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You can probably do Hong Kong for £1,000 if you don't mind staying in something somewhere a bit on the cheap side.
I think a few people have missed my follow up...I've booked.

I'm off to Hong Kong on November 24th for 6 days (I actually have 5 and a half days there), I'm staying in the City View which is right next to an MTR line. All booked through British Airways, direct flights on a A380 and an upgraded room with buffet breakfast...£620.
 
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I think a few people have missed my follow up...I've booked.

I'm off to Hong Kong on November 24th for 6 days (I actually have 5 and a half days there), I'm staying in the City View which is right next to an MTR line. All booked through British Airways, direct flights on a A380 and an upgraded room with buffet breakfast...£620.
Post a review when you get back. Sounds like a few are interested in HK
 
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I think a few people have missed my follow up...I've booked.

I'm off to Hong Kong on November 24th for 6 days (I actually have 5 and a half days there), I'm staying in the City View which is right next to an MTR line. All booked through British Airways, direct flights on a A380 and an upgraded room with buffet breakfast...£620.
Sounds brilliant and I didn't realise Hong Kong was so cheap. Thats on my list now...
Hum £1529 per person is the cheapest I can find. Did you book through a travel agent?
 
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Sounds brilliant and I didn't realise Hong Kong was so cheap. Thats on my list now...
Hum £1529 per person is the cheapest I can find. Did you book through a travel agent?
I booked direct with BA although I found similar prices on Expedia. I had to play around with dates a bit. I'm going on the Saturday (24th Nov) which I find usually keeps the cost down a bit, arrive back the home the following Saturday. £1500 would have got me some seriously luxury! My hotel (CityView) looks good enough though and is right next to an MTR stop.

Heathrow BA flights on the A380. 12 hours going out (6.30pm flight so get there 4pm ish the next day) and an 11.30pm flight home so get back to Heathrow at 4.45am the next morning (over 13 hours coming home).

As far as I can tell Hong Kong itself is pretty cheap. Certainly transport around the islands etc appears to be a bargain.
 
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I think a few people have missed my follow up...I've booked.

I'm off to Hong Kong on November 24th for 6 days (I actually have 5 and a half days there), I'm staying in the City View which is right next to an MTR line. All booked through British Airways, direct flights on a A380 and an upgraded room with buffet breakfast...£620.
If you need tips, or have any questions, do not hesitate to give me a msg.

I can give you tips on food must eats, travel, Octopus cards (Oyster equivalent), places to see, must see, avoid, best time for places, best views.
 
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I booked direct with BA although I found similar prices on Expedia. I had to play around with dates a bit. I'm going on the Saturday (24th Nov) which I find usually keeps the cost down a bit, arrive back the home the following Saturday. £1500 would have got me some seriously luxury! My hotel (CityView) looks good enough though and is right next to an MTR stop.

Heathrow BA flights on the A380. 12 hours going out (6.30pm flight so get there 4pm ish the next day) and an 11.30pm flight home so get back to Heathrow at 4.45am the next morning (over 13 hours coming home).

As far as I can tell Hong Kong itself is pretty cheap. Certainly transport around the islands etc appears to be a bargain.
Ha, that is down the road from where i am staying (Cordis, off the Mong Kok station).

Kowloon is a good place to stay, lots to see in that area, Temple St, Ladies Market, the popular electronic streets, etc etc.
 
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I'm back! My immediate take away is that Hong Kong is the most beautiful, serene, surreal and accessible city I've ever visited. I'll do a full guide/write-up in the next few days, but these three sum up my week quite nicely...

Hong Kong
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My favourite example that sticks in my mind: on the MTR packed in, can barely move, yet I step off that MTR and within minutes I'm beginning a 15km trail where I literally do not see another human being for the entire 3hr duration. Despite that, and feeling like I'm in the middle of nowhere, there are well marked trails, street lights, information posts and even public toilets. That wasn't a one-off either, I did 3 trails during my trip and it was the same each time. Considering I was alone, in a completely alien-to-me place and at times way off the usual tourist haunts I felt surprisingly relaxed. I even took my first ever selfie...

Hong Kong
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I practised my usual technique of getting up really early, being pretty much done with my itinerary by lunchtime, then having a rest for a bit and taking in some of the city in the early evening. Having passed the massive peak tram lines during the day whilst I was on a bus earlier in the week, it was a nice moment when I arrived at the terminus at 8am on Friday to be the only person there. Trips become so much more efficient when you're literally saving hours of queuing etc.

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I also spent a hilariously small amount of money in a week. Most of the main things I did were free (walking!) so it was just topping up the Octopus card and eating. If I remember correctly the 45 minute boat ride to the starting point of one of the trails cost £1.80, as an example. I spent about £180 all in (including transport to/from airport), the most expensive single thing for me was the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, but even that was only £20.

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I'd need another 5 days to really finish off all the bits I'd like to do, there are 3 more trails on the list and loads more of the city I'd like to explore at night. After 64 miles walked though I was pretty pleased to be coming home after 6 days!
 
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I would head straight up to Scotland for wildlife and landscapes.
I wouldn't....not in November. Not wintery enough for the snow but the Autumn is gone. Scotland, IMHO is at its best from Mid May to Late October.

£1000 and I'd be off to Spain.

Edit - the OP went to Hong Kong and their pictures look great and better than a week of misery up here.
 
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I'm back! My immediate take away is that Hong Kong is the most beautiful, serene, surreal and accessible city I've ever visited. I'll do a full guide/write-up in the next few days, but these three sum up my week quite nicely...

Hong Kong
by Chris Harrison, on Flickr

Hong Kong
by Chris Harrison, on Flickr

Hong Kong
by Chris Harrison, on Flickr

My favourite example that sticks in my mind: on the MTR packed in, can barely move, yet I step off that MTR and within minutes I'm beginning a 15km trail where I literally do not see another human being for the entire 3hr duration. Despite that, and feeling like I'm in the middle of nowhere, there are well marked trails, street lights, information posts and even public toilets. That wasn't a one-off either, I did 3 trails during my trip and it was the same each time. Considering I was alone, in a completely alien-to-me place and at times way off the usual tourist haunts I felt surprisingly relaxed. I even took my first ever selfie...

Hong Kong
by Chris Harrison, on Flickr

I practised my usual technique of getting up really early, being pretty much done with my itinerary by lunchtime, then having a rest for a bit and taking in some of the city in the early evening. Having passed the massive peak tram lines during the day whilst I was on a bus earlier in the week, it was a nice moment when I arrived at the terminus at 8am on Friday to be the only person there. Trips become so much more efficient when you're literally saving hours of queuing etc.

Hong Kong
by Chris Harrison, on Flickr

I also spent a hilariously small amount of money in a week. Most of the main things I did were free (walking!) so it was just topping up the Octopus card and eating. If I remember correctly the 45 minute boat ride to the starting point of one of the trails cost £1.80, as an example. I spent about £180 all in (including transport to/from airport), the most expensive single thing for me was the Ngong Ping 360 cable car, but even that was only £20.

Hong Kong
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I'd need another 5 days to really finish off all the bits I'd like to do, there are 3 more trails on the list and loads more of the city I'd like to explore at night. After 64 miles walked though I was pretty pleased to be coming home after 6 days!

You said HK is "most beautiful, serene, surreal and accessible city I've ever visited", my friend thinks HK is like the opposite, mostly I think because she (and I) had terrible jet lag and she was sick so didn't get up until midday 2 out of the 3 days meaning every time we went out it was packed everywhere and queues everywhere.
 
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You said HK is "most beautiful, serene, surreal and accessible city I've ever visited", my friend thinks HK is like the opposite, mostly I think because she (and I) had terrible jet lag and she was sick so didn't get up until midday 2 out of the 3 days meaning every time we went out it was packed everywhere and queues everywhere.
It could easily be the opposite, the queues for things during the day looked horrendous. However I found pre-10am to be really nice everywhere, and then I was often in the middle of nowhere during peak hours.
 
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It could easily be the opposite, the queues for things during the day looked horrendous. However I found pre-10am to be really nice everywhere, and then I was often in the middle of nowhere during peak hours.
That is the thing, if you are an early person, pretty much nothing opens apart from the bakery and Dim Sum places. If you want to get up to pop into GAP or Vodafone at 9am you'd be out of luck. Most retail, or shopping malls in general don't start trading from around 11am onwards, but they do stay open until 8pm/10pm.

I think we had a polar opposite experiences, the day we went up to the peak the Tram was out of order so we took a taxi (£6 so wasn't expensive), ate at "relatively" nice places and went for cocktails, the bar tab at Ozone was £100 for 4 drinks…

It is amazing a place so small you can have a very different experience depends what you want and looking for.
 
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I'm glad your trip was as good as you've said. I grew up there in the 60s/70s and been back a number of times since on holidays. It is my spiritual home, I love it. I'm so glad you went trail walking, there is a fantastic network of trails in the New Territories now.
 
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You said HK is "most beautiful, serene, surreal and accessible city I've ever visited", my friend thinks HK is like the opposite, mostly I think because she (and I) had terrible jet lag and she was sick so didn't get up until midday 2 out of the 3 days meaning every time we went out it was packed everywhere and queues everywhere.
i half agree with this, i live here in HK (originally from mansfield but moved here 2 years ago)
Hk is an amazing place if you live in the city and can escape. i live on Lantau island and its a nightmare to get anywhere for sunrise etc as the traffic doesnt start until 6am and we arent allowed personal cars. there are some amazing vistas if you like hiking though. as said the public transport is very efficient and cheap in the city, the collection of islands has something for everybody though no matter what your photography style.
If anybody is planning on a visit in 2019 give me a shout if you need some pointers.
 
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I would vote for Slovenia. Beautiful country, lovely people, reasonably cheap. My favourite destination so far.
I'm actually going to do this for my next trip! Just waiting for easyjet to release their spring flights and I'm going to go mid-May, rent a car and travel around for 5 days.
 
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Went to Slovenia for a work trip a couple of years back.

Had really hoped to extend the trip into the weekend and get my wife and daughter out there to join me as I would have loved to explore more.

We only got to see Ljubljana, but I wanted to go to Lake Bled and/or see the Lipizzanner (sp?) horses.

Did manage to see this amazing castle though:

 
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Presently in Morocco as some will know. Probably a very close second to India for street, landscape, architecture, exotic culture, and only 2 1/2 hours from Gatwick to Casablanca.

But you'll need a strong stomach and psyche to cope.
 
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