Back to Hong Kong after 3 year hiatus. I used it frequent Hong Kong due to work commitments in the past but after my last change of job, I haven’t step foot in this food paradise until i decided to take a well earned short vacay with my friends.
Has Hong Kong changed much since then? As a whole it didn’t, but the food and especially the drinking scene has certainly evolved.
In this latest post on Hong Kong, i will write about my accommodation, how we navigated through Hong Kong and your all important phone connectivity.
This time round, we chose to stay at Royal Plaza Hotel in Mong Kok. Chanced on a great deal from Agoda and roughly paid around $250/ night for 4 pax in a Family Deluxe Suite (2 queen size beds). We sacrificed location for a bigger room. Located just below Mong Kok East MTR and a 15 mins walk to Mong Kok MTR, it’s next to a shopping centre. Besides the family suite, facilities like the swimming pool, gym and sauna were well maintained and will keep you occupied if you choose to stay in (why would you anyway?).
Royal Plaza Hotel
193 Prince Edward Road West,
Kowloon, Kadoorie Hill, Hong Kong
Nearby MTR: Mong Kok East, Mong Kok
How to get there: From Hong Kong International Airport, we took the sky train to Kowloon Station and took the free shuttle K5 to the hotel. Roughly took us around 40 mins.
Transport / Flight
Public transport in Hong Kong is easily one of the better ones in the world. With interconnecting MTR lines and buses ( you also get trams on Hong Kong Island), all we did was to use google map to key in our destination and followed its directions. Otherwise, you can hop on their yellow taxis and bear the brunt of those cantonese speaking taxi drivers (best to know where you’re heading to before hopping in).
Flight wise, we took a Singapore to Hong Kong return, where the flight was approximately 4 hours. This time round, we sat on Scoot where we bought the tickets during a promotion a couple months ago. Was approximately $200, as we depart from Changi Airport in the wee mornings at 6am and returned from Hong Kong International Airport around 6 in the evening.
Connectivity is something you would probably consider when visiting a country, especially in our modern era. Think sim cards, wifi eggs, or just using your data roaming. Well, we rented a wifi egg from Yourwifi.com (left bottom) which can last you for around 6 hours a full charge.
Also, i got a sim card from Kkday (right bottom) for around S$10 and it lasted me 4 days. Once booked online, you just need to produce your voucher at the arrival hall sim card counter and you will receive your sim card.
We ventured to Cheng Chau, Lamma islands as well as throughout the city and we were well connected by both methods.
Looking for custom experiences during your vacay? We tried taking a boat ride using one of Kkday‘s vendor and sailed along the harbour while watching the sunset in a DUKLING. They have many other experiences like discounted entrance tickets to some of the most popular attractions in Hong Kong. Hassle free, you pay online, get the voucher and present them digital or on a printed copy.
Interested to see how our sailing trip went? More on the short clip below!