Last November, we went to Taiwan for two weeks and we did a road trip around the island and it was fabulous ! The weather, the people.. and the food, oh the food…. it was just amazing ! We landed in Taipei and we started to drive clockwise around the island. Previous parts can be found here : Taiwan
Our exploration of the East was coming slowly to an end and we were ready to drive towards the West. That day was the longest drive ever and everything went a bit wrong distance-wise… I didn’t think it would take us that long to go there ! It took us nearly 6 hours to reach Tainan, with a few stops along the way. It would have been wiser to split the journey in two legs and stay 1 day in Kenting National Park in the South. When we visited the island last November, it was not the best period to go snorkelling or go to the beach in the far South so we thought we would skip it.
This was the last bit of blue sky for a very long time but we didn’t know that at that time !
The West is extremely polluted and you cannot see a patch a blue sky when driving close to big cities, that was really shocking.. compared to the pristine East Coast. The sky was really grey and it was so hot outside ! We had a good noodle beef soup that cheered us up a little bit.
The reason we wanted to visit the West was for Taijiang National Park and its wetlands. Since the drive really took us most of the day we knew we wouldn’t have time to visit everything that was planned so we decided to focus on the salt fields. We tried to find the salt fields near Tainan and it was a real struggle. We first ended up at the salt museum who was more like a theme park with no salt fields at all ! It was a real tourist trap. We failed to find the Salt Mountain, so it was a bit of a disappointment.
After asking around where to find some salt fields, we finally ended up in a wonderful place just on time for sunset. I don’t really know the name of that place since we were given directions by locals but it was wonderful.
The day really ended better than it has started for sure ! When we went back to Tainan, we had great food at the night market ! The hotel we stayed in was also fabulous and had a toilet that was cleaning your bum ! So funny :D There was also some free buffet in the evening, with plenty of different drinks. also for free. Best accommodation of the stay I think :-)
Lesson learnt, we definitively rushed ourselves for that part and at least 2 or 3 days extra would have been perfect to allow us to explore the West coast better…