Charming certified hotspring homestays everywhereU are going to be spoilt for choices! But no big brand names here, all are local homestays. The rooms come with views facing the streams, some are for rent during the day or you may stay overnight.
Stirling, Reino Unido
Nice Day Trip!!Wulai is a beautiful small town in Taiwan that is worth visiting. We went for a half day trip. It was really easy to navigate and taking the bus (Number 849) is cheaper than Uber. The bus was taken after exiting the Green line from the train station. Just an fyi, the 849 bus is quite popular and crowded from the stop we began from. Many locals are boarding from this stop and if you aren't standing in line to get on the bus, you may likely be standing for the hour ride to Wulai. The bus also runs every 20 minutes. The ride to Wulai from the bus was liken to a roller coaster ride at 6 Flags amusement park! Highly elevated with lots of twists and turns and I was convinced that our bus driver was either a stunt double in a previous life or has driven these roads enough that giving foreigners heart attacks from fear is part of his entertainment while driving. It was scary and impressive at the same time - I thought for sure we were going to fall in to a gorge or take a twist on 2 wheels - bring dramamine if you're prone to motion sickness. The last stop on the bus ride is the Wulai so you will know where to get off. Wulai is as pictured on all photos and YouTube videos we've researched. The town is small, full of character and history. This is a town best explored by those who like to walk, those who aren't looking for a large city experience, and appreciate history and a small town feel. The people are lovely and inviting. The main road consists of several restaurants that serve similar (if not the exact same) meals with just a different atmosphere. There are some local dishes but not many (at least on the road we visited) that make one restaurant better than the other. The hot springs are easy to locate and there are many photographic opportunities along the way. Few entrances to the hot sprints along the main roads - just follow the people. :-) The hot springs themselves are quite lovely. The river is clean, blue water and the "pocket pools" created by previous visitors are worth a sit. The hot springs are burning hot - not unbearable but definitely HOT SPRINGS! Very peaceful and nice for a relaxing day. It can be very crowded depending on when you visit. Plan your time accordingly and bring adequate swimwear (though some people had no problems sitting in pools in underwear to take advantage of an unplanned moment. Take lots of pictures :-) Christian influence is felt through out the city with many picture opportunities blended with aboriginal culture. Enjoy yourselves.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
What's at Wulai Hot Spring Town + Getting thereWulai's a small town which literally means, 'hot springs' in Aboriginal Taiwanese. Here are a few things you are see and do there: 1. When you first reach the town's 'entrance', you'll notice it's kinda small with just some houses stretched along the two sides of the river/valley. On the first bridge is where you can take the iconic photo of the Wulai houses and river behind you. You'll find the first Aboriginal museum nearby. 2. You'll pass by a short pathway lined with shops of about 100 metres. That's the Old Street. Will cover the foods to eat there in another review. Most famously, the first Taiwanese sausage was sold by a store, Yue Qiu aka Moon, here. Arrive before 10am or else the queue for this is always long! 3. The second suspension bridge is right over the river where you can look through the glass floors at the rushing blue waters below you. 4. Up the stairs is where you can take the Wulai Scenic Train, which was originally created by the Japanese during the occupation in 1930s for lugging timber up and down this mountain. It's a mini-train which brings you close to the waterfalls 1.5km up the mountain. You can hike up this 1.5km concrete trail on foot too. 5. Once you're at the waterfall area, there's still a small street you can shop, find the second museum or enjoy coffee at, or you can choose to take Taiwan's oldest cable car that literally goes over the waterfall to Taiwan's oldest amusement park, Yun Hsien Park. What we didn't know BEFORE that was between the cable car station to the Yun Hsien Park, was at least few hundred steps up the mountain. So, travel light, pal. 6. Hot springs - once it was advertised in the travel documentary, Go! Go! Taiwan, that anyone can go down the valley to dig a hole along the sides of the river and create a hot spring by themselves. Not anymore. Due to safety concerns, government doesn't allow that anymore. However, you can still try the hot springs at various stores in this town. Or at the hotels which have better hot springs bath facilities. Getting to Wulai Town: 1. By taxi or private car rental = around 40 minutes 2. By public bus which will end at the terminal at Wulai, just about 200 metres from the entrance of the town. 3. Don't advise driving by yourself here, because the queue to park at the only multi-story car park facility seems to be snaking long.
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