Kenting National Park is one of the 9 National Parks in Taiwan and is located on the south-coast. Kenting Park is known for it’s lush forests and splendid beaches and after 3 days in the city Kaohsiung we felt it was time for some nature.
So we made our way down to beautiful green Kenting National Park, which was one of the highlights of our 1 month trip around Taiwan. Altogether we spent 3 days exploring Kenting Taiwan on a scooter, but we could easily have stayed longer…
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Kenting itinerary and guide
In this Kenting blog you can find:
- Best time to visit Kenting
- Kenting things to do (+ map where to find them)
- Our Kenting travel budget
- Where to stay in Kenting
- How to get to Kenting from Kaohsiung
- How to get around in Kenting
Kenting: best time to go
We visited Kenting in May, which in my experience is a great time to visit as temperatures are (usually) still below 30 degrees Celsius and there isn’t much rain.
The summer months (June until September) can be very hot and typhoons may occur. During winter (December until February) the average temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius but it can be as low as 10 degrees. It can be very windy as well.
Altogether, I think the best months to visit Kenting are March until May and October/November.
Things to do in Kenting Taiwan
Wondering where to go in Kenting? In my Kenting map you can find the Kenting attractions we visited during our 3 day itinerary around the National Park. You can also read what we think is the best place to stay in Kenting.
What to do in Kenting Taiwan: 10 things that should be on any South Taiwan itinerary
- 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
What to do in Kenting national park: day 1
What to do 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!
From Hengchun town we drove to Longluan Lake, passing through beautiful green fields.
It was already late in the afternoon and we were the only ones at the lake.
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
From Maobitou Park we followed the road along the west coast, enjoying a beautiful sunset on the way…
What to eat at Hengchun night market
We ended our first sightseeing day with a stroll over the Hengchun night market.
Pro tip: park your bicycle or scooter before entering the market. It can get very busy making it impossible to maneuver through the crowds with a scooter.
There are all sorts of delicious foods and snack for sale at Hengchun night market. We sampled some fried chicken, noodles and some meat sticks. Of course we washed everything down with a bubble tea:-). Actually, when I saw we I mean I. Frank doesn’t really like bubble tea… I know, his loss!
Kenting Taiwan things to do: day 2
Kenting town and Kenting beach
On our second day we drove south, first to Kenting village where we passed some gorgeous beaches…
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
We drove along the South and East coast, where more stunning vistas awaited us!
Nature sure knows how to paint a pretty picture!
As you can see it was very busy on the roads;-)
From the east coast we drove back to Hengchun and ate more delicious street food. A perfect end to our second sightseeing day!
Kenting National Park things to do: day 3
Our third 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…
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.
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.
Kenting National Park travel budget
I’ve written about our travel budget for Taiwan and our budget for Taipei, Kaohsiung, Tainan and Hualien. Compared to those budget breakdowns, our average daily costs for Kenting National Park were slightly higher.
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 Taiwan – Light Blue Bed and Breakfast
Looking for the best place to stay in Kenting?
Consider staying in Henchun instead. We also stayed in 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 highly recommend to stay at the Light Blue Bed and Breakfast (our second 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.
Kenting where to stay: accommodation information
- Name of the hotel: Light Blue Bed and Breakfast
- 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 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 2,5 hour 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.
How to get around in Kenting National Park?
Getting around Kenting is best done with your own transport. 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.
A must visit place in Taiwan: Kenting
That wraps up my 3 day trip around Kenting National Park, I hope it has given you an idea what to see in Kenting during your trip!
I had a really great time exploring Kenting 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!
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This post was updated in May 2019