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Holiday Connections: Allow Time for Delays

Q. I am flying from Los Angeles to London Heathrow on December 24th. My flight arrives at 3:20pm. My friend and I have decided to spend Christmas in Amsterdam and plan on flying there out of London Heathrow the same day. How much time do you think I should allow for between flights at LHR? I understand there may be delays as it is a busy day to fly, and I'm not sure if I will have to go through customs upon arrival. I would like to take a 6pm flight to Amsterdam, allowing 2 hours and 40 minutes between flights. Any insight?

A. I would say this probably not enough connecting time, especially if there's a terminal change. Better pad it with 5 hours (or even 6!), building in time for any possible delays and those long security lines, just to be safe. It may sound extreme but it sure beats missing your flight.

Lengthy Layover in Hong Kong

Q. We have a 23-hour layover in Hong Kong on our way back from Bali to Vancouver. What would you recommend seeing and doing in this amount of time? We love to walk, swim, see beaches, hike, bike, eat Chinese food, see museums, and shop.

A. I've always felt that Hong Kong has the best Chinese food in the world, especially seafood dishes and dim sum, so eating is a must. I had some of the best dim sum ever at the Hotel Icon's Above and Beyond restaurant in Kowloon. To get oriented, you might consider taking a hop on/hop off bus tour with the Big Bus Company. Day and night tours are available (there have been a few route changes due to the recent street demonstrations, but chances are they'll be over by the time you visit). Splendid Tours also offers a variety of sightseeing options, including an airport transit tour (leaving from the airport) that lasts 8 hours. The city has managed to retain a lot of green space, and hiking is a popular activity with locals and visitors. The Peak Circle Walk affords some great views of the city, and the Dragon's Back trail is also very popular. As for museums, the Hong Kong Museum of History is the number 3 rated attraction on TripAdvisor.com. For more suggestions, check out TripAdvisor's list of top things to do in the city. If you're interested in art at all, the city now has a huge number of galleries showcasing established and emerging local artists, and gallery hopping is one of my favorite ways to spend time while visiting.

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