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See Hong Kong in 5 Days – Travel Review

Hong Kong City in 5 Days

Have you ever been to Hong Kong? Perhaps you are thinking of going or you might be stopping over there on your way to another destination. This article outlines a few things that you may find useful for your visit – whether it is long or short!

ARRIVING INTO HONG KONG

Prior to 1998 if you were flying into Hong Kong you would have experienced the somewhat hair-raising approach into Kai Tak between the tall, imposing sky scrapers of the city of hong Kong. Well – rest assured those days are long gone! The new airport in Hong Kong is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok. In fact that is the name of the airport. The airport was built on reclaimed land as the sheer size requirements meant there was no other location big enough.

The commercial trade industry in hong Kong is so large now that the old airport was simply unable to cope with the level of traffic flowing in and out.

HKIA is the worlds’ busiest cargo airport and one of the busiest passenger terminals in the world. It is a major hub for many airlines connecting to over 220 destinations around the world! You can read more about Hong Kong airport here.

HOW TO GET INTO THE CITY

Getting into Hong Kong city is a relatively easy and straight forward process. There are several options depending on your preference, budget and how long you have.

You can get the Hong Kong express which will have you into Kowloon in under 25 minutes. But it is not necessarily the cheapest option. This option will set you back between $80 – $100HKD.

The bus is slightly longer but a bit cheaper. This ranges from $30 – $45HKD.

A taxi is going to be the most direct option and will deliver you straight to your hotel. However, this will cost between $370 -$450HKG! Ouch!

Of course there is always the good old Uber option but again this is similar to a taxi although is also going to deliver you straight to your hotel for between $270 – $350HKD.

Naturally it will depend on where you are staying as Hong Kong is not just one big massive city! More about that next!

If you can’t be bothered with the hassle of finding a taxi, Uber or getting the train then I suggest getting your travel agent to book your arrival transfer. This is the option we chose and it was easy and seamless. The ride in was relatively quick – around 30 minutes or so.

We were met at the airport and directed to our transfer. We did have to drop off a few other passengers along the way but I always view this as a good opportunity to orientate yourself to a few landmarks.

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***Just one thing to note here – please be aware that some hotel locations do not allow big buses to drop off or pick up outside the hotel lobby so be prepared to walk a small distance with your luggage. If you don’t want to do this then get a private car transfer.***

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO STAY?

So this is where it all gets quite interesting! Most people would recommend staying in Kowloon area. The reason for this is that you are close to major transport options, shopping, restaurants, shopping, tailors, restaurants, more shopping, markets, etc. Did I mention the shopping? There are shopping centers everywhere in Kowloon!

The other popular location is on Hong Kong Island. This is more of a commercial hub where there are a lot of businesses and company premises, factories etc. Although on the waterfront you can find some really top-notch accommodation such as the Sheraton, Excelsior, Grand Hyatt, JW Marriott just to name a few. Hong Kong Island view from Kowloon

Along with this caliber of hotel you can be assured there will also be shops and restaurants nearby. However, you will find that most of the hotel guests are there for business. There are some interesting shopping places to note such as Cat Street and the wet market.

It is super easy and very cheap to go from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island or vice versa. Just jump on the metro, bus or ferry. The ferry is really quick and very easy. Plus of course you don’t need to contend with traffic congestion. The cost is also minimal but it pays to have the correct change as you may not get any back!

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN HONG KONG

Now that you have arrived what is there to do? Here are my top 10 things to do while staying in Hong Kong. Of course a lot of this will depend on how long you have and your budget.

  1. CITY TOUR
  2. DAY TRIP TO MACAU
  3. OCEAN PARK
  4. DISNEYLAND
  5. SHOPPING
  6. HARBOUR CRUISE
  7. SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS SHOW
  8. HOP ON HOP OFF BUS
  9. TRAM RIDE UP TO VICTORIA PEAK
  10. LANTAU ISLAND & GIANT BUDDAH

 

I strongly advise organising your tours prior to arriving into Hong Kong as this will help ensure you are not wasting time trying to get on a tour that may be already fully booked. There are many tour options from private to group tours. I love doing a group tour as you have an opportunity to meet people from all around the world!

In fact – we came across a couple who live in the same city as us on one of the tours we did. Later that day as we were heading out to join another tour we bumped into them again! What are the chances? Pretty good actually as it happened twice while we were in Hong Kong with different people!Sampan Ride in Aberdeen Fishing Village Hong Kong

We did a half day Hong Kong Island city tour which took us to Aberdeen fishing village and then up to Victoria Peak. The only thing I didn’t really think much of was the visit to a jewelry making factory and show room. Trust me – stay on the bus!

The visit to Aberdeen was interesting and we had an option of doing a sampan ride around the floating fishing village. Be aware that you will pay extra for this option!

We also did a day trip out to Macau. We had a fantastic guide who was extremely informative and knowledgeable. We had time to visit the largest Casino in the world – the Venetian. This is modeled on a much larger scale to the one in Las Vegas. It was HUGE! but if you are planning to have a wee flutter – make sure you bring lots of money! Minimum bet on the tables was $500HKD!

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***Oh and just so you know – you do not need to change your Hong Kong dollars to the Macau currency as they take $HKD everywhere and will give you $HKD in change. If you do have any Macanese Pataca (MOP) you will not be able to exchange it in Hong Kong so do it in Macau before you leave.***

SHOPPING TIPS

If you are planning on doing some shopping in Hong Kong then here are a few tips for you.

  • If you are after cheap clothes, t shirts, fake brand hand bags, cheap electronics (that may or may not last very long) then the markets are a great place for you to visit. There are a few market options with the more popular being Temple Street Night Markets, Ladies Market and Stanley Market. They are generally open until about midnight and the streets become pedestrian only until midnight. Please be aware of pickpockets in these areas!
  • If you want to check out some traditional type markets then in the Mong Kok area where the Ladies market is located you can also find the Goldfish market, wet market, flower market, Bird market and many more.
  • If markets are your thing then consider doing a guided shopping tour so you don’t miss anything!Night shopping in Hong Kong - Heading to Temple Street Night Markets
  • If you are after brand name stores then you need to get yourself to the Harbor City. This is the largest shopping mall in Hong Kong and is home to pretty much every name brand you could think of and then some! It is easy to get to and has a 270 degree observation deck. Harbor City is a one-stop shopping mecca with over 450 shops, 60 food & beverage outlets, a gallery and 3 hotels! It is massive! We actually found it by accident when taking shelter from a downpour. We went in one entrance and came out another in a completely different location!
  • Nathan Road has a plethora of shopping options from name brands to cheaper options. Along Nathan Road you can find stores such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Prada, every single name brand watch company and many more! Watch out for the hawkers trying to sell you a watch or a suit! Stay away from these as they are not recommended and in most cases not licensed.
  • Tailored Suits and Clothing – Hong Kong is a great place to get a suit tailor made and there are plenty of reputable tailors in Hong Kong. Do your research and find one that comes recommended by someone you know. Your Hotel Concierge can assist you if you don’t have a personal recommendation. Please note that it can take up to three days to get a suit made. Sometimes they can speed this up. So if you are only in Hong Kong for a few days then make this your day one priority to allow plenty of time for any adjustments etc.

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Please note that in the markets you can bargain a bit but the vendors will only drop the price by about 10 – 15 %.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO TO HONG KONG?

The hottest time to travel to Hong Kong is between June and September. However, these are also the wettest months and you are far more likely to get caught in a torrential downpour! The last thing you need when you have an armload of shopping! It can be hot and humid from May through to August.

The coldest months are November through to February but even the low is only around 14 Celsius so still a good time to visit.

The best times to travel to Hong Kong is March, April, September and October.

PACKING ESSENTIALS

If you are planning to do a bit of shopping then I suggest you take a very lightweight back pack, definitely some comfy shoes as there is a lot of walking to be done in Hong Kong. You will want a good set of Packing Cubes. These will help keep your suitcase organized but the best thing is – you can fit more in!

Learn more about Packing Cubes.

I would also suggest a good lightweight umbrella as the clouds can roll in pretty quickly and catch you unawares!

As far as clothes go I suggest light cotton or breathable clothing especially if it is going to be humid. Shorts and t shirts or comfy summer dresses are also fine.

A light Jacket is a good idea if you are heading out on the harbor.

FOOD

There is an absolute plethora of restaurants in Hong Kong with many flavors and cuisines. It is truly a foodie heaven!

Some of my top recommendations:

Try the Portuguese Egg Tarts in Macau – they are to die for! We were lucky in that our tour guide Cisco actually got us to pre-order them as they sell out every day! If you are there on your own make sure you get there early so you don’t miss out!

I would also recommend doing a foodie tour of some description. But forget about the Harbor cruise with seafood dinner! It is a waste of time and money. It was interesting to note that most of the seafood is actually imported into Hong Kong from all around the world.

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Delicious street food in Hong Kong

Apparently the seafood in and around Hong Kong is quite depleted and now most of it comes from Australia and South Africa among other places.

If you are into Asian style food you will find everything in Hong Kong from Taiwanese to Shangainese and everything in between.

HONG KONG – DEFINITELY WORTH A LOOK!

So would I come back to Hong Kong? Absolutely! It is a very safe city with plenty to see and do. Great option for a stopover or even a destination. Lots of Islands to explore and loads of activities to keep you all busy! I can’t wait to hear all your stories about your visit to Hong Kong and your tips!

Feel free to comment below and share it with us all!

 

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Why Use Packing Cubes? 10 Great Reasons Why You Should

Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether to use packing cubes or not. “Why use packing cubes?” you ask. “What difference is it really going to make?” Well I am hoping this article will convince you that packing cubes are truly amazing! I am a complete convert and have made it my life mission to ensure everyone around the world who travels whether for business, leisure or otherwise knows what packing cubes are and what using packing cubes will do to their travelling life.

So What Are Packing Cubes?

Packing cubes (or packing cells as they are sometimes referred to) are usually made out of a lightweight material and come in many shapes and sizes. Some are square or oblong and are designed to store larger items such as shirsts, pants and dresses etc. Some are smaller and ideal for t’shirts, shorts and clothing items that aren’t so bulky. Then you have the smallest ones that are perfect for socks and jocks and other “delicate” items that you prefer to have hidden away. (Nothing worse than having your suitcase contents on show if your suitcase has a malfunction!).

How Do I use Packing Cubes Effectively?

The idea of packing cubes is that once you pack your clothes and items into the cubes or cells you can then transfer them directly into you suitcase, backpack or other luggage. This not only creates additional space (for all those shoppers out there!) but it also does a great job of protecting your clothing, shoes and other personal belongings in your luggage. Now the best part is that once you arrive at your destination you can open up your suitcase and lift out each cube or cell and put them directly into the hotel room drawers or cabin drawers if you are fortunate enough to be on a cruise!

Now this is where they really come into their own! You will never again have to go searching for missing socks, or spend ages trying to find your favourite t shirt. They are exactly where you placed them! Once you finish with them (and if they are clean of course!) you can just fold them straight back into the packing cube you got it out of and it is there for when you want it next time!

Packing Cubes are also really useful if you are limited on luggage space or only want to take carry on luggage. You will find that if packed correctly you can fit far more into your carry on!

10 Great Reasons You Should be Using Packing Cubes

  1. They are the best way to organize your suitcase when travelling. Whether it is for business travel or for leisure, vacation, sports travel or even cruising, packing cells are an absolute godsend!
  2. There is nothing worse than trying to find your favourite socks or tshirt or finding your matching bikini bottoms when all you want to do is get down to the pool!
  3. Keeps your clothes and personal items clean and free from whatever dreaded germs the person who stayed in your room before you has left in the drawers! (Think smelly socks and dirty undies!)
  4. Quick and efficient way to pack and unpack a suitcase with the minimum amount of fuss and bother so you can get on with what you want to do without having to waste time packing or unpacking. Just get straight off to the pool for a cocktail!
  5. Reusable – you can use them over and over again! In fact I have two sets and it is perfect for a 2 week vacation! I can take everything I need and everything I don’t need! (Who wants to pack light when you can fit it all in?)
  6. You will be the envy of your fellow travellers! Especially if they don’t have any! Trust me – as soon as they see your amazingly organised suitcase they are going to buy some the first chance they get!
  7. You can even use these at home to organize your drawers and wardrobes.
  8. Great to use for the kids to keep their secret things secret but best of all – tidy!
  9. Shoe pouches are great for using at the gym even when you are not travelling as it keeps them away from the rest of your gear.
  10. They just make life and travel so stress free!

 

There Are So Many Packing Cube Options – How Do I Choose?

Big ones, square ones, pouches, rectangles, funny looking ones that fit your bras in perfectly – there are so many shapes and sizes out there. Not to mention brands and the number of cubes in a set.

So which one to choose? Well it is largely going to depend on how often and how long you travel for. If you are only going away for short periods of time such as a weekender then a smaller set would suffice. But if you are heading off on a Round World Cruise for 6 months I would recommend a couple of larger sets.

The quality will also be a factor worth considering. If you want a set that is going to last then be prepared to pay a bit more for a better quality – such as the Pro Packing Cubes 6 piece set. They are a great size and the quality is excellent.

It’s very easy to combine sets and I use two completely different patterned sets as i find it helps me find things faster. I can divide things up in smaller categories so it is far easier to find them. Of course you may want to take a couple of empty ones along for any spontaneous purchases while you are away.

Check out the below You Tube review on various brands.

Okay – Where can I Buy Packing Cubes?

www.packme.co.nz offers Kiwis (New Zealanders) some very cheap sets and you can even get a great deal when you buy 2 sets! Check out the deal here: Set of 2 Packing Cells. Otherwise – if you prefer you can purchase a couple of different set options by visiting our store.

I can recommend the Pro Packing Cubes. They have different sized sets for all budgets and types of travel. They are lightweight but robust. They have plenty of different size options so cover all your packing requirements. They also have a great range of colours.

The options they have are as follows:

 

 

 

We would also love to have your comments or ideas on how you use your packing cubes so if there is anything I haven’t already covered please feel free to share!

If you have any questions on packing cubes feel free to leave a comment below and I can answer it for you.

So what are you waiting for? Go get some!!!

Don’t be the last person on the planet who doesn’t have a set! Go and get your Packing Cubes today!


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The Travelmixa® Review

Many of my friends enjoy having a smoothie or health shake at work, after the gym, at home or whenever they can’t be bothered cooking! I came across the Travelmixa® when I was setting up the packmetravel.com website. I knew I had to try it as had just started on a meal replacement program and the “shaker” that I was using to mix up the powder just didn’t do a very good job. (Although be aware it is not a liquidizer so if you are blending fruit it can still be a bit pulpy.)
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Travelmixa – Blue colour
Click on the picture to the left to check out a video of the Travelmixa in action.
Once I started using the Travelmixa® I knew I had found an awesome product and immediately added it to our store products. The best thing is – it is a NZ designed product!
TAKE IT ON HOLIDAY!

When I went on holiday I took the Travelmixa® with me. It is so light and easy to carry and I loved being able to use it while I was away. I just packed in among my Packing Cells Big plus is that it is super easy to clean so no messy blender blades that never seem to clean properly and no chance of getting any food left in it. You can also put the flask and lid in the dishwasher but NOT the base! I prefer to just unscrew it all and rinse it off in warm water and let it drip dry.

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Travelmixa in Hong Kong!
I can personally vouch that you will be allowed to take your travelmixa on board a flight in your carry on luggage – i just took mine all the way to Hong Kong via Australia and had absolutely no issues whatsoever!
HOW DOES THE TRAVELMIXA WORK?
The other amazing feature with the Travelmixa is that you can charge it up with a USB connection and the charge lasts for between 2 – 4 weeks! Depends on how often you use it of course – but I use mine at least once a day and it usually gets me through about 4 weeks before I need to charge it again. You can recharge the Travelmixa® anytime by plugging the USB cable into your USB Travel adapter, ipad, laptop or other device with a USB port or even the USB connector on a flight.
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Travelmixa – Blue colour
This means it is perfect for camping or tramping trips where you may be away from a power source for any length of time. Even if you are just heading away for a day trip it is so light and compact that you can pop it into your backpack and make a fresh smoothie or protein shake when you need it!
PARTY! PARTY! PARTY!
The Travelmixa® is also great to take to a party if you are wanting to make your own cocktails! Although it is not suitable for ice so don’t try making anything with ice in it unless you have crushed ice and not too much at once! I have used frozen fruit in my smoothies before but only small fruit such as blueberries and raspberries.
Of course you can also use any other kind of soft fruit and cold liquid to make delicious smoothies or cocktails! The Travelmixa is not designed to blend hard items like ice, nuts, carrots, beets etc. Because it is a small travel sized mixer, it is not suitable to deal with all those great big jobs that a bench-top blenders do. Use fridge cold water and milks to make your smoothie and then pour over ice cubes if you like your drinks really chilled.
 So what are you waiting for? Jump into the shop and get your Travelmixa today! You will wonder how you ever managed without it!
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TravelMixa – Purple
Have you used the Travelmixa before? Please feel free to share your tips or even your favourite recipes! We would love to hear from you!

 

Melanie in Hong Kong

About PackMe Travel Accessories

WELCOME!

Welcome to PackMe Travel Accessories. This website was designed to create a place you could go to for all your travel accessories and packing solutions ensuring a pleasant, safe and stress free travel experience. We want to provide good sound travel advice as well as some useful tips and tricks for a smooth travel experience.

MELANIE’S TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

As a travel consultant I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity and privilege to travel to more than 33 different countries around the world! (And still counting!!)

From solo travel to group travel, family travel to travelling as a couple I have experienced all of these and I look forward to sharing some of my stories with you! I would also love to hear some of your stories.

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Aberdeen Marina Hong Kong

My favourite part of travel is meeting new friends and experiencing the many and diverse cultures that make up our amazing planet! Oh and the food! I admit it – I’m a foodie! I love trying out new cuisines – although I draw the line at deep fried spiders and bugs! Yuck!

I am currently working full time in an award winning travel Agency in Christchurch, New Zealand and really love it! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing my knowledge and ideas with you.

WHAT CAN I OFFER YOU?

Eight years of travel consulting and travel has taught me many lessons in what to avoid and how to make life easier for oneself and your family while travelling. I can’t wait to share my tips and tricks with you to make your travel experience just a little safer, a little more organised and a lot more stress free! I will also be reviewing different products and experiences so I can share these with you.

OUR GOAL

Our goal is to ensure travelers have the opportunity to ensure a safe and stress free experience when it comes to your travel accessories and your security and safety while travelling or enjoying the things you love to do outdoors. We also want you to be well informed about travelling and what it can offer you.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Melanie
www.packmetravel.com