Tai O is in desperate need of some cool. I love this place, it’s a travesty that after the fire the locals weren’t allowed to rebuild all their stilt-houses. Let’s all just pray to each of our gods that the Government doesn’t go ahead with its “Authentic Fishing Village” redevelopment project after the Old Police Station is finally turned into a hotel.
It IS an effing authentic fishing village you idiots!? Have you been to Fishermen’s Wharf in Macau? It’s horrific and more importantly completely deserted.
The architecture in Tai O is fantastic and there are plenty of lovely little houses and shops that open onto the river. Why then is there only one Hongky, in this city full of entrepreneurs, smart enough to open a cafe?
Bless them for doing it at The Balcony though, as we had a lovely beer at sunset on a Sunday watching the wading birds and boatman winging about. The hoards leave Tai O pretty early on Sundays as there aren’t many restaurants, no bars and the majority have a minimum of an hour’s journey to get home. You get the place to yourself and it’s great.
You can have bar snacks to go with your drinks, which is always welcome after a long hike. The balcony itself only has room for 4-5 tables, and you sit on the wooden terrace staring through the slats into the river beneath. Love the fact that each table comes with it’s own little gold-fish bowl too.
The owner is really friendly and you can buy history books on Tai O and other little crafty bits and bobs – Crikey it’s like Lamma minus the drug dealers!
Location: The Balcony is over the swing bridge, past all the dried seafood shops, take a right when you hit the end of the street at Fuk Moon Lam restaurant, and then about another 100m or so on your right. 86 Kat Hing St, tel: 9153 7453