Hong Kong & Macao

Nomad

Active member
Chob;284399 said:
Ibis HK Central - 3088 baht a night in mid June.
Cheers.
What are must sees or do's over 4 days Nomad ?
Many of the good things mentioned already, although Disneyland is a waste of time. Equivalent to Movie World in the Gold Coast yet without good rides! Good if you are a giggly young Asian girl, or have never seen such a thing before.

Temple Street night markets are popular in Kowloon, yet when you live in Asia such markets may not be of interest. Stanley on the island is also popular for the markets, possibly only on weekends. Take ear plugs on Sunday on the bus over to Stanley...pinay yak yak.

Do a day or overnight in Macau
- expect you would enjoy the history and Portuguese architecture
- Venetian casino is impressive, yet if you have been to Venice, then not a big deal
- Some casinos are just a smoky gambling dens with expensive bars and restaurants, whereas others have interesting things to see (can't remember which ones)
- We went to a show The House of Dancing Water, which was pretty good
- You have to do the bungy

In Phuket for a short visit, and may be dropping the girls at Fantasea on Saturday or Sunday. PM me if you are likely to be out and about, and we can talk further.
 
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Changone

Guest
Chob;284480 said:
Yeh , I hear ya ...
Monocultures , predictable sameness ...

But HK has been around a coupla centuries and I just assumed there'd be some unique buildings , art collections, cultural attractions ...
They are still there if you look for them, but like at the Lantau Island monastery at Nong Ping (Buddha) there is now an overlay of glitz and Hollywood with everything from "Subway" to the "Buddha experience".
We had expected much more unique traditional and cultural fare, there just wasn't any.
Do the 250 steps up, check,out the museum and don't forget to claim your free ice cream and drink on the way down...

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Zablive

Guest
On Macao there should be still scattered remnants of the Portuguese occupation and certainly the forts to protect their spice trading port are still there.
The spice ports fascinate me.
 

Chob

Moderator
Nomad;284517 said:
Many of the good things mentioned already, although Disneyland is a waste of time. Equivalent to Movie World in the Gold Coast yet without good rides! Good if you are a giggly young Asian girl, or have never seen such a thing before.

Temple Street night markets are popular in Kowloon, yet when you live in Asia such markets may not be of interest. Stanley on the island is also popular for the markets, possibly only on weekends. Take ear plugs on Sunday on the bus over to Stanley...pinay yak yak.

Do a day or overnight in Macau
- expect you would enjoy the history and Portuguese architecture
- Venetian casino is impressive, yet if you have been to Venice, then not a big deal
- Some casinos are just a smoky gambling dens with expensive bars and restaurants, whereas others have interesting things to see (can't remember which ones)
- We went to a show The House of Dancing Water, which was pretty good
- You have to do the bungy

In Phuket for a short visit, and may be dropping the girls at Fantasea on Saturday or Sunday. PM me if you are likely to be out and about, and we can talk further.
Hmm , youre not the 1st to state I should incorporate Macau ...
Thanks for your input , not just here but all round.
I will def be here over the weekend , and by all means would enjoy hearing more.
I will PM you now...
 

Nautilus

New member
Cashpoint;284534 said:
Is Chungking Mansions still standing? That's where I stayed in 1988.
Yeap still there, walked through it, gives me the creeps, so many Middle Eastern shops.
 

Bacon

Administrator
Great thread, it's peaked my interest in HK.

Acording to Google the flight time is approx 2 hours and 50 minutes. Found return tickets from BKK with Thai for $300AUD. Easy to combine trips in the future.

I don't care about tourist traps either, but I find the city fascinating. Never been mind you. It'd be good to just walk around for a couple of days and explore.
 

Chob

Moderator
Zablive;284612 said:
I see you can fly from Krabi for around the same price.
This may explain why there were so many "nice" Chinese in Ao Nang last week.
By nice I mean , well mannered and in groups of 4 or 6 or couples , spoke English to staff quietly , visited restaurants , bars and generally acted as low key tourists.

Nice pics Changy !!
 

Nomad

Active member
Chob;284441 said:
Now if I should go alone ....

What areas should I stay in for that umm , Patong feel ?
BFs , lady friendly hotels , riotous bars etc??
When are you going there next Jonny ?

Had a week in Hong Kong. Bars around Wan Chai are active every night of the week from 10pm or later. Nights out are expensive and roughly the same as Thai prices but in HKD, thus ~5X!

Fenwicks is closed and now re-opened as Escape. Went there on a Friday night, but a bit pretentious for me.

Sundays are a hoot, with all the domestic helpers letting loose from midday. Plenty of sore heads by the afternoon!

To link with another thread. A lot of Africans out the front of Amazonia after midnight. They aren't allowed in many of the bars...viewed as trouble.
 

Nomad

Active member
Plenty of good live music around...mainly Filipino, but also some expats jamming in small bars. This one was opposite Amazonia and was excellent. The all pinay girl band in Hong Kong Cafe is also very good.

 
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