Hong Kong travel guide first person edition

Hong Kong travel guide first person edition
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Hong Kong is a country I have visited many times, and I never get bored because I go again. This is because I have a place to travel and delicious food always try.

After being away for three years, When Hong Kong opened country, We did not hesitate to book tickets to travel quickly. After a long time, I secretly felt that the city had also changed quite a bit.

Suppose anyone is planning a trip to Hong Kong for the first time. This guide will help you enjoy your trip—and the best value. Whether looking for shopping, food, or fashion, I guarantee it will surely be complete.

overview of hong kong

City View of Hong Kong by Ruslan Bardash (unsplash.com)
City View of Hong Kong by Ruslan Bardash (unsplash.com)

Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China, which means that Hong Kong is officially part of China. However, it is allowed to operate as an independent country with maximum autonomy. Hong Kong has its currency. It has its immigration and legal systems. It receives almost no interference from the central government or the Chinese Communist Party.

For older people, Hong Kong was always a colony of the British Empire until it was handed over to China in 1997. As a result, it is a major tourist destination. And is one of the most critical business and trade centers in Asia.

If you haven’t been to Hong Kong yet. would be easy to imagine that it is a big city But there’s more to it. geographically Includes Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. Including more than 200 remote islands, it is best known for its towering skyline made of glass and steel. But you can enjoy a lot of nature there.

The best time to visit Hong Kong

Love These Misty Mornings by Paul Pastourmatzis (unsplash.com)
Love These Misty Mornings by Paul Pastourmatzis (unsplash.com)

Hong Kong has four seasons.

  • Spring (March-May): Temperature and humidity increase. The evening will be cold. Average temperature: 17 – 26 degrees Celsius
  • Summer (June-August) is hot, humid, and sunny, with occasional thunderstorms and drizzling rain. Temperatures reach 31°C, but high relative humidity levels make it feel hotter. Average temperature: 26 – 31 degrees Celsius
  • Autumn (September-November) cool breeze, and clear weather Most people like to visit during this time as it is the best month of the year. Average temperature: 19 – 28 degrees Celsius
  • Winter (December-February): Dry, cold, and cloudy. Average temperature: 12 – 20 degrees Celsius

travel to hong kong

Suppose you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time. There are many forms of travel to the city. from Hong Kong International Airport. It’s pretty convenient. But what kind will there be? Let’s see.

By AIRPORT EXPRESS: If it’s your first time in Hong Kong, the Airport Express is the fastest way to get to the city from the airport. But this form of transportation The train will only stop at MTR Kowloon or Hong Kong stations. Therefore, we may have to change the car to the destination of our friends’ accommodation again, but if our accommodation is near Kowloon Station or Hong Kong, it’s convenient. To pay the fare, We can use the Octopus Card, and if you want to buy tickets in advance, Klook also offers Airport Express and 15 attractions ( Klook Pass Hong Kong package ) with a ticket for only 350 HKD.

My name is @eodiin on Instagram by Erik Odiin (unsplash.com).
My name is @eodiin on Instagram by Erik Odiin (unsplash.com).

By Airport Bus: If you come with many people or come together as a family, Another exciting option is to take the airport shuttle bus from the airport to the hotel. The shuttle bus will drop you off at designated hotels in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island for HK$130 and HK$140, respectively. Advance tickets via Klook are discounted to just HKD117.

By bus: This is another highly recommended way. It is to ride a bus; there are many bus lines and many destinations before getting on the bus. There will be a large sign to see the car number that our destination is. What number should I take? This method is economical and convenient. Last time, we took the A21 line and got off at Man Ming Lane, Nathan Road. Since we were staying at a hotel nearby, the fare was 33 Hong Kong dollars. Get in the car. Travel time is about 50 minutes.

By taxi/UBER: If anyone wants convenience. Taking a taxi or Uber is another option. However, there may be a bit high price. For approximate fares, see Hong Kong’s Taxi Transport Guide.

By Private Transfer: For those wishing to arrange a private transfer from the airport to the hotel, Klook offers a convenient booking service.

If this is your first time in Hong Kong, Klook can help! With various airport transfer options, You can get to your destination quickly and hassle-free. Check the Klook website for more information.

Where to exchange currency

The monetary unit of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD), of which 1 Hong Kong Dollar is about 4.xx baht. It is recommended that you exchange a lot of cash. Because some places do not accept credit cards. Most will accept cash and most Octopus Cards.

Chung Shing Exchange
Photo: Chung Shing Exchange

Or if you want to carry a card mainly It is advisable to make a credit card for use abroad, such as Kasikorn’s Youtrip or SCB Planet’s SCB Planet as well, because these cards If you go to withdraw cash at an ATM, there will be no fee.

Where to stay in Hong Kong

If you are visiting Hong Kong for the first time And think about where to stay in which area. There are mainly 2 sides which are the Kowloon side and Hong Kong Island close to the port Maybe try to choose a tourist attraction in a neighborhood that travels a lot. However, Hong Kong’s MTR or electric train covers quite an entire area. makes traveling quite convenient

Bundit Hotel by Hans Isaacson (unsplash.com)
Bundit Hotel by Hans Isaacson (unsplash.com)

Kowloon side

The Kowloon side is north of Victoria Harbor and is considered the center of Hong Kong’s tourism. It’s a great place for first-time visitors because there are many shopping and dining options. We are looking for a place to stay in Hong Kong? Booking.com and Agoda can find a list of accommodations in Tsim Sha Tsui, or check out more information on Kowloon at Explore the charming city of Kowloon in Hong Kong.

Tsim Sha Tsui

Located in Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui is a popular spot for tourists. There are many shopping and dining options on Nathan Road. And easy access to Victoria Harbor to see the beautiful view of Hong Kong. Looking for a place to stay in Hong Kong? Booking.com and Agoda.com can find Tsim Sha Tsui accommodations, or explore more of Kowloon with Explore Hong Kong’s bustling Tsim Sha Tsui district.

Mong Kok

Mong Kok is a rather bustling neighborhood. and is a popular shopping destination There are both restaurants and shopping areas like secondary streets as well as sneakers There is also a wide selection of street food in the area. Accommodations in Mong Kok can be found on Booking.com and Agoda . For more information on Kowloon, visit www.mongkok.com. Introduction to Mong Kok

Jordan

Jordan is north of Tsim Sha Tsui. And there are many restaurants and street markets. For example, the southern end of the Temple Street Night Market is here, as is the Jade Market. If you want to stay in Jordan, check out Booking.com or Agoda for accommodation, or for more on Kowloon, check out Explore Hong Kong: Your Guide to Jordan.

Yau Ma Tei

Yau Ma Tei is another popular neighborhood. There are many accommodation options. Located between Jordan and Mong Kok. The area has many markets and restaurants. The Temple Street Night Market is one of the most popular. There are many hotels to choose from. And if you want to explore other places to stay, you can check out Booking.com or Agoda.

hong kong island

Hong Kong Island was the original British settlement. and is the economic center of the city It is home to hundreds of tall buildings. making it look more modern than the Kowloon side

Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is a great area to stay. Suppose you want a bustling and luxurious commercial area Because there are many department stores, shops, and restaurants. Shopping lovers will appreciate it because there are many choices. You can also find other hotels in Causeway Bay via Booking.com and Agoda.

Wan Chai

Wan Chai is a convenient commercial area. It is located next to Causeway Bay. Here, it’s easy to travel to the shopping area at Causeway Bay, without having to pay very high prices for accommodation. Check Booking.com or Agoda for listings in the area. Or you can see more information about Hong Kong from Explore the bustling district of Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Central

Central is a popular choice. Because it is located in the center, it is the gathering point for almost every primary MTR line. But here it is pretty crowded as well. For a list of accommodations in Central, check out Booking.com or Agoda.

Things to do in Hong Kong

Explore Hong Kong’s many shopping districts

Shopping lovers must like that Hong Kong is another place where you can shop for various things, whether it’s fashion. Electrical appliances various technology equipment For the most popular areas of the shopping line is Causeway Bay, Soho, Temple Street Night Market. and Sneaker Street (Fayuan Street).

Take the Peak Tram to Sky Terrace 428

Taking scenic trams like the Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 are also quite popular. The Peak Tram is the steepest funicular railway in the world. And take us up to Victoria Peak and Sky Terrace 428, which will have a beautiful city view. But bring it to visit on weekdays because the queue is quite long. To buy tickets, Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate. But if you focus on convenience, reserve the bottom of the page first. In addition to not having to wait in line also get a discount. You can also purchase a Fast Track pass to skip the lines and get combo tickets to other attractions. View ticket prices on Klook on The Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428.

Enjoy the view from Sky100

Sky100 is located on the 100th floor of the International Commerce Center in Kowloon. Visitors can enjoy a 360° panoramic view, which CNN named it one of 17 beautiful places in Hong Kong. It is recommended to go in the evening. will be able to see both before sunset and after sunset Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate or pre-purchased via Klook for HKD138. For adults More information about Sky100 can be found on Sky100 Take a look at the 100th-floor observation deck, the highest observation deck in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Avenue of Stars
Photo: “Hong Kong Avenue of Stars”

Watch a Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland

Many people who visit Hong Kong are aimed at Hong Kong Disneyland. There is an entrance fee starting at 619 Hong Kong dollars. For adults and HK$458 for children, but purchasing tickets online in advance is recommended. Because the queue is quite difficult And may be full. Book at Klook. Skip the queue. And also get a special price along with food coupon packages as well. To go there, Please check the Hong Kong Disneyland website for more information.

Day trip from the city

Cable car ride to Koh Lanta and Big Buddha

Here, it may take at least half a day to travel. This is where the Tian Tan Buddha statue is located. Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car and Tai O Fishing Village The Tian Tan Buddha are huge Buddha at 34 meters (112 feet) tall and Ngong Ping 360 is rated as one of the best cable car rides. and the longest in the world as well (5.7 km)

There are also other activities such as joining a Chinese white dolphin tour at Tai O Fishing Village. The Chinese white dolphin is a species of white-pink dolphin native to the waters of Hong Kong. Tickets for the Ngong Ping 360 cable car can be purchased at the entrance or in advance through Klook.

Big Buddha Hong Kong
Photo: Big Buddha Hong Kong

Additional information: Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping cable car ride, Tian Tan Big Buddha

Explore Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia

Another day trip that is quite popular when going to Hong Kong. is to visit Macau itself Macau is only an hour from Hong Kong and can be reached by speedboat. Macau is a tourist destination that can be visited on a day trip. If you want to visit Macau The ferry can be booked through Klook.

where to eat

when it comes to food There are many things to try in Hong Kong, but the main things that you can’t miss are BBQ pork, crispy pork, and wonton noodles. Today, we would like to select a cool shop. both savory and sweet that you like Let’s see which stores are there.

Sun Kwai Heung

This shop is located in a relatively remote area. But let me tell you that it’s worth the deliciousness. How to get there: Get off at MTR Chai Wan or take bus number 788 from Central Station. The bus costs around HK$7. The shop will be a small shop with only 1 table seat, focusing more on takeaway. And some salesmen can speak English.

Sun Kwai Heung Hong Kong
Photo: Sun Kwai Heung

The shop has red pork, crispy pork, suckling pig, roast goose, and boiled chicken. The recommended menu is red pork with crispy pork rice, priced at 50HKD. Red pork is the best. Pork fat and beef are just right. The outer part was slightly charred. When you bite into it, it will smell good, a little crispy, sweet and delicious. Other dishes are delicious as well. Who likes red pork? I want you to try it.

Sun Kwai Heung Hong Kong
Photo: Sun Kwai Heung

Please find out more: Sun Kwai Heung Hong Kong Red Pork; no matter how far it is, you have to eat it!

Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Fried Buns

This is another famous shop in Tsim Sha Tsui Exit A1; Walk for about 2 minutes. The shop will be on the left-hand side of Lock Road.

This restaurant has been awarded the 2016 Michelin Guide for Shanghai Buns. It uses a semi-steamed, semi-fried method to make it more enjoyable as the restaurant does not accept cash. Credit card or Octopus card is required.

Cheung Hing Kee Hong Kong
Photo: Cheung Hing Kee

Sun Hing Chang

Hong Kong’s legendary fish congee Sun Hing Chang (新興棧食家) is a popular shop among Hong Kong residents. Open daily from 6:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. This shop is shop that is popular with local people. Most of the customers are from this area. and no English menu

Sun Hing Chang Hong Kong
Photo: Sun Hing Chang

Another must-try is the Fish Congee (60HKD), a thin fish slice. Give a lot of fish meat. As for the HK Beef Congee (60HKD), there’s also plenty of meat. How to eat hong kong porridge Not to be missed is Patong Go (HK$11); I recommend dipping it with boiled rice, delicious.

See more: Sun Hing Chang Legendary Fish Congee Hong Kong’s popular restaurant

Mak Man Kee

Mak Man Kee, Michelin Bib Gourmand noodle restaurant for 5 consecutive years, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 located at MTR Jordan Exit C2.

It first opened in the 1950s; at that time, it was still a noodle cart. Later, in 1958, a store was opened in Jordan. (Current location) is famous as a favorite of Hong Kong people. Affordable prices, good ingredients, sticky egg noodles, crispy shrimp dumplings, firm meat, and delicious stewed beef noodles.

Mak Man Kee Hong Kong
Photo: Mak Man Kee

Must-try dishes include Dry Noodles with soft beef/brisket (52 HKD), crispy thin noodles, tender, bite-sized and fragrant, and Tiger Prawn Wonton in Soup, 44 HKD, 7-8 pieces of wonton, 2-3 prawns each. Very crunchy, aromatic soup, with lightly sweet scallops.

Find out more: Mak Man Kee, a popular Hong Kong shrimp wonton noodle restaurant in Jordan

Tim Ho Wan

The most popular restaurants in Hong Kong are for both locals and tourists alike. The shop has many branches. But this time, let’s try it at the Olympian City branch. The way to get there is by MTR Olympian City or by bus. We take line 10 and it costs 5.6 HKD.

Tim Ho Wan Hong Kong
Photo: Tim Ho Wan

The must-try dish is the Baked Bun with BBQ Pork (24HKD), the restaurant’s signature dish. Red pork buns The texture of the dough on the outside is lightly sweet. Three balls are not enough. Pork Liver Tube Noodles (27HKD) There are many fillings. But the flour chooses to be pork liver; it’s delicious. Chilli Sauce Dumplings (26HKD) Slightly spicy dumplings are delicious, stuffed with minced pork and prawns, radish dessert (20HKD), and radish dessert (20HKD). Malai Gow or Brown Sugar Steamed Cake

Find out more: Tim Ho Wan, a legendary dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong

King of Skewers

Mala skewers in Yau Ma Tei opens around 7:00 p.m. The shop will not have seats. The price per stick is about 11-19 HKD (Maps).

King of Skewers Hong Kong
Photo: King of Skewes

This restaurant is a mala skewers similar to Thailand. There are a variety of items to choose from, use good quality. Everything was huge and delicious. The method of making is meticulous, such as golden needle mushrooms wrapped in bacon. That is, they will bring a sheet to support them when grilling. Do not let the golden needle mushroom fall down and catch fire and burn. and still use a hair dryer to dry It also makes mushrooms dry faster. The shop will ask if it’s spicy or not. If you want it spicy, you can add more dipping sauce. It tastes like pork satay dipping sauce in Thailand. The peanut smell goes very well.

Find out more: King of Skewers Unstoppably delicious.

Kai Kai Dessert

Dessert shop that you want to try The restaurant is located at Jordan Station Exit A Ning Po Street. The restaurant is opposite the Novotel Nathan Hotel in an alley next to WINGON.

Kai Kai Dessert Hong Kong
Photo: Kai Kai Dessert

This restaurant has been awarded the Michelin Bib Giude 2016-2022, so the recommended menu is Black Sesame Soup (add sesame dumplings) 27+8 = 35HKD. The thickness of the dough is just right. Black sesame filling that is a little sweet. And go well with black sesame dumplings in ginger juice 26HKD Black sesame dumplings, chewy dough, sweet and fragrant black sesame filling, contrast with slightly spicy ginger juice, delicious.

See more information: Kai Kai Dessert, sweet lovers must try Michelin for 7 consecutive years.

Jenny Cookies

famous cookie shop Both with locals and tourists, the shop opens from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Quite a lot of people, we went at 6:00 PM. But don’t wait too long because the shop will choose the products as shown in the picture on the sign, pay and receive the product only.

It’s also suitable as a souvenir. We choose 4 flavors of butter cookies together in a small box, 75HKD each. The cookies are crispy, light, and fragrant, with butter, vanilla, and coffee flavors. It’s very popular if anyone likes to eat or wants to have a souvenir. It’s another interesting option.

Jenny Bakery Hong Kong
Photo: Jenny Bakery

Mammy Pancake

Hong Kong Waffles are Popular street food in Hong Kong. They look like waffles. But it’s shaped like a bite-sized sphere. This shop has been a popular shop for a long time. There are many flavors to choose from. Both savory and sweet, the minimum price is 18 Hong Kong dollars per piece.

Mammy Pancake Hong Kong
Mammy Pancake Hong Kong

Find out more: Mammy Pancake Hong Kong Michelin Waffles How can you not eat when you arrive in Hong Kong?

How to get around Hong Kong

Getting around in Hong Kong is quite easy and convenient, with both MTR and buses.

The MTR here is easy to use. It is recommended to open Google Maps and specify the destination. The app will give you the best travel recommendations.

And the use of public transport here Octopus cards are highly recommended for those who plan to use public transportation frequently. This pass can be used on the subway and bus. It’s called quite convenient. If the money on the card runs out can top up at the kiosk in front of the MTR entrance.

Or if you are going for a few day’s trips, consider getting the MTR Tourist Day Pass which gives you unlimited use of the MTR for 24 hours. It can be picked up from the airport by purchasing it through Klook. For more information and purchase the MTR Tourist Day Pass.

travel tips

Rent a Pocket Wifi Device

when traveling to Hong Kong It is recommended to rent a portable wifi device for internet use. This will make researching, navigating, and finding restaurants more convenient. You can rent a pocket wifi device or purchase a SIM card through Klook.

Get an Octopus Card

Another must-have item for traveling in Hong Kong is the Octopus Card. convenience stores, coffee shops, and bookstores. A standard Octopus card costs 150 HKD. There will be 100 Hong Kong dollars on the card. and a deposit of 50 Hong Kong dollars. The deposit can be refunded at the Customer Service counter before entering the airport (when getting off the Airport Express at the airport). For the return of the card, there will be a deduction of 11.4 Hong Kong dollars. as a fee

Octopus tickets can be pre-purchased via Klook and collected at the airport.

Hong Kong Octopus Card
Photo: “Octopus card Hong Kong”

get a discount ticket

For those who want to buy tickets for tours and services in Hong Kong, Klook is another good option. for comfort and a better price

Get travel insurance

Another important thing in traveling is travel insurance. Before traveling, choose an attractive package or company.

Bring a suitable power adapter.

Don’t forget to bring a power adapter, as Hong Kong has a Type G power plug. The voltage is 220V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. It’s recommended to get a universal plug. It can be used anywhere you travel.

Have fun

Thank you for coming we hope this guide will be helpful for anyone planning a trip to Hong Kong. enjoy And enjoy shopping and delicious food in Hong Kong.

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