According to the data from KAYAK.com.hk, travelers can save up to 44% on the price of flights by adding just one stopover. Yet 96% of the flight search results on the KAYAK.com.hk site are filtered to show only non-stop flights. The travel search engine recommends planning ahead and taking the opportunity to visit two cities instead of one, to make the most of your time in transit.
KAYAK.com.hk has compiled a guide to some of the best transit airports and cities for Hong Kong travellers heading abroad, helping them enjoy every minute of their holiday.
Taipei – Stopover time: 2 hours or more
Taoyuan International Airport offers travelers free gym facilities, gaming and cultural galleries as well as mini movie theatres to enjoy during transfers. Massage chairs are available at Terminal 2 and travelers can enjoy a free 15 minute massage with tokens from nearby duty free shops.
Singapore – Stopover time: 2 to 6 hours
Changi Airport was voted the Best Airport for Sleeping in 2015 and it’s no surprise with the number of free massage chairs available. These chairs even have built-in mobile charging outlets, allowing transit passengers to recharge their bodies and their devices! By flying with specific airlines, passengers can also receive a SG$20 (HK$110) voucher that can be redeemed at the iShopChangi information centre. Those who have more than 6 hours in the city can enjoy a free half-day sightseeing tour of Singapore, available with selected airlines. The tour includes some of Singapore’s best attractions like the Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay, and the vibrant neighbourhood of Kampong Glam.
Bangkok – Stopover time: 3 to 8 hours
Offering glittering temples, bustling markets and delicious food, Bangkok has a lot to offer as a stopover. Suvarnabhumi Airport itself has numerous fantastic restaurants and relaxing spa services. Travellers that have a few hours to spare, can consider visiting the amazing Grand Palace, shopping around Siam Square, or experiencing one of the floating markets for a meal by the river.
Seoul – Stopover time: 3 to 8 hours
Seoul is a shopper’s ultimate paradise. Travellers who have more time should venture out of the airport to check out the city and the boutiques in Myeong-dong or Cheongdam-dong for fashionistas. If you’re travelling overnight, Dongdaemum night market is open from 8:00 pm to 4:00 am. Those who prefer a more relaxed schedule or are slightly more pressed for time can visit the spa located in Incheon International Airport. There they can indulge in the full Korean sauna experience and rejuvenate for the next leg of the journey.
Dubai – Stopover time: 8 hours or more
Passengers choosing Dubai as a stopover can easily visit the traditional Spice Souq or the Gold Souq. They can also book a tour to the tallest skyscraper in the world, Burj Khalifa or book a desert safari to capture the wilder side of Dubai. There are endless tours and activities available for every type of traveler during even the shortest of stopovers at Dubai.
Even a few hours in transit can be transformed from dead time into an action packed itinerary with just a bit of pre-planning. Hong Kongers can search for their next trip with a stopover at KAYAK.com.hk and experience the best of two cities for the price of one!