Things to do Places to go - Pingtung City - Pingtung Count

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Pingtung is the southernmost county in Taiwan. 

 

The crown jewel of Pingtung county is definitely Kenting National Park. As a beach (and a good one), it has all the amenities that nice beaches should have.

 

One of the most popular activities in Kenting National Park (not to be confused with the greater area of Kenting) is surfing. FuDog surfing provides lessons at a reasonable price and in English. Jet skis can be rented, but at high prices during peak times. Check with motorcycle shops for more reasonable rates. Motorcycles can be rented all up and down the beach at reasonable rates. You should be able to bargain with stores for lower rates.

 

Kenting also has many go-kart racing tracks all up and down the main drive. Prices are about 100 NT for 18 laps.  The ocean is safe for swimming at two beaches and many private beaches all up and down the strip. Sometimes the beaches are closed during typhoon season. 

 

Every evening Kenting's main strip turns into a night market that sells everything from souvenirs to food.

 

You can take your scooter to Oluanpi lighthouse, which is actually just a lighthouse, but also has many different hiking trails for you to start off on. You can hike south down to the beach or north to see where many migratory birds come to nest. 

The local strip also will hav many scuba diving shops. You will have to check with the local shops for prices. Kenting also has many great shops up and down its main strip to for people to look for souvenir hats and clothes. The main Kenting strip also has a large amount of restaurants and eateries that serve both Western and Chinese food. It is impossible to list all the restaurants here, but here are a few:

 

The Surf Shack Bar and Grill

#224 Heng Nan Rd., Heng Chun Town, Pingtung County(15 minutes from the Kenting Strip),  886-8-888-1881,  11:30 a.m. ~ 9:00 p.m., and is closed on Wed. This establishment serves huge portions of Western food. Try the Double Monster Burger which is  a pound of beef on a whole wheat bun or treat yourself to  huevos-rancheros and all day breakfasts. Come earl on weekends as it is hard to get a seat.

 

Gelato

Nanwan (5-10 minutes North from the Kenting Strip). A great place to sit on the front porch and have some real tasty Gellato.

 

Fu Dog Surfing

At Fu-Dog Surfing they serve a variety of western food including pizza.

 

Santosa Restaurant, Nanwan(5-10 minutes North from the Kenting Strip). Cheap and delicious Thai food.

 

Warung DiDi, No. 26 Wenhua Lane, Kenting Rd, Kenting(Hidden down a narrow alley off the main road - follow the signs). Maybe the most popular restaurant in all of Kenting. They serve a wide variety of Asian food. The restaurant fills up quickly every night.

 

The Rock Garden, (when going from Kenting, the place is 300 mt off the main road before the bridge; at Jialeshui Beach), 0925751032. Lovely place in a garden setting, great for a lunch outdoors.

 

Finding lodging in Kenting is very easy. You will be able to find a place to sleep no-matter what your price range is .

The Chateau 5-star Resort Kenting, 451 Kenting Road, Hengchun, +886 (08) 886-2345 This is where the famous Taiwanese movie Cape No. 7 was filmed.

Howard Beach Resort Kenting, 2 Kenting Road, Hengchun, +886 (08) 866-2323,

The Four Seasons Hotel Kenting

Le Meridien Beach Resort Kenting

The Hyatt Resort Kenting

The Banyan Tree Resort Kenting

The Four Seasons Hotel Kenting

The Shangri-la Beach Resort Kenting

These are some of the more expensive lodging arrangments. Cheaper arrangements can be found.

 

The Surf Shack Hostel, #224 Heng Nan Rd., Heng Chun Town, Pingtung County, +886-8-888-1881 or thesurfshack@yahoo.com.tw. The Surf Shack Bar, Grill and Hostel is located in Hengchun Town in southern Taiwan. It's a 15 min. drive north from the tourist town of Kenting. The Surf Shack is central to all the beaches and tourist sites in the area

 

Camping allowed in the national park, but you must get a permit first.

 

Busses run twenty four hours a day and will take you to Kaoshiung. Taxis can take you  to Zuoying Train Station for about $120 NT.

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