So finally my first travel blog. I love travelling and this is my medium to share my passion with the world. This is my first blog which involved my travels to Hong Kong. I would share my travel stories and tips from rest of Asia as well.
The planning process:
Airfare: It is best to travel to Hong Kong via a direct flight not only is it more convenient but it saves time as well. Cathay Pacific Airways along with its sister airline Dragon Air fly non stop from various Indian destinations. Keep in mind to book your cathay pacific tickets in advance as it is a busy airline with a lot of transit passengers to mainland china and various other international destinations. Jet airways and Air India flies non-stop to Hong Kong as well but only from limited international airports.
TIP: If booking cathay pacific it is best to pre order your Hindu Non Veg/Veg meal before departure.
TIP: Use makemytrip.com for amazing deals on hotels and some great deals if you use HDFC bank cards on certain days of the week.
Arrival into Hong Kong
Hong Kong offers Indians a Visa free entry for upto 14 days, provided you clear the pre arrival registration; however, first time visitors please keep in mind that you will most likely be questioned by immigration officers. You will need to provide hotel bookings, Return tickets, Employer ID, and most importantly funds. A credit card will be ok as well. The second round of immigration interview can take a long time depending on the amount of people present in the immigration restricted room.
If you are most likely travelling on a budget then it is best to travel by bus from the airport; however, the Airport Express is the most convenient option you can buy a round-trip AE ticket from Cathay pacific flights at a small discounted rate.
TIP: After collecting your luggage from the airport it is best to purchase your OCTOPUS card from the Airport Express ticket counter. it costs 150 HKD.
To Visit Hong kong on a budget you will need to make judicious use of the MTR to explore various destinations in Hong Kong. Hong Kong MTR is extremely easy to use
If your looking for a quick bite of food in hong kong it is best to purchase them from the MTR Stations ( NON PAID area) various food outlets which include Circle K, Pret O manger, Seven Eleven and the list goes on.
Indians looking for Indian food head to Chungking Mansions located at Tsim Sha Sui- Nathan Road, here you will find plently of our country men who speak hindi as well.
Must visit tourist attractions
- Hong kong island Peak- Central MTR
- IFC mall- Walking distance from Central
- Tsim sha sui Promenade
- Big buddha
- Ocean park
- Walk around Mongkok( Real Hong Kong )
The Air in Hong Kong is sometimes in the poor category so it is advisable to use facial masks.
Please comment below for any help and suggestions. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do let me know in the comments section if you would love to have a Cathay Pacific and HKIA review as well.
My review of HongKong as a tourist destination is my next blog post. Watch out : )