Sunday, 10 November 2013

Hong Kong Trip - airfare & hotel

2013 was the year where I finally got to visit Hong Kong. Yes, I have never been there before!

Long ago when I was a kid, I remember fondly Hong Kong Tourism's TV ad with the slogan - 买东西,吃东西!买东西,吃东西!Naturally, that became my primary goal for this trip.

The lure of cheap air tickets proved hard to resist. When JetStar ran their sale in Apr this year, we immediately choped our seats to the Pearl of the Orient, more than half a year in advance!

Tickets for 2 to Hong Kong, with 15kg check-in baggage for one pax on the departing flight & 20kg for return flight also for one pax - $514.

Afterthoughts - For the departing flight from Singapore, by some stroke of good luck, we were offered seats near the emergency exit. Such a pleasant start to the trip! The seats have wider legroom which was wonderful because you can wriggle around on your butt throughout the 4 hour long flight.

The return leg however, was a full flight & we were assigned the normal seats. A 4 hour flight on a cramped seat is okay for a small-sized human like me with not very long legs (height only 155cm). But along many points of the flight, my butt did felt really painful & just simply uncomfortable. As for the boyfriend, as expected, the cramped legroom is torturous. Mental note : do not be lured by cheap budget airline tickets!

Hunted for hotels high & low, asked for friends recommendations, finally decided on Xi Hotel. Accomodation for 4 nights - $725.

Afterthoughts - hotel turns out to be pretty decent (refer to photos), our room was located on the 10th floor. Only gripe being the very limited food selection for breakfast. For the 4 days which we were entitled to free breakfast as part of our room bookings, we only had breakfast there for the first 2 mornings because the same food was available every single day.

For those who need to be on their mobile the whole time, you will be glad to know there is free wifi provided by the hotel!  Nearest MTR is Tsim Sha Tsui but bear in mind, 8 - 10mins walking on foot to reach the hotel. Location is great, easily accessible to many places of attraction via MTR.

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