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Old 14-02-2010, 01:51 AM
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It totally depends on you and what you're after. Not knowing anything about you or how long your trip is I'll just give a general run down.

Hong Kong is a good introduction to that part of the world if you haven't been to asia before as it's a mix of western and chinese culture (this would be the total opposite to say Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh which is really full on, hectic and in your face - not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you're up for). Hong Kong's business district with its huge sky scrapers, banks and posh restaurants contrast with the streets in Mongkok where hardly anyone speaks English that are just a mile or two away.

There's an entire street in Mongkok with over 100 shops that only sell goldfish and goldfish related products. Parks dedicated to selling caged birds that turn into tai chi meccas at sundown. The main island has a big mountain that you can reach by cable car and gives stunning views of HK.

The metro system is easy to use, as are the cheap ferries to and from the main island and lots of people speak English well. It's one of the most expensive places in asia so if you're on a budget that would be the only reason not to pay it a visit. I did four nights there which was enough to see plenty of the city and got myself a good hotel room with aircon to deal with the jet lag.

HK is also easy to visit if you're flying in from Europe as the likes of British Airways fly in there, especially if you're on your way to Oz etc. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are more useful as hubs if you want to visit South East asia.

Air Asia are a great airline with really cheap flights that can usually be booked just 24 hours in advance. Like Ryanair but without the two fingers in your face.
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Old 14-02-2010, 01:57 AM
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Here's a snap I took of the view from the top of Hong Kong island.
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Old 15-02-2010, 06:57 PM
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It totally depends on you and what you're after. Not knowing anything about you or how long your trip is I'll just give a general run down.

Hong Kong is a good introduction to that part of the world if you haven't been to asia before as it's a mix of western and chinese culture (this would be the total opposite to say Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh which is really full on, hectic and in your face - not necessarily a bad thing depending on what you're up for). Hong Kong's business district with its huge sky scrapers, banks and posh restaurants contrast with the streets in Mongkok where hardly anyone speaks English that are just a mile or two away.

There's an entire street in Mongkok with over 100 shops that only sell goldfish and goldfish related products. Parks dedicated to selling caged birds that turn into tai chi meccas at sundown. The main island has a big mountain that you can reach by cable car and gives stunning views of HK.

The metro system is easy to use, as are the cheap ferries to and from the main island and lots of people speak English well. It's one of the most expensive places in asia so if you're on a budget that would be the only reason not to pay it a visit. I did four nights there which was enough to see plenty of the city and got myself a good hotel room with aircon to deal with the jet lag.

HK is also easy to visit if you're flying in from Europe as the likes of British Airways fly in there, especially if you're on your way to Oz etc. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are more useful as hubs if you want to visit South East asia.

Air Asia are a great airline with really cheap flights that can usually be booked just 24 hours in advance. Like Ryanair but without the two fingers in your face.
Great stuff. Very well explained. Many thanks for your help.
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Old 15-02-2010, 06:58 PM
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Like I said, you could easily spend a week or two in Hong Kong, but I'm sure there are better things too do on the Mainland, especially if you want some sort of authentically Chinese experience.

If you're in Hong Kong, I would recommend a day-trip to Macau, or even an overnight trip as the casinos don't really kick off in the daytime.

There's probably only two things you absolutely have to do if you go to Hong Kong. One is to take the Star Ferry to Kowloon for the views of the city's skyline; the other is the trip up the peak.

It would be a pity not to catch a horse-racing meet as well. An evening meet at Happy Valley would be the best option, but it's likely to be decided by when and where it's on when you're there. The other course at Sha Tin is more modern and comfortable, but it's a bit out of the main part of the city.

If you can give a day over to it, take a trip to Ngong Ping and Lantau. My recommendation would be to do an anti-clockwise loop. Metro to Tung Chung, cable car to Ngong Ping, then a bus to Silvermine Bay for a ferry back to Hong Kong. If you feel like a bit of relaxation, this can be combined with a trip to the surprisingly nice beaches on the southside of Lantau.

Despite it's reputation for being touristy, the market at Stanley is worth a visit. Use a bus that goes round the eastern (less developed) part of Hong Kong island to get there.

Otherwise, there's shopping, restaurants and night-life.

If you're into that kind of thing, there's a Disneyland there, although Ocean Park seemed to have the better reputation as a theme park (Haven't been to either).

The only two tourist things I wouldn't bother with there are Aberdeen (especially the floating restaurants) and Nathan Road (the shops are full of fakes and aren't even that cheap).
Thanks for the help. Sounds great.
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Old 15-02-2010, 08:20 PM
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definitely recomend Vietnam - its a beautiful country with loads to see. FLew into Hanoi which is farily chaotic. Hue and Hoi an are great to chill out in for a few days. Flew out of Ho chi minh which is a bit more western and has lots on the war to see like the cu chi tunnels. Getting around the country was easy too, people friendly, food top notch and everything is fairly cheap. went in september which was kinda humid. enjoy it if you go
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