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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #30 on: September 04, 2015, 03:13:06 AM »
Great stuff! Eagerly waiting for the rest!

How did you get around AMM? And how much did it cost?

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #31 on: September 04, 2015, 08:11:37 AM »
Great stuff! Eagerly waiting for the rest!

How did you get around AMM? And how much did it cost?
Mostly taxi. From the airport to the car museum was $20ish IIRC.
Once inside amman they were cheaper.
One of our drivers used to live in "Palestine" so we were hocking him up about it.

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #32 on: September 04, 2015, 08:31:24 AM »
Thanks for the clarification. I'm heading to DXB Saturday night so I'm reading with interest!
Around here,  that means we are expecting a tr

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #33 on: September 11, 2015, 09:49:30 AM »
Any update to this TR coming?

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #34 on: September 11, 2015, 10:32:01 AM »
Ye HKG will take 30 seconds to write.
Phillipines is a big one as we went to manila for a few days and then a week in EL nido.
The phone pics definitely don't do justice so I hope to get the ones from the camera up here.

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #35 on: September 11, 2015, 04:20:10 PM »
Ye HKG will take 30 seconds to write.
Phillipines is a big one as we went to manila for a few days and then a week in EL nido.
The phone pics definitely don't do justice so I hope to get the ones from the camera up here.

Can't wait for the MNL part.

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #36 on: September 20, 2015, 05:28:27 PM »
So after flying in cathay J for 8 hours we landed in HKG and made a pit stop in the cathay arrivals lounge. Dubai gets so humid at night and the BA lounge in DXB didn't have a shower so showering was a must before starting out in HKG.
landing
 We took the train right from the inside of the terminal. Our first stop was the Heimishe peak tram. The line for tickets was 20 min. There are very nice walking trails that all the way on the side that most people don't realize.
It was cloudy and then cleared up.
After spending some time there we headed out to shalom grill. We read a post from 5 years ago that says they close between lunch and supper but we took our chances. It was closed so we headed to the JCC. (When I was in HKG last summer I went to heichal Ezra but it was very expensive and not so good IMHO.) after a Mossad-style interrogation by the JCC security they let us in. Lo and behold, we bumped into D93 and enjoyed a late afternoon lunch together. After comparing itineraries we went off to the Ozone Bar. It's on the 114th floor of the ritz carlton and it's the highest bar in the world. (PSA: 500HKD minimum per table after 9pm.) it was $15 a beer but your paying for the view, not the beer. It was a gorgeous view overlooking the whole city. You see the ferrys going back and forth and planes flying not so far overhead. Even though we were on the Burj the day before, we still felt very high up and would definitely recommend to others.

That big building is the Hyatt regency TST.


That last pic is Victoria's harbor. We went to see the laser show. Not so impressive but they do get a lot of buildings involved.
And we took the train at 9pm for our 11pm flight and we had no idea what drama was waiting for us in HKG.......

These pics are  from my room in Hyatt regency TST a year ago.
We got upgraded to a corner room that was on the club level. Btw the rollaway bed was a full size fat mattress. And the room came with a galaxy S5 with service and free calling to USA.
(I never got around to writing a TR for my JFK-JNB-CPT-JNB-BKK-CNX-SIN-HKG-SFO-EWR trip. It was 80k UA for that "RTW"ticket with a stopover, OJ, illegal circular routing and a 25 hour "connection" in HKG!!)

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #37 on: September 20, 2015, 05:32:40 PM »
Lo and behold, we bumped into D93 and enjoyed a late afternoon lunch together.
Was nice to meet you there :)

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Re: Knowitall's Phillipines, 'Nam & Thailand Trip with splashes of AMM, DXB & HKG
« Reply #38 on: September 20, 2015, 05:43:52 PM »
Wow, nice installment! All the HKG TRs are really helping me plan my trip. Looking forward to the rest.

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We got into Manila 1230 am and headed through customsand baggage quickly we then got a sim from a kiosk ($30 200 min to us and unlimited in Phil) we then took a taxi to our air b&b apt always take a yellow taxi bec it runs on meter which is cheaper even in the city do meter if you can (but most don't want to)we stayed at the gramercey residents which is a 70 story apt building in makati city next to chabad we got a 1 room apt on the 3 floor  it had 2 pools on the 35 floor overlooking the city and separate sauna the pools were empty most the time at 4am we got picked up to go to my pinatobo a volcano crater we drove 3 hr to a little town and then a hour 4/4 to were the hike starts it was a nice hike through a canyon and then nice views on top .the next day we went to the market its huge blocks long they sell any thing u can think of but it smells bad and u can see all the poverty and we were getting a lot of looks we also didn't see any other tourists.after We found out from a guy in chabad it's very dangerous and when he goes he goes with 4 phillipinos . After that we couldn't get a taxi so we hopped on a jeepy till we got out of the area then a taxi to mall of Asia a huge mall we bought some things and taxi back to apt taxis are very  cheap $5 for 45 min ride . Shabbos was very nice by chabad 15 -20 ppl at night and 10 by day .sun mor we took taxi to airport for flight to Palawan the highlight of the trip p
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We got a new author :)

Great stuff and nice meeting you in HKG as well!!

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Sounds like your time there was a mixed bag, but overall enjoyable! Any pics?

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We got a new author :)

One that has no clue how to use a period or comma.

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One that has no clue how to use a period or comma.
Or spacing, but I'll take what I can get.  ;)

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(I never got around to writing a TR for my JFK-JNB-CPT-JNB-BKK-CNX-SIN-HKG-SFO-EWR trip. It was 80k UA for that "RTW"ticket with a stopover, OJ, illegal circular routing and a 25 hour "connection" in HKG!!)

How'd you pull off a 25 hr connection? And I see in this current trip your HKG connection is 26+!
Is it simply just arranging the flights with the agent in a way that the next available flight for your "schedule" is that specific one (26hrs later)?

Great trip report, looking forward to the rest (and better pictures ;) )