Sadly, with all of the back and forth with booking flights, my cousin thought our layover was in Beijing and I thought we were going to Singapore. About a week before a trip I double checked our tickets and realized that our layover was in fact in Hong Kong. Knowing that we were going to have a 12-hour layover in Hong Kong, my cousin and I agreed that, it wouldn’t make sense for us to get a hotel. Our flight arrived in Hong Kong at 6:30pm and our flight started boarding to Bali at 11am the next morning. Little did we know what adventure we were about to embark on.
Before our flight, I made sure that we did not need a visa if, we wanted to leave the airport once we arrived (we didn’t). If you have a long layover, I recommend checking to see if any visas are required if you want to leave the airport and explore.
What Does One Do On A 15-hour flight?
Great question! I often hear people say the biggest reason they don’t travel is that they can’t deal with the long flights. I always tell people you eat, sleep, watch a movie, and repeat about 3-4 times while on the plane.
Our flight left at noon, however, I would recommend booking a redeye flight if you can. With that being said my cousin and I were wide awake once we got on the plane. On Hong Kong Airlines, you are given a blanket, pillow, earplugs, earphones, socks, and an eye mask to make your trip as relaxing a possible.
I took this time as an opportunity to see all of the latest movies. In total, I watched 5 movies. Nodding off here and there to the sounds of being asked what I wanted to eat. As a vegan, I have found that even when I make a special request I have yet to receive a fully vegan meal. I always make sure I am stocked with my favorite vegan snacks before boarding. Throughout the flight, you are given two meals and two snacks in between.
Hong Kong Night Life
We finally arrived in Hong Kong and both my cousin and I were tired and hungry. Since we had a connecting flight, we didn’t have to bring our checked bags. We only had to walk around the city with our carry-ons. The only problem was learning to navigate through the language barriers in order to get into the city. We were told that in order to go into the city that we could take the train (30 mins) or the bus (1 hour). With ample time to kill we decided to take the bus.