Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan

BY CK Lam

The month of June was designated for a trip to Taiwan, a country famous for its bustling cities, leisure farms and its night market offerings of street food! Together with several journalist, we headed off on a fun six days five nights trip exploring the natural beauty of Taiwan’s Leisure Farms, their attractions and food.

We started our trip with a comfortable Dragon Air flight from Penang to Hong Kong before transiting with Cathay Pacific Airways to Taipei Taoyuan Airport. The first county we stopped by was Yilan, home to many leisure farms such as San Fu Leisure Farm, Toucheng Leisure Farm and Agrioz Museum & Cafe.

 

San Fu Leisure Farm
No. 82, Lane 161, Xinliao 2nd Road
Zhongshan Village
Dongshan Township
Yilan County
Taiwan
Tel : +886-3-9588690
Website : www.sanfufarm.com.tw

At San Fu Leisure Farm  三富休閒農 situated near Renshan Botanical Garden, accommodation was comfortable with basic amenities though a little dated. The night at the farm’s sprawling landscaped garden, complete with a koi pond had us getting up close and personal with multiple species including frogs, spiders, and butterflies.

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Agrioz Museum & Cafe
No. 33, Meizhou 2nd Road
Yilan County
Taiwan
Tel: +886 3 928 5758
Website: http://www.agrioz.com.tw

The next morning we took a drive over to Agrioz Museum & Cafe in Yilan. Opened in 2010, the major highlight of this place is the kumquat. Also known as golden tangarine, the kumquat taste is bittersweet.

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Toucheng Leisure Farm
125 Gengsin Road
Toucheng Town
Yilan County
Taiwan
Tel: (03) 977-2222
Website: http://www.tcfarm.com.tw/en/html/aboutus.asp

Toucheng Leisure Farm with a sprawling 120-hectare is located at the north-east coast of Taiwan. Boasting a verdant natural environment and abundant agricultural resources, the meal served at the resort is Halal certified.

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There was a host of activities to check out, including rice seedling and rice paper lantern making. The hands-on lantern making was our task and the experience was very memorable for all of us.

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Lin Old House Leisure Farm
544, Sec. 2, Zhongshan Road
Guanyin Township
Taoyuan County
Taiwan
Telephone:+886-3-4980-753
Website:www.lin-Jia.com

For a glimpse of the past, head over to the Lin Old House Leisure Farm 林家古厝休閒農場. Our host, Mr. Jintang Lin, the fifth generation of the Lins, has developed the ancient house with old farm life into a leisure farm.Lin Old House Leisure Farm, Agrioz Museum & Cafe, Toucheng Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Nan Yuan Leisure Farm, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Lin Old House Leisure Farm, Agrioz Museum & Cafe, Toucheng Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Nan Yuan Leisure Farm, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, We embarked on a lotus eco-tour coupled with a tour of the old farm house before indulging a tasty lunch spread of lotus and Hakka dishes in the restaurant.

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Sheipa Leisure Farm
No. 380, Minshih, Taoshan Village
Wufeng Township
Hsinchu County
Taiwan
Tel: +886-3-5856192 / +886-3-5856193
Fax: +886-3-5857182
http://www.sheipa.com.tw/eng/

A trip to Sheipa Leisure Farm is an exceptional experience for anyone seeking a few days off in the crisp, cool mountain. Situated in Wufeng Township in Hsinchu, it is one of Taiwan’s most highly situated destinations.

The drive up was filled with gorgeous views but the road could prove to be very winding for some. With an altitude of 1,923 meters, it offers splendid Sheipa mountains, sea of clouds, starry sky, and beautiful natural sceneries. Its observation deck with panoramic view of the surrounding is a great place to catch the sunset or marvel at the night sky.

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Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm
Da Tong Highway
Li Lin Vil
Dahu Township
Miaoli County
Taiwan
Website: ginger.mmmtravel.com.tw/
It is worth checking out Mile High Cafe Leisure Farm 田媽媽 雲也居一休閒農場. Located a short distance away from Sanyi and Dahu major attractions area in Miaoli county, this place is run by “Countryside Moms 田媽媽”, a brand created by the Council of Agriculture.

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Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort
(Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm)
No.176,Sec 1st,Zhoungshan Road
Puli Township
Nantou County
Taiwan
Tel: 049-2997848
Fax: 049-2900037
Our stay at Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort  楓樺台一渡假村 in Nantou allowed us to enjoy beautiful flowers and scenery at its Ecological Leisure Farm and a meal with flower dishes. Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm, Lin Old House Leisure Farm, Agrioz Museum & Cafe, Toucheng Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Nan Yuan Leisure Farm, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm, Lin Old House Leisure Farm, Agrioz Museum & Cafe, Toucheng Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Exploring Leisure Farms around Taiwan, Toucheng Leisure Farm in Yilan, Sheipa Leisure Farm in Hsinchu, Leisure Farms in Taiwan - Yilan Taoyuan Hsinchu Miaoli Nantou Tainan, Blueberry, Taiwan, Taiwan Leisure Farm, Nan Yuan Leisure Farm, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort, Mile High Cafe & Leisure Farm, Accommodation choices include a fleet of bungalows built on water. Each comes with a private balcony with views of swans swimming by –  it was a beautiful sight to be behold.

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Tsou-Ma-Lai Leisure Farm
742, Taiwan
Tainan City
Danei District
Taiwan
Tel: +886 6 576 0121

Website: http://language.farm.com.tw/

Tsou-Ma-Lai Leisure Farm, a tourism and leisure farm run by Tainan County Farmer’ Association plays host to the 2016 Tainan International Mango Festival Opening Event and Press Conference. Held respectively at Tsuo Ma Lai Farm, Yujing, Naihua, Danei, Nanxi and Zuozheng, the event runs from 25th June to 17th July.

We relished mango delicacies from different districts, followed by delectable lunch of mango cuisine. After the mango celebration, we adjourned to Yu-Ching Mango Ice House, which serves a line-up of mango ice with fresh mango and ice cream.

A full write up of this mango festival can be view here.

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Opening speech by Lai Ching-te, mayor of Tainan

 

Nan Yuan Garden Leisure Farm
No.25 NanHu, Koyi Village
Liouying District
Tainan County
Taiwan
Tel:+886-6-6990726
Our last stop is Nan Yuan Garden Leisure Farm 南元休閒農場. Situated at Siraya National Scenic Area of Tainan City, the resort is a great family getaway with many facilities.

The 30-hectars farmland with natural forests and six natural lakes offers abundant natural resources like animals, birds, fishes, insects, and more than 2,000 varieties of plants. Fireflies and cicadas are among the many species. The place is open for day trip, and visitors can utilize some of its facilities for a fee.

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For accommodation, the resort offers boutique hotel as well as family-friendly wooden chalets. Located at the lakeside, the chalets made of Luanta-fir with European style architechture comes with superior and double bedrooms.

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In general, each of the leisure farm with its unique agricultural, ecological and cultural features provided a welcome escapade from the hustle and bustle of city life. I definitely look forward to returning to Taiwan in the near future!

 

*Thanks to Taiwan Leisure Farms Development Association & Apple for hosting the trip

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