Camping Tai Long Wan

In Sai Kung East Country Park, you’ll find long stretches of scenic trails that climb up and down rocky cliffs and beautiful blue water beaches. It’s certainly a different picture of Hong Kong than the usual (though still incredible) packed skyline you might see online, but being able to go from city to sea in less than an hour’s drive is probably my favorite part of living in Hong Kong.

Camping Tai Long Wan - Camping tips and how to get to the trails that lead to the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park

Before summer arrives with full force heat and humidity, Peter and I wanted to make use of the tent we bought nearly a year ago and were sadly yet to use.

We packed up the motorcycle and hopped on for the ride to the Country Park entrance. Here you’ll find a small parking lot (often full for cars but you can usually still find motorcycle parking), restrooms and a small shop selling beach necessities and snacks before entering the park.

Camping Tai Long Wan - Camping tips and how to get to the trails that lead to the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park

all packed up and ready to ride

From the Country Park entrance you’ll want to grab one of the green taxis (green now that you’re in the New Territories) lined up by the bus stop. Ask the taxi to take you in to the park to Sai Wan. No cars other than taxis are allowed to drive past the Country Park gates.

You can also walk from the entrance of the park to Sai Wan but this will take around an hour and there’s nothing to see, but pavement. Sai Wan is at the end the single long winding road and there’s a small pavilion across from the start of the trail.

How to Get To The Trail

  • Drive to Sai Kung East Country Park Entrance/Visitors Centre, grab a green taxi into the park to Sai Wan
  • Minibus 29R from Sai Kung town (bus stop is outside the McDonalds)

Once you’re on the trail you’ll be hiking along the MacLehouse Trail – Stage 2 and a few different beaches

Camping Tai Long Wan - Camping tips and how to get to the trails that lead to the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park

  • Beach 1: Sai Wan – (~40min from start of trail)
    • There are a couple of beachside restaurants here where you can have a quick break along the hike, or you can rent camping gear and surfboards if you’d like to stay.
Camping Tai Long Wan - Camping tips and how to get to the trails that lead to the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park

Coconut break for Baby P and me

  • From here you can also take a boat back to Sai Kung if you don’t want to continue hiking

  • Beach 2: Ham Tin – (~50-60 min from Sai Wan)
    • The spot where we set up camp along with a few other groups
    • 2 restaurants behind the beach where you can get food, rent camping gear (tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, kerosene, firewood, charcoal…it’s all here!) and other necessities
      • In the trees behind the campsite (where the fire pit set ups are) you’ll find toilets and sinks with running water
      • From here you can also hire a boat back to Sai Kung

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  • Beach 3: Tai Long Wan – (~10-15 min from Ham Tin)
    • A quieter spot for campers and a really popular with surfers but still accessible to the restaurants and facilities at Ham Tin if needed
    • From Ham Tin, cross the rickety bridge to the restaurant behind the beach. Continue walking through the restaurant, past the fridges stocked with drinks, and you’ll eventually find yourself passing a few homes before making your way on to the trail to Tai Long Wan

Camping Tai Long Wan

Peter and I packed most of our own gear except for firewood, kerosene and meals. The latter three we purchased from the family run restaurant behind Ham Tin. Since we hiked from the start of the Sai Wan trail and back again the next day, we didn’t want to carry too much (and by we, I mean Peter).

Camping Tai Long Wan - Camping tips and how to get to the trails that lead to the beautiful beaches of Sai Kung East Country Park

Remove your shoes before entering the tent. Same rules apply for my apartment.

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If I went again I would bring ingredients for s’mores (A fire with no s’mores? How could I let that happen?), an extra blanket (it’s surprisingly chilly at night), and an extra pillow for my bump (man do I miss being able to sleep on my back!).

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  • Melissa Luety

    Do you think we’ll have trouble renting gear from the restaurant in Ham Tin if we speak zero Cantonese?

    • None at all! They have staff members that speak English and price lists/menus are available in English as well

      • Melissa Luety

        Oh, wonderful! And good tip on cash.

    • I should also add as a reminder that they don’t take credit cards so make sure you have cash!

  • Guillaume Brodeur

    Hi, can you please tell me if we need to book/call in advance if I want to rent the full gear( tent blankets other ). Thanks

    • If you are going on a public holiday weekend I would book in advance, otherwise you can usually just show up and rent on the spot!

  • Traveler

    Hi. Do you know the gear rental place hrs? Or the park generally? Is it possible to get to the beach after sunset?
    We are scedualed to get to sai wan pavillion and start the hike down the beach at about 19:00pm. You think it would be a problem?

    • Hi! You can call the rental shop to confirm. You can definitely get into the park and hike in the dark, but not sure if the shop will still be open when you arrive #- 2328 2315

      • Traveler

        Thank you!. By any chance have an email adres maybe?

        • None that I know of but they speak English (in case that was your worry) so there shouldn’t be an issues with speaking to them over the phone!

  • Sam

    Great post – thank you.

    I am planning a 9th birthday party camp-out for my son in the next few weeks. We would likely arrive by boat to save the kids from hiking so far with bags.Any advice for us before we send the invites out?

    We would likely have 5 kids and 3 adults supervising. Would want to hire tents etc and have a beach BBQ for dinner. I assume we can get breakfast and cold drinks at the shop?

    • Thanks for reading! I hope the post was helpful. Sounds like a great birthday party! If you’re going on a weekend you may want to call the shop beforehand to reserve the gear (#- 2328 2315). When you arrive I’d also ask the shop about booking spots on the boats back to Sai Kung the next day (they can fill up quickly on weekends as well). Breakfast, snacks, cold drinks, showers etc. are all available at the shop, but please remember it’s cash only! Enjoy!