6 Day - 7 Night Motorcycle Tour of Taiwan
Welcome to Taiwan!
Join us for a ride in Taiwan and be a part of a small group of riders in the undiscovered bike tour of Asia. We'll be riding 250cc road bikes and upgrades to higher capacity bikes are available. This is a full road tour of Taiwan and Jim has surveyed this ride well - impressed by not only the scenery but the warmth and hospitality of the Taiwanese people. This tour will be limited to small groups and Jim will have a few surprises along the way not in the itinerary. This is an awesome ride and sure to be one you'll remember for a long time.
Taiwan is an undiscovered riding paradise and we're happy to bring you along for some of the most spectacular riding in Asia. We are Remote Asia and this trip fits our mode of touring perfectly! We have really done our homework and sure you'll not just enjoy this but want to come back and bring friends - it's how it started for us! A companion tour of South Korea is available here a mystery gift awaits riders booking both tours!
Our May 2012 Ride Video is done - Watch it Now!
Our May 2012 Ride Blog is Here
Itinerary Sunday - Arrival Day in Taipei,
We meet tonight at the hotel for a pre-trip briefing at 17:00. Our bikes will be ready for a look as well.
Dinner tonight is Taiwan cuisine and we'll sort out any last minute needs tonight.
Accommodation: Taipei City Hotel
Monday - Day 1: Taipei to Chingjing Farm 04 or 14 May
Woohoo! On the road in Taiwan! We will most likely have a guest rider with us for a portion of the morning. The riding community is quite friendly in Taiwan and we may be joined by Guido, an expat that's been in Taiwan for 30 years. We depart early and our starting elevation is 11 meters. Over the course of the day we'll be at 3300 and we overnight at 2600! Twistin away in Taiwan and we deal with only a little morning traffic but once a bit outside the city it will be clear riding with little traffic. Lunch along the way and we've time for photo stops as you like. We will arrive at the hotel around 17:00 - it's a full day of riding today of about 280 km. For dinner, we'll have a Taiwan outdoor BBQ on the grass terrace of the hotel. Cold beers of course!
Accommodation: Chingjing Farm Hotel
Tuesday - Day 2: To Dapu
We depart early again and we'll have breakfast with the sun coming up over the mountains. It will be a bit brisk in the morning and our course today will take us over Sun Moon Lake and a series of smaller country roads. We'll stop at the lake for a look but it's all about the ride today and we've some stunning countryside to get through. Time depending, we'll be taking two smaller side routes. One stop for sure is a small but very famous bakery selling sticky sweet bread - recommended by many people I had to try it and it's odd but tasty! Our overnight tonight is flexible but we are aiming for a small hot springs resort near Dapu.
Accommodation: Toongmao Resort Hot Springs Hotel
Wednesday - Day 3: To Kenting via Maolin
On the road early again and we weave around the hills and a few mountain lakes on our way up to Maolin. We climb up to Maolin and ride the suspension bridge if you don't suffer from vertigo and take a quick lunch in the area. Our southern leg is on a smaller road and we'll meet up with the smell of the ocean and the main road into Kenting. In Kenting, we'll have a Night Market dinner and a street-side blind back massage. A wonderful ride day followed by a true taste of Taiwan.
Accommodation: Banana Hotel Kenting Meals:
Thursday - Day 4: Up the East Coast to Jici Beach Area
Another early morning and we depart to the southern tip of Taiwan. We'll stop at a local fishing port and then take a short diversion to a great view area. We'll wind our way up north and enjoy riding via small towns and twisty roads. We will bypass Taitung and have lunch in an old sugar cane factory in Dulan. The converted factory is an art/boutique shop now and a very interesting stop. We roll north along the east coast beaches and will stay overnight at a small bed and breakfast on the ocean. This is truly a unique overnight and remote.
Accommodation: Huting Ranch Guesthouse
Friday - Day 5: Cruising the Taroko Gorge and to Jioufen
As normal, we depart early and will try to arrive in the heart of Taroko Gorge by 09:00 and we'll ride up about 40 km into the gorge area and then circle back to ride it again! It's awesome scenery and tight tunnels with overhangs and a few pucker up moments for sure. Exiting the Gorge, we'll have lunch and then finish off the East Coast ride up to the quaint town of Jioufen. We'll most likely be met by a Guido again and maybe a few of the Taiwan riders for the following day's ride.
Accommodation: Jioufen Guesthouse/Hotel
Saturday - Day 6: Roundabout way to Taipei 09 or 19 May
Twisting one more before Taipei Finally a relaxed morning! We depart around 09:00 and will work out way on fairly small country roads and through the north coast tea plantations. Our route is not completely fixed as Guido will join us and it's a mystery even to me where he'll take us. The runs are a great way to finish off our circle island trip and we'll be back in Taipei by 17:00
Accommodation: Taipei City Hotel
Sunday - Day 7: Taipei on your own!
Taipei For those interested, a half day tour of Taipei can be set up with a great local guide. You'll see the sights of the city and spend a few hours in Taipei 101 on the observation deck. Breakfast is the only meal included today on the tour but if you wish to extend, we can make this happen. Jim will be either be preparing for the next tour in Taiwan or off to South Korea!
Guide - Jim as your Guide!
250 cc motorcycles - see below for bike selection and email Jim for upgrade possibilities
Fuel for the entire trip
3rd Party Bike insurance
Luggage storage in Taipei
Meals as indicated
- First ride day's beer!
GPS tracks and POI for each ride day and GDB file emailed to you post trip
Final cut of all video taken
Blind massage in Kenting, street side
- Helmets and riding gear
Optional day tour of Taipei
Alcohol and drinks
- Damage to motorcycles
- Personal accident/medical insurance
- Visa for Taiwan (if needed)
Taiwan Tour Prices:
Surprise Gift for booking both the Taiwan and South Korea Tour!
Deposit for this trip is $1,000 per person and balance is due 60 days prior.
Terms and conditions are as all our other tours but the deposit is slightly higher.
Prices are all USD
Please read the special notations for this trip below the bike images.
2 Up Rider price does not include bike upgrade surcharge
Bikes Available for the Tour Rate:
Upgrades Available:Please email me as there are quite a few ranging from 400 - 1500 cc - there is even a Ducati Hypermotard!
Special Notes for Taiwan Tour:
- All riders must have a valid International Driver's Permit and issued out of the USA or Canada, EU or Australia.
- A DAMAGE DEPOSIT of USD $500.00 is required for all bike rentals. This is the damage deposit and repairs to equipment in Taiwan are higher than other locations. Damages above the deposit amount incurred to the rental bike will need to be paid by the rider in full before departing Taiwan. This fee can be paid in USD in Taipei on arrival or via transfer. Additional fees for transfer may apply.
- 3rd party insurance levels are low but not terribly low. Additional insurance may be available on 3rd party only but no full comprehensive is available in Taiwan.
- All riders are required to have travel insurance for accident/injury.
- Riders that have not previously joined a tour or had a self guided rental from Remote Asia will be required to provide full ride ability history to us. We are not taking any rider that is novice to low experience on this tour.
- Riders will be limited to a very small bag of personal items on the bike. Bags must be soft sided.
- 2 up riders are welcome to join. There are several higher capacity bikes available. Please email me.
- All riding gear is to be brought to Taiwan for personal use.
- Citizens from China are not permitted to ride due to restrictions.
- It is the riders responsibility to obtain any visa required for Taiwan. Passports must be valid for an additional 6 months upon entry.