Very few Asian cities can rival the cosmopolitan city of Hong Kong. At first glance the city has the potential to overwhelm with its neon lighted buildings, towering skyscrapers, steam-filled canteens, bustling sidewalks and scenic mountains all rolled into a Babel of chatter. Go pass through this sensory overload and the vibrant spirit pervasive in all parts of the city and its people will reward you. A city of contrast Hong Kong can be an indulgent and pampering destination or it can be a city of simple pleasures brimming with culture and history.
Our team headed to the airport close to midnight – bringing together a celebrity photographer, an actor and one of our editors to catch Scoot’s 1.50am flight. I’ve always been a fan of red eye flights as it gives me an opportunity to maximize the day and sleep through the flight – and with the composition of the team, this is the perfect schedule for us to go about our normal busy day and be up and running after we land.
Scoot’s planes are pleasantly surprising – they have ample space (and more importantly leg room!), its bright yellow-colored chairs were comfortable and you can sense the relaxed but professional approach of their cabin crew – not too shabby for a cost-saving airline! Being with a playful duo, the generous space helped me survive the night. As a foodie, I’m naturally inclined to browse through the meal options and I must say Scoot has a broad range of choices for meals, so we all had our midnight snack before slumbering through the flight. I wanted to watch some movie and they do have option of renting out a tablet for you, or stream it through your ipad but it was a long day ahead so I decided to try it next time.
From Hong Kong’s fabulous airport we headed straight to one of the city’s newest hotel – Pentahhotel Hong Kong Kowloon. Step into the hotel and you can instantly feel the hipster vibe that permeates every aspect of the hotel. From their cool dining area Eat Street to their Old Hong Kong inspired photos in the rooms, the hotel has small pockets of quirkiness that portrays a playful meshing of history, coolness and efficiency. The hotel staff is composed of mostly young people and is very helpful to hotel guests.
We wanted to discover the urban face of the city – a mix of new places to check out and off the beaten path destinations for the urban traveler. If you have 48 hours in Hong Kong be sure to check this places out:
TED’s Lookout is a new restaurant in Wan Chai that is decked in a cool industrial décor and is complemented by its awesome bar. Try their Brooklyn Julep, it’s a refreshing drink for those warm evenings after hours of exploring the island on foot.
Dragon I is located in Hong Kong’s in street – Wyndham Street – this has been THE club in Hong Kong. Famous for its stylish interiors, great food and chic crowd, Dragon I attract the island’s stylish residents (and visitors) to party the night away
Wyndham at 4th a stone’s throw away from Dragon I – this hidden cocktail paradise is tucked at the 4th floor of a building, a refreshing change from bars on the street along Wyndham. It is segmented into different areas – a long bar, a lounge area for the conversationalists, a party area to have fun with your friends and an outdoor Patio that gives guests a chance to mingle and enjoy the handcrafted cocktails under the stars. Try their award-winning Shanghai Shandy and non-beer drinkers may just be converted after! (Watch out for a full review on this ultra chic bar)
Saikung Beach Club is a quiet get away for locals – a combination of water sports area, a beach and outdoor dining – the whole vibe of the place just screams weekend! This is a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the majestic scenery of the island. This is a pet lover’s paradise as dog-owners can frolic around the beach and even dine in their restaurant. This is a perfect escape from the city limits and offers visitors a peek at local islander’s weekend life.
We headed back to Singapore in the morning and Scoot’s early morning flight at 6.55am assured us that we’re back in our game before noon in the Lion City. Hong Kong is fantastically chaotic and organized at the same time – it offers little moments of perfection and just enough adventure for a trip. Savor mouth-watering dimsums side by side sophisticated cocktails while partying with some of Asia’s most beautiful people, Hong Kong truly is a world city in Asia, perfectly blending the charms of the east and indulges of the west.
Watch out for our other stories from the trip in the next few days!