Well, my first experience coming to Hong Kong Airport was forgettable, but this experience was stellar.
When I got off the train, I literally walked 15 meters and I was greeted by an open-air arrivals terminal. I thought it was spectacular to connect the train and even passenger drop-off (vehicles) directly to the arrival hall. There were literally buses and vehicles just above the train, which is unbelievably efficient. Not to mention that I got to the airport taking two trains across four islands in 30 minutes. HK has the most efficient train system (that I’ve personally been in) in the world.
In Bangkok, check-in would have about 3 people. With lines of 75 people, there would still be only 3 check-in queues, which is repulsive. However, Cathay Pacific and HK Airport had 12…speeding up the lines and never being a problem.
After going to Malaysia and being in line for 45 minutes, I realized how pathetic it was. Hey, Los Angeles Airport, for visitors outside of America, is an absolute DISASTER! The lines are sickening! However, for American citizens, it’s a breeze.
Well, HK Airport was also a breeze. The lines for “visitors” was a bit long, but only about 10 minutes. When I came here, they didn’t have 2 officers per 75 people like KL Airport has. They had 12-15 officers…speeding up lines considerably.
So real big props to immigration in HK!
Hands down, the best place I’ve ever eaten at since the taco house at San Francisco Airport. Delicious beef burger (but without the fries) and a freshly squeezed juice. This was just after immigration (on the same level). I was a bit worried, because the worst experienced I ever had was at Vientiane Airport. Luckily I had eaten at a family-owned soup shop before heading to the airport because there wasn’t a single eatery inside the airport. Always do a little research before checking in. At Bangkok Airport, I always get the usual pepperoni pizza (ridiculously delicious) at Dean and Deluca. That’s another must have. If you’re not a meat eater, these shops have a great variety of vege dishes.
FYI – If you go there, make sure you get someone who’s “non” foreign. Apparently the foreign waiters and waitresses have terrible attitudes. LOL
As I sit here, I’m looking at clouds blanketing the gorgeous green hills that are off at a very-close distance. Skyscrapers, and I mean a many of them, are just before the mountains, some of them even on the mountains. Cathay Pacific jets are coming in and out of the gates with yet again, a very efficient ground-working crew at the bottom. This restaurant, which has a spectacular view, has great jazz music playing and wonderful decor. What fascinated me the most was the girl who was sitting across from me. She’s absolutely American (with a Chinese heritage) because she didn’t pull out her phone once and had only a book. I miss those days. Just to the left of me is a businessman making a powerpoint and another guy on his phone.
All in all, this is my second favorite airport. I still think Bangkok Airport is quick with checking in, security and immigration (at times). However, there’s a massive separation between 3 and 2/ 2 and 1 — 1 being Singapore Airport.
Nonetheless, I’m so grateful for having gone on this trip and I hope you guys enjoyed all the content I put out. What’s next? Not exactly sure. Have to handle some documents and get a new visa, and if I do, I might take some time off until October/November.