Hong Kong's back garden Sai Kung, Hong Kong
Known for its fishing villages, stunning scenery, hiking trails, beaches, islands, geological formations and laid-back vibe, Sai Kung, in the New Territories east coast is known as the back garden of Hong Kong.
With stunning views of the city, this former fishing village has become quiet-the -destination for adventurers and water sport enthusiasts who come to hike, snorkel, dive and kayak in its its idyllic beaches. Not only do the outdoor types flock here, Sai Kung is also a haven for foodies and shoppers with literally something for everyone. You'll find everything from dim sum, Michelin restaurants (Loaf On), Thai, to Miss Hui Homemade Steamed Bun. Don't like Asian food? There's even a British restaurant.
For all you caffeine addicts there's Little Cove Espresso, an Australian coffee shop serving bulletproof coffee, organic colas and Mediterranean dishes. For something heavier, there is even a craft brew house called The Bottle Shop.
For shopping enthusiasts you'll find everything from knick-knacks, designer clothes, boutique stores, handcrafts stores, Japanese grocery stores, to Hong Kong’s first zero-waste grocery store Live Zero.
Once you've had your fill eating and shopping, it's time to head for the beach. One of the most accessible beaches in Sai Kung is Trio Beach. You'll find it behind the Hebe Haven harbour that can be reached via a 30-minute hike from Hebe Haven (Pak Sha Wan). There's showers and lifeguard towers on-site, and beach snack stalls.
- Snorkelling, diving, kayaking
- Huge variety of al fresco drinking and dining – try Bakso, named after the bakso meatball, a popular street food in Indonesia
- Sample its famous seafood
- Shop at the local boutique shops
- Hiking one of the many picturesque walks
- Cooling off in one of the beaches
- Having to return to the concrete jungle after spending the day in paradise
There are no MTR stations that will get you directly to Sai Kung.