3 Day West Taiwan Trip
Taipei - Taichung - Sun Moon Lake - Taichung (Read here)
Taichung - Tainan - Kaohsiung (Read here)
Kaohsiung - Kenting - Kaohsiung - Taipei (Scroll down)
Note: Exchange rate used is CAD$1 to NT29.3
The other activity was an inflatable boat like the one pictured below pulled by a jet ski. Hui Chee and I rode both in the standing and sitting position. I couldn't stand for long because my arms were not strong enough to hold on for long periods of time without slipping and I definitely did not want to fall.
When we got out of the water to the beach it was already past noon and we went to rinse off. There was no public washroom at the beach but stores across the street had shower stalls available for a price. I paid NT20 to have a cold water shower and to use the change room.
Trip Day 3
Waking up on the morning of the last day was a bit unreal because I can't believe after all the planning we were already on the last day and about to go to the very south of Taiwan. The hotel we stayed at provided complimentary breakfast. The Chinese buffet side had congee, rice and Taiwanese side dishes to make a full bento.
|Western and Chinese style breakfast|
After breakfast we walked back to the Kaohsiung Train Station to place our bags in storage and walked left from the front exit toward Kaohsiung Bus where we bought round trip tickets for the 8:00am trip to Kenting. The tickets cost NT594 (CAD$20.26). It took 2.5 hours to get from Kaohsiung to Nanwan which is a bay in Kenting.
I was so glad to step off the bus to see the colourful umbrellas on the beach under the blue sky. The entire area was bustling with activity!
Since it is a tourist area, everything costs money. The beach itself is free entry but to sit there for long you will probably need to rent one of their umbrellas because the sun's rays are strong. We paid NT500 each (CAD$17.05) to play two activities - jet ski and inflatable boat - and rent an umbrella with small chairs.
We rode the jet ski like the photo below with the driver in the front, me in the middle and Hui Chee behind me. It was a lot more fun than I expected and we went out quite far! There was one time where we were riding on top of the wave and another time when the driver turned so fast that we were almost 90 degrees with the water.
|Image source here|
The public buses were infrequent there, so we had to wait half an hour before the bus to Houbihu (後壁湖) arrived. I wore my Canada shirt today and while at the bus stop these two Caucasian women asked if I was Canadian and I said yes! Turns out they are from Toronto and we chatted for awhile until their bus came. One of them has been living in Taiwan for 2.5 years already.
Houbihu was beautiful as well but in a different way than Nanwan. This area isn't crowded with people playing water activities. Instead it is a beach harbour with many seafood outlets.
A bag of fried baby crabs was NT50 (CAD$1.71) which would usually cost NT150 (CAD$5.12) for a smaller portion at the nightmarket. They were fried so crisp that the shell was edible, too.
|Fried baby crab|
|Other fried seafood|
|Pepper sea snails|
Anywho, the Kaohsiung Bus took us back to the Kaohsiung Station in 2.5 hours and we rushed to get our bags from storage before taking the 7:30pm King Bus that took us back to Taipei. It was a 5 hour long ride and cost NT530 (CAD$18.08) for a one way ticket.The ride was actually quite comfortable with big seats and a steady driver.
Such a fun-filled three days with scenery, fun and eats! Although we didn't stop for long in each place, we were able to go from the north of Taiwan (Taipei) to the south (Kenting) in three days on a healthy budget.