When I booked my flight to Sydney I knew I’d have to stopover somewhere and so decided to make a weekend of it to break up the journey and to explore a new country. I was tempted to go via Bangkok because, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s one of my favourite cities for many reasons besides the food and shopping. I eventually decided on Hong Kong as its somewhere I’d never visited before and a few friends highly recommend it.
I booked to stay at the Yesinn in a 9 bed mixed dorm which came in at around £12 per night. The hostel is a little bit tucked away off a main road (but then again everything is tucked away in HK) and after finally finding it I checked in. Everything is built on top of each other in Hong Kong so it should be no surprise that the bunk beds were three high and the bottom one was just a mattress on the floor. Our room had its own ensuite which was fairly clean and also huge lockers that could fit an entire backpack in. There were also bedside lights and plugs for each bed and a privacy curtain which was great. The room was very cramped and ours smelt particularly bad (although I don’t think this was the hostels fault) and at £12 per night it really showed that Hong Kong was going to be a lot more expensive than a lot of other places in Asia.
On the top of my list of things to do was to visit Victoria Peak to see the iconic view of Hong Kong from the top. I was so lucky with the weather and managed to get a clear view which was amazing. You can catch the tram up to the top but expect long queues!
I spent a lot of time in Hong Kong getting lost and eating some really good food. A bit of research is needed to find the hidden foodie hot spots but it’s worth it. This is a waffle I will never forget:
I also visited the ladies market and was quite disappointed. I love markets and have been to some incredible ones in Asia. The ladies market seemed to be full of knock-off designers handbags and phone cases, no where near as extensive as the stuff you can find at Chatuchak in Bangkok.
I was expecting to love Hong Kong and it’s a shame I didn’t feel this way when I boarded my flight to Sydney. I feel like it’s somewhere you need to plan your time at and can’t wander around aimlessly getting lost like I did. There are tonnes of hidden gems to explore here and I really hope I get the chance to change my own opinion about Hong Kong one day.