I’ve spent the last three days at home doing nothing. Call it a forced vacation — I’ve been diagnosed with sore eyes, which is a highly contagious disease so I can’t be around too many people. Anyway, what a perfect time to write about my recent travels, right? 🙂
Anyway, a few months ago my friend asked me if I wanted to go with him to HK for his birthday. Being the kaladkarin person that I am, of course I agreed — without any care as to work and school. (Yes, I can be that impulsive. Haha.) Anyway, of course I said yes. This was my time to have a legit HK trip. The last time I was in there was in 2008, and it wasn’t even much of a trip because there was a very strong typhoon then. Basically, we didn’t get to do anything because even Disneyland was closed.
A few weeks before the trip, my friend and I sat down to talk about the logistics of our would be HK trip — the accommodations, the budget, and the itinerary.
Looking for accommodations was not very easy, because Hong Kong is known for tiny hotel rooms. We wanted a place which was comfortable for the both of us (meaning twin beds with a decent bathroom) and was convenient in terms of transportation. Of course, this had to be within our price range. I kept wanting to look for a place cheap enough to fit our budget, but did not look like a motel. Hahaha.
We ended up staying at Casa Hotel in Yau Ma Tei, which was so-so. The hotel was okay, but in hindsight I wish we had looked for someplace better. I loved that the hotel was literally a stone’s throw away from the Yau Ma Tei MTR station, like just about 10 meters from the entrance, and that there were bus stops right in front of the hotel entrance. The hotel was also accessible by the A21 bus from the airport. The room was also okay — tiny, but good enough for Hong Kong standards. I also liked that housekeeping was very attentive. Our towels and bath mats were replaced everyday, as well as the complimentary toiletries.
On the flip side, the wifi kinda sucked because we basically had no connection in our room and we had to stay in the lobby to get good connection. The walls were also paper thin, to the point that we even got a complaint about how “noisy” we were. Hahaha. The bathroom was also very, very tiny. There was no space for the shower, and the shower had to be done right beside the toilet.
Because my friend and I were basically rediscovering Hong Kong, we ended up going to the touristy places — Disneyland, Victoria Peak, Avenue of the Stars, even Macau. We held out on going to Lantau Island though.
As to the budget — well, I’m not sure yet. Will update this once I figure it out. 🙂