The Hong Kong Bucket List :Things to Do,See & Eat

Living My Little Adventure.

Hong Kong is a very modern and futuristic City with world class system for transportation and easy accessibility to most of the tourist places. Being listed as one of the most expensive cities to live in, it is not that expensive for a tourist to explore the beauty of it.

First of all you need to have a better idea of the city itself, so you can get everywhere easy and fast. So, Hong Kong is divided into 3 main regions. Sounds like I’m  a geography teacher but still these things make a big difference while you are by your own.

1.Hong Kong Island

2.Kowloon Island

3.New Territories ( Lantau Island)

Most of the attractions in Hong Kong are priced, so getting a ticket before visiting is advisable because nobody wants to stand in a long queue wasting time right?

I used an app called Klook to book most of the attraction. This had the cheapest prices and it also had a deal for 4G SIM, Express train from the Airport and also for the Octopus Card. By the way, the first thing you need to buy is the Octopus card if you choose to use the MRT, its a travel card in which u can load money  at all MRTs or local store and use it for trains (except the Express that connects the City and Airport), buses and most of the places.

Finding a Place to stay:

Finding cheap stay in Hong Kong is easy if you prefer a airbnb home . I chose the Hong Kong Island side,close to the market,so I can buy stuff and cook for myself. Since traveling around the city is much convenient whatever place we choose is going to be  Fine.

Getting around the city is very convenient , all you need to find out is the nearest MRT station. Google Maps is the best way to navigate and Always follow signs and look for them because they are everywhere.

Tourists places to visit in Hong Kong:

VICTORIA PEAK:

Im sure you would’ve seen a million pictures of Victoria Peak if you would’ve searched for places to visit in Hong Kong. Yesss! This place has the most surreal view of the entire city. You can see both Hong Kong Island as well as the Kowloon from the View Point. I would recommend you to reach early and book the ticket in advance because this is one of the main attractions in the city and you can see tourists flooding the place. Also the quick and convenient way to reach the top is by the Peak Tram. It is been operated for years and taking the slanting tram is definetly a different experience right?

Once you reach there you are going to be in awe for sometime with the views. I reached the top during the sunset and left after it was dark.

You also have a Madame Tussards and a 4D adventure Museum if you are interested.

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DISNEYLAND HONGKONG:

One can never get old for Disney and so this is one of the must-do in hongkong. Listed as the smallest disneyworld it has so much to offer  not only for kids but also for Adults. It starts with Main Street USA and then you enter to other six lands like TomorrowLand ,Fantasy Land,Adventure Land,Grizzly Gulch,Mystic Point and Toy story. Each set up either have a thrill ride, Live show or a Screen Show to entertain and “ The Lion King” is one of the bestest live show I’ve ever watched. 

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Plan your day in advance because it takes an entire day to visit disney and they have lot of restaurants inside with all amenities needed. 

Don’t leave the Disneyland without watching the magical Fireworks and Once it is done you gotta run to take the MRT or you will be stuck there forever waiting in line to take the MRT.

NGONG PING & TIAN TAN BIG BUDDHA (LANTAU ISLAND):

On reaching the Ngong Ping Cable car Terminal it is a 25 mins ride from the Tung Chung to Ngong Ping. As Always, Please book your tickets in advance so you get a quick access to the cable car and also try getting a one way ticket in the Crystal cabin where you get a see through floor to enjoy the lush greenery and the cool bird’s eye view.

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Upon reaching Ngong Ping you would be greeted by the culturally themed 1.5 hectare of this tiny village. Walk further to check out the most spectacular 35 meters tall Big Buddha named as the “Ten Engineering Wonders in Hong Kong”.

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It is one of the pleasant place to be in Hong Kong and the Ten Thousand Buddha Monastery is beyond beautiful which is situated right opposite to the Big buddha.

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Victoria harbour :

Since hongkong contains two islands you get to see amazing skyline from both end. Get to the closest Pier and indulge in this beautiful view at night. Symphony of Lights is a laser show that happens at 20:00 PM everyday and holds a record for “Largest Permanent Light and Sound show” by Guinness World Records which last about 15 mins. Honestly, it is not something  to die for because I had too much expectations for this but it turned out to be normal.

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AVENUE OF STARS:

It is a garden with statues and handprints of stars in Hong Kong and the only 2 I recognized was Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. It was similar to Hollywood Walk of Fame but in Hong Kong Version. 

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MONGKOK :

This area is known for its shopping and its huge varieties of delicacy from street food to luxury dinning. This place has a Flower Market, Bird Market, Goldfish Market and for all the ladies out here, LADIES MARKET.  Find a Mulberry bag for 500 rs  or cute little accessories to carry back home as a souvenir. It is a bit chaos here but worth the shopping experience.

FOOD IN HONGKONG:

Hong Kong is also known for its food and obviously DIM SUM is my favourite of all. No matter whats yours budget ,there’s a way for you to enjoy dim sum in Hong Kong.

Im glad I visited one of the oldest themed eateries called Hello Kitty Chinese cuisine which had the most cutest custard buns , dumplings and the list goes on.

Egg Waffles are a must try too. Yummmyyy!!

 Throughout my trip I survived mostly on street food or since I was staying at home I cooked ( mostly on instant noodles. May be!) and fruits. 

You never get bored of Hong kong and it is a great place to start your first trip alone or with your family. Thanks for Reading. Appreciate it much.

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Starting Off : Ideas on how to Plan a Budget Trip

 

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Perhaps this being the first blog I’m pretty much excited and nervous at the same time writing about my amazing experiences and I hope this  helps you have the same.

To get started with, travelling is an amazing idea and you don’t have to own a bank for it. All you need to do is a bit early and better planing so you can visit any city without “Selling-your-kidney” for sure.

Finding the cheapest flight Tickets:

I personally feel finding flights are going to be the most expensive part of the trip. I’m a budget traveler, I work in an IT Firm and I fund my own travel so finding the cheapest flight is like a mission-to-accomplish for me.

I have mentioned some of the ideas that I follow while booking the cheapest flights.Lets go on.

Comparison is the Key:

I compare a lot of websites before finalizing on one and also keep a check on the prices one or two months before the travel dates but not before that . Okay some of the sites I mostly use for comparing are TripAdvisor,goibibo,musafir,kayak,cleartrip, skyscanner and sometimes I visit the airlines website directly after checking them and I use of lot of coupon codes on the same to get the best price possible. Once the flights are booked, Voila! half your planning is complete.

Be flexible with your Dates and Destinations: I don’t look for a travel date in particular  but make the cheapest flight day as my travel date. A great tip isn’t it?.

While I was planning to visit Hongkong , taking a flight from Bangalore was cheaper than taking a flight from Chennai. Even if you consider adding the cost from chennai to Bangalore, it was cheaper than the prices from Chennai. So be flexible with the transfer flights as well.

Also keep in mind, flying on a weekday is always cheaper than weekend and consider taking a budget airlines like Air asia,Spicejet or indigo if the travel time is less than 4 hours.Also consider travelling to a country after the holiday Season because obviously when everyone is flying the prices are going to shoot up.

Different options while you search:

Always search flights for one person first, so you get a better idea when Comparing between sites. One of the best tricks is ,If you have 2 coupons then book 2 one way tickets so you can use both of them. Having an account in all the sites can earn you points every time you book which you can redeem later also you will genotified during price drop.

Sometimes changing the currency value can change the pricing , so keep that in mind as well!!

 VISA FOR INDIAN PASSPORT HOLDERS:

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Ahhh! I know half of our traveling life is spent getting Visas and standing in the interview queue but if you are starting off then try visiting countries which offer ‘On-arrival’ Visa.

Some on-arrival countries are available here https://www.makemytrip.com/blog/visa-on-arrival-for-indians

If you need assistance or someone to help you ,then try visiting https://in.musafir.com/Visa

There is no short-cut for getting Visas and you definitely need proper documents filed.

Finding a Place to stay:

Like everybody says, AIRBNB is a boon to budget travelers and finding cheaper stay anywhere is made easy.

Always try booking a hotel /Home close to the places you want to visit so  traveling around the city is much easier and quick. Also consider a place closer to a market so you can cook for yourself which saves a lot of money.

Visit   https://www.airbnb.com

Getting around the City :

Getting around the city is very convenient in most of the places , all you need to do is use Google Maps which is the best way to navigate and always follow signs and look for them because they will be everywhere. If the city you are traveling  has a metro then u are in for a jackpot. It saves a lot of money because cabs are expensive in most of the cities and taking the metro let you experience the local lifestyle for free.*wink

Always check for the local transportation and buy the travel card so you get to recharge as you go instead of standing and fighting with the ticket machine forever.

Walking is another amazing  mode of transport since you get to explore lot more and somehow weirdly feel more confident about yourself.

Checklist to be taken care before you are ready to leave:

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1. Your tickets must be booked and visa must be kept ready.

2. Accommodation must be booked and it’s better if you talk with the host before couple of days so they know about your arrival.

3. Finding apps that helps you book entry tickets for tourist places for better price.

4. Have local currency in hand before traveling,or I would highly recommend using a forex card than exchanging the currency in a money exchanger. Since forex supports multi-currency you can use it everywhere. ( But remember depending upon the country, it is gonna change.)

Planning the “Places to visit” :

It’s always great to have a basic plan of what you are going to do after reaching your destination.Just decide on the places first and write it down in a notebook. Once you are done with the travel spots,calculate the amount of time it’s going take from your place and club all the places of that particular region.

Also decide on how much time you are going to spend in that particular spot. Assume if it’s a temple then say you hardly stay for may be 2 hours  and if there is a park or a beach then add it during the evening so u can watch the sunset.  I’m not that kinda person who allocate time for lunch but grab something on the go.

So depending on the number of days, you can allocate your schedule based on your personal interest.

That’s all, you are ready buddy.! Plan your trip and let me know if this helped you in anyway.

Thanks for reading. This means the world to me. 🙂 Love.