This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Sun Moon Lake. To help you make friends with Sun Moon Lake before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Sun Moon Lake is a large lake situated in Yuchi, Nantou, in Taiwan. The lake is a popular tourist destination, and has some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets. There are also plenty of hiking trails around the lake. Unfortunately, swimming is not permitted in the lake, with the exception of organised swimming events. Sun Moon Lake also hosts festivals, concerts, and fireworks displays. There are also some temples in the area, which are worth visiting.
There are many different accommodation options available in the area, including guesthouses, hotels, resorts, and the occasional hostel in Sun Moon Lake. Accommodation is generally of a high standard, and staff can usually speak at least some English, however locals always appreciate it when you learn some of the local language. Accommodation generally includes Wi-Fi, breakfast, laundry facilities, tourist information, linen, towels, toiletries (in some cases), and sometimes kitchen facilities (though this is rare -- some guesthouses will let you use the kitchen, if you ask).
There are a few campsites available around the Sun Moon Lake, however these are few and far between. Guesthouses are generally the most popular accommodation type and are a great way of getting a small glimpse of the local life and culture. Breakfast in guesthouses always tend to be of the traditional Taiwanese variety, as do the room and building design.
Sun Moon Lake is a beautiful area, definitely worth spending a few days exploring and relaxing -- there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy and entertained.
Written by local enthusiast for Sun Moon Lake hostelsKelly Sheldrick