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Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake

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467 Reviews
Free admission
Zhongshan Rd., Yuchi Township

The Basics

Sun Moon Lake offers myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation, making it a popular day trip from Taipei. A biking and hiking trail encircles the lake, while boat tours afford views of the many temples, pagodas, and indigenous villages on its shores. The Sun Moon Lake Ropeway, the longest and highest aerial tramway in Taiwan, gives visitors a bird’s-eye view of the area while transporting them across the lake.

To get a taste of the area’s ancient indigenous culture, catch a performance at the Naruwan Theater or Culture Square. Multi-day tours around Taiwan often stop at the lake, as well as Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, and Puli.

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5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
$582.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Awesome Experience in Taiwan
Just finished our 5 day tour of Taiwan. Loved the scenery, especially at Sun Moon Lake and Taroko Gorge, fabulous hotels too. The icing on the cake was our guide, Alan Chou, with his deep knowledge and love of Taiwan, his use of technology to help impart information and his friendly manner, helping to make all in our small group have a truly memorable experience.
Mark_A, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Taiwan

star-5
Great itinerary, great guide, great price.....
Jeff_B, Mar 2020
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Great tour in everyway. Alan Chou our tour guide was fantastic....informative and took care of all our questions and concerns. Hotel where all 5 star and a couple had hot springs in our room. You get to see beautiful coastlines, mountains and Taroko Gorge. Don't hesitate to take tour as it is a great way to see the best of the island for a great price. Our driver, Eason was experience and smooth, making you feel safe on the twisty roads.
star-5
Great tour of Sun Moon Lake
Calvin, Mar 2020
1-day Tour to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei by High Speed Rail
Only the two of us were on the tour so it was a 'private' tour. Our guide was experienced. Fluent English. He drove the car in and out of back roads, kept up a running narrative of the countryside and what we were seeing. Nice lunch, We saw the lake from many angles, a couple pagodas.
star-5
Even better 2nd time around
Jamie R, Dec 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
We did the same tour almost five years ago, Allan Chou the best tour guide ever! Went over and above as a guide and ran everything seemlesly and like clock work this is not a follow the guide tour. You get loads of info and then good amount of time to explore. Even organised a left item to be forwarded ahead to Taipei hotel before we got back from the trip. One word! Awesome...
star-4
An Eye-widening Tour
limktham, Nov 2019
5 Star-6 Days Taiwan Bus Tour (Sun moon lake, Alishan, Kenting, Taitung, Taroko)
This tour had widened my eyes to the great natural beauty that Taiwan is blessedly endowed. In the six days, we were taken to see mountains, gorges, caves, cliffs, rivers, forests, hot springs and even beaches filled with pebbles. Through conversations with the friendly guide and driver I learned much about the culture and aspirations of Taiwanese people. I hope to return someday to revisit some the locations!
star-5
Excellent tour and tour guide!
bigdtam, Oct 2019
1-day Tour to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei by High Speed Rail
A little on the pricey side, but Phoebe was a fun English speaking tour guide. She had a lot of energy and kept us on schedule. It was also appreciated that we used the high speed rail, since it saved us a lot of time (traffic into Taipei was intense). Highly recommended!
star-5
Great tour of Taiwan
frostytig, Nov 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
We have visited many beautiful scenic areas, a famous monastery, few temples, night markets and National Parks in Taiwan. All hotels we stayed in were excellence. In addition, we were lucky to have a humorous, enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guide Alan Chou. That made our trip extra wonderful.
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Truly The Best Of Taiwan
Adventure65660189531, Nov 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
This tour is truly hassle-free - booking this takes your mind and stress off of making decisions like where to go, eat & stay. Almost every detail is planned - just sit back and enjoy the trip. The 5-star hotels with breakfasts were excellent. We also had a fantastic guide - Alan Chou. He is informative, funny and easy on the eyes. (Do not leave him behind!)
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Amazing Tour
Reso-or L, Sep 2019
1-day Tour to Sun Moon Lake from Taipei by High Speed Rail
Phoebe Lin is a fun and very informative guide. She is very engaging and is a really great representation on how beautiful the people of Taiwna is. She made sure that we experience the sight, taste, and scent of Taiwan. The High Speed Railway was a pleasant ride. Our pick up with Mr. Wang our driver, was waiting early at Taichung. The crystal cabin gondola ride in Sun Moon Lake was magical. The aboriginal lunch was very delicious. Wenwu Temple is one of the most beautiful that I've been in. Street food especially the chicken wing filled with rice is so delicious! The fruits are salivating. Phoebe really made sure that we are able to try all the amazing food. She even got us the tea and mushroom egg. Yum. Phoebe Lin is one of he best guides we've had even assisting us to be able to go to Taipei 101 after the tour when we got back in Taipei. So, when you book this tour request for Phoebe Lin :)
star-5
Excellent and enjoyable tour
kevjanle, Oct 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
This was a very enjoyable tour with nice hotels and an excellent tour guide (Alan). It provided full coverage of Taiwan (except Taipei). It would have been nicer to extend the stay in the hot springs hotels longer (2 nights vs. 1 night). We had a great group with a great guide!
star-4
Enjoyable 5 days tour of Taiwan
susan2259, Aug 2019
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Great tour, best hotel, but isolated . Tour give U knowledge of the area. Taroko Gorge was the highlight .
star-5
Wonderful tour
Michele_W, Mar 2020
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
This tour is a great choice for anyone who wants to visit Taiwan highlights outside of Taipai city that would be challenging to get to on your own. The hotels were all 5 stars, two included hot spring pools on site. The breakfast buffets included in the tour at the hotels all had a great selection of Taiwanese and Western food. The tour bus was older, but adequate. Our guide Eric showed us educational videos which were helpful for me to better appreciate the history of the sites we visited. I would definitely recommend this tour for a good overview of the country at a reasonable price.
star-5
Fantastic 5-Day Tour Across Taiwan! Alan Chou is a Master!
balezonasla, Jan 2020
5-Day Best of Taiwan: Sun Moon Lake, Taroko Gorge, Kaohsiung, Taitung
Incredible! At first, I was a little hesitant to book this tour, however upon reading the reviews I became curious. Everything about this 5-Day Tour across Taiwan is world-class. The itinerary is very well organized, with a great variety of interesting stops along the way. All the hotels are five star and very nice. However, the tour guide, Alan Chou, really makes the tour special! He is engaging, funny, and extremely knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone that is seeking an exciting adventure throughout Taiwan. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area is a must-visit for outdoor enthusiasts, adventure travelers, and day-trippers.

  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the bright sun out on the water.

  • It’s a good idea to bring an umbrella or rain jacket, particularly during the rainy season (May to September).

  • Sun Moon Lake day trips from Taipei generally last upwards of nine hours. Multi-day tours range from two to five days.

  • Most guided tours include hotel pickup and drop-off in Taipei.

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How to Get There

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Sun Moon Lake is on a guided tour from Taipei. The nearest major train station to Sun Moon Lake is Taichung Station. To get to the lake independently, you’ll need to take a bus or taxi from Taipei, Taichung, Alishan, or Puli.

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When to Get There

As one of the most popular day trips from Taipei, Sun Moon Lake gets very busy on weekends and national holidays. For the best balance of good weather and fewer crowds, plan to visit on a weekday between September and April.

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Attractions on Sun Moon Lake

Sun Moon Lake is the site of several notable attractions, many of them included on boat tours. Wenwu Temple, one of the largest temples in the area, sits on the northern bank of the lake and provides an excellent example of Chinese palace architecture. The 151-foot-tall (46-meter-tall) Chinese-style Ci-en Pagoda, built by Chiang Kai-shek, sits atop a hill just southwest of the lake. Those interested in indigenous culture should visit Ita Thao to learn more about the Thao culture.

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