Located on Lantau Island is the fisherman’s village of Tai O that is also known as the “Venice of Hong Kong”. The village is known worldwide for its stilt houses and local species of pink dolphin. I visited this village after visiting the Big Buddha that is also located on Lantau Island.
My main reasons for visiting Tai O were for photos, to take a boat trip and also take a visit because it was close to other locations I was travelling to around Hong Kong. I was looking for somewhere tranquil and relaxing to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city for a day.
Fresh seafood snacks are available from street vendors such as deep fried fishballs that are delicious. The food is very cheap and there are also small shops where you can buy refreshments. Other shops sell various types of raw fish etc.
If you are looking to see the pink dolphins then you have plenty of choices regarding the boat trips. I chose to take the $20HKD (€2.25) boat trip that lasted 20-25 mins out at sea in a small boat and the driver will drive around in the hopes of spotting some dolphins for everyone to see. Unfortunately on the day of my boat trip I didn’t see any pink dolphins but the boat trip was still a fantastic experience. The boat brings you around the island where you can get some great photographs of the stilt houses and the surrounding greenery around the village.
Overall the village gives a very authentic feel as you walk around; there are very few signs of tourism that I think is a huge bonus. I recommend taking your time exploring the area and definitely trying the fishballs along with the other local delicacies.
I also recommend checking out the Big Buddha also located on the Island, click the link here to read my blog experience about it.
How to get there:
It is quite a long journey to get to the village but it is definitely worth it. If coming from the Kowloon side of Hong Kong like I did then you can get the metro to Tung Chung station.
The number 11 bus goes all the way from Tung Chung to the village, taking a long scenic route up the mountain roads.
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