Donghe 東河 !
What a beautiful place. The whole area – Taitung County, in Southeast Taiwan – is magical. When driving up the coast you will find a stunning scenery. Magnificent green mountains to the left, a stunning wild ocean to the right and you right in the middle of it!
One village, one street, two side streets, three surf spots.
We stayed in one of the many guesthouses around Donghe – the Low Pressure Hostel. A beautiful hostel owned by a passionate Japanese surfer and his wife. The cheaper rooms are alright, nothing special, but all you need. You will notice the owners roots when you see and especially feel the japanese toilet!
Have a great breakfast on their terrace (there also have very good coffee!) and drive with your car to surfspot Nr.2 at the Donghe river mouth.
On the Highway No. 11, just follow the surfers driving a car or scooters loaded with surfboards, heading to the beach at Donghe. For us it was the best spot when we were there (April). The beach is rock shore, where the strong waves in good shape are formed during the northeast monsoon in winter. The best time for surfing is in the morning and during sunset.
Compared to surfing spots in other places, Donghe is less known by the people. But according to the locals it still attracts professional surfers from local and worldwide. However Donghe is not an easy surf spot, but nevertheless beautiful and fun to be in the waves. However, if you know what you’re doing, and you’re happy to explore, you’ll find surfing treasures all along the coast here.
We had two favourite places to eat:
Nr. 1 is obvious. Donghe Baozi (東河包子) is a famous Bun palace where many traveller park just to grab some of the delicious “Baozi”, steamed meat or veggie buns. There are so tasty, you become addicted to it – we went there every day and ate 2-3 buns! You cannot miss it when you drive on the main road.
Nr. 2 you can easily miss. It´s one big table outside, an open kitchen with one women cooking in it – right on the main road. At first we thought it´s a private place, but we discovered something like a menu in mandarin hanging on the wall. We didn´t understand anything, we couldn´t even talk to the women but with international “signs” and little English she welcomed us at her place. What an experience, we ordered what sounded great, but we actually had no idea. It turned out that we made pretty good choices, the food was extraordinary delicious. But towards the end the indigenous friendly women surprised us with a taiwanese speciaility. What we thought was tofu, turned out to be – after being revealed by the chef – pig blood! What a delicious experience…
Absolutely love this place!