Hong Kong – Travel Tips by Luke

Lan Kwai Fong
What type(s) of travellers would you recommend to visit Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is ideal for solo travellers, people who love nightlife and foodies.

How long would you recommend for one to spend in Hong Kong?

4 days 3 nights will be just nice for a getaway!

What are the top activities/must-sees that you would recommend in Hong Kong?
1. Lan Kwai Fong
Famous drinking district in Hong Kong filled with locals and tourists
Lan Kwai Fong

– Small square of streets filled with bars in Central, Hong Kong

– Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hotspot

– Good for drinking and also Shisha

– Look out for hidden speakeasy bars in the corners and also on the second storeys of the buildings!

2. Yellow Dragon River (黃龍石澗) Hiking Trail
Mini waterfall along Yellow Dragon River in Hong Kong
Yellow Dragon River Hiking Trail

– Take a half-day hike (approximately 6 hours excluding time to get there) through the Yellow Dragon River located on Lantau Island

– Take a blue cab (as opposed to the normal red cabs in Hong Kong) from Tung Chung MTR to the entrance of the river

– For a full guide on the hike, refer to: http://hikehongkong.blogspot.sg/2012/05/wung-lung-hang-stream.html

3. Kowloon ( Tsim Sha Tsui / Jordon / Yau Ma Tei / Mongkok )

– Spend one day walking in Kowloon from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mongkok

– Experience the “old” city of Hong Kong, where you get to experience night markets

– Visit old-school family-run eateries for a taste of local cuisines at their best

– Squeeze in some good buy (recommended: cheap and good sneakers from Argyle Street)

What are the top food places/must-eats that you would recommend?
1. Kwan Kee 坤記煲仔小菜
Claypot rice shopfront with tables of customers seated outside
Outside Kwan Kee

– Traditional Cantonese claypot rice with Chinese sausage and chicken

– Plenty of awesome side dishes that you can order along with your claypot dish

– Best to make a reservation, especially for weekends

2. Australian Dairy Farm
Bowl of macaroni and ham in the foreground and plate of ham toast in the background are popular Hong Kong style breakfast
Macaroni and Ham at Australian Dairy Farm

– Hong Kong-style breakfast

– No need for reservation, but you might have a short wait during busy hours

– Go for the set menu (highly recommended!) which usually revolves around signature eggs, toasts and macaroni!

– Add a bowl of steamed milk if you would like to stay on a bit longer for desserts!

3. Kam’s Roast Goose – Hong Kong’s Michelin Roast Meat Restaurant
Plate of roast goose noodles with vegetables
Kam’s Roast Goose

– Still my favourite roast goose restaurant after trying a couple around

– No need for reservation, but you might have a short wait during busy hours

– Get the roast goose leg and mix it up with some Suckling Pig or Fatty Char Siew (both run out pretty quick!)

– You can have the meat alone, with warm rice or their signature noodles!

Any recommendations on where to stay in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong Island will be a good place where good food is all around!
When is a good time of the year to visit Hong Kong?
Second half of the year as the weather is more cooling and good for hiking!
How should one get around Hong Kong?

MTR is very convenient!

Are there any local norms / cultures that a tourist should be aware of in Hong Kong?
No tipping necessary.
What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes?

Hong Kong Dollar / Octopus Card.

Any other tips/things to be aware of?
Be prepared to squeeze!
How should one stay connected to the internet?

Get the “Discover Hong Kong Tourist SIM Card” for HKD 118 for 5GB worth of data!

Cost of Trip

Airfare – Singapore to Hong Kong – Scoot SGD 250

Accommodation – Burlington Hotel – SGD 534 for 3 nights

Food – HKD 100 to 200 per meal

Transport – HKD 250 for 4 days (Mainly on the MTR)

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am always up for trying new things, as I believe what matters most in life is capturing magical moments and gaining new experiences. And one of the best ways to do so is through travelling, to experience different cultures and way of life of each country and city.  This has led me to develop a travel application with my team at Away Nation, to help people plan their perfect trips based on recommendations from friends and locals.