AA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 557 posts, RR: 0 Posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4858 times:
So I'm doing a round-the-world trip in February 08 and for my return back to Australia, I'm undecided as to which city I should stop over at, either Bangkok or Hong Kong. I'll be going to Auckland, Los Angeles, New York City, London and it's just a matter of choosing between these two cities that I have never visited before.
I ideally want a relatively cheap destination, so not too expensive. I want the city to be safe. I love shopping, however I will be in Los Angeles, New York and London so I'll be shopped out, so I'll mainly be looking for things I cannot get in those cities. (cough **Fakes** cough). I'll only be stopping over for 3 days, and I only speak English so I ideally want to go where they speak English more so than Thai or Cantonese. I'd also be by myself, so I want to go where I can meet alot of USA, UK, NZ, Canadian and Australian expats/tourists to mingle and party with.
A place where taxis are cheap and everything is rather centrally located (like Singapore).
Any opinions and preferences would be much appreciated.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6475 posts, RR: 26 Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 4759 times:
Quoting AA7295 (Reply 10): Thanks guys, so what about the language barrier? Do the majority of people in Bangkok speak English?
No, but people you will get into contact as a tourist will (sufficient levels).
Bangkok or Hong Kong ?
Bangkok is the cheaper place of the two and weather should be at its best in February. Avoid Bangkok from April on due to start of monsoon season and high temps.
If you are looking into the more *exotic* culture (including buildings), go to Bangkok.
Is more expensive.
Is rather cold in February (might be freezing during nights in the New Territories) with day temps around 15 °C / 60 F.
Is the more organized city which can be explored on public transport more easily.
Has the bonus of the Star Ferry and other means to cross the harbour.
While I have been to both cities, I visited Bangkok only once (on other occasions I just landed at BKK and made a beeline out of city), but have made many return visits to Hong Kong.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Nah', stay in southern TST (Tsim Sha Tsui) and take a walk to the waterfront in the evening and enjoy the views onto HK Island ...
At least that is my preference.
Quoting AA7295 (Reply 12): Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):One night in Bangkok make the hard man humble.... Three makes him all fucked out.
I don't understand what you're saying? Are you referring to prostitution or that I'll be bored or tired?
"One night in Bangkok makes the hard man humble" is a quote from song "One night in Bangkok" performed by Murray Head from musical Chess.
IcLCY From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 256 posts, RR: 0 Reply 14, posted (5 years 9 months 1 week 12 hours ago) and read 4696 times:
Bangkok is where you should head.
Cheap, easy to get around, safe(I feel safer in BKK than London), plenty of people yr age at Khao Sarn Rd full of bars, clubs & people partying.
Tons of shopping from Markets to air con malls. The big weekend market at Chatuchak is not to be missed. Interesting shopping in Chinatown along Sampeng Lane.
Plenty of cheap cheap safe to eat food.
Hong Kong is nice but only worth doing if you've got the cash or want to go broke. A drink in a bar in Hong Kong is the same price as a night at a decent BKK backpackers, with change left for a plate of Pad Thai & a beer from the 7-11.
Bangkok is safe, people are friendly & speak English in the areas you'll be going, signs are in English. Transport like rivertaxi, skytrain, taxi are all cheap.
Common sense is yr best friend so no dark alleys or ping pong shows & always check the adams apple.
LDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 175 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4649 times:
I am currently in Bangkok and this place rocks!!! I have been to Hong Kong twice and it's kinda boring compared to BKK. Yes, BKKis hot and humid, and the traffic can be quite heavy. But the Thai people are incredibly friendly and there is so much to do in Bangkok! The night life is legendary (trust me on that ) and there is so much to do during the daytime. BKK is also very safe. It is one of the great cities of the world. You won't be disappointed!
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38597 posts, RR: 79 Reply 16, posted (5 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4628 times:
Quoting AA7295 (Thread starter): I'll only be stopping over for 3 days, and I only speak English so I ideally want to go where they speak English more so than Thai or Cantonese. I'd also be by myself, so I want to go where I can meet alot of USA, UK, NZ, Canadian and Australian expats/tourists to mingle and party with.
Hate to say it but you're better off staying at home in Sydney.
If you do want to go to Bangkok and hang out with other young tourist, there is Khaosan Road. That is were all the hippie backpackers stay.
Hong Kong is nice but more expensive.
Quoting Asuflyer05 (Reply 12): Go to Hong Kong hands down. I did both last year. Bangkok is inexpensive, has good food and for the most part goregous women. On the other hand, it is dirty, and not as sophisitcaed IMHO as Hong Kong.
I can't understand how a young man would value sophistication and clean city over inexpensive, good food and gorgeous women. ??
Quoting LAXspotter (Reply 8): Bangkok, dirt cheap. Ask Superfly, he can add to that and give you some tips on what to do.
Just be yourself as I do when I travel. Make sure your taxi driver doesn't try to over-charge your or chase you down naked. It happend to me once.
If you stay on Sukhumvit Road you are close to the Skytrain and also the Subway (the trafic is horrendous, don't even think of driving)
A couple of tips:
Expensive Mall - Emporium (Phrtom Phong Skytrain or Sukhumvit subway and a walk)
Good for IT - Pantip Plaza or Fortune Town on Ratchada
Good nightlife - Sukhunmvit Road, Soi Cowboy. (Asok Skytrain, Sukhumvit Subway) Avoid Patpong (Silom Skytrain but I don't recommend it) unless you want to be ripped off or picked up by a girl with "non-standard" equipment.
Good shopping - Ratchada Road (Phra Ram 9 or Cultural Centre Subway)
Good Touristy stuff - don't miss the Grand Palace/ Wat Pra Keow. Best go for a tour, your hotel should be able to fix you up.
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 21679 posts, RR: 23 Reply 20, posted (5 years 9 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4578 times:
BKK, no question. HKG is interesting but too expensive and in my opinion the Thais are more polite and service-oriented towards foreigners. Good hotels are also generally cheaper in BKK than HKG. Taxis are cheap, but be careful not to get ripped off by an unlicensed taxi from the airport which sometimes try to take advantage of tourists who don't know how much the fare should be.
AA7295 From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 557 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (5 years 9 months 17 hours ago) and read 4517 times:
Despite what the consensus is in this forum. I have decided to go to Hong Kong. The reasoning is that I am only going to be in the city for 3 days. And that I aim to visit the WHOLE of Thailand on a holiday in itself. (It's on my to-do list that I ride and elephant and go to a full-moon party..... oh and also play with a tiger)
Now for all those HKG phenes, gimme your recommendations on cheap places to stay. Nice, HEALTHY (I've already had one tape worm from Mainland China) places to heat Cantonese cuisine, and most importantly, the places to shop and go party and meet other expats!!!