The World of Suzie Wong

I have spent the past few days on the phone or at my computer planning our trip to Hong Kong.  I have never been there, except for a short stop at the airport en route to Thailand in 1969.  Can’t see much at the airport.  But, I have seen the film, “The World of Suzie Wong,” starring Nancy Kwan and William Holden.  Wow!  Loved that story about an American who falls in love with a prostitute, and how both transform each other’s life. 

We will be staying at a 4-star (out of 5) hotel in Kowloon.  It’s expensive ($265 per night), but the vendor guaranteed a king size bed.  Usually, tourists may get the bed of their choice only at check in.  Hope there are no screw-ups and we don’t end up in a small bed!  If David were less tall and less broad, we could stay in a cheaper room with a queen size bed.  But, no.

I am not sure if it is better to stay in Kowloon or on Hong Kong island.  Our agent told me that the hotel in Kowloon is closer to the terminals.  To get to Hong Kong island, we would have to take a ferry.  Don’t want to do that, as we will land at the airport at 9:55 p.m. and will be dog tired.

We have signed up for 2 afternoon tours of Hong Kong island and Kowloon, plus an 11 hour excursion to Macau.  It will probably be hotter during the afternoon tours, but I don’t want to be rushed in the morning.  Also, David won’t be allowed in the Macau casino if he wears shorts, so, of course, he will wear long pants.

I am amazed nobody has recommended any great restaurants on this blog, yet.  Has no one been to Hong Kong??? 

This reminds me of an anecdote that my former boss told me:  Before my boss left for Hong Kong, his Chinese friend advised him to leave his wife at home.  “Bringing your wife to Hong Kong is like bringing a ham sandwich to a banquet!  There are so many young and beautiful women in Hong Kong who will fall all over you!”

Sorry, guys, David and I are joined at the hip!

P.S.  People with an American passport do not need visas to Hong Kong or Macau.

10 Responses to “The World of Suzie Wong”

  1. Mr. Gigi Says:

    I am really excited about this trip. It should be the adventure of a lifetime!!

    You really worked fast!! We have the tickets, the hotel room and the tours. All this in two days!!

  2. Kay Dennison Says:

    Sounds like a great trip!!!!! I envy you!!!!!

  3. Makiki Says:

    Sorry I can’t really recommend any restaurants by name. There is a great place around the corner from the Peninsula in a mall known for Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) and the afternoon tea at the Peninsula is a real treat. The other places we ate were great but I don’t recall any names because people wrote the names on cards for me and we just gave them to the taxi driver. Don’t miss the Venetian in Macau – it is massive! Oh, and if you want a tailor, David’s Shirts is great but David might be on his US tour depending on when you go.

    Alan from Makiki

  4. Thom Says:

    Sounds like this is going to be a marvelous trip 🙂

  5. Nessa Says:

    I am so excited for you.

    One Single Impression – Insomnia

  6. paukaapress Says:

    We stayed at a hotel in Kowloon, too. Wish I had more up to date info on Hong Kong to share with you, but I’m sure a lot has changed since I was there in ’99.

  7. Stephanie Says:

    I’ve been to Hong Kong several times. Have high tea at the Pennisula. Kowloon is a good area to stay, especially on Nathan Road. In the evening, walk along the harbor to enjoy the view of Hong Kong island or enjoy dinner at the Inter-Continental. The best won tun is at Mak’s.

  8. Susan at Stony River Says:

    I’ve never been to Hong Kong, so can’t recommend anything, but it sounds like a wonderful trip to take!

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