The Perfect Weekend Escape: Travelling To Hong Kong | TRAVEL TRAVEL

If you have a few days to kill and are planning a holiday escape from Saigon, Hong Kong should be on the top of your list. It is an amazing city with lots of highlights. It’s not only about The Peak and Disneyland, but also about pretty beaches, hiking, the colorful history, and hip restaurants. To name a few.

Explore Hong Kong with these great activities

One thing is sure, you won’t get bored in Hong Kong! There is a lot to explore, so it is wise to pick a few things you really want to see or do.

You can start the day with a trip by tram to The Peak. Yep, the name gives it away already, The Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island, with stunning views of the city. We recommend going early because you probably won’t be the only one there. If you’re up for a little exercise, you can walk down via the Morning Trail which ends on Caine Road, Midlevels, and is an easy stroll to the escalators (which go downhill before 10 am and uphill until 10 pm) and Soho/Central/Sheung Wan.

The escalators are an event in itself when sightseeing around Central;  it’s a perfect way to get to the top of Midlevels, it’s free and the kids love it. You can also go at sundown, because of the dazzling sunset views. Just try to avoid peak hours during the day, unless you like queuing.

Enjoy the Hong Kong view from The Peak tram

Go Hong Kong, go Disneyland!

When in Hong Kong, go Disneyland! If you are on a family trip, you are bound to score some bonus points with your kids by bringing them to the holy land of Mickey Mouse and Cinderella. We advise going during the week if you have some flexibility, as it can get seriously packed on the weekends. Going on a Saturday or Sunday? Book your tickets online. This will save you a lot of time standing in line, which you could also spend on taking a selfie with Goofy.

Other great activities in Hong Kong

Another great must-see when with children, is Ocean Park located on the south side of Hong Kong Island. It’s a theme park inspired by life in the sea with attractions, animals and shows. It’s huge, so make sure to go early, so you can enjoy a full day here. During summer, there is often a water play area so pack swimmers or a change of clothes for your kids. And the same applies here- get your tickets online to avoid queuing time.

The Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens are one of the oldest zoological and botanical parks in the world. It is the perfect visit if you love exotic nature, kinky plants or remarkable wildlife. It’s also a really nice change from the bustling center of Hong Kong or to inhale some ‘green’ air.

Stanley Beach is a nice option if you’re up for some sand and chill time. Take a bus or taxi, pack some snacks and off you go.

Buss-ling life in the city center of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s best shopping areas

For shopping, there are many, many options. We love the area around Hollywood Road and Man Mo Temple.  Take the stairs down and end up in a street full of stalls that are perfect for browsing.

Causeway Bay is covered in malls, shops and neon advertising signs. This is the place if you’re a fan of independent, hip fashion retailers. SOGO, the biggest department store as well as the Times Square shopping mall are located here. But be sure to explore the streets surrounding these shopping malls as well, you’ll find plenty of great shops and market stalls…the shopping malls are just the tip of the iceberg!

Digging in some seriously tasty dim-sum

Dig in! Where to eat and drink in Hong Kong

As expected, there is much choice when it comes to having drinks and dinner. Top-notch street food, hip rooftop bars or Michelin star restaurants, you can do it all in Hong Kong!

If you like Chinese Fusion, you have to go to Ho Lee Fook. The food is amazing. Note that you can only book a table from 6 people and up.

We love love love Man Mo Dim Sum (near the Man Mo Temple) where the dim sum has a french twist.

Yum Cha is the perfect place to have dim sum with your kids. Who doesn’t like food with a smiley on it? And with who, we mean kids. The adult menu is pretty good too.  Dragon-i is a great option with kids for yum cha on Sundays as they have a play area set up on the deck so you can eat, drink and watch the kids at the same time. Din Tai Fung in Causeway Bay is also kid-friendly, very affordable and their dumplings are so good they have even been bestowed with a Michelin star.

If your babysitter is booked in for a few hours, treat yourself to some incredible food experiences at The Buenos Aires Polo Club, Carbonne, Zuma or  or the spactacular Mott32, where dinner is served in a former bank vault. And then follow on with a nightcap at any one of Hong Kong’s speakeasy bars.

Cheers! Great bars in Hong Kong

Or go to Wooloomooloo for some great drinks: it’s on 31/F, the rooftop of The Hennessy building. It has the best view of Hong Kong and great steak too. Another good option is Ce La Vi in Central/Soho. If you can escape the kids for a pre-dinner drink, then Sevva has a great view of Kowloon particularly during the light show at night.

Good coffee is easy to find in Hong Kong. Try Fineprint on Peel Street to get you started.

The city that never sleeps

Best hikes in Hong Kong

Let’s not forget the vast amount of dazzling hikes in Hong Kong. There are so many amazing hikes in HK (Dragon’s Back, The Twins…the list goes on) so depending on your fitness level and whether you have children hiking with you or not, you can find the perfect walk for you and your family. We sorted out 3 fantastic hikes for you:

The Lung Ha Wan Country Trail: easy, accessible 2.3 km hike with absolutely beautiful views of the bay. To get there: MTR Diamond Hill and use Exit D1. Take bus no. 91 at Diamond Hill Plaza Hollywood to Clear Water Bay Second Beach.

The Lantau Trail: more difficult trail of 7 km, yet so rewarding. It is one of the best places to enjoy a sunrise in Hong Kong and you’ll cross the Wisdom Path, catch views of breathtaking beaches and the world’s tallest outdoor seated bronze Buddha statue. To get there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung MTR Station, hop on the 3M bus and get off at Pak Kung Au.

The Bowen Trail: a great hike in Midlevels, amazing views of the island and flat and paved the entire way so easy for all ages, particularly if you have a stroller/pram.

Off we go to Lantau

Where to stay in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an amazing city, but ouch, it comes with a price. The best area to stay is in Central/Soho with moderately priced hotels like the Madera Hollywood to high-end hotels like the Conrad. And of course, check Airbnb.

How to get to Hong Kong and around

There are several direct flights from HCMC to Hong Kong. From there you can take the train into the city, which is super easy and cheap, especially if you purchase an Oyster top-up card at the airport or train station. This allows you to travel quick and easy with all the Hong Kong public transport, including the ferries.

In downtown Hong Kong you will notice there are different colored taxis; the red taxis are used for HK Island and Kowloon. Note that they are not always willing to cross the harbor from HK Island to Kowloon and vice-versa. Otherwise take public transport, which is more friendly for your wallet and will take you almost everywhere. If you are traveling with young kids, be aware that walking with a stroller is not always easy. There are stairs everywhere and the city in general is not wheelchair/pram friendly, so be sure to plan ahead.

Best time to go to Hong Kong

You can go to Hong Kong all year round, but in the summer it can get really hot, humid and crowded. April to June are the wettest and most humid months of the year. If you prefer a bit cooler and milder weather, we advise going from October – March.

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