Tai O

Tai O, Hong Kong: Hours, Address, Tai O Reviews: 4/5

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Lovely little fishing village with many shops and seafood. Take a boat ride for lovely scenery or take a walk up the mountain to see the White Chinese Dolhins swim.
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MsMkonnichiwa
Sydney, Australia111 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
As many others have said, this is a very different place, well off the beaten path. We took the MTR to Tung Chung then the clearly marked and organised bus to Tai O. We went on a Sunday and didn’t have to wait for a bus in either direction. The bus ride is a bit twisty, but wasn’t too long, and the terminal had decent loos. the village was easy to get around, noting locals biking through the streets pretty regularly, and despite it being a Sunday, it wasn’t very crowded.
It also wasn’t nearly as smelly as we’d expected, and after a nice walk up the small hike to see the Macau bridge, we had a tasty and affordable meal at one of the restaurants. It was about $90 per dish of tasty and fresh meals, Wnglish menu and English speaking staff.
After lunch we waited in the queue at the Tai O bakery for their famous donuts hot out of the vat, bought some lovely cards make by a local artist in her gallery, and walked along the river through the “outskirts” I guess you’d call it.
The housing is super interesting, and each one is unique. I was both fascinated but mindful that these were people’s homes.
When we got back to the bus terminal, there was a long queue but it moved very quickly, as buses were back to back, taking people back to either Tung Chung, or via the gondola.
Overall, a very nice, affordable day out to see a unique part of HK.
Written February 21, 2021
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SoleDrifter
Hong Kong, China18 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Nestled in the western coast of Lantau Island, this is a must visit if you are in Hong Kong (travelling, living or otherwise visiting).
Getting there - we chose the ferry from Tung Chung Pier (HKD32.5 per Adult). Ferry is a great way to experience the scenic views of the island by sea. You can alternatively go via bus or taxi as well.
Things to Do - As soon as you land, I would recommend taking a walk around the pier, it has breath taking views of the sea and the surrounding hills.
Next head to the main market, where you will find a large selection of sea food both fresh and cooked into tasty snacks which are a must try while you explore the village.
Lunch @Fuk Moon Lam, it’s a Chinese restaurant with a wide selection of amazing mouth watering food. Try the shrimp and the fish (though there is plenty of red meat to choose from as well).
For a quick evening bite enjoy the local waffles and egg balls. Though everyone lines up @uncle’s for the egg balls (be prepared to stand for an hour in a queue). Trust me after the long wait they were not worth it. I would recommend the ones from a stall nearby which had a wider selection and was much quicker.
Now onward for some coffee admits the scenic views @solo cafe. The coffee here is amazing... ask for some Jameson (not on the menu, got to ask the nice gentleman who owns the joint, he is more than happy to accommodate) to make the experience a bit more Irish specially on a cold evening.
Recommend you sit at the tables facing the stretch of water flowing through the village. Alternatively, you an opt for @tripplelanterns cafe, spotted the cafe from across the river, couldn’t check it out as we were heading back)
There are also some wonderful temples and a lot of culture to see and absorb here so make sure you give yourself the day by starting early.
Heading Back - it’s time to go... if you want to take the last ferry (which is around six) make sure you take the ticket once you land as seats are limited and sell out quickly.
We took the bus back. It gave us a chance to stay a bit longer and experience to beautiful sunset views. The queue for the bus may seem long but is fast moving and you will be boarded sooner than you think (bus 11 dropped us back to the terminus adjacent to city gates mall)
P.S. if going in winter make sure to dress in warm clothes (the wind chill is nasty and you are sure to shiver as the wind gains momentum during the evening)
Hope you enjoy your visit as much as I did #soledrifter #hongkonglife
Written January 28, 2020
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1968Monkey
Hobart, Australia67 contributions
Jul 2019
I have visited Tai O several times now, and it is always on my to-do list when visiting Hong Kong, especially if I am making my way over to Lantau Island, which I have done the last 3 times I have been there. My favourite eating place is the Crossing Boat Restaurant and I go there fairly exclusively so I cant recommend any other eateries in the village. I have stayed once at Espace Elastique and I can highly recommend this accommodation and their customer service was fabulous and I am so grateful for the time we turned up late but they were there waiting for us (we did call in advance to explain we would be late due to getting our hiking times wrong, we did think we would be there on time). Walking through the tiny streets is like going back in time, and Tai O has some river cruises that you can take if you want to explore further. If you are heading to Ngong Ping to see the Giant Buddha for the day, there are buses that can take you down to Tai O and back, doesn't take long, and it will worth your while to do.
Written March 6, 2020
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jenkle89
Hendaye, France405 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A 50 minute bus ride from Tung Chung (Bus 11) takes you to the oldest village on Lantau, the lovely Tai O fishing village. It was nice wandering the little lanes, discovering some smoky temples and discovering all sorts of dried seafood. It is worth taking a 20minute boat trip for 30HK$ which takes you through the village and then around the bay, although we didn't spot any rare pink dolphins. I think it is best to visit in the morning/early afternoon after which it gets busy.
Written January 29, 2020
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Tubby Panda
Portsmouth, UK416 contributions
Jan 2020
The Venice of China and a must see are often used to describe Tai O. Probably a bit over the top yet it is an interesting place to go and as a photographer I loved it.
It is a fair trek to get to and I would recommend you only go if you are near the place. We went there late afternoon from Tsing Yi and ended up so late we had to sleep over in HK. (I live in Shenzhen and border is not 24hr)
You just have to explore around the old bridges and walkways, do be respectful of people living there, not everywhere is open to the public. Whilst some of it is falling or fallen apart there still a lot of unique views around the place.
I would recommend if you can visit on a week day and away from any Chinese holidays, it is not a big place and the streets would fill very quickly.
There are lots of places to eat and tons of fresh and not so fresh seafood products hanging around, obviously it smells so be prepared.
I plan to revisit because the few hours I spent there were not enough to capture all of it, for a look around with friends/family you may be happy with a couple of hours. A photographer can easily do all day.
Written January 26, 2020
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Remi
England2,522 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The Venice of Hong Kong - Tai O Fishing Village is a must see picturesque place when visiting Hong Kong. It is accessible by taking Bus 11 from Tung Chung Station. Once reaching Tai O, we passed through an avenue full of street food items and dried seafood. The fish maw, salted fish and fermented shrimp paste were popular souvenir items. A the charm of this historic community. Stilt houses were built along the river bank. A few graffiti arts and street arts made the area more attractive.
Locals there were mainly elderly people nowadays as the younger generations preferred to live in the city. However, the city was still lively with many restaurants and locals were actively maintaining the village.
Written February 14, 2020
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,364 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
We went to Tai O on Sunday. This time we have taken the ferry from Tuen Mun. Its worth the trip as the whole journey is quite scenic. When you arrived at Tai O ferry walk along the pink colour bridge. This is the less touristy bit and it has it beauty. I was absolutely thrilled to discover this part of Tai O

The touristy bit of Tai O is still very pretty. With less tourist, you really can enjoy the charm of this place. However as this place residence are mainly elderly people, please remember to wear a mask @ all times during covid.
Written August 17, 2020
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Emmanuel N
Sydney, Australia4,129 contributions
Jan 2020
Lovely village, which likely brings you back some decades.
Don't take the "guaranteed dolphin-sighting tour". It is a sham. The chance of you spotting a dolphin is less than 10%, so dont be taken in by the boatmen's guarantee that you will spot dolphins.
Just walk around and take some rad photos will do.
Written February 20, 2020
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Truthful Reviews
London, UK7,393 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
If you don’t like cats stay away. Lovely fishing village with some good restaurants and coffee shops. Head towards the Heritage hotel for some old colonialism. Take a trip around the waters in the Venice of Hong Kong. 21 bus to closest MTR or number 1 bus to Mui Wo ferry then onto central.
Written March 1, 2020
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,612 contributions
Aug 2021
Tai O is the only remaining fishing village in Hong Kong despite of the touristy outlook. It is also the only place to see the floating houses in the city. The fresh air and lush space makes it a perfect respite from the urban crowd. Unfortunately most of the shops are tourist-oriented and do not really offer something unique or interesting. Transportation can be a hassle given the very limited ship and infrequent bus options.
Written August 25, 2021
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