We actually visited all those places in different times, but if you only have limited time in Taiwan, then I suggest you can go all those places in one go.
Let’s see the map first! Imagining Taiwan is a kind of potato and sitting in the middle of East-Asia. Nantou then is the heart of the potato, the only city isn’t next to the ocean in Taiwan.
Monster village 妖怪村
“Monster village” 妖怪村 is a copy version of Japanese culture. It is located in the middle of Taiwan where surrounding by the mountains. That make it sounds like a hard to find village, contrary, the public transport is relatively convenient than other countrysides in TW. Nice place to have street food for lunch and enjoy the scene here.
Suggest visit duration:1-2 hours.
Address: No. 2-3, Xingchan Rd, Lugu Township, Nantou County, Taiwan 558
Official website: http://www.mingshan.com.tw
I suggest you visit 忘憂森林, although James and I didn’t go there last time. But geographically , it’s just on the next door. This place has became very popular now. Looks like the scene has magical spell and there may be something come out.
Please note that you may take taxi to the entry of the forest as it probably takes 20 minutes to get there by foot.
Suggest visit duration:4 hours.
Official website: http://www.lotusforest.com.tw/
Sun moon lake
The story of sun moon lake.... Sun Moon Lake surrounds a tiny island called Lalu. The east side of the lake resembles a sun while the west side resembles a moon, hence the name.
Sun moon lake
Suggest visit duration: 1+ day
Official website: http://www.sunmoonlake.gov.tw/English/#1
[ Suggest route ] Note: Start your trip from Taichung city
2 days trip:
D1 Monster village→Louts Forest
D2 Sun moon lake→Taichung city or Ali shan