05 November 2021
This diverse East Asian island in the western Pacific Ocean is a fascinating melting pot of history, religion and culture, all set to the backdrop of arrestingly beautiful and wonderfully diverse landscapes. Embrace an eclectic mix of modern living and traditional heritage as you explore the modern metropolis of Taipei. For nature lovers, the island’s tropical coastline, high-altitude forests and natural hot springs are waiting to be explored.
As inspiration for your next Taiwan adventure, read on to discover some of our favorite experiences for first-time visitors. If you have been lucky enough to visit Taiwan before, our travel specialists will craft a customized journey to bring this country to life in a completely new way.
An introduction to Taiwan
For first-time visitors, discover the highlights of the island’s scenic beauty with a round trip. Starting at the metropolitan city of Taipei, learn about its fascinating history and culture with an array of private guided museum visits. Take in the scenic countryside and local Teahouses of Yeliu and Jiufen, which are ‘must visits’ while in Taipei. An overnight trip to the eastern coast Taroko Gorge National Park allows you to discover the region’s phenomenal landscape, boasting rugged coastal cliffs, deep gorges, and home of the indigenous Taiwanese tribe, the Taroko. To witness more of Taiwan’s incredible natural landscape, watch as the sun rises over the misty emerald waters of Sun Moon Lake, reflecting the surrounding hills and mountains. Stay in total luxury throughout at some of the country’s best properties, including the Mandarin Oriental Taipei.
For those who have visited Taiwan before, uncover the lesser-known places that make this island so intriguing. Begin your journey in Taipei, with a guided visit to the beautiful Yangmingshan National Park nestled amongst mountainous scenery and lush forests. Discover the other-worldly landscape of Lengshuikeng, home to lava rocks dotted with natural hot springs. Continue to explore the majestic region of Yilan, set against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean in the back yard of Taipei City. Uncover Daoist temples, cycle past the still waters of Plum Blossom Lake, and sail around the volcanic Kueishan (Turtle Mount) Island in search of dolphins and whales.
Rejuvenate body and mind as you soak in the thermal waters of the hot spring valley of Guguan, staying at the tranquil Hoshinoya Guguan resort. For thrill-seekers, cross the region’s two iconic suspension bridges – the Shaolai and Guguan – which offer passage over the Dajia River. Nature lovers will delight at the Shao Lai hiking trail, brought to life by the seasonal colors of spring cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, rewarding hikers with awe-inspiring views.