Why Hong Kong is a Perfect Solo Travel Destination

This post was updated on October 19th, 2018

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Hong Kong may seem like an overwhelming city to visit alone for the first time. However, I went here by myself and found it was an excellent city for solo travel. Here are four reasons why Hong Kong is a perfect solo travel destination.

English Is Prevalent

Sign in Hong Kong

English is prevalent including in street signs. Can you figure out how to get to Disneyland?

From 1841 to 1997, Hong Kong was a British colony. While it is now a Special Administrative Region of China, its British past is still noticeable. Cantonese and English are the official languages. Most signs, especially those on the subway, in the airport, and on the road, are in Chinese and English. Announcements on the MTR (the metro) are in Cantonese and English, and many businesses and restaurant menus also use English. Enough people speak English that it’s easy to get around and communicate with others.

Getting Around Is Easy

Hong Kong skyline.

It only costs $2HK to take the ferry from Kowloon Hong Kong island. Plus you get great views of the amazing skyline.

I usually get lost when I travel, but that wasn’t an issue here. Walking around Hong Kong is easy. There are tourist signs that point the direction to various attractions. The subway system is simple to use and offers access to the whole city. You can even take the subway to and from Hong Kong Airport. For a first-time visitor, I didn’t have to worry about getting lost.

It’s Safe

Hong Kong at night.

I felt safe at night.

Like any city, there is some crime, but for travellers, Hong Kong is a pretty safe city. As a woman, I felt safe travelling alone to Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Lantau Island, and the New Territories. The most prominent issue you’re likely to encounter is people trying to sell you fake goods. Ignoring them or saying “not interested” and walking away is all you need to do. Should you require assistance, the police are readily available, and you can reach them by calling 999.

Lots to Do for All Budgets

Hong Kong Park.

Entrance to Hong Kong Park, which is a lovely park in the middle of the city with a small (and free) zoo.

In Hong Kong, you can stay in a five-star hotel, shop at designer stores, eat at fancy restaurants, and spend a lot of money. If you’re on a budget, this is the perfect city to visit. There are plenty of guesthouses and hostels for medium to minimal budgets. There are lots of markets in Kowloon if you want to shop without breaking the bank. There are also lots of free attractions like Kowloon Park, and the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. You’ll also find cheap street foods like egg tarts and low-cost local restaurants.

This city has something for everyone. There are temples, museums, parks, markets, beaches, and mountains. It even has its own Disneyland. Plus, you’re only a ferry ride away from Macau and an MTR ride from Shenzhen in mainland China. Hong Kong is a city that’s bustling 24/7. There is always something to see or do in Hong Kong.

Things You Should Know
This post is a paid post with a promotional link that I (Alouise) wrote. I spent five days in Hong Kong in March of 2016, and I wrote this post from my own experience. Hong Kong quickly became one of my favourite cities, and I sincerely recommend it as a solo travel destination.
While in Hong Kong I stayed at the Peak Premium Guesthouse inside Mirador Mansion in Kowloon. I was delighted with the quality of the guesthouse and the location, which was a 2-minute walk from Kowloon Park as well as the subway.
If you are not on a strict budget, there are plenty of high-end hotels that you can book here.

Would you take a solo trip to Hong Kong? What’s your favourite solo travel destination. Let me know in the comments below.

8 comments on “Why Hong Kong is a Perfect Solo Travel Destination

  1. I never really thought about Hong Kong being an ideal spot for solo travel, but you make some pretty good points. I know that having a language barrier can be a bit of a problem, so for me personally, it’s nice to know that English is one of the dominant languages. I love walking around new cities, so it’s cool to know that HK is walking-friendly!

  2. Hong Kong is one of my most favourite places in the world. I did a five week house sit there on Hong Kong Island by myself and felt perfectly safe and yes it’s so easy to get around. I totally agree with you that Hong Kong is a perfect solo travel destination. Just reading this makes me want to return.

  3. It’s true that it’s a very easy city for English-speaking travellers, and also good for different budgets as well. Easy to get around, lots to see and do, and some great food, often at the kinds of places you don’t feel uncomfortable if you’re on your own.

  4. Hong Kong is on my bucket list but I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed at the thought of planning it. SO glad to hear you think it is a great solo place to visit. I love walking cities and it is so important to feel safe!

  5. I went to HK many years ago with a partner, but agree that it’s great for solo travellers too. The city is very safe, and with plenty to do for all budgets. The English signs really help too; my Chinese is non-existent!

  6. I never really thought of Hong Kong as a solo destination. Big cities tend to scare me if I’m alone so I’m glad to hear that this is different. And I also get lost easily but sounds like Hong Kong is tourist friendly!

  7. For solo travel, safety is the main criteria to select a place. As HongKong is safe, I would love to travel solo without any tensions. Also it suits to all budgets which is another good point to visit this place all alone. Thanks for sharing all wonderful points to convince me to go for HongKong all alone.

  8. I actually never thought that Hongkong is a good place for solo travel, but you definitely make your points! Safety is really important for solo travelers, and being able to communicate in English will be useful too. It’s great that Hongkong provides different options for travelers too. As a budget traveler, I would love to visit here.

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