Hey all! I'm planning a 2-week trip to Taiwan in October and I'm working on my itinerary. After a few days in Taipei I'd like to do the Jiufen-Shifen-Pingxi trip but not as a day trip. I'm thinking of sleeping 1 night at one of those places before renting a car and head to Taroko. Would that make sense? I heard the coast in a nice drive. Any insights on which of these places would be best to spend the night?
After Taroko I'd like to go to Sun Moon Lake (probably 2 nights) and then to Alishan area (probably 2 nights as well). I assume I'd have to drive through the mountains. The train doesn't seem like an option - Google tells me the train ride between Taroko and Sun Moon Lake would be over 10 hours, and 4+ hours from Sun Moon Lake to Chiayi. I'd rather drive... Do you know if one-way car rental is possible in Taiwan (pick up in Jiufen-Shifen-Pingxi, drop off in Chiayi)?
Here's my full itinerary so far if you're interested to know, or have any feedback ;o) ... Thanks!!
Day 1: Late Arrival - Sleep in Taipei
Day 2: Explore Taipei (Sleep in Taipei)
Day 3: Explore Taipei (Sleep in Taipei)
Day 4: Explore Taipei (Sleep in Taipei)
Day 5: Daytrip Jiufen-Shifen-Pingxi Jiufen (Sleep in Taipei OR sleep in Jiufen, Shifen or Pingxi)
Day 6: Pick up rental car and drive the east coast down to Taroko (Sleep in Taroko area/ Hualien)
Day 7: Explore Taroko Gorge (Sleep in Taroko area/ Hualien)
Day 8: Drive through mountains to Sun Moon Lake (Sleep in Sun Moon Lake)
Day 9: Explore Sun Moon Lake area (Sleep in Sun Moon Lake)
Day 10: Drive to Alishan Area/Chiayi - Drop off rental car (Sleep in Alishan Area/Chiayi)
Day 11: Do the Sunrise Train / Explore Alishan (Sleep in Alishan Area/Chiayi)
Day 12: Morning train to Tainan / Explore Tainan (Sleep in Tainan)
Day 13: Morning train to Kaohsiung / Explore Kaohsiung (Sleep in Kaohsiung)
Day 14: Continue to explore Kaohsiung / Take evening train to Taipei (Sleep in Taipei)
Day 15: DepartureEdited: 09 June 2018, 03:23