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October 29 to November 4, 2017

Discover Taiwan's stunning east coast on a 7-day cycling and yoga retreat with Jojo and Jerome from October 29 to November 4, 2017 (November 2 & 3 are Myanmar National Holidays). We will greet each sunrise with yoga practice, cycle between 3 - 6 hours mainly on designated bike paths and spend nights in a mix of boutique guesthouses and lush camping sites positioned meters from the sea. Along the way we will visit natural hot springs, indulge in Taiwan's famous snack culture at local food markets, spend an afternoon surfing and explore some of the natural wonders in this underrated island paradise.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 250km of cycling on dedicated bike lanes alongside the beautiful eastern cost of Taiwan

  • Daily yoga practice designed to energize for the ride ahead or release and stretch out the muscles at the end of the day

  • Hiking to off-the-beaten-path Mukumugi Lagoon for a refreshing dip in the pristine waters

  • 4 nights in impeccably run scenic campsites with wind shelter, hot showers and electrical hook ups

  • Beach time and optional surfing in well known surf town of Dulan

  • Rest stops at dozens of scenic parks along the coast, including the Tropic of Cancer monument and Badu Caves 

  • Night food markets highlighting Taiwan's mouth watering snack foods

  • One night in a guesthouse in Hualien, the gateway to the famous Taroko Gorge, a national park popular for hiking; Participants are welcome to arrive in Hualien earlier to explore the park     

  • One night in a boutique hotel and natural hot spring spa in Riushi, one of the most famous destinations for hot springs

  • Support van will follow the group to carry luggage, camping equipment and for emergencies and/or fatigue 

PRICE

EARLY BIRD before August 30: $550 per person sharing room and 2 person tent 

REGULAR after August 30: $660 per person sharing room and 2 person tent 

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Hotel $100, Tent $45

You may opt for select single supplement for one or both accommodation types

Included:

  • 6 days bike rental - modern Giant mixed on/off 21-gear road bicycle with rack, panniers, flashlight and speedometer

  • Accommodation for 6 nights; 2 nights in guest houses (sharing basis) and 4 night at camping sites

  • Natural Hot Springs Spa and Resort in Riushi

  • Admission to Tong men national reserve

  • Spare tires and bike repair equipment

  • Daily yoga practices

  • Use of Support Vehicle as needed

Not included:

  • Travel to / from Taiwan

  • Train tickets to Hualien and from Taitung

  • Camping equipment

  • Meals

ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Arrive in Hualien by late afternoon to check-in to hotel and get to know eachother at our first group dinner
  • Day 2: Begin the day with bike fitting, grab supplies for a picnic lunch and warm-up for the days ahead with a 20km bike ride and short hike to picturesque Mukumugi Lagoon, where we'll take a dip and lay out mats for our first yoga practice
  • Day 3: Rise early for an upper body and core-focused vinyasa practice before heading out on the longest cycling leg of the trip; a 70km bike ride to Riushi where we'll rest our legs by melting into natural hot springs attached to our hotel
  • Day 4: Take the morning to enjoy some more time in the hot springs and warm up with a yoga practice before a mid-day ride to Shitiping (30km) where we will climb water-weathered rock formations and set up tents at Shitiping camp
  • Day 5: After meditation and heart-opening yoga practice facing the sea, we'll set off for a morning ride (48km) to Sansiantai Qiao where an architecturally impressive bridge connects the mainland to an island in the sea. We'll rest for the night at Bo Si camp site. On the way, we'll stop at Chang bin beach (48km) for a quick splash.
  • Day 6:  After morning mandala vinyasa on a second floor deck of the campsite with lovely 360 degree views, we'll ride to the lazy town of Dulan (35km) where you can enjoy the beach or take an optional afternoon surfing session. We'll camp for our final evening in Dulan.
  • Day 7: On our last day, we'll dig our toes into the sand during an inversions-focused yoga practice, and enjoy more surfing or beach time before a final leisurely afternoon ride to TaiTung (25km) where we will return our bicycles and bid farewell

OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION

 

Flying from Yangon: We recommend flying into Taoyuan airport in Taipei. Round-trip flights from RGN start at $350 with a connection. China Airlines has a direct RGN > TPE flight for under $500.  You're welcome to come early or stay longer after the biking trip. Taipei is definitely a city worth exploring for a few days and so is the south of the island where we finish our bike ride.  
 

Climate in Taiwan in November: Early November is one of the best times of year to visit as there are few tourists and the temperature is moderate, around 20-25 degrees centigrade and little chance of rain. Because Taiwan is an island there is always a risk of drizzle but it usually does not last. A sweater/light rain coat is recommended for the evening. 
 

Food: Taiwan is a food lover's paradise, with a unique blend of Chinese and Japanese food. While on the road we will mostly eat in small restaurants offering simple but delicious food and will take advantage of the bigger cities to sample local specialties and street food at the night markets.  

Visa for Taiwan: Most of the European, US, Canadian, Singaporean passport holders get a free 30 or 90 day visa into Taiwan. 

Train tickets: we will help you book train tickets to Hualien and from Taitung if you need. The trains in Taiwan are great but complicated to book if you are not a local. 

Camping/biking gear: Affordable and easily purchased in Taiwan. We will arrange an group order for those in need of equipment. Sleeping bags and tents cost around $30 each. Bike helmets (mandatory) and padded cycling shorts (highly recommended!) from $20.