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Hong Kong is a Shopper's Paradise

Hong Kong at night
Don't pack your bags!
Bring them empty on the flight to Hong Kong, and fill them up for the flight back to Korea!

If there's one place to be sure to visit during your time in Korea, it's Hong Kong. Not only is it one of the closest places to visit, it is definitely one of the most exciting and affordable. You can easily take in a great amount in just one weekend.

Once you arrive at the Hong Kong airport, just take the subway for a quick ride into the city, and then let the shopping begin! Whether you are looking for a new pair of Nike shoes, an MP3 player, or a $20 Rolex and Louis Vuitton bag, there is a market for you.

Spend an hour browsing the ultra high-end shops and then head to the markets to start negotiating. After a day of shopping, take the tram up to the top of Victoria Peak to see the entire city. Then, head back down for the nightly laser and light show that should not be missed. Grab a bite to eat and get ready for the nightlife.

Lan Kwai Fong is one of the most famous spots in the world for nightlife. With hundreds of restaurants and bars, this is where the action is at night.

Hong Kong is very similar to Seoul in prices of things such as food and transportation. In fact, I've found taxis to be even cheaper in Hong Kong than they are in Seoul. The same goes for restaurants.

So, on Sunday, after another morning of shopping, my suggestion is to do what we did our last time in Hong Kong and treat yourself to an hour-long foot massage. You'll feel like you're walking on air when you leave, and you won't feel like you've spent much either! Gotta love Hong Kong!

"Every time I come to Hong Kong, I feel like I've wandered on to a movie set" Frommers

Frommers: Maybe I'm an incurable romantic, but when I stand at the railing of the famous Star Ferry as it glides across the harbor, ride a rickety old tram as it winds its way across Hong Kong Island, or marvel anew at the stunning views afforded from atop Victoria Peak, I can't help but think I must have somehow landed in the middle of an epic drama where the past has melted into the present.

The city has what are arguably some of the best and most sophisticated restaurants in the world, but it also has dai pai dong, street-side food stalls. Hong Kong is home to one of the world's largest shopping malls, but there are also lively street markets virtually everywhere.

Shopping is one of the main reasons people come here, and at first glance, the city does seem rather like one huge department store. But there's much more to Hong Kong than shopping. There's also wining, dining, and sightseeing, as well as isolated places to get away from it all.

Hop on a flight and be in a new country in just a few hours

One of the benefits of living in Korea is that we can hop on a flight and be in a different country in just a few hours and for a few hundred thousand won. During your stay in Korea, it seems to make sense to take advantage of this and see as many places as you can, doesn't it?

One way to be sure to see as much as possible is to take advantage of the short flight times and inexpensive tickets to take weekend trips. It's amazing how much you can see in just one weekend.

Instead of taking a bus trip across Korea, take a flight across Asia!

We're working to bring you the best options for short trips leaving from Korea. Our goal with these trips is to make sure you see as much as you can and that you can enjoy new countries on a tight budget, both time, and money-wise. We put together trips that have different themes such as shopping, gambling, and culture, among others.

To do that, we've partnered with Kangsan Travel, a veteran English-speaking travel agent in Korea, to put together the best packages available. We make it simple for you.

No BS, no confusion, just straight up, easy-to-handle travel.

Hong Kong Market



Here is what is included in your package:

-Your airfare to and from Seoul or Busan to Hong Kong.

-Your hotel room for your stay.

-Everything is set up for you and you will receive an e-ticket with your reservation information. Just bring that to the airport, and you're ready to go.

-Don't forget, service in English with a company that has been working with foreigners for many years.

How easy is it to get this trip organized?

Step 1: Fill out the form below

Step 2: You will receive confirmation from a representative of Kangsan Travel

Step 3: You can pay by credit card or by bank transfer from your Korean bank account

Step 4: You will receive your e-ticket. Just print it off and you're ready to go!


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What are some of the main attractions in Hong Kong?

-First and foremost, Hong Kong is know for its shopping; both high-end and bargain-priced markets for designer goods

-The light and laser shows, old-style trams, ferrys in the harbor, and parks and museums are all low-cost items to add to your list

-The nighlife is incredible and you can find a variety of nightclubs to dance and party the night away at. The hotel is mainly a place to leave your bags!

-Much, much more!

Some People Regret Not Doing More With Their Time in Korea. How about you?

First-year teachers in Korea start at about a minimum of 2 million won per month. Most weekend trips can be budgeted for less than half of that amount. When people first apply with us, we are always interested in finding out what they want to do with their time in Korea.

Everybody says that they want to travel to different countries in Asia.

Of course! It makes sense. I did the same thing. Actually, I'm still doing it! Being in Korea and having access to so many great places is one of the benefits of the job. What I don't like to hear is when people finish their year and they regret not having done all they wanted to do.

When I first arrived in Korea in 1999, nothing got me more excited than hearing the veterans talk about recent trips they took to exotic places like Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Hong Kong, Japan, China and other destinations. I was amazed at how many places they had been and wanted to do the same. I wanted to be part of that "travel across Asia" lifestlye.

After 5 years of teaching, I was able to join the conversation!

You really can't put a price on travel. Every trip you take exposes you to new ways of thinking, new ideas, and new traditions. It is impossible not to come back home with new ideas buzzing around in your head and it's impossible to get rid of the travel bug once you've been bitten. Once you start that collection of stamps in your passport, you want to keep it going.

OK, so where do I sign up?

Right here actually! Just fill in the form below and you will be e-mailed by an English-speaking representative of Kangsan Travel within 24-36 hours to confirm travel details and explain the payment method.

More info on Hong Kong at the official tourism site. Click here to open in a new window.

Please note that seats are limited for these packages and it is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Here are ASK Now's suggestions for destinations for short weekend trips and longer trips along with the flight duration from Korea to the destination.

Weekend Destinations Time Week-long Destinations Time
Korea to Beijing, China 1hr:45min Korea to Hanoi, Vietnam 5hr:00min
Korea to Tokyo, Japan 2hr:10min Korea to Bangkok, Thailand 5hr:20min
Korea to Taipei, Taiwan 2hr:40min Korea to Phonm Pehn, Cambodia 6hr:00min
Korea to Macau 3hr:40min Korea to Singapore 6hr:30min
Korea to Hong Kong 3hr:40min Korea to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 6hr:45min
Korea to Manila, Philippines 3hr:55min Korea to Bali, Indonesia 6hr:55min
Korea to Saipan 4hr:20min Korea to Laos (via Thailand) 8hr:35min

Click on the links below to learn more about some destinations available.
Macau Hong Kong Beijing Tokyo

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