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Hong Kong holiday

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bingham67, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. bingham67

    Soldato

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    Location: Hertfordshire

    Where to stay that dosnt break the bank? looking at a 7 night stay in Hong Kong I dont want to go that far only to come back fast.

    Current boutique hotel im looking at is Butterfly on Prat - Tsim Sha Tsui decent reviews to cost ratio on Booking.com and in one of the best locations according to research.

    So I love my photography I always see photos from moutain areas overlooking the city any good tips for photography locations.? Secondly food and drink because accomodation is not exactly cheap I would like to offset the costs with places that are cheap to and eat and drink any tips are welcome.

    Shame Virgin flights leave so late from London I love arriving in Asia early morning so have whole day to do stuff and I prefer direct flights.
     
  2. bliss

    Wise Guy

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    The last few visits we've made to Hong Kong we've stayed at a hotel called Ovolo Noho which recently rebranded to Mojo Nomad. It's relatively cheap by Hong Kong standards. Quite the basic setup but in all honesty all you need is a comfortable bed and working facilities.

    Grab yourself the open rice app for food recommendations. Most reviews are made by the locals and they don't tend to put up with poor food and service so you can count on them being honest. A few places fromy previous trip were Ippudo HK central, BEP, Oddies, Dim Sum Square.

    The obvious place for harbour shots would be along the peak trail, however I prefer lion rock which overlooks kowloon. Mongkok is a great area for urban photography, and islands like cheung chau if you want to see some of small town Hong Kong.

    I tend to fly Cathay Pacific. Pretty sure it's a morning arrival from both Heathrow and Manchester.
     
  3. JunkBot

    Gangster

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    Watching with interest.

    I’m booked to be in Hong Kong for a few days in May. We have booked an Air B&B.

    Planning on a side trip to Macau.
     
  4. Thecaferacer

    Hitman

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    You need to look at the Mongkok area in Kowloon for cheap accommodation that is still within walking distance of the avenue of stars etc. It's on the mainland but getting over to the island is very easy.

    Public transport is dirt cheap there so get familiar with the bus routes and fill your boots. Food wise, loads of street food around for virtually nothing and places like Starbucks are around a 1/3 of the price of the UK. Restaurants are like most cities, you can find places to eat for £10 or £1000, just do some research and have TripAdvisor ready on your phone.
     
  5. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

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    What’s your budget?
     
  6. SpartaK

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    Cordis Hotel in Mongkok, keep an eye on expedia and booking.com for offers.
     
  7. Raymond Lin

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    LOL, I LOVE that place.

    Upgrade to Club Room if possible...you can just eat and drink there all holiday if you want to.
     
  8. malachi

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    Just a prewarning, 7 nights in Hong Kong might be abit too long. I spent 8 nights there and I was board after 5 nights.

    That said, they have some lovely beaches.
     
  9. SpartaK

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    I still remember you telling me all about it, maybe next time I'll upgrade to club :D
     
  10. Raymond Lin

    Capo Crimine

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    A buffet breakfast that has everything from dim sum, fruit, noodles, curry, rice, pastries, fresh bread, cereals, bacon, eggs, sausages, hashbrown, yogurts etc etc, snacks all day with an afternoon tea 2 hour thing where they bring out delicious food including a piece of chocolate with a piece of gold on it!? free drinks all day including a proper bean to cup coffee machine (they even have take away paper cups like those from Starbucks to take away), tea soft drinks and beers and wine and spirits too, between 6-8pm there is also more food (hot food this time) and also unlimited champagne.

    It is insanely good value, not to mention it includes access to the gym (better equipped than ANY gym i've ever been to) on the 40th floor or something so hell of a view when you are running, and also access to the roof top pool. They even let me do a photoshoot there!

    The cost of this? about £40, so if you are with a friend, £20 per person.

    I didn't go to Starbucks once on my last stay there, I basically had enough coffee to make that £20 worthwhile alone lol

    Afternoon snack. (That's Watermelon Vodka, was amazing.)

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    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
  11. SpartaK

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    1 day in Macau and 6 days in HK is quite good, allows you to take your time and do things at a slower pace.
     
  12. SpartaK

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    Next time for sure man, next Asia trip is back to Japan :)
     
  13. Raymond Lin

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    Me too! (After Oslo and NYC).

    Thinking of this November if budget allows.
     
  14. bingham67

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    Looks lovely but trying to keep the budget under £1000 for the accomodation

    Oh really didnt know much about Hong Kong beaches in truth?

    Id say £1,000 for accomodation the Butterfly on Prat works out just under that and decent enough reviews
     
  15. Raymond Lin

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    £1000 for 7 days?

    Look at the Cordis then, one recommended above.

    HK has some lovely beaches, its on the south side of HK Island. Check out Repulse Bay.
     
  16. SpartaK

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    I might be going October!
     
  17. bingham67

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    Cordis coming up £1300 sadly add flights that nearly £2k done already jesus
     
  18. Raymond Lin

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    I have a wedding...so need to work around that.

    Anyway, back to OP.

    if you know where you are going and know what to eat and plan it out, you can hit everything on most Tourist guides in 5 days.

    But it depends how much you want to see, do you want to see things like the Gold Fish street or the 10,000 Buddhas, or even some remote fishing village? Those things are normally lower than on the list and can pad out your itinerary to like 10 days if you want.

    Having lived there and been back quite a lot, I have actually hit everything on the top 50 (may be even top 100, I've done some random stuff) things to do on most guides. Some I wouldn't bother, like the birds or flower market (street). Some I go back every year, like the Peak. Some are my new must do, like the Ozone Bar in the Ritz (need deep pocket...£20 a drink).
     
  19. Raymond Lin

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    What are the dates? I can do some digging for you.
     
  20. bingham67

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    4th April to the 12th decided to do 8 nights instead