Hong Kong & Macau
 
 
Left Singapore Changi  at 6.40 am by Jet Star Asia (Budget Airlines). The round trip fare to Hong Kong was S$372. It was a smooth journey except when we got near to Hong Kong. The typhoon winds in Hong Kong was making it difficult to land at Hong Kong Airport. Finally after a delay of 40 minutes we did make it to Hong Kong at 11.00am.
Airport Express train is the best way to get to Hong Kong downtown or Kowloon from the airport. It costs HK$90 one way (1S$=4.96HK$). Took the Airport express train till Kowloon. They also have shuttle buses connecting from the station to all major hotels. But the hotel I stayed did not have a shuttle bus connection. The taxi fares were fairly cheap for the short ride from the station.
Checked into Prudential Hotel in Nathan road, Kowloon. The location is great as it is close to a lot of shopping area and the best part is the MTR Jordan station is right on the basement of the hotel. Had a quick lunch at a noodle place in one of the side streets in Nathan road.
Took the MTR in the evening to Hong Kong central. Wanted to try dinner at Soho. There is a huge selection of international food in Soho. You will be spoiled for choices. We finally settled on a Argentinian Steak house “ La-Pampa”. Had a interesting conversion with the manager who is from Argentina. He was very happy that I had traveled extensively in his country.
The night life district of Lan Kwai Fong is a short walk from Soho. Don’t miss the escalator ride connecting Central to Soho. Had a stroll in Lan Kwai Fong. Took the MTR back to the hotel.
Trip Itinerary
Day 01 Day 02
Started the day with a quick breakfast at a local eatery in Nathan road. It was a place where locals grab a quick breakfast before heading to work. Had a leisure walk down Nathan road to Tsim Sha Tsui. Picked a star ferry ride over to Hong Kong central. From Star ferry terminal bus no. 15C connects to the Victoria peak tram station. The tram ride is interesting. You will start to enjoy the view of Hong Kong as the tram goes higher up. From the tram station on Victoria peak it’s a short walk to the look out points for the great shot of Hong Kong.
For lunch we headed off to Cheung Chau island which is an hour by  ferry from Hong Kong central. This island has the best seafood and it still has the rural Hong Kong feel. Just close to the ferry terminal their are a huge selection of open seafood places. We picked “Hong Kee sea food restaurant ” which was recommended by the Lonely Planet guide book. It turned out to be great.
Later in the evening we were at the Temple street market. I brought some Souvenir  T-shirts. It’s a clean and organized night market unlike the Papong night market in Bangkok. Had dinner at Banana leaf Singapore restaurant near the Temple street market.  Its wise to give this restaurant a miss and try more interesting local food. Prudential hotel where I stayed had a bar with live music. Had a cocktail at the bar and stayed for a while to catch some music before heading back to the room.
Day 03
The third day was planned to be spend in Macau. We left early after a quick breakfast at “ Cafe De Coral” which was close to the hotel. We got on to the 10.00am ferry to Macau. It took 55min to reach Macau by the high speed Catamaran. Just outside the ferry terminal you can board a local bus to the Macau downtown. The cobble stone street and the Mediterranean architecture makes it a very interesting place. There was a huge selection of shops and restaurants. Its easy to walk from the central part of downtown to the ruins of St Paul cathedral. It’s a very famous land mark of Macau.
Macau is a great place for Portuguese food. One of the highly recommended place for Portuguese food in Lonely planet guide book was “A Lorcha” . Had a great lunch and headed back to the downtown. Took a taxi back to the ferry terminal for the 4.00pm ferry back to Hong Kong.
In the evening we headed out to the Avenue of the Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon for the Symphony of Lights show. Its the best location to photograph Hong Kong skyline. Later we went to Lan Kwai Fong for pubbing and checked out the Hong Kong night life. Had Dinner at Beirut, a Middle Eastern restaurant and pub.
Day 04
It was the last day at Hong Kong and we asked for a late check untill 3.00pm. The hotel staff agreed to it which was a surprise as the place was pretty full. Brought a Airport bus ticket at the hotel which was leaving at 5.00pm for the 8.15pm flight back to Singapore.
Took the MTR down to Time square in Hong Kong central to check out the shops and computer mall.
Took bus no.31 from Times square to Stanley market. The drive up to Stanley market is very scenic. You get to see the best part of Hong Kong. The beautiful beaches , expensive condos and homes along the way. Had lunch at Stanley market and spend some time walking around the busy market. The market was more lively as it was a Sunday. Headed back to the hotel to check out and take the Airport bus back to the airport. The Jet Star Asia flight back from Hong Kong left on time at 8.15pm and I was back at Singapore Changi airport by 11.50pm. Hong Kong was a interesting place to visit and its different from Singapore or any other Southeast Asian cities.