Asia, Hong Kong, Travel

Lamma Island

Hong Kong’s great. No matter what time you head outside there is always something happening. The bright lights and never ending buildings make walking around aimlessly seem like intentional sight-seeing. Even watching people buy their groceries in the numerous little markets that fill the even smaller streets is something interesting to look out for. But when the hustle and busy of city life becomes a little too much to handle, where do you go to just get away?

Fortunately, Hong Kong is made up of several islands, meaning it’s super easy to hop on a boat and leave the craziness of Hong Kong Island or Kowloon behind. After a morning at the China visa agency, we decided to spend the rest of the day in Lamma Island, a little island about 20-30 minute boat ride from Central.

Lamma island has two ports, Sok Kwu Wan in the east and Yung Shue Wan in the north. We didn’t know which port we wanted to go to but the next boat to leave was one to Sok Kwu Wan so we hopped on that, and away we went!

As soon as we got off the boat, the pace of life was noticeably very different to that in Hong Kong island. Despite being asked to visit visit every restaurant we walked past, everyone just seemed a lot more chilled out.

Little restaurants selling freshly caught fish lined the path so, if you’re a fish eater, you’d love it here. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to eat a classic fish and chips, and it did not leave us disappointed!

With one of our main goals for the day being to find a beach (not really a hard task on an island this size) we set off walking after lunch. No more than 10 minutes after leaving our empty fish dinner plates, we had our first taste of sand. It wasn’t the cleanest of beaches by a long shot, but still, there’s something very calming about standing in sand and listening to the sea.

We carried on, unknowingly on route from Sok Kwu Wan port to Yung Shue Wan. We stopped for a while at the second viewing pagoda we passed before noticing there was a way to get to a secluded  beach below! A short walk downhill and through some trees later we arrived at the most peaceful beach. If it hadn’t have been for the Lamma Power Station in view opposite it would’ve been pretty perfect.

Just before arriving at Yung Shue Wan Port we had a look around the village. The shops and cafes there were awesome. Just Green is a health store in the village which we enjoyed looking around. We even bought a few things that are hard/impossible to buy in China (and I’m keeping an eye out for when they start delivering here!). There were lots of quirky cafes too and all of the the little knick knacky souvenirs one might ever wish to buy!

Lamma island was the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It was close enough to be convenient and calm enough to be a relaxing day.

Have you been to Lamma island? What did you think about it?

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