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No.224 Hengnan Road, Hengchun Town, Hengchun 946 Taiwan
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Andrew R wrote a review Sep 2013
Hong Kong2 contributions
Just got back from spending a few days at the Surf Shack. The location is perfect for those who want to explore both the waves and the area as its dead central. It's not 'on the beach', but you can rent a scooter easily across the street and check out all the amazing beaches and sights, everything seemed to be a cruisy 10-15 minute scooter ride away. The room was comfortable, and had AC so no problem there. I booked in for a a surf tour, unfortunately the swell didn't show up but Terry, our host & guide, went out of his way to find us some surfable waves and took us up to his house in Taitung where we managed to score some small but fun surf. If you get the chance i recommend taking a trip up to Terry's place in the mountains - get him to cook you up some BBQ - awesome! Terry's lived and surfed in Taiwan for years, and knows all the spots. If you're looking for a Taiwan surf trip that won't break the bank, this is it. When the surfs flat in the south there's go karting, wake boarding, diving and heaps of other stuff to keep you entertained. Thumbs Up.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Bengt H wrote a review May 2013
Stockholm, Sweden365 contributions129 helpful votes
I stayed one night at this place that has a central location not too far away from the bus station. I can't really recommend this place since the total experience below average of the ho(s)tels I've stayed at in Taiwan (as well as worldwide). When I arrived in the morning in heavy rain to check in (leave luggage) there was nobody there which was unexpected. Thank God, I had printed my booking confirmation from Hostelworld with the phone numbers. I got in touch with the staff that were somewhere else and was gonna turn up after lunch. Fortunately I could leave my luggage at the nearby place I stayed the previous night. When I checked in later the same day there was only Chinese speaking staff but I luckily found someone on the street that could translate. Later on the managers were there and they spoke excellent English and answered my questions. The room didn't have a window and its walls of didn't reach all the way to the ceiling, thus impairing privacy in/outgoing noise. There were no cooking or storing facilities at all which is unusual for a hostel/huesthouse. WiFi in the room was on/off all the time. There was however a public computer in the bottom floor. I rate this place 2 out of 5 on account of the above. But it's still allright to stay at. And, after all, it's cheap, centrally located and has a noon checkout.
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: If you need privacy avoid the room with "incomplete walls"
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zigeunerblut wrote a review Dec 2012
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The surfshack is a good alternative if you don't want to go to kenting directly with all it's hustle and bustle, especially at night. The town is still in a good distance to the whole kenting area with it's beaches and parks. You can rent a scooter just next door and explore the area on your own. The surfshack has its own little bar and diner where they provide breakfast and burgers etc., but there are enough shops and cookshops if you want to taste something characteristic for Taiwan or just get some snacks/beverages. The rooms may not win a designaward but they were clean enough and provide all you need so far. Since we were the only guests during the offseason the staff was present only sporadic, but they were friendly and helpfull whenever we encountered. We really enjoyed our time in Kenting and even extended our stay at the surfshack hostel.
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Date of stay: November 2012
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Mscmpp wrote a review Dec 2012
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We stayed three nights in december (Off-Season) and were the only guests. But therefor the staff was very helpful and spent some time with us. Great english skills. The restaurant in the ground floor has a decent menu and everything we ordered was great! We had a good time, rented a scooter and got to all the nice places around Kenting. But for people who want to stay longer, Hengchun is a bit far away from Kenting city center.
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Date of stay: December 2012
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whoooosh wrote a review May 2012
Paris, France426 contributions24 helpful votes
Although some distance away from the tourist strip that is Kenting Main Street, the Surf Shack was centrally located near the Hengchun bus station and surrounded by great local eateries which the staff recommended. The beach is a 15 minute ride away by bus, which comes every 20 minutes. Room rates are cheap, and the rooms were decent. I wouldn't recommend the non air-con room, though, as the walls do not go all the way up and it would probably be quite noisy. Terry was a great surf instructor, and we would have gone surfing again if not for the heavy rain.
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Date of stay: May 2012
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Alexandra L wrote a review Mar 2012
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Nous n'avons pas dormit à cet hôtel, mais le propriétaire, Terry, m'a donné des leçons de surf à 1500 (en argent de Taïwan) pour trois heures. Il était très gentil, mais ne semblait pas motivé plus qu'il faut à donner des commentaires ou des suggestions concernant ma technique sur le bord. Nous avons aussi diné à son restaurant qui est relié à l'hôtel. Les burgers étaient bons et les milkshakes ou milk tea sont excellent!
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Date of stay: March 2012
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Surf Shack Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Surf Shack Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Hengchun Old Town (0.2 km), Feng Chui Sha (0.4 km), and 30M Bar (0.2 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Surf Shack Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Kitchen Swell, Ke Gu Zao Wei Lu Dou Zhuan, and Qu Cun Rice Noodle Duck.
Is The Surf Shack Hostel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Hengchun.
Are there any historical sites close to The Surf Shack Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Hengchun Shih Pai Park (Houtungshan Historical Park) (0.5 km) and Hengchun Guangning Temple (0.6 km).