jetsetter
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Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Sun Sep 01, 2002 6:32 am

I have been planning a honeymoon in Asia for several months, and it’s getting to be that critical time where I really need to lock in some decisions. I have been asking a few questions here or there on the forums and so many of you have been extremely helpful to me – I thank you. I still have a few questions, and I figured I would tap into some of your knowledge for the answers.

Our trip starts in Bangkok, to which we have allocated about 5 days (we will be severely jet-lagged, so we gave ourselves an extra day). We plan on staying at the Oriental and doing some sight-seeing and relaxing while we’re there. Anyone have any comments on the hotel? I hear it’s a good choice.

Then we fly to Chiang-Mai for about 4 days. Question: can we travel to Chiang-Rai/Golden Triangle area as a one-day trip, returning to Chiang-Mai that evening, or do we have to check out of our hotel in C.M. and then check into one in C.R.? I would prefer the former – I have a travel agent looking into that. She says it is possible to hire a car and driver for a full day trip and then return to Chiang-Mai. This would be easier, but I do want to get the most of it. Anyone familiar with this part of the country?

Then we fly to Phuket for 7 nights where we plan to stay at Club Med. Pretty straight forward.

Then we fly from Phuket to Bangkok and make a direct connection to Hong Kong, where we will stay for 5 days. We are considering the Nikko hotel in Kowloon – as we stayed there in San Francsico and loved it. I hear it’s a 15 minute walk to the metro, however. Anyone have any advice on hotels in Hong Kong, or this particular hotel? We want something practical, as Hong Kong is expensive and the rooms run small.

Also, one more question. I would like to get some suits made while I am there. I hear both Hong Kong and Bangkok are excellent for that. Any comments as to which city is better and most reasonable?

Lots of questions, I know, but very few people in Florida have the answers. All of your advice is much appreciated.

Thanks,
Jetsetter
 
FutureSQPilot
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Mon Sep 02, 2002 10:20 pm

I live in FL and I'll admit that I don't have much info...but I have been looking into Hong Kong and Bangkok because we had planned a trip to bangkok that we changed to bali at the last minute and we are now planning a trip to Hong Kong. The Oriental in Bangkok is definitely a good choice, probably the best. It is world renowned for its good service/food etc...
I don't know exactly what you are looking to spend in Hong Kong, but if you can afford it I would definitely go for The Peninsula. This is the top hotel in the world according to some ratings, but the rooms do run at around $250+ depending on the value of the USD vs. HKD at the time. The Ritz and Mandarin Oriental are also top hotels, and they run a bit less but are still pretty pricey right now. Hope this helps a bit...
 
ryanb741
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Mon Sep 02, 2002 11:46 pm

Regarding Chiang Rai - you would be better off catching a flight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai for the day. The cost is cheap (about USD $30 RTN per passenger).

Bangkok and Hong Kong are good for tailors. There is a good one called Macways in Bangkok which I use - I can give you address details if you wish

Regards

Ryan
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jetsetter
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 4:51 am

Thanks guys - you definitely helped.

FutureSQPilot: I'm trying to splurge more on the Thailand end and keep the Hong Kong portion reasonable. I've heard that about The Peninsula Hong Kong as well - I wish we could do it but I think it's going to run into too much money. I think we're going to be out and about most of the day, so I figured we'd pick a nice hotel that was reasonable and conveniently located - not necessarily a super deluxe hotel, like what we're doing in Bangkok. That's why we settled on the Nikko. We'll continue to search, and I'll definitely price the hotels you suggested - you never know! Thanks for your help - interesting you're from Florida too.

Ryanb741:

Thanks for that tip regarding northern Thailand - I'll have the travel agent look into that for me right away. We can fly up there and hop on a full day tour, then fly back. That'll be fantastic. And, yes, I would be very interested in Macway's address. I'm sure the staff at the Oriental have heard of it as well.

Thanks again - let me know if you think of anything else!

-Jetsetter
 
TNboy
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 4:40 pm

Jetsetter: There are plenty of good hotels in HK at reasonable rates. The Kowloon Hotel isn't bad. Rooms are very small and compact, but they have internet facilities, fax, etc., the service is impeccable (it's owned by the Peninsula Group), and it couldn't be more central - literally a minute's walk to the ferry and rail. But there are plenty of others as well.
If you really want something equally central with a great view, you can get a harbour view suite at the Salisbury at the same rate as a normal room without a view at most other places. It's on top of the YMCA, so most people disregard it, but you can access the pool, gym etc. Rooms aren't lavish, but they are clean, smart and comfortable, and the suites are very spacious (bedroom and lounge) and have the world's most incredible view. Very honeymoon-ish!!
Hope this helps.
Bill
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ryu2
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 4:45 pm

If you want a 5 star hotel (it's your honeymoon, after all!  Smile ), try the Marco Polo Hong Kong hotel. Among the top hotels in HK, it's the best value for money (the Pennisula is too overhyped, IMO.)

In Thailand, I just stayed at cheap places so I can't give you any suggestions.

What airline will you fly on? If you have a choice, I suggest EVA Air, Evergreen Deluxe class via TPE. It's a very good value for the money, almost as good as business class, but for only about 20% more than regular economy fare.
 
ryanb741
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 7:41 pm

Macways in Bangkok is at;

392/13 Soi 5 Siam Square (Rama 1 Road)
Besinde Novotel Hotel, Bangkok

Tel 251-3324, 253-7576

Best regards

Ryan
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Airbus_A340
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 10:55 pm

Hey there, The Nikko is too far and inconvenient, it's in Tsim Sha Tsui East area.

I do recommend the Kowloon Hotel, but if you really are just lookign for a place to sleep and convenience, then the Kimberly Hotel, located near the 'Subway', and it's a short walk from the waterfront.

I suggest, instead of staying at the Peninsula, I suggest you to take the Afternoon High Tea, it's very good, and there is live music. It's recommended in tourist books as well.

I hope you enjoy your stay in Hong Kong, if you have any more questions, you may contact me!

Trevor
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paulc
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Tue Sep 03, 2002 11:17 pm

Stayed in the Nikko a few years ago - not as good as others i have stayed in.

Recently stayed in Harbour View hotel on HK island - it was worth the extra money for the view over the harbour - stunning from the 35th floor. Close to ferry across to Kowloon and a 10 min walk from mtr.
Room was fine for size and the hotel had a good selection of eating places etc


(hi to Trevor btw)
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jetsetter
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Wed Sep 04, 2002 11:57 am

Thanks for all of your help. I had a feeling the Nikko wasn't the best choice - I'm glad you all confirmed that. I will look into all of the hotels you recommended and let you know what happens. Thanks.

Ryanb741, thanks for the tailor's address, that'll be great!

Ryu2, we are flying NW World Business Class, upper deck confirmed. It was most convenient for us, especially because they are reward tickets. I know NW isn't the world's favorite, but their business class service to Asia should be fine - plus, it won't cost us anything!

Please feel free to post some more advice if something comes to mind. All of your info will keep me busy, so pardon me if I don't write back right away.

Thanks again! Jetsetter
 
G-VIIB
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Sat Sep 07, 2002 2:19 pm

Hey-
The Oriental Bangkok rocks. I stayed there this summer. The people (bellboys, concierege, reception) are the nicest i have met so far. You can eat at the Verandah, which they have music live every night and its on the banks of the Chao-Phraya. Also i got a suit made at Sartorial at the garden wing, where you can also have tea at the Author's Lounge!
Good luck!
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jetsetter
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Sat Sep 07, 2002 10:51 pm

Thanks, G-VIIB. The more I hear, the more it seems I've chosen well with the Oriental! I will also definitely check out Sartorial.

Thanks again,
-Jetsetter
 
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RE: Trip To Thailand/Hong Kong Questions

Sun Sep 08, 2002 2:41 am

I think from personal experience, one of the best hotels in Hong Kong is the Island Shangri La in Central over on HK island. I beleive the 5 star hotel is a 70 or so floor tower. Conrad hotel is right up there as well! I also recommend the Sheraton right at the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui. The room top pool. hot tub's and bar offer some of the best views of HK island. Only thing better is the water front walk!! All these hotels I mention are in excelent location to get around the city. the MTR is right there across from each hotel. The star ferry is also very close. I wish I could offer more advice on Thailand, But I think you are pretty much set. just be careful what you eat! I got pretty screwed up over there! Have a great trip!

Cheers!
Brian

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