An unforgettable and immersive experience in Hualien!
We are a student-run organisation comprising of students from National University of Singapore. We engaged Round Taiwan Round to help us plan a 4 day itinerary for 24 students in Hualien, Taiwan in mid May 2016.k
Firstly, the company's consultant, Judy Tang, was very forthcoming and accommodating after we explained the types of activities we wanted to do on this trip and the constraints we faced as students. Since we are a club that organises outdoor activities, we planned to do some hiking (Zhuilu Old Trail) in Taroko National Park, river tracing, whitewater rafting, open sea kayaking at Qingshui Cliff and camping in Shitiping. Judy helped to plan a wonderful itinerary and we are very thankful for that. Our representative worked with her for five months prior to this trip and she always tried her best to answer our many questions as well as allayed our fears about the frequent earthquakes that occur in Hualien.
Although bad weather forced us to plan a whole new itinerary for our last day just the day before, Judy and our guide Allie Lin were extremely helpful and made sure our safety came first in the activities we wanted to do, even when they had to rush to finalise the new itinerary for the last day. They always emphasised safety throughout the trip, and we seldom had to worry even when the activities were slightly dangerous. However, it would have been better to have more safety measures put in place for open sea kayaking. The coach to participant ratio was hardly sufficient. Other than that, there was more than enough safety measures in place for the other activities.
Our guide, Allie, was great! He was always very cheerful and friendly, even when he was also tired from participating in the activities with us. As a local, he was very knowledgeable about the culture and would not hesitate to share with us interesting anecdotes which we all enjoyed. He was very helpful in giving us suggestions to plan the new itinerary at the last minute, and we couldn't have done it without him. He is also very easy to get along with and I wholeheartedly recommend him as a guide for anybody who is looking to visit Hualien.
It was a truly memorable trip and we sincerely thank Round Taiwan Round for this priceless experience! A special shoutout to Judy and Allie - this trip wouldn't have been possible without you guys!