Asia 2018 – Torontoartsandevents Travels to Hong Kong and Thailand

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Recently, Toronto had the pleasure of travelling to Asia, covering Hong Kong and Thailand.

Hong Kong:

The first destination was Hong Kong, the capitalist engine of China.  Hong Kong was transferred from England to China in 1999.  Hong Kong was very exciting as a bastion of capitalism – bustling during the day but also had an exciting night life at night.  The Lan Kwai Fong area is the business entertainment district of Hong Kong with good restaurants and bars open after Hong Kong professionals finish work.

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Stock Exchange:

We recommend visiting the Stock Exchange in Hong Kong’s throbbing business centre.

The Peak:

Torontoartsandevents took the tram up to the top of the Peak and took in an interesting view of Hong Kong although it was a cloudy day when we went – best to go on a sunny day.

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Star Ferry:

A ferry ride across Victoria Harbour allows water level views of port activities and you can cross from Hong Kong into Kowloon. It was a great and very inexpensive.

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Hollywood Road:

Torontoartsandevents visited the antique stores, shops and art galleries around the smoky Man Mo Temple which is dedicated to the twin gods of war and culture.  Saw a New Year ritual at Man Mo Temple.  We stayed on Hollywood Road with easy access to central Hong Kong.

Times Square:

We visted fashion boutiques as well as huge brand name stores in Times Square and downtown Hong Kong.

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Temple Street Night Market:

Torontoartsandevents attended the temple street night market with fortune-telling, souvenir shops and street theatre.

Thailand:

The second destination was Thailand, a country with a rapidly expanding economy and beautiful sandy beaches.  Torontoartsandevents spent 6 days in bustling Bangkok and 7 days at Pattaya Beach.

Bangkok:

Bangkok was very inexpensive, interesting and hot. The traffic was crazy dangerous.  The food was spicy, hot and very tasty.  Torontoartsandevents stayed in the Sukhumvit Soi 11 area near Nana skytrain station.

Day activities in Bangkok included a visit to the Royal Palace, river boat taxies to get around and visited Patpong Road.

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Royal Palace:

Torontoartsandevents visited the Royal Palace which was a crowded, hot and steamy affair because you are required to wear long pants.  The Grand Palace complex, established in 1782 is an impressive array of buildings and was built for Thailand’s royalty.

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Patpong Night Bazaar:

In the evening, hundreds of street stalls for clothing, souvenirs etc. as well as the many bars selling spicy delicious Thailand food, alcohol as well as love.

Pattaya Beach:

Thailand has some great beaches.  Pattaya Beach is close to Bangkok but is not the most pristine beach but has interesting activities and nightlife.

About Visiting Hong Kong and Thailand:

Torontoartsandevents recommends visiting rapidly growing Asia to find out what it’s all about.  Hong Kong is cooler than Thailand but is an economic powerhouse.  Thailand is hot, spicy and rapidly growing.  You should see the city of Bangkok as well as a beach area.

© 2018 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

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