Updated! HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE: Budget Itinerary, Things to Do

There’s a hole in my heart that only Hong Kong can fill.

Perhaps it’s because of the fact that it is the first foreign city that I explored on my own for leisure and the first foreign destination I have visited more than once. (Singapore was my first overseas destination, but I was there to attend an awards show.) I had been to Hong Kong four times now, and I’m set to return later this month.

Looking back, having my international travel debut in Hong Kong isn’t a bad idea at all. This “modern and futuristic city” is a great destination for a first out-of-the-country trip. The culture is not too different to be alienating but not too similar to be boring. It is connected by an impressive, expansive systems of transportation — from its world-class airport terminals to its vast train network to its reliable bus system. They have all their major tourist attractions easily accessible. They also make the cities very friendly to kids and elderly, an important criterion for ideal family vacations. All these combined make it one of the best foreign cities for first-time overseas traveler.

Understanding Hong Kong

Although officially a part of China, Hong Kong is worlds apart from the rest of the country culturally, economically and politically because of its unique history. After the British won the Second Battle of Chuenpi, the Qing Empire, who ruled China at the time, admitted defeat. Peace negotiations resulted in the Treaty of Nanjing on 29 August 1842, which formally cedes Hong Kong to Britain and ended the First Opium War.

Since then, Hong Kong was a colony of the then mighty British Empire, except during World War II, when it was occupied by Japan. Britain maintained its rule of the territory until 1997, when it was handed back to China.

Today, Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of China. It is part of China, but it has its own economy, currency, and immigration laws. Hence, even mainland Chinese would need to go through Immigration checks upon entering the region.

Hong Kong is one of the busiest and the most developed metropolitan hubs in Asia in terms of trade, business, and tourism. It consists of the Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and 200 outlying islands. While these areas are connected by sprawling train and bus networks, it is important to be familiar with its geography.

  • Hong Kong Island is where the Central area, the political and economic center, is located. Although intimidating at first, it harbors a number of affordable guesthouses and hostels. It is also home to many tourist attractions including the Victoria Peak.
  • Kowloon is where you will find most museums, markets, and the Avenue of Stars. It also has the greatest concentration of cheap guesthouses.
  • The New Territories, north of Kowloon, is dotted with wetland parks and temples. Lantau Island, one of the many outlying islands, takes pride in Ngong Ping (Giant Buddha and Po Lin Monastery) and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Here are more bits of info you might want to know to prep for your trip.

  • Language: Cantonese and English are the official languages. Almost 95% of the population speaks Cantonese. Almost everything a tourist would need has an English translation, so there isn’t that thick of a language barrier. Mandarin is also starting to flourish as more immigrants from the mainland pour in.
  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HKD). HKD 100 is around USD12.75, EUR10.35, PHP665, SGD17 (as of April 2018).
  • Money Exchange: You’ll find countless money changers around Hong Kong, concentrated in the areas of Tsim Sha Tsui (Chungking Mansions and Hankow Centre) and the Central district. ATMs are also aplenty, with HSBC being the most familiar.
  • Modes of payment: Most establishments prefer cash payment, but many of them also accept credit card transactions.
  • Electricity Info: 220V, 50Hz. Types G and D are used.


Best Time to Visit

The months of October to March are a good time to tour Hong Kong. The most ideal is October-December, when the temperature remains comfortably cool and the skies delightfully sunny.

January to March sees clear skies too — in fact, January is the driest month — but it can get too cold.

Courtesy of Climate Change Portal

Avoid August if you can. It is the wettest month, sometimes battered by typhoons brewed by the Pacific. September is pretty damp, too.

If you hate big crowds, look away from the days leading to the Chinese New Year, usually in late January or early February.


How to Get to Hong Kong

Okay, before I discuss flights, let me just say this: If you can, visit Macau, too! Macau is easily accessible from Hong Kong! If possible, book a flight to Hong Kong and then take a return flight from Macau, or vice versa. This way, you get to see and discover both cities.

If there really is no way that you can do a Hong Kong entrance-Macau exit (or vice versa), you can also book a roundtrip ticket to either. That means you’re gonna have to take the 1-hour ferry ride to the other.

Manila to Hong Kong

If you’re coming from Manila, the cheapest plane tickets are sold by Cebu Pacific Air and AirAsia. But if low-cost carriers are not your thing, the cheapest legacy airline is Philippine Airlines (PAL). Here are their usual year-round rates:

Singapore to Hong Kong

If you’re coming from Singapore, the fight for the lowest fares is between Tiger Airways and JetStar.

Macau to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is easily accessible from Macau. All it takes is a one-hour ferry ride. From Macau, you can board a ferry at either of these two terminals:

  • Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal, located in Macau Peninsula. This is closer to the city center.
  • Taipa Terminal, sometimes called Cotai Terminal, just a short walk from Macau International Airport.

These ferries sail to any of these two terminals in Hong Kong,

  • 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.

These are separate terminals so make sure you get to the right one!

If your hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui, choose the one in Kowloon so you will just have to walk. If your hotel is in the Central district, board a ferry bound for Sheung Wan.


How to Get to Tsim Sha Tsui from Hong Kong Airport

I personally love staying in the Tsim Sha Tsui area whenever I’m in Hong Kong because it’s close to almost everything I want to see. You can walk to the Avenue of Stars. Hong Kong Island can be easily reached by ferry or MTR. Mong Kok is also just a few stations away. There are a lot of money changers and ATMs around. And like I said, when it comes to accommodations, you have a lot of options here.

If you decide to stay in the Tsim Sha Tsui area, here’s how to reach it from the airport. You have two options: the Airport Express (train) and the bus.

By Airport Express Train

Here are the rates beginning June 18, 2017. Children (below 12 yo) get 50% discount.

BUT if you feel like you’ll be taking the MTR and the bus a lot in the next 3 days (and you will), purchase an Airport Express Travel Pass instead. This pass will allow you 1 or 2 single journeys on the Airport Express and UNLIMITED use of MTR, Light Rail, and MTR Bus (Northwest New Territories) for the next 3 days (72 hours). Here are the rates:

  • 1 Airport Express Ride + Unlimited MTR Rides for 3 days: HK$250
  • 2 Airport Express Rides + Unlimited MTR Rides for 3 days: HK$350

You can also top up the card after 3 days.

You can purchase an Airport Express Travel Pass from Klook as early as now. Check out the link below:

RESERVE A TRAVEL PASS HERE

But here’s the thing: you will need 2 transfers to get to Tsim Sha Tsui. And if you’re carrying gargantuan luggage or traveling with kids, it can be a challenging first day for you, which is why I recommend the other option…

By Bus

It’s cheaper and more comfortable. And you don’t need to switch vehicles!

But if you’re taking the bus, I recommend that you get an Octopus Card. which you can use when riding the MTR and buses. The Octopus Card isn’t necessary — you can do away with it and just pay cash each time instead — but since you will be using the bus and MTR most of the time, you might as well just get one. It’s convenient after all. You won’t need to get a ticket every time you’re taking the train or the bus.

The standard Octopus Card costs HK$100 for adults and HK$50 for kids plus HK$50 deposit. The deposit for both standard and children’s cards is refundable when you surrender the card.

If you don’t think you’d be able to return the card (thereby letting go of your deposit), you can buy an Octopus TOURIST Card via Klook instead. The Octopus Tourist Card is preloaded with HK$50 and you can take home the card as souvenir. You can buy one below.

RESERVE OCTOPUS CARD HERE

Once you have the card, here’s how to take the bus to Tsim Sha Tsui:

Look for this sign!
  • At the airport, look for signs to the BUS terminal. It’s right in front of the airport building, you’ll see it immediately after the exit.
  • Board the A21 Cityflyer Bus. Look for the A21 sign and queue. Pay using Octopus Card. If you don’t have this card, you can pay in cash but you must have the exact amount.
  • Alight at Stop 13 (Cameron Road corner Nathan Road) or Stop 14 (Middle Road corner Nathan Road), depending on what’s closer to your booked hotel.
  • Walk to your hotel.

That’s about it! Before your trip, contact your hotel and ask for the closest bus stop so you know where exactly to get off.


How to Get Around Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s MTR system is your best friend in the city. It’s extensive, tourist-friendly, and relatively inexpensive. However, this intricate network can be confusing for first-timers.

I recommend that you download the MTR Mobile app, which is available for FREE.

The app is equipped with maps and other information you need about the MTR system. To use it when navigating Hong Kong’s underworld, just enter the stations of origin and destination and it will show you a suggested route, complete with the necessary transfers, fares, and travel time.

Once you choose a route, it’s time to start the journey. If you have an Octopus Card, you just need to hover the card above the sensor at the gates and enter. Otherwise, you will need to purchase single-journey tickets. Here’s how to get one.

How to Use the Hong Kong MTR

This is what the MTR Ticket machine looks like.
  1. At the train station, approach one of the ticket machines. Each machine has a screen and a route map.
  2. Touch the destination on the route map.
  3. Select ticket type. By default, it is set to ADULT.
  4. Insert coins or bills.
  5. Get the ticket and change.

But again, you can make your life easier by getting an Octopus Card.

Octopus Card

The Octopus Card is a prepaid stored-value card that you can use when riding the MTR and buses. When you have the card, you don’t need to buy a ticket each time you travel. Just hover the card above the reader by the entrance and you’re good to go.

Fares are also slightly lower with an Octopus Card. Although the discount per ride isn’t much, it can mean big savings when they rack up.

The standard Octopus Card costs HK$100 for adults and HK$50 for kids plus HK$50 deposit. The deposit for both standard and children’s cards is refundable when you surrender the card.

If you don’t think you’d be able to return the card (thereby letting go of your deposit), you can buy an Octopus TOURIST Card via Klook instead. The Octopus Tourist Card is preloaded with HK$50 and you can take home the card as souvenir. You can buy one below.

RESERVE OCTOPUS CARD HERE


Internet Connection in Hong Kong

You can purchase a 4G/3G SIM Card or rent a 3G mobile wifi. Either way, you can pick it up at Hong Kong airport, for your convenience.

You can reserve one via Klook below:


Places to Visit: Hong Kong Tourist Spots

Here are some places you don’t want to miss! Below the pics are more info about the place including the nearest MTR Station and some useful links!

But before that, you might want to avail of the iVenture Pass!

iVenture Card

This card which will grant you DISCOUNTS for numerous restaurants and FREE entry to many attractions in Hong Kong and Macau including but not limited to the following:

  • Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong)
  • The Peak Tram (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong Watertours Pre-Dinner Sunset Cruise
  • Macau Tower

There are more attractions and establishments covered!

RESERVE iVENTURE PASS HERE


Disneyland Hong Kong

Disneyland Hong Kong
Admission Fee: Adult:
HK$589; Child (Age 3 – 11) HK$419

Nearest MTR Station: Disneyland Resort

How to Get To Disneyland Hong Kong from Tsim Sha Tsui: Read Here

You can skip the lines if you buy your ticket via Klook.

GET DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE


Ngong Ping and Tian Tan Big Buddha

Ngong Ping 360, Tian Tan Buddha, and Po Lin Monastery

What to See and How to Get There: Read Here

Nearest MTR Station: Tung Chung

Although you can access this by bus, the most scenic way of getting there is by cable car, Ngong Ping 360. You can purchase a ticket below.

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE


Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak

How to Get to Victoria Peak from Tsim Sha Tsui: Read Here

Nearest MTR Station: Central

The queues to the tram are notoriously crazy long! We tried falling in line and wasted a lot of time. But you can actually skip it if you book a ticket! Peak Tram Passes are often packaged with other attractions at The Peak including Madame Tussauds, Sky Terrace 428, and Trick Eye Museum. You can book below.

RESERVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS HERE


Avenue of Stars & Symphony of Lights

Avenue of Stars

How to Get to Avenue of Stars from Tsim Sha Tsui: Read Here

Nearest MTR Station: Tsim Sha Tsui / East Tsim Sha Tsui


Mong Kok

Mong Kok Market

How to Get to Mong Kok from Tsim Sha Tsui: Read Here

Nearest MTR Station: Mong Kok


Unique Hong Kong Tours

If you have more budget, you can enjoy these tours to maximize your stay in Hong Kong! Links so you can book these tours in advance or reserve slots are provided below!

Macau Day Tour

You can easily go to Macau from Hong Kong! You just need to buy a ticket from the terminal, board a ferry, and you’ll be there in 55 minutes.

Image provided by Klook

FOR DISCOUNTED TICKETS, BOOK BELLOW

Please take note of the date and time of your trip because rates of sailing on weekends and at night are higher. Just click on any of the following links:

  • Hong Kong (Sheung Wan) to Taipa Terminal via CotaiJet (ONE-WAY). Reserve Discounted Ticket Here.
  • Hong Kong (Sheung Wan) to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal via TurboJet (ONE-WAY). Reserve Discounted Ticket Here.
  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Macau Outer Harbour Terminal via TurboJet (ROUNDTRIP). You can board either in Hong Kong Macau Terminal (Sheung Wan) or in China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon). Reserve Discounted Ticket Here.
  • Hong Kong/Kowloon to Taipa Terminal via CotaiJet (ROUNDTRIP). You can board either in Hong Kong Macau Terminal (Sheung Wan) or in China Ferry Terminal (Kowloon). Reserve Discounted Ticket Here.

Once in Macau, you can take advantage of the free shuttle rides provided by hotels and then just explore on foot! It’s super easy.

More info here: DIY MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE.

But if you want to be more comfortable, there are day tours being offered in Hong Kong. They will take care of everything, from ferry tickets to your sightseeing in Macau to a sumptuous lunch at a 4-star hotel. If you’re interested in that, you can book below.

RESERVE A SLOT HERE


AquaLuna Symphony of Lights Cruise

Although you can also enjoy the Symphony of Lights from the Avenue of Stars, you can level up your Hong Kong experience by admiring it from a traditional junk boat as you cruise around Victoria Harbour! It comes with DINNER too!

RESERVE A SEAT HERE

360 Lantau Island Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass

This one isn’t really a tour but a day pass that would take you around and over Lantau Island and enjoy the following:

  • a round trip cable car ride
  • a boat excursion
  • unlimited use of the bus system
  • Big Buddha Statue visit
  • Tai O Fishing Village visit
  • HK$20 voucher for the Ngong Ping 360 Souvenir shop

GET YOUR PASS NOW


Hong Kong Food Tour

This tour is recommended by the Hong Kong Tourism Board! Eat your way through one of Hong Kong’s old districts, Sham Shui Po. You’ll get a total of 10 tastings as you learn more about the culture and history of Hong Kong.

RESERVE A SLOT HERE


Hong Kong Walking Tour – Day

Photo provided by Klook

RESERVE A SLOT HERE


Kowloon Evening Walking Tour

This tour will take you across Hong Kong’s Jordan and Yau Ma Tei neighborhoods to visit the following:

  • a century-old fruit market
  • a local art deco-style restaurant
  • an old-school singing parlour
  • Temple Street market
  • fortune tellers

BOOK THIS TOUR


Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Finding cheap accommodations in Hong Kong is easy. The Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok, and Central areas are littered with guesthouses and hostels offering affordable rooms. They are also consistently cheap throughout the year, ranging from HK300-HK500 for a double room.

I personally love staying in the Tsim Sha Tsui area whenever I’m in Hong Kong because it’s close to almost everything I want to see. You can walk to the Avenue of Stars. Hong Kong Island can be easily reached by ferry or MTR. Mong Kok is also just a few stations away. There are a lot of money changers and ATMs around. And like I said, when it comes to accommodations, you have a lot of options here.

Anyway, here are top budget guesthouses and hostels in Hong Kong as rated by Traveloka users as of April 2018.

V Inn. Image provided by Traveloka.

Search for more: Hong Kong Hotels


Sample Hong Kong Itineraries

Below are two sample itineraries. The first covers Hong Kong only, while the other will take you to both Hong Kong and Macau. Both itineraries assume the following:

  • You’re a group of 2, splitting much of the expenses.
  • You have a budget of HKD 70 per meal (lunch/dinner). You’ll find meals much lower than this, but better to overestimate than under.
  • You’re skipping breakfast. It’s overrated, according to intermittent fasters. And healthy too. Haha.
  • You’re staying in a budget inn in Tsim Sha Tsui for HKD300 per night. As mentioned, Tsim Sha Tsui is an ideal base because it’s close to many attractions.

Just make the necessary adjustments to match your flights and other preferences.

Itinerary #1: Hong Kong Only

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Day 1: VICTORIA PEAK, AVENUE OF STARS
09:55 am – Arrival at Hong Kong Airport
10:30 am – Pick up Octopus Card
10:50 am – Take A21 Bus to Tsim Sha Tsui, HKD33
11:40 am – Check-in at guesthouse
12:00 pm – Lunch, HKD70
01:30 pm – Walk around Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park
03:30 pm – MTR to Central, HKD10.5
03:40 pm – Walk to Peak Tram, Roundtrip fare: HKD94
04:00 pm – Explore Victoria Peak, wait for sunset
06:00 pm – Go down via tram, walk to Central Station
06:50 pm – MRT to Tsim Sha Tsui Station, HKD10.5
07:00 pm – Walk to Avenue of Stars
07:15 pm – Explore Avenue of Stars, FREE
08:00 pm – Watch the Symphony of Lights, FREE
08:30 pm – Dinner, HKD 70
09:00 pm – Walk back to hotel

Day 2: DISNEYLAND, MONG KOK
09:30 am – MTR to Disneyland Resort, HKD15.5
10:30 am – Explore Disneyland Hong Kong, HKD 519 (DISCOUNTED)
01:00 pm – Lunch, HKD100
07:00 pm – MTR to Mong Kok, HKD23
07:40 pm – Dinner, HKD70
08:30 pm – Explore Mongkok, shop
10:30 pm – MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui, HKD5.5

Day 3: NGONG PING, DEPARTURE
06:00 am – Check out
06:30 am – Take MTR to Tung Chung Station, HKD19.5
07:15 am – Leave luggage at CityGate lockers, HKD40
07:30 am – Take bus to Ngong Ping, HKD17.5
08:00 am – See Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery
09:40 am – Bus back to Tung Chung Station, HKD17.5
10:30 am – MTR to Airport, HKD15.5
11:00 am – Check in at airport
12:00 am – Lunch, HKD70
01:30 pm – Flight out

If you spend only HKD 300 per night on accommodations (divided by 2 pax), this itinerary will set you back around HKD1500 (USD191, EUR156, SGD251, PHP9,940), excluding airfare.

Itinerary #2: Hong Kong + Macau Day Tour

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

To better understand the MACAU leg of this itinerary, read this first: MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE

Day 1: VICTORIA PEAK, AVENUE OF STARS
09:55 am – Arrival at Hong Kong Airport
10:30 am – Pick up Octopus Card
10:50 am – Take A21 Bus to Tsim Sha Tsui, HKD33
11:40 am – Check-in at guesthouse
12:00 pm – Lunch, HKD70
01:30 pm – Walk around Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Park
03:30 pm – MTR to Central, HKD10.5
03:40 pm – Walk to Peak Tram, Roundtrip fare: HKD94
04:00 pm – Explore Victoria Peak, wait for sunset
06:00 pm – Go down via tram, walk to Central Station
06:50 pm – MRT to Tsim Sha Tsui Station, HKD10.5
07:00 pm – Walk to Avenue of Stars
07:15 pm – Explore Avenue of Stars, FREE
08:00 pm – Watch the Symphony of Lights, FREE
08:30 pm – Dinner, HKD 70
09:00 pm – Walk back to hotel
10:00 pm – Lights out

Day 2: MACAU DAY TOUR
08:30 am – Walk to Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal
09:00 am – Ferry to Macau, Roundtrip Fare: HKD310 (DISCOUNTED)
10:15 am – Shuttle to the Venetian, FREE
10:30 am – Explore the Venetian
11:30 am – Lunch at the Venetian Food Court, HKD70
12:30 pm – Walk to City of Dreams, explore a bit
02:00 pm – Board shuttle to Senado Square, FREE
02:20 pm – Explore Senado Square & St. Paul Ruins
04:30 pm – Walk to Sintra Hotel (for shuttle)
05:00 pm – Board FREE Shuttle to City of Dreams
05:30 pm – Walk to The Parisian
05:50 pm – Explore The Parisian & Studio City
08:00 pm – Dinner, HKD100
09:00 pm – Board shuttle to Taipa Ferry Terminal
09:30 pm – Board ferry to Kowloon
10:30 pm – Arrive in Kowloon, walk to guesthouse
11:00 pm – Lights out

Day 3: DISNEYLAND, MONG KOK
09:30 am – MTR to Disneyland Resort, HKD15.5
10:30 am – Explore Disneyland Hong Kong, HKD 519 (DISCOUNTED)
01:00 pm – Lunch, HKD100
07:00 pm – MTR to Mong Kok, HKD23
07:40 pm – Dinner, HKD70
08:30 pm – Explore Mongkok, shop
10:30 pm – MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui, HKD5.5
11:00 pm – Lights out

Day 4: NGONG PING, DEPARTURE
06:00 am – Check out
06:30 am – Take MTR to Tung Chung Station, HKD19.5
07:15 am – Leave luggage at CityGate lockers, HKD40
07:30 am – Take bus to Ngong Ping, HKD17.5
08:00 am – See Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery
09:40 am – Bus back to Tung Chung Station, HKD17.5
10:30 am – MTR to Airport, HKD15.5
11:00 am – Check in at airport
12:00 am – Lunch, HKD70
01:30 pm – Flight out

For this itinerary, you will have to shell out HKD2130 (USD272, EUR222, SGD356, PHP14,130), excluding airfare. If you choose to try the rides or watch the shows at a hotel in Macau, that would incur additional fees, which are not covered by this estimate. Much of the expenses were for the entrance fees, with Disneyland taking the bulk.

NOTE: For both itineraries above, I used the fares charged for single-journey users. If you have an Octopus Card, the actual fares are a bit lower because of the discounts. I just used the regular rates just to add some padding. Again, better overestimate than under.

I have to warn you, though, that these itineraries can get extremely exhausting because they involve a lot of walking. Disneyland and Mongkok in one day is no joke and can be physically demanding. You might want to adjust this if you have kids or elderly with you.


More Tips for the Poor Traveler

  • I recommend that you download the MTR Mobile app, which is available for FREE. The app is equipped with maps and other information you need about the MTR system. To use it, just tap on Train Trip Planner and enter the stations of origin and destination and it will show you a suggested route, complete with the necessary transfers, fares, and travel time.
  • In Macau, the currency is the Macanese pataca. But the Hong Kong dollar is widely accepted at 1:1 rate.
  • Take advantage of the FREE hotel shuttles in Macau. You don’t need to have a reservation to board their buses. They’re FREE and you can find them at the ferry terminals and other key spots in the city.
  • If you’re traveling on a really tight budget, there are a lot of things you can do in Hong Kong and Macau for FREE. Here are some suggestions: 10 FREE Things to Do in Macau, 7 FREE Things to Do in Hong Kong
  • For more information about Macau, read: MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE

This budget travel guide was last updated in: April 2018.


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Comments

  1. Joan Claire P. Arias says:

    where did you get your disneyland ticket? its only 589hkd. please let me know i will be there end of july. it’s my first out of the country trip too. im on a tight budget. can you share also where to get cheaper ocean park ticket?

  2. Nitin Khanna says:

    Hong Kong is a great place to visit. Thanks for useful information. Well written about places and budget information.

  3. nyam says:

    thank you for this itinerary. now i have an idea on the budget. i’ll definitely use this as a guide.

  4. Averell Saglayan says:

    Very informative and detailed. Thank you so much. I’ll be traveling to hkg on October 10-14, is 30k enough to sustain my stay? Where can I buy cheap Disneyland ticket? Many thanks

  5. Ivy Medina says:

    Hi.

    We have booked a package for 4d/3n stay next month. We arrive late on a Sunday, 8pm. There’s a compulsary city/disney (halfday) tour on Mon. We’re free for the next two days. I plan to stay in HK Disneyland overnight Mon-Tues. Then reserve Tue night and the whole of Wed for some activities. What do you think of our plan? What would you suggest we do Tues night and Wed?

    Thanks!

    P.S. I have a 5yr old boy with me so the Disney stay is a non-negotiable.

  6. Gennie says:

    What food did you have during your stay? It seems you only spent around 1k in HK. 🙂

  7. shingaling says:

    Hi,

    Just want to ask, if I purchase an Airport Express Ride + Unlimited MTR Rides for 3 days would I be able to use it going to Ngong Ping via Bus?

    Thanks

  8. Athena Bautista says:

    Hi, May I ask what is the ideal time to visit Macau and Hongkong? And also, what season did you went there with this itinerary?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Athena, I’ve done the HK-Macau itinerary in October, November, and February. (Iba-iba kasi kasama ko each time so paulit-ulit.) Our October visit was a bit rainy (more like gentle showers, though). November is great but hotels in Macau tend to shoot up because of Macau Grand Prix. If day tour lang naman sa Macau, pwede na rin. Very comfortable temperatures.

      I personally prefer January/February because it’s generally dry, but that’s also because I love the cold. 🙂

  9. Gellie says:

    Hi! May I ask kung saang hotel kayo nagstay? Yung exact name talaga nang hotel sa Tsim Sha Tsui. I really hope that you can reply to this message 🙂 Thank you

  10. Tinay says:

    Hi! Already have airfare tix for June, 6days, 5nights. Our tour group consists of 3 adults, 1 child and 1 infant. Since we have small kiddos, we wanted convenience as much as possible. Can you recommend a travel agency whom we may approach to handle our hotel and trips? Probably with the cheapest price? I know there are a lot of agencies out there but most of them charged exorbitant rates. Appreciate any help pls! Thank you very much!

  11. Mona says:

    thanks a lot for all detailed information, it would be of great help in planning a good trip to HONGKONG. I specially like your comment “SPEND WHEN YOU CAN. ENJOY YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY “. I am going to do exactly that. keep posting more helpful information.

  12. Ailee says:

    Hi, ask ko lang where did you redeem your peak tram tickets? is it easier to redeem sa traveleasy (Shop 316, 3/F, World Wide Centre, 19 Des Voeux Road Central, Central) kasi mas malapit sya sa peak tram itself?

    or mas convenient sya sa holiday world tours (Room 1021, 10/F, Peninsula Centre, 67 Mody Road, Tsimshatsui East, Kowloon)? kaso idk how to go this one kapag from chunking mansion (where I’ll be staying in one of the hostels).

    I hope you see this huhu first time traveler here. thank you and more power 🙂

  13. ying says:

    Dammit, i already purchase ticket to hong kong on august .. i should hv read this article first.. i want to cry..

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Ying. That’s okay. August is one of the wettest months but it doesn’t mean that it’s going to rain every single day. You can still have a good time if luck is on your side.

  14. nina lunesa says:

    hi, we are travelling as family(4) with one 9yo and elderly is it necessary to book 4 octupos card for us”?

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Nina, yep, mas madali if may kanya-kanya kayo. 🙂 May Octopus na pambata and meron ding pang-elderly, discounted un pareho.

  15. Eya says:

    Hi! meron po bang motels malapit sa tsim sha tsui? Less than P1000/ night for two person? Thank you so much!

  16. Eya says:

    Hi meron po bang motels near tsim sha tsui?? Less than ₱2000 2person npo then 3 night stay na ? Okay na po kahit saan bsta pwede matulugan.

  17. Marie says:

    Hi,

    We’re travelling to HK the first week of October this year, and our flight comes arrives in HK around 11:30 PM. That means we don’t have the option to use their MTR. I want to know if you could inform me about the possible prices for some car rentals that’s cheap or if they have UBER in HK.

    Thanks for your help!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Marie, I haven’t tried taking Uber or car rental in HK. But that might be something we can look into next time we’re there.

  18. michelle peralta says:

    hi.
    salamat sa iyong informative blog. plano po namin jan. 2019 pumunta,2 adults and a 6 yr old child.ano po ba magandang kunin n card para sa pag commute? san po mas makamura? ang pupuntahan namin is airport -disney-tsim sha tsui,2nd day tsim sha tsui to china ferry-macau and back,day 3 tsim sha tsui to airport. ano po ok n sakyan?san po makatipid?salamat.

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Michelle, kahit Octopus card lang, okay na since di ganun kadami yung pupuntahan nyo. 🙂

  19. Michelle. Peralta says:

    Pwede b yung sa ferry? Mas makasave pa if advance kukuha sa klook?pati dusneey tiiicket?

  20. Sinjana Ghosh says:

    I just love your travel guides! It’s great how much effort you put in to give us everything we need on a platter! That too in a structured way!

  21. Carla Tabios says:

    Hi Yoshke,

    We are planning to cover your Sample Itinerary 2, however we also like to cover for Ocean Park. What day do you suggest it? Do we need to have 1 whole day for the theme park and also where is it near? (Kowloon side, Hong Kong side…)

    Plus the octopus card, if we buy it on Klook, can we top up the value. and where can we do so?
    Thanks so much!!!

    • Yoshke Dimen says:

      Hi Carla,

      There are “Add Value” machines at many MTR Stations.

      Regarding Ocean Park, we’re not big fans, haha, but to answer your question, if you arrive in Hong Kong early, do it on your first day. It’s on Hong Kong Island, near Victoria Peak, so you can visit these sites on the same day.

      Then on your Disneyland Day, since there’s no more fireworks display, you can just visit the Avenue of Stars after Disneyland. Just arrive at Disneyland early to maximize your stay and leave before everyone else does.

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