Adventures in East Asia

Wulai Part 1 - The Hot Springs Village - Getting there from Taipei

Our visit to Wulai, which is a half hour bus ride from the south of Taipei, became one of our highlights of Taiwan thanks to the public hot springs located there. I was a little surprised at this since prancing around half-naked in public isn't something I do often, together with the fact that it ended up raining quite heavily for half the day.


However, it was a trip worth making, and a reason we might return to Taipei later this year.

We got to Wulai by taking the train down to Xindian (on the Xindian line!) which is Taipei's most southern MRT station. A bus stop on the road to the right of the exit (which is at the back of a small tourist information centre we saw) allowed us to catch the 1601 bus, costing just NT$40 (75p).

We later found out that this bus actually travels from Taipei Main Station, but going on to Wulai, the hot springs village is the last stop at the other end of its journey.

The journey gave us our first feel of leaving urban Taipei, making its way past older looking shops and buildings and on towards some mini mountains, along roads that snaked along the hills. Sitting on the right side of the bus seemed to give better views, particularly of the river as the bus approached its final destination.

At Wulai, the bus dropped all remaining passengers off in an area next to a car park and the river. We followed everyone else, albeit in the rain, straight ahead, to enter the Wulai village. Shops flanking the single avenue through the village consisted of restaurants, snack shops and places selling aborigine trinkets as well as some hot spring inns.


We walked straight through, which only takes a few minutes, to get to a bridge that crosses the Nanshi River, the one that the bus has been driving along.


On the other side, to explore the rest of Wulai, you can either turn right to get down to the river to the public outdoor hot spring, or turn left to move on to the waterfall, an Aborigine Culture Village or the cable car to take you up to a little amusement park called Dreamland.

Arriving at the bridge around 1pm, we decided to try out the outdoor hot spring first. We didn't know where the public hot springs were at first, but this photo below, taken from the bridge as we were crossing, shows roughly where they were located. On the left bank in the distance, there's a series of coloured umbrellas, but more noticeably, a blue cover right on the river, which marks one of the hot spring pools.


Read more in Wulai Part 2 - The Wulai Public Hot Springs Experience

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