Your Questions About Hong Kong Travel Deals

Sandra asks…

what website can i get a good package deal flights/acommodation from hong kong to kualar lumper ?

staying in 3/4* type accomodation in KL
also whereabouts is the best place in KL to stay ie close to the majority of the touristy attractions

is it better to book online or via travel agent
thanks

Yaz answers:

AirAsia.com.my

Helen asks…

Travelling to Hong Kong 1-4 jan?

Hi there, I will be travelling to hong kong from 1st to 4th jan. Will the shops and sights that require ticket admission be open on 1st jan? What would the temperature be like? Can someone suggest an itinerary? What are the shopping deals and factory outlets? Thanks!
Is it cheaper to get fujifilm instax films there? How much does one pack cost?

Yaz answers:

Welcome to Hong Kong, the Pearl of the Orient! Its stunning Victoria Harbour and The Peak have just been rated as Asia’s No.1 skyline by a Japanese TV Station. You could go to the Peak in the morning then depart to Ocean Park, also in Hongkong side. The 2nd-4th day could go shopping, flea markets, the New Territories, Disney, Cable car and Buddha.

HK has rich culture and history that give a perfect blend of the west and the east. Walk up the world’s longest Escalator which begins from Central District and goes all the way up to the Mid-Levels. Along the Escalator you’ll come across the early English settlement near Aberdeen Street, you’ll also pass by Soho, South of Hollywood Rd, which is a very unique bar and restaurant street. Hollywood Rd is the famous antique street where genuine Chinese antiques and many old stuffs are sold.

From Causeway Bay – Central District – Tsimshatsui District – Mongkok District along the MTR (subway) route are where most of the fascinating shoppings, restaurants, vibrant night life and gorgeous harbour view lies.

If you like green, sea and nature, and are not in a rush in going to places visiting one of the outlying islands ie the Silvermine Bay of Lantau Island is quite relax and gives a completely different impression of Hong Kong than the one often see in pictures. Simply catch a ferry from the Central Pier right outside IFC Building. The ferry trip takes about 30 minutes, a very relaxed ride in the midst of a hustling bustling city.

Another beautiful scenic area is Sai Kung District, there’re beautiful mountains, sea and a Seafood Street where you can handpick life seafood, have the restaurant cook them any way you like and enjoy it in front of the clear blue sea. There’re many beautiful mountain trails in Hong Kong, a popular one that goes all the way down to Aberdeen from the Peak. It’ll take more than an hour to walk down. In Aberdeen, (you could also take a bus in Central, Causeway Bay or Wanchai Districts to get there), lies the Chinese boat restaurant “JUMBO” in the middle sea which is awesome.

HK is renowned as the world’s shopping and dining paradise. You can eat like a billionaires, in the same token there’re many affordable places with unbelievable prices. HK has the cheapest McDonald’s prices on earth. A Cantonese wonton noodle soup is only around US$2. A popular Chinese fast food chain all over the city, the De Coral Fast Food with combo meals under US$5.

Buying brand names and electronics are popular as the City boasts the only zero sales tax nor import tariffs in Asia, imported goods are at 20% – 100% cheaper than anywhere else in the world. Street vendors or flea markets is another interesting shopping paradise, they have all sorts of products selling at knockoff prices, eg the Ladies Street, the evening Temple Street vendors in Kowloon side, Stanley Market in HK side etc. There’re also many street vendors located in inner side streets of Central District, Wan Chai District, near Johnston Road and Causeway Bay District that sell genuine factory exports left-overs at around US$5 for a branded T-shirt. Most prices are fixed, you may be able to bargain a few $ though in small shops and street vendors.
Everywhere in the City is well connected by its efficient and timely public transportation system, the MTR, big and mini buses. Cost is from under US$1 – $2 per ride. It’s easiest to travel by MTR which runs pass all the central shopping and business districts, then either connect to a bus or walk to your destination. Separate fares are charged for each ride. Star Ferry that crosses the Victoria Harbour, and the Island Tram that runs from the East, Shaukeiwan District to the West, Kennedy Town of the HK Island are only US$0.3 per ride which is a must for tourists. If you like exploring on your own, simply follow the map, people on the streets always happy to offer directions. HK is one of the most foreigner-friendly cities on earth, plus lots of fun and excitement, visitors often find the place the most vibrant, exciting city that never sleeps, even when you get bored at 3 AM, you could go and have a drink in the bar or even have a delicious late snack. Convenience Stores are located in almost every corner of the main streets and are opened around the clock. The best of all, HK is extremely easy to get around being supported by affordable and efficient public transportation. HK people are very responsive and efficient in work attitudes that make shopping, dining or doing business a very wonderful experience. You’ll also notice that the people will automatically stand by the side when walking up and down the stairs and escalators, not blocking those behind, which many Asian places are now following suit. Please log onto www.discoverhongkong.com to find out more and have a wonderful stay!

Mary asks…

Looking for tips on taking a Tokyo/Hong Kong trip with my girlfriend.?

We’ll be going this May ’07. Any advice on who to book the travel package deal through? And in Tokyo – what area is cool for 30 year olds (w/o kids), not too touristy, but cool area with restaurants and bars. Also – want to catch a baseball game. Thansk!
We’ll be going this May ’07. Any advice on who to book the travel package deal through? And in Tokyo – what area is cool for a 30 year old couple (w/o kids), not too touristy, but a cool area with restaurants and bars. Also – want to catch a baseball game. Thanks!

Yaz answers:

Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya has some great restaurants and bars. If you like clubbing, try Womb at Shibuya. I normally book Northwest to Tokyo on Zuji.com, they’ve got some pretty good deals. If you want you may wanna try booking the flight and hotel separately as from experience it is cheaper and more flexible. Gd hotel deals can b found at asiarooms.com !
An area cool for 30 plus really depends on what you seek. If you’re artistic try Aoyama-Itchome or Ebisu, or Shinjuku to soak in the intensity of “Pachinko” and the weekend entertainment in Tokyo. Odaiba or Tokyo Bay via the Yurikamome Line has great stuff, from going across the Rainbow bridge, to Tokyo Big Sight to the Statue of Liberty there.

Mandy asks…

what’s the best deal? converting US$ to Hong Kong $ or taking HK$ straight from an ATM in Hong Kong?

We’re going to Hong Kong for Christmas. Should I carry lots of US cash w/ me and exchange it for HK$ over there…OR carry a little cash and withdraw HK$ directly from an ATM. Please don’t give me the safety answer, i.e. don’t travel with a lot of cash. I merely want to know which would be my best deal.

Yaz answers:

The best rate would be withdrawing it from an ATM. Just don’t get too much or you will lose in the exchange back. Try to charge most of your expenses rather than paying cash.

John asks…

Where can I find the cheapest flight from Durham Tees Valley (MME) airport to Hong Kong (HKG) airport?

So far, I have found flights for £481 (incl. tax and charges) per person on lastminute.com.

http://www.lastminute.com/site/travel/flights/travel-xsells.html?skin=engb.lastminute.com&mondial_auto=true&DPSRT=PA&DPNOC=0&DPNOA=2&DPNOI=0&DPLOC=en_GB&DPNOS=0&DPHSI=0&date_in_month=4&DPXCP=T&DPFSI=0&DPCID=0&DPXAL=F&DPTRT=flights&DPSFT=&DPXTR=F&DPTTT=R&DPPRI=962.0&DPXCH=T&DPXMG=F&DPHEI=2&failureURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.lastminute.com%2Fsite%2Ftravel%2Fflights%2Fflights-search-error.html&DPDAP=MME&DPOID=208396328&DPXIN=T&DPCLS=X&DPPID=0&date_out_month=3&DPFEI=9&DPHID=-1&DPIID=-970706639&date_in_day=13&date_out_day=31&DPDCC=GBP&DPIDT=0001&DP1WF=0&DPFIT=flights&DPODT=0001&DPAAP=Hong+Kong+(HKG)%2C+HK&DPAIR=NONE&TRANS=ViewTransportationSearchBox%2CdoSearchForTransportation%2CchooseFlightOnlyAndSearchForDPXSell%2CdoSearchForXSell&DPSAC=LMZ&DPFID=1711608246

Can anyone find better deals than this?

Depart on 31/03/2009
Return on 13/04/2009
(dates do not have to be exact, but I have found them the cheapest)

Yaz answers:

You have answered your own question. That was approx the same price I flew from ABZ to HKG via AMS in Feb this year

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