澎湖 Penghu Islands Bikepacking



Trip: 17 April 2009 to 24 April 2009
(7 days)
Location: Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Total biking distance: 320Km






7 days bikepacking trip around Penghu   and some of the islands.  Below is a map of our routes taken around the islands with photo logs. View Larger Map






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~*~*~*DAY ONE*~*~*~

MV Tai Hwa loading deck
We left Kaohsiung together with FSB club bikers on 17 April evening 1130pm to board vessel MV Tai Hwa, a passenger and transport ship for Penghu Island. Most of the club members had brought along their bike bag so that they would carry it as luggage and do not have to pay for the bicycle fee to be loaded on the vehicle deck of MV Tai Hwa. We did not realised and did not have the bike bag with us, we paid NTD235 for each bike to be loaded on board. Frankly, I was glad that I paid for it because it was a hassle to carry our luggages and bikes during check-in on board. But if you were carrying just a single luggage, I would advice you do the same and pack your bike.






we just cycled out from the loading deck 
~*~*~*DAY TWO*~*~*~
Northern Island Bike Ride
Sleeping on board can be very challenging if you did not book for a sleeper cabin. The economy class do not offer sleeping option so basically you will find the whole deck space littered with sleepers. I had brought along my camping gears and found a nice spot to laid out my Therm-a-rest mat. The journey took about 6hours and we arrived Makung, Penghu Island in the morning 0630am.
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The FSB Club bikers and families, almost 30 odd members including 3 babies were on this trip. They had planned only a night on Penghu Island while we decided to stay longer. Without wasting anytime after arriving on the island, we set off touring the island on our bikes. The Northern island trip we rode on that day covered almost 80Km.



rest stop


 通梁古榕 Tunglian Banyan Tree



Kuahai Bridge



 二崁褒歌糖 Erkan Old Residence



Spanish Fort

with friends Jonathan and Ah Keong who recently passed away


the only shaded Ammo dump

 Everybody is rushing to get a taste of Penghu Cactus Ice cream


~*~*~*DAY THREE*~*~*~
Video Link on the next few days on Penghu Island


The next day the FSB bikers decided to visit the remaining part of the island. After consulting on their route, We decided to stay back as where they are heading, it will be my planned route for the next few days on the island. We checked out the Hostel around 1130am and headed our own way and spent another 4 nights on the island and visiting the rest of the islands.



 old Makung Streets



Lintou Park - a military museum 








Sunrise B&B





 old and new bus-stops

Camping at Lintou Park

Dinner we bought at one of the supermarket


~*~*~*DAY FOUR*~*~*~
We decided to travel to the western part of Penghu before cycling back to Makung and stay in the town which we got a room for only NT750 



view of Makung

Dutch Fort


 風櫃洞

~*~*~*DAY FIVE*~*~*~
Around Makung - We decided to take a break from the ride and instead we toured around the city



















~*~*~*DAY SIX*~*~*~
 
Island Hopping Day Trip- Leaving the remaining gears in the Makung, we took a ferry with our bikes and toured around Chimei, WangAn and HuoChing Islands. End of the day, some tourist admired our spirit because on each island, we had specific timing to be back onboard the ferry. We actually saw more compared to the rest of the tourist onboard with us. The first two island ChiMei and WangAn, there were coaches to take the tourist around but would have to pay, for HuoChing Island, many tourist chose to stay onbaord.

ChiMei Island


望夫石 Waiting Husband Reef




龍埕 LungCheng

how you guys doing so far?


Little Taiwan

分岔仔 FenchaZi


Twin hearts
 WangAn Island
HwaZai traditional Houses 






 Yuanyang cave


settle down for lunch
Houching Island
There is nothing much on this island, most of the residence has gone off this island. It was a  long bike climb to get to the top of the island.








~*~*~*DAY SEVEN*~*~*~
We departed Penghu island via Budai which only took 80mins boat ride back to mainland. We did not have to pay for the bikes to be loaded just a one way ticket cost NTD950. We arrived at Budai around 630pm.

From Budai, Tainan is around 45km and Kaohsiung is 95km. I thought if we cycled to Tainan and spend a night, we should be there just before 930pm but somehow when we arrived at Tainan, my partner suggested that we should continue our ride back to Kaohsiung!!! So taking our sweet time and few breaks along way, we arrived back in Kaohsiung 230am.


My views on Penghu Island
Penghu is a beautiful island, it gets better if you head away from Makung. Most visitor to Penghu would rent a scooter to go around the island but after my experience, I felt it is far better to ride around the island on a bicycle since there are many bike lanes around the island. The best option to tour Penghu is 4 days 3 nights on a bike. I have not seen any camping facilities on the island but you still can camp out just like we did.

Beside Makung, the rest of Penghu you can't find food along the way. You have to note the 711 around the island where you can get your supplies and make sure you carry atleast one meal with you.

Penghu residence have to really look back on their act. Besides the beautiful view around the island, there were still many rubbish littered along the way. If this keeps up, in no time Penghu Island will be a rubbish dump.

If you wish to travel to Penghu by boat, the best is to go from Budai if your are near the area. This is the fast ferry we took. It took only 80mins boat ride and they have daily departure compare to MV Tai Hwa. On top of that, they do not incur additional charges for bicycle.


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