The Uluwatu Temple

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The Uluwatu Temple

The vacation has been awesome so far! For the past few days, we woke up to days of bright sunshine and clear blue skies. On the day we were to visit The Uluwatu Temple, mother nature rewarded us once again with the lovely weather. Perfect for the seaside and sightseeing.

Because of the nice sunny days, we were able to visit many beautiful beaches like Petitenget Beach, and temples like Tanah Lot. All the Best Places to visit in Bali, including The Uluwatu Temple.

We had seen lots of beautiful photos about this place. And were looking forward to be there in person, and experience all the beauty. Today, we will share with you all the charm of this wondrous place.

We will start from the entrance where you can get tickets and loan the sarong to adhere to their dress code. Then to the magnificent view of the cliff and Indian Ocean. And finally the enchanting Kecak Dance performance set against the most beautiful sunset.

And of course, there is the mention of the most Instagrammable spot here. Don’t forget to watch the video, too.


Video of The Uluwatu Temple

Before we continue, I would like to share with you a video I created featuring The Uluwatu Temple. In this video, there is the journey from the entrance to the scenic landscapes, breath taking view of the Indian Ocean, the Kecak Dance performance, and the famous sunset that everyone is talking about. Watch the video now.

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What To Do and See at The Uluwatu Temple?

It was so good to have a private car with driver and tour guide. We arrived in the late afternoon, and the car park was packed. The driver was so considerate that he alighted us near the ticket counter. This was so that he would handle finding a car park lot.

After the car was parked, he came along, and we gave him the money to buy the tickets. It was so much easier with a local speaking to the counter staff. Plus, he knew exactly what to do. After buying the tickets, he advised us on the right dress code.

What is the Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple?

To dress appropriately and according to the dress code, we had to wear a sarong with a scarf or sash tied around the waist.

Don’t have one? No worries. They do provide the sarong and sash near the ticket counter. Again, the tour guide was so helpful. He taught us how to wear the purple sarong and bright orange sash.

Travel Tip – As a sign of respect, men and women must wear the sarong with a scarf or sash tied when visiting any temples in Bali. Get the ones provided by the temple.

Sarong and Sash Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple
Sarong and Sash Dress Code at The Uluwatu Temple

What to See at The Uluwatu Temple?

After getting dressed as required, we walked through the gates of The Uluwatu Temple, down a path and into the temple grounds. It was so exciting to see so many people wandering about, and soaking in the sights.

At The Uluwatu Temple, besides the superb view of the temple, cliff, and Indian Ocean, most visitors were there to see the renowned Kecak Dance performance. The dance was performed against the backdrop of the sun setting into the Indian Ocean.

Our guide informed us that he would queue and get for us the tickets to see the popular and famous Kecak Dance performance. We were so naive and said we would queue with him.

He pointed to a long queue, a very very very long queue. Then smiled and answered that our time was better spent enjoying and seeing the sights. When we saw the queue, we were so relieved to have him help us. Our guide is the best!

Additional Travel Tip – Get the best tour guide who can make your vacation stress free, and a truly enjoyable one. Leave a comment, and I will connect you to the best tour guide in Bali.

How Did The Uluwatu Temple Get Its Name?

Freed from spending over an hour queuing for the dance tickets, we explored the area. As we walked around, a thought came back to my mind. I had always wondered about the names given to each place we visit. And I had wondered how The Uluwatu Temple got its name as well as what it means?

For the past few days before writing this article, I did some research. And I found out that The Uluwatu Temple is also known as Pura Luhur Uluwatu. First, Ulu means ‘land’s end’, and watu is for ‘rock’. This is in the old language. So, Uluwatu means ‘the rock at land’s end’. Isn’t that so cool?

As for the traditional name – Pura Luhur Uluwatu, the word Pura is Sanskrit for ‘city’, ‘walled city’, ‘towered city’, or ‘palace’. And Luhur is ‘something of divine origin’. Put them all together and you have a name that means ‘a city of divine origin’. Such a astonishing name!

How is The View at The Uluwatu Temple?

The view at The Uluwatu Temple is Awesome!

View of Indian Ocean and Waves at The Uluwatu Temple
View of Indian Ocean and Waves at The Uluwatu Temple

There is the temple that sits at the edge of the steep cliff with the beautiful blue ocean below.

The Uluwatu Temple at The Edge of a Cliff
The Uluwatu Temple at The Edge of a Cliff

The waves of the ocean continually breaks into white froths of lines as they approach the shores.

View of Cliff and Waves at The Uluwatu-Temple
View of Cliff and Waves at The Uluwatu-Temple

There is an entire stretch of path for visitors to walk and appreciate the sights. So many places to take memorable selfies.

What is The Uluwatu Kecak Dance All About?

After about an hour of touring, we returned to the previously agreed meeting place. Our guide has our tickets for us. It was round 6 pm, and he said it was the right time to enter the amphitheater and get good seats. Off we went as he advised.

Travel Tip – There is limited seats at the amphitheater. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Tickets or entrance fee of Kecak Dance is Uluwatu is IDR 100,000 per person can be purchased in advance, and arriving early is advised, and the stage has limit space or seating.

There were many places where you can watch the Kecak Dance. Our guide told us that the Kecak Dance at The Uluwatu Temple was the best because of the unique setting. He reminded us to watch out for the sunset that would be unforgettable.

We entered the amphitheater, and there were already quite a number of people seated.

Audience Start to Arrive for Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
Audience Start to Arrive for Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance

We decided to sit at the top row. Partly to get a bird’s eye view of the performance. Partly to be near the exit because we could imagine the number of people crowding to leave the place after the performance.

Travel Tip – Sit at the first front rows if you wish to get a close up view of the dancers and performance. Plus you can get really creative and memorable photos.

Additional Travel Tip – But if you are afraid of crowds, then sit near the exits so that you can leave easily.

In the next hour or so, more people arrived. The sun began to set. And at one point, after enduring the hot evening sun, we were rewarded with a beautiful sun setting. The entire scene with the sunset, the temple at the edge of the cliff, and the wide Indian Ocean was breath taking.

Beautiful Sunset at The Uluwatu Temple
Beautiful Sunset at The Uluwatu Temple

Travel Tip – Enjoy the sunset. Don’t forget to take some photos to remember this precious moment.

As soon as the sun set, the performance began. There were voices of ‘kecak’ chanted repeatedly. And everyone was craning their necks to catch a glimpse of the dancers as they arrived along the perimeter of the amphitheater.

Then suddenly they enter the center stage. A troupe of male dancers. Their arms extended and shaking into the air. A chorus of ‘kecak’ that filled the entire theater. It was so exciting! Set against the stunning backdrop of the sunset scene, it was spectacular!

Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
Uluwatu Kecak Dance Performance
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For me, it would be my first time watching the Balinese performance art. I love the arts and culture. And what better way for me to be introduced to the Balinese art form than here. I will always remember this moment forever.

There was a story to the dance performance. A story about love and betrayal from the ancient Ramayana epic. I will share more about the Kecak Dance in another post that I would write soon. Watch for that.

Why You Must Beware of the Monkeys at The Uluwatu Temple?

A little side note here for all my readers who plan to visit this beautiful place.

As you enter the grounds of the temple, you cannot help but notice there are many monkeys around. This is because there is a forest nearby where they reside.

There are precautionary signs to warn visitors of monkeys grabbing stuff from people, such as sunglasses, cameras, phones, etc.

Cautionary Signs at The Uluwatu Temple About Monkeys
Cautionary Signs at The Uluwatu Temple About Monkeys

Caution – Do not bring valuable items or wear/carry them here. The monkeys find them attractive, and may grab them.

Heed the signs’ warnings. Be careful. Please don’t bring valuable items or wear/carry them; things like expensive sunglasses, earrings or necklaces. Naturally, you would like to bring cameras or take photos and videos with your smartphones.

Travel Tip – Keep your cameras, wallets and smartphones close to you.


Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at The Uluwatu Temple?

There are quite a few spots that are so Instagram worthy. But to me, the one view that is so awesome is the one shown below. It is the most memorable.

The view is taken from the other cliff, and faced the cliff where the amphitheater is located. You get the high cliffs, the amphitheater, the waves breaking, and the deep blue Indian Ocean.


The Uluwatu Temple – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When I first read about The UluWatu Temple, and saw photos and videos on the Internet about it, I did think that it would be a very interesting place to visit. What I did not count on was how awesome this attraction is.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

I loved standing and watching the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean becoming rows of white froth as they broke into the shores. The sound of the waves as I watched this made the entire scene mesmerizing.

Then I looked up and saw how wide and immense the Indian Ocean is. And I felt this emotion of love and respect for nature. Add the steep cliffs and temple perched at the edge of one of the cliffs, and you have a potent combination of the most awesome scenery.

Plus the Kecak Dance performance. It was my first experience with Balinese art, and I have full admiration for it. I thirst for more, and plan to watch more arts and culture in Bali, and any other places I visit.

I highly recommend visiting this place, and adding another memory of your lifetime.


Where is The Uluwatu Temple?

The Uluwatu Temple is at the furthest south area of Bali, Indonesia. It is in the Pecatu Village that is within the south district of Badung. We stayed at Seminyak, and it took us over an hour to reach there. Thankfully, we had a private car and driver so that we just sat back and relaxed all the way there.

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What are the Operating Hours at The Uluwatu Temple?

The Uluwatu Temple is open for visitors daily from 9 am to 6 pm. For worship, it is open 24 hours daily.

When is the Best Time to Visit The Uluwatu Temple?

We were there during the first week of October. And we were told by our guide that the rainy season was supposed to have started. We were very lucky that it did not rain while we were there.

Our guide also told us that the best time to visit Bali and The Uluwatu Temple was between March and September. These are the best month when there is a higher chance of watching the sunset with clear skies.

Travel Tip – Avoid the rainy season. Evening rain can spoil the tour and watching the Kecak Dance performance.

What is the Address of The Uluwatu Temple?

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

What is the Entrance Fee of The Uluwatu Temple?

This changes over time. When we visited during October 2019, the entrance fee was IDR 50,000 for adult foreigners, and IDR 30,000 for child foreigners. Kindly note that the fee can change over time. Please check before going or at the ticket counter when you arrive.

Travel Tip – Payment for tickets is Cash Only. So, please prepare the right amounts before you come here.


How to Get to The Uluwatu Temple?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to The Uluwatu Temple. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

I understand that there are no buses to The Uluwatu Temple.

Taxi

As mentioned above, The Uluwatu Temple is really far south of the island. So, if you choose to take the taxi, make sure you have a way back to your hotel or villa. Once again, BlueBird taxis are reliable. You can try to ask for meter. But be prepared to bargain for a fixed rate before you get into a cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article. My advise – do not choose this option when going to The Uluwatu Temple.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

Our awesome private driver and tour guide had an emergency on the day we were to visit here. So, he arranged for one of his team members to take over for the day. And he was just as good!

He was the one I mentioned earlier in this article, about how helpful he was, and he even stood in the queue to get us the Kecak Dance tickets.

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


Before the end of this post, I would like to share a few more tips:

Travel Tip – Please do not take photos directly in front of worshippers

Travel Tip – Please do not step over or tread on offerings called canang sari

Canang sari are offerings that are palm leaves woven into a small box. There are flowers, herbs, money and snacks inside. These offerings are to appease the spirits. Please be careful and watch where you are going.

Enchanting Evening Scene at The Uluwatu Temple
Enchanting Evening Scene at The Uluwatu Temple

We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

If you have ANY questions about this post – The Uluwatu Temple, 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

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review

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La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review

I was so excited to be in Bali for a holiday! During this vacation, my friend and I stayed at a villa. That’s right! We had an entire villa all to ourselves. All at a very affordable price! It was so awesome! And here is the La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review.

Before we get to the review, I would like to share with you how we came to the idea of staying at a villa. One of my students visit Bali quite regularly. In class, during breaks, he would rave about how he enjoyed sitting on the beach and relishing an ongoing flow of beer. His type of vacation.

I asked him about accommodations. That was when he gushed about some people who stayed at villas. They had the whole place to themselves. Like a bungalow with private pool and all.

I thought it sounded awesome. So, I suggested to my friend, and we agreed to book and stay at a villa in Bali. And after months of searching, we found this one.


La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – The Overview & Rankings:

Hotel: La Villais Kamojang Seminyak
Room Rates: SGD 140.72 (USD 103.59) per night
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: Jl. Pangkung Sari, Banjar Taman, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361
Hotel Rooms:

  1. Superior Room with City View
  2. Deluxe Room with Pool View
  3. Deluxe Lagoon with Pool Access

Villas:

  1. One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  2. Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  3. Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

Service: Friendly, Helpful (but a little shy and hesitant), Need to ask for services like housekeeping
Value: Good value for money (see Final Word below for more info)
Sleep Quality: Excellent!
Cleanliness: OK, but could be better
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0

Three Point Stars Rating

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La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – The Video: 

It was so nice to have an entire villa to ourselves. It made filming the place so much easier. The pathway to the villa, filled with lush greenery, was so peaceful. We had so much fun time at the private pool. The bedroom and bathroom were heavenly, especially after a day of touring. You got to see it to believe it. Watch the Video Now.

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About La Villais Kamojang Seminyak

When we arrived at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak, I only thought of the villa where we will be staying at. And for that moment, I totally forgot that this establishment actually has a hotel too.

View of Fascinating Sculpture and Hotel at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak
View of Fascinating Sculpture and Hotel at La Villais Kamojang Seminyak

At the lobby, you can see their restaurant, and the main pool (where every guest can enjoy a swim). Surrounding the pool are the hotel rooms.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Main Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Main Pool

We were shown past the main pool, and there was a beautiful path to our villa. The path was filled with lush plants, trees and beautiful flowers.

Beautiful Flowers and Lush Greenery along Pathway to Villa
Beautiful Flowers and Lush Greenery along Pathway to Villa

We arrived at our villa, and it was awesome! A whole villa to ourselves, and a private pool. While the main pool was nice, a private pool was better.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Villa Private Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Villa Private Pool

The villa also has a traditional-style Balinese entrance gate, living area, pavilion, dining area and kitchenette. More about the amenities and facilities further down this article. Or you can watch the video above to see everything about the villa.

This hotel is at the heart of Seminyak. So, it was very convenient to walk to cafes, restaurants, shops and entertainment areas. Later, during our stay, our tour guide showed us how close we were to the night life scene.


Rooms

One of the nice points about this place is that they offered both hotel rooms and villas. So, you get to choose which option you like. For hotel rooms, here are the following types:

Hotel Rooms:

  1. Superior Room with City View
  2. Deluxe Room with Pool View
  3. Deluxe Lagoon with Pool Access

I have seen the hotel area from outside. While it was nice that all rooms faced the main pool, I did not want to stay at a hotel room. It was something I normally did. I wanted something different for this vacation, and the villas were a superb choice.

Villas:

  1. One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  2. Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool
  3. Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

We eventually chose the One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool. And we were so happy we did. When we stepped in to the villa for the first time, the feeling was super! The first thing that caught my eye was the private pool. For the next few nights, we had fun playing and enjoying at the pool, under the stars and moon.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak One Bedroom Villa
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak One Bedroom Villa

There was a living room next to the pool should you like to have a drink, watch the TV or simply relax and zone out as you gaze at the water in the pool. The kitchenette was complete but we hardly used it since we dined out for every meal.

The bedroom was spacious, and the king size bed was large and comfy. There was even a mosquito net that we could lower and cover the bed at night to keep the mozzies away. And we did that every night.

*Travel Tip: No worries about mosquitoes. Bali does a great job at controlling this insect. But if you feel you need some repellents, you can ask for anti-mosquito spray, lotion and coil from the front desk. They provide all these for FREE here.

Honestly, there need not be any concern for mosquitoes or any other insects. I believe the hotel is excellent at keeping these away. There was only one night where I heard a mosquito buzzing around my right ear. A smack at that area and use of the anti-mosquito spray soon dealt with that problem.

Bed with Mosquito Net
Bed with Mosquito Net

Continuing on about the villa, there was a work desk with a mirror in the bedroom. It ended up as a place to charge our phones and devices.

*Travel Tip: Speaking of charging electronic devices, the type of power sockets used in Bali are Types C and F. The voltage used is 230V and Frequency is 50 Hz. Make sure your equipment like phones use the same type. If not, remember to bring an adapter.

Travel Adapter to Use in Bali
Travel Adapter to Use in Bali

One of the side tables had a tray of fruits to welcome us on the first day. We kept them in the refrigerator, and enjoyed them by the pool for the next few days.

Welcome Platter of Fruits
Welcome Platter of Fruits

The bathroom was also very spacious. There was a bath tub and shower. Also, the usual bathroom sink and toilet. Watch the video to see how huge it was.


Amenities

With different types of rooms and villas, there are different range of amenities. Sure, this makes sense, right? So, here they are.

Superior Room with City View, Deluxe Room with Pool View, Deluxe Room with Pool Access

  • Hot and cold shower
  • Telephone
  • LED Television
  • Air conditioner
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tea and coffee making facilities

One Bedroom Villa with Private Pool, Two Bedroom Villa with Private Pool , Three Bedroom Villa with Private Pool

  • Private swimming pool
  • King size bed
  • Pool gazebo and long chair
  • Living room
  • Kitchenette
  • Hot and cold shower
  • Bath tub
  • Refrigerator
  • LED Television
  • Air conditioner
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe deposit box
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Telephone
  • Work desk

*Travel Tip: Besides the bottles of water provided, there is a water dispenser at the kitchenette. Free flow of drinking water.

Common amenities for all rooms and villas include:

  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Baby sitter service
  • Money exchange
  • Buggy ride to villa
  • 24-hour security
  • Free WIFI
  • Car rental
  • Doctor on call
  • 24-hour room service
  • 24-hour front office

Facilities

When we were there, we noticed that on the ground floor there were a restaurant and bar next to the main pool. Also, from our villa, we could see that there was a rooftop dining area. More about these dining and entertainment places in the Food section below.

Just like our villa that has a private pool, each villa has one, too. It is not a really big pool. Then again, it is not a small pool either. I found the size just right. And the cool waters a delight whenever we took a break from touring.

For those who stayed at the hotel, there was the main pool. Not many people swim here. We only witnessed a few people once or twice. It could be that people are more keen to explore the city or bask in the sun at the beaches. We know we did have loads of fun at Petitenget Beach, nearest beach to our villa.

La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Deck Chairs at Main Pool
La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Deck Chairs at Main Pool

If you need to rejuvenate and recharge, there is the Adella Spa at this location. It is one of the luxuries offered here. Actually, we did not had any massage during this vacation. We always ended up relaxing at our own private pool.

When I returned to Singapore, I learned from my colleagues and students that the Balinese massage is one of the must-do pleasures in Bali. They said it was very different from other forms of massage. It truly relaxes and recharges you. Next time, I visit Bali, I will definitely try their massage!

*Travel Tip: The spa at hotels charge premium prices for high quality massages. But I heard that the massages outside are just as good. And at lower rates. Explore and find out more before deciding on which spa to get your special treat.



Service Quality

I found the service quality of La Villais Kamojang Seminyak to be erratic. Some of their staff were friendly, always with a smile, and ready to assist and help. Some never smiled and were simply cold. They even looked like they would rather run away than be present to assist us.

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For example, when we approached the front desk, there were times when the staff looked unhappy that we were there. They did not greet us, and never smiled. And when we requested for stuff (which they should have provided or done; e.g. housekeeping), they answered they would look into it in a very robotic manner.

We requested for housekeeping because they did not do that for us on the second day. After check-in on first day, and having slept in the first night, the beds and items in the bedroom are in a disarray. We left for our tour on the second day, and expected the room to be all clean and tidy when we returned. To our horror, it was not.

To their credit, when we called for housekeeping to be done, the team came and have it all sorted out very quickly. They were great! They were friendly as they did their work. Even when they forgot to replace the used shower gel, shampoo and conditioner bottles, and had to return to give the new ones, they did it all with apologies and great smiles.

Hence, on the third day, we decided to give them a gentle reminder to make sure housekeeping was done. And that was another one of the times when we encountered bad service (the unhappy face and robotic response mentioned above).


Sleep Quality

Sleep is always important during any travel. And, if you read all my hotel reviews, you would know this is one ranking factor that is very important to me. I am sure it is important to you, too. After all, a good night’s sleep can make the next day a great day and fun.

We had very good sleep on the king size bed. It was just the right level of firmness. Not too soft until you sink into the bed and feel ‘trapped’ and unsupported. And not too hard that you would rather sleep on the floor.

Large King Sized Bed at One Bedroom Villa
Large King Sized Bed at One Bedroom Villa

The pillows were firm yet soft enough to rest and support your head. They were thick enough to cater to side sleepers. But as I slept, I did found the pillow started to sink a little. As such, the loft of the pillow did not support the distance between my head and outside shoulders enough. Overall, they were comfortable enough for a good night’s sleep. I believe being extremely tired after a full day’s tour helped.

Comfortable Pillows and Mattress at One Bedroom Villa
Comfortable Pillows and Mattress at One Bedroom Villa

Services Near the Hotel

We found that there are many convenience stores and mini marts along the road, outside the hotel. Every ten to twenty meters, there is a convenience store or mini mart. So, there is no worries to get snacks, drinks, suntan lotion, many personal items and needs, and even a hot meal like instant noodles.

There was even a convenience store just opposite the hotel. That was where we bought most of our snacks and drinks. And yes, ice cream. I bought the Magnum ice creams that usually cost nearly SGD 4 in Singapore. In Bali, they were only SGD 1 plus!


Good Food Nearby

We did not need to go far for meals. At the villa itself, there was the Teripta Restaurant and Cafe and the View Rooftop Bar Seminyak. But we did not patronize either because we preferred to explore the cafes and restaurants outside. We heard of some really good Bali Food, and we were intent on having that.

The Teripta Restaurant and Cafe was at the main lobby area. They served western dishes with Asian touch. Every morning, we glanced at the breakfast buffet spread, and we were unimpressed. We were so glad we chose to have breakfast at places like the Cafe Bali, and the Junction House.

The View Rooftop Bar Seminyak was located at the rooftop (duh) of the hotel. Buildings in Bali are not tall. The bar was at the top of a six-storey hotel. Not too high. So, don’t expect any magnificent panoramic view of the city like the hotel claimed. The hotel did boast of weddings held there. There were also cooking classes if that is something you like to experience.

Around the hotel, and nearby, about 10 to 15 minutes walk, there were many cafes and restaurants. From the entrance of the hotel, turn right and you can find decent dining sprinkled along the way. Turn left, and walk to Jl. Kayu Aya for plenty of cafes and restaurants along the entire stretch of the road.

For breakfast, the choices were few. Perhaps that was why most hotels offer breakfast? We did manage to find a few breakfast places like Cafe Bali and the Junction House. Both offer really tasty breakfast.

We knew that there were many local eating places that offer breakfast, but they were a little far from our hotel. Our tour usually started around 10 am because we wanted a slow, easy and relaxing vacation. Should your itinerary include local breakfast, we highly recommend you try it.

For lunch and dinner, we dined mostly wherever we were during the tour. But just for your info, when near lunch time and later, the food places in the areas mentioned above would have even more choices as more food and beverage places open for business.


Attractions Nearby

The attractions are nearby but not so near that you could walk to the sites within minutes. It is a better option to drive or be driven. We had an excellent tour guide (read more about him further down in How to Get Around Bali? section).

On our first day of tour, it took us about 30 minutes, by car, to Petitenget Beach. Our tour guide informed us that this was the beach nearest to our hotel. Near our hotel, there were also the famed Ku De Ta Restaurant, Potato Head Beach Club, Oberoi Street of Seminyak.


Where is La Villais Kamojang Seminyak?

As the name of the villa indicated, it is located in Seminyak. More accurately, it is in the district of Kerobokan.

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Address: Jl. Pangkung Sari, Banjar Taman, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia 80361

Phone: +62 361 739118, +62 361 737 975

Email: reservation@lavillais.com

*Travel Tip: Rather than book direct, it is better to book via Booking.com. You can compare prices and get the best deals. I have also noticed that prices on Booking.com are lower than the rates offered at their website.


How To Get There?

By Train

There are no trains to get to this villa. Everyone takes a cab or already have transport arrangement with hotel or tour guide.

By Private Car with Driver and Tour Guide

Most people choose this option. You can contact the driver/tour guide before your vacation. And arrange for them to pick you up from the airport when you arrive.

The rate is included in the package, and I have found that it is very affordable. In fact, if you take a cab or the airport taxi, you will be charged more. I discovered this the hard way when we had to pay around USD 18 for a one way trip from the airport to the villa. And this was in a bluebird taxi.

Also, with a private car, it is more comfortable. Again, the bluebird cab that we took was a little cramped. If you travel with your family, a private car will be very comfortable. The tour guide we had, Kadek, drove a car that could easily accommodate a family or 6 people. In addition, he was an excellent tour guide.

*Travel Tip: The ride to the villa was around 40 minutes. Depending on where you stay, the ride can take quite a while. Make sure you get a drink, sit comfortably, and enjoy the view from the ride. P.S. Kadek makes sure there is a 1.5 litre of water for every passenger.

By Airport Taxi

Do not take this option. They have bad reputation. And the price is the same as a Bluebird taxi (USD 18), which is a better choice than this. Still, the private car with driver and tour guide is the best option.

By Public Taxi

The best of this option is the Bluebird taxi. You can try to ask them to go by meter, but usually they will charge a fixed rate. As mentioned, ours was USD 18. Again, the best choice is the private car with driver and tour guide.

By Public Bus

There are buses to different parts of Bali. Unless you are very familiar with the routes, I suggest you take the Bluebird taxi or the better choice of private car with driver and tour guide. Especially if you are traveling with family, do not take this transportation.

Should you wish to try the public bus, look for the terminal that is on the ground floor. Follow the signs or ask around.

By Hotel Transfer

Some hotels, like La Villais Kamojang Seminyak, offer airport transfers. Depending on your hotel package, you may get it for free.

There are those that offer this at a price. It is worthwhile asking the rate, just to compare prices.

By Motorbike Taxi or Gojek

This can be a choice if you are traveling alone or with friends who are ok with this mode of transport. But you cannot have luggage. Best is you have only a backpack.

You can find the Motorbike taxi riders hanging around the Starbucks or Burger King. Agree on a price before you hire the ride. One thing to note, the prices can be not much better than taking a taxi or Grab.

For Gojek, you need to get the app installed on your smartphone in order to book a ride. You need to book this in advance. Or you will have to wait for your driver to get to where you are, and that can take a while.

*Travel Tip: Not recommended. Only choose this if you travel light and are familiar with Bali.

By Grab

Uber has exited Asia. There is a similar service called Grab. It works just like Uber where you download the app on your smartphone, set up an account, and make bookings via the app. The prices are confirmed when you book, and payment can be cash or credit card.

Although I like taking Grab when I travel, Bali is one place where I do not like to use this app. I find it better to hire a private car with driver and tour guide.


Getting Around Bali

You can read all about how to get around in my article about Indonesia. In that article, I explained about the various modes of transportation available in the various cities like Bali.

I do find the best way to get around Bali is to hire a driver who is also a tour guide. There are so many fascinating and interesting places to visit in Bali. And it can be quite a lot of work to organize the ideal itinerary to see as many of these attractions as possible within the limited days of your vacation.

*Travel Tip: Make your vacation stress free. Get a tour guide. It is also cost efficient.

When we were planning our Bali vacation, we did some research and found some places we would like to visit. At the same time, we wanted a relaxing vacation and take our time to explore and enjoy our time there.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

Kadek helped us to plan the ideal itinerary. He clustered the places of interests that were in the same districts so that we do not rush from one end of Bali to another. Plus, he arranged the schedule as we desired – light and lots of time to immerse into each location.

*Travel Tip: Visiting Bali and need a reliable, trustworthy and excellent tour guide? Kadek and his team can make your vacation a truly enjoyable one. Write a comment below, and I will connect you to him.


La Villais Kamojang Seminyak Review – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When you search on the Internet, you will see photos of La Villais Kamojang Seminyak where the rooms, villas and amenities look really nice. That is, looking clean and well maintained. Don’t trust those photos.

Three Point Star Rating

As you can see my photos and videos, generally the entire place is quite lovely. But the furniture and furnishings are not well maintained. In fact, they look quite run down.

Some people may find this charming. I do not deny that. For example, when you watch the video, you can see the awnings looking very old and worn down. But some people may say they have character.

Sure. I get that. But when the furniture has cracks and looks like the it is at the point of falling apart, the charm flies out the villa. For example, we found the side tables have cracks. It could collapse at any time. In fact, the mosquito net fell apart on our last night of stay.

Another reason for the low rating is because of the inconsistent service quality. They should train all the staff to be friendly, helpful and with a sincere smile. After all, they are in the hospitality trade. Plus, there are many other choices out there.

This is not to say this hotel is a total failure and you should give it a miss. I do find that there is some value for money. And the villas are nice. With the 3 bedroom villa option, I can imagine an entire family or large group of friends bonding and having a great time there.

Plus the convenience of excellent dining and entertainment within easy access. And good quality sleep, lush greenery, and awesome private pool. These points saved this place from getting a poor 2.0 or even a 1.5 rating.


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If you have ANY questions about La Villais Kamojang Seminyak 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

Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach

Best Places To Visit In Bali - Best Beaches in Bali - Petitenget Beach

Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach

It was the second day after we arrived in Bali. A beautiful sunny day with clear blue skies. Perfect start to our tour and vacation. Our awesome tour guide, Kadek, had arrived to pick us up, and take us to our first stop on today’s adventure – one of the Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach.

As mentioned above, we had arrived a day earlier in the late afternoon. We decided to take things easy on our first day in Bali. And we were glad we did. We had a good rest at our hotel, had a nice swim in our private pool, explored the shops, cafes and restaurants around the hotel, and then rested some more.

Being rested, we were very excited to start our tour of Bali. We had planned to visit temples, museums, and beaches this time round. We will save Ubud for the next time.

The sun was shining. The air was cool. Come join me and my friend on this lovely visit to Petitenget Beach, definitely one of the Best Places To Visit in Bali.


Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach – The Video

I know many people now prefer photos and videos. So, I took a lot of photos and videos of all the places I visited in Bali. In this video, you will see the entrance of Petitenget Beach, the sweet swing that is the perfect Instagrammable spot, and lots of sun, sand and sea where people have fun swimming and surfing. Watch the video below.

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What Is At Petitenget Beach in Bali?

Before I traveled anywhere, I would be so curious about a place, and I would do research to find out more about the place before I arrived. For Bali, I was so busy with work that I did not do enough research. So, I visited many of the places without much idea of what it was all about, what to look out for, and what key points to take note as well as take photos and videos.

And I am so glad it happened that way.

Knowing a just a bit made the discovery and exploration of each site we visited so much more fascinating! When the tour guide dropped us off at Petitenget Beach, I did not know what to expect.

I filmed the journey from the car park to the entrance, and then to this very interesting swing that is also a sign to say that we have arrived at Petitenget Beach.

Isn’t it quite a sight to behold? Imagine sitting on the swing, facing the sea, and simply swing and enjoy the view. That was what my friend and I did exactly. Just be in the moment. Breathe the sea air. And soak in the magnificent view.

Of course, I have to share the bit of research I did about the place, right? So here it is.

Petitenget Beach is considered the main beach of Seminyak. It is named after the Petitenget Temple that is near the entrance of the beach. You can see the large parking space outside the temple in the video above.

Sadly, on the day we arrived, we were unable to visit the temple. Our tour guide, Kadek, informed us that there was a holy ceremony that day, and no outside visitors were allowed.

One of the things I noted about the beach was that the sand was of a light brown color. I thought it would be white in color. But light brown is still OK. At least it was soft and fine.

Travel Tip – Do not believe what many other websites claim – that the sand here is white. I have been there, and I can tell you it is light brown.

The nice thing about Petitenget Beach is that it is not as crowded as the other beaches, for example in Kuta and Legian. We visited the other beaches later that day, and for the next two days. Look out for the posts about these beaches, and you will see what I mean by crowded.

Also, take a look at the video above, and you can see how quiet this beach is. If you like less crowded and quiet beaches, this is a good one for you.

In addition, if you like large waves and surfing, this is also a good choice. You can see people surfing in the video above. In the photo below, you can see a couple of men going out to sail in the sea. Brave men.

The beach is quite a long stretch, and there are few places to enjoy a drink or dinner or both while you watch sunsets. You can look for La Lucciola, Mano Beach Club, Ku De Ta, Potato Head Beach Club or Woobar. We didn’t get to watch the sunset here. We went to Double Six Beach for that.

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Where is the Most Instagrammable Spot at Petitenget Beach?

As I mentioned above, there is an Instagrammable Spot here at Petitenget Beach. It is the swing and sign at the entrance of the beach. That’s me below, enjoying the view on the swing, and also getting a photo for Asia Travel Gem’s Instagram account.


Petitenget Beach – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

While we do appreciate a crowded beach because the people make it all very exciting, we were looking forward to a quiet and relaxing vacation. Months of hard work can make you want that.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

So, Petitenget Beach was perfect with offering exactly what we wanted. If you, like us, prefer a quieter seaside, this is the one for you.

On top of that plus point, the seaside was lovely. There are people walking or jogging on the sand. Some were surfing or sailing. Not too many. Just the right amount of people.

Plus, there are a few drinking holes for you to enjoy a drink while you sit and appreciate the view. For me, I love watching the waves. Especially large and strong waves. It was really nice seeing crystal clear waters. Even nicer to feel the cool waters.


Where is Petitenget Beach?

Petitenget Beach is near the hotel where we stayed. We realized that when it was the first stop of our tour, and we arrived in less than 30 minutes.

So, it is actually in Seminyak, Bali. And in the Kerobokan Kelod area, same area as our hotel. I also found out that it is located at the north coast of Mesari Beach, Seminyak.

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Operating Hours

It is a public beach. So, technically it is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. But you would not want to swim during the night. Too dark. Too dangerous because of the waves and strong undercurrents.

Address

Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta District, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

Entrance Fee

Some beaches in Bali require an entrance fee. I know. Unbelievable right?But it is what it is.

The good news is that there is no entrance fee to this beach. Do not believe anyone who asks you for entrance fee.


How to Get to Petitenget Beach?

Train

There are no mass rapid transit trains in Bali. So, no train service to Petitenget Beach. Better to take taxi or get a tour guide. See below.

Bus

The public buses are more mini-buses. Unless you are familiar with Bali and the bus routes, I suggest you take the taxi, Grab or get a private driver who can also double as your tour guide.

Taxi

This is one of the best ways to go to Petitenget Beach. Look for the BlueBird taxis. They are more reliable. And always go by meter.

If you encounter a driver who demands a standard fee, then bargain and agree to the rate before you get into the cab.

Grab or Gojek

This is like Uber. Read more about this and other choices of transport in my Indonesia article.

Private Driver/Tour Guide

We hired a private driver and tour guide. And he was Awesome!

It was so convenient. Wherever we wanted to go, he would take us there. Plus, he would share info about each place we visited. Even local tips about them.

In addition, before we arrived, we discussed the itinerary. We told him how many days we wanted to tour, and he would suggest an itinerary. And he was so accommodating, so willing to change the itinerary to our liking.

Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide
Timotheus, Than and Kadek, Our Balinese Private Driver and Tour Guide

If you need a private driver and tour guide, please contact me. I can connect you to Kadek.

Scooter or Motorcycle

In Bali, you can rent a scooter or motorcycle at a very cheap price. But I do not recommend this. It is dangerous. Many tourists and locals have lost their lives because of this mode of transport.

If you ever choose this, please wear a helmet. Be safe.

Walk

Sure. If your hotel is nearby, and within walking distance. Otherwise, best to go by taxi, Grab or private driver.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

If you have ANY questions about this post – Best Beaches in Bali – Petitenget Beach, 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

Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”

Things To Do In Hong Kong - Ani-Com Park@Harbour "Fun"

Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”

I was at the Forever Flowering Golden Bauhinia square where I watched the interesting flag raising ceremony. After the ceremony, I decided to hang around. At first, it was to enjoy the magnificent sea view of Victoria Harbour. While I was there I found another awesome Thing To Do In Hong Kong. And that is to enjoy the Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN”.

Somehow, during my research on places to visit, I was so enamoured by the Golden Bauhinia Sculpture that I missed this fun & entertaining park. It is filled with statues of famous local comic characters. When you visit this square, do not miss this sight.

Join me in this awesome adventure!


Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – The Video

Imagine meeting your favorite childhood cartoon characters like Old Master Q, Miss 13 Dots, K, Q Boy, Andy Chan, Din-Dong, Shau Sing Chai, On On, Cloud & Bruce Lee (comic version), and more in person. This is the next closest thing to that! Watch the video to see life size sculptures doing all sorts of fun poses in brilliant colors. And playing local games like hop scotch and mahjong. You have to see it to believe it.

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What is Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” All About?

At first glance, when I saw the famous local comic characters here, I thought this is another Avenue of Comic Stars. And just a variation. But I was mistaken.

This park features 30 classic popular Ani-Com characters in various poses as well as in action. The action poses reflect the Hong Kong culture and way of life. For example, Liao Yuan Huo and On On playing the local favorite pastime that is mahjong.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - See On On and Liao Yuan Huo play mahjong
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – See On On and Liao Yuan Huo play mahjong

The core theme of the park is also to encourage visitors to pose with the sculptures and take selfies. Immerse your friends and you in the world of Ani-Com characters. Better still, if taking with their favorite cartoon characters.

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Take Selfies at Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun"
Take Selfies at Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”

There are many characters to choose from. There is Old Master Q who has not only been in comics but also made into a live action movie. And there are Cloud, Tiger, On On, Miss 13 Dots, Sau Nga Chun, Little Horse, Q Boy and many more to take selfies with.

Travel Tip – This is definitely one of the most Instagrammable spots in Hong Kong! Take plenty of memorable selfies!


Who are the Famous Local Comic Characters at Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun?

There are many famous and popular comic characters in Hong Kong. This is because comics and animation with local themes are much loved here. And it is noticed that the stories often reflect the lifestyle, values and spirit of the people and society in this city.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - Smell the flowers with Old Master Q
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Smell the flowers with Old Master Q

At the same time, many of the beloved characters such as Old Master Q, McDull, Miss 13 Dots and many more are now part of many Hong Kong people’s childhood memories.

Ani-Com Park@Harbour"Fun" - Have a seat with Cloud by the sea
Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Have a seat with Cloud by the sea

I have previously featured many of the sculptures of these cartoons in an article about Avenue of Comic Stars. Go read that article to see more of these life sized statues.


Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

While I have sort of accidentally stumbled upon this fun place, I must say I fully enjoyed my time here.

It is so cool to see all the comic characters in life size sculpture. It is almost like meeting them in real life. Plus, they are all created to look as if they are in the middle of a popular local activity makes it all the more interesting.

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I give this place a Thumbs Up!

And I won’t justify much more. Rather, I would highly suggest you watch the video above. I am sure you will see that this is truly an awesome place to visit, and will add this to your Hong Kong holiday itinerary.


Where is Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun”?

This attraction is actually situation at the same location as the Golden Bauhinia Square in Wan Chai. It is at the same open space but at the other end of the square.

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Operating Hours

Since this site is at the Golden Bauhinia Square, the opening hours are the same. It is found outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and is open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Telephone: There really is not any one to contact since this is an installation in an open space outside the exhibition center. If you like, you can call the exhibition center should you have anything to ask.


How to Get to Ani-Com Park@Harbour”Fun” ?

MTR

Take the convenient MTR to Wan Chai Station. The look for Exit A5, and head towards there. Exit the station at Exit A5.

Walk along the foot bridge of O’Brien Road. Pass through the Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to get to the Convention Plaza.

Then turn right and head straight for the foot bridge to Great Eagle Centre. Take the first exit from the foot bridge to Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” through Fleming Road and Expo Drive East. Whenever you are unsure, follow the signs.

Bus

If you decide to take the bus, note that these are the buses to this place – 25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, or 978b.

Take the bus to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and then walk north to the square.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to the Golden Bauhinia Square. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

If you are staying at a hotel that is near to this site, just like me, you can walk over here. Simply ask your hotel concierge for directions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Travel Tip: Don’t make the same mistake that I did and use Google Map or ask for directions to the Ani-Com Park@Harbour”FUN” . It is better to aim for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


We have come to the end of this article. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

If you have ANY questions about this post – Things To Do in Hong KongAni-Com Park@Harbour”Fun, or 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

Golden Bauhinia Square

Things To Do In Hong Kong - See the Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Square

While I was teaching at the university in Hong Kong, I would have some off hours, before and after teaching my class. On my first day of class, my colleagues asked me if I planned to see any sights during the free time. I had heard about the flag raising ceremony at the Golden Bauhinia Square, and I named that as one of the Things To Do in Hong Kong.

To my surprise, my colleagues said that even they were not aware of such a daily event. We agreed that the Golden Bauhinia is quite a sight to behold, and I should go take a look. So, off I went during one of the mornings, before breakfast, because the flag raising ceremony was early in the morning.

In this post, I share with you about the beautiful Golden Bauhinia, the daily flag raising ceremony, a video of the place and the ceremony, what time is the ceremony, what to expect, plus how to get there.


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Golden Bauhinia Square – The Video

The Golden Bauhinia is located right next to one of the shores of Victoria Harbor. In this video, you will see the magnificent beauty of the waters, the pathway along the shore where people walk, jog and exercise, the awesome and huge Gold Bauhinia statue as well as the very cool flag raising ceremony by the lovely Hong Kong policewomen.

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How I Got to Golden Bauhinia Square – Don’t Make the Same Mistake as I Did

I had it all planned out. The Flag Raising Ceremony would commenced at 7.50 am sharp. According to Google Map, it would take about 20 minutes from Butterfly on Morrison, where I was staying at, to the square by foot.

So, the plan was to wake at 6.30 am. Get ready by 7.20 am. Then walk to the Golden Bauhinia Square in time for the flag raising ceremony. After that, I would have time to explore the area a little bit before going for a delicious and nutritious breakfast at The Flying Pan.

Boy, was I wrong. haha

Travel Tip: Do not trust Google Maps

My first advice – Do not trust Google Maps so much. The suggested route was not an easy journey. It was also a less scenic route. I had to climb up and down lots of steps. And navigate alongside a huge construction site.

It was only after the ceremony and exploration of what was around the convention and exhibition centre, when I was navigating from the square to The Flying Pan that I realized that there is a better way to get to this popular attraction.

Travel Tip: See the How To Get to Golden Bauhinia Square info (further down this article)

Do not repeat my mistake. Go to the How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square section below. There is an easier way to reach this place.

Due to the misleading info from Google Maps, I had to hurry my steps. I did not want to miss the flag raising ceremony. As I hurried to be on time, I thought back about my research on this famous attraction. See the next section to read about what I discovered about this interesting site.


About Golden Bauhinia Square

Golden Bauhinia Sculpture
Golden Bauhinia Sculpture

The Golden Bauhinia Square is named after the brilliant giant statue of a golden Bauhinia Blakeana that is placed here. It is located in an open area in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, just outside of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong. Here is a photo of the flower.

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower

It looks familiar to me. There are small trees near my home with such flowers. Do they look like Bauhinia to you?

Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home
Bauhinia lovely purple pink flower near my home

The sculpture at this square is six metres high. It is called the Forever Blooming Bauhinia Sculpture. It was a gift from the Central Government to mark the 1997 Handover as a symbol of reunification.

This attraction is very popular with Chinese visitors. The statue has inscriptions of the calligraphy of President Jiang Zemin. He was the China representative at the Handover Ceremony.

The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign
The Forever Blooming Golden Bauhinia Sculpture Info Sign

Travel Tip: Visit this famous and popular attraction and watch the Flag Raising Ceremony
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Daily Flag-raising Ceremony

One of the reasons I decided to visit this place of interest is also because of the flag raising ceremony. It is conducted every day by the Hong Kong Police Force. I simply enjoyed the pomp and grandeur of this event. Plus it is done against the beautiful Victoria Harbor as a backdrop.

Travel Tip: Do Take Note – The Flag Raising Ceremony is conducted every day except the first day of each month

It starts at 7.50 and ends at 8.03 am.

Travel Tip: Be there at least 10 minutes before. They start on time!

I would advise you to be there at least 10 minutes earlier. I somehow managed to arrive there much earlier. And was able to go about capturing photos and videos of the sights around this place.

Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony
Hong Kong Police Officers who performed the flag raising ceremony

As you can see from the photos, the officers are in their uniform. You may not be able to hear it in the video, but there is the national anthem being played during this event.

Enhanced Flag Raising Ceremony

There is also the enhanced flag raising ceremony. This is done on the first day of every month. It starts at 7.45 am and ends at 8.13 am.

There is more time allocated for this special ceremony because there will also be a 10-minute musical performance by the Police Pipe Band. They also play the national anthem instead of a recorded playback.

Another unique feature of this special event is that the rifle unit will accompany the officers during the ceremony.

Special Flag Raising Ceremony

This is another version of this ceremony, and it is held on the first day of July and October.

Travel Tip: The Flag Raising Ceremony may be cancelled at any time due to bad weather conditions. Check with your hotel concierge before visiting this site.


Golden Bauhinia Square – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

When I researched about this attraction, I read all the information with interest. And looked at all the photos and videos with fascination. It must be so cool to watch the ceremony and look at the Golden Bauhinia statue first hand.

And I was so right. I enjoyed every moment.

The statue was so beautiful to behold. No photo or video can replace seeing it in real life. The gold colors are breathtaking. And the size and importance of it is awesome.

Reading Tip: Watch the video to see all the action

I especially appreciated the officers performing the ceremony. You can see they take such pride in doing it. When I was there, their family and friends were there to support them.

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You can see how proud the parents were. And friends were smiling with such joy for their friends who are the officers, who have been specially selected for this role and event.

Nothing beats being there and seeing all that. I highly recommend waking a little early, and taking time to experience all this at the Golden Bauhinia Square.


Where is Golden Bauhinia Square?

As mentioned earlier, the Golden Bauhinia Square is located at the open space outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). I didn’t really notice this fact earlier when I decided to visit this site. Had I been more observant, I would have made my way to the centre, and my journey would have been more pleasant.

Here is a map showing where this square is located. After the map, I have provided info about the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

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What is the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)?

Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Fans of the famous Hong Kong actor, Jackie Chan, will remember this building. It was the setting for the dramatic grand finale of his popular movie, New Police Story. And no wonder they chose this centre.

It has a vast curtain of glass. The 40,000 square metre aluminium roof is created to echo a seabird soaring in flight. As such, it is a major landmark on the Hong Kong Island skyline.

It is also known internationally as a world class convention and exhibition centre. To its credit, it has been voted Best Convention and Exhibition Centre in Asia 13 times by industry awards.

Travel Tip: Have fun at this site. Check out the Ani-Com Park @ Harbour Fun

Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters
Ani-Com Park @Harbour Fun where you can see life size statues of many local comic characters

Near the Golden Bauhinia statue, and also outside the centre, there is the Ani-Com Park@Harbour Fun. You can find life like statues of popular local comic characters here.

Operating Hours

As the statue is outside the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, it is literally open 24 hours, and 7 days a week.

More importantly, note the flag raising ceremony (hours given above).

Address

1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong

Telephone: +852 2582 8888


How to Get to Golden Bauhinia Square?

MTR

In Hong Kong, one of the best ways to get to famous attractions is by MTR. This place is no exception. Take the MTR to the Wan Chai Station. Then go to Exit A5.

Walk along the footbridge of O’Brien Road. Then pass through the Immigration Tower and Central Plaza to get to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Bus

If you decide to take the bus, note that these are the buses to this place – 25A, 307C, 905, 905P, 914X, 914P, 961, 961P, 978, 978A, or 978b.

Take the bus to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and then walk north to the square.

Taxi

Taxis are easy to catch in Hong Kong. You can get one to bring you direct to the Golden Bauhinia Square. For more information about Taxis and Grab, go to my page about Hong Kong.

Walk

If you are staying at a hotel that is near to this site, just like me, you can walk over here. Simply ask your hotel concierge for directions to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Travel Tip: Don’t make the same mistake that I did and use Google Map or ask for directions to the Golden Bauhinia Square. It is better to aim for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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We have come to the end of this article. Thank you for reading this.

If you have ANY questions about this post – Things To Do in Hong KongGolden Bauhinia Square, or 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

Hong Kong Hotels Review – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui

Hong Kong Hotels Review - Butterfly On Prat

Hong Kong Hotels Review – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui

After my stay at Butterfly on Morrison at Hong Kong Island, I moved to their sister hotel on Prat Avenue. I was elated with Butterfly on Morrison. And had expected good things from the Prat branch. But sadly, I was disappointed. Here, I share with you – Hong Kong Hotels Review – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui.


Hong Kong Hotels Review – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui – The Overview & Rankings:

Hotel: Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui
Room Rates: Deluxe Room with 4G Pocket Wi-Fi Device – SGD 170 (USD109.4) per night
Cheapest Place to Book: Agoda
Location: No. 21 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Rooms:

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

Service: Not so good as the sister hotel, Butterfly on Morrison. They are cordial but not warm. And were so hesitant when I requested for late check out.
Value: For the price, I would not say this boutique hotel offered great value. At most, the value is very minimal.
Sleep Quality: It was all right. Though the bed and pillows could be better.
Cleanliness: Clean but not the highest quality level. Again, just the bare minimum.
Asia Travel Gems Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0

Two Star Rating

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Hong Kong Hotels Review – Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui – The Video: 

A word of caution. Especially if you have seen the Butterfly on Morrison video. This hotel, part of the Butterfly franchise, does not impress. The video does not lie.

Sadly, the hotel looked old and in need of a fresh coat of paint. It irks me that they sell it online as ‘young and vibrant’. Not!

See the video and decide for yourself.

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About Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui

Like Butterfly on Morrison, this hotel is part of the Butterfly Group of Hotels. Unfortunately, it does not measure up to the Morrison.

What this has going for it is the location. It is at the heart of vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui. All the shopping, museums, and famous attractions are within walking distance. A few MTR stations are close by. So, that makes traveling around Hong Kong an easy task.

While looking tired, they do try to be updated. So, they offer 4G Pocket Wi-Fi Device. I am not impressed. And I explain why further down this review.


Rooms

This small boutique hotel boasts 158 spacious rooms. And they also seem to be proud of their strong colors that they claim are young and vibrant in style. To me, the colors look dated and a bit gaudy. The paint does not look fresh, too.

This is a smoke-free hotel, and the rooms offered are as follows:

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

I chose the Deluxe room mostly because I booked the same for Butterfly on Morrison. And I wanted to compare.

Butterfly on Prat Deluxe Bedroom
Butterfly on Prat Deluxe Bedroom

The photos on their website made me a little hesitant. I almost wanted to book another hotel. And I wished I did.

One of the saving grace is that the room is quite spacious. In Hong Kong, it is not easy to get a room with so much space. I had the good fortune to stay at the top floor. And the ceiling was high. So it made the room looked more spacious.

*Travel Tip: If you really must stay here, ask for rooms on the top floor. At least you get high ceiling that makes it look spacious.


Amenities 

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Free WIFI at hotel lobby
  • iMac corner at hotel lobby with free internet access
  • Air conditioning
  • Daily housekeeping
  • En-suite bathroom
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Free toiletries; e.g. toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Mini-refrigerator
  • Electronic in-room safe box
  • Electric kettle with cups, with complimentary instant coffee and tea bags
  • Laundry and dry cleaning service
  • 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 limousine and shuttle service
  • Doctor on call 24 hours
  • Sightseeing tour arrangement

Facilities

None that I know of.


4G Pocket WIFI Device

It seems all Butterfly hotels offer this device. It is very handy. In the sense that you get Wi-Fi via the device everywhere you go in Hong Kong. Supposedly.

The down side is that it needs constant charging. So, if you do not have a battery charger with you, you can kiss the Wi-Fi goodbye. And I can tell you that happened most of the time. The battery life of their devices are so short!

In addition, the Wi-Fi connectivity was not reliable. So many times I noticed my phone not getting the Wi-Fi access. In the end, the pre-paid SIM I purchased at the airport served me much better.


Service Quality

The service quality at Butterfly on Prat was not so good as the service quality at Butterfly on Morrison. And this surprised me.

I am a marketer, who is also a lecturer on marketing. And branding is very important to me. As such, brand consistency is something that I believe brands should uphold.

Thumbs Down

It was not that the Butterfly on Prat staff were rude or disrespectful. They were just cordial. Rarely a smile. And they answer like a robot. Might as well be a robot behind the front desk.

At one point, I requested for late checkout. My flight back to Singapore was in the late evening. As such, checkout at 12 pm would have left me too much time to spare.

But when I asked, the staff did not even check if it was possible, and just told me no. I had to explain my reason before another staff came along and offered checkout at 1 pm.

It was not great but at least it was something. So, I thanked them and accepted it. I thought I would stow my luggage at the baggage area, and explore the city a bit more for the afternoon.

But the bad aftertaste of bad service was too much. Eventually, I left in a cab around 12.30 pm. I would rather spend the afternoon in the airport then within the vicinity or at this hotel.


Sleep Quality

It was not great. The bed was not very comfortable. The pillows were too soft.

And for some reason, the panel with a latch at the top of the ceiling had me wondering if someone would open it late at night and creep down into my room. Took me a while to fall asleep. Urgh!


Services Near the Hotel

For convenience, for all your needs like drinks such as orange juice, top up of Octopus card, or even an umbrella for the rainy season, there are a couple of convenience stores nearby. One of them is 7-11. The other is a local version of this franchise.

There is also a supermarket. I did not notice it at first. But a lot of free time in the evening enabled me to spot it. It was in the basement. So, you have to look down as you walk along Prat Avenue to see the entrance of the supermarket.

Along the same road and the roads further down, you can find all types of stores selling clothing, electronics and even herbs and spices.


Good Food Nearby

You will never starve in Hong Kong. And in Tsim Sha Tsui, even more impossible.

There are so many cafes and restaurants almost every few meters. The only thing you need to do is to make a choice. There are local Hong Kong food, dim sum, Korean food, Japanese food, Italian food, and even fast food. Watch the video above, and you will see a MacDonalds.

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

For more info about where to enjoy good food, check out my Hong Kong Food section.


Attractions Nearby

Kowloon has lots of interesting sights to see. And Butterfly on Prat excels in being at the right location. There are many attractions nearby.

There is the Avenue of Comic Stars, The Avenue of Stars, the many museums, Victoria Harbour, the Clock Tower, plus many more.

And if these are not enough, you can always take the MTR to Hong Kong Island for Victoria Peak, Lan Kwai Fong, Golden Bauhinia, Hollywood Road, Street Art, Man Mo Temple and many more attractions.

What To See In Hong Kong - Big Buddha Blesses Everyone

Also, the MTR can get you to Lantau Island where you can ride the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car to see the Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Village, and Wisdom Path.


Where is Butterfly on Prat?

As mentioned above, Butterfly on Prat is at the heart of pulsating Tsim Sha Tsui. It is situated along Prat Avenue, and near Nathan Road.

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Address: No. 21 Prat Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

Phone: +852 3962 8888

Email: info.bop@butterflyhk.com


How To Get There?

By Train

From the airport, you can reach this hotel with the Hong Kong Airport Express train – Quickest Way to the City. When you reach Hong Kong station, walk over to the Central terminal. Then take the red line towards Tsuen Wan.

Alight at Tsim Sha Tsui station. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from the station to the hotel.

*Travel Tip: Do this only if you have 1 small luggage or backpack. The walkways from the station to the hotel can make lugging any larger luggage difficult.

By Road

A ride from a cab from the airport to the hotel is quite easy to get. And so is a ride from the hotel to the airport.

At the airport, look out for the cab counter. They can assist you. Just make sure you inform them whether you are going to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. Read more about how to hail the right taxi in my article about Hong Kong.

For your info, Butterfly on Prat offers limousine service or transport arrangement to and from the hotel. When you book online, contact them for more information. Take note that travel fees apply.

By Bus

Butterfly hotels offer shuttle bus from airport to hotel and from hotel to airport. This hotel is no exception. When you book your room online, contact them for help to arrange for shuttle bus. Remember to check the price as current bus fees apply.


Getting Around Hong Kong

It is easy to get around in Hong Kong. You can do it by bus, taxi or MTR. Click on the image below to read more about this.

Best Places To Visit In Asia - Hong Kong - The Peak
View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak, Click Image above to Read More

Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel Tsim Sha Tsui – Asia Travel Gems Final Word

If you have a better choice for hotel stay, choose that. I know I will never go back to Butterfly on Prat for sure.

Two Star Rating Medal

This hotel seriously needs an overhaul. I do not understand how good Butterfly on Morrison is, and how bad Butterfly on Prat can be.

They should train the staff at this hotel to provide service like the one at Morrison.

What a world of difference these two are even though they are part of the same group. The staff at Morrison is so warm, friendly and helpful. The ones at Prat are just cold.

In addition, the entire hotel needs a new look. I don’t know what year the concept is from but to claim it is young and vibrant is misleading.

The paint on the walls look tired. The colors are gaudy. Really bad choices of colors. Have they heard of Pantone Color of the Year? Or at least the latest trends in colors?

While they do win with spacious rooms, they really need to upgrade and update the rooms. The bathroom looks so old and outdated. Where is the rain shower that is at Morrison?

Butterfly on Prat Bathroom. No rain shower. Boo.
No rain shower. Boo.

Watch the video above to see what I mean. And I am sure you will agree that, sadly, they only get 2 stars rating.


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Thank you for reading this.

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

Timotheus

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!

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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.



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

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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!

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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?


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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  

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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!

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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

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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.



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Wishing you and your loved ones safe and happy travels,

Timotheus