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Take a vacation in Hong Kong when you’re looking for the best place to retire cheap!

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live, eat and enjoy. But, that shouldn’t stop you from visiting when you’re touring other countries to find the best places to retire cheap.

The main reason you’ll want to visit here is that it’s a great place to get perspective. With one of the best airports in the world, and a direct link to the city by Airport express, Hong Kong is a perfect stop for a few days.

The change from places like Vietnam, the Philippines and Cambodia is immense. You won’t find people wearing the ubiquitous uniform of elephant pants and flip flops here.

What you will find here though is world class food. While Hong Kong is expensive, if you can save a couple of dollar, it’s a great place for a mini vacation.

Here’s some great things to eat in Hong Kong. If you’re a foodie or just like to eat? Visit this city!

Korean BBQ

All you can eat Korean BBQ for $35 including unlimited beer will fill up the beef craving you might have after a year in South East Asia.

No reservations needed. And remember there’s a 2 hour limit for how long you can drink and eat. (There’s no name in English for this restaurant)

Egg tarts! Straight from the oven, these are under a $1 and the crispy pasty and warm egg are the best in the world. There’s no need to give you a location for this, as you’ll find little bakeries all over! Warning super high in calories! But delicious. PS you might have tried these before in Canada. I guarantee, those are not as good as the ones straight from the oven in Hong Kong.

Daikiya Japanese Buffet

I love buffets and this is the best Japanese buffet I’ve ever gone to. It’s all you can eat, and fast. At $45 per person, it isn’t cheap, but it includes sake and beer at that price. Tip, start with the sweet shrimp!

There are several locations for this restaurant chain. (Google is going to be your friend here.) Also, make a reservation. All those people in the giant line behind me? They all had reservations. Bonus tip: book your reservation for 530 pm to get 15% off.

Boat Congee

A traditional congee made for fisherman, this is a great cure for hangovers or just a nice healthy breakfast at $5 per person.

It’s rice porridge with tasty seafood inside! Look for little shops all around serving this. Warning: A lot of these places will not have a menu in English. It’s one of the rare exceptions to the English is everywhere rule. Just show them my picture! They’ll know what you want.

BBQ Duck and Crispy Pork Belly

Hung in windows and sold from shops, this is a great meal for when you want something at home. A whole duck, pork belly and vegetables will cost you about $50. This will feed at least 4 people. If you don’t want a whole duck, you can always ask them to just sell you a little bit.

Xiao Long Bau, aka small cage buns, or soup dumplings. One of my favorite foods in the world. These are little dumplings filled with hot soup broth and minced pork. Prices will vary in Hong Kong. My favorite ones? At $12 for 8, they are expensive at Modern China restaurant in Olympic mall. But in my opinion, these are the best soup dumplings in all of Hong Kong. And if it’s the best in Hong Kong? It means by anybodies standards these are in the top 3 anywhere in the world.

The best way to order these is 2 baskets at a time. Even though you might be super hungry, don’t order more. The little dumplings go from amazing to good in under 5 minutes. So, you’ll want to eat them all quickly. I’m only suggesting 2 baskets at a time if you are a fast eater! If you’re slow? 1 basket. Tip: The hot soup inside the soup is scaldingly hot, like McDonalds lawsuit hot, be careful as you bite into them.

PS: Don’t get anything else there. Just eat dumplings.

Sweet and Sour Pork

This is the closest to “normal” Canadian Chinese food you’ll find. It’s also really really good in Hong Kong where it’s still a staple. But unlike the Canadian versions, the dough on the outside is super crunchy and the pork inside succulent. $20 will get you a meal with this.

Again no English name for this restaurant, it’s literally a little garage type place. (Look on my map.) Also you’ll know if you’ve found it, because you’ll hear large groups of old Chinese grandfathers swearing, drinking beer and being rowdy.

Hope my article has given you a reason to visit Hong Kong! I love food! And I hope you all get a chance to explore this food city!

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Prevent sickness with this 1 easy tip from Hong Kong!

Here’s one easy travel tip that’ll prevent sickness while searching for the best place to retire cheap. If you’re eating at a restaurant that might have questionable cleaning habits, this tip will help you out. I learned in Hong Kong (which already has comparitvely clean restaurants ) that there’s 1 simple custom designed for maximum cleanliness. This custom is going to increase your health and keep you happy and safe while looking for that cheap place to retire.


Wash your utensils in tea! Many restaurants will provide a large oversized bowl which is used for this express purpose.

The first pot of tea is traditionally designated for washing not drinking, as the first batch of fresh tea isn’t the best. Historically this custom was born because roadside restaurants would get dusty utensils from traffic and now it’s a super handy for getting rid of excess bleach or washing detergent that might be left over on your plate, utensils or cups. Wash things in tea! How simple and charming, and don’t worry you won’t be insulting the restaurant if you do.

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Stay safe, rinse those chopsticks off and scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)

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Camp for free on a beach in Hong Kong ! 


What about camping when you’re searching for the place to retire cheap? Hong Kong has a unique camping option. On Lantau peak there is a small beach seldom visited by tourists where water buffalo roam freely.


One of the coolest things about the Pui O beach is that you can grab a free camping spot and camp for free! It’s first come first serve for the spots so come early.


Being a nontourist beach, it’s great for bringing some food to grill on the free BBQ, catching some sun and enjoying the view.


It’s surprisingly easy to get there. Take the mtr to tung Chung station, transfer onto the bus and then you’ll be there lickitty split! 


I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Beaches and camping are a great way to do a visa run, and Hong Kong is a place to visit. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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You’ve lost your passport? Now what? 


You need 3 essential things when you’re travelling the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap. A passport, money and a good mindset. I really want to emphasize that last bit. A good mindset is going to be just as essential as money, and a passport. Stuffs going to happen when you’re in a different country wondering if this will be the place you’re going to retire cheap. Some of these things will great and grand like discovering secret temples, or making new international friends. Others will be not so great, like getting diarrhea from dodgy street food, or being ripped off by cab drivers. One of the worst things that can happen will be losing your money or passport. 

The moment you know you’ve  lost your passport is one of those “I’m going to die, why am such an idiot” moments. Don’t panic. You can get through this! Here’s the process you’re going to go through and some quick tips. 

First you’re going to have to get all the stuff you have previously prepared. Being loyal and smart BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com readers, I’m sure you’ve already prepped the emergency passport kit. If you don’t know what I’m talking about go read that article. (It’s in travel tips.)

The very first step you’ll have to make is ….

  1.  Go to the police station to file a report. You’ll need that report in your passport application.

Another tip, the consulate may be helpful but remember it’s a government office not your mommy. If the hours are 10am till 4pm. That means it closes at 4pm, not 4:06pm. I’ve seen a girl turned away because she missed it by 6 minutes. Just like that it’s another day onto your waiting period. 

There isn’t an emergency rush option for your new temporary passport. It’s a minimum of 3 business days after you submit all your documents. That’s a minimum. And remember those are business days. Losing your passport on a Thursday, means waiting till Wednesday. 

After the wait you’ll get a temporary passport, that allows you to continue your vacation until you get back to Canada. It costs 

  •  $110 temporary passport.. 
  • 10 year passport is $260 for applying for outside Canada. 
  • $45 lost passport fee. 
  •  3 % credit fee. You can avoid this if you have local cash.
  • Total about $400 (2400 HKD)

TIPS

  • Call your credit cards immediately. Why? They’ll help you cancel those hotels you’ve previously booked.
  • Be aware some web info is old. The internet isn’t always up to date. This report was written September 5, 2016
  • Bring an original birth certificate when traveling. They don’t take copies or faxes.
  • Reach out to all your contacts immediately. You need two references as guarantors. Be aware of time differences. They’re going to call these guarantors so the more reliable the better.
  • Be aware they will take your phone when you go into the consulate. That’s right, write down all the stuff you need on paper 
  • If it’s your travel partner that has lost their passport, try to be as supportive as possible. 

Hopefully you never lose your passport, but if you follow these steps it’ll make your experience a little better. I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!). 

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The best all you can eat Japanese place in Hong Kong has one secret you’ve got to know


What’s better than an all you can eat buffet? How about an all you can eat Japanese buffet with unlimited cans of beer? Retiring cheap for me is all about saving up my dollars and then treating myself to a fantastic experience.

 

Take me eating for example. Breakfast is usually two hard boiled eggs, lunch is cheap noodles and dinner is rice with a little protein. Usually this gives me a 1800 calorie count, and costs me about  $5 CDN (30 HKD.

In Hong Kong one place I always save my stomach and my money for is Daieki Japanese Restaurant (ph 3188 8008).

This is hands down the best Japanese buffet in Hong Kong. (Actually I haven’t seen a better Japanese buffet anywhere else in the world).

What makes this place so great?

YOU ORDER OFF A GIANT BOOK.

The ordering system is done by ripping pages out of a book, then handing it over to any passing waiter. What’s great about this is you don’t ever have to leave your table. Also, instead of only 1 waiter, you can pass it to any of the multiple people working. Much much quicker. The food comes relatively quickly because of this system. The items are all described in English, and usually even have pictures. It makes ordering a snap.


VARIETY VARIETY VARIETY 

It’s an all you can eat Japanese buffet so there isn’t a carving station, and the desserts aren’t the most varied. Saying that though, it has a great selection of sushi , sashimi and maki. It’s not all about the raw fish though, there are tons of cooked food items. I’ve got a lot of friends that don’t eat sushi (I know crazy right?) but I’d have no problems bringing them here.


QUALITY INGREDIENTS 

I’ve never had such good jumbo shrimp, and sweet shrimp. These dishes would be incredibly expensive in Canada, but here it’s plentiful, fresh and absolutely worth filling up on. They also have wagyu beef and scallops with foei gras. All of these premium items are unlimited. I’ve been to premium buffets where these types of items are usually a la carte, and included in the buffet prices or limited to two only.


Deluxe Daieki Japanese gets super busy so make sure you book a reservation. They book in time blocks, 12-3pm,530-83pm, 845-1115pm. It costs $40 (228 HKD) for the dinner bookings and $30 (188 HKD) for the lunch booking. If you get a reservation, arrive 10 minutes early because you’ll see the huge queue of people all waiting for their seats.

BONUS SNEAKY TIP

They serve unlimited cans of beers. The beers are brought unopened! So if you have a backpack or a large purse you can easily sneak out a few beers to take home.

I love Hong Kong and I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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Hong Kong is too expensive to retire, but…..


Retiring cheap, and finding the best country to retire cheap is going to bring you to wonderful places. Places you might not have ever thought of visiting. For me one of those places I love but can’t afford to retire in is Hong Kong. A bright beautiful part of China and a former British colony, Hong Kong is a special jewel in Asia. Right off the bat, I knew Hong Kong would never fit into my mission of finding a place to retire for $1000 a month. But I could  never come to Asia, without coming here.

Beautiful landscapes, a hub for foodies and one of the best transportation systems in the world, Hong Kong is a place to visit but not retire. There’s no way to live the good life for $1000 a month here.

An average cheap meal is $6 (36 hk), but it’s so varied and so good. The good here is truly world famous. The Chinese food of the the world aspires to be Hong Kong. I never come here without a very detailed and specific food to eat plan.


But how’s the foreign food? It’s a place where you can buy Alberta beef, or French goose pate. If you want it you can get it. I come to Hong Kong to eat, and eat a lot. I guarantee a trip to Hong is a a good way to gain 5 lbs.

What else is great here? As a former British colony, English is widely spoken and understood here. I’d rate Hong Kong a 10/10 for English. Transportation is also cheap, at $1 (6 hk) for a trip on the MRT. If you don’t want to take their light rail transit, taxis and buses are abundant here. Sin is also cheapish here, an average beer is $2 (12 hk). Saying that I found the cheapest beer in the word here. In the grocery stores I found 26 beers for $10 (60 hk). It was a local San Miguel derivative brewed in Hong Kong, and surprisingly good. At less than 50 cents a beer, this is cheaper than Thailand or Kuala Lumpur!


The biggest cost of living,and why you can’t live in this foodie paradise for $1000, is the rent. A crappy walk up in a shady area costs $600 (3600 hk). I wish this wasn’t the case, but facts are facts.

I love Hong Kong, it’s one of my favourite places in the world. If I didn’t have family here who let me live with them, there’s no way I could afford to live here for the $1000 monthly budget.(I’d recommend visiting Hong Kong as part of your Visa run through, regardless of where you eventually retire.) 

One of the best parts of retirement in Asia is the proximity of places like Hong Kong where you can have a fantastic vacation and flights are super cheap $120 (740 hk). Even though Hong Kong is too expensive to retire in, I hope this article helped you with your personal quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire, seriously right to the bottom. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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Is Asia the best place to retire cheap? 


If you’re looking for the best place to retire cheap, I’m going to recommend Asia. Asia is a huge place, and I know that you’re thinking,”But where in Asia?” You’re also wondering why Asia? Here’s my comprehensive list. 

ASIA IS MASSIVE

  • There’s just so much to see, and it’s so different as you go from place to place.
  • Every country is different. Read my previous articles for an in depth look at each country.
  • Once you get to Asia, flight choices are mind boggling. I like using Skyscanner to see where I’ll be going next. 

VISA RUNS ARE CHEAP

  • On average a flight is about $150. You really can’t complain about that.
  • Once you get here you can easily do Visa runs by planes, trains, boats or even car.
  • Most countries in Asia are only a few hours away from each other by plane. You’ll have no problems doing one day runs.

ENGLISH IS A PREVALENT LANGUAGE

  • Each country I’ve gone to in Asia has spoken English. Depending on where, the fluency and proficiency differs. So far Hong Kong has the best spoken English, while Thailand and Kuala Lumpur the worst.
  • Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs. The amount of signage and notifications in English you’ll see will differ. I’d say there are no problems figuring things out though 80% of the time.

COST OF LIVING IS LOW

  • See my cost of living reports for detailed cost amounts. Most of the places I’ve been to here can fit in the $1000 a month mission.
  • South East Asia gets you so much more for your dollar than North America does. $6 massages, $1 beers and $2 lunches exist. You just have to come to Asia.

VIBRANCY AND CULTURE IS LIVELY

  • Every country in Asia is different, but I’ve noticed one thing. It all feels so alive. Millions of people just living their lives add a hustle and bustle you might not see back home.
  • If you immerse yourself in the culture you won’t regret it. You can retire here and really fit in, or you can just sit on your patio drinking cheap beers. The choice is yours, but I’d recommend immersing yourself in the culture as much as possible  if you don’t want to be isolated and lonely. I’ve written a few articles about that as well.
  • Such scenery and choices. There are little isolated beaches or condos with pools, the choices are yours about where you’re going to stay.

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best place to retire cheap. I am loving exploring Asia as my retirement hub, and think you should too. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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HAGGLE LIKE A PRO! Don’t pay tourist prices. PART 2


Alright BestCountriesToRetireCheap.com fans, I know you love haggling and cheap deals, so I’ve written another haggling tip guide for you. Who doesn’t want to retire cheap and score great deals?

I’m assuming you’ve read my Part 1 guide. (If not, go check it out.)

These following 4 tips are only to be used once you’ve mastered the haggling strategy I’ve already given shown you in part 1

LURK 

  • Eavesdropping on hawkers while they haggle with another customer gives you valuable information and intelligence. If you know what the final real price was it can definitely help you out. Don’t just offer what the last guy paid though, chances are he’s also a tourist and not a master haggler like you.

HAGGLE WITH 8’s AS YOUR LAST NUMBER

  • When you’ve come to the final number you think you can get. Throw the price in with a 8. Instead of $100, $98. Tell them it’s lucky. This really works if you or the seller are Chinese.

BUY 2

  • After all the prices are settled , but BEFORE paying ask “how much for 2?” 
  • This technique works great with “fixed price no haggling” signed vendors

    SMILE

    • When haggling, have fun and do it with a smile. You both you’re playing the game. No need to be thinking they’re trying to rip you off.
    • If you have haggled properly the hawker should have a rueful “I can’t believe I sold it that cheap face” not a gigantic “I can’t believe he bought it for that smile”

    I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!) 

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