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My experience of learning to drive in Hong Kong...

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  1. #21

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    Hey bud, depends where your wife wants to learn. I did mine on HK Island and I went with Leekin. My instructor was cool but I did speak to a Scottish lady on my test date who was also with Leekin and she said her instructor was kinda crappy. I also took a lesson with a Ryan Chow who is an independent instructor. Google his name and you will find his details.

    Bear in mind, if your wife decides to do her test in HK Island and she is designated Happy Valley as her test route, there are only 3 routes to learn (in reality just 2 because the third is rarely used). If she chooses Kowloon, there are about 11 routes to learn I think, or it might be 9.


  2. #22

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    Thank you for the info!

    At this point, we are still undecided if we should go with Kwun Tong (near us) or go independent. But through my research, if you go independent or 3rd party, the waiting time for a test is almost 8 months!


  3. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOHAN
    Thank you for the info!

    At this point, we are still undecided if we should go with Kwun Tong (near us) or go independent. But through my research, if you go independent or 3rd party, the waiting time for a test is almost 8 months!
    I would stay away from Kwun Tong bud. Well, if it's automatic your wife is learning, they may be fine. If it's Manuel, I would recommend you don't.

    8 months wait for independent?! You sure? I only did part C of the test via Leekin who are pretty much an independent driving school and I only had to wait 2 months. Where did you get this info from?

  4. #24

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    I've been reading multiple threads on the subject... I got that impression here...
    https://geoexpat.com/forum/53/thread19811-2.html

    Of course, that's only one person.

    Questions:
    1. So you recommend independent school eh... will the school also apply for the test schedule in behalf of the student?
    2. Is the 'simulation' part of the training really useless? I actually have no idea what 'simulation' means in this instance.
    3. Is Ryan Chow a good insturctor? If he is, I'll give him a call!


  5. #25

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    It may have been the case back in 2007, but when I booked, 2 months. It may be longer now depending of course, on how many people have applied for a test, but I would be surprised if it's longer than 3 months. But this only applies to part C. If your wife is applying to do both parts B and C together, maybe it is longer. Your best bet is to either go on the Transport dept website or visit them and see what the waiting times are.

    1) Definitely. I went with Leekin and they have an office at United Centre, Admiralty. You must apply for the test date yourself but that's straightforward enough and the Transport dept office is in the same building. Once you get a test date you can go back downstairs to Leekin and buy a package.

    2) The simulation at KTSM was, in my opinion, a complete waste of time. They basically show a video of one test route. The one at HKSM I don't know anything about but in all honesty, I personally feel these simulations aren't helpful. If you wanna learn to drive, best get on the road no?

    3) I took him for one lesson and to be honest, I would have been happy to have had him as my full time instructor. I was looking for extra lessons before my test and came across him. His English is good and he explains things properly. I would recommend giving him a go and even if after the first or second lesson your wife isn't feeling it with him, she can always go somewhere else.


    Quote Originally Posted by YOHAN
    I've been reading multiple threads on the subject... I got that impression here...
    https://geoexpat.com/forum/53/thread19811-2.html

    Of course, that's only one person.

    Questions:
    1. So you recommend independent school eh... will the school also apply for the test schedule in behalf of the student?
    2. Is the 'simulation' part of the training really useless? I actually have no idea what 'simulation' means in this instance.
    3. Is Ryan Chow a good insturctor? If he is, I'll give him a call!
    shri likes this.

  6. #26

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    Wow! Thank you for the useful information!

    I shall discuss with the wife. I'll look for Ryan Chow's contact. He should be listed in the PDF directory of the Transport Dept.
    I did check the earliest scheduled opening for the tests... Part A is in Sep. Part B is in Oct. Part C is in Jan... those are the earliest dates as of yesterday.


  7. #27

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    Hi Mart and Yohan,

    Thanks Mart for this really useful info!
    I'm looking to start learning from the very beginning and also would like to learn from Ryan Chow, but cannot find his info on Google or on the TD pdfs of instructors (his English name may not be his formal one). Would either of you have his contact details?


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