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  • Alright guys, so in today's video we are going to be sharing some travel tips for Hong Kong

  • and also letting you know how expensive is Hong Kong?

  • Yeah, how expensive is Hong Kong?

  • I think we all know the answer to that.

  • Yeah, it is quite expensive but there is also some really cool aspects about Hong Kong (香港)

  • almost unlike any other city we've visited.

  • There is a plethora of free things to do and budget eats.

  • Budget eats and also transportation is really cheap.

  • But we're going to break everything down and let you know the costs for Hong Kong.

  • Okay so first up let's get started with transportation from the airport in to Kowloon (九龍) or

  • Hong Kong Island (香港島).

  • Right and like our last travel tips video we've got our notes on our computer so you'll

  • see us looking down from time to time.

  • We just don't want to miss anything.

  • Alright, so the first point we have is arriving by Airport Express.

  • And that is what we did getting in to Hong Kong.

  • It is like this really fast train that takes you right in to the city.

  • You can get off at Kowloon (九龍) or you can go all the way to Hong Kong Island at

  • Central station.

  • And it super efficient, really fast, very comfortable.

  • Um, in terms of the price so you're looking at a $100 Hong Kong dollars all the way to

  • Central or you're looking at $90 Hong Kong Dollars to Kowloon station.

  • So that is about $11 to $12 USD dollars.

  • Something else important to know is that they have free porters to help you bring on your

  • luggage.

  • Fancy.

  • We didn't take advantage of that service.

  • No one helped us with our bags.

  • No but if you do have trouble getting your bags on to the train there is someone that

  • is apparently available to help you do that.

  • Good to know.

  • That is really good to know.

  • Um, an even cheaper option is the buses.

  • And there is a bus called the a bus system called the Cityflyer and this is how we got

  • back to the airport.

  • From the city to the airport when we were leaving.

  • Yeah and prices can range anywhere from 10 Hong Kong Dollars to 48.

  • Ah, it is going to be closer to the forty eight range if you're leaving anywhere from

  • the centre of Hong Kong (香港) which is what we did.

  • And you're looking at like five to six US bucks for that.

  • This is also quite a comfortable way to get to the airport.

  • I remember I think it was air conditioned inside.

  • I fell asleep so I don't remember much.

  • Yeah, I mean they have a little section for you to put your luggage and yeah uh as long

  • as there is not a lot of traffic then it is a fairly efficient way to get from the airport

  • to the city or vice versa from the city back to the airport.

  • So we can also recommend doing that.

  • Especially if you want to save a little bit of money.

  • And the last option that we have here is taking a taxi.

  • Oh man.

  • And that is going to cost you a lot.

  • That is anywhere from 250 to 350 Hong Kong dollars.

  • So you're looking at around forty maybe fifty US bucks to get you in to the city.

  • And I guess the only time we'd recommend taking that is if you were in maybe like a super

  • rush.

  • Something like that.

  • But otherwise why wouldn't you take the first two options.

  • Save some money guys.

  • So for accommodations you have a few different options but we're going to tell you right

  • now it is going to be pricey.

  • This is probably the most expensive city in all of Asia for accommodation.

  • And you're not going to get a whole lot of space.

  • If you watched our Hong Kong hotel room tour there is a shot where Sam is like touching

  • the two walls.

  • It was tiny.

  • And like the beds were tiny as well.

  • You kind of feel like a giant when you're in a typical Hong Kong hotel room.

  • You do.

  • But anyways your best bet if you're traveling on a budget would be a hostel.

  • So how much would you say that is.

  • So the dorm rooms can be anywhere from about 17 to 30 US dollars and the price range reflects

  • on where you're staying and also the quality of the hostel.

  • Yeah.

  • So that is about as cheap as it gets.

  • Also you can sometimes get like a really cheap flop house.

  • What we call a flop house at that price.

  • Which technically is your own room but it is almost like it is so small it is almost

  • like a closet.

  • Yeah.

  • So you're not going to get a tonne of value at that price range.

  • That is just like the rock bottom price for accommodations in Hong Kong (香港).

  • So the next step up would be kind of like a budget or mid-range hotel.

  • And that is what we did.

  • Yeah.

  • For our visit to Hong Kong (香港).

  • Yeah.

  • And well you paid.

  • Tell us the price.

  • Yeah, I think we were paying around sixty or seventy US dollars.

  • And it was the nicest place we've ever stayed in Hong Kong.

  • But it was super tiny.

  • Nice.

  • What was really cool about our particular room is that it had a really good shower.

  • Yeah.

  • But everything else was really small.

  • Our bed was super tiny.

  • Our desk was like almost a bit of a joke.

  • Like I could barely sit down on the stool.

  • But um yeah this is what you're going to pay and it is usually about 40 US dollars all

  • the way up to a 100.

  • So we were still on the lower range of that scale.

  • I think our room was typically around 80 dollars but we found it on special so it had a bit

  • of a discount.

  • But still you don't get a lot of space for that amount of money.

  • Yeah, I don't think you really start getting like typical small hotel space until you're

  • spending at least probably over a 100 US dollars.

  • So yeah.

  • It is very expensive.

  • Yeah.

  • So the next option would be to do a luxury hotel.

  • A luxury hotel.

  • Yeah, how much would that be?

  • 100s of dollars.

  • Thousands of dollars.

  • Well over two hundred and probably like anywhere from two hundred to five hundred to six hundred

  • US dollars.

  • Depending on location.

  • Yeah, if you want to live it up you definitely can in Hong Kong (香港).

  • Woo!

  • And then the other option would be to do an AirBnB or an apartment rental.

  • And between the thirty five and eighty dollar range you can usually get a room in someone's

  • house.

  • Um, closer to the eighty dollar range sometimes you can get a really small room but it is

  • almost more like a hotel size.

  • Like a tiny hotel.

  • But then if you're bump it up to the 80 to 200 dollar range sometimes you can get a whole

  • apartment or a studio.

  • Something like that.

  • So that is something to consider.

  • We didn't do that on our trip but maybe in hindsight that might have been a good idea.

  • So another place that you could consider staying in as a traveling on a budget is the infamous

  • Chungking Mansions.

  • Hahaha.

  • Ooh.

  • Yeah.

  • Um, that place is scary.

  • That place is it is kind of this sort of rundown building it is near the Tsim Sha Tsui (尖沙咀)

  • area of Kowloon (九龍) and um yeah it is also a good place to get a curry.

  • You can get some really good Indian food but I remember a few years back we were looking

  • at rooms in there and it is like dark and damp and run down and super sketchy characters

  • outside.

  • Yeah but that is about as cheap as you're going to get.

  • Yes.

  • If you're looking for excellent.

  • If you're looking for ultra hardcore backpacker beeline it to there.

  • Yeah.

  • But some other cool areas also on Kowloon (九龍) to consider is Mong Kong.

  • It is a really cool busy area.

  • You're nearby a lot of really good night markets.

  • Lots of good restaurants.

  • The Ladies Market.

  • Yep.

  • Yep.

  • And also the Temple Street Night Market is nearby too.

  • And if you want to go to Hong Kong Island (香港島) there was one time it was before

  • I met you where I stayed at a hostel at Cow's Way Bay.

  • Cow's way?

  • Cow's way bay.

  • Causeway Bay.

  • Not Cow's Way Bay.

  • Causeway Bay.

  • So next up let's talk about transportation around the city.

  • And Hong Kong is a place where you have like so many different types of transportation.

  • You've got the ferry, you've got the subway, you have double decker buses.

  • So plenty of options that is for sure.

  • Trams.

  • You've got it all.

  • You've got it all.

  • And the card that you're going to want to pickup to travel on all of those options is

  • the Octopus Card.

  • You can pick it up right from the airport and I think it is called the Octopus card

  • because of the what the eight arms.

  • 8 arms.

  • Are there 8 modes of transportation in Hong Kong?

  • I think so.

  • I think that is what it is.

  • I don't think I could list all 8 of them.

  • Me neither.

  • Anyways yeah you can pick it up right at the airport.

  • Um, and then it is one of those reloadable cards that you can just deposit some money

  • on it and it makes transportation so much more efficient because there are certain modes

  • of transportation in Hong Kong where if you're paying by cash or coins you need the exact

  • fare.

  • Or you won't get anything back.

  • Yeah.

  • No change.

  • Right.

  • Right.

  • So if you have the Octopus Card you avoid that.

  • And it is also a really versatile card in the sense that you can use it for some museums,

  • you can use it in certain convenience stores.

  • Apparently you can use it in McDonald's.

  • We didn't try that there but yeah it is one of those really highly versatile transportation

  • travel cards.

  • Well worth getting.

  • So the transportation we actually ended up using the most especially when we were pressed

  • for time was the MTR.

  • Which is Hong Kong's metro subway system.

  • And it is an awesome way to get around.

  • It is cheap, it is efficient, it is clean.

  • It can be extremely crowded during peak times.

  • Oh yes.

  • So try to avoid rush hour.

  • Otherwise you are like a sardine squeezed into a can.

  • Uh huh.

  • Literally.

  • And there was times where it was just so full we couldn't get on.

  • We couldn't get on.

  • Like the train just left and we were waiting for the next one.

  • So had to try the next one.

  • Yeah.

  • So that is what the experience like is there.

  • And moving on from there.

  • So we talked a bit about the trams.

  • Now this is probably in terms of like ground transportation this is my favorite way to

  • see Hong Kong (香港).

  • The double decker trams.

  • And this is on Hong Kong Island and they are just so cool.

  • It is just such an iconic and old fashioned of getting around the city.

  • Especially if you can go up to the second level.

  • And so the thing to note here is that you enter through the rear and your fare is paid.

  • You pay your fare when you're actually exiting the tram.

  • After your ride.

  • So that is kind of cool.

  • Um, so yeah definitely try to go up to the second level.

  • Sometimes it can be a bit crowded on there as well.

  • So if you see one that is really packed maybe let that one go by and hop on the next one.

  • And in terms of the price there is a flat rate of Hong Kong dollars two dollars and

  • thirty cents which in US dollars is about thirty cents.

  • So it is ridiculously cheap to go on here.

  • Um, this is somewhere where you'd want to pay with your Octopus Card or have exact change

  • because they don't give change back on here.

  • So another form of transportation you can consider in Hong Kong is the Peak Tram that

  • takes you up to Victoria Peak where you get some amazing views over the city.

  • Yeah.

  • But that is actually a sightseeing attraction so we're going to mention that later.

  • Yeah.

  • And let's move on to Sam's favorite modes of transportation.

  • My absolute favorite.

  • The ferry!

  • Yes, the Star Ferry going from Hong Kong Island to Kowloon crossing Victoria Harbor is just

  • so so cool.

  • Apparently, this is been in operation let me see here.

  • I had it written down.

  • So it has been going for over a 120 years.

  • So it is it is I've mentioned this in our city guide.

  • Like our things to do guide.

  • I think it is the most iconic way of seeing Hong Kong.

  • I believe it is an eleven minute ride and if I look at my notes here it is only like

  • between two fifty and three forty Hong Kong Dollars.

  • So you're talking like between thirty and fifty US cents to get on a ride.

  • So it is just so