Thursday, 10 September 2015

Travel Log: Lamma Not Llama (Yung Shue Wan)

My latest travel log takes us to Lamma Island, it's a cute bohemian island (showcasing seafood restaurants) that belongs to Hong Kong. The ferry journey from Hong Kong to Yung Shue Wan - the busier side of Lamma Island - took roughly twenty to twenty five minutes. It's a relatively short journey and it's really quite pleasant, even if the water is quite choppy around the harbour. 

Stepping off the ferry is like stepping forty years back in time, it's all centred around the laid-back almost hippy lifestyle that goes along with the fishing village stereotypes. Lamma Island is exactly as I expected, when I've been told about it in the past I built up a picture and it really lived up to the image I had in my mind. Seafood restaurants, bars, clothing shops and handmade jewellery shops are scattered all the way through Yung Shue Wan. It's a fantastic place to buy bohemian fashion as it's all quite organic and made naturally on the island. 

I need to start being more careful about my spending really because I bought a pair of trousers, a pair of three quarter length shorts and some short shorts in Yung Shue Wan. The pricing is actually really good but it just all adds up, y'know? I guess it's also important to just think about what can be worn back in the UK and what is only going to work in HK. 

So, to the right is an image I took to show the boho/hippy elephant designs I've really taken to. Also, the lightweight cotton material is fantastic for the hot and humid weather in Hong Kong. I know that I certainly feel much more comfortable wearing shorts like these. Cotton, linen and perhaps other lightweight fabrics are perfect for places such as this one. Really it just shows the general style of the island, every single clothing shop in Yung Shue Wan sells items such as these. The patterns are nearly identical in every shop, though, there are a few hidden gems. 

Another type of shop, that isn't really specific to Lamma, is the dried plant and spice shops. A lot of Asian people still turn to natural remedies, ones that can typically be found in these spice shops. The spices and dried plants can also be used for cooking but they are more typically used as organic medicine.

My day consisted of dipping in and out of shops, stopping off for cold drinks and smelling the most bizarre spices. It was really enjoyable, especially when I had the chance to cool down under the fans in the bars. It's quite a relief! I am getting used to the heat now though, I mean, I still feel gross and hot all of the time but it's just more comfortable when I know what to expect from the day. 

Anyway, I plan to return to see Sok Kwu Wan which is the town on the other side of the island. Though, apparently that's even more seafood orientated so I think Yung Shue Wan will be my favourite of the two. Eventually I'll get around to visiting the other side but I think it might be quite a bit later on in my trip. Right, so thanks for reading my most recent blog post. There's much more content to come, I'm going to the Ladies Market in Mong Kok tomorrow so that will probably be my next post. Until then, bye!

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