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.
Kenting: You may not know Pingtung, but you must have heard of Kenting National Park which is on Hengchun Peninsula. It is enormous and where you can enjoy bright sunshine, beautiful sea, soft beach, and colorful coral reefs. Many scenic spots are there including Longhang Ecological Protection Area, Ngoluanpi Park, Sail Rock, Kenting Forest Recreation Area, Longluan Lake, Houbi Lake, Maobitou Park, White Sand Beach, Guan Mountain, and the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium.
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.
Air: You may fly to Hengchun Airport from Taipei. The airport is 10 minutes’ to Kenting by bus. However, the flight is not always available. Wind conditions may cause delays or cancellations. Thus many visitors choose to use Kaohsiung International Airport, which has more flights and less affected by weather. Upon arrival, there are buses taking you to Pingtung downtown, Hengchun, and Kenting.
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.
The local special products include coconuts, black pearl wax apples, pettitoes, dried fish and blue fin tunas. Kenting Street is the best place to taste these foods and buy souvenirs. What’s more, you can eat braised pork rice, plain noodles and fried salty chickens at Pingtung Tourist Night Market. The shaved ice can be found in every corner of the county, which is very popular among the locals.