Jump to content

First trip to Hong Kong help please
Or else where?


  • Please log in to reply
8 replies to this topic

#1 babysaurs

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:56 PM

We are a family of 4 , 2 adults and 2 children (currently 2.5 and 5.5yrs)


would love ideas of what area to stay in HK please?


A 4 star ish place. Are there any with connecting rooms for the kids?


Also thinkignn of staying 2 nights at the disneylamd hotel as i heard you can stay and there are bedtime stories read for the kids at nigth there is that right?

Also what time of year is best to go? needs to ne around school holdays


Also what other things would you suggest to do while there? We would got the the ocean park would that be a one day theing


Macua is that a 1 day thing?


Is seeign the giant buda worth it too?


Mus be child friendly ideas, so no major hiking etc


Also what would be a good place to stop ove on the way to of from HK? Singapore? (have been to KL)

OR
Alternatively what else is a good overseas holiday trip for kids that age? (not phuket, bali though)


Thankyou original.gif

Edited by babysaurs, 27 December 2012 - 01:58 PM.


#2 Anonemy

Posted 28 December 2012 - 11:01 PM

Hi op
Saw you did not get any replies on your topic so thought I'd respond. - though I can't answer all your questions.

There are lots of 4 star places in honkers -your choice is based on where you want to stay. If you stay on Kowloon side  you are spoilt for choice (TST, mong kok, Jordan, and others). A good option is to find a hotel in a complex above an mtr station - some of these have shopping malls as well and are v convenient. Kowloon side is better for getting to Disneyland and new territories. I have not stayed at the Disney hotel so can' t comment there.

As to adjoining rooms you can always call the hotel  to ask as hk is only 3 hours behind us (eastern daylight saving time). Have never had the need for adjoining rooms but I imagine this could be easily accommodated for.

If you are staying on hk island that is a little pricier - however it is a bit easier getting to the outlying islands from there - like Lantau where the big Buddha is.

Ocean park is a great visit so definitely fit that in if you can.

Best time to go would be either end jan (or just after Chinese new year when the fantastic winter sales are on) and Easter as it gets v hot and humid may - sep. oct school holidays would be good too.

Macau is def a one day thing but I think kids might not be v enthused by it. Hk is very much a big city hustle & bustle type place with shopping being the main activity. If sightseeing is more your thing then you will need to do a bit of hiking to achieve that but there are some beautiful natural  sights to see like Sai Kung, Lamma island. Of course there are the must do trips like hk peak tram ride for some breathtaking views of hk island and beyond and the star ferry ride between TST & wan chai.

Because it's so busy I recommend a little layover after your trip where you can just unwind and relax - maybe a nice resort in Malaysia. Hk is anything but relaxing - but that's it's attraction I guess.

That's about as much as I can offer for now. Hope you have a great time when you get there

#3 pinkpineapple

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:35 PM

DD (3.5yrs) and I went in the September holidays. We stayed in a park view room at the Disney Hollywood hotel. The did have someone down stairs reading a story and we watched the fireworks from our room. We stayed three nights and then 5 in Kowloon. If we went again I would stay at Disney the whole time and just catch the train in, only takes about 30min. The city was so busy and rooms cramped. I would have loved to spend time in the Disney pool and gardens. Room was big and had two double (maybe queen) beds.

Stanley is nice for a day trip. We took the bus down and got good views, winding road though. The market there is nice to walk around.

Didn't get to Ocean  park but went to Disneyland for 3 days. We loved it. Good outlet shopping at one of the stations too

#4 Elemenopee

Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:51 PM

QUOTE (pinkpineapple @ 29/12/2012, 07:35 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
D
Didn't get to Ocean  park but went to Disneyland for 3 days. We loved it. Good outlet shopping at one of the stations too


Citygate?
My advice is to get some Octopus cards for the public transport systems, makes catching buses/MTR etc very easy (although taxis are also very cheap). We stayed In Sha Tin, which is out in the suburbs a bit more, but still very busy compared with what I am used too! My sister was staying in TST, her hotel was lovely but smaller rooms than where we were. We went to Mong Kok to the Ladies Market and seriously, it was so crowded it was hard to move.
We didn't go to OceanPark as lots of reviews on line said that the rides there are for older children (my girls are 5 and 7). Disneyland was awesome though - and if you go early in the day, not so crowded. It started to get very busy from 4pm. I didn't take my 3 yr old boys (they stayed home with DH), and I am glad that I didn't - they would have hated how busy it was and all the shopping malls we went to. I wouldn't have felt comortable using the MTR with them either - it would have been hard getting them on and off quick enough.
Do you go on the cable cars to see the giant Buddah? I chose not to do that - I don't like heights - but my sister and her kids did and loved it.
As for other OS holidays, it depends what you want to do - I would personally go to Fiji or similiar and stay in a resort with a kids club because next holiday I want to relax by a pool!

#5 eachschoolholidays

Posted 30 December 2012 - 08:39 AM

We stayed at the Salisbury which is the YMCA.  It doesn't have connecting rooms but it has family rooms.  It has a bedroom, study and then a sitting room with a sofa that converts to a bed.  You can have two children share the sofa bed as long as they are under 12.  The hotel was great and very reasonably priced.

#6 Jupiter

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:52 AM

We stayed at the Harbour Plaza North Point a few years ago. We had a junior suite, so basically interconnecting rooms.

There was a massive double bed, plus a sofabed in the other room.

The suite had two bathrooms and two TVs, as well as a kitchenette.

It's right near the Quarry Bay MTR station which is only about a 10 minute trip to Central.

Had a great experience at this hotel. The pool was lovely, especially when it was 30C and >90% humidity 24/7 (July).

Cheung Chau island might be an alternative to Macau. It's a very short ferry trip and a nice place to wander around.

#7 Lees75

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

Is Disneyland in HK mostly for younger children? Would a 10 yr old boy love it?

#8 aztecblue

Posted 01 January 2013 - 07:39 PM

Hi OP, Im from Hong Kon and go there regularly, I heading over there to visit my family this Friday.

I cant provide recs for specific hotels as I stay with my family when I go, but like a PP said you won't have trouble finding a 4 star hotel in HK. And as long as you stay at a hotel within close walking distance to a MTR station you will be ok - HK is  a small place and extremely easy to get around by MTR. The trains come very frequently ( like every minute during peak hour). If you choose to stay in Kowloon side, stay near the Tsim Sha Tsui area or within a few MTR stops of there. In Hong Kong side, Causeway Bay or thereabouts is your best bet.

I haven't been to Ocean Park since I was a kid, but I definietly think it would be worth the visit. It would be at least a 3/4 day sort of outing, you need to take a bus to get there from Central (maybe 30 min bus ride?).

Big Budda is great but not sure whether little ones would enjoy it. They may get a kick out of the cable car but would probably find the Big Buddha itself pretty boring. There are LOTS of steps to get to the actual Big Buddha statue.

PPs have mentioned Stanley Markets - to be honest the markets just sell touristy stuff, but the bus ride there (from Central) is amazing. You will pass Clearwater Bay beach and some beautiful scenery which you would not expect to find in Hong Kong.

Also if you have time I recommend a trip to one of the outlying islans like Cheung Chau, Peng Chau or Lamma Island - get a ferry from Central Pier in the late afternoon and have a wander around, its a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. You will easily find a seafood restaurant in any of these islands to have your dinner.

Don't ever go to Hong Kong between the months of June to September - it is SO hot and humid to the stage where you will not want to leave your hotel room. Plus school holidays start in July/August. Also make sure your trip doesnt coincide with chinese New year. Best time to go is say March/April, or October/Nov.

Hope you enjoy Hong Kong and happy to answer any other specific questions you may have.


#9 Sui-yat

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

Hi OP, I used to live in Hong Kong and would recommend the below for tourists.

Weather
October is my favourite month. It is still warm without being unbearably humid. Hong Kong gets really hot over summer and quite cold in winter so its best to visit during Autumn/Spring.

Accommodation
I always prefer to stay on Hong Kong Island. Mainly because it is slightly less chaotic than Kowloon and many of the attractions are within easy reach.

Food
- Go to Maxim's Palace in City Hall (Central) for Dim Sum if you wish to try the local cuisine. It is Western friendly and reasonably priced.
- If you do decide to stay on Hong Kong Island, Cicada and Tapeo are good for tapas style dishes. Cicada has an Asian influence and excellent priced drinks during happy hour (6-9pm).
- I recommend Wagyu lounge and Oolaa if you are missing good Australian coffee.

Activities
- Visit Stanley Markets (there is also a little beach there and restaurants along the waterfront). I recommend catching the Aqua Luna boat to Stanley. It departs from Central and is a nice relaxing trip.
- Catch the tram up to the Peak lookout. Make sure you go on a nice clear day as it provides the best view of Hong Kong.
- Visit Ocean Park and/or Disneyland. I personally prefer Ocean Park as it has the aquarium, animals, wildlife shows as well as rides. However, the rides at Disneyland are targeted towards younger children.
- Go to the Big Buddha. It is a nice half day trip and the Citygate factory outlets are nearby if you want to do some shopping.
- Catch a ferry to Discovery Bay. There is a beach there and a handful of western restaurants. You could actually catch a ferry to Discovery Bay and then a bus to the big Buddha if you wanted to do both in one day.
- Go to the Flower, Bird, Fish & Ladies Markets in Prince Edward/Mongkok. It can get a little bit chaotic there but is nice to see.
- Walk through Hong Kong park & visit the zoo (free). This is near the entrance to the peak tram.
- If you can find someone to mind the children, the Dragon's Back is the best hiking trail in Hong Kong. It takes about 1.5 hours but is quite hilly at the start so not suitable for little legs.
- Other ideas if you still have time are the 8pm light show, high tea at the Pennisula hotel & visiting the Chi Lin Nunnery and gardens at Diamond hill. I could go on but I think this is enough to keep you busy!

Macau
- Is mostly comprised of casinos and probably not great for children. Although, they might enjoy seeing the House of Dancing Water show. If you do go, I recommend catching a taxi to Fernando's for a traditional Portuguese dinner.





1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Five ways my second pregnancy is second best

As I roll into the second half of "Pregnancy: The Sequel", here is breakdown of the differences I have found thus far.

Domestic politics

Why I felt guilty about having a cleaner

Coming home to a clean house was a pleasure – and yet, I felt uneasy.

'Ugly' hearing aid ad leaves parents fuming

When Alecia Donoghue found out her baby would need hearing aids she worried about him becoming the target for schoolyard bullies.

Have you seen these missing children?

The Australian Federal Police has released the following information to locate some of Australia's missing children through the Family Law Court.

Margarita time

Keira Knightley welcomes first child

British actress Keira Knightley has become a first-time mother.

IVF patients in the dark over which clinics are least successful

Couples with fertility problems have little way of knowing which IVF clinics are the best performers despite significant differences between clinic success rates.

Couple forced to defend their decision to become parents

They met, fell in love and got married. Then, just like couples everywhere, Simon and Vicky Moore decided it was time to have a baby.

The one parenting tip that made all the difference

Amongst the useless, ill-informed advice we're given as new parents, many of us also receive nuggets of wisdom that make our lives just that little bit easier.

Five lies you tell yourself when you're pregnant

You can see it all now: glowing mumma with her gorgeous babe ... you know exactly what you're going to be like. Or perhaps you know exactly what you're not going to be like.

Family expecting fourth set of twins

A couple is expecting their fourth set of twins in five years.

The day my daughter almost drowned

We had six adults standing there, so I felt like I could relax a bit. After all, what could go wrong with so much supervision?

Sydney siege survivor names baby after victim Katrina Dawson

A Sydney barrister who survived the Lindt cafe siege has named her newborn daughter after her best friend who died in the tragedy.

The universal working mother experience

These days mothers need more than just traditional career advice.

Obama feels full force of toddler tantrum

Shopping centres, restaurants, the White House ... the list of places toddlers like to throw tantrums is endless.

Banishing bloat

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

The great new picture book for anxious kids

My son is a worrier by nature. I learnt long ago that it was completely pointless to say to him "Don't worry about it!".

Budget stripped more than $15b from families

The combined impact of the two budgets for low and middle income people was "devastating", new analysis by the Australian Council of Social Service shows.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots

As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

65-year-old gives birth to quadruplets

A 65-year-old German woman, who already has 13 children, has given birth to quadruplets.

What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there?s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it?s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

How to use gas effectively in labour

Many women in labour don't use gas effectively and suffer more side effects than benefits. Here's how to get the most out of this pain relief option.

'He has gastro but that's okay, right?': sick kid etiquette

We cannot place all children who are sick in a bubble till they recover, but we can give other parents a choice about exposing their kids to them.

Welcome to Winter

Now that the colder months are here, Essential Baby as all the information you need for staying healthy and happy during the chilly season.

Ada Nicodemou: 'I can never be completely happy again'

Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou has opened up about the loss of her stillborn baby.

10 things to consider when you're thinking about trying for a baby

Before you start tracking your menstrual cycle and reading up on the best positions to get pregnant, there are a few other things you may want to consider.

How special surgery and IVF can create a post-vasectomy baby

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath and his second wife Sara are expecting their first child together, thanks to IVF and a delicate surgical sperm retrieval process that helped the couple to conceive.

Belle Gibson's mother 'disgusted and embarrassed'

The mother of disgraced wellness blogger Belle Gibson has accused her daughter of lying about her childhood in an attempt to garner public sympathy.

Doctor's mobile phone 'left inside c-section mum'

A new mum claims a doctor left his mobile phone inside her after delivering her baby via caesarean section.

I'm a mum and I'm following my dreams

I want my kids to know that no matter what happens in life, you can still be who it is that you've always wanted to be.

Those first daycare days

I had this innate 'mum' moment the other day.

'If one person had listened, my life would have been so different'

Katherine's father will die in prison for the horrifying sexual abuse of his daughter. Yet she is the one with the true life sentence.

This new plan undermines breastfeeding and baby health at everyone's expense

Mothers, babies, the health system and the wider society are going to pay the price of this new budget.

Couple to celebrate terminally ill baby's birthday in unique way

Baby Jai Bishop has lived at Starship Hospital for the past seven months, with his parents flying back and forth from Hokitika, 1100km away, to be by his side.

Life On Mars

It's men who need 'retraining', not women

We are all responsible for our own behaviour. Telling victims to harden up is wrong.

Baby Gammy's dad tries to claim charity money

The biological father of baby Gammy has reportedly tried to access charity money raised for the little boy's medical costs.

Where are the childcare places?

It?s all very well to encourage women to work if they choose to, but how can the measures lead to increased workforce participation when women are once again left holding the baby?

The pain of not having babies and not knowing why

After seven years of wishing, hoping, crying, punching pillows and shouting "why me?!", the end result is more than I ever thought possible.

Getting your family finances in order

Whether you're after a new car for a growing family, a bigger house, or are just fixing up your finances, here are the basics on borrowing.

Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Does parenthood make us happier?

We can certainly gain higher levels of happiness when we become parents, but the trick is to not get overwhelmed by the pressures of raising our kids.

No, having a dog is not like having a human child

It's obvious these people dote on their pets, but they're barking up the wrong tree.

 

Top baby names

Baby Names

The numbers are in and we can now bring you the 2014 top baby name list for Australia.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.