The Ipanema Surf House
Posted by Heliocentrism on September 8, 2009
August 30, 2009
Just to sit on a beach
In the morning I checked out of my hotel. It was a nice hotel, but it wasn’t near the beach that I had come all the way to Taiwan for. This was a relaxing vacation, not a sightseeing one. I wanted to just lie around on a beach and not do anything for a week.
I asked the ladies at the counter for the best way to get to Baisha. They acted like this was a very near to impossible thing to do. “You have to take a bus into town, and then take another bus to Baisha. It could take a long time. Buses don’t come by very often.”
As we were talking, the owner of the hotel overheard our conversation. “I’ll take you for 300TWD.” I don’t know if this was way too much to pay or if it was a deal, but I was willing to pay it. I would rather be sitting on a beach instead of standing at a bus stop.
The rooms can be rearranged to fit many people. There were four beds in my room before I got there, but most were moved out to make it a one person room.
The amenities were: free wireless internet, free internet when Max isn’t using his computer, free usage of a huge washing machine, and I think Max gives surfing lessons, though I don’t know how much it costs.
The hotel I slept in the previous night cost 1300TWD a night. That hotel came with a pool. Most of the hotels along the Kenting road cost about 800TWD for the low-end hotels to way more money than I care to think about for the high-end ones. The closer you are to the populated beaches the more the hotels will cost.
Scoot on Over
I was able to rent one of the two scooters that Max owned for 400TWD a day. This was great for me because I had budgeted 800TWD per night for a hotel and 500TWD per day for a scooter. The scooter cost about 80TWD to fill up with gas which I did 1.5 times while I was there and gave it back to max with roughly the same amount of gas it had when I got it.
Why don’t more people ride scooters? Funny you should ask that…
Max just handed me the keys for the scooter. He only asked if I had a driver’s license. He never asked to see it or whether or not I could drive a scooter. He gave me a 10 minute lesson only after I nearly rammed his scooter into the side of the guest house.
All by Myself…
Baisha beach was not what I was expecting. I wanted an isolated beach and that is exactly what I got. But it was a bit too isolated. There were no nearby restaurants or convenience stores. Every time I got hungry I had to scoot into town.
At the start of my mini-vacation I wished I had gone to Paradise Beach Resort in Vietnam. There I never left the beach. It cost 20USD per night and included 3 meals a day. But I purposely chose not to go to Vietnam because I had already seen Vietnam and I had never been to Taiwan.
The Republic of China
How to get there:
Taiwan in an island so you can enter this country by plane or boat.
Americans get a 30-day visa at the port of entry. Check with you local Taiwanese embassy or consulate for exact details on getting a visa.
- Emergency Numbers:
- Police 110
- Ambulance and Fire 119
- China Uncensored: The one China Policy
- If you ever visit Taiwan, write some address and phone number on your landing card, even if it’s for a Starbucks. Never leave the section for hotel’s address blank.
- 21°56’02.9″N 120°43’04.4″E
You can take
- a taxi.
- a bus from Kenting to Hengchun and then a bus from Hengchun to Baisha.
- a scooter.
Go north on the Kenting road. Once you pass Nanwan beach look out for a 7/11 on the corner of a big intersection. Turn left there. The road will end at a T-intersection. Turn left onto that road. Stay on that road until you see signs that say Baisha.
- There is more than one beach in Taiwan with the name Baisha. This is the one near Kenting.
The Ipanema Surf House
- 21°55’53.2″N 120°43’56.1″E
- Go north on the Kenting road.
- Once you pass Nanwan beach look out for a 7/11 on the corner of a big intersection. Turn left there.
- The road will end at a T-intersection. Turn left onto that road.
- Stay on that road until you see a temple. There are several little shrines, but you are looking out for a temple.
- There will be a traffic light a few meters from the temple and a road between the light and the temple. Turn left on that road. The Ipanema Surf House is at the end of that road.
- The name of the owner is Max.
- He used to live in Brazil.
- He loves surfing.
- This place is popular among surfers.
- Max offers surfing lessons for a fee.
- You can use the kitchen and store stuff in the fridge.
- You can do laundry here for free.
- Laundry detergent is free too.
- The rooms have air conditioning.
- The showers come with free shampoo and body wash.
- There is free wi-fi.
- There aren’t any restaurants nearby (within walking distance on a hot Taiwanese summer day).
- There is a corner shop that’s about a 10 minute walk away from the house. It’s really just an old guy sell snacks from his garage.