This is a difficult one and I can only describe my own experience. From the UK to Australia, Hong Kong is usually used as a 3 night stopover as standard. Knowing that the 'standard' is never enough time for me as I like to see the places that are less touristy, I booked a 5 night return break using a special offer with my airmiles a couple of years ago.
I am not a shopper (good job as you could spend at least 3 days hitting the shops) but I still found that 5 nights was not enough and wished that I had gone for at least a week. There is so much more to Hong Kong than what you see in the movies.
When I went to Bangkok, it was part of a multi-centre itinerary (including KL and Borneo) and I had 4 nights at the start and another 4 at the end. This was just about enough to experience both the city and the surrounding attractions (such as Autthaya and Bridge over the River Kwai). I would definitely like to visit again as there is so much life that you would never get bored there.
i don't think anyone can really answer this as it all comes down to your own preferences and which you take a liking to more. I had the same decision to make more than 15 years ago on one of my first long haul holidays and split it evenly. I've been back to HK a couple of times - on balance I find Bkk more interesting, it's definitely cheaper, has better bars and nightlife and I have a little difficulty sometimes accepting some of the chinese manners, or rather lack of them,when dealing with traders in HK. But in Hk a couple of trips on the star ferry, a trip up the peak, a wander around generally and maybe a day to Macau, fills up a few days pleasurably.
It is indeed difficult. I love both cities and usually spend up to a week in each each time I go. :)
Given your time frame, I would do: 5 in HK and 3 in BKK. You can do a 4/4 split if you'd like to do a day trip to Ayutthaya for some historical sights.
Anyway you split it, you probably won't go wrong. :)
I have been to both cities on a number of occasions and agree it is a hard question. Personally I would split it 4/4 (and whilst in HK a visit to MACAU is a must). Both cities are great and you will want to spend more time in both of them!!
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