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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   loryn
    Quote from pazquina
    I have found this site to be very informative! I was wondering if anyone there have scheduled for nclex-rn in hongkong by march 29th and would be interested in sharing the anxiety related to the exam and travel. Am still searching for a reasonably priced hotel near the testing site or a good package -airfare with accommodation...that part would definitely be one less worry on D-day itself! But will check out those sites mentioned elsewhere in this thread though.Thanks for the info.
    By the way,are you aware of the most significant changes in the NCLEX that will be effective on April 1st? Please enlighten me more...Again many thanks from a newbie in this forum.
    Thanks for sharing and if you find a suitable hotel, don't forget to post them here so I can fix my dilemma as well.

    Try your luck at Las Palmas Tours & Travel and look for Olive (995-0723). They offer complete package, flight (PAL or Cathay Pacific) and hotel accommodation, with extra freebies.

    Right now, i'm still not decided if to proceed with HotelTravel or just buy my reservations at Cebu Pacific.

    Loryn
  2. by   loryn
    Quote from pazquina
    I have found this site to be very informative! I was wondering if anyone there have scheduled for nclex-rn in hongkong by march 29th and would be interested in sharing the anxiety related to the exam and travel. Am still searching for a reasonably priced hotel near the testing site or a good package -airfare with accommodation...that part would definitely be one less worry on D-day itself! But will check out those sites mentioned elsewhere in this thread though.Thanks for the info.
    By the way,are you aware of the most significant changes in the NCLEX that will be effective on April 1st? Please enlighten me more...Again many thanks from a newbie in this forum.
    For more info on the NCLEX passing standard changes:

    http://allnurses.com/forums/f195/ncs...am-204142.html

    Study, study, study and you'll do fine.

    Good Luck!

    Loryn
  3. by   pazquina
    Quote from loryn
    Thanks for sharing and if you find a suitable hotel, don't forget to post them here so I can fix my dilemma as well.

    Try your luck at Las Palmas Tours & Travel and look for Olive (995-0723). They offer complete package, flight (PAL or Cathay Pacific) and hotel accommodation, with extra freebies.

    Right now, i'm still not decided if to proceed with HotelTravel or just buy my reservations at Cebu Pacific.

    Loryn

    hi there! finally settled for a studio-type flat rented out by seemingly enterprising filipino-owners( from what I gathered) located right at wing lok st, sheung wan district. The promo homestay package is for nclex takers bound for HK. The cost is 198USD for 3D/2N, twin sharing....add 36USD for an extra night. airport transfer to accommodation site and back, welcome drinks and accompanying coordinator to exam site included. I certainly hope this package will be good enough as promoted; airfare obviously not included. call Budatravelmanila tel 920-9474 to 75 for your inquiries.
    most of the hotels nearby have already been booked on the dates I had planned or have higher rates well beyond my budget. so much for early planning, huh? I guess it is really better to book 2-3 months ahead of exam day. Or better yet, pick an exam date on an off peak season in HK for better money values!I just hope this works out just fine! now, i can set that aside and focus again on my review. Tough times ahead!
  4. by   loryn
    Quote from bonsai_25
    Aquarian,

    Hey I booked in Metropark hotel, Kowloon. It used to be called Metropole hotel hehe. Its located at waterlood road, near yau ma tei station. WE only booked the standard room. Surprisingly, the room is okay for 3 persons, and the extra bed is not bad, its as big as the the regular beds. Plus the bed and pillows are really comfortable unlike the other hotels so I've heard.
    I just don't like that its far from the MTR station. Its like 15 to 20 min walk from the hotel. BUt the hotel was very helpful despite the language barrier.
    If you plan to tour the place after the exam, I suggest you take a hotel from the Kowloon side because Hongkong side is more of a business district. But if you want a place away from the tourist place hmm, I think most of them are far from the MTR station.. sadly.



    Mrschuks,

    Yep the prices you will see in hoteltravel includes all the charges and extra taxes. You do not have to worry for hidden charges hehe. I booked my airline ticket online also from cebupacific. It was during their sale.
    I did not use the MTR airline express, its quite expensive when you can take the citybus for 33 dollars. BUt at the end of your trip, you might want to take the hotel's shuttle service or a cab, because boy you will be so tired haha. Goodluck
    Is it true that even if you book a month before your arrival date with HotelTravel, the only time they will charge you is days before or arrival
    at the hotel?

    Aside from Ramada, I'm adding Novotel Century Harbourview Hotel among my choices.

    Loryn
  5. by   loucil
    I took the exam last january, Central Park Hotel is near the exam site. it's 3 to 5 mins walk to grandmillenium. hotels in the kowloon side they say is cheaper try checking the web site of the hotel in hongkong, hotel rates changes. don't take a cab.....its expensive, the MTR is easy to take. good luck
  6. by   loryn
    Quote from pazquina
    hi there! finally settled for a studio-type flat rented out by seemingly enterprising filipino-owners( from what I gathered) located right at wing lok st, sheung wan district. The promo homestay package is for nclex takers bound for HK. The cost is 198USD for 3D/2N, twin sharing....add 36USD for an extra night. airport transfer to accommodation site and back, welcome drinks and accompanying coordinator to exam site included. I certainly hope this package will be good enough as promoted; airfare obviously not included. call Budatravelmanila tel 920-9474 to 75 for your inquiries.
    most of the hotels nearby have already been booked on the dates I had planned or have higher rates well beyond my budget. so much for early planning, huh? I guess it is really better to book 2-3 months ahead of exam day. Or better yet, pick an exam date on an off peak season in HK for better money values!I just hope this works out just fine! now, i can set that aside and focus again on my review. Tough times ahead!
    I'm sure those who are planning to take their future exam in HK will find those package details posted helpful especially those who are in a tight belt when it comes to expenses.

    Planning at least 2-4 month in advance has definitely put you on a high edge so you wouldn't have to worry of these simple things when it comes to your exam date and maintain your focus with your review.

    Loryn
  7. by   loryn
    Quote from loucil
    I took the exam last january, Central Park Hotel is near the exam site. it's 3 to 5 mins walk to grandmillenium. hotels in the kowloon side they say is cheaper try checking the web site of the hotel in hongkong, hotel rates changes. don't take a cab.....its expensive, the MTR is easy to take. good luck
    Despite several grueling weeks of planning (my review not getting in the way and always been a priority), I might end up at Novotel Century Harbourview Hong Kong which is near Central Park and not as expensive as other hotels.

    Can't wait to have things settled already, March is just around the corner.

    God Bless and thanks!

    Loryn
  8. by   loryn
    Guys,

    Any recommendation of places to visit while in HK aside from Ocean Park, Disneyland, The Peak?

    Loryn
  9. by   loryn
    Quote from loucil
    I took the exam last january, Central Park Hotel is near the exam site. it's 3 to 5 mins walk to grandmillenium. hotels in the kowloon side they say is cheaper try checking the web site of the hotel in hongkong, hotel rates changes. don't take a cab.....its expensive, the MTR is easy to take. good luck
    Yes, take the MTR which is the most convenient means to go from one point to the other. Over 2.4 million people on the move every weekday, making it one of the most heavily utilized mass transit systems in the world.

    Loryn
  10. by   steve0814
    Quote from loryn
    Guys,

    Any recommendation of places to visit while in HK aside from Ocean Park, Disneyland, The Peak?

    Loryn
    hello guys im back! still waiting for the results...... oh my god! finally im done! :hatparty: i took the exam last february and still waiting for the results... whew too bad that my state does not participate in quick results service, i really have to wait then.. this part is the most nerve wrecking part..... whow! i just hope the results would come soon..

    places to visit? hmm.. i recommend *ngong ping., its really nice there. the one with the *giant buddha.. its also nice to take the *sky rail to go there its a great experience! *po lin monastery (oh yeah! i advice you guys to use the 50$ unlimited MTR card! its worth it!!! you can go anywhere with that card! though its valid only for exactly 24 hours but its good! you will really save lots of $$!!! )

    *disneyland of course, but in my case it was the day before the chinese new year thats why there was a LOT i mean A LOT of people!

    *ladies market, lot of cheap stuff there!

    BTW at *ngong ping, near the MTR station is an *OUTLET MALL.. every shop there is an outlet! nice stores and stuff!

    at 8pm visit the *avenue of stars, nice light show.

    dont forget to ride the ferry too!

    *temple street= "tiangge place"

    *visit kowloon park near that is the Park lane shoppers boulevard cool place too

    uhm... i guess thats it.. by the time you reach the HK int airport, get all the maps you can get hahah it really helps a lot! its available there for free..

    well thats it,.. still waiting for the results.........:uhoh21:
    take care guys!
  11. by   Aquarian
    Metropark Causeway HK Hotel is very clean and green, with all the parks and sports complex surrounding it. In other words, it is a very conducive place for reviewing and brushing-up things right before you take the NCLEX, or just plain calm you down. I got a harbourview std room for the price of 80+ usd/night, so there were no views of clothes hanging from other buildings. Just the park and the unobstructed view of the harbour in front of your desk. HotelTravel debited from my card 2 weeks before I checked in. No extra charges surfaced on my account. You can call the hotel directly (using PLDT budget card - 3 pesos/min for HK) 6 days from your reserved date to confirm your booking. Before that date, the booking will be under the name of the domain. Make sure you ask for a non-smoking high floor with a double bed (if you're just one). The MTR (Tin Hau station) is just across the main road on the side of the hotel. The Grand Millenium Plaza bldg (Sheung Wan station) is 1 MTR ride (5 stations away) from the Tin Hau station w/o transfer. There's a supermarket and 7-11 on the same block w/o the crowd,dirt and noise of Mongkok,Central,Tsim Sha Tsui, or Causeway Bay. I bought the 3 day pass Octopus card with a return Airport Express rides for convenience for 300 hkd with 50 hkd refundable if you return the card in the airport. It was worth it. If you want to save more money, there is bus A11 stopping near the hotel at odd times (just ask the reception for details but I saw that bus passing on the street at the back of the hotel). This bus will take you to the airport allowing baggages. There are buses w/c won't (I think the ones with x). You can send me PM. Btw, I passed!
    Last edit by Aquarian on Mar 7, '07
  12. by   loryn
    Quote from steve0814
    hello guys im back! still waiting for the results...... oh my god! finally im done! :hatparty: i took the exam last february and still waiting for the results... whew too bad that my state does not participate in quick results service, i really have to wait then.. this part is the most nerve wrecking part..... whow! i just hope the results would come soon..

    places to visit? hmm.. i recommend *ngong ping., its really nice there. the one with the *giant buddha.. its also nice to take the *sky rail to go there its a great experience! *po lin monastery (oh yeah! i advice you guys to use the 50$ unlimited MTR card! its worth it!!! you can go anywhere with that card! though its valid only for exactly 24 hours but its good! you will really save lots of $$!!! )

    *disneyland of course, but in my case it was the day before the chinese new year thats why there was a LOT i mean A LOT of people!

    *ladies market, lot of cheap stuff there!

    BTW at *ngong ping, near the MTR station is an *OUTLET MALL.. every shop there is an outlet! nice stores and stuff!

    at 8pm visit the *avenue of stars, nice light show.

    dont forget to ride the ferry too!

    *temple street= "tiangge place"

    *visit kowloon park near that is the Park lane shoppers boulevard cool place too

    uhm... i guess thats it.. by the time you reach the HK int airport, get all the maps you can get hahah it really helps a lot! its available there for free..

    well thats it,.. still waiting for the results.........:uhoh21:
    take care guys!
    Definitely, I'll get the MTR octopus card upon arriving at the airport. Its more convenient and hassle free if your going around Hong Kong. Since I'll be staying 5 stations away from the Testing site, having the unlimited ride ticket will save me lots of pressure on the day of exam.

    Btw, which state did you applied? CA usually can provide you results within a day as I was told.

    Loryn
  13. by   steve0814
    hi! loryn! i applied for the state of california, its been 3 weeks and 4 days now... still dont have the results... im worried,, oh my gosh.. is there any way i can get it earlier? oh my... pray for me... take care guys

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