21 October, 2020
Where To Camp In Hong Kong: Tap Mun
Where To Camp In Hong Kong: Tap Mun
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Where To Go Camping In Hong Kong

21 October, 2020
Where To Camp In Hong Kong: Tap Mun

Looking to enjoy a weekend away from the city? Here’s where to go camping in Hong Kong.

We’re transitioning between summer and autumn, one of the best times of the year to spend outdoors. Those sweltering 36°C days are behind us and we can finally enjoy being in nature, without breaking into a sweat. Yay! So, why not make the most of it by spending a night sleeping under the stars? Yes, we’re talking about camping in Hong Kong. From beaches to hillsides, our city is home to many beautiful spots in which to pitch your tent. Add in good company, a box of beers and some snacks, and you’re set for an adventurous weekend to remember. Pick your campsite from the list below and go, go, go!

Editor’s Note: Social distancing regulations are still in place in Hong Kong, so please make sure you follow the latest government advice if you decide to venture out. Some of these campsites are temporarily closed, so be sure to check whether they’re open before you set off.

Read more: Unique Hong Kong Getaways: Camping, Teepees, AirBnBs & More

Where To Go Camping In Hong Kong

Where To Camp: Tap Mun

Tap Mun Island (Grass Island)

Although fairly secluded, Tap Mun is one of the most popular places to go camping in Hong Kong. The remote grass island is located off the northern peninsula of Sai Kung and the campsite is perched atop a hill, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding area. The site itself is not actually an official government campsite so don’t expect much in terms of facilities; make sure to take food, drinks and equipment with you for the night. The island is also renowned for wild cattle that roam free, so watch out for any uninvited visitors sneaking into your tent in search of food!

Location: Tap Mun Island, Northern Sai Kung Peninsula, Hong Kong
Facilities: It’s an unofficial campsite so no facilities here!
Getting there: To get to Sai Kung, take the MTR to Choi Hung and head for Exit C, then take the 1A green minibus to Sai Kung town (about 40 minutes). Alternatively, you can take the red minibus from Dundas Street in Mong Kok, which will take you to Sai Kung town directly. Once there, take the 94 bus from Sai Kung Town to Wong Shek Pier, and catch the ferry to the island (takes around 30 minutes).

Ham Tin Wan

If you’re after a beautiful beachfront setting and are a sucker for sunsets, this is the spot for you. This site may take a little effort to get to, but we promise it’s worth it! Located on the eastern side of Sai Kung Country Park, the campsite is situated on stage two of the MacLehose Trail (if you’re a hiking fan, make sure to check out all of the trails around the area). Ham Tin Wan is actually one of four beaches (namely, Sai Wan, Ham Tin Wan, Tai Wan and Tung Wan – which are all reachable by short trails) that make up the stunning area of Tai Long Wan. We recommend Ham Tin for camping as it is closest to the facilities.

Here, you can rent surfboards from the restaurant close by – a perfect excuse to spend the morning riding the waves before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the city. As there is a moderate hike involved to reach the campsite, we recommend hiring tents and sleeping bags once you arrive. Two-person tents can be rented for about $150, sleeping bags for $50 and mats for $20, with a $100 deposit. Firewood can also be bought from the store on site – just try and get there early as it can sell out quick!

Sassy Tip: Make sure to have plenty of cash with you for transport to and from the campsite, and for use when you are there. Depending on the weather, speedboats can also be booked for your return trip from the beach to Sai Kung.

Location: Ham Tin Wan Beach, Sai Kung East Country Park, Hong Kong
Facilities: Basic toilets and sinks, restaurants, surfboard rental, camping equipment rental. For further information head here.
Getting there: Get to Sai Kung (using the directions above). Once there, take minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion (about 30 minutes). If you’re feeling lazy, you can also hop in a taxi from Hong Kong Island and get dropped off at the Sai Wan Pavilion (you’ll find it easier to pick up taxis willing to drive this distance by finding Kowloon taxi ranks). From Sai Wan Pavilion, follow the signposts and path to Sai Wan (roughly 40 minutes) and walk along beach path to reach the camping area.

Read more: Your Guide To Tai Long Wan

Where To Camp: Tung Ping Chau

Tung Ping Chau

Tung Ping Chau is home to a number of magnificent landforms including Kang Lau Shek (Barbican Stone), a tall stack overlooking the sea, and Lung Kok Shui (Dragon Enters Water), a siltstone bed that resembles the spine of a dragon. Come nightfall, the views are just as beautiful with the moon and stars shining above. The site is adjacent to wave-cut platform on the sea and fully equipped with toilets, barbecue pits and eating areas for you to use during your stay. The ferry only runs to and from the island a few times each week so you need to carefully time your trip. As beautiful as it is, you don’t want to get stuck there for a week!

Location: Tung Ping Chau, Plover Cover Extension Country Park, Hong Kong
Facilities: Barbecue pits, benches, tables, clotheslines and dry toilet pits. Head here for further information.
Getting there: Take Tsui Wah ferry from Ma Liu Shui Pier and get off at Wong Ye Kok Pier at Tung Ping Chau (the ferry only runs on weekends). Once there, simply walk towards Sha Tau Tsuen and the campsite (takes around 20 minutes).

Pui O

Another beautiful beach campsite, Pui O is located on Lantau Island (which is easily accessible via ferries from Central). This site is right on the beachfront and has 54 spots for you to pitch your tent, complete with ready-to-use barbecue pits that are free of charge! All you have to do is bring some food and your camping gear. For busy periods, such as Chinese New Year, Labour Day and National Day, be sure to book your spot in advance here.

Location: Pui O, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Camp bays, barbecue pits, toilets and changing rooms, shops selling food and drinks. For further information, head here.
Getting there: Catch the ferry from Central Pier to Mui Wo (takes about 40 minutes) and then take bus 1 or 4 to Tong Fuk. The campsite is a 15 minute walk from here. Alternatively, take the MTR to Tung Chung and then hop on either bus 11 directly to Pui O town, or bus 3M or A35 to Bui O Public School, which is around a 30 minute walk to the campsite.

Read more: Your Guide To The Best Hong Kong Beaches

Where To Camp: Sai Yuen

Sai Yuen

For a more glamorous take on camping in Hong Kong, book a spot at Sai Yuen in Cheung Chau. This peaceful island spot comes complete with a range of tents to choose from (so no lugging your gear over on the ferry!). Offering Mongolian Yurts, Tepees, Safari-style tents and futuristic stargazing domes, each is fully stocked with all the bedding and equipment you need. If you’re wanting a more traditional camping experience, Sai Yuen also offer its “Wild Camping” experience; here, you can still hire tents and other equipment, but you’ll have to pitch your own tent! The farm also offers a whole range of activities, including rock climbing. Call 2981 1010 for more details, booking and prices.

Location: Sai Yuen, Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: A variety of tents, barbecue pits, toilets
Getting there: Take the ferry from Central Pier to Cheung Chau (fast ferry takes about 35 minutes, slow takes 55 minutes). Once in Cheung Chau, follow the directions here to find Sai Yuen.

Nam Shan

Located super close to Pui O beach is the gorgeous woodland retreat of Nam Shan. Make sure to check out Nam Shan Viewing Point, situated on a hill not far from the campsite, which offers a panoramic view of Mui Wo and Pui O Bay. Nam Shan also boasts the largest barbecue area in Lantau Country Park, with the extensive grassland accommodating more than 100 picnic goers. Be sure to stock up and make the most of the facilities!

Location: Nam Shan, Lantau South Country Park, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Facilities: Pavilions, barbecue pits, benches and tables, playground and toilets. Head here for further information.
Getting there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung and then take bus 3M to Nam Shan. Alternatively, catch the ferry from Central Pier to Mui Wo (takes about 40 minutes) and then take any bus (they all pass through Nam Shan). The campsite is right next to the bus stop!

Where To Camp: Long Ke Wan

Long Ke Wan

This campsite is situated beyond the secluded Long Ke Wan beach. Like Ham Tin, it’s a bit of a trek to get to, but it’s well worth the panoramic view of the white sandy beach below – the hustle and bustle of the city will feel worlds away. Though the official government campsite has barbecue pits and tables, you will need to bring everything else for your stay, including water. Before you leave, make sure you check out the nearby High Island Reservoir which features some awesome ancient rock formations.

Location: Long Ke Wan, Sai Kung East Country Park, Hong Kong
Facilities: Barbecue pits, benches, tables, dry toilet pits. For further information, head here.
Getting there: Take the MTR from Choi Hung station, then take minibus 1A to Sai Kung Town. From here, take a taxi to the East Dam at High Island Reservoir and walk along section one of the MacLehose Trail to Long Ke Wan (around 20 minutes).

Wan Tsai

Wan Tsai South and nearby Wan Tsai West are both popular camping spots that sit on top of the Wan Tsai Peninsula. The peninsula lies on the north-west of Long Harbour and overlooks Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park, Hong Kong’s first marine park which is home to over 120 coral fish species. It is a particularly good campsite for beginners as it has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including its own localised water supply, showers, changing rooms and barbecue pits.

Location: Wan Tsai Peninsula, Sai Kung West Country Park, Hong Kong
Facilities: Barbecue pits, benches, tables, changing areas, large-scale bathing and toilet facilities. For further information, head here.
Getting there: Get to Sai Kung (using the directions above) and then take minibus 7 to Hoi Ha Village. From there, follow the Tai Tan Country Trail until you reach the campsite (takes about 45 minutes).

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 5 April, 2017 and was most recently updated in October, 2020.

Featured image courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 1 courtesy of CHUNYIP WONG via Getty, image 2 courtesy of image courtesy of Rachel C via Unsplash, image 3 courtesy of Saiyuen Camping Adventure Park, image 4 courtesy of hnching via Unsplash.

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