Love napping on the bus? A Hong Kong travel agency has a tour for that

The bus tour will take the weary on a six-hour, 76 km ride around the New Territories and Lantau Island, complete with (optional) photo stops. Photo: Oriental Model Buses
The bus tour will take the weary on a six-hour, 76 km ride around the New Territories and Lantau Island, complete with (optional) photo stops. Photo: Oriental Model Buses

Falling into deep, uninterrupted sleep on a bus as the city rolls by—and waking up refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day—is a pleasure like few others. Now, you can sign up to do exactly that.

A local travel agency introduced what it calls “Hong Kong’s first sleeping bus tour” on Sunday, a six-hour excursion that will take the worn and weary on a drawn out scenic drive through the New Territories and Lantau Island.

Offered by Ulu Travel, the tour features a 76 km bus route, which the agency brags is the longest in Hong Kong. (They might be right: According to the Hong Kong Bus Fandom database, the longest daytime bus route is the E43 airport bus at 68.4 km.)

The 76 km bus route spans the New Territories and Lantau Island. Photo: Ulu Travel
The 76 km bus route spans the New Territories and Lantau Island. Photo: Ulu Travel

Starting at HK$99 (US$13), the bus tour will begin at Tsuen Wan, make photo stops at the aircraft maintenance area in Chek Lap Kok and Inspiration Lake near Disneyland before ending at Tsuen Wan West.

Tourists can, of course, choose to skip the stops and sleep the whole way through. For HK$129 (US$16), Ulu Travel offers the “0 decibel cabin” on the bus’ upper deck, promising a quiet environment for those who really want some shut-eye.

“A friend said that because of work and family-related stress, he’s not able to get a good night’s sleep at home. Yet, he finds that he can sleep well on the bus,” Frankie Chow, founder of Ulu Travel, told Coconuts.

The aircraft mainenance area has become a popular Instagram spot in recent years. Photo: guideguide.hk
The aircraft maintenance area has become a popular Instagram spot in recent years. Photo: guideguide.hk

The team thought that many in Hong Kong, exhausted by the city’s fast pace, might be able to relate.

In less than a day, more than half the spots for the event have already been sold, Chow said. If it proves popular, he added, the agency might roll out more “sleeping bus tours.”

The tour also includes lunch at Tsuen Wan before setting off to induce a “food coma,” the description reads. And yes—there are bathroom stops along the way.

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