With the weather starting to finally cool down, we joined some friends who also have an infant for a camping trip at Sai Yuen Farm on Cheng Chau Island.
Camping at Sai Yuen Farm
Sai Yuen Farm is located on the Southwestern tip of Cheung Chau, one of Hong Kong’s outlying islands. With roaming goats, different types of tents, and many different outdoor activities like 2-wheeling and bubble soccer.
Since we were there with two infants, we opted out of most of the activities, and instead enjoyed setting up our two spacious teepees.
Sai Yuen Farm
Tel: (852)2666 9556
How to Get There
We took the ferry to Cheng Chau from Central then rented two tricycles which we rode to the bottom of the hill just before Sai Yuen Farm (bicycles are allowed at the farm, but tricycles are not). With the babies with us we had a lot to carry.
Camping with a baby for the first time can be daunting. To make things easy on ourselves, we opted to rent most of our supplies from Sai Yuen Farm. The week before we reserved a 12′ teepee which came with sleeping mats, sleeping bags, small inflatable pillows, a lantern, mosquito net and extra blankets. Inside there was also a large fan unit which I imagine would be crucial in the summer as there wasn’t much air circulation inside the teepee.
Our setup was great and comfortable though one of the sleeping mats in our friends’ tent did not inflate properly and unfortunately we didn’t realize this until late at night when the farm’s front desk was closed. My advice would be to check that everything is set up properly upon arrival so you’re ready and comfortable at bed time.
Outside the teepee were two chairs and a small table. We didn’t spend too much time at our campsite however as we spent most of our stay hanging out by the barbecue.
Usually we build our own fire when we camp, but since this wasn’t allowed at Sai Yuen, we opted to rent one of their barbecues. This included tongs and charcoal. For lunch I had packed everything we needed to assemble chicken quesadillas.
For dinner we did chilli Frito pies and mulled wine. We had plenty to eat and drink and I’m glad we had the on site shop at Sai Yuen Farm to buy extra bottles of water and other drinks.
Bathrooms and sinks were kept clean and they had showers on site too. Although we didn’t make use of the other activities on the farm, there were families with older kids there that seemed to love the archery and bubble soccer.
The shop on site is great if you forget any essentials, but Cheng Chau itself is well developed with restaurants, pharmacies, grocery shops etc. so if there’s anything you need during your stay, you won’t have trouble finding it.
Overall the site is beautiful and well maintained. It’s a great option for families and those who don’t want to worry about carrying or packing their own supplies. It’s a bit pricey for those who camp regularly or who have their own supplies already, but it did make it fun and easy to camp with Patriot for the first time.
For our next trip we’ll most likely head back to one of our favorites – Tung Lung Chau!