We had a harbour wedding with FLOAT earlier, and the bespoke package included a houseboat staycation, that took us to a unique and luxury cultural yet romantic experience.
The first trip is a Sampan ride, taking you to a traditional houseboat with cultural relics on display, they also provide a traditional boat noddles for lunch tour. Within the 1 hour boat trip, it will first take you to around 13 landmarks around the traidtional Aberdeen fishing village, there is also individual audio guide in different languages provided that tells you the histrory and cultural significance of Aberdeen.
The stop at Jumbo Kingdom will be replaced by Tai Pak floating restaurant. (We are lucky enough to closely visit the Jumbo Kingdom before it forever disappeared into the ocean 🙁 but it will forever be missed).
The other 30 minutes will take you to a houseboat with cultural exhibits (If you are heading for a lunch tour like us, you will spend 1 hour on the boat for the traditional boat noodles).The boat will return to Ap Lei Chau Hung Shing Temple afterwards.
After the sampan tour, we originally wanted to head to the Aberdeen Wholesale Fish Market and purchase seafoods before we check-in to the houseboat (Its in the afternoon), but its all closed (We asked around and later notice that it usually opens in the morning). We then head to the nearby market instead. When its time for the check-in, we then head to the pier and take a sampan, then arrive the houseboat! (There is a houseboat staff taking us to the sampan and showing us the inside)
When we arrived the houseboat that we will be staying for the night, we found out that its actually right next to the traditional houseboat visit (where we had lunch). The houseboat is extremely huge (compared to the regular Hong Kong apartment size). We were really excited, but started to get seasick after half an hour, luckily we prepared some medicines (please do purchase some for sure), it helps a lot actually.
The first impression to us is this huge living room and bar area, decorated in a wooden British-styled settings, it definitely offers a luxury yet vintage touch to the houseboat.
Head downstairs and a wide open-kitchen with full equipment (and a small comfy seating area with coach is available). The kitchen offers basically everything you need from oven, microwaves, plates and bowls, utentils, dish washer (ok just basically everything).
Continue to head down then you will see a game room (Mahjong that which two person is not enough), two bedrooms (in case we argue) with different style, and one shared bathroom in this floor.
Above the living room is a captain room that remind us we are actually on a houseboat with wheels and great view of the Hong Kong Aberdeen Fishing Village. Quite impressive.
Upstairs will be the master bedroom (Yes, 3rd floor). The bedroom is as huge as the size of the living room that is bright and clean, doesn’t feel stuffy at all. Behind the bedroom is a connected wardrobes (would be perfect if this is my house, but its pointless because I only need to hang like 3 clothese), and the master bathroom.
You can leave the sampan anytime, but you would need to call and ask for a sampan to pick you up , so we stayed in the houseboat and played broadgame (provided by the boat), and make our own seafood platter at night (shake shake seafood bag). The lobster is fresh and moves quite a bit, so you would need to mentally and physically prepared yourself. Overall, the seafood is quite fresh, and it’s enough for 2-3 person. Besides lobster, there is shrimp, abalone and clams. For side dishes there are garlic bread, corns and more. The shake shake seafood bag also comes with seafood sause, so what you have to do is just boil the seafood. and drop it all in one bag, pour the sause and shake it well. It also provides gloves and apron.
We ordered the “shake shake seafood bag” in advance (Seems like its the same company as the houseboat), so they directly place the seafood on the boat and prepare a huge cooking pot for us, so it’s actually a great add-on item for us for this romantic houseboat trip. Don’t forget to wash all the dishes, and you don’t have to bring any seasoning/dishes up the boat)
For the seafood bag, it is recommended by the houseboat company, so we ordered from their website. It is also available on Klook as well, the shipping is mostly free (website below). We actually ordered twice afterwards because we think it’s quite worth it and simple to cook. (Not an advertisement)
Little feedback: Make sure to have enough medicine for seasick, because it only lasts for around 8 hours, which we have to take 3 bills. The water pressure is smaller than usual (probably because it is on a boat), so taking shower might not be as comfortable as a hotel, and make sure not to put any tissues into the toilet (warnings everywhere). The overall cleaningless is acceptable (not perfect and not as clean. asa hotel, but I would say acceptable for a huge houseboat). For just the two of us, we can’t really use all the areas (like the Mahjong and bathrooms), but overall its still a fun and unique cultural yet luxury experience for both of us 🙂
Houseboat experience on klook: https://www.klook.com/en-HK/activity/46658-overnight-houseboat-experience-vintage/
Sampan tour on klook: https://www.klook.com/en-HK/activity/22655-aberdeen-boat-tour-houseboat-visit-hong-kong/
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