Category Archives: City Secret

Every city or place has it’s own rules. This section tries to cover those rules to help rule the place :)

Daily Prompt: (Not) Just a Dream

We all have nightmare, and when it happens, even inside dream I keep on thinking, “I wish it’s a nightmare and not a real situation.”

But here what I am sharing is, a “Real Situation” which is no way less than a nightmare.

There is a place in Hong Kong called = Big Buddha.  Which is one of the famous tourist destinations. It’s on a mountain.

I planned to visit this place with my wife. We started late in the afternoon without checking what’s the open and close time, Specially the Transport facility.

We reached at 6 PM and started exploring the place. It’s was already dark and very cloudy. Statue of Buddha was merely visible.

So we decided to continue exploring a trail which takes to a place called “Wisdom Path” . Wisdom Path is a set of Pillars. The trail is a dense forest (Tea Garden). And in between you find a scary canteen(Shut Down) and many Scare crows, Dogs you never know snakes as well. But my adventure spirit kept me going on.

After all this wild life experience, when we came back to the bus stop, we realized we have already missed the last bus to the downtown and now we are stuck to the lonely mountain in the lonely night and clouds under our feet………..and few animals.

DOOR OF HOPE: When we almost gave up and looking for a ray of hope or “DOOR TO OPEN” to save us…Here comes an unknown guy bringing some hope with himself, and it’s almost fooling our self if we expect a hard core old local guy speaking English…

But guessed we were so lucky, some how unexpectedly he came to us, we asked him for help, luckily he could speak English a bit, found out some taxi numbers, and thankfully we got one and got down out of the place….while traveling back to home, we felt, we were not right when we Thought Buddha doesn’t want to see us, the guy was actually a god’s messenger………..

That was the scariest trip of my life so far due to the fact that we are alone, We also do not speak Chinese. And we do not know how to arrange a transport back to our home or city at least.

Wonderful Trams : Hong Kong’s Favorite Transport

From Wikipedia: Hong Kong Tramways is a tram system in Hong Kong and one of the earliest forms of public transport in Hong Kong. Owned and operated by Veolia Transport, the tramway runs on Hong Kong Island between Shau Kei Wan and Kennedy Town, with a branch circulating Happy Valley. Trams in Hong Kong have not only been a form of transport for over 100 years, but also a major tourist attraction and one of the most environmentally friendly ways of travelling in Hong Kong.[1] It is the only exclusively double-decker operated tram system in the world, and one of only three non-heritage tram systems in the world that use double-deck cars.

From Me: They are slow moving, very cost effective, value for money transport medium in Hong Kong. Definitely a fun ride. They almost cover entire Hong Kong Island. It takes only 2 Hong Kong Dollars to reach from one end to other end.

They are so beautifully decorated by Advertisements, that you can not control your eagerness to capture it.

There are special trams also, that you can hire for organizing a private party.  Open Roof Trams designated for private parties, are so famous in Hong Kong. People organize their private party where they can have evening drinks while watching Hong Kong’s busy life, sky high building, vibrant night life.

There is a “Big Bus Tour” service which is also an open bus, carries tourists to cover most of the famous streets and markets. You can hop on and hop off from any point to any point and enjoy Hong Kong and the ride.

Here are few eye candies :

Red Alert : The Dark Side Yet The Brightest of Bangkok

Bangkok Cowboy Street

I visited Bangkok in the month of Jaunary 2012 with my wife, The itinerary included following places:

1. Floating Market – The best part of my entire trip.

2. Grand Palace

3. Few Temples

4. Madame Tussad

5. Shopping

6. Pattaya


The stricken out ones I couldn’t cover. And the places got included out of the way, Following is the one of them. THE COW BOY STREET

Not for me(Because I am married, and was with my wife on this short tour), But this place could be heaven for travelers, Majority of travelers come specifically having this in their plan, to just have a laid back program, drinks, pole dance, hot chicks and more( Where “more” = you know what. better I stop here without getting explicit because i am famous for writing a Family Blog 😉 )

Coming back to the point, The address is :It is located near Sukhumvit Road, between Sukhumvit Soi 21 (also called Soi Asoke) and Soi 23, within walking distance from the BTS Skytrain’s Asok Station and the Bangkok Metro’s Sukhumvit Station. The Grand Millennium Hotel is nearby.

Age Limit: Either be above 20 years or Pretend to be.

Best Part: You are not forced to indulge into any kind of activity. These ladies are so kind, and give you your complete space, you can sit inside/outside, have your favorite drink, make friends with other tourists, even you can go inside n watch “Dirty Dancing” :P.

I chose the other path, and enjoyed sitting outside Chatted with other mates from different countries and used this opportunity shooting some real life pictures. ( Bonus: I got a proposal from a cowboy lady to shoot her portfolio which I rejected due to lack of time. zip it because it’s a secret- don’t share)

Here are few of them, sharing with you in case if you have any interest.

One Lazy Sunday In Hong Kong : Discovery Bay

Hong Kong hosts many nice beaches. Discovery Bay is one of them. I personally like this place because:
1) You get a ferry ride to reach there.
2) The beach is clean and beautiful
3) There are plenty of Good restaurants including one of the very famous restaurants – Ebenezer where you can get vegetarian food and Samosa – The popular snack.

The Peak : Hong Kong’s The Best Place

THE PEAK: is located in Central District, Hong Kong Island.
If you are in Hong Kong, That’s the place you should never miss considering a visit. Probably the best place from where Hong Kong looks at it’s best.

I am not going to tell you what to do there, how to reach there and when to go there, What I will be speaking about here is, what I like most about this place.

1. This place is so peaceful.
2. Cool breeze there really chills me out, it’s so soothing that it saves a lot of your money you might otherwise waste in some Spa or Massage Parlor 🙂
3. It’s quite romantic as well to hold your partners hand and stroll around and peek through the entire Hong Kong, It certainly give me a feeling of being on “Cloud Nine”.
4. There are many fine dining options, great selection of restaurants and food. I like Pacific Coffee a coffee house, it offers a nice cup of coffee and a great view.
5. There are places like Shopping Mall, MADAME TUSSAUD, Souvenir shops etc you will not get bored.
6. Last but not the least, There are some “Hiking” options as well. The Peak places itself in one of the very famous nature trails.

Transport Options:
The very famous and highly recommended one is PEAK TRAM, This tram was introduced when Hong Kong used to be a British Colony by Britishers. Tram runs at the angle of almost 45′. It’s certainly a nice experience to travel in that angel and watching Hong Kong’s most famous sky scrappers inclined.

Vegetarian Food Options:
Since we are vegetarian our main focus always remain to find some vegetarian food.
NY Fries: French Fries(One of my favorite)
Pacific Coffee: There are two Vegetarian sandwiches available, also you can try cakes.
Other restaurants: There are couple of more options in Chinese restaurants, Vegetable Noodles are there.
OR ELSE: Come back to Central, and there are plenty of Indian Restaurants.

TICKETING OPTION
1. PEAK TRAM + SKY TERRACE —> I Like this one.
2. PEAK TRAM + SKY TERRACE + MADAME TUSSAUD
Sky Terrace is the podium situated at the highest point, from here the view is better as they claim. But If you are not first timer, you can avoid buying Sky Terrace option, even from level Zero you can find places to enjoy the view along with eating, shopping etc.

GALLERY

City Secret : How come Bangkok “Tuk-Tuk” are so cheap

Bangkok A City of Smile is very well known for it’s vibrant night life, Neon lights, cowboy streets, Temples, Thai Food, Cheap Goods, Canal, Floating Market, Precious Gem Stones and last but not the least “Tuk-Tuk”.

When I started exploring any place which is not too far from Hong Kong and where I can spend my 3 days of vacation, Bangkok came into my mind, and I booked flight tickets and a hotel room, and very next day I landed at Bangkok.

I hate planning stuffs, this trip was too an instant, and unplanned one which is not too bad thing to do. Less you plan, higher the chances you suffer, but that’s the only way you really know a place. And That’s how I learnt about “Tuk-Tuk” and the other Bangkok Scandals.

Tuk-Tuk: is nothing but an Auto Rickshow which is nicely decorated with colorful lights. As soon as you get out of your hotel you will find some one asking you to take you to the most exciting places of Bangkok and when you ask about the fare, it would be just 50-100 Thai BHAT for the entire Day….Yes..i am not drunk…and it’s not a joke. Tuk-Tuk earns 100 THB coupon from every shop they take you. And they always takes you to the places you will hardly like to go otherwise.

In some cases, Tuk-Tuk guys are also a part of some mafia gangs operating to con tourists. For reference, please google it “Gems scandals in Bang Kok”.

So tip from an experienced guy: Be alert when you hire a Tuk-Tuk. If you have time, enjoy where ever the guy takes you, And NEVER BUY ANYTHING.

Main Places TUK-TUK takes you:

1) A Gem-Stone Factory : They will say it’s gov. Authorized biggest Factory in Bang Kok blah blah blah….

2) A Man/Women Cloths/Suits Tailoring shops: They claim once you buy, they will complete it and deliver it to your hotel room next day morning or as soon as possible. Most of the time you wait in your hotel and you just go catch your flight, no one comes back.

3) Canal Ride Ferry Pier: The most highly priced pier it would be, which is not at all worth. Alternate is, there is a pier near Grand Palace, directly go there and get better deal.

4) Ping-Pong Show: Surely not a place one would like to go with family. Avoid it. The place would be so scary, isolated from city and do not know how weird it could be.

So if you already know above, you would be in a better position to avoid being fooled, and would be able to enjoy more.

Last Words: Bang kok is worth visiting, do plan and have fun.