Hong Kong is an incredible city to travel to. It is rich in culture and the things to do in Hong Kong are literally endless. From exploring the busy streets, through visiting Disneyland to hiking in the nearby hills, a trip to Hong Kong will sure be a memorable one. But, being such a big city with so many things to do and places to stay, choosing where to stay in Hong Kong can be confusing and overwhelming.
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Where to stay in Hong Kong
During my recent trip to Hong Kong, we did a lot of exploring in different areas of the city. Each neighbourhood has its own pros and cons, and you should choose to stay based on the things you want to do and see. Based on my own personal experience, here is where to stay in Hong Kong.
Where to stay in Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui
Tsim Sha Tsui is the perfect place to stay for those looking for a bit of a culture shock as well as adventure. The area is located right in the thick of it all, it is on the harbour and offers amazing views of central Hong Kong. In Tsim Sha Tsui there are tons of local shops, busy streets, local places to eat, and of course, the famous “Mansions.”
“Mansions” are a common place to stay for budget travellers or those backpacking in Hong Kong, that’s right, “Mansions” aren’t mansions at all but rather budget accommodation. They are huge buildings that once were apartment buildings turned into multiple tiny hotels all privately owned. On each floor, there are several apartments that have been turned into hotels with several very tiny rooms.When I was in Hong Kong I stayed in Chungking Mansion. Chungking Mansion is said to have more nationalities all under one roof than anywhere else in the world, and I believe that the building was huge! While the building is big, the rooms are not, our room only cost about $30 USD a night (cheap for Hong Kong) but was only 9m2 including the bathroom.
It was squishy, but staying in Chungking Mansion is a travel experience all on its own. The first two floors consist of all market stalls and cheap restaurants and waiting in a long line for the elevator becomes a thing of habit.
Why Stay in Tsim Sha Tsui
This area is the heart of Hong Kong, full of locals and tourists alike it is bustling 24 hours a day. Staying in a Mansion will be an unforgettable experience and being only a few steps away from the harbour and metro stations will prove convenient.
Things to do in Tsim Sha Tsui include the nightly light show, Kowloon Park, as well as access to the ferry to get across the harbour.
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Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Mong Kok
Mong Kok is perfect for people who love food! Hong Kong is known for having some of the best food in the world, and while I don’t necessarily agree with that there is sure a variety of things to try and incredible market-type restaurants offering fresh seafood and dumplings.
Mong Kok is about a 30-minute walk inland from Tsim Sha Tsui or two stops on the metro. A huge metro station is in Mong Kok which will allow you access to pretty much anywhere in Hong Kong very easily.
Why Stay in Mong Kok
Like I said, around Mong Kok, there are tons of awesome places to eat. The world-famous Ladies Market is in Mong Kok (well-worth checking out even if you don’t stay in Mong Kok.)
Mong Kok is also just an interesting area to stay in general simply because of the different classes that all exist in this one area. Some of the highest end shopping is in Mong Kok located right next to buildings that are very old and run-down. This area is becoming a popular business area which is where the wealth comes from, but also many people live in old homes that have been passed down for generations.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Central
When choosing where to stay in Hong Kong, staying in Central may seem like the best option for exploring everywhere. Central is the business area or upper-class area of Hong Kong. Here you will find lots of fancier hotels, big multi-national companies’ headquarters, huge skyscrapers, and people walking around in suits.
Central Hong Kong is located on the opposite side of the harbour as Tsim Sha Tsui on Hong Kong Island. It is accessible by ferry or the metro which runs under the water.
Why stay in Central
It is the cleanest part of Hong Kong! Central is also where you can access the popular tram to Victoria Peak Lookout. A massive Ferris Wheel located on the water’s edge is also in Hong Kong Central.
Where to Stay in Hong Kong: Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay is an up and coming area for tourists. Located on Hong Kong Island, it is easily accessible from Central Hong Kong with the Metro or the old tram system (a very fun and cheap ride but time-consuming.) This area is developing and therefore becoming more popular, especially among travellers on a tight budget. There are actually hostels located in Causeway Bay!
Why Stay in Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay is only just starting to become a tourist spot, and therefore it is much less touristic than most of the other areas in Hong Kong. Victoria Park is located in Causeway Bay. It is also the most budget-friendly place to stay in Hong Kong.
While choosing where to stay in Hong Kong can be overwhelming, it's great to remember Hong Kong has a great metro system that makes getting anywhere a breeze. Choose a place that you will be comfortable and use the metro to explore the other areas. Exploring the different neighbourhoods of Hong Kong is fun in itself, try new foods, shop, and speak to the locals!