The first time I traveled to Asia was in 2005 when I went to Korea. I had never been outside of the US, and it was an eye-opening experience. Since then, I’ve been to Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and China. The coolest thing about traveling is that the longer you do it, the more you learn about the world around you. There’s just so much to see, and even if you aren’t used to traveling, it can be as easy as booking a flight and packing your bags. Some of my favorite places to visit outside of the US are Mexico and Canada, and perhaps that’s because they are close by. But the fact is that the world is your oyster.
Tired of the humdrum life in Taipei, I decided to go on a vacation to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The weather was great, the food was fantastic, and the people were incredibly friendly. It was a very pleasant trip, and I’m looking forward to going again in the future.
Traveling is a passion of many. It allows us to see new places, meet new people and experience new cultures. Here, we share our experiences of traveling in Taiwan. The island has an interesting mix of cultures; the aboriginal tribes, Chinese, Japanese, and Western influences are all present. Taiwan’s national parks are also a draw, as the island is blessed with many beautiful areas.
Things to keep in mind while having a road trip in Taiwan
- Rent a car
The first time I went to Taiwan, I spent most of my time in Taipei and Keelung and went to Sun Moon Lake for a weekend. However, this time, I decided to go all out and rent a car and travel around Taiwan. In total, I rented a car for 3 days and drove from Taipei to Kaohsiung. I had no idea what to expect from the trip and was a bit anxious about driving on the opposite side of the road.
- Start in the Hualien
Taipei is a city that has something for everyone. It is the perfect place to organize a multi-day trip. You can choose to take a road trip to the east coast, south, or north. Taiwan is an island country located off the coast of southeastern mainland China and around 160 kilometers southwest of Japan’s Okinawa Islands. It lies some 180 kilometers northeast of the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon across the Taiwan Strait and has over 400 km of coastline. It is about the same size as the American state of Maryland.
Taiwan is a mountainous island with the highest point being Yu Shan (Jade Mountain) at 3,952 meters. The Yangtze River flows through its southern section. The island is separated from the Asian mainland by the Taiwan Strait on the east and the Luzon Strait on the south. Taiwan’s capital city is Taipei, but its largest city is Kaohsiung.
- Taiwan’s interior
As the plane descended toward the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, I couldn’t help but smile. I was thrilled to be back in Taiwan for the first time since I left twenty years ago. I was even more thrilled to be spending the next two weeks exploring Taiwan’s interior, a place I had hardly seen at all during my previous visits. After landing in Taipei, I took the high-speed rail to Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second-largest city, and jumped into my rental car to head to Kenting National Park.
- Go to Kenting
I’ve never been to Taiwan, but I’d imagine it would be one of the most interesting countries to visit. I mean, it’s located right next to mainland China, but at the same time, it is very westernized. In the end, I think this is what makes the country fun to visit. When I was there, I stayed in Kaohsiung, as close to the south side of the island as possible. I can’t wait to go back!
It is a lovely sight to see the first rays of the morning sun gently rising in the east while a cold wind from the north blows against your face. You are standing on the edge of Highway 101. You have just parked your vehicle on the shoulder of the highway. You are just about ready to embark on a long trip to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. You are traveling alone. It is an early spring morning. The sky is bright blue. The sun is bright yellow. A light wind makes the trees dance with joy. You are about to embark on an epic road trip from TAIPEI to KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan.