Discussion in 'Asia' started by Gunny, Nov 22, 2007.
What a "treat." Hong Kong is a hole. I'd as soon stay aboard ship.
It's too bad that the British "lease" for Hong Kong ever expired. I have spent a lot of time in HK and have friends there. It is a fascinating and modern city. It has problems like all huge cites. Almost everyone speaks English. Victoria Peak offers the most spectacular city skyline view I have ever seen.
The lease expiring meant little because the Chinese recognized the cash cow that it was.
However, I found it to be one of the least favorite ports I've ever been too. That's only because Jebel Ali and Abu Dabi suck bigtime.
I like Hong Kong too, only been there twice for a few days on the way to North America but I found the people very friendly and loved the buzz of the city and the mix of ancient and modern culture. The new slogans all over the place were good fun too. The People's Army barracks was an eye-opener.
Hong Kong was a lot better than Singapore, Chinhae or Pusan, IMHO.... but not as nice as Bangkok or Pattaya or SUBIC!!!!
Bangkok was good, I particularly liked the cheap Singha beer and the great tucker. Jeez bloody humid though.
Amazingly humid. The atmosphere was like a wall of wet heat as I walked off the plane. Bangkok certainly was interesting, but I thought the city was chaotic and dirty. The rusted skeletal unfinished skyscrapers that are artifacts of the late 90s financial crash reminded me of a post apocalyptic movie.
Subic was a crap hole, except for one nice Island beach and all the nearly free hookers.
The movie that I thought of - Bladerunner - strangely enough. Definitely chaotic but the people there were really laid back - except at the Muay Thai! Whoa do they let go then
I have to say I preferred Chiang Mai, it was a bit cooler up there too. Thai people are very nice folks though, all over the country.
Geez MM .... the Mojave Desert is better than Pusan.
I didn't care much for Singapore either. Went into Singapore only once. Thereafter never went much past the Terror Club.
Phuket and Bali were my two favorite ports. I think. Memory's kind of hazy on that for some reason.
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