Top 4 Must-Do Activities in Yilan County, Taiwan

Top 4 Must-Do Activities in Yilan County, Taiwan

Yilan is one of the most scenic areas in Taiwan, with rugged coast and rolling green hills providing visitors with countless jaw-dropping views for miles. As well as being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the north of the island, Yilan County is located very close to Taipei, allowing visitors to reach the gorgeous countryside scenes in just over an hour by train.

Normally, people find a hotel in Taipei and take a day trip to Yilan. If that’s your plan, do check out our article on the Top 6 value for money hotels in Taipei but otherwise, for your convenience, here are Top 3 hotels in Yilan by budget:

So what kind of activities can you do in Yilan County in Taiwan? Read on to find out our pick of the top 5 activities in the region:

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Tail fin of a gray whale

The beautiful warm waters around Guishan Island, also known as Steep Island or Turtle Island, is home to a beautiful group of dolphins and whales who regularly inhabit the area around the island. Just 9km from the mainland of Taiwan, it’s quite easy and accessible to see these dolphins and whales jumping and playing in the water.

If you want to get up closer, a ferry tour can be arranged locally for free to take you closer to the action. For more information on booking this tour, check out the official tourism website of the Northeast of Taiwan.

 

Beaches

Fulong Beach in Yilan, Taiwan

Some of the best beaches in the north of Taiwan are located in Yilan County. Although most beaches along the northeast coast are rocky and rugged, there are a few unusual gems that can be enjoyed in between.

Fulong Beach is a gorgeous beach to chill out on for a few days during a trip around the northeast coast. Fulong is the classic, golden-sand beach that you dream of escaping to when stuck in the office. Make sure to try out some of the awesome water sports and activities available at the beach, such as wind-surfing, yachting, surfing and volleyball.

Another fun beach is Waiao; a dark-sanded beach that appears to stretch on for miles, and is great for water sports and activities. From surfing and windsurfing, to paragliding and horse-back riding, this beach is a hive of activity among tourists and locals.

 

Hot Springs

Hot_Spring Japanese styleTaiwan is famous for its relaxing and invigorating hot springs, which can be found in several locations around the country. Many of the hot springs in Taiwan date back to the Japanese Colonial Era, and are heavily influenced by the tradition and culture of hot baths and springs in Japan.

Interestingly, Yilan County is also home to cold springs, which are one of only three carbonic acid cold springs in the world. The hot and cold springs around Yilan County are well served by hotels, allowing visitors to relax and unwind in the springs during the day, and sleep well in the comfort of a nearby hotel at night.

The Jiaoxi Hot Springs and the Su’ao Cold Springs can both be easily reached via pubic transport from Taipei city or Yilan town.

 

Hiking

Hiking in YilanWalking and hiking around the many spectacular trails in Yilan County is a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed easily and freely. Some of the best places to explore include the Qilan Sacred Trees Garden, with its hundreds of incredible indigenous trees, or simply walking along the coast and admiring the unique flora and fauna. Yilan County is also a hotspot for bird-watching so nature enthusiasts will feel right at home exploring the countryside of northeastern Taiwan.

ACCOMMODATION:

Normally, people find a hotel in Taipei and take a day trip to Yilan. If that’s your plan, do check out our article on the Top 6 value for money hotels in Taipei but otherwise, for your convenience, here are Top 3 hotels in Yilan by budget:

GETTING THERE:

China Airlines flies twice a day direct to Taipei from Singapore and twice a week to Kaohsiung from Singapore, also a direct flight. You can search your flight and book directly only at www.china-airlines.com. If you prefer a package deal, you can also take a look at China Airlines’ Dynasty Packages for free & easy packages to Taiwan.

This article is supported by China Airlines and the Taiwan Tourism Board.

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