Sun Moon Lake Itinerary You Must Not Miss

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary

Sun Moon Lake is the largest body of water in Taiwan as well as a tourist attraction. Located in Yuchi Township, Nantou County, the area around the Sun Moon Lake is home to the Thao tribe, one of aboriginal tribes of Taiwan. Planning to visit there? Here is the Sun Moon Lake Itinerary you must not miss.

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary – Did you know?

Have you ever wondered why it’s called Sun Moon Lake? As apparent as the name sounds, the east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.

This breathtaking lake also has a beautiful story. In legend, Thao hunters discovered Sun Moon Lake while chasing a white deer through the surrounding mountains. The deer eventually led them to the lake, which they found to be not only beautiful, but abundant with fish.

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary – Watch Sunrise & Enjoy the Peace

In my opinion, sunrise is the best time to discover the true beauty of the Sun Moon Lake. It is also the best time to get away from the crowd. The sky lights up in gorgeous colors; the mountains at the far end cast their reflections on the tranquil water; the refreshing air and the harmony of the nature – the scenery is more than anything you can ask for.

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary sunrise

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary sunrise view


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Sun Moon Lake Itinerary – Island Hopping by Boats

To explore different parts of the lake, you need to hop on the boats. By paying NT$300 per person, the boats will take you to a few major attractions that are inaccessible by car. There are many different ferry companies. Buy directly from the counter at Shuishe Visitor Centre.

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary island hopping

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary boat tour

To be frank, the rest of the trip is nothing comparable to the sunrise moment. So if you really want to discover the true beauty of the lake, get up early in the morning. Trust me, you will never regret it!

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary hiking


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Sun Moon Lake Itinerary At A Glance:

  • Sun Moon Lake (Free Admission)
  • Boat Tour (NT$300 per pax)

Sun Moon Lake Itinerary – Transportation:

  • It’s really the best to visit Sun Moon Lake by car. Why? No trains go directly to Sun Moon Lake; the closest major station is Taichung, from where you will need to take a bus or taxi. We rented our car from Taipei at NT$1000 a day.
  • If you do not know how to drive and decide to take bus instead (which is a cheaper option if you are traveling with a small group), some direct buses are available from Taichung or Taipei to Sun Moon Lake.
    • Nan-Tou Bus (南投客運) running daily from Taichung Kan-Cheng Station (干城站) at Shuangshi Road (雙十路, near the railway station) to High Speed Rail Taichung Station to Puli and then to Sun Moon Lake for NT$189 one way (and NT$340 both ways). The whole trip takes about 90 mins. You can view the bus schedule here.
    • GuoGuang Bus (國光客運) running daily from Taipei to Sun Moon Lake for  NT$460 one way (and NT$820 both ways).  The whole trip takes about 4 hours. You can view the bus schedule here.
  • Island hopping looks like so much fun! Good to know sunrise is the all important moment.

  • Cat Lin

    The last time I went to Sun Moon Lake was in the summer and the place is crammed with so many tourists. Visiting during sunrise is a great way to avoid the crowd and the heat!

  • Christine Messina

    Looks like a good Itinerary! I haven’t had the chance to visit yet… one day!

  • Kenny T.K. Chow

    I visited Taichung quite sometime ago and the lake is not as impressive as some other natural spectacles that Taiwan has to offer. Yet I know the Sun Moon Lake was quite heavily promoted – There are many scenic spots and attractions in the area, though. @ knycx.journeying

    • Yes there are so many beautiful places in Taiwan. If I didn’t wake up for the sunrise, I will also agree sun moon lake is overrated. But thanks to my decision, i managed to witness its secret beauty. 🙂