Hot springs and waterfalls beckon enticingly from Jiaoxi, a city that’s only an hour’s bus ride from Taipei. If you find yourself on the way to Jiaoxi some weekend, then here’s what I recommend you check out on arrival, including a delicious cheap eat and a place to stay.
1. Get a fish pedicure
There are signs at several places in Jiaoxi where for 80 NTD you can get some paper towels and allow fish to nibble at your toes for as long as your heart desires.
2. Get naked in the forest
Also for 80 NTD you can go to Hot Springs Forest Park, where the hot springs are divided into men’s and women’s. The dress code is nothing, so bust out your birthday suit and go for a brave stroll among the trees and bubbling springs.
3. Dip your feet for free
Don’t fancy paying cash for a dip. Well, there are plenty of freebie options for your feet scattered throughout Jiaoxi. Just look for the rising steam in any tree-lined park and pop your toes in.
4. Hike up to a waterfall
Take a local bus towards Wufengxi (you can use your Easy Card) or take a taxi. Then hike past some pretty streams to see the waterfalls. There are three and they are all quite impressive for being a stone’s throw away from town.
5. Stay in this Airbnb and enjoy a personal hot spring bath
I highly recommend this Airbnb on the edge of town. The place is cheap for Jiaoxi, clean, and modern. And the bathtub is linked to the hot springs, so you can get all the benefits of the minerals on your skin without baring it all in front of a bunch of strangers.
6. Eat a cheap and filling meal at a local place
Jiaoxi has lots of hotel dining options, but they can be quite pricey for substandard fare. Instead try some hot, thick broth and noodles for only 30 NTD. You’re wallet and your stomach will be satisfied all afternoon. This place is close to the train station, just walk outside and look for a restaurant with a red sign. I think the Chinese name translates to Luo Dong Pork Soup, but don’t quote me on that.
Got anymore Jiaoxi recommendations? Let me know in the comments as I’m definitely going back to this lovely hot springs town soon!