With the weather in Hong Kong cooling down, this is the perfect time of year to pull your sneakers on, and head out on a hike to explore the lesser known parts and take in some sky-high views of the city. If you’ve already done most of the popular hikes like Dragon’s Back, Lion Rock, and Twin Peaks, and are looking for something a bit different, this is the perfect hike for you; from Tai Lam Country Park to Tseun Wan with – I kid you not – the most incredible views at Shek Lung Kung. This hike is easy to get to and get home from, takes you past some interesting villages and abandoned buildings, will make for quite the adventure as you wander off the beaten track, and the view at the top is seriously wow-worthy.
If you’ve been in Hong Kong long enough, you’ll soon find a break from the city’s busy streets and skyscrapers is desperately needed, even if it’s just for a day. Without having to travel very far, the Hyatt Regency Sha Tin has made a beautiful escape possible for locals and travelers alike with their new Swim & Dine Package. This package includes four hours of pool and/or gym use, and a $300 HKD dining credit at the Pool Bar. It definitely doesn’t get much better than this in Hong Kong!
Given that living in Hong Kong as an expat isn’t that difficult to adapt to thanks to the city’s magical convenience and western influence, one would think that getting a gym membership and going to the gym wouldn’t be such a struggle.. Wrong. If you have ever frequented the popular gym chains throughout the city, this list will be all too familiar (and just might bring back some haunting memories). For those that have yet to experience the frustrating and downright bizarre antics that occur at one of these gyms, here’s a peek into what you can expect before joining a gym in Hong Kong.
After two trips to Thailand within a month of each other (and not doing a single grocery shop in between), I felt like I had developed a Buddha Belly from eating far too much Pad Thai and meals on the go. In lieu of that, I decided to do a three day juice cleanse to give my body a healthy kick in the butt! I had never done a cleanse before, but I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly, so I figured this would be a walk in the park (with perhaps a bit of a limp). So there I was, ordering a Genie Juicery Intermediate Cleanse, not thinking too much into it. Unfortunately, I was naive enough to think that my biggest struggle would be me wanting to shove a burger down my throat after the first day.. Boy, was I wrong! So. Very. Wrong.
Though the island itself may be quite small, there are actually lots of things to do on Phi Phi Island to make the most of your time there. From activities during the day involving the sun and sand, to nighttime adventures involving fire shows and dancing on the beach, Phi Phi Island has something for everyone. After staying here for three days, and instantly regretting not spending more time on the island, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things to do in Phi Phi Island!
The majority of people who travel to Phi Phi Island are young backpackers ready for a good party. While it’s true you will likely have some wild nights (think fire dancers, music vibrating throughout the island, and dancing on the beach until the sun begins to rise), Phi Phi is also an absolutely gorgeous little island that is best appreciated during the day with (mostly) sober vision. Besides bumming out on some lounge chairs on the beach, perfecting your tan by the pool, or aimlessly wandering – and inevitably getting lost – the alleyways filled with restaurants and shops, you hands-down need to climb up to the Phi Phi Viewpoint!
If you find yourself in Busan and are wanting to see something really unique and interesting, get ready to make the trek out to visit the Seokbulsa Temple (otherwise known as the “Stone Buddha Temple”). I had read and heard about how beautiful this temple was and I’m so glad I listened! Though the hike up to this Buddhist temple might be long and confusing, the trip was well worth the end result: the Seokbulsa Temple was unlike any other temple I have seen on my travels throughout Asia.
If you’re in need of a change from the typical city scenery while travelling through Paris, then you should definitely head on over to Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. Not only does this public park offer its visitors ample greenery to walk through, sit down, and enjoy, but it also has a temple perched on the top of a cliff where you can gaze down on the park and look out onto some of Paris’s beautiful buildings.
Only have a day to play tourist in Edinburgh? One thing you should definitely have on your to-do list is a quick climb up Holyrood Park to experience a panoramic view of this incredibly beautiful city. The park is easily accessible as it’s located right in the middle of the city, just a short walk from The Royal Mile, and it won’t take up much of your day if you’re on a tight schedule. Holyrood Park Edinburgh is a royal park and is home to the tallest point in the city; Arthur’s Seat at 251 meters.
If you’re looking for something other than the usual hiking trails, then you should get out there and spend an afternoon stream trekking in Hong Kong! “Stream trekking” might sound a bit daunting at first, but this is a relatively easy and convenient (if you’re living on the island) hike that starts in North Point and should only take you a couple of hours.