GLBT Travelers - HNL, Hong Kong or Phuket?
Nov 7, 11, 12:39 pm
My BKK trip is likely being cancelled due to the flooding, so I have to make a choice. Never been to either (of the four), so as a first-time-west-of-Californian, I'd appreciate some input.
Timing is such that I'd probably not be able to combine, but maybe HKK and Phuket?
Nov 7, 11, 5:52 pm
Given that your concern is flooding in BKK - whatever choice you make, since you are changing plans, I would fly in/out of Puket without connecting in BKK (not sure if there are direct flights to HKG).
Nov 7, 11, 7:08 pm
Not sure how much time you have but there is quite a difference in flight times from HNL, HKG and Phuket. If beach is your objective then Phuket. If visiting a vibrant city, then HKG. If you only have a few days then that is perfect amount of time to spend in HKG, especially with direct flight options from the States.I was in BKK over the last weekend and in the city center no water though they had expected Saturday it never came into town, though just 8-10km from city center streets are flooded.
There are direct flights from HKG to HKT on several airlines, just use one of the flight search tools to find options.
Nov 10, 11, 11:30 am
If you are looking to something similar to a visit to Banglok, then Hong Kong is probably your best bet.
As a first time visitor to Asia, Hong Kong is an excellent introduction. It's not as overtly gay as aspects of Bangkok are, but it's a great world-class city with easy flights from the US.
Nov 17, 11, 12:01 pm
These are all very different places, so not exactly what you are looking for. As others have said, PKT is your go-to place if you are looking for beach and HKG would be the place for a more vibrant city experience. I don't find HNL particularly exiciting, myself, but your mileage may vary.
All around, I'd recommend HKG. It's western-friendly, cosmopolitan, but still very much reminds you that you are in Asia ("Asia Lite", as I call it). "Straight" nightlife can be wild in LKF and TST districts, and the gay scene is small, but fun. Getting out of HK Island and Kawloon, there are many beautiful "green" places to visit and you have options for day-trips to places like Macau (no visa required) or Shenzen/Guangzhou on the mainland (visa required).