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From the Peaceful to the Hectic

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A December 2007 trip to Hong Kong by Hotcurrie

Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort Photo, Langkawi, Malaysia More Photos
Quote: A Peaceful Christmas in beautiful Langkawi followed by a hectic New Year in Hong Kong - Talk about polar opposites

From the Peaceful to the Hectic

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Street Market Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We travelled to Langkawi, Malaysia for Christmas 2007 to relax by the pool and enjoy the warm sunny days. Langkawi still has that ‘tropical paradise’ feel, having managed to avoid the push for the tourist dollar that has turned its neighbour Penang into the high rise hotel jungle it has become. There is a wide range of accommodation and restaurant options on offer, from backpacker to five star luxury.If you’re looking for somewhere where relaxation is the number past time then Langkawi is the place for you. There are only a handful of attractions to see and the shopping is not all that special, except for the alcohol which thanks to Langkawi’s duty/tax free status is very cheap.Ho...Read More

Le Meridien Cyberport

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Hotel

Le Meridien Cyberport Photo, Hong Kong, China
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We stayed at the Le Méridien Cyberport Hotel on Hong Kong Island. Cyberport is a technology based business park which has been constructed on reclaimed land in the Telegraph Bay, or, Kong Sin Wan, area on the southwest side of Hong Kong Island. Its construction was intended to promote the development of information technology and multimedia industries in Hong Kong to take advantage of the rapid growth of the internet.Nettled amongst the many IT companies is the Le Méridien Cyberport. Each of the 170 rooms features both cutting-edge technology and a panoramic view of Telegraph Bay. Only minutes from the city centre and close by Aberdeen Harbour, Ocean Park, Jumbo Floating Restaurant and Rep...Read More

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Le Meridien Cyberport
100 Cyberport Rd.
Hong Kong
+852-2980-7788

Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort

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Hotel

Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort Photo, Langkawi, Malaysia
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In December 2007 we travelled to the north western shore of Peninsular Malaysia, to an ancient group of islands collectively known as Pulau Langkawi, or, Langkawi, to enjoy a warm, relaxing Christmas holiday. And relax we did, spending at least 6 hours a day sitting by the pool soaking up the sun, food and drink. We stayed at the Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort, a charming resort with both hotel style rooms and private chalets designed in traditional Malaysian architecture. The resort is located along an idyllic stretch of small private beaches, only 15mins from the airport and is set amidst 15ha of lush tropical forest; complete with monkeys, flying shrew and very loud beetles which let fl...Read More

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Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
Teluk Nibong
Langkawi 07000
+60 (4) 9551901

Feast Restaurant

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Restaurant

Feast Restaurant Photo, Langkawi, Malaysia
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The Feast Restaurant offers excellent views over lush forrest, the pool area or the Andaman Sea with the option of either indoor or outdoor alfresco dining.A typical hotel buffet with a slight twist; there are 2 cooking stations that prepare your selected food as you watch. There are 5 buffet tables to select from; Seafood and meat - a good selection of tiger prawns, mussels (already cooked), mantis prawns, crab, steak or lamb,Noodle bar - a selection of stir fry ingredients.A third buffet table contains the normal selection of cold meats (no ham), cheese, salads, smoked fish and a big selection of Asian dishes; some of which were nice and some of which ...Read More

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Feast Restaurant
Sheraton Langkawi Beach Resort
Langkawi 07000
+60 (4) 9551901

Jumbo Floating Restaurant

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Restaurant

Jumbo Floating Restaurant Photo, Hong Kong, China
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A visit to Aberdeen Harbour isn't complete without stopping at the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant. First established in 1976 the restaurant is modelled on a Chinese Imperial Palace complete with Golden Dragons at the entrance. Inside are 3 floors housing 4 different restaurants serving various styles of Cantonese food.We elected to try the Dim Sum restaurant on the 3rd floor.The reservation system was something of a experience in of itself. There is a small lectern behind which stands the reservations person, the most powerful person in the room. After fighting our way through the throng of expectant dinners; we have learnt that in HK you are not rewarded for standing back, we w...Read More

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Jumbo Floating Restaurant
Shum Wan Pier Drive
Hong Kong
+852 2553-9111

Victoria Peak

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Attraction

Victoria Peak Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Perhaps the oldest and best known sight-seeing attraction in Hong Kong, Victoria Peak is well worth visiting just before sunset for absolutely breathe-taking views over Hong Kong city and Kowloon. Starting life as a residential district for Hong Kong's wealthy, Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island at 552m above sea level. There are several ways to get to Victoria Peak; bus, taxi or via The Peak Tram, each of which is an experience in itself. We elected to take the Tram up and a taxi back mostly to avoid the crowds, which were quite large.The Peak Tram, which connects the city and the Peak Tower, was constructed in 1888 and cost 15c per return trip - a far cry ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 16, 2008

Victoria Peak
128 Peak Road.
Hong Kong
+852 2807 6543

Oriental Village & Cable Car

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Attraction | "Oriental Village & Cable Car"

Mat Cincang Mountain Photo, Langkawi, Malaysia
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Located on the North side of the island is the Oriental Village & Cable Car. The village is a themed shopping centre of individually designed buildings showcasing Malaysian and Oriental architecture, selling a mixture of local souvenirs. The cable car is located towards the rear of the village which means you have to walk through the oriental garden and souvenir shops. It costs RM25 per adult and goes to the top of Mt Mat Chinchang, Langkawi's 2nd highest mountain. The day we went there was a large line for tickets and an even longer line to board the cars. Given the large numbers of people who obviously visit the cable car we were quite surprised by the relatively low numb...Read More

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Disneyland Hong Kong

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Attraction

Disneyland Hong Kong Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong Disneyland is the newest of the Disney Parks, having opened in 2004; there is still some construction going on. Whilst it is considerably smaller than the other Disneylands, it still has the same 'happiest place of Earth' feel about it, including a Disney Parade and fireworks show. I read a lot of negative reviews about HK Disney before we went, mainly about how much smaller it is than the others; how it doesn't have enough rides etc. However, I now think that being smaller has some advantages;The lines were shorter - we never had to wait more than 30mins once during the whole day. You can see the whole park in one day - we took several days at Anaheim a...Read More

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Disneyland Hong Kong
Disneyland Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Ocean Park

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Attraction

Ocean Park Photo, Hong Kong, China
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Located between Aberdeen Harbour and Repulse Bay is Ocean Park. This somewhat disjointed theme park is worth a visit if only to see the "Mr Squid" food stand! Ocean Park is a fairly large park made more so by the fact it is spread out over both sides of a rather large mountain, connected by a cable car. By far the biggest attraction on the lower side, and perhaps the whole park, is the Panda Bear exhibit, and I think they know it as it is by far the best maintained and presented display in the park. There are three Panda Bears in the enclosure 2 females and 1 male. They are fairly inactive spending a lot of their time sleeping. We were however luckily enough to see one of the females sitti...Read More

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Ocean Park
Ocean Park Road Aberdeen
Hong Kong 4000039
+852 2552 0291