7 Favorite Camping Spots in Taiwan 2016

Hi Everyone. A stranger surprised me with a "Top 5 Camping" request, so here's a few of my favorites +2

(中文版: 前7露營區, Camping Map:https://goo.gl/UqWpl0)

Sunmoon Lake: Mountain Top Camping

This beauty I spotted from satellite photos while trying to save money on one of my first ever around the island scooter trips. Panoramic views from the top of a mountain, 5 minutes from Sunmoon Lake (日月潭)

  • Sunmoon Lake: Mountain Top Camping, September 2013
  • Sunmoon Lake: Mountain Top Camping, September 2013

Mingtan Pumped Storage Hydro Power Plant
Nantou County, Yuchi Township
明潭水庫
南投縣魚池鄉
GPS: 23.85199, 120.87643
Detailed Map: https://goo.gl/iR9yZw

High Roller: Fushoushan Roadside Gazebo

I drove past this gazebo on a previous road trip and decided that I absolutely had to go back there and camp. I did. And it rained. But who cares? That's why I love to camp under gazebos.

  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015
  • Fushou Mountain Gazebo Camping. September 2015

It's at 2500 meters above sea level, so be prepared for a cold night.

Fushou Mountain
Nantou County, Renai Township
福壽山
南投縣仁愛鄉
GPS:24.22362, 121.24475

Roughing it in the City: Beachfront, Lakefront Camping

I've known about this spot for a while, but only just got around to camping at it. I camped in the gazebo because I like gazebo camping, and also because the weather in February 2016 was very unpredictable. I was concerned it might rain. There are actually many places you can camp there though, including the entire stretch of beach.

  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016
  • Taitung Forest Park Camping, February 2016

Have you ever swam naked in Huoshui Lake? I have. Because even at 11pm on Chinese New Year's weekend, there was no one there. People like to jog in the morning though, so if you do camp in the gazebo, be polite and pack up early.

Taitung Forest Park
Taitung County, Taitung City
台东森林公园
台東縣台東市
GPS: 22.758314, 121.173039
(Fish in the ocean, not the lake)

On a Lake, On a River, On the Beach, in the Mountains

It sounds like an impossibility, but somehow this beach checks all those geographical boxes. The river flows down towards the sea and pools into a small lake in the sand, surrounded by towering mountains.

  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013
  • Dongao Beach Camping, September 2013

It's a great place to swim and relax. There is a gas station and family mart in the town.

Dongao Village
Yilan County, Suao Township
南澳村
宜蘭縣南澳鄉
GPS:24.516648, 121.839901

Campsites 5 and 2 can be seen in this video.

My favorite camping spot in all of Taiwan: The Embodiment of Summer

It wasn't easy to choose a favorite, but it's hard to compete with camping at Tsengwen Reservoir in Dapu, Chiayi.

  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015
  • Camping in Dapu, November 2015

Pick up all the trash you see folks, not just the trash you bring with you.

Tsengwen Reservoir Designated Fishing Area
Chiayi County, Dapu Township
曾文水庫
嘉義縣大埔鄉
GPS:* 23.29103, 120.582
Detailed Map: https://goo.gl/y738Sx

*Note: The water level changes throughout the year, so the exact camping location varies. If you go to that general location though, you'll find a place to camp.
Bonus: There are dozens of waterfalls nearby, some of which you can find on this site and also here: Asher's Master Map of Cool Places

Tatajia

I've camped here three times, It's one of the best, and at 2700 meters above sea level, also one of the coldest. It's near the trailhead for Yushan Mountain. It's a great place to view Alishan's famous Sea of Clouds in the winter. It's a common place for people to camp before hiking Yushan mountain.

  • Tatajia Camping, February 2014
  • Tatajia Camping, February 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014
  • Tatajia Camping,  September 2014

Tatajia
Chiayi County, Alishan Township
塔塔加
嘉義縣阿里山鄉
GPS: 23.482583, 120.885716

Living Life on the Ledge, A Fantastic Place to Camp.

This platform opposite the 2500 meter elevation sign on the Central Cross Highway, overlooking Hehuanshan (合歡山) is amazing.

Highway 8, Roadside Camping
Hualian County, Xiulin Township
台8公路邊露營
花蓮縣秀林鄉
GPS: 24.1794673,121.317234

I hope everyone enjoys these camping spots. In addition to those listed here, almost every hot spring and waterfall on this website has a camping spot marked nearby. Look for the tent icon on the maps and at the bottom of the page.

What are your favorite camping spots? Shares your photos and locations in the comment section below.




The information on this page is for reference only. Your safety and following all the regulations in Taiwan are your own responsibility. For each outing, pay attention to the weather and do not go into the rivers after heavy rains or when there is a chance of heavy rain. Each person needs to prepare equipment and safety gear according to the conditions and their own abilities. Always look out for slippery surfaces, unstable ground, landslides and falling rocks. Be aware of the water depth, and be extra vigilant around fast flowing water. Be cautious you will have amazing adventures. Thank you for taking all your garbage out with you.