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1. Posted by nickla (Respected Member 223 posts) 11y

Hey all, im thinking about going on a rathe whistle stop RTW adventure and was after some advice. I dont really have the time to fit in both of the above and was wondering which one should take precedent? I have heard that HK is very expensive - is this so? I am trying to fit in going to Vietnam, so have to choose one of these options.

If you could only go to 1, which would it be?

Thanks

Nicola

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Hong Kong - as it would be much different than Vietnam.

Leave Bangkok for another time when travelling in Thailand.

Mirador Mansions guesthouses are some $HK110 per night - tiny but with aircon and bathroom.

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 11y

If you want to conserve money I would choose a trip to Thailand. Thailand is much cheaper than Hong Kong. They are very different countries! All three places are good destinations.

Buy or borrow a "Lonely Planet Travel Guide" and use that for reference material. Thailand has millions of tourists every year, they are used to businessmen, backpackers, old and young tourists. Tourism is a business for them - they want you happy to come back.

You can get additional information on Thailand, Hong Kong, and Vietnam on the Lonely Planet web site.
Use this address:
www.lonelyplanet.com then click on Thorn Tree Forum. There are thousands of hits on these message boards. It's free but you have to sign up and sign in just like this forum.

Thailand is more "tourist friendly" than Hong Kong. Regular hotels in Hong Kong are usually in the neighborhood of $65 (U.S) to $130 (U.S.) per night. Thailand will be about half this price for the same quality hotels. Economy priced hotels in Thailand start around 600 baht ($15 U.S.) with A/C, security box, HW, probably TV. When you move out of the city of Bangkok hotel prices are cheaper. Food is cheaper than Hong Kong, unless you only use McDonalds in HK.

If you go to Thailand you can find cheap transportation to Vietnam from there, since it is so close! If your stay in Thailand is less than 30 days you can get a "free" visa on arrival. Vietnam requires a visa you have to pay for. Hong Kong has visa on arrival.

Where you go is up to you. Read up on all three places before you go. Check out the lonelyplanet.com website too.

Al

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 11y

Quoting nickla

Hey all, im thinking about going on a rathe whistle stop RTW adventure and was after some advice. I dont really have the time to fit in both of the above and was wondering which one should take precedent? I have heard that HK is very expensive - is this so? I am trying to fit in going to Vietnam, so have to choose one of these options.

If you could only go to 1, which would it be?

Thanks

Nicola

I'll try again, someone disagreed with my last post. (I don't work for any travel agency, I don't work for book sellers, I don't work at all!)

Your leading line asks "Hong Kong or Bangkok?" In your paragraph you mention that you are trying to "fit in Vietnam" also. Right?

Hong Kong is more expensive than Thailand, unless you are a Hong Kong born Chinese speaker. If you are only a "normal" tourist - paying for your hotels, food, and transportation - THAILAND will be cheaper.

I have been to Hong Kong several time, usually with "special low priced" plane tickets and discounted hotels. I am on a budget - if I go cheap - I can go again!

Hong Kong has a lot to offer. If you want to make your holiday a "twofer" (visit two countries) you can go to Macau (Portuguese flavor,) it's just a short ferry ride from HK. You are also close to mainland China, closer than Vietnam.

Thailand is much cheaper than Hong Kong. Hotels are cheaper, food is cheaper, transportation is very cheap. Hong Kong is a good place to visit - business dealings are their primary livelihood. In Thailand tourism is their primary source of revenue.

If your budget is important then Thailand will be cheaper. Vietnam is only about an hour away by air from Bangkok. You can also ride overland to Vietnam if you want to (it's a long bumpy ride.)

Before you leave buy or borrow some Travel Guides and read up on those countries. If you are into backpacking or budget travel the Moon Handbook series, Lonely Planet, and Rough Guides travel books will help. (These books include the lower priced "budget" hotels, and cheap places to eat at, etc.)

If money is not so important then you could look into reading something from Fodor's or Frommer's. Check out the internet for additional information.

Have fun.