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Study Trip

Hiking in Hong Kong

Sunday 14 - Thursday 18 January 2018
Leader: Mr. Peter Laverick, Life Member

 

 

Following the popularity of the Hong Kong hiking trips previously the Society is planning a similar trip in January.  The format of the trip will be the same but most of the walks will be different, so even if you joined previous trips you will enjoy new experiences.

Though Hong Kong is famous for its man-made features - shops, hotels, airport etc., the territory also has large undeveloped areas divided into no less than 23 country parks.  In the past the territory has been run by governors who have enjoyed walking, and as a result there is a network of well laid out and well marked walks across these empty areas.  Most flat land in Hong Kong is built on, so these paths are quite hilly, but on the plus side this means that you get some stunning views; the sea is never far away.  Quite a few local people use the trails at the weekend, but during the week they’re deserted.  On this trip we will explore some of these trails. In January the climate in Hong Kong is usually very pleasant – dry with temperatures in the range 15°-20°C.

We will spend four nights at the comfortable Kimberley Hotel or similar. The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui - Hong Kong’s premier retail, cultural and leisure district. It is surrounded by numerous tourist attractions, shopping arcades and fine restaurants.  Harbour City, Space Museum, Cultural Centre, The Star Ferry, Avenue of Stars and the Waterfront Promenade are all within 15 minutes walk.

Please note the following:-

1. Every day there will be a walking trip organised, but each trip is optional – if you want to take a day off to shop or just relax then you are free to do so.  The walks will vary, but typically will be about 10-15km.  The trails will be hilly but we will be following established paths so the terrain will not be difficult.

2. To get to and from the walks we will be using Hong Kong’s excellent but busy public transport system – trains, ferries and buses.

3. As most of the walks are in remote areas, most days we will stop at a shop to buy something for lunch before we start our walk.  You will also need to carry drinking water.

4. Hong Kong has a wide variety of restaurants, so each evening you will be free to make your own arrangements for dinner.

5. As the main object of the trip is hiking we will not need a local guide.  The leader is already familiar with all the trails we will use.

6. Because of the nature of this trip the group will be limited to 10 people.

7. Though the flight to Hong Kong on Thai Airways is included in the itinerary the ticket price is not included in the price of the tour.  Members are free to make their own way to Hong Kong and join the group at the hotel.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Sunday, 14 January

Meet at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 08:30 and get Thai Airways flight TG628 to Hong Kong, leaving at 10:30.  Have lunch on the plane, and on arrival at Hong Kong at 14:20 transfer to the Kimberley Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Monday, 15 January

Our first walk will be on Hong Kong Island.  We will get the MTR and bus to Wanchai Gap, from where we'll walk on trails through varied vegetation for 10km to Repulse Bay. Just before the end of the walk we will get great views of the bay, pictured on the right.

Day 3: Tuesday, 16 January

Today we will take the MTR and then taxi to Gilwell Scout Camp where we will begin our walk.  The trail takes us along the hillside above Kowloon, giving us spectacular views of Kowloon and the old Kai Tak Airport.  Weather permitting we will also be able to see Victoria Peak.  The high point (literally) of this walk is Lion Rock.  Roads and the railway pass through tunnels 400m beneath us.  We can continue on to finish our walk at Tai Po Road (about 11km in all), or take a shorter route to Lion Rock Tunnel Road (about 8km in all) before taking public transport back to our hotel.

Day 4: Wednesday, 17 January

After breakfast we will set off for Lantau Island.  We'll get the MTR to Tung Chung and then a bus over the hill to Cheung Sha on the south side of the island.  From there we will follow the Lantau Trail for about 11km to the village of Mui Wo.  A lot of the Lantau Trail follows the top of the hills but this part is low down, though there will be 250m ascent halfway through the trail.    Mui Wo has a selection of seafood restaurants overlooking the bay, and we will have time to get something to eat and drink before getting the ferry back to Central.

Day 5: Thursday, 18 January

For a finale, after breakfast at the hotel we’ll take a 11km walk on Lamma Island.  We'll start by getting the MTR to Central, and then the ferry to Sok Kwu Wan on Lamma.  Most of the walk we will be near sea level, but there will be one climb to 80m and another to 140m.  We will finish our walk at Yung Shue Wan, from where we will get a ferry  back to Hong Kong and collect our luggage from the hotel before going to the airport to catch our flight back to Bangkok.  We will take flight TG639 which leaves Hong Kong at 18:55 and arrives at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 20:40.

Booking

Bt. 18,000 (Bt. 21,000 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 9,000. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.  A deposit of Bt. 10,000 and photocopy of passport must accompany the booking.  Because Hong Kong hotels get fully booked payment in full is required by the end of November.  Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’.  Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7.  Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. In case the tour has to be cancelled due to insufficient participants, a full refund of the deposit will be made.

Includes/Excludes:

The contribution includes 4 breakfasts, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. It excludes airfares,  visa fee to Hong Kong (if any), personal expenses, etc.

Cancellation charge:

Cancellation after booking:                                    Deposit forfeited
14 days before the start of the trip:                        30% of the tour cost
13-10 days before the start of the trip:                   50% of the tour cost
Less than 10 days or cancellation without notice:     No refund

Your booking will not be confirmed until deposit payment has been received.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.