It is said that every leaf turns into a flower in autumn. This couldn’t be truer in the East Asian belt where tourists flock to coastal towns for their pleasant weather and picture postcard landscapes. Yilan County just south of Taipei is one such place. The eastern coast of Taiwan is particularly beautiful and Taipei connects Luodong and its surrounding areas in Yilan County via the Taipei-Yilan freeway for quick access. This is the route to take, but autumn is the season for forests, not coasts. So turn off the freeway and take the road that runs along Lanyang River to enter the countryside.
The Mingchih forest recreational area is just over an hour away from the main town, but a world away from the bustle of the city, a welcome sight! To the south of Mingchih is Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, another autumn friendly destination. We want you to enjoy autumn like a pro, right in the middle of forests. But you aren’t going to give up on your comforts for this, and that’s why we have the best HomeAways in these areas. Take a look.
Mingchih Forest Recreational Area
Mingchih with its thick forest cover is a lot cooler than the coastal towns of Taiwan, and you get to the forest by snaking through a beautiful winding road. The further you drive, the better it gets. It is secluded and you will be in the lap of nature when in Mingchih. The beautiful lake Mingchih is usually covered in fog in the humid months, and the views around the lake are captivating. You could hike into the woods or spend a peaceful day by the lake, watching ducks swim and nature put on its best show for you. Stay at this beautiful HomeAway with the entire family.
The weekend family getaway
You could take up to 15 of your closest family members or friends to this place, and even your pets as this beautiful villa is pet-friendly. The HomeAway has five very well-appointed bedrooms, luxurious interiors, and a large garden for an evening barbecue party. There is wireless internet, television in the bedrooms, air conditioning and all your necessary amenities. It is an ideal place for events too. This HomeAway also comes with a chef and staff to maintain the villa.
Average price per night: SGD 671
Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area
South of Mingchih is the Taipingshan National Forest Recreational Area. It used to be a massive logging site until it became a protected area in 1983 and after that, the forest has become one of the most sought-after places in Yilan if you are looking for a mystic mountain retreat. Autumn is the perfect time to visit Taipingshan as the colour of the entire landscape changes around this time. The forest has some lovely nature trails, and the foggy lands have a very dramatic feel to them. There are some fantastic HomeAways in the vicinity.
1. Honeymoon special
This quaint one-bedroom villa is ideal for couples. It comes with a private pool and a hot tub so you may not want to leave the HomeAway on your trip. But if you can squeeze out a few hours of sightseeing, plan a hike on the many trails in the forest. At the property, there is television, air conditioning, and breakfast is included in the rent. Just remember to get to the place post noon as it has a check in time of 3pm.
Average price per night: SGD 311
2. City house
If a day trip to the forest is all you plan to do, then Mt Hause in downtown Luodong is ideal. It can be coupled with evening attractions in Luodong followed by a dinner in Luodong night market. The house has one cosy bedroom and is available for two guests, comes with wireless internet, cable television, air conditioning, and there’s even a hot tub. Luodong has 24-hour stores and supermarkets and the house is just a few minutes-walk from these.
Average price per night: SGD 219
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