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My Exam is due this March in HK and I have yet to find an affordable and nearest hotel to the testing center. I'll be traveling with a companion. Any travel agency would you recommend? Or is it... Read More

  1. by   miss_cy
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    Transportation via the MTR in Hongkong is pretty much easy and fast and as long as you stay in a hotel near the MTR station, you seems to be near the exam center. Find a cheap hotel near MTR and then try to visit the exam center a day before to give yourself a hint how long it will take to reach the center.

    When I took NCLEX last Aug. 06, I stayed in a nice hotel 30 minutes away by MTR.
    a very nice question....me too! i need to know for those ppol who went to HK and stayed in a hotel near mtr...HOW MUCH DID IT COST YOU for the hotel, d fud, d pasyal, d plane fare and wat airlines u think is cheap (but safe)...everything about the finances in taking the nclex in HK pls post fellas..thanks. im planning to take it again this year.
  2. by   lawrence01
    We have lots of threads in the Int'l forum regarding taking NCLEX in HK. You can search for them there. They are prob. on the other pages if could not be found in the 1st page.
  3. by   loryn
    Quote from lawrence01
    We have lots of threads in the Int'l forum regarding taking NCLEX in HK. You can search for them there. They are prob. on the other pages if could not be found in the 1st page.
    Thanks Lawrence and I'm continually checking other posts.

    Despite my attempts to contact those Hotels directly, only 2/10 replied.

    Have already booked a round-trip flight via Cebu Pacific for only P7,500

    Loryn
  4. by   lawrence01
    Good luck on your hotel canvassing. :spin:
  5. by   stfrancis
    Quote from Aquarian
    If you still have the time to read hotel reviews from travellers themselves, try the Hong Kong Hotels forum section of the www.tripadvisor.com ; www.VirtualTourist.com ; www.travel.yahoo.com ; www.Frommers.com . I was able to get a good rate from www.HotelTravel.com . My personal choice was the Metropark Causeway Bay Hong Kong Hotel (4-star). I was able to book on-line for a Standard Harbourview room for just US$87/night (for March stay). Inclusive of the taxes, the total for 3 nights/4 days was US$261. Much cheaper than getting this room from travel agencies/other on-line bookers. Another cheaper site is www.directrooms.com , but I haven't tried booking there yet, so I cannot say if they really have secured booking system. I feel confident booking in www.HotelTravel.com since I've tried it before with my other travels abroad. You can PM me for other tips.
    Hi! i've checked the hoteltravel site and it seems that their hotel rates are much cheaper than booking for a travel agent. however, i'm hav'in second thoughts in booking for them or with any other ISP travel though they guarantee that all your personal informations will be confidential.
    how safe it is if i booked my reservations online?
    any tips? :wink2:
  6. by   Aquarian
    Oooppsie... sorry for sending the same reply.:smilecoffeecup:
    Last edit by Aquarian on Jan 28, '07 : Reason: I accidentally sent two of the same message.
  7. by   loryn
    Quote from stfrancis
    Hi! i've checked the hoteltravel site and it seems that their hotel rates are much cheaper than booking for a travel agent. however, i'm hav'in second thoughts in booking for them or with any other ISP travel though they guarantee that all your personal informations will be confidential.
    how safe it is if i booked my reservations online?
    any tips? :wink2:
    Exactly what worries me. There are a number sites out there
    and there's no way of determining if they are legit unless these
    Hotels claim they are.

    I would rather pay extra then allow someone to scam me.

    Loryn
  8. by   carminaRN
    Hi.

    I took my NCLEX last December 27, considering its peak season I still spent only $365 for 4d/3n stay on a twin sharing room. I went for the fun tours of cebu pacific. Stayed at South Pacific Hotel.

    Chose that hotel coz its in the commercial district of Causeway. Lots of malls & an MTR station are just walking distance from the hotel. Even if the hotel provides free shuttle to the test site, I opted to go there by MTR. On the day of my exam, I bought a tourist day pass worth HK$50 which is worth the money coz I used it to go to HK disneyland & explore kowloon. Mind you, a single journey to disneyland cost around HK$25.

    As for the hotel room. It was decent. They even let us extend our check out time to 3pm without extra charges coz our airport transfer is 4pm.

    Good Luck with your exam & hope you have a great stay in HK.
  9. by   Aquarian
    Quote from stfrancis
    Hi! i've checked the hoteltravel site and it seems that their hotel rates are much cheaper than booking for a travel agent. however, i'm hav'in second thoughts in booking for them or with any other ISP travel though they guarantee that all your personal informations will be confidential.
    how safe it is if i booked my reservations online?
    any tips? :wink2:
    I can only vouch for the domain I've been using for my Asian travels, that is the HotelTravel.com. They use the Verisign Secure Socket Layer (www.verisign.com) to encrypt information (scrambled data) exchanged between your browser and their site. You can verify the authenticity, ownership, employment status of the domain you're interested in through this. To verify that you are on a secure web page, if you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will see a padlock in the lower right corner. Other browsers have similar visual cues. Major international credit cards have Zero Liability policies now (i.e. VISA) wherein you are not oblige to pay for fraudulent transactions as long as you report them immediately. Constant monitoring of your monthly statements is of utmost importance here. :smilecoffeecup:
    Last edit by Aquarian on Jan 29, '07
  10. by   pinoyRN_23
    ei guys..goodluck to all of you takin the exam on march...i just took my exam for the first time here in california on jan 10 and luckily i passed on my first take in 75 questions...

    i wanted to go back there to at least take the local board exam since i wasnt able to do so cuz im us citizen...

    kudos to ya all!!

    march is a good date since theyll be increasing the passing rate on april 2007 by at least 0.70 logits and they would be focusing on new topics...

    goodluck to ya guys...
  11. by   steve0814
    thanks for the info about that. il b having my exam in HK too this feb, wish me luck... pray for me please! im so nervous................... level of anxiety soooooooooooooooooooo high......................
  12. by   loryn
    Quote from carminaRN
    Hi.

    I took my NCLEX last December 27, considering its peak season I still spent only $365 for 4d/3n stay on a twin sharing room. I went for the fun tours of cebu pacific. Stayed at South Pacific Hotel.

    Chose that hotel coz its in the commercial district of Causeway. Lots of malls & an MTR station are just walking distance from the hotel. Even if the hotel provides free shuttle to the test site, I opted to go there by MTR. On the day of my exam, I bought a tourist day pass worth HK$50 which is worth the money coz I used it to go to HK disneyland & explore kowloon. Mind you, a single journey to disneyland cost around HK$25.

    As for the hotel room. It was decent. They even let us extend our check out time to 3pm without extra charges coz our airport transfer is 4pm.

    Good Luck with your exam & hope you have a great stay in HK.
    I'm actually thinking of purchasing the package at Cebu Pacific, either at Ramada or South Pacific. Most of the hotels I emailed are not that very responsive as I thought. And there is that concern of booking at a 3rd
    party site.

    For the hotel room, I'm not really particular since I'll be out roaming around most of the time. As long as they offer great service and their location is situated near or transportation is very accessible to the testing site, I really don't mind at all.

    Aside from the exam, I'm also excited to tour the nice places Hongkong has to offer.

    Thanks and I do appreciate your contribution.

    Loryn
  13. by   loryn
    Quote from Aquarian
    I can only vouch for the domain I've been using for my Asian travels, that is the HotelTravel.com. They use the Verisign Secure Socket Layer (www.verisign.com) to encrypt information (scrambled data) exchanged between your browser and their site. You can verify the authenticity, ownership, employment status of the domain you're interested in through this. To verify that you are on a secure web page, if you're using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you will see a padlock in the lower right corner. Other browsers have similar visual cues. Major international credit cards have Zero Liability policies now (i.e. VISA) wherein you are not oblige to pay for fraudulent transactions as long as you report them immediately. Constant monitoring of your monthly statements is of utmost importance here. :smilecoffeecup:
    I highly suggest that calling them directly BEFORE making any reservation or payments online to verify their authenticity.

    It pays to do your research in advance and avoid the mistake of rushing decisions.

    Loryn

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