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    • Redmikee
    • By Redmikee 3rd Jan 18, 8:52 PM
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    Hong Kong, Dubai or Bangkok
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    Hong Kong, Dubai or Bangkok 3rd Jan 18 at 8:52 PM
    Hi all,
    We are planning a trip to Australia in April/May 2019.
    We have the chance of a two night stopover in Hong Kong, Dubai or Bangkok on the way back . Any thoughts on which would be the best option?
    Oh and there is a stopover in Singapore on the way there if that makes any difference?

    Thanks

    Mike
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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 3rd Jan 18, 10:10 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:10 PM
    That is a tricky one. All have a lot going for them, sightseeing, cultural experiences, shopping and nightlife etc.

    Have you been to any of the cities before? Are you paying for the accommodation on the stopover or is that paid by the airline? What time do the scheduled flights arrive into each city, which would you get more time to explore and enjoy the city?

    I have visited all three, albeit fleetingly in Dubai but recently had nearly a full days stop over in HKG and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. I would like to have a longer stay there.

    If all the factors are the same, my choice would be Bangkok.

    One thing to consider is the flight times back home, BKK to UK is about 11.5hours, Dubai to UK about 7 whilst HKG to UK was approx. 13 which depending what class you are travelling i.e. economy that was a long flight IMO.


    Decisions decisions.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 3rd Jan 18, 10:45 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 10:45 PM
    Hi all,
    We are planning a trip to Australia in April/May 2019.
    We have the chance of a two night stopover in Hong Kong, Dubai or Bangkok on the way back . Any thoughts on which would be the best option?
    Oh and there is a stopover in Singapore on the way there if that makes any difference?

    Thanks

    Mike
    Originally posted by Redmikee
    Hi Mike

    I can comment on Dubai, having recently returned from there. If you do choose Dubai, I can recommend the Le Meridien Dubai hotel & conference centre on Airport Road.

    It will cost you around 30 dirhams (approx £7) in a taxi and the journey is 10 minutes. It would be a lot quicker but the traffic queues are bad.

    Ask for a room in the refurbished area and as you'll notice by the new carpet smell........the rooms are brand new and lovely.

    Breakfast is excellent, it's serve yourself buffet and includes bacon and pork sausages.

    On arrival, ask the concierge for the timetable for the free shopper bus. It takes you to the nearby City Centre Deira shopping mall. It's worth a visit, if only for the Carrefour Hypermarket. It has a wide range of fresh food and lots of UK brands you might want. Just be sure to keep an eye on the time so you don't miss the free bus back to the hotel.

    If you prefer a budget hotel in Dubai, there's a Premier Inn near the airport which is also on the free shopper bus route.

    Anyway, have a look at google maps to see the proximity of the Le Meridien hotel and shopping mall and airport in Dubai.

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    • Neil49
    • By Neil49 3rd Jan 18, 11:04 PM
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    We are going to Oz in a few weeks time and are stopping off at Hong Kong on the way out and Singapore on the way back.

    Dubai is only about 7 hours out from the UK but is an option if you are going to Perth. We are going to Sydney so Hong Kong gets you closer to a mid way distance.

    If you don't intend to go out to Australia or New Zealand again then it's probably better to go for Hong Kong. There are more opportunities to go to Dubai for a short break at some point in the future whereas Hong Kong is just too far to go for such a break.
    • harz99
    • By harz99 3rd Jan 18, 11:21 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 11:21 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 11:21 PM
    Hi all,
    We are planning a trip to Australia in April/May 2019.
    We have the chance of a two night stopover in Hong Kong, Dubai or Bangkok on the way back . Any thoughts on which would be the best option?
    Oh and there is a stopover in Singapore on the way there if that makes any difference?

    Thanks

    Mike
    Originally posted by Redmikee

    I would opt for Dubai purely because you get the longest flight over first, have a couple of nights to get over that and used to the time difference and then only plus 4 hours when you get back to UK.


    In addition to the hotels mentioned above, there are also a Novotel and an Ibis adjacent to Deira City Centre Mall, with bus station and Metro station close by and all a short walk away.
    • Redmikee
    • By Redmikee 4th Jan 18, 12:24 AM
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    • 4th Jan 18, 12:24 AM
    Thanks for your replies.
    The hotels are chosen by the tour company we are considering and are:-
    Dubai Marriott Al Jaddaf
    Bangkok Amari Watergate Hotel
    Hong Kong Regal Kowloon.
    Stevie, not sure about the timings into the cities but it could be an important factor we need to ask about.
    Good points about Dubai being nearer home for the final leg of the journey particularly as most of my days off from work will be used and I will probably be back at work next day.
    • slinga
    • By slinga 4th Jan 18, 4:20 AM
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    Hong Kong for me.
    No question.

    I don't see the point of making the choice based on flight times.

    Oh and HK and Singapore are quite different imo.
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    • bengalknights
    • By bengalknights 4th Jan 18, 9:23 AM
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    Id also choose hong kong 1st , Dubai would be second choice bangkok last.
    • parcival
    • By parcival 4th Jan 18, 10:11 AM
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    Yes, Hong Kong everytime - it's nothing like Singapore. I would stay on the HK side rather than Kowloon.
    • harz99
    • By harz99 4th Jan 18, 12:41 PM
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    Forgot the Singapore stop on outward jny...


    Depends where in Australia you are heading for. If Perth, again I'd say break in Singapore if you have time as that will get the long flight out of the way first, if Sydney not so much as the difference in flying time will not be so great due to the extra distance.
    • harz99
    • By harz99 4th Jan 18, 12:42 PM
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    Yes, Hong Kong everytime - it's nothing like Singapore. I would stay on the HK side rather than Kowloon.
    Originally posted by parcival

    I don't think the OP has that option from an earlier post in which they name specific hotels....
    • Voyager2002
    • By Voyager2002 4th Jan 18, 1:15 PM
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    Thanks for your replies.
    The hotels are chosen by the tour company we are considering and are:-
    Dubai Marriott Al Jaddaf
    Bangkok Amari Watergate Hotel
    Hong Kong Regal Kowloon.
    Stevie, not sure about the timings into the cities but it could be an important factor we need to ask about.
    Good points about Dubai being nearer home for the final leg of the journey particularly as most of my days off from work will be used and I will probably be back at work next day.
    Originally posted by Redmikee
    I have heard good things about the hotels you mention in Bangkok and Hong Kong...

    The downside of Bangkok is the traffic: I suggest that you plan what you would want to see and do there, and note which journeys can be made by Metro or Skytrain. If you would end up relying on road transport then consider another destination: it would be really frustrating to spend most of your short visit stuck in traffic jams and so missing out on the attractions.

    Hong Kong is very easy to navigate, and offers a range of contrasting experiences. A good choice, apart from the long flight home afterwards.
    • fifeken
    • By fifeken 5th Jan 18, 9:14 AM
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    Breakfast is excellent, it's serve yourself buffet and includes bacon and pork sausages.

    . . . . . lots of UK brands you might want.
    Originally posted by Nile
    3,000 miles from home with a chance to experience another culture and these are what you recommend? It takes all sorts.
    • VodkaSorbet
    • By VodkaSorbet 5th Jan 18, 12:33 PM
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    Depends what 'best' means for you. I've been to all 4 (Hong Kong and Singapore as stopovers, Dubai and Bangkok as part of longer trips to those regions).

    Personally I would choose Hong Kong without a doubt because it is the most 'self-contained' and compact, easiest to get the most out of in a 2-night stop, the furthest from the UK and not somewhere you would go for a holiday in its own right. Also a different experience from Singapore, as others have noted.

    Dubai is an easy trip from the UK (long-weekend-able) and Bangkok could be visited on a separate holiday to Thailand. Since you are considering all the options it doesn't sound as if any of them are 'must see and we'll never likely get the chance again' for you, if you know what I mean.

    Of course I am not considering flight timings/distances because that doesn't bother me. If the shorter trip back from Dubai is a factor for you that might make it the 'best' choice. I would put Bangkok last as it doesn't really offer any benefits in terms of travelling time and is kind of overwhelming for a short stop.

    Also a good point above that if any of them have significantly better/worse arrival/departure times which mean you get more out of your stay in one of them, it might be worth considering that too.
    Last edited by VodkaSorbet; 05-01-2018 at 12:39 PM.
    • Doshwaster
    • By Doshwaster 5th Jan 18, 1:10 PM
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    Probably HK for me too. Fantastic airport and easy transfers into the city, it's very compact so you can get a lot done in a single day and westernised enough so that there is no too much culture shock.

    You can do a stopover or long weekend in Dubai any time. Also the onward leg of DXB-Oz might be a little too long for comfort.

    Bangkok is one of my favourite cities in the world but it can be quite overwhelming to a first time visitor so a 2 night stopover might not be the best way to get the best out of it. It's better done as part of a longer holiday in Thailand.
    • VodkaSorbet
    • By VodkaSorbet 5th Jan 18, 1:51 PM
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    OP is talking about a stop on the way back...

    Just to add - if you are looking to use the stopover just to recover/chill, Dubai would probably be the one to go for. Not that there isn't plenty to do there if you did want to get out and about, but the Asian stops are more suited to getting out and experiencing the place IMO.
    • Nile
    • By Nile 5th Jan 18, 7:05 PM
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    3,000 miles from home with a chance to experience another culture and these are what you recommend? It takes all sorts.
    Originally posted by fifeken
    You make a fair point but I didn't disclose that I was only in Dubai for a few hours, as it was a stopover to break a long journey.

    I haven't had a chance (yet) to spend several days in Dubai and offer tips on interesting places to visit.

    I intended my post to be helpful to the OP and he has thanked it.
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