Any advice on where to stay (on a cheapy, backpacker budget!) in Hong Kong would be muchos appreciated!
lone female traveller here who can't seem to find any decent accomodation in Hong Kong! (i'm currently just looking on the internet)
I would like to stay in a dorm as I'm on my own and so will need to meet people easily; it seems the only places are in the chungking/mirador mansions, which is fine, but the slightly nicer looking places only do private rooms (which I realise sounds like a 'Duh!' comment!)
I would be interested to hear from anyone who has any advice on places they've stayed in, in this area. Is it really a case of sucking it up, strapping on a pair and making friends with the bedbugs? Or is there a 'best of a bad bunch' to recommend?
thanks, Al. x
DON'T STAY IN CHINGKUNG MANSIONS (or whatever they're called).
My mate stayed there, and I promise you you cannot make this crap up.
Basically his entire family stayed in a room/suite/whatever there, and in the morning they were awoken by a policeman asking if they'd 'heard anything'. Stepping into the hallway, the walls are covered in blood, the carpet is soaked with it and there's a chalk outline etched onto the floor.
The funny thing is that they didn't actually hear anything, but anyway.
Moving onto China, my friend ran into another backpacker and told him the story, and as soon as he mentioned the guy went 'Ah. Chingkung mansions, right?' which alone makes me think you should stay away. I'm sure many people have had trouble-free experiences there, but it's got a bit of a violent rep...
Check out the Youth Hostels Association to see for some good safe places to stay. Unfortunately HK isn't as cheap as mainland but it shouldn't cost you more than $40AUD/night (and that would be at a niceish place) to find a bed, you just have to shop around.
Maybe look for bloggers who've been to HK and message them asking for places to stay? Or you can try couch surfing.
Jeez! that sounds pretty intense and to be honest most of the things that i've heard about that place haven't been great! Apparently the mirador mansions are slightly better; well cant get much worse! Thanks though for the heads up and will defo look into your other ideas.
My main problem is, if I end up swaying to my mother request (i made the mahoosive mistake of relaying your story to her!) and getting in a single room somewhere slightly nicer, how will i meet other travellers?
Does anyone else have any experience of navigating Hong Kong hostels?!
Great, I just booked 3 nights at Chung King. I'm guessing I should change the reservations?
i'm traveling to hong kong on the 11th of february at the start of 6 months away. also traveling solo so looking for a hostel where i can meet people n that.
been told this is ok, and the reviews are good
but only rooms of 4, ideally would have a dorm making it cheaper or somewhere with a decent common room, which most places in hong kong don't seem to have?
any help appreciated. cheers
Hooray for crazy moms Fawkes. My friend went over to the UK with her friend and the friend's mum over Christmas. Apparently she was on the phone chatting to her mum and ran out of credit, so the line died.
Rather than going 'Ah well, must've run out of money!' her mum freaked out and started ringing their hotel in Dubai (where they weren't due for a week!), the tour company, the london hotel and everywhere else she could think of trying to find them. Hope this doesn't sound familiar to you!
Yeah, Herecomes, I'd probably change the reservation. Haven't heard a single good thing out of there.
I think you can probably meet travellers in the expat bars and the like even if you do stay in a single room, but this website
has different hostels with information one the 'place' pages (like HK Island, Kowloon, Outlying Islands). The page on kowloon has some good information on Dormitories and negotiating rates, so maybe that's a good place to start?
Judging from this and providing you don't have much baggage, I'd say make a short list, mark them on your map and then go around to all of the ones you're interested in, negotiate a rate and book in on the day. That way you're a) likely to get a better rate and b) won't turn up somewhere gross expecting to relax and settle down for the night. (Worked in Taiwan, but the people are politer there lol)
Looking at all of this makes me want to go to Hong kong now!
Luckily my mum isn't that crazy, actually she seems to only be so worried when i'm here, but when i'm away i can not talk to her for weeks and she doesn't care! Defo strange creatures these parents!
Eddy - I think that hostel looks good but again there's the problem of not having anyone to share with. It's true about the common rooms though, most places say they have them and then all the reviews say there wasn't one. I think it's just the fact that space is such a commodity in HK, you'll be lucky to find a hostel with the sort of communal areas you might get else where.
Unfortuately i'll have to book at least one night in advance because i'll be arriving in the first week of May which is apparently some kind of holiday so I don't want to end up out on my arse!
I quite like the look of kowloon new hostel
and Yes Inn
but this one is further away from what seems to be 'the backpacker district' - good thing or bad thing?! at least both have dorms and are fairly cheap (well for HK!)
I stayed at mirador mansions - and i really wouldn't advise chung king or mirador - there not unsafe (in my experience) just unpleasant.
(well the people i met there were perfectly pleasant, but it had an odd vibe, and the hawkers on the ground floor which you have to battle past every night and morning to get into the street, were really unpleasant esp. for a woman alone. And they are also located on the nathan road which isn't a fun place to live - more of a one time only kind of place).
My advice is stay at a dorm room in causeway bay (hong kong mansions) there are a whole bunch just walk in and ask around (people there are much nicer than in kowloon)- wang fat hostel is the one i stayed at ($150/night) and then travel back and forth to kowloon - (it takes 20 minutes by bus and boat) if you want to visit the cultural places there.
Hopw this helps.
Thanks for your advice; it always helps to have advice from someone who has experienced it first hand!
I'm slightly worried about the how to deal with hawkers, but I guess that's something I will just have to get used to since my travels will take me through China and South East Asia. I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!