The MTR. Stop north point is literally one minute away , and the hotel does shuttles to airport, quarry bay , causeway bay and central. Just got back from some dim sum and duck with the locals. Beautiful and cost $9The Hotel Vic looks interesting. I've been a bit of a hotel harlot in HKG over the years - I must have used over a dozen in the past decade, wanting certain locations for certain visits, sometimes company paying, sometimes I'm on a tighter budget. My favorite was the Mira in Kowloon, but it got a bit too hip and expensive
I might give the Vic a try next time. Was it on the MTR hotel minibus route?
Kowloon isn't all bad ... sure, high impact with tourists and touts near the ferry and a bit away, but some good places to get immersed and 'local'. Kowloon Park a great green space to walk and get away from the madding crowds.
Thanks Mattg, totally agree about Almaty, hidden gem at the moment.Thanks for the wonderful trip report! Some really amazing photos in here.
Of the Asian cities I've visited so far, Almaty is easily my favourite. Amazing scenery, good food, friendly people and it's extremely affordable. I also find the contrast between the old Soviet and modern architecture really interesting.
Will have to try to get to Uzbekistan now that it's visa-free.
I don't know why more people don't visit this part of the world. It's safe and totally underrated.
I travelled with G Adventures (‘Stans) and Intrepid (Georgia and Azerbaijan) both are great tour companies and usually have no more than 15-16 people on each tour. For G Adventures their tours were all completely full in 2018 I know they added more tours due to the demand for this year.Funnily enough this aligns with a question I have, slighty OT but will post it here. Planning a BIG TRIP next year, the Stans plus Caucusus (up to 2 months off), Normally I'm an independent traveller kind of guy but the wife is quite keen having read that people don't speak that much English to take a tour for some of it. Anyone who has been to this region can recommend a smallish group tour operator for people who are normally very independent (i.e plenty of engagement with the locals, local food and accommodation etc.)? We'll probably do mostly independent but she's a culture/history buff so quite keen to have someone who can explain the history as we go so maybe the big cultural sights of Uzbekistan are the bits I should target.