[quote=“beatricks”]Thanks man, I guess I just need to hear it from some people that have done it. I do want to go south for sure, I just know the further south I get, the harder it will be to communicate, less people will understand me I am guessing.
I do have friends there, but I do not think they will have to time to travel south with me.
Whats the best way to go south in your opinion, train or bus? maybe a combination of both would be stellar?[/quote]
The bus system in general is great all over the island. But there is something that I have always like about taking trains. Often the trains stop a lot and are a bit slower. But there are fast trains which don’t stop that often.
If you can get your hands on a motorcycle that would be the ideal way to travel the island. I’ve been around the island on my motorcycle three times.
You are right about it being a bit more difficult about finding people who speak English but if you have a Mandarin phrasebook then that would be a great way to jump into learning the language. People can be very friendly and helpful especially when they see you are trying to communicate in their language.
Things not to miss include:
The East coast. Suao to Taidong. Gorgeous cliffs and ocean panoramic views. Nice beaches in Taidong and suurounding area. While in Taidong I suugest going to the Airforce base and sitting accross the street to watch the fighter jets doing take-off and landing exercises.
U-Shan National park and Ali-shan are also gorgeous. Towering mountains (The second highest mountain range in Asia after the Himalayas).
And Kenting is a nice place to chill out. There are a lot of camp grounds down there so I suugest bringing camping gear (Go to Bai Sha Wan where you can camp for free).
There really is a lot to see and I wouldn’t sweat it about the language issue. Go get lost.