Lamma is one of the many islands in Hong Kong that can offer you a relaxing day off from the bustling city. While visiting Hong Kong last month, me and my boyfriend took a ferry from the Central to Yung Shue Wan and decided to walk the famous Family Trail.
I read online that Lamma is the hippie island in Hong Kong and the restaurants, coffee shops and organic shops confirmed that too. If you live or travel in Hong Kong, take your favourite book and spend your afternoon in one of the cozy cafes.
In Yunh Shue Wan you can find both Chinese sea food and Western restaurants. The village isn’t that big, but that’s part of the charm. I imagine it could be a bit packed during national holidays, but there was much space on normal weekday when we visited.
When walking along the Family Trail, keep your eyes open for this sign below. You find an adorable older Cantonese couple selling 豆腐花 tofu jelly in both hot and cold versions.
The couple only speaks Cantonese, no English or Mandarin, so be prepared to bring your dictionary or point the words hot or cold on the paper sign you can in the picture below. When we got there was a group of mainland tourists trying to use Mandarin to communicate with the owners. Lucky for them, my boyfriend offered to translate for them.
Remember to bring your swimming suits along! We forgot ours, so we could only walk past the people enjoying sunshine at Hung Shing Yeh beach.
Family Trail can take you between one to two hours, depending your speed and the amount of photographs you want to take along the trail. It’s quite a relaxing route, but does include some work for your legs and butt. Wear comfortable shoes and remember a water bottle!
Check the ferry timetables before hand as there isn’t that many ferries back from the Sok Kwu Wan to Central. We were lucky to finish the Family Trail just in time to catch the ferry.
There are other easy hiking routes on Lamma island too, so you can spent the whole day on the island if you want to. For example have lunch at Yung Shue Wan, stop for swimming at Hung Shing Yeh beach. From Sok Kwu Wan visit the ancient village nearby and come back for seafood dinner.