How to get there:
We drove down from Taipei. We should have traveled Highway 3 the whole way, really. You can also take Highway 1 to Jiayi and then switch. It had been many years since my husband had been down South, so he didn't realise Highway 3 now extends to Pingdong. It would have taken us about 4 1/2 hours had we driven the right way. We also had our dog with us, so we stopped at a few rest areas along the way, taking more time.
Some things along the way:
|Rest areas have come a long way since I last visited. They are like shopping malls now!|
|View from rest area|
|Not much traffic on Highway 3.|
It was already dark when we arrived. We had our rather large dog with us, so our accomodation options were limited by that, but we still had quite a few options. It is low season right now, and midweek you can get some fantastic deals on rooms. We got a room with three double-beds and a balcony for the dog for $1,600 overlooking the ocean.
The second day:
We found a place at Banana Bay that was just wonderful, for under $3,000. That included four full cooked breakfasts, and a beautiful suite with two double beds. Then, we went for a day at the beach.
|"Sea View B&B" at Banana Bay (海景民宿)|
(08)885-15600/0928-957-600 Ruby; facebook/海景民宿
On our third morning, we merely enjoyed our breakfast, and then headed back North around noon. We took Highway 3 back most of the way. There is less traffic and it is a more scenic drive.
This trip, my husband drove down. I had been hestitant because of the distance and highway traffic, but actually it is now really easy! And don't worry about accomodation during the low season. There are so many places to choose from!
If you can read some Chinese, you will find this site helpful in selecting accomodation before you go.