An Extended Lay Over in Hong Kong

B and I decided to spend a day in Hong Kong before heading to our first destination—Kuala Lumpur. That is in Malaysia, in case you were wondering 😉

As soon as we stepped out of the airport, we hopped on a double decker bus and started heading towards our hostel in Kowloon City. We were simply amazed by all the skyscrapers and the surrounding mountains everywhere we looked.


We arrived around 7:30am to our hostel and decided to just chill and figure out what we wanted to do in the city. While reading one of the many lonely planet books at the hostel, I stumbled upon this recommendation.


Apparently checking out one of the Filipino bars during wee hours of the night came as a highly recommended thing to do if you only have a day in Hong Kong. Red light district maybe?

We ended up getting breakfast at a nearby restaurant. This was the first time I’ve seen instant noodles actually served at a restaurant.


The noodles were on point 😂

We then did a bunch of urban exploration: took the ferry to Hong Kong island, went to Victoria peak, and walked around pretty aimlessly. It was great.


It was funny seeing some signs with English translations that don’t make much sense.

Someone please explain.

It was actually very easy to get around in Hong Kong. The public transportation system was very easy to use and most people spoke English and all street signs had English translations.

I noticed a high number of high luxury cars; it seemed like almost every other private vehicle was either a Mercedes, Tesla, or a BMW. This was surprising given how cars are taxed in Hong Kong—the rate at which a car is taxed depends on how much the car is: the more expensive it is, the more car gets taxed percentage-wise. So let’s say you own a Tesla Model S (base price in the US is ~$70k), in Hong Kong, you could be paying almost double that. Insane.

So what’s next?

Here we are in our hostel wide awake at 4:30 am nerding out on the internet before heading over to Malaysia and meeting everyone else on the trip!