Located in the south of Taiwan you will find the the Kenting National Park. Many travelers and locals alike will say tell you that this is one of the nicest places in all of Taiwan, and it certainly makes an interesting contrast to big cities like Taipei.
Kenting National Park stretches for 466 hectares and enjoys a tropical climate and as such you will find gorgeous unspoilt beaches here as well as lush flora and fauna. Trekking in the park is a popular pastime, as is bird watching, or simply lazing on the beach if this is what you prefer. The inner part of the park is home to a lot of hiking trails if you’re feeling active. However if you feel like doing something less intense you can easily rent a scooter and explore the park that way instead. Just make sure you wear a helmet at all times. Driving along the coast here can be a highlight for many travelers to Kenting and travelling by bike allows you to discover the area at your own pace, and there are stunning cliffs and little coves all along the coastline.
The village of Kenting itself is well established on the backpacker trail and you will find restaurants, bars, and a large and fully stocked night market which has some great Taiwanese street food snacks. This is the main resort area inside the Kenting National Park so it is also the most crowded with travelers. However you will have access to everything you need in terms of accommodation and entertainment so when it comes to that this is definitely a good choice.
Another picturesque spot in Kenting National Park is Henchung, and although the village itself doesn’t have a huge range of attractions, it makes a good base for other locations close by. One of the best things to do therefore is to hire a scooter and drive along the east coast. Another option is renting a surfboard and catching some waves or just taking a lesson if you are an absolute beginner. The waters here are clear and clean and there is some pretty coral that you can admire close up if you choose to go snorkeling or diving here.
Kenting National Park can be a welcome break from other parts of Taiwan as it offers you the chance to take in rugged beaches, azure waters, and leafy hiking trails which are, for the most part, away from the crowds. If you do find that the central villages have too much of a travelers presence, then renting a scooter and taking off on your own can be the highlight of a trip here. Just make sure that you plan accordingly and don’t travel here during the rainy season when the weather is likely to make some outdoor activities impossible.