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River Trekking Hualien, Taiwan



Top 10 Reasons to go on a River Trekking in Hualien

It's a wonderful feeling of meeting people from all walks of life. You begin to understand more of life through your interaction with people. A wider perception of their country, their traditions and how we can all just be simply friends. Spread the love and friendship on your travels, and I tell you it will be worth it. A precious memory which will surely put a smile on your face when you're all alone in your rocking chair reminiscing the good old summer days. Let's go!


How to get there:
Take the train from Taiwan Railway Administration bound to Hualien
Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes (depending on the train timing)
Ticket Rates: NT 340 - NT 440

Where to stay
Hualien train station to Clearsky Backpacker Hostel. Taxi NT 130. You can ask for an airport pick-up if you want to, we forgot to remind the hostel about our arrival time.


Address: No. 18, Jianlin St, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan 970
Phone: +886 3 831 5665
3 Days 2 Nights: SGD 95.94 ( SGD 31.98 each )


1. Reasonable Price
River Trekking NT 1,200 / SGD 50 / Php 1,600
Time frame: Half-day activity
Booked the activity with the hostel. Check out: Riverking Hualien 

The package includes transportation pick-up service from and to your hotel, body gears and a guide. Plus they have cool tents where you can change your clothes. 


2. Safety First
If you're the safety freak traveler yet still loves to do daring adventure then this activity is for you. They provide the life jackets, body suit, helmets, shoes and all the safety gears needed. The suit kept us warm from the cold waters and a great cushion too when you hit any rocks during the trek. 

They have an official photographer who will capture everyone's happy moments. However, I've never been that kind of person who really follow rules so I brought along my camera phone with me, at my own risk. Keep it safe in a waterproof phone bag and secure it inside your suit when not in use. 

3. A good exercise
A great alibi to have a heavy lunch before the activity. You will need the strength to climb those big boulders along the river. The Clearsky Backpacker is nearby the FE21 mall, so we went down to the Mall's basement level and had our brunch. We had Wanton Noddle Soup NT 80, Fried Rice NT 80 and Taiwan's all time favorite Milk Tea NT 65. 


4. Bucketlist 
This activity is for everybody, young and old, male or female and even for beginners. This is one of the safest activity I've ever done so far despite the fact that we have to jump from 3 storey high waterfalls ahahaa. 

Bucketlist ticked off! Jump from a waterfalls and crash to freezing waters. If not now then when?! When you're up there you don't think about it, just run and jump and get it over with. It's an ecstatic feeling! Just do it. Just let it go. 

Besides the gears provided will keep you safe. The lifejacket will make sure you surface back from the waters and the helmet to make sure you head stays in place. 

5. Spectacular Guides
They don't speak much English but they're kind and friendly. Each one of them caries a walkie talkie and a big smile. These smiles are not forceful, the Taiwanese guides from the river trekking are genuinely cool and adorable. 

They might do something that looks dangerous but just trust them, they know what they're doing and just keep yourself cool about it. 


6. Adrenaline Rush
A brief orientation will be done before the start of the trek. Even a practice drill on how to jump, fall and stay properly afloat in the waters was demonstrated and done by everyone. It fuels up the adrenaline rush in your veins that will help pull out the sleeping child in you. Always listen to your guide, follow sign languages and everything will be fine. 

This is a great feeling. I love how it feels when I'm in a hurry and I was able to catch the bus. The blood pumping and the joy run through my nerves that create that colgate commercial proud smile we have when we did

7. Surprises
Expect a lot of surprises! The friendly guides loves to have some fun, just go with the flow and let your inner child play along with it. 

One time after being push with my consent of course from a short free fall, one guide approached and acted to carry me in his arms. Little did I know he was going to flip me upside down! ahahaaa It was such a big surprise and that really made my day. 

Expect lots of unexpected splashes of water here and there. And be kind enough to return the favor. 


8. Free Fall
Once in awhile with every travelers mind, we hope for a crazy idea that would pop up somewhere that would make our trip a memorable experience. This is it! This is one of the safest and craziest activity one can do on a vacation in Hualien. 

I Just run and jump and let the split seconds of insanity mix with nothingness blown me away. The feeling of jumping from a waterfall is very ecstatic , once in you're life do something crazy that you won't forget. Let the fear motivate you and drive you up that cliff and let your childish enthusiasm rule over you. 

9. Something Different
If you always travel for sightseeing only and is craving for something different. A different view, a wider perspective and a fun-filled experience. We always do the usual, visits museums, food trip, selfies, city tour, nature hike and once in awhile engage in bike tours. But why not try engaging more with nature, feel the water, run your hands through big boulders, pull yourself up in a stone staircase and jump over a waterfall. These activity doesn't need any experience of all sorts and level of expertise in navigating and in swimming, as long as your up to it and that's it.



10. Meet friends
I've never been that friendly kind of person who approaches people and ask questions, yet traveling for months taught me that it's a very fun experience. Most of the people in the hike were Chinese and Chinese-speakers as well, they all can relate to each other. My friend and I were lost in sign and body languages. We decipher each wave of their hands, the high notes in each conversation which should means that important to remember and tried to mimick what everyone was doing. One kind traveler from Hong Kong noticed the confusion in our faces, and tried to translate what the guides were saying. Katrin has been backpacking in Taiwan along with her friend Fibrocia or was it Fabiola (I'm really not sure) for more than a week. Katrin and I even decided to be friends in instagram. They provide free noodle soup after the activity. Have fun and be safe ^__^

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Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).



Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go to Ximen, Taiwan and dine in a Toilet Restaurant where you'll be serve with delectable poop-shaped iced cream, yummy!

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is to visit my sister in South Korea and visit the land where my favorite Korean dish "bibimbap" materialized in this world. 

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