Beach, hot springs and night market – That was how Paul and I spent our last full day in Taiwan. Since our last post, we’ve headed south and spent 5 days in Kaohsiung before arriving at our last stop, Kenting. Total travel time from one end of the country to the other only took 3 hours (1.5 hrs from Taipei to Kaohsiung via High Speed Rail, and 1.5 hour shuttle bus from Kaohsiung to Kenting)!Kenting NP is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park and is well known for its tropical climate, sunshine, scenic mountains and beaches. Unfortunately, we seemed to have arrived during the only cloudy days of the week (as was the story in Taipei and Kaohsiung … ) and missed out on the sunshine and colorful sunsets.
Overall, exploring Kenting reminded me a little bit of our recent Great Ocean Road road trip. At first, I kept telling Paul I wanted to visit Kenting National Park, but upon looking at the map, I realized that we were already in it and you need to travel from one highlight to another via several main roads.
The whole Kenting area (plus surrounding townships) covers a fair bit of distance so in order to start exploring, we first needed to rent ourselves a scooter. I’ve never been on one before but luckily Paul used to have a motorcycle and his last scooter riding was only a few months ago in Bermuda. It was quite scary at first, since it felt like I could’ve slipped off at every turn or get thrown off at every speedbump. After 2 full days of riding I can honestly say it was one of my favourite experiences in the entire Taiwan trip. The freedom of just hopping on, the speed (but not too fast), and the gust of the mighty Downhill Wind (I wasn’t kidding when I named this post “getting blown away in Kenting”) makes it all a very thrilling adventure! If you’re considering a trip to Kenting, I highly recommend renting a scooter. The price ranges from $350NT to $600NT/day for a gas scooter, but you would need to show an International Driver’s License to rent. However, you can rent an electric scooter without the international license.
After exploring both the east and west coasts, seeing the rugged coral landscapes and visiting the southern-most point of Taiwan, Paul and I treated ourselves to a beach day and a dip in the Sicongxi Hotsprings to celebrate our last day in Taiwan. Paul also helped himself to a huge can of Classic Taiwan Beer.
With T-3 days until Christmas, it’s finally starting to dawn on us that we’ve been away from home for a little while now… 63 days to be exact and with about 340 more days to go! It’s a little sad that we won’t be spending the holidays with our family and friends back home, but it’s also a treat that we get the opportunity to visit and spend the holidays with friends and family that we have in Hong Kong. I fell in love with Taiwan and I’m so excited to see what Hong Kong has to offer!!
Thank you for following our travels so far. Paul and I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and a Happy New Year!!