Even though Hong Kong may seem 40% concrete and 60% weird jungle with aggressive lunch-stealing monkeys, there are some amazing camping spots that really leave you wondering why you don’t camp more. Here at Bloom Me we love to discover new activities to dive nose first into, so we have compiled a list of the best camping spots around Hong Kong and how to get there. Remember to pack your mosquito (and monkey) repellant, it’s time to hit the trail!
Tai Long Wan (Sai Kung)
Sai Kung may as well count as camping sometimes, but the best spot to really escape the rat race is Ham Tin Wan beach on Tai Long Wan bay. This beach consists of Instagram-worthy sand and serenity not often found in Hong Kong. With a long shoreline and plenty of room for activities, Tai Long Wan is a good spot to set up camp and get around to relaxing.
If you’re looking to rent camping gear down on the shoreline, walk a little further along the shoreline to Ham Tin Wan where you can rent tents, surfboards, and sleeping bags.
Take the train to Hang Hau, where you can get the 1A minibus to Sai Kung. In Sai Kung, there’s another minibus outside McDonald’s which will take you to Sai Wan Pavillion. From there, it’s about a 40 minute hike -take water, stay hydrated, friends!
Maclehose Trail Stage 2 will take you in the right direction to reach this beach. There you can rent camping materials from the beach or if you have your own use your own tent to gaze under the late-summer stars.
Getting home is easy with speedboats back to Sai Kung and central available from many of the beach huts along the shoreline, but be sure to ask about departure times and weather (choppy waters mean no boat rides).
Hok Tau (New Territories)
This picturesque site on the northern slope of Shek Au Shan places campers amidst lush trees, vibrant wildlife and a freshwater stream. Getting here is relatively straightforward and there are bathrooms with flush toilets as well as barbecue pits. Challenge yourself by hiking up one of the nearby trails such as Ping Fung Shan and Pat Sin Leng.
Take a minibus (52B) from Fanling MTR Station and get off at Hok Tau Tsuen Terminus. Walk along Hok Tau Road towards Hok Tau Reservoir for around 15 minutes before reaching the campsite.
Tap Mun (Grass Island)
These remote and grassy campgrounds off the coast of Sai Kung are a great place to unwind and dive head first back into nature. With an unofficial campgrounds and little in the way of restaurants and shops, Grass Island is best for those looking for a more authentic camping experience. Just remember to stock up on supplies including adequate water.
One truly unique experience in this campground is that on cloudless nights, you can behold the Milky Way in all its glory, a rarity in Hong Kong. Be sure to visit Balance Rock, a natural rock formation that is Hong Kong’s answer to the leaning tower of Pisa.
A word of caution, keep an eye out for brazen wild cows in the area, they are known to come stomping into tents and grabbing food. Just shoo them away (or invite them to join you, depends if cows are your thing.)
Getting there: take the ferry from Ma Liu Shui or Wong Shek Pier. From there, walk up the path to the north of the village, and then follow the signs to the toilet and towards the Balance Rock.
Pui O Beach Campsite (Lantau)
Nestled in Southern Lantau near Pui O, this campsite features some clean beaches, bathrooms, BBQs, showers, cafes, guards, shark nets, and just about everything you’d ever want on a beach (other than the cast of Baywatch).
This campsite is more Glamping than camping, Pui O’s large official campground can hold around 52 tents, and offers the chance to get some serious fun in the sun done. Beach huts offer kayak and surfboard hire. For more inspiration on water activities this summer check out our list here.
Take the MTR to Tung Chung and, if you’re travelling by public transport take the 3M bus to Pui O and walk down Chi Ma Wan road. Otherwise you can take a ferry from central to Mui O and take any bus to Pui O.
For the time conscious or lazy, taking a cab from Tung Chung MTR is also possible.
Tai Mo Shan Rotary Park Campground (Kowloon)
Tai Mo Shan Rotary Park is a government campground located in North Kowloon. With bathrooms, BBQs, and picnic tables in abundance, this campground is located on Hong Kong’s highest mountain and offers spectacular views. Tai Mo Shan reaches 957 metres high and can get very cold in the winter (rug up) and also quite cool in the summer (light jacket it). There’s also an hour and a half or so hike to the peak as well as a 35m high waterfall to take snaps of.
Other than taking a taxi directly to the campgrounds from Tsuen Wan MTR, you can take bus 51 to a bus stop named “Country Park”. The grounds are a 6 minute walk from there.
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Even though Hong Kong may seem 40% concrete and 60% weird jungle with aggressive lunch-stealing monkeys, there are some amazing camping spots that really leave you wondering why you don’t camp more. Here at Bloom Me we love to discover new activities to dive nose first into, so we have compiled a list of the…