Pingtung Travel Guide
Pingtung, on the southern tip of Taiwan Island, is between the mountains and the sea. The best season to come here is from October to November when the temperature is about 72°F (22°C). It is not advisable to visit during typhoon season from June to September.
The Pingtung County is home to minorities: Hakkanese, Paiwan and Rukai live here. You can go to Neipu or Wanluan Town for first-hand Hakka culture. For a taste of the aborigines' customs, Fog Station Township, Sandimen and Laiyi Township are the best candidates.
Ngoluanpi Park is known for its lighthouse, formerly the icon of the southernmost Taiwan. Coral reefs, limestone, and tropical plants are everywhere. The roads crisscross like a maze. It is also a place to view the ocean. The Longhang Ecological Protection Area is shaped by coral reefs and Sail Rock is a big coral rock which looks like a sailing boat. Longluan Lake is a good place for bird watching. Houbi Lake has a fishing port and a dock, where you can buy catches of the day. There are various flourishing algae swaying in the waves at Maobitou Park. White Sand Beach is a shell beach where you can do water sports, camp, ride a bicycle or star gazing. The best place to watch the sunset and the entire Kenting should be on Guan Mountain. National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium has an undersea tunnel and you can stay here overnight.
Lamay Island: Lamay Island, also called Little Liuqiu Island, is a small island on the open sea of Pingtung. It is the only coral reef island in Taiwan, complete with cliffs, caves, beaches, temples, and zoos. What’s more, you can do snorkeling in the water here.
Hengchun Old Town: This is the sole old town in Taiwan, situated in the southernmost of Hengchun Peninsula. It maintains its original structure and scale, but most of the walls were damaged with only four gates still standing.
Train: Only Taiwan Rail Line stops in the county. It takes about 5 hours from Taipei to Pingtung Station. One thing to note is that if you are going to Kenting, you’d better get off at Fangliao Station, which is closer. A bus ride to Kenting takes about 1-1.5 hours.
If coming by Taiwan High Speed Rail, you should get off at the southern most station Zuoying in Kaohsiung, and then change to a bus to reach the county.
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Long-distance Bus: Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung all have bus service to Pingtung. Among them Kaohsiung has the most and has direct buses to Fangliao, Hengchun and Kenting. For transportation inside the county, there are buses available at Pingtung Passenger Terminal. To travel around Kenting, you can take Kenting Streetcar.