Touring Taiwan’s Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area

Touring Taiwan’s Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area

The Northeast and Yilan Coast is one of the most spectacular regions on the island of Taiwan. With over 100 kilometers of gorgeous rugged coast, the area is one of the most popular tourism hotspots in Taiwan, attracting a range of tourists in search of natural beauty, adventure, rich culture and a relaxing vacation.

The area, officially known as the Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area, was established by the Taiwanese Tourism Bureau in the 1980’s to encourage tourism to the area and help preserve the unique ecology and geography of the region. Featuring stunning capes and bays, rivers and reefs, lush green mountains, beautiful ocean backed by rugged cliffs and rock formations, and kilometers of rolling green pastures, the Northeast and Yilan Coast is the pinnacle of natural beauty in Taiwan.

Yilan is easily reached via TRA train from Taipei (From the Taipei Main Station) or by Bus. The High Speed Rail doesn’t serve the northeast coast.

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:

Things To Do In The Northeast an Yilan Coast of Taiwan
Lanyang plain and turtle island, Taiwan

Lanyang plain and turtle island, Taiwan

With over 100 kilometers of coastline, the Northeast Coast of Taiwan has become a sort of natural playground for adventure-seeking travelers. From water sports such as surfing, wind surfing, swimming, jet skiing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving, to land based activities like trekking, hiking, camping, rock climbing and biking, it is the perfect place to get your fix of adventure and outdoor activities while enjoying the fabulous natural surroundings.

Some of the most famous sights and attractions include the Jiaoxi Hot Springs towards the northeastern coast. These hot springs are some of the best that can be found in Taiwan, an island famous for its many hot springs, so make sure to check them out.

Waiao beach is one of the few beaches in the area, since most of the coast of Yilan County and the Northeast consist of jagged rocks or steep cliffs. The sand here is almost black due to the erosion of the rocks into tiny sandy grains over thousands of years. The beach is very popular among surfers and is a great place to learn to surf, or to take your skills to the next level.

 

Best Time to Visit the Northeast of Taiwan

Sunrise over the lake with mist in Yilan, TaiwanYilan County and the coast of northeastern Taiwan is prone to a lot of rain. During the months of June to August, the height of summer, the rain relents slightly but you will likely still encounter some wet days. These summer months are also best for water sports such as surfing and swimming, making June to August the best time to visit the area.

 

Rice field with blue sky, near sunset, YiLan, Taiwan.There’s so much to do in the Northeastern and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area of Taiwan. With Taipei city just a short distance away by train or bus, it’s the perfect destination for an easy and carefree vacation away from the hustle and bustle of the large cities. And if you happen to get bored of the silence and relaxing atmosphere (not likely!), you can always take a trip back to Taipei for some shopping, eating and different type of sightseeing.

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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