Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any camp ground or camping products in Taiwan. The following FAQ is only based on our opinion after years of camping in Taiwan, and should not be considered absolute fact. If in doubt, make sure you check with the local police station or other government office to make sure you are following local regulations while camping in Taiwan.
With two thirds of the island covered in mountains, Taiwan has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Taiwan is via camping. Below is a very basic level FAQ on camping in Taiwan for foreigners that have never experienced it.
Is it legal to camp on the side of the road in Taiwan?
This depends on whether or not camping is banned on whatever particular spot of land you are on. Usually there are signs that say which activities are prohibited in the area. For National Parks, all camping is usually banned unless you apply in advance for an approved camp ground. If you camp on private property, this could be seen as trespassing. For land that is not clearly marked, there is always a risk that someone will call you out for trespassing or illegal activity. When in doubt, ask the local people in the area.
what is the average price of a campsite in TaiwAn?
Private run campsites can go anywhere from 300 NT to 1000 NT per night. These usually include showers, bathrooms, and electrical outlets. Renting camping gear will cost you extra.
What are the best campsites in Taiwan?
What is the best time of year to camp in Taiwan?
The best time of year to go camping in Taiwan is usually during autumn-spring (October - April) when the temperatures are lower and there is less rain, and no typhoons. In the high mountains the temperatures are cool at night even in the summer, but you should be careful to avoid camping during heavy rains or typhoons.
What is the best part of taiwan to camp in?
The mountains. Two thirds of the island is covered in mountains, and there are plentiful campgrounds to choose from.
How do Taiwanese people camp?
A typical Taiwanese family will go car camping, which means they bring pretty much ever conceivable creature comfort from home. Also, most private campgrounds have showers, bathrooms, hair dryers, and electric outlets, as well as raised covered platforms on which to camp.
Do a lot of taiwanese people go camping?
As compared to the United States, a significantly lower portion of the population of Taiwan regularly goes camping because most people live in big cities and do not have much of an outdoor lifestyle.
is it okay to start fires at campsites in taiwan?
If you are staying at a private campsite, make sure to ask beforehand.
Setting fires on protected lands or national parks is usually prohibited. Always ask if you are on someone's private land.
If you do start a fire, make sure you make a safe circle of stones or dirt around it, and that you properly extinguish the fire after use. If not, you could be fined for unsafe use of fire or destruction of property.
do people go rv'ing in taiwan?
I have never seen an RV in Taiwan.
what should I bring while camping in taiwan?
Summer: I recommend bringing just a mosquito net instead of a tent because it can get hot, especially if you are near sea level. But this might not always be an option, and it may rain.
Winter: Bring more sleeping bags and blankets than you think you need. Winters are cold in Taiwan. Even though the temperature might not be low, because of the humidity it will feel really cold.
Where is free camping in taiwan?
what are the basic rules/laws while camping in taiwan?
Basic rules include:
1. No littering
2. No destruction of private/public property
3. No hunting
4. No fishing in prohibited areas
5. No trespassing without permission
6. No camping in protected areas or national parks with a permit
7. Have fun
are there luxury camping spots in taiwan?
is it okay to camp out on the beach in taiwan?
This depends on whether or not camping is prohibited on the beach. If camping is not prohibited, there is still a chance that someone will call the cops, who will come and ask what you are doing and may ask you to leave.
where is camping prohibited in taiwan?
Camping without a permit is prohibited in protected natural areas and national parks, as well as anywhere else that camping is clearly marked as being off limits. When in doubt ask the local police station, land owners, or public officials.
where can i buy camping gear in taiwan?
You can find basic camping gear at super markets such as Carrefour, RT Mart, and Costco. However there are also many small camping and outdoor stores in Taiwan. For a list of outdoor gear and camping gear stores in Taipei, click here.
is it okay to go fishing in taiwan rivers?
In general there are no restrictions for recreational fishing unless the area is marked as a fishing prohibited area, or you are fishing an endangered species. Fishing is generally prohibited in national parks and protected wildlife areas. When in doubt ask the local people or police department.
is it okay to go hunting in taiwan?
No, hunting wild animals in Taiwan is generally restricted for all citizens except indigenous people with special hunting rights.
are there bears/lions/tigers/other dangerous wildlife in taiwan?
Yes, there are bears and big cats in Taiwan, however they rarely ever attack humans. It is rare to even see such wildlife in Taiwan.
are there POISONOUS snakes/spiders/bugs in taiwan?
Yes, there are many species of poisonous snakes and spiders in Taiwan. Please be careful when camping and hiking. If you are bitten, call 119 immediately.
are there feral dogs in taiwan?
Yes., unfortunately due to Taiwan's love of animals there is a huge feral dog problem in Taiwan. Be careful when approaching unleashed dogs especially in mountain areas. Some preventative measures are to turn to one side, kneel down, or wave a stick at the dogs. If a dog begins to run at you, do not turn you back or run away, this will give them reason to chase. Stare the dog down and back away slowly.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD CONSIDER WHILE CAMPING IN TAIWAN?
If in doubt, make sure you check with the local police station or national park office to make sure you are following local regulations while camping in Taiwan.
Our Journey Camping:
For a view into the average camping experience in Taiwan, check out our blog on Bishan Camping Areahere.
You can also check out the camping in Taiwan blog here and places that Follow Xiaofei recommends for camping here.
To see more frequently asked questions about Taiwan related topics, click here.
We are US Expats that have extensive experience living, working, and travelling in Taiwan. In our day, we had to learn many things about Taiwan the hard way. But we have come to learn that Taiwan is one of the best places in the world for Foreigners to live. Our blog does not represent the opinions of every foreigner in Taiwan. We are just trying to help others learn more about this beautiful country.