First published: 3 Dec 2018

Uncover quirky things to do in Taiwan like exploring a haunted hotel or paragliding these underrated attractions will have you screaming “Tai-want!”

Hualien paragliding - Eastern Taiwan Itinerary

Time to see Taiwan from a whole new angle!

On the surface, a trip to Taiwan seems pretty standard — getting stuffed with street food, and hitting the trendy streets of Taipei. But beyond the Ximending buzz, we found a whole gamut of adventures, ranging from the crazy beautiful to just plain crazy. Where else can you get your fortune told by a bird? Or whizz down a slide into a warm spa? 

Our trip from Taipei to Kaohsiung through Eastern Taiwan took us through neon-lit cities, coastal towns, and cultural icons, enjoying unforgettable experiences, mind-blowing sights, and crazy ways to dine. It was hard to believe these diverse experiences were all in the same country!

There’s more to Taiwan beyond night markets, so next time you’re there, why not put down that XL Chicken and try these 25 unique activities?

Unforgettable Experiences

1) Visit Fortune-Telling Birds at Longshan Temple

Fortune Telling Birds - Things to do in Taiwan

Photo credit: Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan

Depending on whether you’re a believer, fortune telling can be a wacky experience in itself, but here’s something even more cuckoo.

Tucked in a booth at Longshan Temple Station’s underground bazaar, you’ll find the English-speaking Ms Chen and her feathered fortune-tellers, Big Luck Master and Big Fortune. The white java sparrows are purported to have keen psychic instincts and can provide guidance for the mysterious future.

After intense flittering, the birds will pick your fate from a set of intricate tarot cards, each carrying fortunes based on traditional folk tales. Definitely an authentic Taiwan experience to try for a lark!

Cost: Ranges around NT$1,000 to NT$2,000 (~S$42 – ~S$85) based on the number and complexity of questions
Opening hours: 11AM – 9:30PM
How to get there: Take the MRT to Longshan Temple Station, follow the signs for the Longshan Temple Exit and head to the Longshan Temple Underground Shopping Bazaar
(Google Maps)

*Pro-tip: For the most accurate reading, come prepared with your time of birth — the more specific the timing, the better!

2) Watch out for Ghosts at the Grand Hyatt Taipei

Grand Hyatt Taipei - Hotel Accommodation

Photo credit: Klook

Maybe you should pay more heed to your fortune, especially if you’re braving a night at one of Asia’s most haunted hotels.

The Grand Hyatt Taipei may be the epitome of luxury but it isn’t known for providing a good night’s sleep. Rumour has it that behind the hotel’s chic, modern appearance lies a sordid history: a former prison camp where many were executed during the Japanese Occupation.

It’s all just hearsay, of course, and management is quick to dismiss any ghoulish gossip, but hey, you can only be sure by experiencing it yourself. 🙂

Cost: From ~S$227/night (up to 2 pax)
How to get there: Take the MRT to Taipei 101/World Trade Center Station and walk 2min
(Google Maps)

3) Ride a Glass-Bottom Gondola Up the Maokong Mountain

Gondola Up the Maokong Mountain - Maokong Guide

Photo credit: Klook

Try the Taiwanese version of high tea with a glass-bottom gondola (cable-car) ride through Maokong, famous for its charming teahouses along the edge of the mountain.

The half-hour ride will take you over lush forests and tea plantations and provide stunning views of Taipei City. At the top, sip on high-quality local tea, including the premium Tie Guan Yin, an Oolong brew. There’s no better way to relax away from the bustle of the city.

Gondola Ride - Maokong Guide

Photo credit: @leessaalove2 via Instagram

If you found the gondola ride a little too relaxing, opt for the minibus (NT$15) on the way down — just remember to hold on tight!

*Pro-tip: Use code <THETRAVELINTERN> on Klook to get 5% off all activities* with a min. spend of S$50 (discount cap at S$15). Apply code upon checkout. One-time use only! (* – see list of excluded activities)

Cost: From S$11/pax via Klook or NT$20 (~S$0.90) discount on weekdays for EasyCard holders
Opening hours: 9AM – 9PM. Check weather conditions on the official website before going
How to get there: Take the MRT to Taipei Zoo station, then follow the signs leading to the Gondola. It’s three stops to Maokong Station
(Google Maps)

4) Wish on a Lantern at Shifen Old Street 

Shifen-Old-Street - Shifen Guide

Entering Shifen Old Street feels like stepping into a romantic movie of days past. The outdoor train tracks are lined with quaint shops, while paper lanterns float gently in the sky above.

People flock to this charming town just outside Taipei to experience this beautiful tradition: writing their wishes on colourful lanterns and releasing them into the heavens. The railway tracks make the perfect backdrop, with old-school trains passing through every little while.

Train along Shifen Old Street - Things to do in Shifen

*Pro-tip: Skip the queues and quickly redeem your sky lantern when you book via Klook.

Cost: From S$10.60 via Klook
Activity timings: 
Anytime between 9AM – 7PM
How to get there: From Taipei Main Station, take a northbound train (except Keelung-bound trains) to Ruifang Train Station. Then transfer to the Pingxi Line Train and take the train to Shifen Station
(Google Maps)

5) Get Spirited Away at Jiufen

Jiufen - Things to do in Taiwan

The former gold mining town of Jiufen is truly magical — packed with cobblestone pathways, pretty lights, and historical architecture. It’s no wonder that the mountainside village became the perfect inspiration for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

Wander the winding alleys while munching on delicious traditional snacks, like Wu Di Wild Boar Sausage and A-Zhu Peanut Ice Cream Roll.

Grandma Lai Taro Balls Shop front - Day trip to jiufen and shifen

Cost: From NT$50 (~S$2.10)
How to get there: From Taipei Main Station, take a northbound train (except Keelung-bound trains) to Ruifang Train Station. Upon exiting, face the Wellcome Supermarket, turn left and head 200m down Mingdeng Road. Next to the police station, you’ll see the Local Residents Plaza (區民廣場) bus station. It’s a 15min bus ride via routes 827,
788, or 1062 to Jiufen Old Street (Google Maps)

*Pro-tip: Book a guided day tour or bus transfer to Jiufen and Shifen via Klook so you don’t have to worry so much about how to get there!

6) Slide into a Spa at Art Spa Hotel Yilan

Art Spa Hotel - Things to do in Taiwan

Renowned for its underground hot springs, hotels with spas are a dime a dozen in the Jiaoxi township of Yilan. Art Spa Hotel, however, takes things to another level — specifically five storeys, with a 360° spiral slide that launches you into a warm pool.

It’s an honestly thrilling ride which saw us returning for seconds, before cooling (heating?) down in the standard, relaxing hot springs. As for the latter, we were spoilt for choice with 50 indoor and outdoor springs, and even a hot spring tub in each hotel room!

Yilan Art Spa Hotel hot spring jacuzzi - Eastern Taiwan Itinerary

Cost: From ~S$166/night (up to 2 pax)
Opening hours: 7:30AM – 10:30PM, slide operates hourly at 10AM, 2PM, 4PM, 7:30PM and 9PM
How to get there: 4min walk from Jiaoxi Station (Google Maps)

*Pro-tip: Swim-caps are a must to enter the springs, so bring your own if you’d rather not purchase one (NT$50, ~S$2.10) from reception.

7) Visit Taiwan’s First Whiskey Distillery

Yilan kavalan - Eastern Taiwan Itinerary

Taiwan’s first whisky distillery was a long-held dream of its founder, who believed that Yilan’s spring water and fresh air would be perfect for whisky-making. Turns out he was right — Kavalan Whisky Distillery is now internationally acclaimed and even crowned the ‘World Whiskey Producer of the Year‘ for three years in a row!

At Kavalan (named after the indigenous name of Yilan County), take a tour of the whisky-making process, or enjoy a whisky-tasting session (NT$800)! Each session entitles you to claim a trio of pre-packed 20ml bottles — there’s no sweeter souvenir!

Yilan kavalan shop - Things to do in Taiwan

To get the most out of the day, we recommend taking a Yilan day tour which includes the Kavalan Whisky Distillery and other cool activities in Yilan.

For instance, visit the aesthetically pleasing Lanyang Museum, The National Center for Traditional Arts for old-school craft shops and a hilarious Zodiac-themed performance, and Tangweigou Hot Spring Park for a relaxing dip.

Yilan traditional arts centre zodiac performance - Things to do in Taiwan

An entertaining (and free!) zodiac-themed performance at The National Center for Traditional Arts.

Our driver, Ben, was super helpful and friendly — even bringing us to local gems when we told him we were craving dessert and lu rou fan (braised pork rice)!

Cost: ~S$85/pax for a day tour (incl. admission tickets), min 4pax
Pick-up & drop-off: Taipei Main Station (Google Maps)

8) Paraglide over Palm Trees and Paddy Fields

Hualien paragliding over east rift valley - Hualien Guide

Hands down one of the best things I’ve done in my life. There’s no better feeling than looking at the natural wonders of Hualien and Taiwan from a bird’s eye view.

You know all those crazy nature drone shots you see in travel videos? That’s what you’ll get, from all angles — insane views of endless greens, winding blue rivers, and the Taiwanese mountains stretched across the horizon.

Things to do in Taiwan - Paragliding in Hualien

P.S. Toward the end of the 15-minute flight, your instructor might ask if you want to ‘spin’. Don’t hesitate, hang tight, and say YES!

Cost: From NT$2,550/pax (~S$108/pax)
How to get there: Take the free shuttle provided by the operator from Wanrong Railway Station to the meetup point

Read also: 13 Land, Sky and Sea Adventures in Taiwan Most Travellers Don’t Know About

9) Go River-Trekking 

Hualien river trek - Things to do in Taiwan

Photo credit: 花蓮溯溪王Riverking via Facebook

Refresh yourself with a dip, splash, and slide along Hualien’s crystal streams. The river-tracing adventure begins with a quick trek through the forest, before emerging to cyan waters so clear, you’ll just want to get right in.

Hualien river trekking rock jumping - Things to do in Taiwan

Photo credit: 花蓮溯溪王Riverking via Facebook

And get right in you will — jumping off cliffs and rushing down natural water slides! The water is so cool, clean, and refreshing, you’ll feel brand-new right after. We were given steaming hot bowls of noodle soup when we were done, which were simple but so delicious to slurp while waist-deep in water.

We took the 4-hour tour (including transport), but were told that the full-day option comes with far more adventure, as well as pretty waterfalls! It also includes a full camp lunch of veggies and chicken. We’d definitely have opted for that if we had more time.

*Pro-tip: Attempt only if you’re in good physical condition as the rocks can be difficult to traverse when wet. And the tours were conducted in Chinese so best to have someone with you who can translate!

Hualien river trekking - Things to do in Hualien

Photo credit: 花蓮溯溪王Riverking via Facebook

After, download your photos for free off the Facebook page, so the fun memories don’t get washed away!

Cost: ~S$48/pax for 4hr half-day tour with transportation, ~S$88/pax for 8hr full-day tour with transportation via Klook
Activity timings: 8AM & 1PM (Half-day), 8AM (Full-day)
Pick-up & drop-off: Any hotel downtown Hualien

10) Cycle Along the Pacific Ocean

Taitung haibin park cycling by the sea - Things to do in Taiwan

The coastal city of Taitung is famous for its bike trail, with gorgeous views of open skies, mountains, and the enormous Pacific Ocean. The towering blue waves are truly a mind-blowing sight.

We rented bikes for free from Inn by the Village (~S$112/night), our accommodation in Taitung, and went for an easy, relaxing ride. Set the morning aside to visit the sightseeing spots along the way, including the Railway Art Village and Haibin Park.

How to get there: Choose your bike trail here

11) Skin Diving at Houbihu

Photo credit: Klook

Skin-diving a.k.a snorkelling is one of nature’s best outdoor activities — low-effort and great for beginners (even non-swimmers are welcome!), but extremely rewarding with its diverse marine scene.

One of the best places to skin-dive is Houbihu, Kenting’s coral reef lagoon that’s crystal-clear and beautiful throughout the year. Admire the pretty white beach as you submerge in emerald waters to see scores of colourful reef fish and corals.

Cost: ~S$15/pax via Klook 
Activity timings: Slots available between 9AM – 4PM
Meeting point: No. 79-56, Daguang Road, Daguangli, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County (Google Maps)

Mind-Blowing Sights

12) Hike Elephant Mountain for a Bird’s Eye View of Taipei City

Elephant Mountain (象山) Taipei 101 View - Taipei Itinerary

If you’ve been to Taipei before, you’ve probably ticked off the basic tourist must-do: a trip to the top of Taipei 101. For those seeking something unique, however, here’s one better: free views of Taipei 101 and the entire city skyline, with exercise to boot!

Take the trail up Elephant Mountain — a 20-minute hike with rest stops and viewpoints along the way.

Go at sunset to watch the views change from daytime Taipei to a dazzling array of lights. Bonus: Taipei 101 lights up in the seven colours of the rainbow for each different day of the week!

*Pro-tip: Bring water as there are no shops along the trail.

Opening hours: 24hrs
How to get there: Take the MRT to Xiangshan Station, walk out via Exit 2, and follow the signs to the trail (Google Maps)

13) Spot Dolphins around Turtle Island 

Yilan turtle island whale-watching cruise - Things to do in Taiwan

On the Turtle Island Tour, you’ll see one of the coolest sights ever: wild dolphins in clear, sparkling waters, swimming insanely close to your boat. If you’re lucky, you’ll even spot whales during the warmer months!

Yilan dolphin near turtle island - Things to do in Taiwan

Is this real life? Is this just finn-tasy?

Before dolphin-watching, you’ll also get to explore the mystical Turtle Island on a guided walking tour. It’s named for its shape (guess which animal it resembles), with a tail that supposedly curls northwards in summer and southwards in winter. Do visit from March through May if you can, as the island blooms with beautiful white lilies.

Do you see it? Photo credit: Klook

For slightly over an hour, wander the 7,000-year-old volcanic island as the guide tells interesting stories in Hokkien and Mandarin. It’s interesting to see remnants of history, like the island’s only primary school, which was vacated and transformed into a military base until as recently as 2000.

Yilan turtle island foot path - Things to do in Taiwan

Cost: ~S$60/pax via Klook for a tour that includes Whale Watching, Island Landing & Surrounding Guishan Island
Tour timings: 9AM, 1PM
Meet-up point: Wushih Harbour, No. 15-30, Gangkou Rd., Toucheng Township, Yilan County
How to get there: 5min taxi ride from Toucheng Station (Google Maps)

14) Admire the Famous Taroko Gorge 

Taroko Gorge - Things to do in Taiwan

If there’s one thing to put on your Taiwan bucket list, it’s Taroko Gorge. Also known as the Taiwanese Grand Canyon, the gorge is so breathtaking that its native Truku tribe named it ‘Taroko’, meaning ‘magnificent and splendid’ in their language.

Hualien Taroko Gorge - Things to do in Taiwan


It’s one of the biggest and most breathtaking canyons in the world, with over 20km of vertical cliffs, some towering over 1,000m. Fun fact: At 920km², Taroko Gorge is even bigger than Singapore (721.5km²)!

If you’re only there for the day, the best way to get around is by scooter or driving to the top sights, including the Eternal Spring Shrine and Cimu Bridge. Otherwise, spend a day or two hiking around the area for views like no other!

Taroko Cimu bridge and Gorge - Things to do in Taiwan

Entrance fee: Free
How to get there: 30 – 40min car or scooter ride from Hualien Station. Alternatively, 10min drive from Xincheng Station (Google Maps)

Read also: Most Scenic 5D4N Taiwan Itinerary from Taitung to Yilan — Vast Landscapes, Coastal Towns and Island Getaways

15) Enter the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas

Dragon and Tiger Pagoda in Kaohsiung - THSR Taiwan Itinerary

The surreal Dragon and Tiger Pagodas offer an experience like no other. For good luck, walk through the dragon’s mouth and exit via the tiger’s.

Inside each pagoda, you’ll find interesting artwork, graphically depicting traditional stories of heaven and hell.

Entrance fee: Free-will donation basis
Opening hours: 24hrs
How to get there: Take the MRT to Ecological Park Station, and walk for around 20mins. Alternatively, take Red Bus 35 from Zuoying High Speed Train Station (Google Maps)

16) Stand Under the Dome of Light at Formosa Station

Formosa Station Light Show - Things to do in Taiwan

In Taiwan, riding the metro is its own culture complete with souvenirs, anime mascots, and commemorative stamps.

There’s also the Dome of Light at Formosa MRT Station, the largest glass artwork in the world created by esteemed Italian artist Narcissus Quagliata. The stunning rainbow kaleidoscope depicts the human life cycle — with Water: The Womb of Life, Earth: Prosperity and Growth, Light: The Creative Spirit, and lastly, Fire: Destruction and Rebirth.

Cost: Free (within public premises of train station)
Show times: Light shows at 11AM, 3PM, and 8PM
How to get there: Between Red and Orange lines at Formosa MRT Station (Google Maps)

17) Sleep in Your Very Own Art Installation

Kaohsiung icon hotel room white - Things to do in Taiwan

This boutique Papa Whale Hotel in Kaohsiung promises a different experience each time. Every room comes with a unique theme and style, ranging from the artistic to the truly wacky.

We tried two of the rooms — one which felt like we had stepped into a comic book, and the other with huge braille-like messages running over the walls and ceiling.

Kaohsiung icon hotel room green - Things to do in Taiwan

The stay also comes with a hearty breakfast of fruit, french toast, salad, and sausage.

Cost: From ~S$53/night (up to 2 pax)
How to get there: 10min walk from Central Park Station (Google Maps)

18) Catch One of the Most Beautiful Sunsets in the World

Kenting guanshan sunset - Things to do in Taiwan

Guanshan Sunset Lookout Point.

Nestled in Kenting National Park, Guanshan Hill looks unassuming in the daytime. Come sunset, however, the sky grows ablaze with light and colour, transforming from hues of brilliant orange to spectacular purples and pinks.

It’s a daily sight which has earned Guanshan a spot on CNN’s 12 Superb Sunset Spots Around The World, offering unobstructed views of the Hengchun Peninsula, fishing villages, and the stunning coast of Kenting National Park’s South Bay.

This is a definite must-go — still the only time I’ve ever seen a purple sunset, and hands-down the prettiest!

*Pro-tip: Guanshan’s sunset is stunning year-round, but locals say it’s especially impressive in the months of June to October.

Entrance fee: NT$60/pax (~S$2.60)
Address: No. 17-1, Binlang Road, Hengchun Township, Pingtung County, Taiwan 946 (Google Maps)

19) Gaze at Fo Guang Shan’s Big Buddha 

Kaohsiung Fo Guang Shan Big Buddha - Things to do in Taiwan

Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum, Taiwan’s largest Buddhist compound is truly a sight to behold, with 480 golden Buddha statues, including an awesome seated Buddha at a towering 108m-high.

Even if you’re not Buddhist, it’s a great place to spend a day learning about its charming founder, Master Hsingyun, and his philosophy of Humanistic Buddhism, which encourages people to spread love and peace in this life.

There’s also an impressive (and free) 15-minute movie about the life of Sakyamuni Buddha. Trust me, it’s more entertaining than it sounds — plus it’s in 4D!

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM (Weekdays), 9AM – 7PM (Weekends)
Show timings: Every half an hour from 10AM – 12:30PM
How to get there:
 Driving from Kaohsiung city to Fo Guang Shan takes about 20mins. The Harvard Express Bus (NT$70/pax) that shuttles to-fro Kaohsiung HSR station and Fo Guang Shan takes 45mins (Google Maps)

Crazy Food & Drinks

20) Eat out of a Toilet Bowl at Modern Toilet Restaurant 

Toilet Restaurant - Things to do in Taiwan

If you thought smelly tofu was bad, you haven’t tried sloppy turd-shaped meatballs. The second you step into Taipei’s Modern Toilet Restaurant, you’ll be graphically reminded of where (and how) your food is going to end up. The self-described ‘scatological fantasyland’ serves alarmingly realistic dishes that are honestly pretty disgusting.

Sat comfortably on our toilet bowl seats, we feasted on Modern Toilet Poop Meatballs (NT$260) and Toilet No.2 (NT$160), an overflowing diarrhoea-mess of ice shavings, soft-serve, jelly, and biscuits — all in a shitty shade of poo-brown.

Toilet Restaurant Meatballs - Things to do in Taiwan

Even the drinks are gross. Our Bleeding Hemorrhoid Strawberry Milk and Taiwanese Urine Beer (NT$200) came in a medical urine collection container, with a urinal option also available.

If you’re brave enough to dig into their disgustingly delicious delicacies, then you might want to purchase a NT$150 voucher through Klook to enjoy 10% off their menu.

Cost: Mains from NT$260 (~S$11), and drinks from NT$110 (~S$4.70)
Opening hours: 12PM – 9:30PM (Mon – Fri), 11:30AM – 10PM (Weekends). Last order 1hr before closing
Address: 5min walk from Shilin MRT Station (Google Maps)

21) Have Meals with Wheels at the Crazy Cart Café

Crazy Cart Cafe Taipei - Things to do in Taiwan

At Crazy Cart Café, whiz around after feasting on classic café fare. The tracks start indoors and wind outside the building, complete with looping platforms and steep slopes. Even going at 20km/h, it was pretty thrilling as we attempted to drift, and ended up spinning around uncontrollably. Way to fight off a food coma!

Cost: NT$650 (~S$27.60), (NT$500 goes toward the go-cart). NT$300 (~S$12.80) min. order without the go-cart
Opening hours: 12PM – 9PM (Wed – Sun), closed on Mon and Tue
How to get there: 4min walk from Nangang Train Station (Google Maps)

22) Grab a Cuppa at the Highest Starbucks in the World

Starbucks in Taipei 101 - Things to do in Taiwan

Level up your caffeine buzz with a cuppa at Taipei 101’s Starbucks — the highest in the world!

Once a well-kept secret, this scenic Starbucks is now a hit amongst locals and tourists alike, so you’ll need to make a reservation at least a day in advance. Like an exclusive club, this Starbucks also comes with its own set of rules, including a minimum spend per customer, a 90-minute time limit, and a strict dress code of no slippers or shorts.

Located on Level 35 of Taipei 101, it’s a cheaper way to catch the view without shelling out for observatory tickets — plus, of course, bragging rights!

*Update (25 March 2024):
This Starbucks is permanently closed, however the Starbucks Reserve on Level B1 is still operational.

23) Munch on a Penis-Shaped Cake

Penis Waffle - Things to do in Taiwan

Can you really say you’ve visited Taiwan if you’ve never posed with one of these?

This icocknic Taiwanese snack comes as a pineapple cake with PG13 fillings: honey-melon, blueberry, raspberry, or sesame and peanut (NT$300 per set). Each is coated in a different colour, but there’s no hiding what they’re meant to resemble.

Waffle Shop - Things to do in Taiwan

Not the usual Taiwanese sausage.

If you’re big on realism, there’s also a chocolate cake version packed with chocolate filling (NT$320) in a skin-tone shade of brown!

Cost: From NT$300 (~S$12.70) for 2pcs
Opening hours: 10AM – 12AM
How to get there: Walk along Ximending Street — the shop is opposite the huge MASA claw machine arcade (Google Maps)

24) Omakase at Four-Generation Farmer 

Hualien Four generation farmer - Things to eat in Hualien

If you’ve ever visited Taiwan, you’ll be familiar with their amazing hospitality. Experience this firsthand at the homely Four-Generation Farmer, an omakase-style family restaurant, tucked in the peaceful countryside of Hualien. At just NT$300/pax, you’ll enjoy a feast freshly prepared with whatever’s in the kitchen.

Hualien Four Generation Farmer Food - Things to eat in Hualien

This means it’s your luck what kind of dishes you get, but based on our visit there, I can safely say the quality (and quantity) of dishes surpassed way beyond my expectations.

The food kept on coming: alfalfa sprout & lobster salad, fried fish with Roselle, braised pork knuckles, omelette with dried radish, long bean soup, kumquat tea, and rice. So delicious, and prepared with so much heart.

Cost: From NT$350/pax (~S$14.80)
Opening hours: 11AM –12:30PM, 12:30 – 2PM (Lunch), 5PM – 6:30PM, 6:30PM – 8PM (Dinner)
How to get there: 6min drive from Genglin Station (Google Maps)

25) River-Shrimping in a Stream

Hualien TTI River Shrimping - Things to do in Taiwan

Photo credit: 花蓮溯溪王Riverking via Facebook

When the sun has set, go wandering knees-deep in the cool stream and have a go at river-shrimping. It’s one of the most exciting things to do in Taiwan, and it’s not as easy as it sounds — the shrimp are extremely difficult to spot, and are quick to slip away!

Hualien Shrimping - Things to do in Taiwan

Photo credit: 花蓮溯溪王Riverking via Facebook

Wet boots on our feet, nets in our hands, we spent a good 40 minutes trying to spot traces of bright purplish orbs (the shrimps’ eyes reflecting under headlamps), getting ridiculously excited whenever we did.

At the end of the session, head back for a delicious hot meal of soup, barbecued meat, and bamboo rice. Definitely a welcome surprise, since we thought we’d only be eating our measly catch — in fact, the shrimp we caught were returned to the stream.

Hualien River Shrimping BBQ Dinner - Things to eat in Hualien

*Pro-tip: The tour we took was conducted entirely in Mandarin, so it’s best to have someone in your group who is able to translate if necessary!

Cost: ~S$38/pax via Klook incl. transfer
Time slot: 7PM
Meeting point No. 215, Section 2, Zhonghua Road, Shoufeng Township, Hualien County (Google Maps)

Planning for Things to Do in Taiwan

Crazy Cart Cafe - Things to do in Taiwan

After uncovering fun and unique things to do in Taiwan, we’re definitely coming back for more!

We had an awesome time doing all sorts of activities on our trip — from the more popular ones to the hidden gems that demand to be experienced. One thing that helped us out was downloading an app like Klook. Booking a tour or activity is a quick process, and it helped a lot with discovering what we could do in the area.

Klook is especially useful when exploring the lesser-known Eastern Taiwan, which is full of beautiful outdoor adventures, but less popular than the touristy Western side.

Here are some activities we listed that you can book through Klook:
– Maokong Glass-Bottom Gondola: From S$11/pax
– Sky Lantern Experience in Shifen: S$10.60/pax
– River-trekking in Hualien: From ~S$48/pax for 4hr half-day tour with transportation
– Hualien River-shrimping: ~S$38/pax
– Kenting Skin-diving: ~S$15/pax

*Pro-tip: Use code <THETRAVELINTERN> on Klook to get 5% off all activities* with a min. spend of S$50 (discount cap at S$15). Apply code upon checkout. One-time use only! (* – see list of excluded activities)

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in Taiwan? Let us know in the comments below!

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