溫泉的民宿，真的很棒 – 一邊泡溫泉、一邊看山景。
Chishang is famous for beautiful rice fields. You can go for a walk, drive around, rend a bike or whatever you like. You can look for accommodation here. We were so lucky to have hot springs at our place. It was so nice – hot springs and views….
But in fact, there is something even more amazing. Get ready!
這是我最喜歡的地方，我留在最後 – 栗松溫泉，我很久以前去過一次，那時候我還很年輕、瘋狂(其實沒有真的很久，大概5年前)。
Here comes my favorite place. I will leave it at the end – Lisong hot springs. I went there long time ago. When I was young and crazy (not really long ago, like 5 years ago).
We rode a scooter from Kaohsiung to Lisong with bunch of friends in the winter. We slept on cabbage field, had bonfire and tents and the temperature was so low. I don’t know how we survived but the next day we made the hike to the hot spring.
I remember the hotspring was beautiful and I had lots of photos. However, my wife (back then my girlfriend) had different feelings. She said she will never ever go there again…. She was repeating that every single time when I mentioned Lisong Hot Springs.
But I convinced her… probably because this time we drove a nice car <3
The road from Chishang to Lisong is mountainous and narrow at places, but drivable. There are stunning mountains on the way, tea fields.
在你離開台20線要轉去栗松的產業道路之前，如果你開轎車，你需要找一個地方停車。很幸運的我們有四輪傳動休旅車，我們可以再往下開一點，停在路的尾端。除了開啟Off Road模式 (調高汽車懸吊讓車身變高)，一路上我都把360度相機打開，用前鏡頭確認路況，避免撞到石頭或障礙物，如果沒有這個功能，要開到目的地可能會有難度。
Just before you leave road 20, you will need to find a parking if you drive normal car. Luckily, we had SUV with 4WD so we could go a little further. But I am very serious and if you feel a bit uncomfortable with this kind of places just park before you down. You can ask locals in case of doubt. It’s a good idea to come early, because later there might be lots of people. We arrived there at 7 am on weekday.
From there you will need to walk down for about 30 min. It’s a good idea to bring gloves with you because you will hold rope while going steep down. Before you go to the hot springs you will need to cross river (which is cold). Make sure you have waterproof shoes with you and waterproof bag pack.
And here is where I am not gonna talk more. The place is breathtaking, you can relax.
地址: 52XP+5V 利稻村 Taitung County, Haiduan Township
不幸的是從天池到高雄的路封起來了，你需要開回去台東，從那邊回到高雄。回家的路上你可以一邊看看漂亮的景觀，一邊回想去過的景點，在回高雄之前，我推薦你去一個不是觀光區的魚市場，這邊你可以買魚、水果還有 – 我最愛的炒飯。
*Lisong Hot Springs*
Address: 52XP+5V 利稻村 Taitung County, Haiduan Township Opening hours: 24 hours
Unfortunately, now the direct road to Kaohsiung is closed you will need to go back to Taitung and from there to Kaohsiung. But on the way home you will see some stunning views and think of my beautiful memories of places I just visited. I stopped by the road. And as a tip, before you go to home, I can recommend you a fish market that is out of tourist which is affordable (you can find fish, fruit and more) and also – my favorite Fried rice.
電話: 08 878 2511
*Yuho Fried Rice*
Address: No. 9, Haibian Road, Fangliao Township, Pingtung County, 940 Tel: 08 878 2511
Opening hours: 9AM-7PM
一位優秀的廚師會選最好的食材，來烹飪最好吃的料理；一位優秀的小提琴家會選最好的小提琴，來演奏最優美的音樂。當然，作為一名優秀的駕駛，你也要為自己的道路選擇最好的汽車。如果我需要作選擇 – Volvo必定是我的首選。
As a good chef picks the best ingredients for its finest cooking, a good violist will pick the best violin for playing beautiful music. And of course, as a good driver, you also pick the best car for your road. If I have to pick one – it’s Volvo.
This trip was sponsored by Volvo and I used their test car, but in fact I drive myself Volvo and I am very happy to share my experiences from the trip, other trips and everyday life.