Travel Forum
Home FAQ Members Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read  

Welcome to the Travel Forum: information, advice, blogs and photos to help you find paradise in South East Asia. Registered users can log in here; if this is your first visit, then you can register now for free to enjoy full access to the forums. You don't have to register to post, but limitations exist unless you do (to prevent spam).



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 14th January 2011, 02:55 PM
Travel Forum Guest
Travel Forum Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default 1st timer to Hong Kong

Hi everyone,

I have lots of questions to ask...

1) Is it advisable to go in May? Do Hong Kong rain often in May? If it rains, can we still go to the Peak?

2) Which is better? Octopus card on-loan or Airport Express tourist pass?

3) I checked with the hotel they have shuttle bus from airport to hotel but cost HKD$130. Is it much cheaper to go by mtr?

4) What is the difference between Kowloon city and Kowloon bay? Which is nicer to shop at?

5) Where can I view the synonyms of light? Is there a place to have dinner and view the show?

Thank you
Reply With Quote
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 14th January 2011, 03:35 PM
steveadmin's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bath UK
Posts: 1,264
Default

Hi,
I can help you with a couple of those things.

2) I would recommend getting an Octopus card as soon as you arrive. These can not only be used in the MTR, saving you the trouble of buying a ticket each journey, but also they can be used in many shops and outlets throughout Hong Kong to pay for things, from a chocolate bar to a cinema ticket (and much more).

I would expect that the deposit for the card is refundable - i.e. if you give back the card at an MTR station, they will probably give you the deposit you paid for it back. I don't know this for sure, but this is how similar schemes in Tokyo and London work (Suica and Oystercard respectively).
__________________
travelforum.org
Please like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thetravelforum
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 14th January 2011, 03:37 PM
steveadmin's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bath UK
Posts: 1,264
Bali Palm

3) There is a comprehensive network of airport buses that run to all over HK and are very cheap - for instance, the A21 from the airport to Mong Kok in Kowloon is only $33. It's comfortable and there is free wifi on the bus. Check on the internet and look into which bus runs closest to your hotel.

Hope that helps,
Steve.
__________________
travelforum.org
Please like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thetravelforum
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 8th February 2011, 08:37 AM
Travelforum Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 107
Default

OCtopus on loan for sure if you stay more than 3 days. Min $150HK, $100 usable, with $50 deposit refunded (less $7 fee) Good for bus, ding ding trams, MTR, 7-Eleven etc. Our taxi (for 2) was $240 airport to Langham TST hotel, so shuttle would be more per person. Stick with mass transit for one person.
may can be uncomfy--humid and hot. I never had rain but recall how muggy it was. We just got back and Jan/Feb were perfect for us.
You can see the light show@harbourside public areas--I wouldn't spend $$ for dinner--it's overrated, IMHO, and you cand find cheap shopping anywhere--just avoid the big western malls. You can go to Diamond Hill and see the nunnery/gardens and shop at local mall then take MTR back to your hotel. The markets in Mongkok are fun and I guess it depends on what you want. There are outlets, too. Take a look at shopping advice at tripadvisor for more.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10th August 2011, 03:45 AM
Travel Forum Guest
Travel Forum Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

1) The weather in may is a mixture of rain and sunshine. The warmer days (anything above 24C) are quite humid. Keep an umbrella with you just in case.

2) I wouldn't advise going to the peak on a rainy day in may. It's probably so foggy that you won't see anything.

3) MTR will be much cheaper than taking the shuttle. To plan your trip on the MTR, visit the trip planner on the MTR official website MTR

4) You can view the Symphony of Lights from the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade on the Kowloon side of Victoria Harbour.

5) Tsim Sha Tsui has lots of hotels and malls nearby where you could get a good view of the symphony of lights. The best choice is probably the Peninsula Hotel.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 24th March 2012, 01:14 PM
Travelforum Virgin
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1
Default

what is the best way to go there?
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 1st April 2012, 08:37 PM
Travelforum Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 107
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bling View Post
what is the best way to go there?
From where to where?
You can find very specific advice at tripadvisor.com--the Hong Kong Forum there is one of the BEST I've used.
Agree that Peak is useless if foggy. Use MTR to get to hotel if convenient (where are you staying?) Kowloon is an area, HK ISland is island--have you done ANY research w/map/tour guide, tourism website? Get your basics set and we can help with more specifics.
Shopping is everywhere! What do you want to buy?
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 10th April 2012, 04:03 PM
On Permanent Holiday
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 1
Default

1) Is it advisable to go in May? Do Hong Kong rain often in May? If it rains, can we still go to the Peak?

The climate can get quite hot and humid in May...rain can alsways occur no matter where and when you travel...;)

2) Which is better? Octopus card on-loan or Airport Express tourist pass?

There are several options...you can choose from...the MTR Corporation just introduced new tourist pass.

If you opt to buy the Octopus card...please note that you have to pay a small fee if you return the card within 3 month...but I think it's just about HK$ 9...the deposit and remaining value will be given back to you...

3) I checked with the hotel they have shuttle bus from airport to hotel but cost HKD$130. Is it much cheaper to go by mtr?

Bascially...it is cheaper by going by MTR or the public buses such as the airport expresses...one of the previous poster mentioned the fares already...but if you travel with family or 3-4 persons plus a lot of bags...you might want to consider taking a taxing...going from the airport e.g. to mongkok...you have to pay around HK$ 250...which is actually not too bad;)

4) What is the difference between Kowloon city and Kowloon bay? Which is nicer to shop at?

HK has many places to shop...both sides Kowloon side as well as HK Island side have excellent shopping malls...

5) Where can I view the synonyms of light? Is there a place to have dinner and view the show?

The Symphony of Lights can be viewed from TST and the Avenue of Stars...if you want to have dinner and enjoy the show...there are several options along TST...starting from the Intercontinental Hotel, Peninsula Hotel (Felix Bar), Sheraton Skylounge...or the restaurants in the ICC Tower (Ritz)...but quite frankly spaeking...you should not miss the music and light show...the music is part of the show and make it a great experience

Enjoy your HK trip;)
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 26th April 2012, 03:10 AM
Mandy
Travel Forum Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default souvenir to buy in HK

If you are first time to HK, welcome! You can get some cheap souvenirs at Mongkok. If you want food stuff, u can visit the airport. You can buy the fish chips with seaweed or fish chips anchovies :) If you want some preserved food, Aji Ichiban is a good choice.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 7th September 2012, 01:56 AM
On Permanent Holiday
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 1
Default

1) It's advisable for you to go Hong Kong in May, when it rains a lot, but you still can go to the Peak.

2) Airport Express tourist pass is better.

3) Yeah, it's much cheaper for the former.

4) Kowloon city is better for shopping in Hong Kong.

5) You can view the night scene in Kowloon and go shopping in Kowloon area.
Reply With Quote
Reply





Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hong Kong Accom SAT04 Hong Kong Travel Forum 4 5th June 2013 04:39 AM
Flights to Hong Kong Travel Forum Guest Hong Kong Travel Forum 1 20th August 2011 05:03 PM
Food In Hong Kong Mack Hong Kong Travel Forum 13 8th June 2011 03:43 AM
Hong Kong old airport steveadmin Hong Kong Travel Forum 2 23rd June 2010 01:02 PM
Howdy from Hong Kong! kay General Chat & Introductions 1 23rd June 2010 03:55 AM


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 06:26 PM.

Copyright © Travelforum.org

LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO © 2007, Crawlability, Inc.