For my second edition of Voyage + Suitcase, I received a request to cover Hong Kong and Bali and was happy to oblige. It was so much fun to think back to our amazing vacation there and pick out my favorite parts and the things I’d do differently. Bon voyage, Allison! Hope this helps in your planning!
Hong Kong – We stayed in a cheap hotel/hostel (remember the lovely toilet/shower combo?), but if I could go back I would splurge and stay one night at the beautiful Peninsula Hotel. Enjoy a traditional British afternoon tea in their grand lobby. Between your tram ride to the top of Victoria Peak and your boat ride through Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter, try to eat as much peking duck (note: the prices on that link are in HK$) as possible! (Photos: The Peninsula, Peking Duck)
Bali – Don’t miss seeing the breathtaking, verdant rice terraces in Jatiluwih, an easy day trip from Ubud. If the beach is more of your thing, visit the island of Nusa Lembongan (boats leave from Sanur) and stay at The Dream Beach Huts. The traditional huts are basic (i.e. no A/C or hot water) but you can’t beat the location, beach, or pool. A true piece of unspoiled paradise. While you’re there, rent a scooter to explore this island of seaweed farmers.
Hong Kong – 1. Aqua Dress $88 (HK is fancier than you might think. Lots of places have dress codes. I recommend a comfortable, cool dress that can take you from day to night) 2. Crossbody Purse $142 (A crossbody purse is a must for me no matter where I’m traveling. It keeps my camera and wallet secure and my hands free) 3. Flats $99.99 (Comfortable enough to walk around all day, but nice enough to pass any dress code)
Bali – 4. Sarong $55 (Use it as a cover-up at the beach and wrap it around your waist before entering a temple – a requirement at most. Although the majority of the temples we visited had sarongs visitors could borrow, I’d still prefer to use my own) 5. Bikini $198