3-Day Tour of Sun Moon Lake, Puli and Alishan National Scenic Area from Taipei - Reviews

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Eric W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

A rather pleasant ride through the mountains. Great experience seeing Sun Moon Lake and the national park.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2016

Every trip must start and finish with safety. Therefore a big thank you to our Bus Driver!!!
What can I say for this trip. Just amazing. Our Tour Guide David was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor and really friendly.
Yes, it is a tour with a lot of hours inside the Bus but the scenery and the surroundings during these 3 days were just unforgettable.
It is difficult to express with words what our eyes saw by visiting the Sun Moon Lake, the Alishan National Scenic Area, and all the magnificent Temples during our 3 day Tour.
The Hotels? The dinner buffet and the breakfast buffet at the Fleur de Chine and also the breakfast on the Nice Prince Hotel?
Everything was just perfect.
Yes, I fully recommend this Tour.

Thank you once more David for making us feel comfortable during these 3 days and learning so many things about Taiwan.

Dave N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

My wife and I have a great time. Michael, our tour guide was great. It was a small 'bus', with lots of room. The bus makes frequent enough stops for bathroom and snacks, and the food is generally not expensive.
It rained part of the tour, but it was expected, so we packed accordingly. The hotels are very nice with friendly staff, especially at Sun Moon Lake. There is quite a bit of driving on this tour, as these areas are 'remote'. The tour is 'short', but it gives you a taste of the mountain region of Taiwan.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2015

Absolutely LOVED our trip. Our tour guide Mike and driver were the best. I was so looking forward to Alisha National Park and was not disappointed with the Cherry blossoms and the 1000 year old cypress trees. Driving and stopping in tiny towns was truly amazing and more people who go there for business should take more time away and explore Taiwan. Will recommend Mike to all our friends and thank you Viator for making this possible.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2015

The tour guide was very proficient in English and knowledgeable of the sites visited. The hotel choices were very good!

Shu Jun N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2015

Highly recommended tour and David the tour guide is very knowledgeable and friendly, he takes your preference into account. The hotels at both sun moon lake and chiayi are really good with delicious breakfast. All of the scenic spots are very beautiful

Lazy traveller Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

This was a very enjoyable tour. The tour guide was very helpful and everyone in the tour had a great time. This is a must do tour to see outside Taipei.

William F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2013

The three day tour to Sun Moon Lake, Puli, Lukang, and Alishan National Scenic Area was fantastic! We were lucky to be the only ones on the tour, so we were able to see even more than the scheduled stops on the itinerary. Our tour guide was flexible and when we asked he helped us buy tickets to take a ferry across Sun Moon Lake, even though that was not a scheduled activity. We also made additional stops at a tea store, plum wine store, and ceramic factory. The handmade paper factory was really interesting and we enjoyed the hands-on opportunity to print on the paper for unique souvenirs. Sun Moon Lake and Alishan National Scenic Area were breathtaking! We loved both of the hotels, especially the Fleur de Chine hotel at Sun Moon Lake where we enjoyed the Japanese style room with a balcony view of the lake, the delicious local foods prepared at the hotel restaurant, and the fun pools and hot springs. This tour was a lot of driving and the scenic mountaintop roads were sometimes frightening, but our trip to Taiwan would not have been complete without seeing these beautiful sites!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

Love the scenery and food! Five stars!

Andreas L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

It was a very nice Experience in Taiwan! Thanks a lot.Very nice People arround and on the Tour.
Greetings from Germany!

Samuel L

4 star rating: Recommended
January 2018

Great road trip to tour the central/southern part of Taiwan. I came during off season, so my group tour ended up being a private tour of me and the driver/guide. He was informative and friendly. Ample of free time to explore. Sun Moon Lake and Alishan Park were beautiful. I especially enjoyed the hotspring hotel at Sun Moon Lake. The 3rd day was a bit dull, as it was just the Museum and a lot of driving back to Taipei.

Alastair S

4 star rating: Recommended
October 2014

We mainly enjoyed this tour and it formed a good finale to our 5-week holiday in South-East Asia. It didn' t have quite the "wow" factor that our longer tour in Indo-China had, though.
Plus points - Sun Moon lake itself, Wen Wu temple, Holy Monk shrine and Tse-En pagoda on the first day. On the second, the mountains, the railway and the walk through Alishan. On the third day, Lukang old quarter. Throughout, the guide's excellent and most informative talks, including answers to specific questions.
Negative points - Visit to paper factory replaced with rice wine brewery visit (too fast, uninteresting and the wine is foul!); the aboriginal village is horrible and plain tourist exploitation. And the tea plantation visit changed to tea tasting in a tea factory (quite boring and an unashamed attempt to sell volume at high price). Finally, the mountain road is a good one, compared with France and Spain but the driver goes very fast, often overtakes, which IS scary and does not seem to consider that he is throwing the bus around.
But the hotels are quite excellent and our final thought is that we're glad to have done it.


3 star rating: Worth doing
February 2017

The bus and the hotels we stayed were nice.. but too much waiting time for the group and long bus ride.

Cindy United States of ... 

3 star rating: Worth doing
December 2016

The tour guide, Walter, was really friendly, and had a good sense of humor. He was always there to help everyone in our large group make purchases and translate menus when everything was in Chinese. He took the time to memorize all of our names even though there were 27 of us and the tour was only 3 days long. He made sure to repeat our meeting times and locations several times whenever we had free time to make sure everyone had heard and understood. He also knew a lot about the places we went, and could give good suggestions about where to eat or what to buy in each location.

The first day was great although it didn't start out very smoothly. The tour bus went to the wrong Hotel to pick me up, and when I called them they made me feel like it was my fault even though I was at the hotel indicated on my voucher ticket. After that though, we went to Wenwu Temple which was absolutely gorgeous, and I really enjoyed the hike up to Tse-En Pagoda. We had many great views of Sun Moon Lake. The itinerary on the website said we would go to Guangxing Paper Factory, but it was replaced with the Puli Shaohsing Brewery, which was still cool.

The second day, I was a little disappointed. We spent more time on the bus than actually visiting places. The hike through the Alishan forest was beautiful, but I wish we'd have had more time to take in the sites. We stopped to see Shouzhen Temple, but we only had about 15 or 20 minutes to see the temple and look at the shops. I felt very rushed. Also, the bus rides to and from Alishan are very long and might not be great for people who get car sick because the road goes through the mountains so we were constantly swerving back and forth for a couple hours. The description on this website also has interesting stories behind places like the sister ponds, but the tour guide didn't mention anything about this while we were there. It would have been nice to hear about the history and stuff like that while we were exploring.

Day three did not follow the website's itinerary at all. We were supposed to do a walking tour of Lukang, and Visit historic temples like Tianhou Temple and Lung Shan Temple but we didn't do any of that. Instead we went to The National Palace Museum of Asian art and culture. It was really interesting and I had a great time, but could not help but feel like I missed out on the temples. I would have liked to see them.

Overall, I did enjoy the trip but I feel a bit like I didn't get what I paid for. The places we went to were extraordinary, and the hotels were nice, but we didn't follow the itinerary on the website and we spent a lot more time on a bus than I would have liked.

Volkmar M

3 star rating: Worth doing
October 2013

All in all this tour gives you a good overview of the beauty of Taiwan. Unfortunately we went in the main vacation week and had a very big group of 23 people joining. With this also came a very very noisy big bus. I actually travelled with ear plugs. Also, at one point the bus stopped for gas after two minutes driving. Why not get gas before you pick up a group?
Due to the big group, the informations at sites was limited and always bilingugal. (Chinese/English)
The toilet stops were sometimes made at some sales point for fruit or tea at higher prices.
The Fluer du Chine hotel is very nice, but remote, so either you eat before or expensive at the hotel (the guide mentioned this beforehand, so you can decide if you like dinner at 5pm or later at a higher price)
The other hotel was not as nice, but very central and nice.

Amy T

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
October 2016

Sun moon lake and Alishan is worth going. Our tour guide was not very informative and thorough about the background and trip. It and #39;s unfortunate as we did not get to see much of Sun Moon Lake when we stayed at the most amazing hotel right at the lake. We had a fun group though, so that was cool.

Camilla C

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better
September 2016

The landscape was lovely, but the tour guide was dull, dull, dull!

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