Who has the best Hong Kong VPN Server? StrongVPN vs VPN.AC vs ExpressVPN - Tested from China on May 26, 2016

If you are a regular visitor of this website then you know that I like low latency Asian servers. VPN.AC finally got some new hosting partners for some of their Asian servers. Previously all the Asian servers were hosted on Softlayer which is no longer allowing direct peering with China Telecom and China Unicom. Here is a summary of the changes made to VPN.AC recently.


- Changed servers for Hong Kong 1, Tokyo 2, and Singapore.

- Added new server locations in South Korea and Portugal.


I now have 3 very good options for low latency Hong Kong servers - VPN.AC, ExpressVPN, and StrongVPN. Today I am testing all of them to see which performs the best.


I am testing OpenVPN TCP, OpenVPN UDP, PPTP, and L2TP using only Hong Kong servers. I prefer Hong Kong servers due to the low latency from my location in Zhuhai, Guangdong which is geographically very close to Hong Kong. The following servers/protocols failed to connect and were not included in the test results.


- VPN.AC L2TP, ExpressVPN PPTP, and ExpressVPN L2TP.


The best performance today was VPN.AC Hong Kong 1 PPTP with a latency of 44ms and download speed of 55.8 Mb/s. ExpressVPN Hong Kong 3 OpenVPN UDP was a close second place with a latency of 49ms and a download speed of 54.8 Mb/s. StrongVPN didn't do as well today but you can't read too much into a single test. There have been times when StrongVPN was working better than ExpressVPN recently.


Note - The latency values shown are high because speedtest.dslreports.com does not have servers in Hong Kong. The latency reported is the lowest value measured from the test servers in Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan. The latency to Hong Kong servers is under 20ms as measured by www.speedtest.net.


I have said this many times before and I will say it again now. Latency is very important, don't only consider download speeds.


As always I should note that what works best for me may be different than what works best for you. I encourage you to try these services yourself. They all offer money back guarantees so you can try them risk-free. Below are the details of the money back guarantees and any special discounts available.


VPN.AC - 7 Day money back guarantee - 25% recurring discount with TIPS25 promo code.


ExpressVPN - 30 day money back guarantee!


StrongVPN - 5 day money back guarantee.


Here are the results.


Service - Location Latency (ms) DL (Mb/s) UL (Mb/s)
StrongVPN OpenVPN TCP 53 13.47 4.15
StrongVPN OpenVPN UDP 59 26.8 4.56
StrongVPN PPTP 302 10.05 1.03
StrongVPN L2TP 304 0.401 0.761
VPN.AC OpenVPN TCP 57 46.5 1.61
VPN.AC OpenVPN UDP 47 7.7 1.99
VPN.AC PPTP 44 55.8 4.36
ExpressVPN OpenVPN TCP 115 16.82 2.65
ExpressVPN OpenVPN UDP 49 54.8 3.68


strongvpn vs vpnac vs expressvpn latency on Hong Kong servers graph
StrongVPN vs VPN.AC vs ExpressVPN download and upload speeds on Hong Kong servers graph

StrongVPN OpenVPN TCP


StrongVPN OpenVPN UDP


StrongVPN PPTP


StrongVPN L2TP


VPN.AC OpenVPN TCP


VPN.AC OpenVPN UDP


VPN.AC PPTP


ExpressVPN OpenVPN TCP


ExpressVPN OpenVPN UDP