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Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

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Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Oxidda » 14 Mar 2012, 16:17

Hi everyone,

for April I have some time off and I have to choose one destination: either Hong Kong or Thailand. If I choose Hong Kong, I would spent there probably 3-4 days or so. Do you think it is enough ? Should I change my money in Taiwan first ? On the other hand, if I choose Thailand, I can stay there for 5 days in a high class hotel for the same price of 3-4 days in Hong Kong in a mid-range hotel. I have never been to these places before anyway so I am asking you people what do you think about it ? Anything to recommend or advices to give ? Thanks a lot for every answer in advance :)
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Chris » 14 Mar 2012, 16:39

Thailand. More to do. Better food. More exotic culture. Cheaper.

Cardinal rule: Do any currency exchanges from or into NT$ while still in Taiwan. Changing NT$ outside of Taiwan is sometimes impossible, but when possible, you will likely be hit with hefty fees.
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby finley » 14 Mar 2012, 17:20

Nothing much to see/do in Hong Kong. You'll be bored after two days. Go to Thailand, but I'd suggest a lesser-known beach destination rather than a city (unless you're specifically looking for, um, alternative entertainment). Bangkok is 'orrible.

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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Chris » 14 Mar 2012, 18:16

finley wrote:Nothing much to see/do in Hong Kong. You'll be bored after two days. Go to Thailand, but I'd suggest a lesser-known beach destination rather than a city (unless you're specifically looking for, um, alternative entertainment). Bangkok is 'orrible.

I love Bangkok. Lots to do in the city even if you're not looking for ... uh... special entertainment.

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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Chris » 15 Mar 2012, 02:05

Do be aware of the Songkran festival. It's fun at first, but it gets old fast. Three days of water soakings, crowds, and closed shops.
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Oxidda » 15 Mar 2012, 08:52

Thanks a lot for your advices, I'm still thinking but I will probably choose Thailand then, I can still go to Hong Kong over a week end anyway. With the songkran festival you mentionned, are there a lot of shops and tourist attractions closed then ? I looked on wikipedia and it says the celebration will occur from 13th to 15th of April. Should it be avoided if I want to tour the country (maybe a lot of people are going to their hometown during that moment) ? As I understood it, it seems to be a new year celebration, so probably very important to local people.
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Abacus » 15 Mar 2012, 11:34

Chris wrote:Thailand. More to do. Better food. More exotic culture. Cheaper.

Cardinal rule: Do any currency exchanges from or into NT$ while still in Taiwan. Changing NT$ outside of Taiwan is sometimes impossible, but when possible, you will likely be hit with hefty fees.


People still change hard currency? Use the ATM. However I do like to carry about $100 US as a backup since it's easily exchanged.

I hated Bangkok although I should go back and spend some more time there. I mostly used it as a transit destination to other places. For a 4-5 day trip I would spend 2-3 days in a place like Kanchanaburi and go to the elephant camp and Erawan Falls. http://theworldisnotthatbig.com/2011/01 ... wan-falls/ and http://theworldisnotthatbig.com/2011/01 ... chanaburi/ or go to an island. I regret not taking the time to visit the islands but time/money was limited. I'll go back sometime.

thai islands and smaller cities >>>>>> HK >> Bangkok - imo
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby tango42 » 15 Mar 2012, 11:37

Songkran Festival is a blast. Some places will close for one day, but hotels, food shops, etc. still open.
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby Oxidda » 15 Mar 2012, 15:22

Thanks all for your answers and suggestions :) . Actually I might go to Thailand before the Songkran festival starts then, and just leave a day or two after it has started. That seems to be a good compromise. As for special entertainment, well I'm going with my girlfriend so not gonna happen and I'm not into that kind of stuff ^^ unless you guys know something for couples :oops: .
By the way, my girlfriend is taiwanese so she will probably need a visa to get there, is it difficult to do for her ? (I think as an EU citizen, I don't need for tourism purpose actually).
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Re: Hong Kong Or Thailand ? And some questions

Postby finley » 15 Mar 2012, 15:28

Oxidda wrote:Thanks all for your answers and suggestions :) . Actually I might go to Thailand before the Songkran festival starts then, and just leave a day or two after it has started. That seems to be a good compromise. As for special entertainment, well I'm going with my girlfriend so not gonna happen and I'm not into that kind of stuff ^^ unless you guys know something for couples :oops: .
By the way, my girlfriend is taiwanese so she will probably need a visa to get there, is it difficult to do for her ? (I think as an EU citizen, I don't need for tourism purpose actually).


Frankly I can't remember if my gf had to apply for one or if it was just done as a "landing visa"... either way, it seems to be just a rubber-stamp job. I do remember walking through a Bangkok night market (I recommend the snacks) and having pimps coming up to me - with gf walking right next to me - waving a book full of photos of their girls in my face.

As for your visa - yes, I think EU citizens just walk right in.
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