Taiwan is known by many names but perhaps the most memorable one is Formosa. Ilha Formosa directly translates to “Beautiful Island” and they sure got it right.

With this day by day breakdown, you’ll get a clear picture of everything that we did and all the spots that we hit up.  

Day 1 – Hit The Ground Running In Taipei

Go and take in Taipei’s iconic landmarks, feed your hunger at the bustling night markets, and jump right into the colourful culture.

Day 2 – Spirited Away

If you’ve ever wanted to launch your own sky lantern, explore the remains of a Japanese gold mine, and walk through streets that inspired Miyazaki’s classic “Spirited Away”, you’re in for a treat. 

Alishan is most visited national park and for good reason. Located way up above the clouds, you’ll find the most magnificent terrain of giant red cypress trees that are more than 2,000 years old.

Day 3 – Winding Up In Alishan

Day 4 – The Almost Sunrise

The forest trails in the rest of recreational area are quite the magical experience especially when you get that moment by yourself and you feel that you can hear every pin drop.  

Day 5 – Artsy Urban Kaohsiung

Taipei feels packed in, aging, and sprawling, you immediate feel that there’s so much wider streets and modern urban landscapes of skyscrapers, airy cafes and ferris wheels on the tops of malls.

Day 6 – The Surf Challenge

The surfing operation was run smoothly end to end where as a group we got transport to the beach, had a place to store our clothes at the Nanu shop, could rinse off, and be driven back to Nanwan. 

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