Tai Long Sai Wan - Best Campsite / 3rd Best Beach in Hong Kong

Tai Long Sai Wan, Sai Kung – Camping

The ultimate silence campsite

The site lies in Tai Long Sai Wan, which is one of Sai Kung East best scenic spots. It is exactly behind Kap Man Hang Bridge adjacent to the second stage of MacLehose Trail. There is the option to pitch a tent onto the sand on the beach, the panoramic view of the shoreline and off-shore islands is breath-taking. At dawn, a peek out of the tent flaps will garner a beautiful sunrise from the ocean-lined horizon. Tai Long Sai Wan was used to be a typhoon shelter for fishing boats but the High Island Reservoir project blocked the shortcut channel.

Country trails: MacLehose Trail – Stage 2

Facilities: Restaurants, room rental, surf board rental, camping equipment, changing rooms

My favorite restaurant is located at Ham Tin Wan where you can rent tents ($100 for a 2-person tent), sleeping bags ($50) and surf boards (~$100).  I love their quietness and I enjoy spending a starry night with my friends having BBQ and drinks at the restaurant.

On Kee Store

13, Ham Tin Wan Village, Sai Kung, New Territories

Tel: 2328-2262

How to get there:

  • Take the MTR to Choi Hung (green line), get out at Exit C and get the 1A Green Minibus to Sai Kung (40 mins)
  • Take Minibus 29R or a taxi from Sai Kung town (outside McDonalds) and alight at the Sai Wan Pavilion terminal (30 mins)
  • Follow the signposts and paths directed to Sai Wan (40 mins)
  • Follow the beach path to reach the next three beaches: Sai Wan to Ham Tin (40 mins), Ham Tin to Tai Wan (15 mins); Tai Wan to Tung Wan (40 mins)

Exit:

  • You can follow the same way back; or for those lazy ones like me:
  • Ask the restaurant owners to order a boat at Sai Wan or Ham Tin back to either Wong Shek Pier ($80 per head, 20 mins) or Sai Kung Town directly ($100-120 per head, 30 mins)
  • From Wong Shek Pier, you can take bus no. 94 back to Sai Kung Town (30mins)

Otherwise

  • Walk from restaurant at Ham Tin Wan to Chek Keng pier (1 hour)
  • From Chek Keng, you can take a *ferry to Wong Shek Pier (20 mins)
  • From Wong Shek Pier, you can take bus no. 94 back to Sai Kung Town (30mins)
*Available on Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays Only, leaving Chek Keng @ 10:20 a.m.11:20 a.m.12:20 p.m.1:20 p.m.2:20 p.m.3:20 p.m.4:20 p.m.5:20 p.m

25 Comments

  1. Eric
    • 27/09/2011 at 6:13

    This is by far the best description I’ve seen, short, sweet, detailed and to the point.

    I will be using this in the following weeks. Thank you!

    • achan
      • 27/09/2011 at 8:14

      Eric, You are very welcome and thanks for visiting. Hope you enjoy the hike / camping in HK. Crossing fingers for nice weather!! Cheers, Andrew

    • Daniel Roberts
      • 09/09/2013 at 3:10

      Agree! Thank you Andrew! Your blog is informitive and to the point. Camping next weekend! :D

        • 09/09/2013 at 3:24

        thanks :) enjoy your camping trip, cross fingers for the great weather.

  2. Guillaume
    • 02/04/2012 at 14:55

    Hi hikers,

    Great website !
    I’m a paraglider and enjoy a lot HK sites such as Long Ke, Ma On Shan, Lantau or Shek O !

    You mentioned that the owners of the restaurant can call a boat to Sai Kung directly.
    Do you have boat owner or restaurant owners numbers ?
    I’d like to rejoin Lonk Ke Wan from Sai Kung town.
    Thanks,
    G

    • achan
      • 02/04/2012 at 16:24

      Hey G,

      Glad you like the site!

      Here’s the restaurant number:
      On Kee Store
      Tel: 2328-2262

      Ask your chinese friend to call for you.

      Best,
      Andrew

  3. Sebastiaan
    • 07/05/2012 at 5:44

    Hey!

    great info on the beach. I want to go there in October, will the weather still be good enough for camping there? Furthermore, does anyone speak english at the restaurant? My Chinese is practically nonexistent sadly. Thanks in advance!

    • achan
      • 07/05/2012 at 7:10

      Hey, the weather should be great for camping in Oct. They speak very very basic english – they have many foreign customers as well. Buzz me if you need any help as well. Cheers, Andrew

      • Sebastiaan
        • 07/05/2012 at 15:53

        Thats great to hear! Thanks will do!

        Seb

        • Sebastiaan
          • 07/05/2012 at 17:56

          Oh one more question. Will it be busy during the day or at night, or are you usually the only one at the beach?

          • achan
            • 10/05/2012 at 11:07

            Sorry just checked my email – if it is weekday, you probably are the only one at day / nite. If weekend, then will be more busy but still much more quiet than other beaches in HK.

            Remember there are 4 beaches in Tai Long Wan – i recommend Tai Wan (next to Ham Tin Wan – the bridge) is more remote. Well – you can even swim naked and no ones can see you.

            Cheers
            Andrew

    • 10/09/2012 at 11:43

    Hi!
    Can you please recommend a child friendly camping site.
    Is there a place from where we can rent camping equipment like tent etc.
    thanks,
    Vivek

  4. Ryan
    • 19/09/2012 at 5:14

    Do you know if we have to reserve a campsite here or do you just show up?

    Does anyone know if you can set up a tent and camp on the beach or do you have to camp in a designated camp site?

    Thank you!

    • Ryan
      • 19/09/2012 at 5:17

      also, just wondering, you rent tents from this On Kee Store on Ham Tin Beach and then walk to Sai Wan to camp?

      • Andrew Chan
        • 21/09/2012 at 5:10

        If you want to camp at Sai Wan, you could rent at the stores at Sai Wan (the first beach) instead. But personally i like Ham Tin Beach(2nd beach) more.

    • Andrew Chan
      • 21/09/2012 at 5:11

      for campsite, you can just camp at the beach (even tho it is not the designated campsite but people do that). But you may wanna reserve a tent by phone in advance.

  5. Mindy
    • 23/09/2012 at 3:43

    Really helpful website, Andrew!!
    Gonna have my first camping trip next month!! I am thinking doing this more often so definately need to come back here!

    • Andrew Chan
      • 23/09/2012 at 7:32

      Thanks for visiting!

  6. Davidosaurus Cawston
    • 25/09/2012 at 8:45

    hi Andrew, do you happen to know if the san pans that can be ordered from the restaurant will run on the up coming public holidays?

  7. mandy lam
    • 08/09/2013 at 2:40

    Hi Andrew,
    I’m trying to organize a beach gathering @ Long Ke Wan on the upcoming Sat. Planning to arrive there by taxi to east dam then walk to the beach. But when I leave at night, will there still be speedboats for rent or I need to pre arrange with the boat company? Do you have any boat renters contact details? Thank you!!!

    -Mandy

  8. mandy lam
    • 08/09/2013 at 2:41

    I need speedboat back to Sai kung to leave :)

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