Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) – Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Hong Kong Food - Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) - Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) – Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Dim sum is a beloved delicacy in Hong Kong, and almost every Asian city. These days, it is hard to find authentic dim sum served in the traditional way. From my research i heard about Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) and many said it is one of the Best Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong.

I asked the friendly staff at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel how to get there. They were familiar with the restaurant, and told me it is famous and the food is really awesome. That made me all the more eager to go there.

With directions from them, I started my way to the nearest MTR to get to Lin Heung Kui. After a short time on the train, I reached the street where the dim sum restaurant is at.

The experience I had was so much better than I expected. I was very lucky, and met two kind local ladies who helped me understand more about this awesome restaurant, the history, the delicious food that locals love, and much more. You can see it all in the video further down.


List of Content

  1. Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居), the Best Dim Sum Restaurant – The Overview & Rankings
  2. Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居), the Best Dim Sum Restaurant – The Video
  3. About Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居)
  4. Entrance to Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居)
  5. Lin Heung Kui, the Best Dim Sum Restaurant
  6. How to Order the Dim Sum?
  7. Delicious Dim Sum at Lin Heung Kui
  8. Asia Travel Gems Final Word
  9. Where is Lin Heung Kui?
  10. How to Get There?

Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居), the Best Dim Sum Restaurant – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Lin Heung Kui
Cuisine: Local, Cantonese, Dim Sum, Roasted Meats
Meals Served: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 5.0 out of 5.0
Service: 5.0 out of 5.0
Value: 5.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 5 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0  

Five Stars Rating

Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居), the Best Dim Sum Restaurant – The Video

In this video, you will get to see the street where this restaurant resides. The video also shows views of the restaurant, how the food is served, how to order the food, and of course the actual awesome and delicious dim sum.

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About Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居)

Most people would hear of the famous Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓) in Wellington Street. But to me, Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) at Des Voeux Road is the better choice. The two kind local ladies whom I had the privilege to meet also agreed.

*** Travel Tip: Do Not Confuse Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) with Lin Heung Tea House (蓮香樓). To me, honestly, Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) is better.

Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) opened in 2009, and soon gained a huge and strong following among the locals in Hong Kong. Few years later, the restaurant was awarded the well deserved Michelin Bib Gourmand. This award is given to an eating place that offers truly exceptional food at moderate prices.

Michelin Bib Gourmand
Michelin Bib Gourmand

Speaking of the food, it is really mouth watering and tasty. More about that further down this article.

Before we move on to more about Lin Heung Kui, I would like to highlight that this is one of the last few restaurants that serves dim sum on a trolley. Till today, Lin Heung Kui offers you the traditional dim sum tea house experience.



Entrance to Lin Heung Kui

As mentioned above, I took the MTR to Des Voeux Road. Just a few minutes walk down the road, and I could see the sign that said ‘蓮香居’. But something was not quite right. Inside, was a man selling all kinds of knick knacks.

A quick glance to the side, and I noticed another sign that read ‘蓮香居’. This one had two red lanterns, each on the side of this sign. See image below.

Hong Kong Food - Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) Entrance
Hong Kong Food – Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) Entrance

And there was a proper entrance to a small lobby with a lift and a small retail selling Hong Kong snacks and biscuits. I walked right in and took the lift.

It will be easier for you to understand what I am talking about when you watch the video above. I filmed Des Voeux Road, and showed both signs as well as indicated which is the correct sign and entrance.


Lin Heung Kui, the Best Dim Sum Restaurant

The lift stopped at the second floor, and I stepped out. It was the dining area. See image below for a view of the restaurant.

Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) the Best Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong
Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) the Best Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, unless you are a big party, you will have to share a table with others. In this case, as you can see from the photo above, all the tables were occupied. So, I bravely walked to a table where only 1 person was seated, and asked if I could share the table with her? She smiled, and agreed.

That was the most fortunate thing I did that day. The lady was local, and very warm and friendly. Her friend, another warm and friendly lady, soon joined us, and they taught me many interesting things about dim sum, washing utensils, traditions, and the restaurant.

Two Kind, Warm and Friendly Local Hong Kong Ladies who helped me learned more about Lin Heung Kui
Two Kind, Warm and Friendly Local Hong Kong Ladies who helped me learned more about Lin Heung Kui

And I share their tips with you here.

*** Travel Tip: Dine on the second floor

The ladies told me that there is another floor of dining above us. This is the third floor. They told me that locals like them do not like to dine on the third floor. This is because the kitchen is on the second floor, and the trolleys of food comes out from the kitchen.

They make a round serving the second floor. Then they move up to the third floor. By doing so, most of the food are like leftovers for the third floor. Also, because most of the best and favorite dishes are taken by customers on the second floor, customers on the third floor get poorer choices.

*** Travel Tip: Get a table as close to the kitchen as possible

This is about getting the best and favorite dim sum before it is sold out. There are popular dim sum such as siu mai, har gow, and few more. Once these leave the kitchen on the trolleys, they get bought up by customers very quickly.

So, the customers at the tables closer to the kitchen get their hands on these favorites first. Many times, they are sold out before reaching the tables further away. I was very lucky to be seated with the kind and friendly ladies. Being experienced, they chose a table on the second floor and very close to the kitchen.

So, try your best to get seated on the second floor and as close to the kitchen as possible.


How to Order the Dim Sum?

Unlike most restaurants, there is no menu here for you to order the dim sum. The food is all served in trolleys. And I love it!

Dim Sum Served on Trolleys the Traditional Way
Dim Sum Served on Trolleys the Traditional Way

This reminds me of the old days when most dim sum restaurants did the same. Since a child, I enjoyed having dim sum brought to the table for customers to choose. And I have looked forward to this experience again here.

At such an eating place, you can wait for trolley to reach the table where you are seated. This usually will take a bit of time as the waitresses move along an aisle slowly. They do that so that customers can ask them what goodies are on their trolley. They will also stop to serve when a customer makes a choice from their trolley.

*** Travel Tip: Run to a trolley to see and ask the waitress what goodies they have

Do not be shocked when you see many customers doing this. Especially when word spreads that the trolley holds the favorite dishes.

The local ladies told me that when a new trolley of dim sum comes out from the kitchen, many customers will rush to see what goodies are there. This is because they do not want to miss out enjoying the good food.

Most of them do it because they are seated far away. And by the time the trolley reaches them, all the good and favorite choices are gone. And because this happens, even those closer to the kitchen may rush too.

And here are the steps to order:

  1. When you go to a trolley, remember to bring the order chit given to you or placed at your table next to you.
  2. Ask to see what dim sum the trolley has.
  3. Choose the dim sum that you like.
  4. Pass the order chit to the waitress.
  5. She will record the order, and return you the order chit.
  6. She will pass you the dim sum or you can simply take the dim sum.
  7. Then take the dim sum back to your table.
  8. Enjoy the delicious food.

Again, this process has been captured on the video above. I do suggest watching to see it all, and know what to do when you visit Lin Heung Kui.


Delicious Dim Sum at Lin Heung Kui, the Best Dim Sum Restaurant

Now we come to the best part of this article – the yummy dim sum! I know this is the part of the experience I enjoyed the most.

The dim sum is traditionally served in bamboo baskets. Here is a photo of the delicious Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling).

Hong Kong Food - Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling)
Hong Kong Food – Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling)

This is how they do Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling) here.

Hong Kong Food - Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)
Hong Kong Food – Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Har Gow (Shrimp Dumpling)
Hong Kong Food - Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling) - close up
Hong Kong Food – Super Delicious Dim Sum known as Siu Mai (Pork Dumpling) – close up

The Siu Mai (Pork Dumplings) and the Har Gow (Shrimp Dumplings) were of fine quality. The taste and flavor were delicate and full. The freshness of these dim sum and all other food here were super fresh.

Please pardon me. But to be honest, I cannot remember the name of this next dim sum. Anyone know, kindly advice me?

To be honest, I cannot remember the name of this Dim Sum. Anyone know, kindly advice me?
To be honest, I cannot remember the name of this Dim Sum. Anyone know, kindly advice me?

As I was the only person, I was only able to eat a few dishes. Here are photos of the trolleys and the wide range of dim sum available. Again, when you watch the video, you can see more great dim sum.

Cha Siu Bao, Big Bao, Lotus Seed Bao And Many Other Baos
Cha Siu Bao, Big Bao, Lotus Seed Bao And Many Other Baos
Spring Rolls and Other Fried Dim Sum
Spring Rolls and Other Fried Dim Sum
Trolley Filled with Cheong Fun and Many Other Dim Sum
Trolley Filled with Cheong Fun and Many Other Dim Sum

Look at the delighted faces of satisfied customers!

Besides dim sum, the restaurant is famous for many classic Cantonese specialties such as the Lin Heung Special Duck. It is a popular roast duck. I did not try any as it would require a few people to finish a duck. Maybe next time when I invite a few friends to join me?


Lin Heung Kui, the Best Dim Sum Restaurant – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

Five Points Rating

After enjoying the awesome dim sum and experiencing the traditional way of serving it, I can see why Lin Heung Kui won the Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

The quality of the dim sum is exquisite. And the price is very reasonable. Add all that, and I can understand why they won the award.

I truly enjoyed the experience of having the food served in a trolley. It brings back such fond memories for me. Of days when my parents used to bring the family out for a dim sum lunch.

Plus, the really best part is the food. It is all so well made and of high quality. I can see the chefs putting all efforts to create consistent and high grade delicacies. Each dim sum is like an exquisite piece of art.

Then there is the fine taste of the dim sum. The best I have sampled for years. Each dim sum has the right texture that is soft and yet bouncy. As I bite into each fare, I can feel the soft return to each chomp.

I savored each dim sum. Each had its unique taste. Just the right amount of aroma to give that uniqueness to that dim sum. Each has the perfect balance in flavor.


Where is Lin Heung Kui?

Lin Heung Kui is situated at Des Voeux Road. While it is in Sheung Wan area, it is actually nearer to the Sai Ying Pun MTR Station. See the map below for orientation.

Address

2/3F 46-50 Des Voeux Rd West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
上環德輔道西46-50號2-3樓

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 6 am to 11 pm

Telephone: + 852 2156 9328


How to Get There?

MTR

Many websites say it is in Sheung Wan, and to take to Sheng Wan MTR. I learned from the local concierge at the hotel that it is actually closer to Sai Ying Pun MTR Station. And I have personally found this to be true.

Take the MTR to Sai Ying Pun MTR Station, and get out at Exit A2. Walk along Des Voeux Rd as indicated in the map about. It should take you about 4 to 5 minutes walk from the MTR station. Of course, the estimated travel time depends on how fast you walk.

Bus

There are buses to take you to Lin Heung Kui. Buses 94 and 973 will do that. But do check with the local bus timetable and routes as this may change over time. I highly recommend taking the MTR and walking to the restaurant. It is faster.

Walk

This is possible only if you are staying near the restaurant. At a hotel, you can ask for directions from the concierge.

Taxi/Grab

While I prefer using Grab when I am moving about in a foreign city, this option is not so viable in Hong Kong. Also, MTR is cheaper and faster. It is very convenient as well. So, while I was in Hong Kong, I mostly went about using the MTR.

Also, Grab and Uber is not so widely used or available in Hong Kong. Better to take the taxi if you prefer or need to.

Take note that there are different types of taxis, and you can differentiate them by the color of the cab. The red taxis can take you anywhere in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island and the New Territories. The green taxis can only operate in the New Territories. The blue ones drive only on Lantau Island.

Generally, taxi drivers are honest. Just use the meter.

A common problem is language barrier. Many do not speak English well.

*** Travel Tip: Request your hotel concierge to write your destination in Chinese. Use this to show your cab driver. Also, remember to get the Chinese name of your hotel for the return trip.



If you have ANY questions about this review, about Lin Heung Kui (蓮香居) – the Best Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong , ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza at South Horizons

Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza at South Horizons

Everyone agrees that one of the best Things To Do In Hong Kong is Shopping! And better when you can get great discounts for authentic branded products. Today, I am going to share with you a true hidden gem in Hong Kong. This is the Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza at South Horizons.

In this post, there is info about the featured places – South Horizons, Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza. Yeah, I know. Can be boring. Haha

So, if you are here to get to the core info – such as what these outlet stores offer and how to get there, then watch the video below and scroll past the ‘boring’ info, and get to one of the most important part of this article – How to Get to These Outlet Stores in Hong Kong?


Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza at South Horizons – The Video

As I mentioned above, if reading bores you, then this video is ideal. It starts with the exit from the South Horizons MTR station (Exit A). A bit of orientation, and immediately you get to see where the Prada Outlet Store is located (from the station). I filmed inside the Prada Outlet Store, too.

Also in the video, a view of South Horizons’ Marina Square East Centre to give you perspective on location. Then an actual journey from this location to Lee Wing Street where Horizon Plaza is situated.

On top of all that, this video captures each of the shopping floors, and shows what brands are available here. I highly recommend watching the video. Especially if you plan to shop here. If not, at least it will inspire you to travel to Hong Kong soon and get these branded goods at huge discounts!


About South Horizons

OK, this is the boring bit I was talking about. haha But who’s to know? Maybe some of you may like this section? Some of you, like me, may be curious about these places, and like to know more about them before visiting?

South Horizons is a district that is located at the western end of Ap Lei Chau. Ap Lei Chau is also known as Aberdeen Island, and is the Southern District of Hong Kong. Take a look at the section further down -Where is South Horizons? – to see a map and get a visual of the location.

Besides private housing, this estate has many interesting sights to see and activities. One of the sights to see is the 800 metre long promenade where you can catch an awesome view of the sea and islands. The other things of interest is the fact that there are more than 50 species of plant to see at a nature trail.

But you are not here for that are you? The place of interest for you is the Marina Square East Centre. It is one of the two shopping centres here at South Horizons.

Marina Square East Centre at South Horizons
Marina Square East Centre at South Horizons

And why is this a place of interest for you? It is because the Prada Outlet Store is here. Please read on.

About Prada Outlet Store

Wanna know something really awesome? Here is a cool fact – this Prada Outlet Store at South Horizons is one of Asia’s only two (2) Prada factory outlets! This makes this a true hidden gem!

Prada Outlet Store Entrance
Prada Outlet Store Entrance

This outlet is also referred to as Prada Space. I don’t really get that though. It is a factory outlet. So let’s just call it that, all right? It is the Prada Outlet Store!

At this store, you can get past seasons of Prada handbags, shades, belts and more at 50% to 80% off! And any items with minor defects are sold at an ever cheaper price!

If out of season stuff does not matter to you, this is great place to shop and buy. You can prepare for winter by buying winter wear during summer or get spring and summer clothing during winter. All at 50% to 80% off.

And if you like the sister brand, Miu Miu, this outlet stocks merchandise from this brand too. And yes – at the same huge discounts.

So, now you can see why this is one of the must Things To Do in Hong Kong, especially if you are a fashionista.

About Horizon Plaza

Speaking of fashion, when you go to the Prada Outlet Store at South Horizons, you must make a stop at Horizon Plaza. There are twenty eight (28) floors of furniture and fashion factory outlets. All together, there are nearly one hundred (100) shops.

Outlets in Hong Kong - Horizon Plaza
Outlets in Hong Kong – Horizon Plaza

It is veritably a fashion heaven where you can shop for discount designer fashion brands such as Hugo Boss, Armani, Moschino, Vivienne Westwood, Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Trussardi, Ecco, Chloe, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Moiselle. Just to name a few. The building also includes upscale brand retailers such as Lane Crawford, Max Mara and Joyce Warehouse.

All of the stores offer big discounts. I have seen some even offering up to 90% off for their products.

Shopping Tip: There may be more special offers than what is stated. Check with the sales staff. I have friends who bought many items from the same store, and managed to get further discount on top of what was offered.

Here are photos of the directory.

List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza - 1 of 3
List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza – 1 of 3
List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza - 2 of 3
List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza – 2 of 3
List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza - 3 of 3
List of Outlet Stores at Horizon Plaza – 3 of 3

Again, better to watch the video. You get to see the stores.

Shopping Tip: Shop faster by getting directory at reception. Take lift to 28th Floor. Take the stairs down each floor to explore the shops floor by floor.



I thought of writing more info. But why bore you? You came to learn about the outlets in Hong Kong, especially at South Horizons. And I think I covered enough in the above. So let’s get to the important part here, shall we? – How To Get To These Outlet Stores in Hong Kong?


Where is South Horizons?

As mentioned above, South Horizons at Ap Lei Chau. Another name is Aberdeen Island. Here is a map showing where Aberdeen Island is, and specifically where is South Horizons.

As you can see, it is an island at the south west end of Hong Kong Island.


How to Get to South Horizons?

MTR

When you zoom in to the map above, you can see that there is the South Horizons MTR Station. This is the terminus of the South Island Line.

Hong Kong MTR - South Island Line to South Horizons
Hong Kong MTR – South Island Line to South Horizons

From where you are, transfer to the South Island Line. Take the direction towards South Horizons Station.

Bus

There are many buses to South Horizons. They are buses 90B, 93, 99, 99X, 171, 171P, 590, 592, 595 and 671. I truly feel it is so much more comfortable and convenient to take the MTR (see above).

Taxi

Then, of course, there is the option of taking the cab. Or Grab. My friends and I tried this before. It costs a lot more. And not really faster than taking the MTR. I would still suggest travel to South Horizons by MTR.

Walk

Not possible unless you are staying at South Horizons. But a moot point, yes?

Where is Prada Outlet at South Horizons?

The address says that the Prada Outlet Store is on the 2nd floor of the Marina Square East Centre. You don’t really notice this when you exit from the South Horizons Station. See the map below for the location of the Prada Outlet Store.

Operating Hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

Monday and Public Holiday: 12.00 pm to 7.00 pm

Prada Outlet Store in Hong Kong - Operating Hours
Prada Outlet Store in Hong Kong – Operating Hours

Travel Tip: Queue before opening time to get priority first look at any new arrivals of that day

Address

2/F Marina Square East, South Horizons, Ap Lei Chai, Hong Kong Island

Telephone: +852 2814 9576

How to Get to Prada Outlet Store at South Horizons?

MTR

As you can see from the map above, the Prada Outlet Store is just next to Exit A of the South Horizons MTR Station. So, when you arrive at South Horizons MTR Station, look for the sign that says Exit A. Then get out via that exit, turn left and you will see the Prada Outlet Store.

Need more guidance? Watch the video above. I actually film the part where I came out from Exit A, and walk to the Prada Outlet Store. It took just a minute or so. Really. Watch the video for proof.

Bus

As mentioned above, you can take the buses to South Horizons. And then walk from the bus stop to the store. But why do that when you can easily travel in comfort on the MTR (see above).

Taxi

Also mentioned earlier, you can choose to catch a cab or get Grab. It really is not much faster. And costs more. My suggestion is to take the MTR. It’s faster, cheaper and more comfortable.

Walk

The only way to walk to the Prada Outlet Store is when you stay at a hotel or residence near Marina Square East Centre at South Horizons. In that case, ask the concierge for directions.

Where is Horizon Plaza?

Horizon Plaza is also at South Horizons. It is a little distance away from the Prada Outlet Store. See the map below to get your bearing.

Don’t let the map mislead you. The walk to Horizon Plaza is really short, only about 15 minutes. Watch the video above to see how I made my way from the South Horizons MTR Station to Horizon Plaza.

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm

Travel Tip: Allocate at least half a day to explore this awesome shopping place

Address

2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong Island

Telephone: +852 2554 9089

How to Get to Horizon Plaza?

MTR

Take the MTR to South Horizons MTR Station first. See the directions above for How to Get to South Horizons.

If you go to the Prada Outlet Store first, then you will be taking Exit A. After your visit to Prada Outlet Store, you can walk to Horizon Plaza. Watch the above video for directions.

Alternatively, if you are going to Horizon Plaza first, before descending on Prada Outlet Store, then go to Exit C. Walk to Lee Nam Road and along that road for approximately 15 minutes to Lee Wing Street.

Sign Post - Direction to Horizon Placa
Sign Post – Direction to Horizon Placa
Sign Post - Direction to Horizon Placa - Close Up
Sign Post – Direction to Horizon Placa – Close Up

Still unclear? Watch the video above as I film the journey from South Horizons MTR Station, down Lee Nam Road, and finally to Lee Wing Street where Horizon Plaza is located.

Bus

There are many buses serving South Horizons. Choose any one that takes you from where you are located to South Horizons. Then walk about 15 minutest to Lee Wing Street. Personally, I have tried the buses. I feel it is much more comfortable and convenient to take the MTR (see above).

Again, if you need to see directions visually, the video above is perfect for you.

Taxi

Honestly, the first time I visited Horizon Plaza was via a cab. That was because I had no idea which MTR line to take, and which station to alight. Now, I am wiser.

If budget is not an issue, then sure. Take a cab or Grab to Horizon Plaza.

Walk

Same as above, you can only walk to Horizon Plaza if you are staying at South Horizons, and especially at a hotel around the Marina Square East Centre. Otherwise, I do not advise it.


Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store and Horizon Plaza at South Horizons – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Would you like to own a Prada bag or purse? Or any Prada product? If yes, and you are in Hong Kong, then you must find time to visit the Prada Outlet Store. Let’s not forget, the sister brand, Miu Miu is on offer there too.

And when you do, make time to visit Horizon Plaza. You will not regret it. Over 100 stores with reputable brands with discounts up to 90%.

I have visited the other outlet malls like Citygate. And I can say confidently that these two shopping sites are much better in quality and pricing.

When in Hong Kong, do drop by and have a look. You may end up with a great buy.



If you have ANY questions about this post – Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store & Horizon Plaza at South Horizons, or anything about Hong Kong, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading about Outlet Stores in Hong Kong – Prada Outlet Store & Horizon Plaza at South Horizons .

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight!

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Man Mo Temple - Featured Image

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight!

Today, in this post – Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight! – I would like to share with you this out of the world experience. If you have time in Hong Kong to visit only one temple, this must be the one!

It was around 3pm. I had quickly stowed my luggage in my room at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel. After a quick organization of things to bring with me, I made my way to Causeway Bay MTR Station. From there, I would go to Central Station, then take the Mid-Level Escalators to Hollywood Road where Man Mo Temple was located.

I was thrilled to be back in Hong Kong. It had been years since I was here. And this time round, I have done lots of research, and was better prepared to enjoy all the great food and soak in all the awesome sights!

One of which is the famous Man Mo Temple. I truly enjoyed my time here. Keep reading as I share more about my magical experience here. Enjoy watching the video and the photos, too.


Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple – A Magical Sight! – The Video

In this video, you get to see the temple viewed from the street, the area outside the temple, and the mystical interior of the temple. Inside the temple, there is an awesome area in the center with beautiful lanterns and large incense coils hanging from the ceiling.

Plus, you get to see the dramatic artwork, the altar, the drum and bell, the images of the gods, and more. Watch the video now!


About Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple was built in 1847, and is one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong. It is also the largest Man Mo Temple in this city.

Man Mo Temple (on the left with green roof) - View from outside, from across the road
Man Mo Temple (on the left with green roof) – View from outside, from across the road

At this temple, many locals (and even tourists) pay their respects to the God of Literature (also known in Cantonese as Man – pronounced Mun) and the God of War (also known in Cantonese as Mo).

From the ancient days till today, they pray for success in studies. This practice started in the days of Imperial China where scholars prayed for success in civil examinations. Their wish was to get appointed the best administrative positions in the state.

Man Mo Temple is actually part of a complex. There are three adjacent blocks in this complex. And each house the following respectively – Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Temple and Kung So. The main building is where Man Mo Temple resides.

Today, the place of worship is managed by the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. It has been given the title of Grade 1 historic building. And it is now preserved and declared a monument.



Outside Man Mo Temple

From Hollywood Road, I walked into the courtyard of the premises. It was Chinese New Year period, and there was a display with pretty blossoms. You can see a bit of it at the left side of the photo below.

Man Mo Temple - Gateway and Entrance to main temple
Man Mo Temple – Gateway and Entrance to main temple

As you can see from above, there is a gate where people walk from the courtyard, and into the temple. The large sign has the name – Man Mo Temple – in Chinese.

Before you walk into the temple, do take note of the signs on the gate. These are some house rules to follow as well as some words of caution for your safety.

House Rules at Man Mo Temple
House Rules at Man Mo Temple

Travel Tip: Please be respectful and follow the house rules

Additional Travel Tip: You are allowed to take photos and video but not with the flash


Inside Man Mo Temple

At The Main Door

Once past the main door of the temple, you will see these beautiful panels and pillars (photo below). The artwork and pillars are painted in red and gold, with Chinese words written on them. Look at the intricate details. I am always so impressed with such exquisite craftsmanship.

Beautiful panels and pillars in red and gold greet you as you enter Man Mo Temple
Beautiful panels and pillars in red and gold greet you as you enter Man Mo Temple

Travel Tip: The original design of Man Mo Temple is completely preserved. This makes the architecture ancient and authentic.

Further in, there are these decorative altars. They look like altars for the gods when they are carried outside for religious processions. Again, the details are so intricate and delicate.

Man Mo Temple - decorative altar for carrying on sedan
Man Mo Temple – decorative altar for carrying on sedan

Lanterns And Coils of Incense

At the center of the temple is an area where there are gorgeous lanterns. The lanterns fill the space with so much light. The red paper hanging from each lantern is the name of a devotee who paid for it. This is to bless the person.

Man Mo Temple - Gorgeous Lanterns with prayers from devotees
Man Mo Temple – Gorgeous Lanterns with prayers from devotees

Above the lanterns are large incense coils that are burning. Just like the lanterns, there is a red paper hanging from the incense with the name of the person who paid for it.

The incense are continually burning. As the incense burns, the smoke carries the prayer of the person to the heavens.

Incense Coils hang above with prayers and wishes from devotees
Incense Coils hang above with prayers and wishes from devotees

Travel Tip: Please take precaution if you are sensitive to smoke

You can see more of all this in the video above. If you have not watched it, I highly recommend that you do.

Prayer Items

Along a side of the temple, there is a counter where prayer items are sold. Here, people can buy individual items such as candles, incense, paper money, etc. Or they can purchase a prayer set that is specially prepared for them. You can see rolls of these sets in the image below.

Prayer Sets with Candles, Incense, Paper Money and More
Prayer Sets with Candles, Incense, Paper Money and More

Prayer Area

Even further in, just after the center space filled with lanterns and coils of incense, there is an area for people to do their prayers. It is here where the prayer items like candles are lit, and incense are burned and placed in incense holders.

Man Mo Temple - View of prayer area
Man Mo Temple – View of prayer area

Altar of the God of Literature and God of War

I ventured further in, and I discovered that we can get even closer to the altar where the God of Literature and God of War are at. There is an pretty cool small sculpture of a hand holding a pen brush. This is the tool held by the God of Literature.

Man Mo Temple - Altar and Pen
Man Mo Temple – Altar and Pen

And just behind the pen brush are the God of Literature and God of War. I really like this photo. And I find the images of the gods and the altar so fascinating. Do you?

Man Mo Temple - God of Literature and God of War
Man Mo Temple – God of Literature and God of War

The God of Literature is the one on the left. He is often depicted as holding a writing brush. The God of War is the one on the right, and wields a sword.

Drum and Bell

Here are a couple of popular artifacts – the Drum and the Bell. Devotees are seen to say a prayer, and then strike the bell followed by hitting the drum. You can see them doing that in the video above.

Man Mo Temple - Drum and Bell - devotees strike both and say a prayer
Man Mo Temple – Drum and Bell – devotees strike both and say a prayer

Man Mo Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

To be honest, I did not expect much when I planned to visit Man Mo Temple. But the site really surprised me.

In an urban setting that is the bustling downtown area, you see this building that looks ordinary. But the moment you step inside the temple, it is like you are transported to another world.

The scents of the incense, the bright and vibrant colors of the decor, the stunning lanterns, the coils of incense that seem to go on forever into the ceiling, and everything else – truly makes this a very unique and awesome experience.

My advice – Yes! Do make time to visit Man Mo Temple. It is truly worth your time.



Where is Man Mo Temple?

Man Mo Temple is located along Hollywood Road. This is a famous and popular road that runs along the width of Central of Hong Kong Island. You can’t miss it. Also, refer to the map below to locate it easily.

Operating Hours

Man Mo Temple opens from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm every day. Do note the timings as they strictly close at 6.00 pm.

Travel Tip: Allocate at least one hour to explore this awesome place

Address

124 – 126 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island

Telephone: +852 2540 0350


How to Get to Man Mo Temple?

MTR

You can get to Man Mo Temple from Central Station or Sheung Wan Station. It all depends on which direction you are coming from. If you are traveling from Kowloon, then it is better to stop at Central Station.

At Central Station, go to Exit D2. From this exit, turn right to go to Theatre Lane. Then walk along Queen’s Road Central towards The Center. At The Center, walk towards the Central Mid-Levels Escalator, and take the escalator to Hollywood Road. Then walk along Hollywood Road towards the direction of the temple (see the map above).

Alternatively, if you find yourself nearer to Sheung Wan, then go to the Sheung Wan MTR Station. Take Exit A2, and walk along Hillier Street to Queen’s Road Central. Go up to Ladder Street that is next to Lok Ku Road, and then to Hollywood Road. Again, once you are at Hollywood Road, refer to the map above to find the way to Man Mo Temple.

Bus

Bus 26 is the bus that takes you closest to Man Mo Temple. Take this bus from outside Pacific Place at Admiralty to Hollywood Road. Alight at the stop nearest to Man Mo Temple. If you are unsure, ask the bus driver for help.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to Man Mo Temple. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

When I was in Hong Kong, I found that I walked almost everywhere. That is, everywhere that is near from one place to another. So, if you happen to be near Man Mo Temple, use the map above to get your bearings and walk over there.

Or if you are staying at a hotel nearby, why not walk over and explore this amazing magical place?


If you have ANY questions about this post – Things to Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple, or Hong Kong, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading about Things To Do in Hong Kong – Man Mo Temple.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels.

Timotheus

Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

Hong Kong Food - Kam Kee Cafe - Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food

Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

Searching for great tasting local Hong Kong Food? Then look no further. Kindly allow me to introduce to you Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food!

It was just after 1 pm. And I finally arrived at the Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel. But, check in time was at 2 pm. The friendly staff at the front desk gently informed me that my room was not ready yet. She suggested that I go for lunch, and return later.

That was a good idea as I was already feeling hungry. I asked her where would be a good place to enjoy good food nearby? She asked me what type of cuisine I would like to have?

There were Italian, American, and of course, local. I chose local. She recommended Kam Kee Cafe.

The cafe was just a few minutes walk away from the hotel. And she promised me that the food is really good. I smiled, and thanked her as I set off with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. Continue reading to find out how good the food was.


Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food! – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Kam Kee Cafe
Cuisine: Local Hong Kong Food, Cha Chaan Teng, Recipes from the 60s since 1967
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dining Choices: Dine In, Take Away, Delivery
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0  

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating

Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food! – The Video

With my new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, I took a video of Kam Kee Cafe. You get to see from outside to inside. Plus, menu and few of the dishes I enjoyed. Watch now!


About Kam Kee Cafe

The story of how Kam Kee Cafe came about is fascinating. The original owner, Chan Gui Chou, arrived in Hong Kong in the 1950s. He started the eating place in 1967.

The recipes have not changed since. Even today, the current owner has maintained the integrity and standards of those same dishes served since 1967.

He did add a dinner menu. Only because of high rent that required this small change, and longer operating hours. Not that anyone is complaining. Especially since we get to enjoy more good food from this cafe.



Entrance to Kam Kee Cafe

If you don’t know Chinese words, the cafe may be a little hard to find. That is why I have the video above to help you locate it. And this little screen shot below, too.

Kam Kee Cafe Entrance
Kam Kee Cafe Entrance

It looks like a little small shop from the outside. And in fact, it is only taking the space of one shop. This is why it looks small, and may be hard to find if you don’t know what to look out for.

Inside, the cafe’s space is long. And that is why they can accommodate quite a lot of people. Check out the video above to see what it looks like on the inside.

Outside the cafe, there are posters and standing displays of their menu and popular meals. You can’t miss seeing them. Shown below is the upper part of the standing display that shows the breakfast sets available.

1967 Breakfast Menu Signage
1967 Breakfast Menu Signage

The photo below is the lower part of the standing display that is promoting their popular morning breakfast. I had the Fish Fillet with Eggs and Toast. I share more about this set meal further down this article.

Kam Kee Morning Breakfast Menu Signage
Kam Kee Morning Breakfast Menu Signage

At the entrance, there are posters to promote more meals. Not sure what to have? Choose any of the Top 10 Signature Dishes. You can’t go wrong.

Kam Kee Top 10 Signature Dishes Signage
Kam Kee Top 10 Signature Dishes Signage. Choose any of these and you can be sure you get the best tasting food here.

Delicious Dishes at Kam Kee Cafe

As mentioned earlier, the menu and recipes of the dishes at Kam Kee Cafe have not changed since 1967 when it first started. And that is a good thing.

This is because the food is really good. The cafe is what is known as a Cha Chaan Teng. And the food served is Cha Chaan Teng style.

How to Order Food and Drinks?

Earlier on, I was introduced to Kam Kee Cafe by the hotel front desk. As I stepped in through the entrance, I was a little shy and unsure of how things work.

In addition, it was lunch time. The cafe’s peak hour. There was already a lunch crowd. Every table was filled or almost filled with customers. It can be quite intimidating.

Fortunately, the wait staff were very friendly. They asked me how many people in my party. I indicated just one – me.

Then they encouraged me to find any empty seat. The pointed to one where a young Caucasian guy sat alone in a table for four. Ahhh. I soon realized. This is how it is in Hong Kong. Just join in at any table. As long as the seat is available.

I asked the guy if it is all right for me to join him at the table. He smiled and nodded, waving his hand to an empty seat, inviting me to join him at that table.

A menu was soon placed in my hand. I started to browse through it

Kam Kee Cafe Menu - It is actually hanging at the wall next to or near a table
Kam Kee Cafe Menu – It is actually hanging at the wall next to or near a table

There is actually a lot of choices. And I soon noticed that there are dishes for breakfast, and some for after 11 am. Below is a list of the Top 10 Signature Dishes they offer.

Top 10 Signature Dishes by Kam Kee Cafe - The Best of The Best!
Top 10 Signature Dishes by Kam Kee Cafe – The Best of The Best!

They have set meals that come complete with eggs and toast. Plus for just a little extra, you can have a drink. The choices are coffee, tea, soft drinks, etc. Most people choose the popular Hong Kong Milk Tea (more about this awesome drink further down).

Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu
Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu

If you arrive after 11am, do note that not all the dishes are available. Look for the menu choices under the list stated as Available after 11 am. See the image below to see what I mean.

This is a list of Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu available After 11AM
This is a list of Kam Kee Cafe Set Menu available After 11AM

Of course, this After 11 am list is not just these two pages that you see in the above image. There are few more pages with lots of choices. For example, the Yong Chow Fried Rice with Hong Kong Milk Tea set that I had.

Yong Chow Fried Rice - This is one of the popular ways to cook fried rice. It is very tasty and the rice is cooked with fresh shrimps, slices of ham, Chinese sausages, slices of lettuce and egg
Yong Chow Fried Rice with Hong Kong Milk Tea

The Yong Chow Fried Rice was one of the best I had in a long while. And that included Singapore and other countries I have visited the past few years. The shrimps were fresh, bouncy and juicy. The ham, Chinese sausage, lettuce and fried egg added a delightful combination that made every bite a gastronomical pleasure.

So, how did I order? It was easy. I can speak Cantonese and Mandarin. But I am not that fluent. So to save any embarrassment, I spoke English. And the wait staff spoke and understood English too. At the same time I pointed at the food and drink I desired so that there can be no mistakes.

More Delicious Food from Kam Kee Cafe

The food was so good that I went back a few times to try more of their delicious food. Here is the breakfast set that comes with toast, fried eggs, deep fried fish fillet and of course the Hong Kong Milk Tea.

Breakfast Set - Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea
Breakfast Set – Toast, Fried Eggs, Deep Fried Fish Fillet and Hong Kong Milk Tea

The Fish Fillet is a real treat! The slice of fish is thick and moist, with a nice flavor. The crust is a thin and crispy. Every bite is so enjoyable as I cut through the crust easily with my teeth and then sink into the moist and juicy fish inside.

Tip: While the fried eggs are nice, do ask for scrambled eggs. They do that so much better in Hong Kong.

The macaroni with ham and cheese is also a popular dish. Many locals enjoy this for breakfast or lunch. To be honest, I do not find this anything special. But I do understand the emotions connected with this dish. The simplicity and flavor brings back memories of the 60s, and the feelings of the good old days.

Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Set with Hong Kong Milk Tea
Macaroni, Ham and Cheese Set with Hong Kong Milk Tea

Popular Hong Kong Milk Tea

I miss this lovely concoction. I truly believe there must be a special kind of tea they use, and a specific percentage of evaporated milk to create this unique tea.

Delicious Hong Kong Milk Tea
Delicious Hong Kong Milk Tea

The tea is light yet full. The taste is memorable. Till today, I am trying out milk teas in Singapore in the hope of finding one that is the same quality. I have not found it yet


They Deliver Too!

If you are too busy or simply wish to have some good food in the comforts of your hotel room, you can order from the cafe, and have the food and drinks delivered to your room. Here is the cover of the delivery menu.

Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Cover
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Cover

And the inside and back of the cover that contain the list of food and drinks.

Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Inside
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Inside
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu - Back Cover
Kam Kee Cafe Delivery Menu – Back Cover

Personally, I would much prefer to dine in. The atmosphere, the service, the customers. All that add to the dining experience.

At the same time, I do get this delivery option. Most people working in Hong Kong may not wish to go out for lunch. It can get very crowded. So, it is much more relaxing to eat in the office kitchen or pantry.

Also, there are private apartments in this area. Some people may like to have their dinners sent to their homes, and enjoy it comfortably there.


Kam Kee Cafe – Awesome Authentic Cha Chaan Teng Food! – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

Po Lin Monastery Vegetarian Restaurant - 4 out of 5 Stars Rating

The food served here at Kam Kee Cafe is really good. Very delicious! And the Hong Kong Milk Tea is flavorful. Not as great at the one served at Honolulu Cafe. But still just as delectable.

If you yearn for local food, or Cha Chaan Teng food, then you must try Kam Kee Cafe.

I would definitely recommend the same dishes I tried. The Fish Fillet set is really awesome! The Yong Chow Fried Rice is so tasty! I have said it all above.

There is one dish that I did not have the time to try but I wish I did. It was one of the Top 10 Signature Dishes, and it was the Baked Tomato Pork Chop with Rice. On my first visit there, the Caucasian guy had this. And it smelled so good! It is definitely on my list of food to eat the next time I am in Hong Kong.


Where is Kam Kee Cafe?

Kam Kee Cafe has many branches. The one that I frequented was along Tin Lok Lane. The reason I came to this branch so often is due to convenience. It was near the hotel where I stayed at. And it was one of the perfect places to go to for breakfast.

Address

Shop D-E, G/F, Diamond Building, 6-18 Tin Lok Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday (including public holidays), 7 am to 11 pm

Telephone: +852 2202 4168


How to Get There?

MTR

Although, technically the address is in Wan Chai, this food place is actually closer to Causeway Bay MTR Station. Alight at this station, and head for Exit B. Then walk about 7 minutes to this location.

If you are not sure, which direction to head from Exit B, use the Google Map shown above.

Bus

There are many buses to Tin Lok Lane. Check which bus comes from your hotel. Ask your hotel front desk for directions.

Walk

If you stay at a hotel near Tin Lok Lane, then I recommend you walk over. Again, ask your hotel front desk for directions.

The front desk staff at Butterfly On Morrison had a small map that was very handy when guiding guests to places of interest around the hotel. It was how they showed me which direction to go towards the cafe.

Taxi/Grab

Of course, if you stay far away and do not wish to take the MTR, there is the choice of taxi or Grab. For more info about how to take the taxi, grab or other ways to Get Around Hong Kong, go to my page about Hong Kong.



If you have ANY questions about this review, about Good Hong Kong Food – Kam Kee Cafe, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Hong Kong Hotels - Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review

Today, I would like to share with you about one of the best Hong Kong Hotels. This is my Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel Review. I stayed at this hotel in February 2019 when I was in Hong Kong to conduct lectures for the university where I teach at.

It was the university’s policy that lecturers were to book their own hotels. To me, this is great as I get to choose which hotel I would like to stay at. I did my research, and I found Butterfly on Morrison most suitable, mainly because it was so near the institute.

But over the week, I realized how awesome this hotel is. And I would like to share with you all about it.


Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review – The Overview & Rankings:

Hotel: Butterfly on Morrison
Room Rates: Deluxe Room with City View – SGD 148 (USD109.4) per night. That’s 78% Discount! Available only at this link – Agoda!
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: 39 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Rooms:

  1. Superior Room
  2. Superior Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  3. Deluxe Room
  4. Deluxe Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  5. Pure Air Deluxe with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  6. Family Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  7. Pure Air Executive with 4G Pocket WIFI Device

Service: The service was excellent! Read more about it further down this article.
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it! Great value for money!
Sleep Quality: Excellent!
Cleanliness: Very clean
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

4 Star Rating

Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly On Morrison Boutique Hotel Review – The Video: 

With my new Huawei Mate 20 Pro, I managed to get better quality photos and videos for my time in Hong Kong. Watch the video below to see the view of Butterfly on Morrison from afar, from across the street as well as a tour of the Deluxe Room.


About Butterfly on Morrison

Butterfly on Morrison is part of the Butterfly Hospitality Group. This group started in 2008, and specializes in boutique hotels. As such, being smaller, they are able to provide quality and heartfelt service. And I did experience and enjoy such awesome service when I stayed there.

Like all the hotels in the Group, Butterfly on Morrison is ideally located in prime areas. You can read more about the location further down this article.

View of Butterfly on Morrison from afar
View of Butterfly on Morrison from afar

Another thing to note is that all Butterfly Hotels have a unique theme and design. At the Butterfly on Morrison, the look and feel was contemporary with a classy European style. The large windows in the deluxe room where I stayed gave the room a spacious feel.

Butterfly on Prat, another hotel that I stayed at while I was in Hong Kong during that same month, on the other hand, had a different theme.


Rooms

As mentioned earlier, I stayed at the Deluxe Room. There are many other choices of types of rooms to suit your individual needs:

  1. Superior Room
  2. Superior Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  3. Deluxe Room
  4. Deluxe Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  5. Pure Air Deluxe with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  6. Family Room with 4G Pocket WIFI Device
  7. Pure Air Executive with 4G Pocket WIFI Device

I chose the Deluxe room because of what I saw on their website’s photos. I loved the idea of two large windows at each side of the huge bed.

Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison

I anticipated awesome views from these windows, and requested for a high floor. They gave me the 18th floor. Not really the highest, which is the 22nd floor, but high enough. And the view was good enough.

City View from Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
City View from Deluxe Room at Butterfly on Morrison
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room
View of Morrison Hill Road from 18th floor Deluxe Room

Though I did suspect the room at the other end of the floor would have a better and less obstructed view. Now that I know, in future, I will ask for rooms facing the Happy Valley.

View of Happy Valley, Mountains and City from Deluxe Room of Butterfly on Morrison
View of Happy Valley, Mountains and City from Deluxe Room of Butterfly on Morrison

*Travel Tip: Request for high floor and facing Happy Valley.

Besides the great view, the room was spacious at 20 sq m. You can see how comfortable it was from the video above. Some hotel rooms in Hong Kong are notorious for being really small. At Butterfly on Morrison, there was more than enough space for two to stay at the Deluxe Room.

As always, I booked my room with Agoda. It was because I always get great deals and discounts there. And as always, Agoda did not fail me. I managed to get really good room rates .

The original price of a Deluxe Room per night is SGD687.86 (USD 508.44). I got it at SGD 148 (USD109.4) per night. That’s a massive 78% Discount!

Special Offer Discounted Price for Butterfly On Morrison Deluxe Room When You Book with Agoda
Special Offer Discounted Price for Butterfly On Morrison Deluxe Room When You Book with Agoda

*Travel Tip: Click the Banner below to get room rates at Special Offer now!



Amenities 

This is a boutique hotel. Even then, the number of amenities are many and more than sufficient to create a very comfortable stay

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Front desk safety deposit boxes
  • Free WIFI at hotel lobby
  • iMac corner at hotel lobby with free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Blackout curtains
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Rain shower
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Free toiletries; e.g. toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Electronic in-room safe box
  • Dehumidifier (selected rooms)

  • Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • Electric kettle with cups, with complimentary instant coffee and tea bags
  • 2 Free bottled water every day
  • Free Internet access via WiFi
  • Pocket WIFI (depends on which room you book)
  • iPod docking station
  • TV (flat screen)
  • Free and pay TV – satellite and cable channels
  • Work desk
  • Telephone
  • Alarm clock
  • Wake up service
  • Luggage storage
  • Airport transfer
  • 98 Non-smoking rooms available

Facilities

As mentioned, this is a boutique hotel. There are very little facilities. This is all right because the hotel is surrounded by many cafes, restaurants and even Dai Pai Dong (local style of dining, usually outdoors) that serves very delicious food.

  • Restaurant
  • Sightseeing tour arrangement

  • On-site car park
  • Doctor on call 24 hours

4G Pocket WIFI Device

A 4G Pocket WIFI Device is a very useful tool when you tour the city. At the airport, there are many providers who offer rental of such a device. I did not get one as I intended to get a pre-paid SIM card, which was what I did the moment I arrived at the airport.

The hotels of the Butterfly Group, including Butterfly on Morrison, offers this 4G Pocket WIFI Device, too. When you book some of the rooms, it is included as part of the package and for free. But some rooms do not include this. So, do look carefully when you book a room. If you book one of the rooms that do not include this device, you can still rent one.

It is really useful. When I traveled around Hong Kong, this tool helped me to stay connected to the Internet. This enabled me to navigate using Google Maps, get info on what good food is around me, where to go for good food, how to get to attractions and landmarks that I would like to visit, do messaging on my Whatsapp, etc.

The downside is that the battery life is short. I have to constantly charge it. There were a few times that I could not charge it because my powerbank was low. Thankfully, I have my pre-paid SIM as a backup.

Another issue is the availability of WIFI. WIFI in Hong Kong is known to be very good. But I noticed that sometimes the device does not have good WIFI connectivity. But that is few and far between. Again, when the WIFI is not working well, I have the pre-paid SIM to access the Internet.


Service Quality

The service quality at this hotel was awesome! The staff at the front desk was very warm, friendly and helpful. They always greeted me with a beautiful smile. And they were always ready to assist and answer any queries.

Warm and Friendly Staff at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel
Warm and Friendly Staff at Butterfly on Morrison Boutique Hotel

Few times I asked them where are the best places to enjoy good food that is near the hotel. And they never failed to impress me on their knowledge of the best cafe or restaurant for a particular category of cuisine.

For example, on the first day that I arrived, it was lunch time. I asked them if they knew of any cafe or restaurant nearby that served really good local food. They introduced me to Kam Kee Cafe that is just 5 to 10 minutes walk away. The food and drinks served were truly local, and very delicious. Needless to say, I returned to dine there few more times.

Besides just recommendations for places to dine, they were always very helpful. I have asked them about really popular and delicious food places on Hong Kong Island, attractions nearby and further away, plus directions. Anything.

They were very knowledgeable and were able to provide me really good answers. And if they don’t know, they will immediately search for the answers, and provide them on the spot.

I will teach in Hong Kong again. And I will definitely stay at Butterfly on Morrison again. Not just because of the service. Also, because of the many more reasons below. Keep reading.


Sleep Quality

The bed and pillows gave me very good night’s sleep. The bed was firm and yet when I laid down, it was soft enough to gently wrap my body.

Deluxe Room Bed at Butterfly On Morrison
Deluxe Room Bed at Butterfly On Morrison

Some hotel beds are firm and hard. When our body lies down on it, it is like sleeping on a rock. But not the bed at this hotel. It was very comfortable, and had just the right bounce.

The pillows were large and firm. Again, not the hard sort of firmness. They were firm enough to support my head. At the same time, soft enough that my head gets some comfort rest.

Not at all like some hotels that I have experienced where the pillows were so soft that when I rest my head, I almost sink all the way down to the bed. Here, the pillows gave good support while providing a soft and fluffy feel as you drift off to sleep.


Services Near the Hotel

There are convenience stores nearby. A Seven Eleven store is just down the road, less than 5 minutes walk away. When you exit the hotel, turn right and head towards Hennessy Road. You can’t miss it.

Along Hennessy Road, which is about 5 to 10 minutes walk away, you will find many cafes, restaurants, and also pharmacies and another local convenience store.

There are many more services around the hotel. If you have a product or service you need, just ask the friendly staff and the front desk. They will know.


Good Food Nearby

It is a known fact that Hong Kong has many really good and delicious food. I truly find that the food here is one of the best in Asia.

Near the hotel, there are plenty of eating places. Immediately nearby, just a few minutes walk away, there are Kam Kee Cafe for local food, Coffee Academics for very good coffee and western style food, and WTF.

Kam Kee Cafe Serving Delicious Local Hong Kong Food
Kam Kee Cafe Serving Delicious Local Hong Kong Food

Further down, along Hennessy Road you are spoiled for choices. So many cafes and restaurants offering various delicacies. There was once I walked about 20 minutes to the popular Honolulu Cafe. They are famous for their specialties – Hong Kong Milk Tea and Egg Tart.

Behind the hotel, there are many small eating shops, cafes, restaurants and even dessert shops. There are Brunch Club & Supper, Mother of Pizzas, and the well known Mak’s Noodles.

A littler further away, but still within walking distance, there are lots of places to eat at Times Square and around this popular shopping mall.

Of course, you can venture even further to Causeway Bay where there are lots of shopping malls, hotels, cafes and restaurants. Wan Chai area too has much to offer to fill your tummy


Attractions Nearby

The hotel is strategically placed between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai MTR stations. This offers you easy access via MTR to all the attractions in Hong Kong such as Victoria Peak, Lan Kwai Fong, Victoria Harbour, Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Avenue of Stars, Avenue of Comic Stars, and many more.

Statue of Cloud from Storm Warriors at Avenue of Comic Stars
Statue of Cloud from Storm Warriors at Avenue of Comic Stars, Click Image above to Read More

At the same time, there are many attractions nearby. These can be easily reached by walking. Of course, those that are a little further out, you can take the bus or MTR. The nearby attractions are Golden Bauhinia, Victoria Park, Happy Valley, etc.

Golden Bauhinia - a major attraction in Hong Kong
Golden Bauhinia – a major attraction in Hong Kong

Where is Butterfly on Morrison?

The hotel is nestled in the prime district between Causeway Bay and Wan Chai station. It is on Morrison Hill Road, next to Happy Valley.

As you can see, at such a strategic location, you can enjoy lots of good food and visit the attractions nearby. Plus, with the MTR, you can travel further for more food choices and explore more sights.

Address: 39 Morrison Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 3962 8333

Email: resv.bom@butterflyhk.com


How To Get There?

By Train

After you have arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport, one of the choices to get to this hotel is by the Hong Kong Airport Express train – Quickest Way to the City. Go to the link or the image below to read more details on how to travel this route.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train - Quickest Way to the City
Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way to the City, Click image above to Read More

It will take you to the Hong Kong station where you can catch a cab and reach the hotel within 15 to 20 minutes. Or you can choose to change trains and continue on the MTR to Causeway Bay station that is near the hotel. Click on the image above to see how I took the train.

By Road

Another way to the hotel is by catching a cab. The taxi service in Hong Kong is good. And they usually go by the meter.

But when you travel by cab from the Hong Kong International Airport, it can cost more than taking the train or bus.

By Bus

Another option is to take the bus. It is actually not that difficult to take the bus. The Hong Kong bus system is efficient. But you need to know the bus routes. You can ask the customer service at the bus station which bus takes you to Morrison Hill Road.

There is a bus stop just outside the hotel. The question is identifying the bus stop and the hotel so that you know it is the one to alight. I think the Hong Kong Airport Express is a better choice.


Getting Around Hong Kong

I have written a long article about Hong Kong. Within that article there is a section explaining how to get around the city by bus, by taxi, by MTR, and by Grab. Click on the link in bold or the image below to read more about this.

View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, Click Image above to Read More
View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, Click Image above to Read More

At the same time, here is more information about the MTR stations near the hotel. The Causeway Bay station is about 8 to 10 minutes walk away. If you choose to go to Wan Chai station, that is about 15 to 20 minutes walk from the hotel.


Butterfly on Morrison – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

This is an awesome hotel! If you are going to stay in Causeway Bay/Wan Chai area, then this is definitely an excellent choice. Especially if you are interested in chic and cosy boutique hotel.

4 star rating

One of the best features of the hotel is the superb service. While the team is young, they are quick to respond, attentive to details, and always eager to assist. Plus, they do it all with a brilliant smile.

With the spacious room and large and comfortable bed, I find I get good sleep every night. And sleep is very important, especially when we travel.

I love the couch next to the window. And spent a few evenings relaxing on it. Just chill and watch the world outside as I sip hot tea before I go out for dinner.

The housekeeping team keeps the entire hotel well maintained and clean. In fact, every area including the room is kept spic and span. In addition, with the splendid contemporary decor, it all made the stay at this hotel an excellent experience.

So, with so many good points, why only 4 stars? Well, a boutique hotel will never match a 5 star hotel, and what it can offer. Hence, it is not that Butterfly on Morrison is not worthy of 5 stars. And if you are looking for a great place to stay without the need for all the 5 star hotel facilities, then this is definitely the one to choose.

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If you have ANY questions about Hong Kong Hotels – Butterfly on Morrison Hotel Review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe, fun and happy travels,

Timotheus

Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

The Hong Kong Airport Express Train is the Quickest Way To The City. Read the article for more details. Watch the video to see my ride from airport to Causeway Bay station.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

There are many ways of getting to Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The Hong Kong Airport Express Train is the Quickest Way To The City.

Even my friend who lives in Hong Kong agreed. A week after my arrival in Hong Kong, when I had lunch with her at Fini’s, she asked, “How did you get into the city?” When I answered that I took the Airport Express, she remarked with a smile, “Smart.” She then told me that she does the same every time she flies back to Hong Kong.

In this article, I will share with you about Airport Express, and how to take this awesome fast and easy ride to your destination.


Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City – The Video

From the point when I entered the Arrival Hall of Hong Kong International Airport Terminal 1 to the point where I reached Causeway Bay Station, I did my best to capture the journey on video.

It is hoped this will help you should you choose to try this mode of transport. At least, you can see the signs, how and where to buy the Airport Express ticket, how and where to take the train, and the journey to the city.



About Airport Express

The Hong Kong Airport Express is part of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system. It is the quickest way to the city; from Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to the Hong Kong’s vibrant Central business district.

The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) logo on the left, as part of the Airport Express signage
The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) logo on the left, as part of the Airport Express signage

The journey is 35.3 kilometers (km) and takes just 24 minutes only. While some may say that a cab could be faster, the drive could end up longer because of traffic jams.

From Central station, you can transit to the other train lines that can take you to many other stations such as Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay as well as many other stations. As such, if your hotel is near any of the stations, you can easily reach your hotel via the MTR train system.

The Airport Express stations are world-class. There are facilities such as the convenient In-town Check-in desk and the regular Airport Express Shuttle Bus services. Both services are Free! Do check with your hotel if the Airport Express Shuttle Bus goes there. You could easily just hop on it and be in your hotel within minutes!


First and Last Trains

The first train from the airport to the city is at 5.54 am, and the last train is at 12.48 am. So if you arrive any time between those timings, you can choose other alternatives to travel to the city, or have your breakfast at one of the many cafes and restaurants at the airport while you wait for the first train.

When returning from the city to the airport, do note the following first and last trains from each of the stations in town:

  1. From Hong Kong station to the airport, the first train is at 5.50 am, and the last train is at 12.48 am.
  2. From Kowloon station to the airport, the first train is at 5.53 am, and the last train is at 12.52 am.
  3. From Tsing Yi station to the airport, the first train is at 6.00 am, and the last train is at 12.59 am.

Buying an Airport Express Ticket

There are many ways to buy an Airport Express ticket. You can purchase a ticket online. This can be done in advance on the MTR website.

Or if you have an Octopus Card, you can use it. Then there is no need to buy an additional Airport Express ticket.

This is the Octopus Card. It is a card with stored value that you can use to travel around Hong Kong, on buses and trains. It is also very useful for paying for meals, and other items at shops that accept the Octopus card as a payment method. I have found most stores accept this card.
Octopus Card – useful for traveling around Hong Kong

*Travel Tip: Get the Octopus Card. You can use it to travel around Hong Kong on buses and trains. Plus, it is also very useful for paying for meals, and other items at shops that accept the Octopus Card as a payment method. I have found most stores accept this card.

Or you can purchase the Airport Express ticket from one of the many counters at the airport. There are many counters in the airport for you to buy a ticket for the Airport Express. Simply ask around for directions to a counter. Or you can easily spot one by looking out for the MTR logo.

Hong Kong Airport Express Train ticket counter
Hong Kong Airport Express Train ticket counter

It was February 2019, and the price of traveling to Hong Kong station was HKD 110. That is very affordable, compared to a cab ride that can cost between HKD300 to HKD400, one way between the airport and Hong Kong central business hub.

Even then, I was very lucky! I had decided to buy a pre-paid SIM card for my phone. This is so that I can access the Internet anywhere in Hong Kong as well as make any calls if necessary.

I found a shop called IOIO, and they had a special package. With the purchase of the pre-paid SIM card, I can get a one-way Airport Express ticket for only HKD50!

*Travel Tip: If you intend to get a pre-paid SIM card, ask the shop if they have a special deal with Airport Express to get really low price for the ticket


Getting on the Airport Express Train

The Airport Express is so convenient. I asked the helpful counter staff, and he informed me that the train runs every 10 minutes daily. And as you can see from the sign below, the journey takes about 24 minutes only!

And here is a screen shot of the video at the part where I am rushing for the train. I was very fortunate. After buying the ticket, as I walked to the Airport Express train platform, the doors just opened, and people were rushing in to get a good seat.

Passengers getting on board the Hong Kong Airport Express train

There is no concern for seats actually. Due to the frequency of the train, there are plenty of seats available. And if there is not, simply wait for the next train. After all, it is only a 10 minute wait.

The seats are large and very comfortable. Plus, the train is very clean. Really world-class!
Large and comfortable seats in the train

Luggage Storage

One of the most awesome services that the Airport Express offers is the area for luggage storage. I was carrying a medium sized luggage and a laptop bag. The laptop bag I held close to me at all times since I could easily have it slung over my shoulder with the bag strap.

The medium sized luggage was a concern. It would not be possible to have it next to me when I am seated. In my earlier research, I read that there are areas for luggage to be stowed away. I wondered what that would look like?

And I was pleasantly surprised. Here is a photo of the luggage storage area. Nice huh? You can see more in the video above.

You can stow away your bags and suitcases in an area specially designed for that purpose. Then you can enjoy the super pleasant ride.
Luggage Storage Area

With my luggage comfortably stowed away, I was able to enjoy the super pleasant ride to Hong Kong station that is in Hong Kong Island.


Which Stations Does the Airport Express Stop At?

As the name implies, the train takes an express route. This means it only stops at a few stations. These are Tsing Yi station, Kowloon station, and Hong Kong station. The Airport Express Line is the one in turquoise color.

If you are going to stay at the Disneyland Resort, then you should alight at Tsing Yi station. Switch over to the Tung Chung Line (Orange color), and switch again at Sunny Bay station to the Disneyland Resort Line (Pink color).

Map showing Airport Express Line and the few stations it stops at - Tsing Yi station, Kowloon station and Hong Kong station
Airport Express Line (Turquoise color) with stops at Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Hong Kong

Getting to Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Mong Kok in Kowloon

For those of you staying over at Kowloon side, and your hotel is near any of the stations along the Tsuen Wan Line (Red color), you will need to alight at Hong Kong station. Then, walk over to Central station, and take the train that goes the Tsuen Wan Line.

There are many stations along the Tsuen Wan Line that is popular with tourists; such as Tsim Sha Tsui station, Yau Ma Tei station, Jordan station and Mong Kok station.

Tsuen Wan Line (Red color) with stops at Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, and Mong Kok
Tsuen Wan Line (Red color) with stops at Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, and Mong Kok

These stations are popular because there are many shopping malls, cafes and restaurants near them. And as such, of course many hotels, where tourists are staying at, are built near these stations too. There are also some interesting sights to see; such as Avenue of Stars, Avenue of Comic Stars, etc.


Getting to Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay in Hong Kong Island

Some of you may choose to stay on Hong Kong Island. If you are, then you simply need to find the closest station along the Island Line to your hotel. These can be stations such as Sheung Wan, Central, Admiralty, Wan Chai, and Causeway Bay.

Island Line (Blue color) with stops at Central, Sheung Wan, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay
Island Line (Blue color) with stops at Central, Sheung Wan, Admiralty, Wan Chai and Causeway Bay

All of these stations have lots of shopping, cafes and restaurants nearby, too. Causeway Bay is where there are plenty of malls and eating places. For sightseeing, every one of the stations has nearby interesting places to visit.

The popular ones would be Victoria Peak, Mid-Level Escalators, Lan Kwai Fong and many others that are easily accessible from Central station. Sheung Wan has a few surprises too. In fact, if you like to take photos of the famous street art along Hollywood Road, I recommend alighting at Sheung Wan station and start from there.


Reached Hong Kong Station and Exit Airport Express Platform

As mentioned earlier, I bought the ticket as a package with a pre-paid SIM card. The ticket given to me used QR code.

I was unsure how to use it. Earlier I asked the very friendly and helpful staff at the MTR counter, and he explained to me patiently that all I have to do is board the train. There is no checking of ticket when I board, or any turnstile to scan cards or tickets for access.

Airport Express Ticket with QR Code. All I have to do is peel away at the Open Here area to reveal the QR code. Then scan it at the turnstile, and exit.
Airport Express Ticket with QR Code

It is only when we exit that there are turnstiles, and a need to use an Airport Express ticket. For my ticket, I just need to peel away an area and reveal the QR code. Then scan it at the turnstile, and exit.

If you are using the MTR Octopus card, then simply place it on the scanner area of the turnstile to get read, and exit.

You can watch the video above to see what I mean. You can see many people exiting into Airport Express platform and entering Hong Kong station. See the screen shot below.

Scan your Octopus Card or QR Code at the turnstile to exit the station
Scan your Octopus Card or QR Code to exit

Free Shuttle Buses

The Airport Express service includes Free Shuttle Buses to train stations, places of interest, and major hotels. Do check the list below in case you are entitled to a Free bus ride right to the front door of your hotel.

Shuttles from Kowloon Station

Airport Express Shuttle K1

At Kowloon station, there is the Airport Express Shuttle K1. This runs every 15 minutes. The first bus starts at 6.15 am, and the last bus is at 11 pm. The bus takes passengers to the following train stations and hotels:

  • Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
  • MTR Jordan Station (Austin Road)
  • MTR Hung Hom Station
  • Harbour Plaza Metropolis
  • Whampoa Garden (Tak On Street)
  • Harbour Grand Kowloon
  • Kerry Hotel Hong Kong
  • Eaton, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Airport Express Shuttle K2

Another shuttle called K2 also runs every 15 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11 pm, and takes passengers to the following places and hotels:

  • Prince
  • Gateway
  • Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
  • The Kowloon Hotel
  • The Peninsula Hong Kong
  • The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers
  • China Ferry Terminal

Airport Express Shuttle K3

The 3rd shuttle bus is K3. Similarly, it runs every 15 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11 pm and it takes passengers to the following hotels:

  • Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong
  • Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Regal Kowloon Hotel
  • Hotel ICON
  • New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel
  • InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
  • Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel

Airport Express Shuttle K4

K4, the 4th shuttle that runs every 12 minutes, from 6.15 am to 11pm, and takes passengers to the following station and hotels:

  • MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station / Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers
  • Park Hotel
  • The Luxe Manor
  • Empire Hotel Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • B P International

Airport Express Shuttle K5

There is a 5th shuttle that runs every 20 minutes. The first bus is at 6.12 am and the last bus runs at 11.12 pm. It takes passengers to the following station and hotels:

  • MTR Yau Ma Tei Station / The Cityview
  • Metropark Hotel Kowloon
  • Royal Plaza Hotel
  • Metropark Hotel Mongkok
  • Dorsett Mongkok Hong Kong

Shuttles from Hong Kong Station

Airport Express Shuttle H1

At Hong Kong station, there is the Airport Express Shuttle H1. This runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm. The bus takes passengers to the following places of interest and hotels:

  • HK Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • Renaissance Harbour View Hotel
  • Grand Hyatt Hong Kong
  • Novotel Century Hong Kong
  • Pacific Place
  • JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong
  • The Wharney Guang Dong Hotel Hong Kong
  • Empire Hotel Hong Kong, Wan Chai

Airport Express Shuttle H2

There is another shuttle bus – H2. This also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Soho
  • iclub Sheung Wan Hotel
  • ibis Hong Kong Central and Sheung Wan
  • Best Western Hotel Harbour View
  • Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong/Best Western Plus Hotel Hong Kong
  • Island Pacific Hotel

Airport Express Shuttle H3

There 3rd shuttle bus is H3. This also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • Empire Hotel Hong Kong, Causeway Bay
  • Metropark Hotel Causeway Bay Hong Kong
  • Regal Hongkong Hotel
  • Rosedale Hotel Hong Kong
  • The Park Lane Hong Kong a Pullman Hotel
  • The Excelsior, Hong Kong

Airport Express Shuttle H4

The 4th shuttle bus, H4, also runs every 20 minutes, from 6.12 am to 11.12 pm, and to the following hotels:

  • iclub Fortress Hill Hotel
  • Harbour Grand Hong Kong
  • City Garden Hotel
  • Ibis North Point Hotel
  • Harbour Plaza North Point

Free Check-in Service

There are times when we check out of a hotel, and our flight is many hours later. Of course, there is the choice of parking our luggage in the safe care of the hotel while we spend a few more hours exploring the city. Before it is time to get to the airport for our flight.

The Airport Express has a better alternative. They have a Free Check-in Service. And it is available at either the Kowloon station or Hong Kong station.

All you have to do is bring your suitcases to either station. Show your Airport Express ticket, and they will assist you to check-in to your flight as well as check in your bags. Plus, you get to collect your boarding pass, too.

This makes life very convenient. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the city. When done, simply catch the train to the airport. Go through the usual immigration process, wait at boarding area, and when it is time board the plane. You can trust that your suitcases will arrive at your destination.


Getting to Butterfly On Morrison Hotel

This particular time I visited Hong Kong, I decided to capture the journey from the Airport Express to Causeway Bay where the hotel I stayed at was located. I stayed at the Butterfly on Morrison Hotel. It was awesome!

The Awesome Butterfly on Morrison (center of photo)
The Awesome Butterfly on Morrison (center of photo)

I took the Airport Express, alighted at Hong Kong station. At this huge station, I walked over to Central station. Then I took the Island Line towards Chai Wan. At Causeway Bay station, I got off and walked about 20 to 25 minutes to the hotel. You can watch the whole journey in the video above.



Overall Review of Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City

The entire ride on the Airport Express was very pleasant. It was easy to get on board a carriage. The luggage storage area was very good and useful. While there was nothing to secure the luggage, all luggage stayed in the storage area very well.

I believe it could also be because the train moved very smoothly. The seats were very comfortable. They were large and has good cushion. And it was all very clean and well maintained.

The screens were very good to keep anyone entertained. Also, they served to inform passengers which stop the train has arrived at

Would I recommend the Airport Express? Yes!

Especially if you are traveling light or like me, with just a medium sized luggage. I don’t recommend it if you have many bags. It may be quite a lot to handle. Especially when you reach your destination station.

Most train stations in Hong Kong have escalators or travelators. But there are many where exit points only have the staircase. So, if you have many bags, it may be very inconvenient to lug it all up many flights of stairs.

I arrived and took the wrong exit. It was one without any escalator. And even with just one medium sized luggage, I found it tiring to drag it up so many steps.

While, as mentioned above, there are Free Shuttle buses to many hotels, they do not serve all hotels. Especially the new or smaller ones. Of course, you can easily catch a cab from the station to your hotel.

But, because my hotel boasted that they are within 10 minutes walking distance from Causeway Bay station, and I love testing this out for my readers, I did the walking. And I can tell you it is no fun navigating the narrow sidewalks of Hong Kong as you drag a medium sized luggage along. All the same time, checking Google Map to see I am in the right direction.

As usual, Google Map failed as it directed me along a longer route. Hence, the 20 to 25 minutes to my hotel instead of 10. In retrospect, taking a cab would be a better choice. Later, I learned there was a shorter route.

Despite the last few paragraphs of down side to taking the Airport Express, I would still highly recommend taking it. It is an excellent experience!


If you have ANY questions about this article, about Getting To and Around Hong Kong, particularly about the Hong Kong Airport Express Train – Quickest Way To The City, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe, fun and happy travels,

Timotheus

Phnom Penh Restaurants Review – Boat Noodle Restaurant

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Featured Image

Phnom Penh Restaurants Review – Boat Noodle Restaurant

Before I arrived at Phnom Penh, my Cambodian friend gushed about this place. It is one of the very good Phnom Penh Restaurants he said. Many locals, including him, as well as foreigners patronize this eatery. It is also a popular place for people who are in the arts, such as artists, photographers, etc. My friend is a really good photographer. He is well known in Cambodia for really excellent photographs he had taken.

I was intrigued, and I made him promise to bring me here as soon as I arrived. He made the promise and he was true to his word. When I arrived, it rained heavily. That did not stop us. So, after an evening of dining, here is my Phnom Penh Restaurants Review – Boat Noodle Restaurant.


Boat Noodle Restaurant – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Boat Noodle Restaurant
Cuisine: Asian, Khmer and Thai Food
Meals Served: Various types of dishes to be eaten with rice, Specialty – Boat Noodle
Dining Choices: Dine In, Takeout
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 2.0 out of 5.0
Service: 3.0 out of 5.0
Value: 2.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 3.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $$ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 2.5 out of 5.0 two and half stars rating


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About Boat Noodle Restaurant

I had wondered about Khmer Food since I started to plan for this holiday. And I was a little surprised that most restaurants do not just serve Khmer Food. They also serve other foods like Thai Food, Vietnamese Food, Western Food, and others. This Boat Noodle Restaurant was no exception. They served Khmer and Thai Food.

And to match, or even communicate, the type of food served, the place is decorated with art, sculptures, handicrafts from these countries.

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant, Waitresses cleaning up
Phnom Penh Restaurants – Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant, Waitresses cleaning up

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant
Phnom Penh Restaurants – Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant
Phnom Penh Restaurants – Interior of Boat Noodle Restaurant

An interesting thing to note is that apparently there is a famous Boat Noodle Restaurant in Phnom Penh. And this is not that one. Even so, this is a popular place for the locals. Some expatriates even frequent this place. That night when I was there, there was a French family dining at a table nearby. And they were later joined by more of their friends from France. From their conversation, it was apparent that they are regulars at this eating place.


Food and Drinks at Boat Noodle Restaurant

The Boat Noodle Restaurant is supposed to be famous for their Boat Noodle. But apparently, they are much better at their meat dishes, especially the barbecued meats. We ordered the barbecued chicken wings, local salad with minced chicken, and rice. My friend had his favorite coconut juice freeze. And I ordered the avocado juice freeze, which was very delicious!

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Dinner with Salad, Chicken Wings, Coconut Freeze and Avocado Freeze
Phnom Penh Restaurants – Dinner with Salad, Chicken Wings, Coconut Freeze and Avocado Freeze

Before I arrived, my friend sent me pictures of the barbecued chicken wings they server here. They looked delicious. But that rainy night, when we ordered the same barbecued chicken wings, they looked a little sad.

Phnom Penh Barbecued Chicken Wings
Phnom Penh Barbecued Chicken Wings

The taste was all right. But not fantastic. And they were served cold. We later found out that it was because of the heavy rain. Usually, their chef would barbecue the chicken wings in the open, and only when someone ordered the wings. But because of the rain, they could not do that. And before the rain came, he quickly barbecued what he could in preparations for later orders throughout the night.

Not ideal. But I have learned that when you are in a foreign country, you have to learn to accept their ways. This is how they handle the heavy rain situation.

Travel Tip: If it rains, go to another place to eat. Come back here when the weather is fine.

The salad was not quite to my taste, too.

Phnom Penh Restaurants - Salad with minced chicken
Phnom Penh Restaurants – Salad with minced chicken

I guess I was used to the tangy taste of Thai salads that I had in Thailand and in Singapore. The salad in Phnom Penh did not have that zing to it. It was quite mild in flavor to be honest. And it was, to me, quite soggy. The vegetables in the salads in Thailand and Singapore were fresh and had a little bit of crunchiness, which I enjoyed. But this one here, the vegetables were wet and a little soggy. Not so much crunch to them.

I was not deterred though. I thought it could be just this restaurant’s way of preparing this dish. I even ordered and tried the salad again at the Titanic Restaurant a couple of nights later.


How to Order the Food?

A waiter or waitress will seat you at a table. Then they will present you with a menu. Here are a few pages of the menu from this restaurant.

Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu Cover
Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu Cover

As mentioned earlier, they serve both Khmer and Thai food. And in the menu, they divide the two types of delicacies in sections. Before the range of Khmer Food, they have a sort of sub cover page to indicate that you are about to see Khmer dishes.

Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu Khmer Food section
Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu Khmer Food section

Here is a page of the Khmer Food section. As you can see, the food is quite varied. And at times, I find the dishes almost familiar, like Chinese dishes. Also, good news! Every item is described in Cambodian and English

Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu - List of Dishes
Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu – List of Dishes

Here is the page where we ordered our dishes from – the salad and barbecued chicken wings page.

Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu - List of Salad and Grilled Chicken Dishes
Boat Noodle Restaurant Menu – List of Salad and Grilled Chicken Dishes

The ordering of the food is just like how you would order at any restaurant. Simply choose the dishes you would like to have. Wave to the waiter to indicate that you are ready to place your orders. Inform the waiter or waitress all the dishes you and your party would like to have. Then patiently wait for your food to arrive and enjoy!

Travel Tip: Payment is by cash only. So have your US dollars ready. The meal we had (see image above) cost us USD13 only.


Boat Noodle Restaurant – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

To be fair to this restaurant, perhaps I visited on a bad day. To be fair to me, I have to give this place a two and a half rating because the food did not meet my standards.

two and half stars rating

I love chicken wings, whether deep fried or barbecued. Or even sauteed and steamed in some gastronomically delightful sauce. But the chicken wings that night failed totally.

Even my friend who frequent the place seemed a little surprised that the chicken wings looked and tasted so poorly. He commented that it was not like the usual standard that he was used to.

Some people may like the salad. But I really did not enjoy it. There just so much water. And the taste was so mild.

I did read from other reviews that the meat dishes are the best here. So, maybe on a less or no rain day or night, this could be better? For now, I have to go with what I have experienced. And that is this place did not serve good food.

The place was charming. But a little cluttered. The art, handicrafts, and furnishings do make the place feel very local. But at the same time, because of the Thai influence, it was a little confusing.


How To Get There?

I stayed at The Bridge Club Hotel, and it was just a short tuk tuk ride to the Boat Noodle Restaurant. So, if you are staying in the city or near the city, the tuk tuk might be the choice of transport. Check with the hotel you are staying at to confirm. Or if you are going to stay at The Bridge Club, then you are assured it is nearby.

Address of Boat Noodle Restaurant:

184Eo Preah Trasak Paem St. (63), Phnom Penh 12301, Cambodia

Operating hours:

8.00 am to 9.00 pm, Daily

Contact Boat Noodle Restaurant:

Phone: +855 11-952-120

By Foot

You could travel by foot. But it might take hours, depending on where you are staying at. So, unless you are staying very near, I suggest to take the tuk tuk.

Tuk Tuk

This is the best and most economical way to travel around Phnom Penh. It is very cheap and affordable. For example, a short ride, about 10 minutes to the Boat Noodle Restaurant cost only USD1 plus. I highly recommend traveling around the city via this mode of transport.

By Train

There is no train system within this city.

By Bus

There are buses. But the tuk tuk is so much easier and can bring you there faster.

By Car

If you drive, you can take a look at the map above, and navigate your way there. Car park space may be an issue though.

By Taxi

There are taxis. But most people use Grab now. See below.

To be honest, I traveled most of the time in tuk tuks. Occasionally, by Grab. So, I have no idea how the taxis work here in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

By Grab

Grab has taken Asia by storm. Phnom Penh is no exception.

When I arrived, I booked a car by Grab that drove me to The Bridge Club Hotel. It was so easy. All I did was pull out the Grab app. Then book a car. The car arrived, and I was brought to the hotel in less than 30 minutes (it was off peak hours, so no traffic jam).

Grab is now my preferred option for travel when I need to move about within a city. It is so easy. There is no need to negotiate because the price is quoted via the app, and confirmed. The price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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Timotheus

Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club

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Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club

It was my first visit to Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I wanted to stay at a comfortable hotel that has a magnificent view of the city and the famous Mekong river. Plus, I wanted to stay at a room that is really affordable. I can even say cheap. And I found it!

Today, in this Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club, I will share with you my experience of my stay at this hotel. In this review, there will be lots of photos and a video showing you the room I stayed in, the amenities offered, and the facilities available. There is also information about nearby attractions, where The Bridge Club is located, how to get there, and how to get around Phnom Penh.


Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club – The Overview & Rankings: 

Hotel: The Bridge Club
Room Rates: USD93 and above (depending on room type) per night. For a Deluxe Double Room with City View, the rate is USD101 per night. I got it at USD30 per night only. That’s 70.3% Discount! And I got this great deal at Agoda!
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: Ground floor (unit 18 and 19), near The Bridge SOHO entrance, National Assembly Street, Sngkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Rooms:

  1. Superior Room with King Bed
  2. Deluxe Double Room with City View
  3. Premium Studio Room
  4. Executive Twin Room
  5. One Bedroom Suite Apartment
  6. Two Bedroom Suite Apartment

Service: Some staff were friendly and helpful, some were not
Value: At the price offered at Agoda, definitely worth it! Great value for money!
Sleep Quality: Excellent! It helped that I woke up every morning to the magnificent view of the city and the Mekong River
Cleanliness: Very clean
Asia Travel Gems Rating:  3.5 out of 5.0 three and half stars


Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club – The Video: 

In this Phnom Penh Hotels Review – The Bridge Club video, you will see the reception area, all the amenities in the Deluxe Double Room, the awesome view of the city and Mekong river from the room which is at 30th floor, and all the facilities offered at this hotel. Click and Watch the Video to see it all!


About The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club is a 4-star accommodation located in the Chamkarmorn area of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is a very good location as it is near a large mall, cafes, coffee houses and restaurants. Plus, the famous attractions are not too far. Just a short ride on a tuk tuk.

The Bridge Club - View of hotel at night from side
The Bridge Club – View of hotel at night from side

The Bridge Club - View of hotel at night from front
The Bridge Club – View of hotel at night from front

View from back of The Bridge Club Hotel
View from back of The Bridge Club Hotel

It  is the state of the hotel that is a concern. It is very new. And parts of it are still under construction and renovations. There were times when my friends and I were taking the passenger lifts, and the construction team would move things in and out using the same lifts. Not very professional.

Rooms

There are apparently about 900 to 1,000 rooms. As mentioned earlier, there are various types of rooms available:

  1. Superior Room with King Bed
  2. Deluxe Double Room with City View
  3. Premium Studio Room
  4. Executive Twin Room
  5. One Bedroom Suite Apartment
  6. Two Bedroom Suite Apartment

* Tip: Not all rooms face the Mekong River. Some do not even have windows. So, make sure you ask for a room on a high floor with a view of NagaWorld and Mekong River. Of course, you must book a room that has that potential view.

When I booked, I chose the Deluxe Double with City View room. But this type of room can either face the Mekong River or the other side, which is the other part of Phnom Penh city. The view is just all buildings. So I added instructions in my booking to give me a high floor room with a view of Nagaworld and the Mekong River. And I got such a room! See the awesome view!

Phnom Penh Hotels - The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View - Great View of the City and Mekong River!
Phnom Penh Hotels – The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View – Great View of the City and Mekong River!

The rate per night for my room was USD101 per night. I got it cheaper at USD30 per night. That’s a whopping 70.3% Discount! All thanks to Agoda!

The size of the room is about 37 sq m with 1 Super King Bed. It is really huge for two people. I really enjoyed the space. And of course, the awesome view. I watch it every chance I got.

Phnom Penh Hotels - The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View - Living Room and Bed plus window with Great View of the City and Mekong River!
Phnom Penh Hotels – The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View – Living Room and Bed plus window with Great View of the City and Mekong River!


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Amenities 

There are quite a lot of amenities at The Bridge Club. But I find the quality of the amenities lacking. For example, the towels were very rough. And the staff a bit raw and untrained. Some were even unfriendly and not very hospitable. But being a hotel that is a work in progress, plus the really affordable rates at this time, it is almost acceptable. I do hope things improve after all the construction and renovation work are done.

Front Desk

  • 24-hour Front Desk
  • Front Desk Safe
  • Express Check-in and Check-out

The Bridge Club Front Desk
The Bridge Club Front Desk

The Bridge Club Reception Area
The Bridge Club Reception Area

En-suite Bathroom with towels

Bathroom and Toilet facilities in Deluxe Double with City View Room of The Bridge Club Hotel
Bathroom and Toilet facilities in Deluxe Double with City View Room of The Bridge Club Hotel

Other Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Free toiletries; e.g. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Refrigerator

Phnom Penh Hotels - The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View - Living Room with Refrigerator, Water Cooler and Washing/Dryer Machine
Phnom Penh Hotels – The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View – Living Room with Refrigerator, Water Cooler and Washing/Dryer Machine

  • Microwave
  • Electric Kettle
  • Washing Machine and Dryer
  • Electronic Safe
  • Free Internet access via WiFi
  • Free and Pay TV
  • Work Desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Free Asian and Western Breakfast (at 13th floor – check your booking package to see if this is included for free)
  • Pay Later Option with Agoda
  • 1,000 Non-smoking rooms available

Facilities

Outdoor Swimming Pool

Lovely Outdoor Swimming Pool
Lovely Outdoor Swimming Pool

View of Phnom Penh and Mekong River from Outdoor Swimming Pool at 13th Floor
View of Phnom Penh and Mekong River from Outdoor Swimming Pool at 13th Floor

Garden

  • Garden with view of city and Mekong river
  • Barbecue area in Garden

Garden with BBQ facilities at The Bridge Club Hotel
Garden with BBQ facilities at The Bridge Club Hotel

Garden at The Bridge Club Hotel
Garden at The Bridge Club Hotel

View of Phnom Penh from back of The Bridge Club Hotel, 39th Floor
View of Phnom Penh from back of The Bridge Club Hotel, 39th Floor

Indoor Swimming Pool at Top Floor (39th Floor)

Indoor Swimming Pool at 39th Floor of The Bridge Club Hotel
Indoor Swimming Pool at 39th Floor of The Bridge Club Hotel

Gymnasium

The large gym at The Bridge Club
The large gym at The Bridge Club

More Facilities

  • Spa
  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Playground
  • Car Park with Free Parking for Guests

View of The Bridge Club Hotel from Garden to Top Floor
View of The Bridge Club Hotel from Garden to Top Floor


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What Good Food to Enjoy in Phnom Penh?

The local food is quite similar to the food in the region – Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. So, you will find some dishes that taste about the same; e.g. curry. At the same time, I noticed most places offer Thai, Vietnamese and Laotian meals. All that can even be in one restaurant! You will be spoiled for choice.

My Cambodian friend introduced me to one of their popular coffee chain called Brown Coffee. It is very good. I will share more about this in a future blog post. Also, we had a fantastic local meal at a restaurant called Titanic. Watch for more about food in future posts.


Attractions Nearby

When you stay at The Bridge Club, you will not run short of attractions to visit. There are so many nearby. For those that are near, you can simply take a stroll over there. For those a little further, take the tuk tuk. It is cheap and convenient. Here is a list of some of the nearby attractions, in alphabetical order:

  • Aeon Mall – about 1 km away
  • Diamond Island Convention and Exhibition Center – about 800 m away
  • Independence Monument – about 1 km away
  • NagaWorld Hotel & Entertainment Complex – about 500 m away
  • Phnom Penh City Centre – about 3 km away
  • Preah Sihanouk Garden – about 700 m away
  • Royal Palace – about 1.7 km away
  • Samdech Hun Sen Park – about 800 m away
  • Silver Pagoda – about 1.7 km away
  • Sontepheap Garden – about 400 m away
  • Statue of King Father Norodom Sihanouk – about 1 km away
  • Tuol Sieng Genocide Museum – about 1 km away
  • Wat Botum Partk – about 1.1 km away
  • Wat Lanka – about 1.1 km away

Where is The Bridge Club?

The Bridge Club is located at the Chamkarmorn area. It is a very nice area. Not too busy like in the City Center. Yet, close enough that you can easily visit and see many attractions, and enjoy delicious food at good cafes, coffee houses and restaurants. Here is a map to show you where it is located.

Address: Ground floor (unit 18 and 19), near The Bridge SOHO entrance, National Assembly Street, Sngkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmorn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phone: +855-023-236-236

Email: contact@pp-bridgeclub.com

How To Get There?

By Air

The Bridge Club is around 14 km away from the Phnom Penh International Airport.  There are many airlines that fly to Phnom Penh from many cities. You can check which airlines fly to Phnom Penh on Agoda.

By Road

You can also choose to travel by road if you are going to Phnom Penh from a neighboring country. Do plan your route carefully, and make sure you have all papers ready when you cross the borders.


Getting Around

By Bus

There are buses in Phnom Penh. But it is not easy to understand their routes and timings. Also, they only operate from 5 am to 8 pm. Not very ideal when you need to get around after 8 pm, especially after dinner or after a night out in town.

Plus, parking is usually not a problem because there is ample space almost everywhere.

By Taxi

Do these exist here anymore? Most people take the tuk tuk or Grab. See below.

By Tuk Tuk

These are motorized three-wheeled vehicles that have replaced the traditional pulled trishaws. It is a very cheap mode of transportation. It is not as comfortable as sitting in a car, but it serves the purpose of traveling short distances for very low price.

By Grab

Grab is like Uber in Asia. In fact, it has taken over Uber.

It has become my preferred mode of travel when getting around a foreign city in Asia. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


The Bridge Club – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

From afar, The Bridge Club looks impressive. It looks like a good hotel with fine service, rooms, amenities, and facilities. But looks can be deceiving.

three and half stars rating

The room I stayed at was good. Really large room with lots of space. The bed was very comfortable, and the pillows are just the right bounce. They are not too soft till there is no support, and not too hard that it is unpleasant to lie on.

The amenities were plenty. But they lacked quality. They felt like amenities provided in a budget hotel, or a 1-star hotel. They could up the standards.

The facilities are quite all right. All still new. So, no surprise there that it was all good.

The service was the issue. The staff at the Front Desk were not friendly. For example, a local friend of mine drove and parked at the hotel car park. We asked for the parking vouchers since it is free parking for guests. They had to be convinced to give the free parking vouchers for all the days we were staying there. At first, they insisted we go to the Front Desk every day to get the voucher for the day.

I had reason with them that we were already booked and staying for four days. Why can’t they give us the vouchers for all four days? Does it make sense that we are expected to go to the Front Desk every day to get a voucher? We are tourists. We are busy sightseeing and experiencing all the city has to offer. We don’t want to get the voucher daily. After a long while, they finally relented.

Another incident was when housekeeping left only one towel for a room that was meant for two. To get that towel, we had to take the lift from the 30th floor, walk from the SOHO area to the Front Desk, ask for the towel, told we had to wait, and we waited for more than half an hour plus we had to take the towel back to our room.

Finally, the ongoing construction. I don’t know how long this has been going on and how long more it will go on. But it is an inconvenience.

All right, true that the room rates were cheaper because of the construction. But surely the construction crew and the housekeeping staff (with their housekeeping trolley), can take a service lift? It is very unsightly to see all that for a hotel guest.

So, there you have it. Why the rating for this hotel is so low? I would have given it an even lower rating. Maybe even a 2 stars. But because of the view. Ah, that gorgeous view of the city and the Mekong river. That is precious. And for that, they get a slightly higher rating.

Phnom Penh Hotels - The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View - Great View of the City and Mekong River in the evening!
Phnom Penh Hotels – The Bridge Club Deluxe Double Room with City View – Great View of the City and Mekong River in the evening!


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe, fun and happy travels,

Timotheus

Things To Do in Hong Kong – Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

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Things To Do in Hong Kong – Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

It was a bright and sunny day in Hong Kong. After a good breakfast of pastries and good coffee, we were fully energized. Before arriving here, we wondered what are the  Things To Do in Hong Kong? After a bit of research, we found out that there is a famous attraction called Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple.

It took switching train lines and some stops to reach there. About half an hour from our hotel, walking included. We were really excited. It was said that Wong Tai Sin grants every wish. We intend to each make a wish. Join us for this little trip to this awesome place.


About Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

Steps to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Steps to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

The temple is named after a famous monk called Wong Tai Sin. His full name is Huang Chu-ping. He was born in the 4th century. After years of practice, he became a deity at Red Pine Hill, known as Heng Shan in Chinese.

There was a sacred portrait of him that was transported from Guangdong to Hong Kong. Eventually, the portrait was relocated to where the temple is today. Now, devotees arrive from all over the world to pay respects to Wong Tai Sin. At the same time, they submit offerings and pray for good fortune. They also receive divine guidance using Kau Cheem (explained further down this blog post).


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Inside Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

We arrived early in the morning, and the place was already filled with lots of people. There were many who came in tour groups. When in such a large crowd, it was not easy to take a photo of the sights without a stranger posing in them.

Travel Tip: Arrive earlier when tour groups have not arrived yet. Or later when they have all gone.

It was also not easy to take photos of only me or with my friends plus the scenery there. There was always people posing here and there.

Travel Tip: Quickly jump in at to take photos of you against the scenery when you see people vacate the spot. Or when you wish to take a photo of any scenery. Don’t wait.

Guardian Deity at Entrance of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Guardian Deity at Entrance of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

It took me a while. I waited for some time. Tourists from the tour groups kept appearing to pose with the above Guardian Deity. Finally, when there was a brief moment free from people invading the space, I quickly snapped a photo of the Guardian Deity. Impressive figure, isn’t he?

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

After climbing up the steps, we arrived at the Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple itself. It is so beautiful and ornate. I loved the intricate paintings on the walls. They were like golden lined clouds. Perhaps a symbolism of a heavenly place?

Look at the rooftop. It is so well designed. The large lanterns with gold trimmings gently swayed. They created a sense of grandeur. Plus the pillars and boards with gold Chinese words, all add to a very fine structure.

Devotees Praying at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Devotees Praying at Wong Tai Sin Temple

When you step back a little, you could see devotees praying and placing incense into long rectangular incense holders. Here is where you can pay your respects and make a wish. It is said that all you have to do is hold the incense in your hands, lift it up to the front of your face or slightly above your head, face Wong Tai Sin, and then make your wish.

Some devotees, while there, would seek guidance on their fortune. They did it using Fortune Sticks in a method called ‘Kau Cheem’.


Seek Your Fortune with Kau Cheem

Divine Guidance at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is done by first doing Kau Cheem. Kau Cheem is available at every temple with Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks, as shown below. But at Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple, they only provide the container of Fortune Sticks. Find a counter that offers this container, and get one.

Kau Cheem Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks
Kau Cheem Fortune Sticks and Moon Blocks

How to Do Kau Cheem?

After you collected the Fortune Sticks, go to the area where you see many people kneeling on red cushions and shaking the container of Fortune Sticks, as shown in image below.

Devotees Kau Cheem at Wong Tai Sin Temple
Devotees Kau Cheem at Wong Tai Sin Temple

Choose one of the red cushions and kneel on it. Then, while facing Wong Tai Sin, hold the container of Fortune Sticks with both hands and shake it. While shaking the container, ask your question or say your wish. You can do it silently, in a whisper or out loud. Hold the thought of your question or wish as you shake the container.

Remember to tilt the container slightly forward with the mouth of the container slightly facing Wong Tai Sin. This is to allow the chance for one of the sticks to fall out. But you don’t want to tilt too much or shake too much. This may cause many sticks to fall out. You only need one.

How to Know If The Fortune Stick Is the One For You?

At some point of time, one of the sticks would fall out. At other temples, there is the use of Moon Blocks to help decide if this is the Fortune Stick for you. But here, as mentioned earlier, there are not Moon Blocks given. Not to be concerned. Just know that the stick that fell out is the correct one for you. It is the one that answers your question or wish.

If more than one stick fell out, then replace them into the container and try again. Note that there should only be one.

When you finally get the Fortune Stick that answers your question or wish, take note of the number of that Fortune Stick. Yes, there is a unique number for every stick. Replace it into the container and return the Fortune Sticks and container to the counter.

How to Interpret Your Fortune Stick?

Like everyone, we did Kau Cheem when we were there. And like everyone, we wondered what the Fortune Stick said, what message did Wong Tai Sin have for us?

At other temples, they would give interpretation slips for each of the Fortune Sticks. And they would give it for Free. But at Wong Tai Sin Temple, this was not done. There was an area where there were rows of fortune tellers who offered to interpret the Fortune Stick at a fee.

We were not keen to do that for many reasons. Firstly, the fortune tellers were always trying to get people to buy a full reading, which included reading one’s future. Secondly, we suspected that they would say we would need to buy some talisman or some feng shui item. Nothing wrong with all that. After all, they were making a decent living.

It was just that we are people savvy with the Internet. And we know that there is a FREE online interpretation of Fortune Sticks from Wong Tai Sin Temple. And here, I share with you the same Free service.

First step – Go to Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Click Here. You will land on their home page as shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - homepage
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – homepage

Next, click on Fortune Telling Stick Enquiry option, indicated above in red box and pointed by red arrow. You will then be brought to the enquiry page as shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Sticks Enquiry
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Fortune Sticks Enquiry

On this page, click on the Fortune Telling Stick Enquiry button. You will then see this next page, shown below.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Enter Lot Number
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Enter Lot Number

Remember the number on the Fortune Stick that you drawn during the Kau Cheem? Enter that number into the box (where the red arrow is pointing), and click the search button (that is the magnifying glass next to the box).

The system will then search for the Interpretation and display it to you. Here is an example of the interpretation for Fortune Stick 11, also called Lot 11.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Stick Interpretation
Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website – Fortune Stick Interpretation

Now you have your Free online interpretation of the Fortune Stick you received at Wong Tai Sin Temple. Great huh?


On The Grounds of Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple

After the Kau Cheem, my friends and I walked the grounds a bit. It is not large. But there were some cute little statues that I would like to share with you.

Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple website - Fortune Stick Interpretation
Kirin Statue

The above is a statue of a Kirin or Qilin. It is a mythical creature that is believed to bring good luck.

Lion
Lion

The above is a statue of a Chinese version of a lion. Lions are believed to be guardians. This particular one is holding an ancient Chinese coin with the Chinese words – 招财进宝 (zhao cai jin bao). The meaning of the words is to usher in wealth and prosperity.


Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

If you are still wondering What To See In Hong Kong, I can assure you that Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is definitely a Must See. Besides the tourists, you can truly immerse in a piece of local culture.

This is because many locals still frequent this temple. You can truly soak in the energies of their devotion. Feel the power of belief in the locals for this deity. And in doing so, you too can believe and make a wish or ask for guidance.


Where Is Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

This place is in Kowloon. So, if you are staying in Kowloon, it will be near for you. But not to worry. Even if you are staying on Hong Kong island side, you can still take the MTR to here. See the map below.

Operating Hours

7am to 5pm, Daily including Public Holidays

Address

2, Chuk Yuen Village, Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Telephone

+852 2327 8141


How to Get to Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple?

MTR

Take the MTR to Wong Tai Sin MTR station. Take the Exit B2. The temple is next to the station, about 3 minutes walk from the station.

Bus

It is easier to take the MTR. Leave the bus for other activities.

Taxi

It can be easy to catch a cab in Hong Kong. Just hail them along the streets. Drivers are required to go by taximeter. Always ask for a machine-printed receipt. If unavailable, ask for a hand-written one.


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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus

Penang Food – Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)

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Penang Food – Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)

For the past few days, we enjoyed lots of delicious Penang FoodChendul, Assam Laksa, and more. And there was one more dish we have yet to try – the Penang Char Koay Teow. It is a mix of white flat noodles (hor fun) with egg, prawn,  bean sprouts, cockles and chives fried with sweet sauce and black soya sauce.

We explored the popular food street – Carnavon Street – and found the well known Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条). It is located at the junction of Lebuh Carnavon and Lebuh Melayu.

Join us today as I share with you this culinary delight, including what it is, where to find it, how to get there and why this is one of the Penang dishes that you must try when you visit this enchanting city?


Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) – The Overview & Rankings

Name: Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)
Cuisine: Asian, Local, Penang Food
Meals Served: Tiger Char Koay Teow
Dining Choices: Dine In, Takeout, Outdoor seating
Family Friendly: Yes
Food: 4.0 out of 5.0
Service: 4.0 out of 5.0
Value: 4.0 out of 5.0
Atmosphere: 2.0 out of 5.0
Prices: $ out of $$$$$
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0 4 Star Rating


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Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) – The Video

What does Carnavon Street look like? Where is Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) located along this street? How is the dish cooked? What does it look like? What else is available at the same coffee shop? Answers to all this, and more in the video below. Enjoy watching!


About Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)

Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) is a food stall inside a coffee shop named Kafe Ping Hooi. This coffee shop is located at the junction of Carnavon Street and Malay Street.

Location of Tiger Char Koay Teow - at junction of Carnavon and Malay Street
Location of Tiger Char Koay Teow – at junction of Carnavon and Malay Street, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

There are many famous and popular Char Koay Teow stalls in Penang. Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) is often listed as one of the top few. The stall received its name from the owner and also founder of this brand. His name has the Chinese word ‘虎’, which means ‘Tiger’.

Tiger Char Koay Teow Stall
Tiger Char Koay Teow Stall, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Grandson of Tiger who took over from his grandfather and now runs the stall successfully
Grandson of Tiger who took over from his grandfather and now runs the stall successfully, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved


Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条)

It was a crowded morning. Business as usual for them, I am sure. We were fortunate to be able to secure an empty table. After we seated, we ordered the food.

Tip: When you see an empty table. Quickly get it!

There was a bit of wait time for the food to arrive. Yet, it was not that long a wait. When it landed on our table, we could smell the fragrance. Mmmmm.

The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang
The famous Tiger Char Koay Teow from George Town, Penang, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

A first taste and we were awed! There was that fragrant taste that Chinese call ‘Wok Hei’. It is not easy to describe this taste. But most Chinese recognize it. And it is something not easily found with most cooked foods nowadays.

Then the heavenly mix of flat noodles with bean sprouts, cockles, prawns, eggs and chives. Flavors that were so full and glorious!

The servings were small. So tempting to order another plate. But, we held back because there was so much more Penang Food to try.


How to Order the Food?

Simply look for the servers dressed in orange polo t-shirts. Give them the order. Tell them where you are seated. Then wait for the food to arrive.

Server at Tiger Char Koay Teow
Server at Tiger Char Koay Teow, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

Tip: Payment is immediate upon delivery of the order. Cash only.


Lobak King (五香卤肉)

There were other foods available at Ping Hooi Coffee Shop. Another popular food stall was the Lobak King. They sold the popular five-spiced pork rolls (also known as Ngoh Hiang), and many other items such as bean curd, battered fish, prawn fritters, tofu skin (bean curd skin), and more.

Lobak King food
Lobak King food, © 2018 Asia Travel Gems All Rights Reserved

The food was served with two types of sauces. They were the sweet dark sauce and spicy chili sauce. If you are not able to take spicy sauce, just dip the food in the sweet dark sauce.

Everything we ordered was fried to a crunchy crispness. The taste was flavorful. Together with the sauce, it was pure delight!


Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

Your Penang trip will not be complete without a taste of the popular Penang Char Koay Teow.

4 star rating

And my recommendation for this delectable dish? Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条).

It is simply unforgettable. Even today, as I write this post, I am thinking of returning to George Town, Penang to enjoy the taste of it.

Every ingredient contributed to the full flavor and taste. The prawns were juicy and fresh. The bean sprouts were crunchy. The other ingredients created a mix that pleased the palate.

If only the dining conditions were better. Then again, it is a coffee shop, and it does make it more enchanting.

As I mentioned, the serving was small. While it may be just enough for some, I wanted another plate. I have to fly to George Town for that. And I will do it.

Tip: Take your time. Enjoy each bite. Or you will be like me, yearning for it again.


How To Get There?

Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条) is located at the junction of Carnavon Street and Malay Street. You can’t miss it. The signs are big enough to be seen from afar. See the map below for actual location.

Address of Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条):

179, Carnavon Street, 10300, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Operating hours:

8.00 am to 2.30 pm, Daily

Contact Tiger Char Koay Teow (老虎炒粿条):

Phone: +60 16-458-0926

By Foot

We did walk to this place by foot. But that was only because it was near the hotel where we stayed – Cititel Express Penang. Check with your hotel concierge if it is within walking distance. If not, then consider catching a cab or take Grab.

 By Train

There are no train services.

By Bus

There is a Free bus service operated by Rapid Penang. It can bring you to major attractions, shops and city events. It is called the Central Area Transit (CAT). Get a map from their website, and simply board their buses at any specially marked stops on specified routes. The only concern here is that you will have to travel within their bus schedules.

By Car

If you drove to Penang, you are at an advantage. Traffic is not as heavy as cities such as Kuala Lumpur. Navigating around is easy, especially if you have Waze app. There is ample parking spaces on the streets. But may be full on peak periods.

By Taxi

They rarely go by meter.

Tip: Negotiate and agree on a price before you take the taxi.

Better Tip: Do not take the cab, go by Grab (see below).

By Grab

This is my preferred option. One reason is that there is no need to negotiate. Another is that the price is usually reasonable and affordable. No hassles.

It is so easy to travel around in cities now because of Grab. Just download the app, state your destination, a driver is assigned to you, take the transport, and you arrive at your destination. Comfortable and easy.

I have switched to Grab for my travels within a city ever since this option became available.


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If you have ANY questions about this review, ANY at all, please submit your questions as comments below. I will be happy to help you out.

Thank you for reading this.

Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus