[New Taipei] Wulai
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Wulai (烏來) is a charming, compact town located about 40 minutes away from Taipei city. If you like an idyllic getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy Taipei, this is a great place to go for a day trip. The town is famous for its odourless & colourless hot springs, scenic sights such as waterfalls and food influenced by aboriginal Atayal culture.
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Getting to Wulai 烏來
Taipei to Wulai: Take the MRT to Xindian MRT station. At the bus stop in front of the station, take bus 849 which terminates at Wulai bus terminal. The bus journey takes around 40 minutes. Wulai Old Street is a short 5 to 10 minutes walk from the Wulai bus terminal and you will cross a short bridge just before reaching. Click here for walking directions on Google Maps.
Wulai to Taipei: From Wulai bus terminal, take bus 849. The bus journey takes about 40 minutes. Alight at the bus stop opposite Xindian MRT station.
We stayed at Full Moon Spa resort for NT$3900 a night. A private hot spring tub is provided in-room as well as two meals. As a resort guest, you also have access to the communal hot spring within the compound. The room has a great view of the Nanshi River. Service was warm at the resort and we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. There are other cheaper alternatives if you enquire around the area near the tram station but we decided on this resort for its good online reviews and close proximity to Wulai Old Street and the bus terminal.
Next day’s breakfast was provided as part of the room package. The first two photos in the above collage shows the breakfast sets, you can choose between Asian or Western style with a beverage (we ordered ice milk tea & hot tea).
As we wanted to have dinner at Taiya popo after checking in, we opted to change the included dinner to lunch the next day. For lunch, you can choose between 4 different sets. The mackerel set was delicious. Each meal comes with an appetizer fruit vinegar drink and a beverage. The potato plant was a table deco we found cute (not edible).
Full Moon Spa 明月溫泉
Address: No.1, Ln. 85, Wulai St., Wulai District, New Taipei City 233, Taiwan
Getting there: The spa is located near the start of Wulai Old Street (烏來老街) when coming from the Wulai bus terminal. There is a long flight of steps at the start of Wulai Old Street leading up to the resort entrance. Click here for walking directions from the Wulai bus terminal.
Famous scenic spot, Wulai Waterfall. We were told that since it had not been raining for many weeks, the flow of water was not as grand as it should be. During the rainy and cooler seasons, the waterfall will be gushing strongly. We still found it pretty as it resembled a gentle dreamy vertical stream.
Wulai Waterfall 烏來瀑布
Getting there: Take the tram (烏來台車) at the other end of Wulai Old Street. Tram tickets at NT$50 per pax. See walking directions here. The tram was down for maintenance due to a faulty track caused by the recent typhoon so we took a cab there on the way down from Neidong. If taking a cab from the tram station to the Wulai Waterfall only, it’s NT$200 one-way.
Neidong National Forest Recreation Area (內洞國家森林遊樂區) is a forest trail containing 3 waterfalls. You need to pay an entrance fee and the first waterfall is a 30-minute walk from the gate. On the way, you will pass by the Luohao Dam (羅好壩), a small hydro-electric power plant. The trail is easy to walk and cool despite the summer weather as it’s covered by overhead vegetation.
Neidong National Forest Recreation Area 內洞國家森林遊樂區
地址 Address: No.40 Taipei County Wulai Township Sinsian Village
Click here for Google Map location.
Tel :(02) 2661-7358
Opening hours : 08:00~17:00
Admission : Mon.~Fri.—Adults NT$65, Children NT$40, Concession NT$10
Weekends & Holidays—Adults NT$80, Children NT$40, Concession NT$10
Website/官網：Neidong Official Website
Getting there: Take the Tram to Wulai Waterfall and take a cable car. We took a cab as it found it more straightforward. Flat rate of $360 one-way. Around 10 to 15 minutes journey.
You will not miss this charming street as you will need to walk through it from the bus terminal on way to the tram station for the waterfalls. There are a variety of shops selling local delights such as mountain boar pork, bamboo tube rice and millet wine that can only be found in this area. For a detailed write-up, hop over to this page: Wulai Xiao Chi 烏來小吃.
While you are in Wulai Old Street, don’t forget to visit Taiya PoPo for an authentic aboriginal meal featuring Atayal dishes. Read more about it here: Taiya Popo review.
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This article is written by contributing writer, B.