Wulai Trip

Wulai Sign
Wulai [烏來] is a small town nestled in the hills of Taipei County on the Nanshi River [南勢溪].  The town is a great place to enjoy a hot spring, do some nature sightseeing, and experience Atayal aboriginal culture.
Dinner in Wulai

After checking-in and dropping off our bags, we set out to find a place to eat.  We ate at Taiya Po Po [泰雅婆婆美食店], which specializes in Atayal cuisine.  Luckily, I was able to get my fix of Wild Mountain Boar and Bamboo Tube Rice.

We stayed at the Full Moon Spa [明月溫泉會館].  We began our search for a resort about a month and a half in advance, but many resorts were already fully booked for New Year’s Eve.  The rate for the night was $4,200NT and included dinner, breakfast, and a ticket for their large spa.  The in-room spa was nice and the room was what we expected for the price we paid.
Full Moon Spa
The resort has a nice view of the Nanshi River.  Here’s the scene that accompanied my breakfast:
Full Moon Spa
New Year’s Day was unseasonably warm and dry.  We took a ride on the Log Cart for $50NT to the Wulai Falls and shopping street at the top.
Old Log Train
The magnificent Wulai Falls are about 80 meters tall and definitely worth checking out if in the area:
Wulai Waterfall
Here’s a view of the whole waterfall:
Wulai Waterfall
By the time we were ready to leave Wulai, it was packed.  If you go on a weekend or holiday, make sure you go early to beat the crowds:
Crowds on New Year's Day
Getting there: Take the Wulai bus from the Xindian MRT station for $40NT or take a cab which will probably cost about $400NT on weekends.

For more pics from our Wulai Trip, check out my Flickr set.

10 thoughts on “Wulai Trip

  1. I was very pleased to see the story of your visit to Wulai. About a year ago, my wife and I spend much of a day visit the area, especially the falls and the hot springs along the river. We were there in April and had a light mist (mao-mao-yu) most of the day but it was wonderful and really amplified many of the views with the mist swinging in and out. We will have to try the resort you mentioned!

  2. I just visited Wulai about a week and a half ago with a friend. It was certainly nice to get out of the city and more into nature. No doubt, it is a beautiful little town. The only thing that bothered me the entire time was how gimmicky the whole town was. We skipped the train ride, but tried the gondola which ended up being only a 3 minute ride and took us to a strange Disney-ish resort. I wouldn’t recommend. Even the hot springs hotels were very touristy IMO. Oh well, it sounds like you had a nice time and maybe I will try Wulai again sometime in the future.

  3. Steve – I have more pictures of the room on the flickr set I posted. Depending on the occasion you may opt for a more upscale resort.

    ds – I’ve heard the nearby Neidong Forest Area is nice, we didn’t have time to go there, but I certainly would have chosen it over the gondola and amusement park. As for being gimmicky that just about describes most small tourist towns and “old streets” in Taiwan.

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  6. Anyway to get a souvenir of the falls. I have a Friend that went there while in the service back in the 70’s. I was wanting to get him a gift from there. Maybe a snow globe or similar item.

  7. My son and I will be returning to Taiwan on a holiday this June. Enjoyed reading your posts and waterfall pix of Wulai, Brought back memories of family vacations with my parents when I was a kid in the 70’s. Thank you.

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