Five solo travel tips for exploring Hong Kong and beyond

Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Travelling solo in Hong Kong can be an exhilarating and empowering experience, offering plenty of opportunities for immersive cultural and culinary experiences, and time for self-discovery and personal growth too – all on your own terms.

“Travelling solo at least once is a must on every bucket list, and Hong Kong is one of the world’s best solo travel destinations for anyone looking to experience a balance of bustling crowds and streets, the most incredible food experiences, and opportunities for quiet self-reflection,” says Shanna Docherty, Regional Head of Trade Sales MEA for Cathay Pacific.

Whether you’re an experienced globetrotter or embarking on your first solo journey, a solo trip to Hong Kong won’t disappoint. Here are a few tips to make your time here worthwhile and memorable.

1. Immerse yourself in local culture and tradition

With its richly diverse cultural tapestry, Hong Kong has a lot to offer travellers searching for opportunities to experience new customs, traditions, and etiquettes. Wander through the Sham Shui Po district – one of the oldest in the city – for instance and get a glimpse into life as a local; from quaint fabric shops frequented by famous designers to street food that includes a Michelin-recommended noodle bar. You can also be part of auspicious festivals and cultural events by planning your trip around special celebrations, such as Chinese New Year festivities and the iconic Dragon Boat festival that takes place on 10 June this year. It helps to brush up on a few common Cantonese phrases and be sure to look up etiquette guides ahead of your travels to help with engaging with locals.

2. Build a travel community

Travelling on your own doesn’t mean your travels have to be a lonely experience. Reaching out to other South Africans who will also be travelling to Hong Kong at the same time as you, friends living in the city and surrounds, or even joining a tour group every now and then will only enrich the experience, without you having to compromise on travelling on your own terms and schedule. If you’re unsure about where to start, Klook is an app dedicated to helping travellers find the best experiences across the globe and offers an easy way to search for and book nearby attractions and tours in Hong Kong and Macau.

3. Take roads less travelled

While iconic attractions like Victoria Peak and Hong Kong Disneyland are must-visit destinations, there’s a lot more to see and do in Hong Kong off the beaten path. Wander along Hollywood Road, where you can shop for antiques and unusual trinkets and spend quiet time at the Man Mo Temple or go on a scenic bike ride along the recently completed 60km cycling track in the New Territories. If you’re up for some fresh air in the great outdoors, then a hike in one of Hong Kong’s many country parks is just the ticket – the MacLehose, Wilson, Lantau and Hong Kong trails are a great option for those who prefer more of a leisurely stroll.

4. Indulge in culinary adventures

It’s no secret that Hong Kong is a paradise for food enthusiasts, with a smorgasbord of cuisine to choose from. Eat your way through the many dim sum hotpots across the city or go food cart hopping for the best street food available. If you’re up for stepping outside of your comfort zone, you could also venture to a traditional teahouse to sample some local delicacies or try a treat or two from one of the many bustling dai pai dongs (open-air food stalls), and Michelin-starred restaurants. Be adventurous and savour the diverse flavours and aromas that define Hong Kong’s culinary landscape.

5. Take time to reflect

Solo travel provides a unique opportunity for self-reflection, introspection, and personal growth. Whether visiting one of the many temples in Hong Kong, strolling along the promenade, practicing mindfulness during a morning Tai Chi session, or enjoying the view of Victoria Harbour at sunset from one of the many bars and restaurants situated in the area, be sure to take the time to enjoy and relish moments of solitude. Embrace the freedom to explore at your own pace, indulge in activities that nourish your soul, and savour the journey of self-discovery.

Solo travel can be an enriching and memorable experience, whether it’s your first time or you’re a seasoned solo travelling veteran. Make your trip a hassle-free experience by booking all your flights, hotel stays and tickets to parades, shows, and other incredible Hong Kong entertainment directly on Cathay Pacific’s easy-to-use booking platform. Visit for deals, travel inspiration and so much more.

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