Season’s special! Accessible only during the dry season (December to March) and with the guidance of the indigenous people, Hayouxi Hot Spring at Pingtung, also known as the Bath of Clouded Leopards, is unheard-of for most tourists but is high on the must-see list of many adventurous explorers. To quote Richard Saunders, travel blogger and book author, “Although I’m still far away from seeing all of Taiwan’s remaining wild hot springs, I’m sure Hayouxi Hot Spring can stake a fair claim to being the most stunningly beautiful of all. The rocks of the kilometer-long gorge of accessible hot spring activity are clothed in a variety of beautiful mineral-and-bacteria-painted colors in many shades of red, orange, yellow, green, grey and brown… it’s those incredible colors, the beauty and ruggedness of the gorge, and the impressive remoteness of the place, that really repay a visit.”
Sign up for our upcoming bike tour in February to visit this secret wonderland. The trip is a nice mix of cycling and hiking, nature and culture. But you need to act fast, really really fast, as the March one was fully booked before we could put up this post! So, hurry up!
Price: NT$17,800 (~US$600) per head *
|Tainan Station to Qishan District, Meinong District at Kaohsiung
(around 49 km’s ride with total climbing of 314 m)
|Qishan District to Wutai Township at Pingtung County
(around 48 km’s ride with total climbing of 1031 m)
|Dawu Tribe at Wutai Township to Dawu Hot Spring Campsite by car
Dawu Hot Spring Campsite to Hayouxi Hot Spring on foot
|Wutai Township to Pingtung Station
(around 62 km’s ride with total climbing of 385 m)
The above itinerary is for reference only. The exact one will be announced in the briefing meeting and adjustments may be made during the trip if deemed appropriate.
Organizer: Bike Explorer Club
* The price includes:
- Accommodation (twin rooms; single room is available for a top-up of NT$5,600) for 4 nights and the meals (with non-alcoholic drinks) listed on the itinerary.
- Use of bikes, safety helmets, bike gloves; provision of backup bikes, spare parts, and relevant consumables;
- A free water bottle, a participant’s handbook, and a designated nameplate for each participant;
- Support vehicles and relevant costs (fuel, toll, parking, etc.) incurred; entrance fees for tourist spots;
- Refreshments such as drinking water, sweets, biscuits, fruits, etc.;
- Transportation, campsite, and tour guide at Dawu Tribe and Hayouxi;
- Insurance (travel insurance and travel agency liability insurance totalling NT$5 million; medical insurance totalling NT$500,000);
- Professional tour guides and cycling coaches;
- Meals not listed on the itinerary and any alcoholic drinks;
- Transportation costs for any trips not listed on the itinerary;
- Any top-up insurance;
- Transportation cost from participants’ residence to the meet-up point (Tainan Station).