So our next adventure is booked. We are off to Hong Kong and Malaysia in a few weeks! Are there any fellow travellers out there with red-hot tips for our Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur stays? Especially those who have traveled with kids….what were your favourite places to visit, eat and shop? I’m also interested in tips for visiting Disneyland with kids!
So why Hong Kong and Malaysia? Well, Anto is turning 40 in a few weeks and we wanted to celebrate and he decided that he would rather a trip away than a party, so a trip needed to be planned! Anto has visited Hong Kong before but not for quite a long time (ahem, over 20 years), and the kids and I have never been. There are a heap of things we were interested and dong and quite a few kid friendly activities.
Neither of us have been to Malaysia, and Kuala Lumpur is only a 4 hour flight from Hong Kong (and kind of on the way home) so we figured it was worth a visit too. As much as we love Singapore, we have opted for nearby KL on this trip for something different.
It is currently a pretty cold and wet Winter here in Canberra so heading somewhere warm and sunny for a couple of weeks seems pretty appealing. Of course we will be sick of the humidity and heat after about 2 days, no doubt, but for now it seems like a good idea.
So here are our (at this stage very loose plans) for our upcoming trip……. I welcome all tips and suggestions from those of you who have visited Hong Kong and KL.
We have 6 nights and 5.5 days in Hong Kong. There are probably more things to do and see in Hong Kong than we have time and energy for, but we definitely have to fit in a day at Hong Kong Disneyland! Also on the agenda
- Lantau Island and a visit to the Big Buddha, Ngong Ping Village, and the cable car ride
- Ocean Park
- Victoria Harbour, the star ferry and the nightly skyline laser show
- Victoria Peak, the tram and skydeck
- A double-decker bus ride
- A visit to Hong Kong park and the bird aviary
If we get time we might also try to visit Nan Lian garden and Lamma Island. There will of course also need to be lots of eating. I’m already scoping out the best places for cake and high tea! Anto and the kids are dreaming of seafood.
We have 4 nights and 4 days in KL. So far on our list of activities we have:
- A visit to Petronas Twin Towers
- The KL bird park
- The Perdana Botanical Gardens
- The lake symphony light show
There will also need to be lots of eating! We are all quite fond of Malaysian food…….
So all my fellow travelers, is there anything we really need to add to our list? Do you have any super tips for us on travel times, food or weather? Favourite places to eat or visit?
Those who have visited Disneyland (even if it’s not the Hong Kong Disney) or Ocean Park with kids, what was your plan of attack? We are trying to arrive at both at opening time and see how long the kids last in the heat. I’m not sure we will make the evening fireworks and parade at Disneyland, but if the kids hang in there we just might. Soren and Astrid are pretty excited about meeting Mickey Mouse (Soren) and Elsa and Ana (Astrid). So I’m pretty sure we can fulfil those requests!
We are also currently debating whether to take our stroller or not. We made it all the way through our 7 weeks in Europe without a stroller, but we did take 2 ergos. Astrid got carried a fair bit for the first couple of weeks but then became a walking super-star and was walking 12-15km or more pretty much every day for the rest of the trip. Soren still can’t keep up with his little legs, so we will definitely be taking one ergo. It’s definitely harder carrying them in the heat than it is in the cold so Astrid will be walking on this trip. Given we won’t be moving around too much on this trip we won’t have as much issue with taking the stroller, but aren’t sure whether it will be that useful in Hong Kong or KL, or more of a hindrance. It may come in handy on the days we do Disneyland, Ocean Park or the bird park but I would love to hear from those who have visited these places with kids.
I’m looking forward to sharing lots of Hong Kong and KL pictures, stories and adventures over the next few months! In the meantime I’ll get back to trip planning and eventually post some photos from our recent school holiday adventures……..