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HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 9,700 Pesos DIY Itinerary and Budget

Hong Kong Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary Budget

Hong Kong is one of the most popular international destinations among Filipinos especially for those who are traveling abroad for the first-time. A special administrative region of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong is just one and a half hours away from Manila, Philippines by plane. In this Hong Kong Travel Guide Blog, I will share to you some useful information on how to travel to Hong Kong on a budget - especially for first-timers. This travel guide includes how to get to Hong Kong, visa requirements, top things to do, must-see tourist spots and attractions, where to stay, DIY itinerary, budget and expenses, useful tips, and a lot more. I hope this will help you in planning your amazing and memorable Hong Kong Adventure, soon!

Budget Travel Guide to Hong Kong



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Visa Requirements


Filipinos visiting Hong Kong do not need a Visa to enter Hong Kong. You just need to have a valid passport with 6 months validity left before expiration. Filipinos who wish to visit Hong Kong for transit, tourism, or business can stay up to 14 days visa free. Upon arrival, you need to fill-up an arrival card and give one of the copies to the immigration officer. The other copy is for you to keep which you will need when you exit Hong Kong, so don't lose it. Also, make sure not to overstay in Hong Kong. Overstaying in Hong Kong is a criminal offense and should be avoided at all cost. The maximum sentence is a fine of HK$ 50,000 and imprisonment for 2 years. So, be sure that your return tickets are within the 14 days visa-free stay.

When visiting Hong Kong, I highly suggest that you also visit Macau, which is just an hour away from Hong Kong by ferry. It's also visa free for Filipinos to visit Macau, so it's also great if you include it in your itinerary.

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How to get to Hong Kong?


FROM MANILA


Several local airlines such as Air Asia Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air, and Philippine Airlines fly direct several times daily to Hong Kong from Manila departing at Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

FROM CEBU, DAVAO OR CLARK


Also, some airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines have flights to Hong Kong coming from Cebu, Davao or Clark. Some of them are direct flights while most of the flights coming from these locations have a stopover in Manila before proceeding to Hong Kong.

ASEAN CITIES TO HONG KONG


Direct flights to Hong Kong from other ASEAN Cities such as Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh, and Hanoi are also available.

For cheap flights to Hong Kong, I highly recommend using the Traveloka App. It's a travel booking app that gives so many options and low fares for flights from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, or other ASEAN cities to Hong Kong. The best thing about using the Traveloka App is their weekly promo codes that will give you more discounts on your airfare and hotel bookings. How cool is that?!

To give you an idea on how much is the airfare from Manila to Hong Kong, here's a sample search on the Traveloka App. Let's say, you want to travel to Hong Kong next month, the airfare could go as low as 2,100 pesos per adult per way.

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TRAVEL TIP: As I always say, be sure to plan your trip ahead and book your airfare in advance to save on travel expenses.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO HONG KONG

FROM MACAU


You can also plan your itinerary as Manila - Macau - Hong Kong - Manila.

If you're coming from Macau, you could take a ferry going to Hong Kong. Travel time is about 1 hour and ferry ticket is around 1,000 pesos depending on your sailing time. Currently, there are two ferry operators you could choose from. One is the Cotai Water Jet and the other one is the Turbo Jet. Ferry terminals are located at Macau Outer Harbour Terminal on Macau Peninsula (nearer the city center) and at Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal lcoated near Macau International Airport.

BOOK your Ferry Tickets from Macau to Hong Kong and Vice Versa:

The ferry terminals in Hong Kong are located on Hong Kong Island and on Kowloon Island. If your hotel in Hong Kong is near Tsim Sha Tsui, choose the ferry the goes to Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal which is located at 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. If your hotel is in Central area, take the ferry bound for Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal located at 168-200 Connaught Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong island, Hong Kong. If you miss that, don't worry, you can easily go to Tsim Sha Tsui by MTR since the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal is connected to the MTR via Sheung Wan station.


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SIGHTSEE MACAU DAY TOUR


Often solely considered as a mecca for dedicated gamblers (the industry is seven times bigger than Las Vegas's after all), the eclectic beauty and European vibe of Macau are not to be missed. As the far-East's first European settlement, Macanese culture is strongly defined by the amalgamation of its Chinese and Portuguese heritage, resulting in the city's fabulous European architecture, delicious fusion food, and generally far more relaxed vibe than its Hong Kong neighbor. [ BOOK HERE! ]


Getting out of Hong Kong International Airport


Going to your hotel in Hong Kong from the airport, you have several options. You may take the Airport Express Train, ride the Taxi, or take the Bus/Coach.

AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN


Taking the airport express train is the fastest way to get to your hotel in Kowloon or Hong Kong Island. Taking the train from the airport, you will arrive at the city center in just 24 minutes! That's how fast it is! Depending on your destination, it costs PHP 280.00 to Tsing Yi Station, PHP 463.00 to Kowloon Station, and PHP 492.00 to Hong Kong Station. Best of all, it also offers convenient in-town check-in service at Hong Kong Station and Kowloon Station. I highly suggest that you take the train for hassle-free travel from and to Hong Kong International Airport.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets (QR Code Direct Entry) One Way/Round Trip

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TAXI


Taking the taxi could be the most convenient way to get to the city center from Hong Kong International Airport. This is a good option if budget is not a problem and if you're traveling with senior citizens and kids because it will bring you directly to your hotel. But taxis are very expensive in Hong Kong, so I really don't recommend it.

BUS OR COACH


Taking the bus or coach is a cost-efficient and hassle-free way to get to your hotel in Kowloon, Hong Kong Island or New Territories. Best of all, it also provides amble luggage space so you don't have to worry even if have a huge luggage with you. For ease and convenient, book and reserve your tickets in advance.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE:


How to get around the city?


In going around the city, our best friend and travel buddy is the Google Map. Whether taking the bus or the MTR, we just enter our location and our desired location and it will give us the ways on how to get there. You may also download the Hong Kong MTR Mobile App on your Android or iOS devices. It will help you a lot when using the MTR. Hong Kong offers convenient mass transportation system which is the MTR. Since most of the tourist spots and attractions in Hong Kong are near MTR Stations, this is what we take most of the time when going to the different tourist spots and attractions in Hong Kong.

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For convenience, I highly recommend that you get an Octopus Card so you don't need to buy tickets every time you ride the train. You can also use it on buses, trams, and even in buying stuff at the stores or dining at the restaurants and fast food chains. You can purchase a Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card preloaded with HK$50 via Klook.com. It can easily be reloaded at any 7-Eleven convenience stores in Hong Kong when you already consumed the load. Best of all, using an Octopus Crad, you get discount on every ride. Also, if you buy it through Klook, the card is yours and you don't need to return it after your trip. You can keep it as a souvenir.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card - HK$50 Preloaded (HK Airport Pick Up)

If you think you'll be riding the MTR many times in a day, you may also opt to avail the MTR Tourist Day Pass - which gives you unlimited rides on the MTR and MTR Light Rail network all around Hong Kong.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: MTR Tourist Day Pass

When is the Best Time to Visit Hong Kong?


Rainy season in Hong Kong is from May to September, with the month of August as the wettest. Spring is from March to May when the weather in Hong Kong is most pleasant. Autumn is from October to early December, while winter is from mid-December to February. The driest and cooler month is in January.

I've been to Hong Kong twice. The first one is in late March and the second one is January. We experienced very light rains, and cold weather. For me, the best time to visit Hong Kong is from January to March when there are less chances of rains, and the weather is often cool.

The busiest time of the year in Hong Kong is during the celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year which is late January or until mid-February. There are more tourists, and hotel prices are high. Avoid this season if you can.

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Where to Change Currency?


You can bring in US Dollars (USD) or Philippine Pesos (PHP) in Hong Kong and change it to Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) upon arrival in Hong Kong. As I always recommend, do not change at the airport because the exchange rate is terribly low. I suggest that you change to a few Hong Kong Dollars and change most of your money at authorized money changers at the city center.

Exchange rate is around 1 HKD = 6.64 PHP or 0.13 USD during our trip.

You can also withdraw from ATMs in Hong Kong. This is what I always do when traveling abroad. Just be sure to inform your bank that you will be withdrawing money from abroad before traveling to Hong Kong. Take note of the withdrawal charges per transaction (which varies per bank) and withdraw the maximum amount that you need to save on the withdrawal charges.

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How to Stay Connected in Hong Kong?


To stay connected to the internet while traveling in Hong Kong, you can either rent a travel pocket WiFi or buy a local 3G/4G SIM card. Travel pocket WiFi is a good choice if you're traveling with a group because you can split the cost of the WiFi rental with your travel buddies. But if you're traveling alone, you can just buy a local SIM card as it is cheaper compared to the pocket WiFi.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE:

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Where to Stay in Hong Kong


There are many hotels, hostels, and guest houses in Hong Kong. Finding cheap accommodation in Hong Kong is not a problem. For us, we chose to stay at Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) area on Kowloon Island. It's the best choice for us because it's near the TST MTR station, restaurants, fast food chains, and convenience stores, money changers, shops, and almost everything we need are here.

Staying in a hotel/hostel/guesthouse that is near an MTR station should be considered so that it would be easy for you to go around. For our recent trip to Hong Kong we stayed at 2 guesthouses that are both located at Mirador Building along Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Here are the guest houses we stayed at.


Hong Kong Premium Guest House


Address: Flat B2 & A5, 16/F Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Room Rate: PHP 1,500 per night for 2 persons (Free WiFi / No Breakfast)
Book Here: See room rates and availability


Jas Guest House


Address: Flat F3, 13/F, Block F, Mirador Mansion, 58 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Room Rate: PHP 1,600 per night for 2 persons (Free WiFi / No Breakfast)
Book Here: See room rates and availability

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR OTHER HOTELS IN HONG KONG

Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on your booking dates.

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Top Best Things To Do, Tourist Spots and Attractions in Hong Kong


Our Hong Kong trip is mosly based on the activities and attractions included in the iVenture Card. Here are the must-see and must-experience Hong Kong tourist spots, attractions, and things to do that I recommend. I've also included here the address, opening hours, entrance fees, and how to get there for your reference.

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VICTORIA PEAK

Address: Mid-Levels, Hong Kong

If there's one tourist spot in Hong Kong you should not miss, that is definitely the Victoria Peak. It offers a breathtaking view of the city. The best time to visit is during sunset so you'll be able to experience both day and night views of the city.

[ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED THE PEAK TRAM AND SKY TERRACE TICKETS ]


Opening Hours:
  • The Peak Tram - 7:00 am - 12:00 mn (Mon - Sun & Public Holidays)
  • Sky Terrace 428 - Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm; Weekends and Public Holidays: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Admission Fees:

The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428
  • Adult - HK$ 90 (return) / HK$ 77 (single)
  • Child and Senior - HK$ 43 (return) / HK$ 35 (single)

The Peak Tram Tickets
  • Adult - HK$ 45 (return) / HK$ 32 (single)
  • Child and Senior - HK$ 20 (return) / HK$ 12 (single)

Note: Child is for aged 3 - 11 years old and Seniors are aged 65 and above.

How to get there: Riding The Peak Tram is the quickest and most scenic way to arrive at The Peak. The Peak Tram Lower Terminus where you ride the tram can be reached by walking from MTR Central Station. From Central MTR Exit J2, turn right and go through Chater Garden, cross Queen's Road Central, and go up Garden Road. You will pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on your left and St John's Cathedral on your right.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
If you're visiting at peak hours from 4:00 to 7:00 pm or during weekends, you can expect to wait for up to 90 minutes in the queuing lines. To skip the line, you may opt to get fast track entry and buy a Peak Tram Fast-Track Combo via Klook.com.

BOOK AND RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE:

If you have an iVenture Card, round trip Peak Tram tickets are already included in the package.

NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR RIDE HONG KONG

NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR

Address: Tung Chung, Hong Kong

Taking the cable car to Ngong Ping is an awesome experience in itself with spectacular views over Lantau Island, the airport, the seascape and Ngong Ping Village. The ride takes about 30 minutes and you can choose to ride the standard cabin or the crystal cabin for a glass-bottomed cabin ride with incredible views below your feet.

[ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED NGONG PING CABLE RIDE TICKETS ]


NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR RIDE HONG KONG

NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR RIDE HONG KONG

NGONG PING 360 CABLE CAR RIDE HONG KONG

Opening Hours: Weekdays 10:00am – 6:00pm / Weekends & Holidays 9:00am – 6:30pm

Admission Fees:

Round Trip
  • Standard Cabin - HKD $210 (adult) / $100 (child) / $140 (senior)
  • Crystal Cabin - HKD $290 (adult) / $180 (child) / $220 (senior)
Single Trip
  • Standard Cabin - HKD $145 (adult) / $70 (child) / $95 (senior)
  • Crystal Cabin - HKD $200 (adult) / $130 (child) / $150 (senior)

How to get there: Take the MTR to Tung Chung Station, and exit at Exit B. The cable car terminal is located just a short walk adjacent to the station. By bus to Tung Chung, you may take buses E11, E21, E23, E31, E32, E33, E34, E41, E42, 1R, S1, 2, 21, 23.

BOOK AND RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE:

TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

TIAN TAN BUDDHA, PO LIN MONASTERY, AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Upon alighting the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, you can now start a walking tour at Ngong Ping Village, Ngong Ping Piazza, Tian Tan Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas, and Wisdom Path.

[ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED NGONG PING CABLE RIDE TICKETS ]


TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

TIAN TAN BUDDHA PO LIN MONASTERY AND NGONG PING VILLAGE

Admission Fees: There is no admission fee here, except for some attractions such as Stage 360 and Walking with Buddha.

If you have an iVenture Card, round trip standard cable car cabin is already included in the package.

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MONG KOK

Address: Yau Tsim Mong District, Kowloon Hong Kong

This is a shopping haven for shoes, gadgets, and boasts of a lot of stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs. You can also find here the Ladies Market, dubbed as the premier fashionista destination in Hong Kong. This is definitely the place to be for shop-a-holics! But if you don't have money for shopping, this is also a good place to eat and take photos of the bright neon lights of the establishments.

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Admission Fee: FREE

Best time to visit: Although it is open at day time, the best time to visit is at night for you to enjoy and be mesmerized by the bright neon lights of the many shops in Mong Kok.

How to get there: Take the Tsuen Wan MTR train to Mongkok Station. Exit to either B2 or B3.

Ocean Park Hong Kong Travel Guide

OCEAN PARK HONG KONG

Address: Aberdeen, Hong Kong
Park Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

I'm not really into theme parks, but since this is included in the iVenture card, we included it in our itinerary. What I enjoyed here the most are the cable car ride and the many Instagram-worthy spots you'll find inside the park.

[ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED OCEAN PARK TICKETS ]


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Ocean Park Hong Kong Travel Guide

You can buy discounted ticket to Ocean Park Hong Kong via Klook.com for as low as 2,488.00 pesos. Packages also includes a meal at a panda themed café or at Hong Kong's first aquarium dining experience. Since we have an iVenture Card, entrance fee and one-way transfer to Ocean Park is already included in our package.

BOOK AND RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE: Ocean Park Hong Kong QR Code Direct Entry

How to get there: Take the MTR to Ocean Park Station. Alternatively, you can take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui Station to Admiralty station. Once there, find the bus station located at Exit B and get on to Citybus Route 629. For convenience, you may also book a private car transfer to Ocean Park Hong Kong.

Disneyland Hong Kong Discounted Tickets

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Park Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm

[ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED HONG KONG DISNEYLAND TICKETS ]


If you're traveling with kids, don't miss spending a day at Hong Kong Disneyland. Since we don't have much budget and time, we didn't go here. If you have an iVenture Card, you can purchase a discounted Hong Kong Disneyland admission ticket for as low as 449 HKD (2,980 PHP) per adult and 369 HKD (2,450 PHP) for kids. But if you don't have an iVenture Card, you can purchase discounted Disneyland tickets via Klook.com for as low as PHP 3,480 per adult, PHP 2,596 for kids, and PHP 662.00 for seniors aged 65 and up.

BOOK AND RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE: Hong Kong Disneyland Discounted Admission Ticket

How to get there: How To Get There: By MTR, you may ride the MTR to Disneyland Resort Station on the Disneyland Resort line. For convenience, you may also take a private car transfer to Disneyland Hong Kong.

Top Best Things to do in HongKong

VICTORIA HARBOUR, AVENUE OF STARS, AND SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS

Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

At night time, many tourists visit the Victoria Harbour for the free Symphony of Lights show. Organized by Hong Kong Tourism Board, it is one of the most famous free things to do and attractions in Hong Kong. Get ready to be amazed by the harmonious display of lights, fireworks, and music that lasts for a few minutes. You can catch it along Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour.

During our visit, the Avenue of Stars is currently under renovation. But you can still watch the Symphony of Lights in the area. For the meantime, a selection of the Avenue of Stars exhibits are on display at Garden of Stars, which is just a short walk from the Avenue of Stars.

Admission Fee: FREE

Best time to visit: At night. The Symphony of Lights Show starts at 8:00 PM.

How to get there: If you're staying in Tsim Sha Tsui area, Victoria Harbour can be reached via 15 minutes walk. We just used the Google Map and followed the directions. If not, take the MTR to get to Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station. Get off the station by taking Exit E and cross the road. Walk 150 meters to Salisbury Road. Then use subway to cross Salisbury Road.

If you want to see Victoria Harbour on a different view, you may also book a Star Ferry Harbour Tour. BOOK AND RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE: Star Ferry Harbour Tour.

TRAVEL TIP: If you have an iVenture Card, Watertours Victoria Harbour Cruise is already included in the pass. This also include unlimited drinks on board such as whisky, gin, beer, softdrinks, and cocktails.

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ST. JOHN'S CATHEDRAL

Address: 4-8 Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong

Considered as the "oldest Anglican church in the Far East," the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Evangelist is located along Garden Rd, Central, Hong Kong. You can visit this church on your way to the Victoria Peak Tram boarding area.

TRAVEL TIP: There's a small park beside the church where you could rest if you're already tired walking on your way to The Peak Tram.

HONG KONG TOURIST SPOTS

THE ART OF CHOCOLATE MUSEUM

Address: 08-09A, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm / Friday-Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Located at The Peak Galleria, this is a good side trip after visiting Victoria Peak. Here, you can see many chocolate art pieces as well as join chocolate making workshops. There's also a chocolate playing area that the kids and "young-at-heart" will sure enjoy.

TRAVEL TIP: If you have an iVenture Card, entrance fee to The Art of Chocolate Museum is already included in the iVenture Pass.

HONG KONG TOURIST SPOTS

MAN MO TEMPLE

Address: 124, 126 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Dedicated to the gods of literature ('Man') and the god of martial arts ('Mo'), Man Mo Temple is considered as one of the oldest temples in Hong Kong built in 1847. The temple is graded as a Grade I Historic Building in Hong Kong as it features a lot of traditional arts and craftsmanship. There are several Man Mo Temples in Hong Kong, the largest in Hong Kong is this one which is located along Hollywood Road, in Sheung Wan, Central Hong Kong.

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Other Popular Experiences in Hong Kong



Here are the other popular tourist spots, and activities to try in Hong Kong. You may click on the photo to see the details.

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Victoria Harbour Cruise on a Retro Chinese-style Boat

Experience spectacular views of one of the world's most iconic skylines with this trio of Victoria Harbour cruises! Choose the Symphony of Lights Cruise to experience the world-renowned laser lights and sounds show from the best location on the harbor or try the Sunset Cruise to watch the stunning sunset from your authentic Chinese junk, the perfect way to end a long day of sightseeing.

BOOK HERE!

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Central Street Art & "Eat Pray Art" Half Day Tour

Did you ever imagine that the street art you pass every day might be a masterpiece from a world famous artist? Or that the humble graffiti on that alley wall is worth $200 million? Did you know that your favorite piece of street art could very well be gone tomorrow? Get a behind the scenes look at Hong Kong's budding street art world on an walking tour led by a knowledgeable English or Mandarin speaking guide.

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Big Bus Tours

Hop aboard for an efficient tour of Hong Kong's famous landmarks! Glimpse the city's rich blend of Chinese and colonial history through the windows of the iconic Big red Bus – or from its rooftop perch! The tour takes you through Hong Kong Island, Stanley and Kowloon areas, featuring attractions such as the Ladies Market, Victoria Peak, Man Mo Temple, Soho and Stanley Market. Both Premium (24-hr) and Deluxe (48-hr) tours are inclusive of the Peak Tram Sky Pass, which takes you up to Victoria Peak; a two-way journey on the Star Ferry; and a sampan ride in Aberdeen.

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AquaLuna Evening Sail

Appreciate Hong Kong's magnificent harbor views aboard one of the city's last remaining traditional red-sail Chinese junks! Relax in style on a comfy lounge bed, enjoy a complimentary drink and soak up the sights and sounds of Hong Kong's fantastic night scene. The Aqualuna Evening Sail cruises you across the Victoria Harbour, taking in the skyline over a complimentary cocktail. Choose to cruise just as the sun is setting or wait until the fall of darkness when the city lights glimmer across the water.

BOOK HERE!

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Hong Kong Helicopter Tours

You can trudge along the tourist routes to see the Peak, the Victoria Harbor Skyline or the Big Buddha, but imagine seeing these sights from high above! As much as Hong Kong is known for its concrete jungle, the majority of the city's landmass is undeveloped and reserved for country parks and nature reserves. Hong Kong's long and irregular coast comes with many bays, rivers and beaches as well as a Geopark with a UNESCO listing.

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Plaza Inn in Hong Kong Disneyland

Walk into the Victorian Era inspired, Plaza Inn, famous for its Asian twist - a beautiful mix of the East and West. Choose between two packages: the Lunch Set or the Dinner Set depending on whatever time you want to dine. Savor the delectable dumplings, steamed vegetables, shrimp and crab meat, deep fried pork and many more! For lunch, enjoy a Mickey Chilled Pudding for dessert, and for dinner a deluxe dessert platter.

BOOK HERE!

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Lantau Cultural and Heritage Insight Tour

The largest island in Hong Kong (almost double the size of Hong Kong Island!), Lantau Island is known for being home to the Hong Kong International Airport. But there's much more to Lantau Island! From its hills, excellent beaches, temples and monasteries, to the traditional fishing villages and more, the island remains mostly rural and untouched and perfect for exploration! Start with redeeming your ticket at Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal, then get on the cable car to get to Ngong Ping.

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Sightsee Macau Day Tour

Often solely considered as a mecca for dedicated gamblers (the industry is seven times bigger than Las Vegas's after all), the eclectic beauty and European vibe of Macau are not to be missed. As the far-East's first European settlement, Macanese culture is strongly defined by the amalgamation of its Chinese and Portuguese heritage, resulting in the city's fabulous European architecture, delicious fusion food, and generally far more relaxed vibe than its Hong Kong neighbor.

BOOK HERE!

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Hong Kong Guided Walking Tour

An introductory tour to Hong Kong, the tour is an ideal way to spend your first few hours in the city. Starting in Tsim Sha Tsui, catch the iconic Star Ferry to Central – the religious, economic and political heart of Hong Kong – before proceeding to Sheung Wan to discover some best kept local secrets. Learn about Hong Kong's colonial history while riding a "Ding Ding" (tram) and the Mid-levels Escalators (the longest in the world). From skyline views on the 55th floor, to the tranquil atmosphere of St John's Cathedral and Man Mo Temple, and to locations of recent political history, your local tour guide will share fascinating insights about Hong Kong.

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Central and Victoria Peak Cultural Tour

Discover two of Hong Kong's most popular destinations including Central - Hong Kong's central business district, a beautiful urban jungle, filled with skyscrapers, malls, and luxury hotels – and Victoria Peak, a mountain on the western side of Hong Kong offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city. Start the tour by meeting up with your tour guide and group at MTR Central Station Exit D2. From there, visit Stone Slabs Street, or Pottinger Street, famous for their entire street paved unevenly by granite stone steps. Afterwards, head to Lan Kwai Fong, one of the most famous bars in the city. Take a quick break and enjoy some afternoon tea, before heading to the historic HK Tramways for a quick ride.

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Useful Cantonese Phrases


Cantonese is what majority of Hong Kong residents uses. Here are some basic Cantonese phrases that you should start learning and use it when traveling to Hong Kong.
  • Hello - Néih hóu (sounds like ley-ho)
  • Thank you - Doh-je (sounds like door-chair)
  • Excuse Me/Please - Ng-goi (sounds like mmm-goy)
  • Good morning – Jou-sen (sounds like joe-san)
  • Good night - Jou-tau (sounds like joe-towe)
  • Good bye - Joi-gin (sounds like joy-gee-n)
  • How much? - Gei-do-chin (sounds like gay-do-chin)
  • Yummy - Hou-hou-sihk (sounds like ho-ho sick)

How Many Days to Stay in Hong Kong?


Hong Kong isn't that big so 3-4 days would be enough for most first-time travelers in Hong Kong. For me, how long is your vacation in Hong Kong depends on the number of tourist spots and attractions you want to visit and activities you want to do in Hong Kong. For first timers, I suggest 3 full days for you to fully enjoy most of Hong Kong's top tourist spots and attractions. If you want to visit Macau as a side trip, 4 full days is good. But if you have limited time, a 2 full days is also quite good. Below, I have sample DIY itineraries that you can follow. Just adjust or tweak it depending on your preferences.

HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE DIY ITINERARY

Sample Hong Kong Itineraries


Below are my recommended Hong Kong and Hong Kong-Macau DIY Itineraries that you can easily follow. Please note that it's a bit pack with almost all the top tourist spots in Hong Kong and Macau. You may adjust it depending on how many days you plan to visit and your preferred things to do in Hong Kong.

3 DAYS/2 NIGHTS HONG KONG DIY ITINERARY


This sample itinerary is designed for a 3 days/2 nights Hong Kong adventure. This is assuming you will be staying anD sharing the room with a travel buddy in a guest house or hotel at Tsim Sha Tsui area.

DAY 1 - NGONG PING + VICTORIA PEAK


DAY 2 - HONG KONG DISNEYLAND + MONG KOK

  • Breakfast
  • Take the MTR to Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Arrive at Hong Kong Disneyland [ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED HONG KONG DISNEYLAND TICKETS ]
  • Enjoy Hong Kong Disneyland
  • Depart for Mong Kok
  • Take MTR to Mong Kok Station
  • Shop, eat, take photos
  • Go back to Tsim Sha Tsui via MTR
  • Walk towards Avenue of the Stars
  • Enjoy Avenue of the Stars
  • Watch the Symphony of lights show
  • Go back to the hotel/guesthouse
  • Sleep

DAY 3 - CENTRAL HONG KONG + SHOPPING


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SAMPLE 3D/2N HONG KONG-MACAU ITINERARY


In case you want to also visit Macau while you are in Hong Kong, here's a sample Hong Kong-Macau Itinerary for 3 days and 2 nights using an iVenture Card. To save on travel expenses, I highly recommend that you get an iVenture Card that you can use to enjoy up to 21 Attractions and Special offers in Hong Kong and Macau for only 5,800 Pesos! With an iVenture Card, you can SAVE as much as 12,000 pesos!

Here is a sample Hong Kong - Macau itinerary. To fully maximize your 3-day iVenture Card, you may follow this 3-day Hong Kong - Macau DIY Itinerary. You could adjust it depending on your preferred activities and time spent on each attraction.

DAY 1 - MACAU

  • 07:00 - Ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau
  • 08:00 - Arrival in Macau
  • 08:30 - Leave bags in the hotel
  • 09:00 - Pick up at either the Macau Hotel or Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • 10:00 - Start of TKW Macau Tour (includes buffet lunch)
    • Ruins of St. Paul's
    • Mount Fortress
    • Senado Square
    • Na Tcha Temple
    • A Ma Temple
    • Macau Tower
    • From here, you may request the tour guide to leave you at the Macau Tower so you could avail the Macau Tower Observation Ticket.
  • 02:00 - Macau Tower Observatory
  • 03:00 - Travel to Broadway Macau (ride the free casino shuttle bus)
  • 04:00 - Broadway Macau (not available every Tuesday)
    • Avail Viva La Broadway Show
    • Redeem Broadway Macau set meal using the voucher
  • 06:00 - Dinner
  • 07:00 - Visit Casinos
  • 10:00 - Go back to the hotel, rest.

ALSO READ: Top Best Things To Do in MACAU (includes FREE ATTRACTIONS too!)

DAY 2 - HONG KONG PART 1

  • 05:00 - Check out from the hotel
  • 06:00 - Take the ferry to Hong Kong
  • 07:00 - Arrive in Hong Kong
  • 08:00 - Leave bags at the hotel
  • 08:30 - Pick-up at Holiday Inn Golden Mile on Mody Road, TST, Kowloon for Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • 09:30 - Arrive at Ocean Park Hong Kong [ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED OCEAN PARK TICKETS ]
  • 10:00 - 02:00 PM - Enjoy Ocean Park Hong Kong + Lunch
  • 02:30 - Take the MTR to Kowloon (Sky100 is just outside Kowloon MTR Station)
  • 03:00 - Go up to Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck + Avail Sky100 VR experience Ticket
  • 04:00 - Take the MTR to Noah's Ark Hong Kong
  • 05:00 - Go to Victoria Peak, avail roundtrip Peak Tram tickets [ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED THE PEAK TRAM AND SKY TERRACE TICKETS ]
  • 07:00 - Dinner
  • 08:00 - The Art of Chocolate Museum Ticket
  • 09:00 - Go back to the hotel

DAY 3 - HONG KONG PART 2

  • 09:00 - Travel to Ngong Ping (take the MTR to Tung Chung)
  • 10:00 - Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride [ CLICK HERE FOR DISCOUNTED NGONG PING CABLE RIDE TICKETS ]
  • 10:30 - Arrival at Ngong Ping
    • Ngong Ping Village
    • Stage 360
    • Walking with Buddha
    • Ngong Ping Piazza
    • Tian Tan Big Buddha
    • Po Lin Monastery
    • Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas
    • Wisdom Path
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Travel back by 360 Cable Car Ride to Tung Chung
  • 01:00 - Arrive at Tung Chung MTR Station
  • 0200 - 05:00 - Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • 06:00 - Watertours Pre-Sunset Cruise
  • 09:00 - Dinner
  • 10:00 - Go back to the hotel

BOOK AND RESERVE AN IVENTURE CARD HERE: iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass

For more information on iVenture Card, you may read my previous post: CLICK HERE.

TRAVEL TIP: If you want to do a Hong Kong - Macau adventure, I highly suggest that you fly from Manila to Hong Kong, spend 2 or 3 days in Hong Kong, then travel to Macau via ferry. In Macau, spend 1-2 days and then fly from Macau back to Manila. This will save you a lot on time and on travel expenses.

YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CHECK OUT: Hong Kong Sample Itineraries with Macau Day Tour

Hong Kong Travel Guide with DIY Itinerary

Hong Kong Trip Budget and Expenses


If you will follow the DIY 3D/2N Hong Kong Itinerary above, stay at the a guesthouse, and share some of the expenses with a travel buddy, here's a sample computation of expenses for a 3 days / 2 nights Hong Kong adventure for 9,763 pesos.

DAY 1
  • Airport Express Train to Kowloon - PHP 463.00
  • Accommodation (1st night) - PHP 1,500 / 2 = 750 per person
  • Ngong Ping 360 roundtrip - PHP 993.00
  • Victoria Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428 - PHP 464.00
  • Transportation - PHP 200.00
  • Food expenses - 500.00
  • TOTAL - PHP 3,370.00

DAY 2
  • Accommodation (2nd night) - PHP 1,500 / 2 = 750 per person
  • Hong Kong Disneyland - PHP 3,480.00
  • Food expenses - PHP 800.00
  • Transportation - PHP 200.00
  • TOTAL - PHP 5,230.00

DAY 3
  • Food expenses - 500.00
  • Transportation - PHP 200.00
  • Airport Express Train to airport - PHP 463.00
  • TOTAL - PHP 1,163.00

GRAND TOTAL - PHP 9,763.00


Not included:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Hong Kong-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Food expense for snacks
  • Budget for pasalubong and souvenirs

Please note that exchange rates, ticket prices, airfare, hotel and guesthouses rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking. You can adjust this budget depending on how many are you in the group, the tourist spots and activities you want to do in Hong Kong, and how many days you will be staying in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong Travel Tips and Reminders


  • For electricity, most establishments use the type G socket 3-pin square plugs with 220 Volts at 50 hertz. Don't forget to bring a universal adapter when traveling to Hong Kong.
  • Travel time from/to Hong Kong International Airport from/to Hong Kong City Center depends on which transportation you'll be using. The fastest way to get to/from the airport from/to the city is via the Airport Express Train. Take note of this so you could plan your travel especially going to airport so you will not miss your flight.
  • You can bring in Philippine Peso, Euros, or US Dollars in Hong Kong and change it at the money changers at the airport or at the city center. Exchange rate at the airport is terribly low, it's better to change your money at the city center.
  • If you're on a budget, don't eat in restaurants. It's best to look for streetside kiosks where you could eat a decent meal or go to fast food chains such as Mc Donald's where you could grab a meal for 25 HKD. Convenience stores such as 7-Eleven are also a good choice for affordable ready to eat meals.
  • Hong Kong has summer, winter, spring and fall. Be sure to check the weather before going there so you'll know what kind of clothing you should pack in your bags.
  • Hong Kong is a very walkable city. When exploring the city, you will certainly walk a lot. It is best to wear comfortable footwear.
  • Free In-town Check-in Service is available for many major airlines at Hong Kong and Kowloon MTR stations. If you've already checked-out of your hotel and you still want to explore Hong Kong without bringing your huge luggage, you can avail this service between 90 minutes and one full day before your flight.
  • To save on travel expenses, book discounted tickets at Klook.com, join group tours, take the bus or the MTR, walk if you can, stay in hostels, guest houses, or budget hotels, and take advantage of flight seat sales and promos.

I hope this Hong Kong Budget Travel Guide 2018 will help you in planning a memorable Hong Kong Adventure! Enjoy and have fun!


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4 comments :

Hong Kong Travel Guide Blog said...

Hong Kong's official tourism guide includes tourist information on attractions, events, shopping and dining, vacation holiday packages, street maps, virtual tours and travel planning itineraries to experience Hong Kong's unique international living culture. Visit Hong Kong, Asia's top travel destination. If you're planning on including Macau to your itinerary, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island have a ferry terminal each. Hong Kong MACAU Ferry Terminal along Connaught Road Central, Sheung Wan area in Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong CHINA Ferry Terminal along Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Where to get the best flight deals? My go-to platform for grabbing the best flight deal? Skyscanner! But of course, it's always good practice to research first the budget airlines that exist in the country that you're currently staying in, since they could.

Ely Valendez said...

Where to next? Sama ako! Hahahaha

Nida Reas said...

Hi is there any bus station at Tsim Tsa Tsui for Rickshaw Sightseeing? Or I need to go to Central (Star Ferry) for the departure?

Mark Delgado said...

Ibinigay ng blog na ito lahat at walang itinira. Thank you for this! More than excellent blog. God bless you!

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