Just waiting to be discovered

World February 11, 2018 13:40

By The Nation

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Hong Kong remains a highly-popular destination for Thais, whether travelling with family, friends or solo, with figures showing nearly 600,000 Thais travelling to Hong Kong last year.

According to the latest statistics, Thai travelers aged 21 to 45 made up about 70 per cent of all overnight vacation visitors from Thailand to Hong Kong last year.

 To attract more tourists, and especially Thai millennials, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announces new adventures, charming districts, exciting activities and tempting interests.

 “We have so many new reasons for Thai visitors, whether first-timers or repeat visitors, to come to Hong Kong in 2018. We have noticed Thai millennials’ love for authentic experiences -- whether it’s eating, shopping or travelling around.  We would like to invite them to discover Hong Kong’s charms just like a local, by going to the lesser-known districts to find the authentic ambiance, quaint shops, and cultural gems that have been overlooked by others,” says Simon Wong, HKTB regional director, Southeast Asia.

The HKTB has repackaged some of the rich elements of Central and Sheung Wan and launched Old Town Central, which reflects the evolution of Hong Kong from a British colony to a metropolitan city.  It is packed with heritage sites, landmarks, historic architecture, religious buildings, designer boutiques, variety shops, plus a wide variety of dining and entertainment outlets.

Another district waiting to be discovered is Sham Shui Po, a working class neighborhood with an authentic Hong Kong vibe. The Apliu Street Flea Market, with its jumble of computers and accessories, and the Cheung Sha Wan Road, featuring wholesale fabrics and fashion designers’ treasures, are sure to get avid shoppers hooked.

Foodies will be excited to learn that many traditional dishes popular with local people are now being discovered by more adventurous palates. Celebrated as the culinary capital of Asia, Hong Kong offers everything from street food and family-style eating places to 130 Michelin-recommended restaurants spread all over the city. For as little as Bt80, visitors can feast on a Michelin-starred dish.

In almost every street of Hong Kong are traditional local cafes called Cha-Chaan Teng, offering food and drinks at very affordable prices.  A quick meal or a refreshment at an old-style cha-chaan teng is an absolute must, as it represents the local dining culture of Hong Kong.

For active millennials and families who would like to discover where the locals go for incredible scenery and fresh air, the MacLehose Trail, named one of the best 20 dream hiking trails in the world by National Geographic, is a sure winner.

“Thais are wonderful tourists because they are independent, fun-loving and open to new experiences. They enjoy exploring the ins and outs of the city, with the same excitement and curiosity as Hong Kongers,” said Wong.

Today, HKTB is looking forward to welcoming visitors to its booth located at the Plenary Hall, during the coming Thai International Travel Fair (TITF) at the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, where it will generously offer irresistible promotions and packages, valuable tips for memorable moments and fun games for the family, in collaboration with its Hong Kong partners – Ocean Park, Dukling and Jumbo.

For more information, visit www.DiscoverHongKong.com.