Southern Island Fun 5 Day Private Tour (Classic)

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • • Fun in the sun in Kenting, Taiwan’s Cancun
  • • Spiritual discovery at the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Center
  • • Cultural and Historical exploration in Tainan, Taiwan’s ancient capital
  • • Relaxation, revitalization and exfoliation in the unique mud springs of Guanziling
  • • Endless opportunity to enjoy unique dishes found only in southern Taiwan

Casual visitors to Taiwan tend to stick close to the capital, but the southern half of Taiwan is where the treasure trove of culture and history resides. It's also where you find the best beaches and the best examples of authentically Taiwanese cuisine. Our Southern Fun Tour aims to bring you all the sun, excitement, and culture of our island's lower half, including the old capital of Tainan, the laid-back modern metropolis Kaohsiung, and of course, the beach town of Kenting, and the hidden gems in Pingtung. Along the way, you'll visit ancient temples, relax on Taiwan's finest beaches, enjoy a dune bashing ride, soak in the mud spring, and dine on amazing delicacies! We promise five unforgettable days of fun in places you may not have heard of before, but to which you'll want to return.


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Cultural and Historical exploration in Taiwan

▴ Cultural and Historical exploration in Taiwan

Day 1: Drive down to the beach resort town of Kenting

▴ Day 1: Drive down to the beach resort town of Kenting

Day 4: Visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center

▴ Day 4: Visit Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center

Day 4: Visit an old Dutch castle and an ancient banyan tree

▴ Day 4: Visit an old Dutch castle and an ancient banyan tree

ITINERARY

DAY 1
DAY 2
DAY 3
DAY 4
DAY 5

Day 1 / Taipei - Kenting

Day one begins with a high-speed train ride down the west coast on Taiwan's efficient high-speed rail. With a top speed of 300 kilometers per hour, you'll reach the southernmost part of Taiwan in less than two hours and head to Kenting, a picturesque beach town located at the island's southern tip. After arriving the hotel nearby beach and the most well-known Kenting street, we'll have the rest of the day to swim, hike, bicycle, or just soak up the rays. When the sun goes down, you will be able to experience the beach town's night markets, drinks and massages.

Day 2 / Kenting

After experiencing the passionate fascination of southern island, we'll head to sparsely populated part, where you should not only expect for beach oriented activities. Digging into much more local insight from grassland, seashore flat view, sandy landscape to the hidden aboriginal village culture is beyond your imagination.

Day 3 / Kenting - Kaohsiung

Leaving the beach is hard. We'll leave some spare time to get in a morning swim before checking out. Then on the way back north, we'll stop in the old town of Hengchun to visit one of the last remaining Qing-era city walls left in Taiwan. After lunch, we'll head back to Kaohsiung city. Visit the Lotus Pond, a man-made lake surrounded by temples, pavilions, temples and the famous Dragon and Tiger Pagodas. End the day with fun by making Taiwan's traditional cookies by yourself.

Day 4 / Kaohsuing - Tainan

After breakfast at our hotel, the spiritual portion of our journey begins. We'll head first to the stunning Fo Guang Shan Monastery, a vast religious complex containing eight pagodas (each dedicated to a specific virtue) and grand meditation halls, all overlooked with loving grace by a 108-meter high statue of the Buddha. Then head to the ancient capital of Tainan, where will explore the spectacular historic sites and alleyways, including the island's oldest Confucian temple. Also, food will be an essential part particularly when you are at the well-known city of gastronomy in Taiwan.

Day 5 / Tainan - Taipei

The tour continues with an exploration of Tainan's most historic Anping district. We'll visit a castle and fortress dating back to Dutch colonial days and go inside (yes, inside) an ancient Banyan tree. Afterward, head to the hot-spring (and mud-spring) resort of Guanziling for relaxation, rejuvenation and exfoliation before returning to Taipei.

  • Pickup
    Head to Taipei HSR Station on your own
  • Train
    Meet tour guide and take HSR to Kaohsiung
  • Meal
    Taste an indigenous style fusion cuisine for lunch
  • Pickup
    Drive down to the beach resort town of Kenting
  • Activity
    Swim, bicycle, hike, or just soak up the rays
  • Meal
    Hit the Kenting Street for a drink, dinner, or a massage
  • Accomadaiton
    Stay overnight in Kenting, TripAdvisor 3★ Hotelday+ Kenting (TWIN/DOUBLE) or equivalent
  • Meal
    Breakfast at hotel
  • Point
    Visit front Alangyi Historic Trail, the natural seashore trek with centuries-old stories
  • Point
    Leisure hiking at Hsuhai and enjoy the splendid scene of Mudan Bay
  • Activity
    Enjoy an off-roading drive, dune bashing in Safari tour
  • Pickup
    Drive along the southern coastal line back to Kenting with a flat incredible view
  • Accomadaiton
    Stay overnight in Kenting, TripAdvisor 3★ Hotelday+ Kenting (TWIN/DOUBLE) or equivalent
  • Meal
    Breakfast at hotel
  • Accomadaiton
    Fun in the sun on the beach until 11:00 am
  • Point
    Visit the walled town of Hengchun
  • Point
    Explore the Dragon and Tiger Pagodas, and temples of Lotus Pond
  • Point
    Homemade Chinese traditional pastry experience
  • Point
    Optional night walk at The Pier-2 Art Center
  • Accomadaiton
    Stay in TripAdvisor 3★ La Inn Hotel (TWIN/DOUBLE) or equivalent
  • Meal
    Breakfast at hotel
  • Point
    Visit Fo Guang Shan Monastery
  • Point
    Explore historic Tainan, Taiwan's ancient capital
  • Point
    Walk through history at Taiwan's oldest Confucian Temple and nearby Wu Garden
  • Point
    Shop for crafts at the reformed Lin's Department Store (Hayashi Department Store)
  • Accomadaiton
    Stay in TripAdvisor 4★ The Place Tainan (TWIN/DOUBLE) or equivalent
  • Meal
    Breakfast at hotel
  • Point
    Explore the historic Anping District
  • Point
    Visit an old Dutch castle and an ancient banyan tree house
  • Point
    Relax, rejuvenate and exfoliate in the unique mud springs of Guanziling
  • Pickup
    Head to Chiayi High Speed Rail Station
  • Train
    Take the High Speed Rail (HSR) back to Taipei
*In the event of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, MyTaiwanTour reserves the right to alter tour itinerary.
  • Meal :
    Breakfast : 4 | Lunch : 1 | Dinner : 0
  • Duration :
    5 days 4 nights
  • Pick-up :
    At your accommodation in Taipei city
  • Drop-Off :
    At your accommodation in Taipei city
  • Group Size :
    2-6 people
  • Language :
    English

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DETAILS

Inclusions

  • A knowledgeable, licensed and fun-loving English-speaking guide
  • All transportation (High speed rail, 5-seater sedan or 8-seater van, driver)
  • Admission to all activities on itinerary
  • Four nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Travel insurance

Exclusions

  • Any optional activities not on itinerary
  • Meals not listed above
  • Gratuity

Cancellation Policy

Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests.
Guests canceling at any point up to 31 days prior to this tour’s starting date will receive a full refund.
Cancellations made between 30 and 15 days prior to departure will receive a 90% refund.
Cancellations made between 14 and 7 days prior to departure will receive a 70% refund;
Cancellations made less than 7 days prior to departure are non-refundable.

There will be a 100% charge for no-shows. No-shows are defined as (1) Arriving 15 minutes late for Day Tours; (2) Arriving 1 hour late for Multi-day tours and custom tours.

REVIEWS

January 2016
United States / Victor C
I would definitely recommend My Taiwan Tour to anybody who is a first-timer (or repeat visitor) to Taiwan
So a few month's back, we decided to take a trip back to Taiwan... which quickly turned into a 3-generation, 4-states, 2-country family reunion. While I tend to fall in the "let's freestyle it" mode, when traveling with my wife + my parents, that doesn't fly. At. All. After my mom decided to drop the local tour guide that she's used in the past, I found My Taiwan Tour through another website (which shall remain un-named).Anke, a customer service specialist, very promptly replied to my initial inquiry regarding a group rate for one of the advertised multi-day tours. After I showed this to the rest of my family, my mother subsequently provided her input. What I (and Anke) thought would be a quickly easy booking became a highly customized tour specifically for our family... by highly customized I mean the final product was nothing like what you would find on My Taiwan Tour's website. Throughout the process, Anke was more than willing to work with us (e.g., when we found hotel prices cheaper than what she had quoted, she was more than happy to let us book our own hotels at the better price and work around whatever changes we wanted). In Taiwan: from the "extra" airport transfers to/from TPE at the beginning and end of the trip, to the tour itself, I'd say we had as good of a time as we expected. Our tour guide, Fiona, was very willing to work with us throughout the tour. From pushing back departure times so we could enjoy our hotels a bit more, adjusting the places we visited, to making a pit stop along the tour so my mother could see her 95 year old aunt, to Fiona's willingness to wait until we finished dinner at 7:30p and walk with us through the streets of Kenting / Kending (even though her day started at 7:00a), essentially what we wanted, Fiona did whatever she could to provide it. I would definitely recommend My Taiwan Tour to anybody who is a first-timer (or repeat visitor) to Taiwan.
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* Tour requires a minimum of 2 guests
* Book 10 days in advance (GMT+8 09:00)
* Depart daily except Saturday

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