I have been reading the posts about visiting Thailand and Hong Kong.
Looking for opinions on those who visited and the recommendation on ending my trip in Hong Kong or Thailand.
I have 4 weeks (28 days) in total for flight and visiting Asia. Due to family obligation I need to allocate 4 - 5 days for a stop in China, The rest of the time is vacation and I am definitely allocating 2 weeks for relaxation in Thailand. For those that have visited Asia visiting Hong Kong and Thailand. Should I make the last part of the trip Hong Kong or should I just end my trip in Thailand to come back to Toronto.
I know some have recommended Hong Kong as a hub for travel, but from past experience in other trips I do not want to waste my time back tracking and spending 1/2 a day at the airport. If anyone had the same experience and provide some insight it would be greatly appreciated.
Jan 30th, 2012 04:39 PM #1
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Visiting Asia (Splitting Time Between Hong Kong and Thailand)
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Jan 30th, 2012 07:11 PM #2
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Out of your 4 weeks
-2 weeks Thailand
-4-5 days China
-9/10 days in ????
Plan a multi-city trip using itasoftware, with the places you actually want to visit, and try it with Thailand first or last and see what has the best rates and the shortest travel time.
Jan 30th, 2012 08:18 PM #3
Jan 30th, 2012 10:53 PM #4
For China I have to stop in Guangzhou to meet up with a relative to vist their village (overnight) so I am assuming at least 3 nights hotel there to allow for some sight seeing around there. It was suggested from some friends that I visit Shenzhen I would assume another day there. The rest of the trip is split between HK and Thailand and most looking forward to the Thailand part to sight see and relax at some resort by the beach.
I have checked and I can book a flight coming in to Guangzhou and fly back either from Bangkok or HK. Just wondering what other travellers have done in the past when they visited Thailand and HK for the same trip.
Based on what I have read so far, unless you are visiting with relatives 4 - 5 days is enough to see most of the sights in HK and hotel is pretty expensive for extended stays.
Jan 31st, 2012 03:21 AM #5
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I am not sure if it's important whether you make HK or BKK as your last stop. However, if you are into shopping and know what you want to bring back, you could figure out where you will be doing the shopping the most and make that as your final stop.
I think in general it's more costly getting multi-destination air fares than a simple round trips + separate flights by local airlines. For example, you could fly to HKG and use a discounted airline to fly to BKK.
There is not much to do or see in Shenzhen. It's a modern city and lacks culture. They have the Splendid China theme park supposedly showcasing the country, but I've found it to be boring. I would safely skip it. However, you may discover that you want to spend more time in Guangdong (Canton), the foods there are really amazing.
Jan 31st, 2012 03:34 AM #6
There are direct flights from Guangzhou to BKK, (for as little as $150 on AirAsia) so depending on how much flexibility you want in your schedule and your budget you might think about a round trip to HKG and then make your own arrangements to get to and from Shenzen, (I think you can take a ferry from HKG to Shenzen), Guangzhou and BKK from there.
You could also price out an open jaw, arriving in HKG and then departing from BKK if you aren't sure how much time you want to spend in each city.
Jan 31st, 2012 09:33 AM #7
If I were to go to Thailand first to relax and adjust to the time change and get rid of the jetlag would you recommend staying in Bangkok a few days before heading south to Phuket or the islands?
Stopping in HK last would make sense because the people I will be traveling with like to do a lot of shopping and I do not want to lug too many things in Thailand.
Jan 31st, 2012 11:47 AM #8
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I've done Hong Kong and Thailand in a single vacation twice.
If landing in HKG first and departing from BKK at the end:
- I would argue that Hong Kong has better shopping than Thailand because HKG's products are legit whereas BKK has a lot of low quality fakes. If you do any shopping in HKG your suitcase is going to be full and heavy when you're heading to Thailand.
- Thailand if you're heading to a beach or an island is very fun and relaxing. A great way to end a trip.
- Flying from Thailand to Toronto is a ~20 hour trip. I flew BKK-NRT-YYZ on my return earlier this year. My departure was at 6 AM. It was awful. I had to wake up at 3 AM, got to the airport by 4 AM and ate cold food in the BKK airport.
If landing in BKK first and departing from HKG at the end:
- ~20 hour trip and you're going to arrive around midnight. The first night is pretty much a wash as by the time you get to your hotel in Bangkok and check in it'll be 1 AM. You can stroll the streets but even the red light districts will be closed at 2 AM. Taxi drivers are even worst a**holes at night.
If staying in HKG and making a short trip to BKK but returning back to HKG:
- I would recommend this as the ideal.
- This may cost you more because you don't get the savings by booking everything on one itinerary.
- Less stressful on your body with the flights but less time efficient. You'll lose a day on time spent at the airports.
- You could bring friends from Hong Kong with you to make the trip more fun.
- If you plan on traveling throughout Thailand then you'll want more days, but if you're just heading to a beach, island or resort then 4-5 days would be enough. Maybe add another 2-3 days if you want to go to Bangkok. You may get bored with 2 full weeks just lounging whether it be at a resort or not.
Last edited by Mulder and Scully; Jan 31st, 2012 at 06:20 PM. Reason: Corrected some grammar
Jan 31st, 2012 02:15 PM #9
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One way to deal with jetlag is to pre-adjust to your destination time zone right before you fly. e.g. your flight leaves Toronto 11pm and arrives in Bangkok at 8am. So at the time of your departure it is 11am Bangkok time. Thus you should stay awake for first half of the long transcontinental flight and sleep during the second half of the flight. Basically you want to sleep when it's the destination time to sleep It's worked well so far for me for long flights (10+ hrs) and I've always been adjusted to local time right when I land and I don't lose a day being groggy and useless.
Jan 31st, 2012 02:47 PM #10
Thank you Mulder and Scully
Thank you toisanwu
Any recommendations for hotel and location?
I may just spend more money and fly to BKK from HK. In the planning of this trip I was considering HK for a middle stay and a last stop for shopping and having the Thailand in the other days.
Jan 31st, 2012 04:00 PM #11
How about something like this, I checked AC but there are probably other options that might even be cheaper
Toronto, Pearson Int'l (YYZ) Terminal 1 Beijing, Beijing Capital (PEK) Terminal 3 AC031 Tue Feb-07 14:30 16:50+1 day 0 77W Economy (lowest) , P
Beijing, Beijing Capital (PEK)Terminal 3 Guangzhou (CAN) CA13291 Wed Feb-08 21:00 00:10+1 day 0 772 Economy , L
Bangkok (BKK) Hong Kong (HKG) Terminal 1 AC61302 Mon Mar-05 10:30 14:20 0 777 Economy (lowest) , Q
Hong Kong (HKG) Terminal 1 Toronto, Pearson Int'l (YYZ) Terminal 1 AC016 Mon Mar-05 16:20 18:00 0 77L Economy (lowest) , Q
Grand Total - Canadian dollars
So if your friends can meet you at the airport in Guangzhou, you can hang out with them as long as you like and get over the jetlag if you have any and then when you are ready to go book yourself a flight on AirAsia to BKK and head to the beach from there. According to the fare rules you can add a free stopover in HKG on the way back, plus you leave BKK at a decent time and arrive in HKG at a decent time and the flight back to Canada leaves at the perfect time to check out of your hotel and head to the airport.
Feb 1st, 2012 07:34 AM #12
Feb 1st, 2012 09:07 AM #13
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Don't underestimate Bangkok - it's a fantastic city to visit - very inexpensive with many interesting tourist attractions and delicious food to eat.
Feb 1st, 2012 09:13 AM #14
Not sure when you are planning to go but AirAsia has a sale on right now, a one way from CAN to BKK is $100+++
Feb 1st, 2012 10:23 AM #15
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