Drive here if you can because taxis are rare and they charge a fortune and you can't really hail them on the road since they are not common.
They also do not use meters because the charges reflected in the meter readings would usually be higher than what they quote and you would have to pay the amount displayed. And they quote by experience so they claim,.
Do ask the hotels on recommendation for food in taitung. There is a famous bakery whereby there is a long queue in the morning.
The beef noodle in taitung is also delicious.
By far the nicest people I've met in Taiwan were in Taitung! Everyone was so helpful and friendly; even a lack of Chinese won't prevent you from getting any kind of assistance from generous residents! So much calmer and more relaxed than Taipei.
A wonderful break! Incidentally, I had the best pizza in Taiwan here...what a pleasant little gem!
Most attractions are along the highway 11 stretch of ocean, most notably sanxiantai and baxian cave. However, it is recommended that travellers book a cab or rent a car as the public transport is very limited and waiting time is too long.
It is a great place for relaxation, away from the hustle and bustle of city. There is a place nearby to watch dolphins but early booking is required as the boat will only be operated when there are 10pax
Taitung is a place for enjoying nature. Definitely not the place to visit for those looking for shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
The city is relaxed and very fresh and green. The mountain and ocean views are beautiful.... very similar to Hawaii. We lots of bicyclists in and around Taitung and this is certainly one of the most ideal places anywhere in Taiwan for those that love to bicycle with nice roads, fresh air and beautiful views.
Green Island near by Taitung is also great for traveling. The hot spring in green island is natural ocean hot spring.
It is a quiet place, unlike Taipei You'd better see if you want to rent your hotel near the railway station or the city centre You will feel relax and comfortable in the B&B
NOT A PLACE TO VISIT WITHOUT OWN CAR TRANSPORTATION AS THERE ARE ALMOST NO TAXI ROAMING IN THE STREET.
Here is very very local place. IF you like bycle,you can enjoy at here. and I enjoyed hot spring spa there.
Lovely countryside. Not much to do about shopping or nightlife. Rather relaxing and more nature-friendly trips.
Taitung (unlike the west coast which are pretty much more developed) is quite laid back and even though I didn't manage to explore Taitung city, I love Green Island.
It is definitely a must visit as recommended by many Taiwanese during my solo backpacking trip. And i definitely not regret visiting there at the last minute. I recommend 2 nights' stay on Green Island to fully enjoy the scenery, relax and recharge. The 50min ferry ride (flights available) might be too bumpy for some but worth it. Go for snorkelling, explore the island, star gazing and spotting deers at night! If I had more time, I will love to stay on Green Island for 2 nights and taitung city for another 2 nights (or more!)
Taitung is one of the least developed areas of Taiwan, so there is little pollution and factories. However, as public transport is limited, many people drive cars and/or scooters everywhere.
Tourists might find it hard to get around. The people there are very friendly! Every restaurant we went, the owners will sit down and chat if they are free. You won't get that very often. One place to visit is Chulu Ranch （初鹿牧场）. Admission to the ranch itself is NT100 and for NT100 more, you can feed the animals (feed provided), take a horse ride and a vanilla ice cream cone from one of the shops. It is definitely fun for city dwellers :) Another place is Sanxiantai （三仙台）. Legend has it that 3 immortals came to this place and loved it and so it was named as such. So walk the Eight Arches Bridge （八拱桥）and you will come to the mouth of the island. I didn't have time to walk it all due to limited time. Took me about 15 minutes to walk over the bridge and 10 minutes to walk into the island. So tranquil, u feel that u r the only people there! If you are able to, travel to Taitung in late May/early June, before the weather starts to heat up. Also you are able to catch the period of watermelon harvest and the annual Taitung International (Hot-air) Balloon Fiesta. This fiesta goes for 3 months and there are events every weekend, mainly rides on the hot-air balloons, concerts, food streets etc. It is a liberating feeling watching the colourful balloons get inflated on the ground then lift off into an azure blue sky! For food for a large group of people (more than 5 pax), you can consider Shark's Museum 鲨鱼馆 . 7 dishes + 1 soup for NT2000 or 8 dishes + 1 soup for NT500. Depending on the owner's (fish, not necessarily shark) catch of the day, she might recommend other dishes.
There is soooo much to see and do in Taitung. The area is simply too large. Better to rent a car as most shops will not rent motor cycles to tourists.
Also, a car is a must as public transport ends quite early.
Attractions in the Taitung county are scattered so it's a good idea to rent a car. The hot spring in Chihpen is worth visiting.
beautiful national park, going into the valley head to chishang district, there is beautiful rice field alone the way.
also the chishang rice in the old train station was very good, must try.
The information counter at Taitung train station is very helpfull, you can get good recommendation of point of interest there
Beautiful city with lots of historical sightseeings, clean beach with gold sand, pure clear water. Night markets available, kind people, low prices, convenient transportation.
I personally suggest to rent a car or a scooter (cheap from just 15USD per day).
Easy to rent car to drive ariound, but avoid high season and earthquake, watch weather forecast before plan the trip.
Kind trusting people small rural city with everything you would need for civilized existence and the benefits of rural living
When compared with other places in Taiwan, the city of Taitung is quite small. I would rather call it a town.
However, this is also its advantage. Its lag in development means less pollution and a better preserved environment. It provides a lot of room for outdoor activities. The villages outside the city are lovely. The people there are friendly and helpful.
Rich in culture and a great stop for sight seeing. Take Highway 11 and you will be able to see the great ocean along the trip to Hualien.
Many attractions and view points along the way. Book a cab and cabby will be able to bring you along this route and show many sights of along teh coast.
Taitung is rather quiet city if you compare to Taipei. Can consider visiting green island as its an beautiful island.
Easy to get around the city by skooter or taxi, great street food, local produce markets are excellent.