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Hong Kong Part 1 – Hotel, Transport, Internet and Shop

 

Well I know it sounds a bit late since I went to HK almost a month ago (omg how time flies so fast) but here you go, I just got time to sum up my last trip. I got some Instagram DM(s) asking where did I stay, where did I buy the hk disneyland tickets and many more. So lets start!

 

HOTEL

I chose to stay at Regal Kowloon Hotel near Tsim Sha Tsui area. I booked the room via Agoda, you can check here. So far, I really love the place and will recommend to anyone who’s going to Hong Kong. I didn’t take a proper picture of the room but you can see the photos from their website or Agoda.com. Cleanliness and facilities are quite good, except there is no swimming pool if you expect to swim in the morning. However, you can do morning run with this view (picture below) – its only in front of the hotel. I did my morning run 4 times when I was there.

The hotel is located 5 mins-walk from East Tsim Sha Tsui Station (I recommend everyone to download the Hong Kong MTR Map and save it to your phone to guide you easily, I choose to print it out and put it in my bag when I travel). Some of you may know the famous Avenue of Stars/Harbour City when you hear about Tsim Sha Tsui, however you have to walk around 15-20 minutes to get that area from this hotel. You can go to East Tsim Sha Tsui Station and walk to Tsim Sha Tsui Station (no train needed) to arrive at Harbour City/Avenue of Stars. You can see their sign easily inside the MTR station. I love walking so its not a big problem for me, but my dad and sisters always complained lol.

Posh The Label – Top | Zara – Skirt | Superga – Shoes | Celine – Bag

 

INTERNET

 

I rent a portable wi-fi from Jakarta called wi2fly. I forgot the exact price but it costs around IDR60,000-70,000/day with unlimited data and up to 5 devices. The connection was pretty good, I’m quite satisfied for the service and will rent it again for my next trip. I booked the portable wifi through their website, kindly note that you have to pay IDR1,200,000 deposit and it will be transferred back to your account after one week you return the wifi. You have to make a booking at least one week before your trip and they can deliver the portable wifi to your house (with delivery fee) one day before your departure, and they can pick it up in one day after your trip.

 

TRANSPORT

 

Transport in Hong Kong is relatively expensive. You can buy Octopus Card (Its like an ez-link card in Singapore) to use their MTR services. It costs HKD150 per person or around IDR255,000 with HKD50 deposit that will be returned to you if you return back the card. So you only have HKD100 balance in your card, that won’t be enough for one week lol. I don’t remember every trip cost but I remember when I use the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to CausewayBay station, it costs around HKD15 per person – for a single trip (around IDR25,500) and its only 4 or 5 stations away fyi. Transport cost in Hong Kong is quite high, right?

I rarely use taxi when I was in Hong Kong. However, I took a taxi from the airport to Regal Kowloon Hotel near Tsim Sha Tsui area and it costs around HKD300 or IDR500,000 for a single trip. I think that transport cost in Hong Kong is quite similar with Singapore and Japan. You guys have to go to Guang Zhou! (its only one/two hour away from Hong Kong with train) where ALL foods, transports, shops are wayyyy cheaper! I love GZ! Lol. You know what, I can eat Hai Di Lao with only around IDR100,000 per person, where in Singapore you have to spend at least SGD50(IDR490,000) per person to have same exact foods! Walaweee hahahahaha! Ok lets back to Hong Kong.

 

SHOPPING

 

Hong Kong is one of the best country in Asia for shopping since they offer you TAX-FREE. The luxury stuffs’ price is quite cheaper than Indonesia. My favorite places in Hong Kong to shop are Fashion Walk in Causeway Bay, Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui and Central Area. I’m so glad that when I went there, COS has their end of season sale!! So many items in 50%OFF yassss! I adore the brand so much. You should check them out if you’re a fan of classic and minimalistic. I got myself some t-shirts, tops, sandals and classic white shoes that I wear a million times since I got them. I do love shopping a lot, but since I have my own store, nowadays I always shop basic pieces that I can wear many times or you can call me a very picky shopaholic now :p (and also I’m 24 already and MUST have savings to buy myself a long term investment right – read: not a classy chanel bag or a pair of louboutin heels, its more like expanding business or my own house LOL)

 

You can see my posts about Hong Kong Disneyland and Sai Wan Swimming Shed here! See you at PART TWO!

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