Once in a while, we all need a little getaway from the city life and the stresses of technology. Here in 東勢林場 Dongshih Forest Garden, Taichung, you can spend an entire day just relaxing and soaking in the scenic views of the surrounding nature.


dongshih forest garden map

dongshih forest garden taiwan

Upon arrival, the lush greenery and flora (depending on which season you go) instantly relaxes your eyes. Guests can have lunch at 佳霖餐廳 Jialin Restaurant within the Dongshih Forest Garden which serves Hakka cuisine. The simply decorated restaurant looks unassuming at first, but the amazing fresh taste it serves up will definitely delight your tastebuds.

jialin restaurant dongshih forest garden

jialin restaurant hakka cuisine dongshih forest garden

fresh vegetable dongshih forest garden jialin restaurant

The restaurant has many specialties, including the Braised Pork, Black Chicken soup with more than 4 different kinds of mushrooms, and the most interesting silky textured wild vegetables. Later on, we found out that these were special types of edible ferns found within the forest. These tasty dishes would win over the hearts of even non-vegetable lovers.

After lunch, head down to the Dongshih Forest Garden Administration Building to appreciate some Chinese Tea, and compete to solve a puzzle game.

dongshih forest garden chinese ta administration building

Fun fact: This paper puzzle game was designed and developed by the General Manager himself! This game looks simple but is increasingly challenging.

Next, take a walk around the enchanting forest and get ready for some amazing nature shots. Apart from the picturesque scenery, we encountered a great variety of flora and fauna along the way so bring along your cameras for some great snaps.

dongshih forest garden flower

dongshih forest garden nature

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If your feet gets tired along the way, dip your toes into an outdoor hot spring within the forest garden.

dongshih forest garden outdoor hot spring

If you would like to bring home a little bit of nature’s best from Dongshih Forest Garden, take home a bottle of locally sourced honey from their little bee farm. The bees are really friendly so take this chance to go near and admire that which we often take for granted.

dongshih forest garden bee farm

dongshih forest garden bee honey farm

In the evening, book a private hot spring room within the compound (森之湯)and watch the sunset while soaking in the natural spring waters. Each room has an unobstructed view of the mountains, providing you with privacy and closeness with nature. The natural spring water here is full of minerals which will revitalise your body.

The hot springs are also fitted with a Jacuzzi setting, so you can drown out your stressed thoughts with the soothing bubbling.

Drinking water is provided in each room, as guests are all encouraged to drink up after soaking. Don’t worry about packing toiletries, everything is provided within the hot spring rooms itself.

dongshih forest garden private hot spring room

March to May is the best season for fireflies watching. Make a trip down during that time to appreciate a blanket of fireflies lighting up the valley in the night. There are also fireflies tours that you can sign up for such as from Round Taiwan Round. http://www.rtaiwanr.com/taichung-city/dongshi-forest-garden

dongshih forest garden fireflies watching season
Credit: https://www.facebook.com/tsfa.firefly

Address: No.6-1, Shilin St., Dongshi Dist., Taichung City 423, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Telephone: 04-25872191
Opening Hours:06:30~22:00

Best way to get to Dongshih Forest Garden

Driving: Take Highway No.1 and connect to Highway No. 4 at 166km Exit. Follow Dongshih Road Towards Dongshih township that will lead you to Dongshih Forest Garden.

Public transport: Take the bus or train to Fengyuan Train Station. There will be a Fengyuan Bus route to Dongshih Forest Garden.


Bali is a very popular tourist destination for travellers worldwide – with its beautiful resorts and interesting Balinese culture and history. There are however a few things to take note of when travelling in Bali with tourist traps and scams like private hire drivers who are out to earn more from you by bringing you to shops/restaurants that pay them a commission. You will likely get ripped off at these places where they could sell you inferior products or give you a menu with significantly marked up prices.

Thus, if you are going to hire a private driver to check out the sights in Bali, make sure you hire one with good reviews on Tripadvisor or other similar sites. There are many travel agencies in Indonesia – one of the more well known one is Smailing DMC which offers quite a number of different travel packages for visitors to Bali and Yogyakarta. You can find out more about their services at https://www.facebook.com/smailingdmc/

It is also on their Smailing DMC Facebook page that you browse through their selection of tours at Bali and Yogyakarta and book directly on the page whether you are looking for car charters, day tours, and everything else to look for in Bali and beyond. Click either on “Online Booking” or “Book Now” buttons to book your tours. You can also book tours for your Bali or Yogyakarta trip here: https://smailingtourbali.checkfront.com/reserve/?provider=droplet&partner_id=9&apply_to_all=1&color=%23000&font=&date=&background=&end_date=&tid=&lang_id=&locale_id=&pipe_url=

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Smailing DMC is very proud of their vehicle fleet and many benefits cited by them about their private car hire services are:
• ‪Professional‬ and friendly driver
• ‪Price‬ already including petrol, water, and free wet towel
• ‪Free‬ WiFi internet access (yes, you can get online in-car!)
• ‪Clean‬, well-maintained, and secure vehicle with tourism license
• ‪Tour‬ guide is available upon request.

smailing tour bali vehicle guides

If you are travelling to Bali and not sure what to do besides chilling out by your private villa pool, Smailing DMC Facebook page offers a lot of options for you to choose from – targeted at the adventurous you who wants to do exciting activities like white water rafting.

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Here’s a video of Smailing DMC white water rafting tour:

If you want something more relaxing or therapeutic, then there are tour options like a Bali village cycling expedition or pottery-making workshop where you can learn ancient techniques from the old experts in a traditional Balinese village.

smailing bali village cycling tours

If you prefer something that gives you a glimpse of Balinese culture and history, you can check out the Uluwatu Sunset and Kecak Dance.  On this tour, you will visit GWK‬ (‪Garuda Wisnu Kencana‬) ‪cultural‬ park with its ‪‎giant‬ ‎statue‬ of over 150 meters tall.  Then you will continue the trip to ‪‎Uluwatu‬ Temple, an 11th century ‪‎architectural‬ marvel located on top of a steep rock at 300 meters above the Indian Ocean, then enjoy the great ‪#sunset‬ from the temple ‪‎cliff‬ while watching the famous Balinese dance ‪Kecak‬.

bali kecak dance smailing tour

If you want to make full use of your day to experience the best that Smailing DMC has to offer – then check out this tour – 3 in 1 VW Safari/Rafting/Horse Ride tour!

smailing bali vw safari rafting horse ride adventure tour

Smailing DMC also offers tours in Yogyakarta. Borobudur is one of the most see sites at Yogyakarta and there are many variations of tours that combine Borobudur with other cultural sites and activities – all available for you to peruse at Smailing DMC Facebook page.

borobudur day tour smailing bali

If you want to see what else Yogyakarta has to offer besides Borobudur, Smailing DMC also has a few suggestions e.g. tubing at Pindul Caves – sounds very interesting!

yogyakarta pindul caves smailing bali tour

I have compiled the best of what Smailing DMC has to offer in this booking form – click here for more information to book your Bali and Yogyakarta tours,

For an overview of tour services offered by Smailing DMC, check out this video below.

For more info about Smailing Tours, please contact them at +62 361 288224 (Indonesian number) or message them at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/smailingdmc/ – they usually reply quite fast.


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