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Review: Hilton Garden Inn Hanoi

I redeemed Hilton Honors points for this stay, it’s a steal at only 10,000 points a night. Rates were hovering about $100USD giving me a 1 cent value per point, which for Hilton is extraordinary. When looking at reviews it appears they were mixed on Tripadvisor. Some people...

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New Airport Express Fares in Effect

Airport express fares are going up around 10% on June 18 2017. Since this is the first increase since the start of Airport Express, I feel this is more than fair and still a reasonable cost. New Fares using Octopus card are: Hong Kong Station: $110 vs $100...

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15 items a hotel can get rid of: my thoughts

I found this article 15 Items Hotels Could Eliminate from a Facebook an old professor of mine from Cornell Hotel School shared. I thought it was interesting so I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on the items presented. 1. Bed scarves. This old-fashioned and basically useless...

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Best Hong Kong Markets: Top Picks

One of the producers David at ANYDOKO shared with me a video they created about the Best Authentic Market shopping in HK. It was very colorful and informative so I wanted to share it with all the HKTravelBlog readers. The video text is below in italic if you don’t have...

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Uber HK insurance coverage & promo code

Insurance Uber in HK has upped their insurance coverage for passengers up to $100 million, which was effective Oct 17, 2016 to Sep 16, 2017. However, Uber only announced this in February. See the AIG insurance certificate. Previously Uber used a global umbrella policy which covers up to...

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Renew US Passports in USA and Hong Kong

Happy Memorial Day to my US readers! Renewing a US Passport by Mail in the US My passport expires in Jan 2018, so I figure now would be a good time to renew without any international travel plans. Usually you want to do it more than 6 months...

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China Transit without visa (TWOV) official rules

Below is the official extract from TIMANTIC. This is the system run by IATA and used by airlines to check visa policy. (As of 15 Jan 2017) Check out our guides regarding the TWOV as well: China 24 Hour and 72 Hour Transit Visa TWOV China 144-hour and...

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10,800 yen Japan Explorer Pass or ANA Experience Japan Fare

Headed to Japan and looking for a cheap way to get Japanese domestic flights? As long as you don’t live in Japan, you’re eligible for a Japan Explorer Pass. Both of Japan’s airlines, ANA and JAL participate in this program, great! Here’s how to get it: Cost: one-way...

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Missed a delayed Southwest flight due to airline

This is an interesting story. I was traveling in the US from SLC to LAX on Southwest Airlines in January. Flight originally scheduled for 6:00pm, delayed notification on smartphone app showing departure at 6:40 pm. OK, so rather than sit at the airport and do nothing, I’ll arrive at...

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Hong Kong Visitor Visa Requirements: Do I need a visa?

Asking yourself, “Do I need a visa to enter Hong Kong?” The official government policy is cumbersome to view, we’ve simplified it for you. Simply look at the chart below and see if you are allowed visa-free entry. If not, refer to your local Hong Kong/China consulate or...