Things To Do In Kenting National Park, Taiwan: A Complete Travel Guide

Rent a scooter in Kenting National Park itinerary Taiwan

After 3 days in Kaohsiung we made our way to beautiful green Kenting National Park, one of the highlights of our 1 month trip around Taiwan. Kenting National Park is one of the 9 National Parks in Taiwan and we spent 3 days exploring the area on a scooter.

In this post you can find:

  • A map and list of things to do in Kenting
  • Our Kenting travel budget
  • Where to stay in Kenting
  • How to get to Kenting from Kaohsiung
  • How to get around in Kenting

Things to do in Kenting National Park

In the map below you can find the highlights of our 3 day itinerary around Kenting National Park and our accommodation.

What to do in Kenting

  • Rent a scooter
  • Explore Hengchun town
  • Admire the four old city gates in Hengchun
  • Drive around Longluan Lake
  • Visit Maobitou Park
  • Watch the sunset on the West Coast of Kenting National Park
  • Eat your way around the Hengchun night market
  • Explore Kenting village
  • Drive around the South and East Coast of Kenting National Park
  • Eat more delicious snacks in Henchung

Things to do in Kenting National Park: attractions day 1

Hengchun town

One of the gates in Henghun townThe four old city gates are one of the main attraction in Hengchun

After getting our electric scooter (read more below on how to rent one), the first thing we did was make a circle around Hengchun town. The 4 old city gates are still standing and we drove through them all!

Top Things to Do In Kenting National Park Taiwan

From Hengchun town we drove to Longluan Lake, passing through beautiful green fields.

Longluan Lake

Longluan Lake - what to do in Kenting, Taiwan

It was already late in the afternoon and we were the only ones at the lake.

Maobitou Park

Maobitou Park - one of the best things to do in Kenting

We stopped to admire the ocean views and impressive rock formations at Maobitou Park. Because we arrived after 5pm there was no entrance fee, usually the fee is 60NT.

West coast of Kenting National Park

Sunset at the West coast of Kenting National Park

From Maobitou Park we followed the road along the west coast, enjoying a beautiful sunset on the way…

Hengchun night market

 Don't forget to visit the street food market in Kenting!

We ended our first sightseeing day with a stroll (we parked the scooter because it was super crowded) over the Hengchun night market, eating all kinds of delicious snacks and food.

Things to do in Kenting National Park: attractions day 2

Kenting town and beach

The main beach in Kenting, Taiwan

On our second day we drove south, first to Kenting village where we passed some gorgeous beaches…

Beautiful beach on the South coast of Kenting National Park

And not just white sandy beaches, some rough and rocky ones too. The color of the water was gorgeous…

South and East coast of Kenting National Park

Green East coast of Kenting National Park

We drove along the South and East coast, where more stunning vistas awaited us!

The rugged East coast of Kenting National Park

Nature sure knows how to paint a pretty picture!

Kenting National Park - how to rent a scooter as a foreigner

As you can see it was very busy on the roads;-)

Awesome view from our scooter in Kenting National Park

From the east coast we drove back to Hengchun and ate more delicious street food. A perfect end to our second sightseeing day!

Snacks we ate in Hengchun - what to eat in Kenting

Things to do in Kenting National Park: attractions day 3

Our 3rd day in Kenting National Park went a little different than planned. You see, our electric scooter didn’t agree with our plan of crossing the hills between Manzhou Township and Hengchun. The drive to Manzhou Township went smooth but there our problems began…

Palm trees in Kenting National Park - 3 day scooter itinerary

The first couple of kilometers our scooter bravely tried to conquer the increasingly steep hills. But we climbed slower and slower until our scooter said POOF and came to a stop. We tried to revive it, but nothing worked. We had no other option but to drive slowly downhill without any power.

Eventually we made it back to the foot of the hills… which was still in the middle of nowhere.

One of the beautiful places we came across in Kenting National Park during our 3 day scooter itinerary

Lucky for us David, the awesome owner of our accommodation, came to our rescue! With his help we were able to restart the scooter.

Unfortunately this ended our scooter road trip, we didn’t dare to give the hills another try. So much for electric scooters?. Instead, we drove back to Hengchun and sampled some more local dishes.

Delicious soup we ate in Henghun (Kenting National Park)Where To Eat In Kenting National Park Taiwan Henghun

Kenting National Park travel budget

I’ve written about our travel budget for Taiwan and our budget for Taipei, KaohsiungTainan and Hualien. Compared to those budget breakdowns, our average daily costs for Kenting National Park were slightly higher.

Our average daily travel budget in Kenting National Park, Taiwan

The main reason for the higher daily budget is because I’ve included the costs to travel from Kaohsiung (and back) in this budget breakdown. You can read more about getting to Kenting National Park in the transport section below.

The second reason for the slightly higher average daily budget is we rented the scooter to explore Kenting. That being said, we still only spent €70 per day for us as a couple.


Where to stay in Kenting – Light Blue Bed and Breakfast

The Light Blue Bed and Breakfast is a great budget accommodation in Hengchun

Note: we stayed at Hengchun, not in Kenting village. I actually preferred Hengchun, it felt a little less touristy and had all the facilities within walking distance.

We stayed at 2 accommodations while in Hengchun, but I recommend to stay at the Light Blue Bed and Breakfast (our 2nd accommodation) for several reasons:

– It’s very centrally located: 50 meter to a Kenting express bus stop, 50m to 7-11 & Family Mart, 50m to electric scooter rental.
– We had a very large room with super comfortable beds (tiny downside: we had 2 single beds instead of a double).
– The shared bathroom was very clean and towels were included.
– On the 1st floor there is a hot & cold water dispenser.
– What really made our stay was David, the awesome guy who runs the B&B. He helped us out with all our questions and like I said above, he even came to our rescue when our electric scooter died on a hill that was too steep. Mind you, we were 20km away from the B&B in an area where nobody spoke any English, I’m not sure what we would have done without his help. We would probably still be there?.
– Altogether, this place is excellent value for money and I would love to stay there again.

Accommodation information

Duration of our stay: 1 night.
Price: €22 per night.
How to book: check Kenting Light Blue Bed and Breakfast on Agoda.


How to get around in Kenting National Park: transportation

How to get to Kenting National Park from Kaohsiung?

It was very easy to get to Kenting National Park from Kaohsiung because of the great public transport system in Taiwan. We hopped on the Kenting express bus from Kaohsiung Main Station, it took about 2,5hour to get to Hengchun town. Because we paid with our iPass we got a discount and the fee was 263NT per person (single trip). See the schedule of the Kenting Express bus below for departure times from Kaohsiung main station.

Bus schedule Kenting Express from Kaohsiung to Kenting National Park


How to get around in Kenting National Park?

Our plan was to rent a regular scooter, but in Taiwan that’s not easy to do as a foreigner. Rules are strict and you either need a Taiwanese license or an International Drivers License which clearly states you can drive a motorcycle. We have an International Drivers License, but we don’t have a license to drive a motorcycle and thus rented an electric scooter instead.

This was no easy feat either because the shop owner did not speak any English. With the help of a friendly girl who was in the scooter rental shop too we eventually managed to get an electric scooter for 500NT per 24 hour. You can find the location of the scooter rental place on the map.

View over Kenting National Park while driving around on our scooter


That wraps up my 3 day trip around Kenting National Park, I had a really great time! I always love having my own wheels to go out and explore a region. Kenting is the perfect place for a scooter road trip: beautiful, green, great roads, nice vibe and plenty of places to see. I hope this itinerary will inspire you to visit Kenting National Park in Taiwan, it’s really worth a visit!

Spend 3 perfect days in beautiful green Kenting National Park, in the South of Taiwan. Rent a scooter & follow this Kenting National Park 3 day itinerary! Also includes a map with all the highlights, advice about accommodation and transport information (how to get from Kaohsiung to Kenting National Park). Spend 3 perfect days in beautiful green Kenting National Park, in the South of Taiwan. Rent a scooter & follow this Kenting National Park 3 day itinerary! Also includes a map with all the highlights, advice about accommodation and transport information (how to get from Kaohsiung to Kenting National Park).

8 Comments

  1. July 6, 2017 / 4:45 pm

    Hi Lotte,

    Doing the motorbike tour is the way to go. You see all the spots you want to see yet don’t fly by too quickly; of course you can stop easily and soak up places too. Cool to see electric bikes being used these days. A few months back we saw electrics zipping all around Bagan, Myanmar, noise-free and smooth.

    Ryan

    • Lotte
      Author
      July 9, 2017 / 2:25 am

      I couldn’t agree more, a motorbike is such a great way to explore a region! While I liked the electric bike, I still prefer the normal ones because they have a bigger action radius and more power. I wasn’t too pleased about our electric scooter dying on the hill…

  2. July 6, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    Wow – looks amazing! The sea in Kenting Village looks so inviting, that shade of blue is incredible. When I was in the Bahamas recently I saw the bluest see I´ve ever seen in my life – crystal clear and sparkling – true Caribbean beauty!

    • Lotte
      Author
      July 9, 2017 / 2:23 am

      I know! The shades of blue were unbelievable… Would love to visit the Caribbeans one day, you make it sound very appealing:-)

  3. Rachel
    January 6, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    Hey, thanks so much for the informative post! Just wondering, if i do not have an international driver’s license can i still rent an electric scooter? and do you think it is safe for a first time rider( i’m a student doing a solo trip). Was there a minimum age for rental as well?

    • Lotte
      Author
      January 8, 2018 / 8:02 pm

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for your comment and I’m happy you liked the post! I do think you need an International Drivers license (or a Taiwanese license) as they are pretty strict in Taiwan. Perhaps if you have a license in Chinese that would be okay too since they would be able to read it. The rental company did not accept our Dutch licenses but with the international one we could rent the electric one.

      There was no minimum age as far I am aware of but please know the owner of the rental shop only speaks Chinese and we communicated with him via a friendly girl who was also in there and kindly translated for us. Taiwanese people are super-friendly and willing to help so if you can’t make yourself understood try Google translate or asking for help from someone nearby;-).

      Enjoy!
      Lotte

  4. Anthony
    February 24, 2018 / 12:28 am

    Hi Lotte,
    Thanks for your great blog, it’s helped my girlfriend and I plan our upcoming trip to Taiwan a lot! We plan to hire electric scooter too. I was wondering if you hired one scooter for both of you or you hired a scooter each? I don’t want to over load the scooter. Thanks again!
    Anthony.

    • Lotte
      Author
      February 24, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Hi Anthony,

      Thanks, happy to hear you like my blog! About the scooter, we rented only 1 scooter for the two of us but like I mentioned in the article, it died on a steep hill so it may be better to rent one each;-). Have a great trip! Lotte

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