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sglw Apr 4th, 2008 12:20 PM

I need some handholding for Hong Kong trip
 
I need your help again...
We are flying to Hong Kong on April 21 at 6:00pm. So far for this trip I have my plane tickets and Hotel Reservation at Metropark from the 23 to 27. I need to find a place to stay on the night of the 21st that is close to where you take the ferry to Macau I was considering the Royal Park Hotel for that night, is that too far, . Any suggestions?
If you have any good/bad opinions between Metropark Hotel and Royal Park Hotel I would love to know. I have booked at Metropark but could change it

After reading a lot of older posts we’ve decided to overnight in Macau, I have read YK trip report (which I loved) and she mentioned buying hotel-ferry ticket package to Macau and I am wondering where to find those combo packages? Can I just walk to the ferry station and they have travel agents there? Also, since I need a visa to Macau, do I get my visa once we land in Macau or do I get it at the ferry station in Hong Kong?
I am truly more organized that this, but for some reason my brain if feeling a bit odd and I can't pull myself together to finish the logistics planning.
Thanks in advance for all your help.

rkkwan Apr 4th, 2008 12:58 PM

Royal Park is in Shatin, and is not particularly convenient. It is connected to the East Rail stop through a large shopping mall. You can get to Tsimshatsui in Kowloon in about 15 minutes by that train.

From HKG, the best way to get to the Royal Park by public transportation is to take the E42 bus, which has a stop at the New Town Plaza, attached to your hotel. It's going to take about 70 minutes.

Next day, it's going to be a haul to get to the ferry terminal.

I suggest you look for another hotel for that night.

For hotels in Macau, yes, just go to one of the agents in Shun Tak Center (where the ferry terminal is on Hong Kong Island), and get the hotel/ferry tickets together.

rkkwan Apr 4th, 2008 12:59 PM

BTW, why are you even staying in Hong Kong for 4/21? Why not just get over to Macau directly?

sglw Apr 4th, 2008 01:42 PM

I honestly don't know. We are flying into Hong kong and I have no idea how easy is to get from the airport to the ferry place and find hotel-ferry tickets. How long does it takes from HK to Macau. Is it a lot of hassle for one day. I really like this idea, because it will give us a whole full first day in Macau.

Kathie Apr 4th, 2008 02:00 PM

There are frequent ferries to Macau, so you could go straight from the airport to the ferry terminal. You can take public transport from the airport, but if you are nervous about it or jet-lagged, you can opt to just take a taxi. You'll go through customs and immigration at the Hong Kong airport and again once you land in Macau (and, of course, again when you return to Hong Kong). It's quick and efficient.

It's about an hour, hour and a half by hydrofoil from Hong Kong to Macau. We did a day trip and felt it was well worth it.

rkkwan Apr 4th, 2008 02:06 PM

Hotels in Hong Kong for that date is at least double that of Macau for equivalent levels. And you're wasting more than half a day by checking to a hotel in Hong Kong.

If your flight arrives HKG at 6:00p, you should be able to take the Turbojet service direct from HKG to Macau at 7:10p. Schedule is here:

www.turbojet.com.hk/eng/schedule/airport.html

You will not go through HK immigration at all, but buy the ferry ticket at a transfer desk just before the immigration counters. You'll be in Macau by 8:00p. There are agents at the Macau pier after go through immigration there where you can book hotel.

If you miss that ferry, of if it's full, then take the A11 Cityflyer to Hong Kong Island. It runs every 20 minutes, and takes just over 30. It's first stop after crossing the tunnel to HK Island is the Macau Ferry Pier. Go upstairs to find one of those agents for hotel.

Or you can prebook. For example, the Sintra is only MOP$550 (about US$80) if you book directly with them by email for your weekday rooms. It's not much more than the booking through an agent at the pier in Hong Kong.

I forgot to answer your other question. You can get a Macanese visa upon arrival, if you do need a visa.

rkkwan Apr 4th, 2008 02:11 PM

Sorry, let me make this clear again. If you take the 7:10p ferry direct from HKG, you'll not go through HK Immigration. You'll give your baggage claim slip to the Turbojet people, and they'll fetch your bags for you.

If you cannot make that ferry, you can either wait for the 9:00p one, or you probably will save time by taking the regular Turbojet ferry. In this case, you'll go through HK immigration, get your bags, and then transfer to the ferry pier. I recommend the A11 bus.

You end up paying about the same either way, as the HKG-Macau ferry is HK$180. The A11 bus is HK$40 and the ferry from HK Island to Macau is HK$168 (for night service after 5:45p). Minimal difference.

Kathie Apr 4th, 2008 02:37 PM

wow, rkkwan, that is new info to me. Is the direct ferry from HKG to Macau relatively recent? Starting a stay in Hong Kong with a couple of days in Macau sounds great to me... maybe next trip!

rkkwan Apr 4th, 2008 02:48 PM

The ferry has been around for a few years. Note that it's only for those connecting to/from a flight at HKG.

Kathie Apr 4th, 2008 03:00 PM

Thanks!

Cicerone Apr 5th, 2008 12:23 AM

I am not sure I understand your itinerary completely, but let me make a few comments:

I see from your other posts that you hold a Guatamalean passport. You will need a visa to enter Macau. I believe you can have it issued on arrival in Macau and it will cost MOP$100 (about US$12), but you should probably confirm all this with the nearest PRC embassy/consulate to you. Note that your contry of residence does not matter for visa rules, it is the passport which you hold. (i..e. US citizens do not need a visa for Macau, but you as a holder of a Guatmalean passport resident in the US would need a visa.)

Ferries to Macau go from BOTH sides of the harbour in Hong KOng, so you <u>do not</u> have to stay on the Kowloon side to get the ferry to Macau. You can stay on either side. If you are staying in a hotel on the Hong Kong Island side, you want the Turbo Jet ferry, go to http://www.turbojet.com.hk/. If you are staying on the Kowloon side, you want the First Ferry, go to http://www.nwff.com.hk/. For the Metropark in Causeway Bay, that is on the Hong Kong side, so you want Turbo Jet. For the Metropark on Waterloo Road in Kowloon, you want First Ferry

Hong Kong is ,<i>tiny</i> in terms of distance from hotels in the main downtown areas to the ferry piers, whether you are on the Hong Kong or Kowloon side, so IMO you do not need to bother staying in a hotel which is “near” the ferry piers (and Sha Tin is not anywhere near to the ferry piers, the nearest would be the Four Seasons on the Hong Kong side and one of the Marco Polo hotels on the KOwloon side.) You would be talking about a 15 minute taxi ride tops, or a bit longer by bus or subway. Taxi is easiest of course with luggage, but if youar e just overnighting in Macau, you may just have one small bag and you can hop on the bus or subway to the ferry terminal. From the Metropark in Causeway Bay, you can take a taxi to the Macau ferry piers in Central in about 10 minutes and it will cost about HK$50, or you can take the subway to the – stop and walk a few blocks over to the water. Bus options would be possible too, I would ask your hotel for the most direct bus. YOu could even take the street tram, that of course would take quite a long time, so it’s not a good option timeise, although it is agreat option for people-watching and street views. Fro the Metropark on Waterloo Road in KOwloon, the taxi time and fare would be about the same, IMO the bus option would be better than the subway as you may have a longish walk on both ends to and from the subway.

A day trip to Macau is absolutely feasible, it can be a longish day, but is doable. You do not have to overnight unless you want to. The ferry trip takes just under an hour and ferries run all day from early in the morning until late at night, see schedules above, which makes a day trip quite easy. (That is usually how I do it.) You may or may not find Macayu “charming”, much of it is a huge construction site, and the air pollution is as bad as Hong KOng, so an overnight may not have that much of an atrracition. I an not a gambler, if you are, then an overnight to spend some time in the casino may be attractive. Otherwise, the main historic core can be seen in about 2-3 hours, and then if you go down to Coloane (which I would highly recommend) you could spend another few hours there. Lunch in Coloane and dinner up in the core, or vice versa, works well.

If you want to go directly from your Hong Kong flight to Macau, yes that is possible too, as noted above. Make sure you have your visa confirmed all the visa issues.


tacitus Apr 11th, 2008 12:27 AM

Like &quot;sglw&quot; I, too, need some advice on a hotel in hong kong.

Two of us, both elderly ladies, will be in H.K. from second to tenthth december. We have booked to stay in the Kowloon Hotel at Kowloon.

I last stayed in this hotel decades ago. I know that it is old and the rooms are small but we have booked as two singles. Does anyone know what this hotel is like now?

rkkwan Apr 11th, 2008 08:01 AM

Decades? The Kowloon Hotel was built in the mid 80's. Well, okay, it is decades then. ;)

I think it's been kept up pretty well, but the room is still just as small. Also, management has changed from the Peninsula group to the Harbour Plaza group.

tacitus Apr 11th, 2008 11:33 PM

Thank you, Rkkwan. for your information on the Kowloon Hotel. I've always found your comments (and those of cicero) very helpful. My best wishes to you both.


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