Journey to Taiwan‘s southernmost coast!
Located on the Hengchun Peninsula of Pingtung County, Kenting National Park (more commonly known as Kenting), is Taiwan’s oldest and southernmost national park. The area is well known for its tropical climate, sunshine, scenic mountain views as well as breathtaking beaches. From enjoying picturesque sunsets and exploring the marine wonders under the sea to reacquainting with mother nature in the national parks, there’s something for everyone.
Where to stay:
If you’re someone who seeks novel experiences or simply have a love for marine creatures, spend a night at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium (NMMBA) and enjoy several behind-the-scenes activities that are specially curated for the sleepover package. Visitors can get up close and personal with the marine life residing at the aquarium, and get a better understanding of the job scope of marine biologists. Some highlights include witnessing after-hour feedings, visiting the intertidal touch tanks and watching the beluga whales have their breakfast. To top it all off, you get to choose your sleeping area next to your preferred marine creatures.
Address: 2 Houwan Road, Checheng, Pingtung, 944, Taiwan, R.O.C.
Cost: NT $2,380 (~SGD $105.85) per pax
Otherwise, it is recommended to stay right in the heart of Kenting. Lined with shops providing food, souvenirs, and bike rentals there’s also a good pick of hotels, hostels and B&Bs on the main street. Alternatively, opt for a hotel along the waterfront for an amazing seaview from your balcony.
Things to do:
Explore the Coast
Hop on an electric scooter and travel along Kenting’s stunning coastline at your own pace. Some of the iconic sights include Chuan Fan Shi Rock, Eluanbi Lighthouse, Taiwan Southernmost Point and Longpan Park.
Cost: NT $500 – $700 (~SGD$ 22.20 – $31.10) per day
There is no lack of water activities for you to choose from — banana boat rides, surfing, jet skiing, snorkelling or scuba diving, just to name a few. Most activity vendors would provide a selection of packages that vary in the number and type of activities and you can choose one that suits you best.
Address: No.223, Nanwan Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Kenting National Forest Recreation Area
The forest recreation area spans over an area of 150 hectares and is situated at an elevation of 300m above sea level. This is where you can observe beautiful limestone caves, cliffs, canyons, stalagmites and stalactites and other geological wonders.
Address: 201 Kenting Park Rd., Hengchun Town, Pingtung County
Cost: NT $100 (~SGD $4.40) on weekdays, NT $150 (SGD $6.70) on weekends
Kenting Street Night Market
Spanning over 2 km along Kenting’s main street, this is where you will find popular Taiwanese bites from flame grilled steak and shallot pancakes to stinky tofu and deep-fried milk. Grab a cup of bubble tea, try your hand at some games and pick up some souvenirs for your trip.
Jiupeng Desert is home to the largest sand dunes in Taiwan, with some measuring over 30 metres in height. Covered in soft white sand, the beach is best known as an ATV paradise, but is equally suitable for swimming and camping.
Address: Gangzai Rd., Manzhou Township, Pingtung County 947, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Getting There & Getting Around:
Hop on the Kenting Express Bus from THSR Zuoying Station in Kaohsiung. The round trip ticket will cost you NT $600 (~SGD $26.67) and you will be able to arrive in Kenting in 2 hours.
If you’re not comfortable with getting around on a scooter, there are shuttle buses in operation which can take you around Kenting.