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    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 25th Feb 18, 2:14 PM
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    Hong Kong ... 25th Feb 18 at 2:14 PM
    holiday help please. I did find an old closed thread on this & have read up on it.

    So far I've only booked the flights, & am now looking for hotel area help. Being MSE I don't really want to pay those prices to stay on Hong Kong Island, but everything on TripAdvisor is screaming at me to do just that. I'm there for 14 nights, so there's no rush. I quite like the Ibis HK central Sheung Wan, but wouldn't want to spend the whole trip there. I'm also keen to spend maybe a couple of nights in Macau. I love the idea of the free casino buses being MSE. For a bit of peace & quiet in all of this I'd like to spend some time at Silvermine Bay too, or a nice beach area.

    What's everyone think? All ideas gratefully received
    Thanks everyone!
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    • PoppyTaylor
    • By PoppyTaylor 28th Feb 18, 2:57 PM
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    I stayed in Kowloon and very much enjoyed it! Our hotel was just a taxi ride away from the Ferry which takes you over to Hong Kong island but we ended up only going to the island twice as we found things to do elsewhere and we didn't need that much time there.

    I stayed on Hong Kong island a few years ago when I visited, it was expensive and I actually preferred staying in Kowloon much more.
    • silvercar
    • By silvercar 28th Feb 18, 5:05 PM
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    We stayed on Kowloon. One advantage is that you have views to HK island!

    We also went to Macau. Check carefully where you stay, the free buses are great for getting to the hotels but a lot of hotels are a distance away from the centre of Macau, so useless if your purpose is to see the centre.
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 28th Feb 18, 7:14 PM
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    No, that's why I'm just going to HK as there's no visa needed for that. Although it's on my list just in case I ever become non MSE.
    Originally posted by DUKE
    As far as I can make out the 5 day visa is CNY 314 (36) so it's not massively expensive in comparison to the standard Chinese visa. If you like the idea of visiting mainland China and just want a taste it's not a terrible option although you wouldn't be able to go far.
    I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened it and read it. It said they were suckers.
    • Ballard
    • By Ballard 28th Feb 18, 7:17 PM
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    Thanks Baz, got that all down in my notes.

    Thanks Ste, looks rather overwhelming!!! But very useful, I've sent it to my notes on my phone.

    I think I might stay at the Ibis on HK Island, & the Dorett in Kowloon. Still undecided about Macau, & the beach though.
    Originally posted by DUKE
    I'd say that Macau is worth the trip being as you've got a fair amount of time in HK. You could possibly do it all in a day depending on the ferry times but an overnight stay would make it less of a rush.

    I find casinos quite boring after a short time but they're worth a visit for half an hour.
    I got a letter from the government the other day. I opened it and read it. It said they were suckers.
    • slinga
    • By slinga 1st Mar 18, 12:01 PM
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    I remember a long time ago in Macau when there was only the Lisboa casino.
    You could go in and watch a lot of games.
    The chinese gambling games were 'fun'. You'd get a guy who has just come across the border with all his village's savings. A stack of old soiled RMBs maybe 4 inches thick.

    He'd put it all on one bet. Invariably lose. Just get up and walk out.
    It's your money. Except if it's the governments.
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 1st Mar 18, 2:27 PM
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    Mmmm I'm becoming drawn to Kowloon more so.

    We definitely wont be going to any casino.

    That's good to know & cheap Ballard.

    Thanks all.
    Thanks everyone!
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 7th Mar 18, 10:58 AM
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    I stayed in the T hotel

    Amazing place it's a training hotel run by the tourist board so everything is done to perfection or as close to, you are really looked after plus the view is amazing.

    Bus stop right outside so easy access to everywhere.

    Rooms around 50 to 70 a night for 4 star
    Originally posted by prenton01
    I booked the T Hotel for 5 nights, thanks again. Topcashback were giving 13% off, plus I found a code for another 12%, & my Ebookers bonus of about 12. So I'm quite pleased with myself. This'll give us a bit of peace & quiet before we hit central HK.

    Also booked The Dorsett, Monkok for 4 nights.

    I'm just looking at a nice beach one to finish off now, can't decide.
    Thanks everyone!
    • Zigpuffs
    • By Zigpuffs 12th Mar 18, 4:57 PM
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    We're off to HK for a few days on our way to New Zealand. We're staying in Kowloon. I'm planning on a day trip going to Lamma Island as it looks like a nice break away from the busy city.
    Hope you have a lovely time!
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 13th Mar 18, 11:11 AM
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    Sounds great, you too, thanks! I was planning on staying on Lamma Island but decided against it, but I'll certainly be visiting too.

    Have you been to NZ before? I went in November 2016 on the Hot UK Deal 342 flights. I've got loads of family there, some I'd never met so I had the time of my life!!!!

    Finally for my 3rd hotel, I choose to stay at the iclub Ma Tau Wai. They have free breakfast, & 24/7 drinks. Someone mentioned wine too on TA, I do hope so.

    Now I'm excitedly looking at stuff to do, feeling confused about how to get around, & am very, very, afraid of how much food will cost

    Any further tips will be gratefully received, thanks.
    Thanks everyone!
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