Brenda’s Short Travel Guide to Hong Kong
Getting to Hong Kong from NYC:
We highly recommend Cathay Airways for one reason; the food is not awful and they have unlimited servings of cup o’ noodles. It’s not healthy, I know, but it keeps Bailey and Andrew very happy for the 14-hour flight. We also absolutely loved the entertainment on board and the staff were so helpful.
The seats are still a bit small and leg room super tight, which is why I would recommend frequent walks up and down the aisles and to wear compression socks.
Getting to the town center from the airport:
Once you land, make sure to grab a free cart for your luggage because you can take it all the way to the Airport Express.
The Hong Kong International Airport is a very convenient and efficient airport. Once we landed, the first thing we saw was a booth for Airport Express, which my brother-in-law told me about and he was right. It’s simply the best way to get into town because it’s fast and happens to be cheap at 70 HK$ for adults and 45 HK$ for kids (which is about $9.05 per adult and $5.80 USD) to Kowloon, which is where our hotel was.
Once we got out, we found a Citibank ATM right away. The best exchange rate is to withdraw cash and not go to a currency exchange. Once we got a bit of cash, we followed very clear signs to the Airport Express.
Where to stay in Hong Kong:
Our stop was Kowloon which is where our hotel was located, from there we took a short taxi ride to the Dorsett Mongkok at 88 Tai Kok Tsui Road Kowloon Hong Kong. We chose the Dorsett because it’s a more off the beaten path location. Where more of the locals actually live. We love hotels, this one is a boutique hotel which is great. It’s got more personal service and was convenient to public transportation. We also loved that the Dorsett Mongkok provided us with a phone with free calls and data during our whole stay, which came in very handy while calling our friend to meet up. It was also very convenient to have for google maps when we got lost (all for free). 3 of the 5 nights we were there, we used the gym, which was great because we ate way too much.
Types of Transportation we used in Hong Kong:
Hong Kong’s MTR (Mass Transit Railway) is the most convenient way to get around Hong Kong. It’s clean, convenient and efficient. They have easy to read maps and directions and all the transit workers are extremely helpful. From the Dorsett Mongkok Hotel, the best stop was Olympic Towers.
We, on very few occasions used taxis as well, which was convenient on late nights.
Dishes to eat in Hong Kong:
Tim Ho Wan
There are several locations but we went to the one close to us. Go early. We went at 10 am and there was no line. Our favorite dishes were sticky rice and the rice vermicelli.
Shop 72, G/F
Olympian City 2
18 Hoi Ting Road
Tai Kok Tsui
Olympian City Mall
Chef Congee on Tai Kok Tsui
This place was right on the street perpendicular to the Dorsett Mongkok. It is a great place for breakfast. We went there almost every day. Bailey’s favorite is the fried cruller with white noodle. Our favorite congees were: congee with chopped beef & egg. Also loved the congee with lettuce corn and abalone.
Butao Ramen in Causeway Bay
Wendell’s favorite ramen house in Hong Kong is Butao Ramen and Bailey agrees that it is excellent. Our favorite ramen was the squid ink. Bailey’s favorite is the Butao ramen.
69 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
Roast meat lady
From the Dorsett just cross the street and make a left. She is the first roast meat stand. Have no idea what the place is called. Our favorite was the roast pig here.
He was at a corner near Butao Ramen in Causeway Bay.
Ura Japanese Delicacy
A hidden treasure. A very special restaurant in Hong Kong. One must experience this joint at least once.
2F The Wellington, No.198 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
Phone Number: 852-21119381
Macanese restaurant. You must get the curry and the stir fried instant noodles.
Shop 270-273, 2/F Shun Tak Centre
Penthouse by Harlan Goldstein
Get the Short Rib, enough meat for 3 adults and a child. We also liked the potatoes with egg very much.
Intercontinental in Hong Kong
Intercontinental is located on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong and is a great place to have drinks and snacks while looking at the skyline.
- 18 Salisbury Road
- Hong Kong
- Front Desk +852-2721-1211
From Kowloon back to the airport:
There is a great service that the MTR provides in Kowloon, which Wendell and April, our local friends tipped us off about. Our hotel, Dorsett Mongkok Hotel, has a free shuttle to the Kowloon MTR stop and at the MTR stop, there are airline counters lined up where you can check in your luggage. At the Kowloon station, there are also plenty of luggage carts. There was basically nobody in that station checking in, it was the smoothest, quickest check-in we’ve ever experienced.
After we checked-in we jump right into the MTR towards the airport with no check-in luggage, just our small backpacks. When we arrived at the actual airport, we saw HUGE line to check-in while we just casually strolled in. So, definitely go to Kowloon to check-in, well worth your time.
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