HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG (Itinerary + Budget) 2018

HONG KONG ITINERARY

Hong Kong is special to me, because it’s my first international travel with my sister.  It’s like fulfilling a childhood dream when we toured Hong Kong Disneyland.  This is why I wrote this Hong Kong Travel Guide Blog. If you dream of traveling to Hong Kong, have the courage to pursue it. As Walt Disney said it, “If you can dream it, you can do it!”.   But of course, Hong Kong travel blog is not all about Hong Kong Disneyland, I also included sample Macau + Hong Kong itineraries with budget.

Hong Kong is perpetually short on space and overflowing with people, reason why the country is sprinkled with eye-popping high-rise apartment buildings to address the housing crisis. Yet despite its size, it attracts millions of tourists each year, and that’s not really surprising, given the wealth of family-friendly attractions, lively street life and shopping meccas here. And if you feel like escaping the bustling, futuristic jungle, rush to the outlying areas with hills and beaches that remain untainted by commercialism.

 

HONG KONG AT A GLANCE

 

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Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China and one of the richest financial and trading center in Asia. You will never run out of things to do in Hong Kong, and like many other tourists, you might find yourself revisiting and unraveling its countless treasures.

Hong Kong is composed of different districts, here are some that you will most likely visit:

KOWLOON – If you are a budget traveler, this is a good base as it is packed with budget hotels and hostels especially in Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui! This place is also oozing with local restaurants, a perfect place for a food trip! Be warned though as this area can get too chaotic because of the crowd it brings.  In fact, it is dubbed as one of the most heavily populated places on Earth!  Kowloon is also home to the famous shopping district – Mong Kok.

 

HONG KONG ISLAND – Modern and swanky, Hong Kong Island (especially the Central) is where most skyscrapers, banks, posh boutiques, high-end bars, restaurants and clubs are concentrated.  This is where the British settlement thrived when Hong Kong was colonized in 1841.  Many tourists go here for the sweeping panoramas at Victoria Peak.

Also in Hong Kong Island is Causeway Bay, a lively stretch of shops, restaurants and park.  While here, you can check out the famed Times Square at the corner of Russell and Matheson Street.

If you are up for an adventure, you can trek the Dragon’s Back for about 2 hours and check out Big Wave’s beaches nearby.  From the Big Waves, it’s about a 30 minute walk to Shek O, home to one of Hong Kong’s finest beaches.

LANTAU ISLAND  – The biggest island in Hong Kong is Lantau Island, home to Disneyland, Ngong Pong and the airport.

HONG KONG VISA

Philippine Passport holders can enter Hong Kong visa-free for 14 days.  You must complete an arrival card when clearing Hong Kong immigration and return the departure card, so do not lose it.

 

HONG KONG IMMIGRATION POLICIES

Never ever overstay in Hong Kong as you can get fined up to $50,000 (PHP 2,614,400) and/or imprisoned for up to 3 years.

Never accept any packages from anyone.  If another passenger asks you to hold something for him/her (even if s/he’s an elderly), tell them NO.  Better safe than sorry.  Drug trafficking in Hong Kong has a hefty fine – USD 5,000,000 (PHP 261 million) and face up to lifetime imprisonment.

18 years old and above incoming travelers can bring in as part of the duty-free allowance 1 liter of alcoholic liquor with an alcoholic strength above 30% by volume measured at a temperature of 20°C (68°F) and 19 cigarettes OR 1 cigar OR 25g of cigars OR 25g (.88 oz) of other manufactured tobacco.  If you fail to declare there is a hefty fine of USD 1,000,000 (PHP 52,288,000) and or/imprisonment of up to 2 years.

You cannot take more than two cans (1.8 kg) of powdered milk (like baby formula) out of Hong Kong.

If you have banned goods or more than your allowance, declare them at the Red Channel when you enter Hong Kong.

 

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT HONG KONG

 

HK CLIMATE

Hong Kong is a year round destination, you can visit it any months of the year.  But just to give you an idea about its climate and clothes to pack, you can refer to the table and information below.

SPRING – Spring in Hong Kong falls around the months of March to May. Hong Kong is quite humid and rainy during this season.

SUMMER – Summer in Hong Kong is hot and humid and falls around June to September. Storms are also typical around these months.

AUTUMN – Fall in Hong Kong is around November to December is a pleasant season to travel to the country.  The weather is not too hot or humid and not rainy.

WINTER – Winter in Hong Kong is around January to February, but fret not as the weather is typically mild at day time.  However, bring jacket/coat as the temperature can get cold at night.

 

HONG KONG MONEY EXCHANGE

Hong Kong uses Hong Kong dollars with a current rate exchange of HKD 1/PHP 7/USD 0.13/EURO 0.10/SGD 0.17/MYR 0.50. Bank rate is still the best rate, so best to withdraw money from international ATMs scattered around the city or at the airport.  Airport money exchange rates are quite low, if you need a few bucks to get to the city center from the airport, you can exchange a few bucks there and exchange the rest of your money in money exchange centers in the city center.

 

HONG KONG SOCKET/ ELECTRICITY

When in Hong Kong, you need to have the type G socket (the 3-pin rectangular blade plug). Electricity is 220 Volts at 50 Hertz. You can purchase adapters from the mall, hardware stores or convenience stores, but keep in mind that it will not convert voltage or frequency.  See my illustration above.

 

HONG KONG WI-FI

Staying connected online is really important when traveling to Hong Kong. I suggest renting a pocket Wi-Fi though the link below. Enjoy a 4G Wi-Fi device that fits your pocket and can connect up to 5 devices at once.

RESERVE POCKET WI-FI HERE

If you are traveling alone, you can just purchase a Hong Kong sim card to get connected online.

 

BUY HONG KONG 4G/3G SIM CARD HERE

 

HONG KONG BUDGET HOTELS

 

Hong Kong is not cheap but although it’s not really a backpacker’s destination, you can still book cheap hotels littered in Kowloon City particularly in Mong Kok (a shopping district)  and Tsim Sha Tsui area where most budget accommodation are concentrated.  This can help cut down the cost of your trip to Hong Kong.

 

BUDGET HOTELS IN HONG KONG

 

Butterfly on Waterfront Boutique Hotel

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94 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Central

CHECK RATES HERE

 

New Style Hotel

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(Reception @ 16/F) Flat 1603, 16/F, Sun Hing Building, 607 Nathan Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong

CHECK RATES HERE

Fortune Hotel

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5/F, Wing Wah Building, 40P Shantung Street (Sai Yeung Choi Street South & Shantung Street), Mongkok

CHECK RATES HERE

 

 

ALSO READ:

BUDGET HOTELS IN HONG KONG 

MACAU BUDGET HOTELS 

 

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HOW TO GET TO HONG KONG

 

There are several airlines flying to Hong Kong within Southeast Asia.  But for many tourists, especially Filipinos, when traveling to Hong Kong, a visit to Macau is inevitable.  So in this Hong Kong Travel Guide, I included sample itineraries that includes a day tour to Macau.  Best if you can book your onward flight via Hong Kong and then you return flight via Macau.

 

PHILIPPINES  TO HONG KONG

From Manila, you can fly to Hong Kong via budget airlines like Scoot Airlines, Cebu Pacific,and Airasia.

Scoot Airlines and Cebu Pacific both fly from Cebu to Hong Kong.

MALAYSIA TO HONG KONG

From Kuala Lumpur, Airasia and Malindo Air offer the cheapest flights.

 

SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG

From Singapore, your cheapest bet are Scoot Airlines, JetStar and Tiger Airways.

 

 

 

HONG KONG MACAU TRIP BY FERRY

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If you plan to travel to Macau from Hong Kong, the cheapest way is by ferry. Take note of the following ferry terminals to Macau:

Hong Kong Ferry Terminals to Macau:

:

  •        Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

    Address:202 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island

        How to get there: MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit D

  •      Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal –

Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

        How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1

  •        Hong Kong Sky Pier

 Address: 3 Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau

 

You can BOOK FERRY TICKETS BELOW

RESERVE COTAI WATER JET HK-MACAU FERRY TICKET HERE (One-Way or Roundtrip) 

 RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HK-MACAU ONE WAY)

 

RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HONGKONG AIRPORT-MACAU/MACAU AIRPORT TO HONGKONG)

HOW TO GET TO HONG KONG CITY CENTER FROM HONG KONG AIRPORT

 

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BY AIPORT COACH TRANSFER

 

If you want a hassle-free transfer, especially if you are carrying more than one luggage, you can book a coach transfer from Hong Kong International Airport to your hotel.  It’s cheaper than taking an Airport Express Train.  You don’t have to deal with the hassle of transferring trains with your heavy luggage then figuring out how to walk or get to your hotel from the train station.  The airport coach transfer will take you to your hotel directly.  You can book below:

 

RESERVE AIRPORT COACH TRANSFER HERE

RESERVE AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE (GOOD FOR 3 PERSONS)

If you are a group of 3 persons, you can hire a private car to transfer you to your hotel safely.

 

 Or if you are 6 persons traveling, you can save by hiring a minivan

 

RESERVE AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE (GOOD FOR 6 PERSONS)

 

BY AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN

 

The quickest way to reach Hong Kong city center is by the Airport Express Train that can take you to Kowloon area for about 24 minutes.  This train runs daily from 05:50 AM to 12:48 AM every 12 minutes. See ticket prices below. You can get discounted tickets if you book through the link below.

Now if you are using the Airport Express Train, you can also ride the free Shuttle Bus Services, from both Hong Kong and Kowloon station. The buses will drop passengers at selected major hotels, between 06:20 AM and 11:10 PM. You can just check the timetable there to see if your hotel is on the list.  If not, you can check which hotel listed there is nearest your hotel.

 

RESERVE DISCOUNTED AIRPORT EXPRESS TICKET HERE

 

 

TO/FROMSINGLE JOURNEY/SAME DAY RETURNROUNDTRIP
 OCTOPUS CARD                  SMART TICKETSMART TICKET
HONG KONGHKD 115/MOP 119/

PHP 766/USD 15/EURO 12/SGD 19/MYR 57

HKD 115/MOP 119/

PHP 766/USD 15/EURO 12/SGD 19/MYR 57

HKD 205/MOP 212/

PHP 1,366/USD 26/EURO 21/SGD 35/MYR 103

KOWLOONHKD 100/MOP 103/

PHP 666/USD 13/EURO 10/SGD 17/MYR 50

HKD 105/MOP 108/

PHP 700/USD 13/EURO 11/SGD 18/MYR 53

HKD 185/MOP 191/

PHP 1,233/USD 24/EURO 19/SGD 31/MYR 93

TSING YIHKD 65/MOP 67/

PHP 433/USD 8/EURO 7/SGD 11/MYR 33

HKD 70/MOP 72/

PHP 467/USD 9/EURO 7/SGD 12/MYR 35

HKD 120/MOP 124/

PHP 800/USD 15/EURO 12/SGD 20/MYR 60

 

CHILD (3-11 Y.O)SINGLE JOURNEY / ROUNDTRIP
 OCTOPUS SMART TICKET
HONG KONGHKD 55/MOP 57/PHP 367/USD 7/EURO 6/SGD 9/MYR 28HKD 57.5/MOP 59/PHP 383/USD 7.35/EURO 6/SGD 10/MYR 29
KOWLOONHKD 50/MOP 52/PHP 333/USD 6/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 25HKD 52.5/MOP 54/PHP 350/USD 8/EURO 5/SGD 9/MYR 26
TSING YIHKD 52.5/MOP 54/

PHP 350/USD 8/EURO 5/SGD 9/MYR 26

HKD 35/MOP 36/PHP 233/

USD 4/EURO 4/SGD 6/MYR 60

AIRPORTHKD 2.7/MOP 2.79/

PHP 18/USD 0.35/EURO 0.28/SGD 0.46/MYR 1.35

HKD 3/MOP 3.10/PHP 20/

USD 0.38/EURO 0.31/SGD 0.51/MYR 1.50

 

 AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL PASS

 

But, since you will most likely be touring Hong Kong and you’ll probably be riding the MTR or bus, you can purchase the AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL PASS instead.  It is good for unlimited rides on MTR buses (Northwest New Territories), MTRs and Light Rail for the next 3 days (72 hours) plus you get 1 or 2 journeys on the Airport Express Train. See rates below:

HKD 250/MOP 258/PHP 1,666/

USD 32/EURO 26/SGD 42/MYR 125

1 Airport Express Ride + Unlimited MTR Rides for 3 days
HKD 350/MOP 362/PHP 2,333/

USD 45/EURO 36/SGD 59/MYR 175

2 Airport Express Rides + Unlimited MTR Rides for 3 days

 

RESERVE AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL PASS HERE

 

BY BUS

The cheapest way to get to Hong City central is by taking the bus, which will take roughly 75 minutes.  This is good if you are carrying more than 1 luggage since if you use the train, you will most likely need interchange to get to your final destination. The buses run daily from 5:30 AM – 11:00 PM every 10-120 minutes.

At Hong Kong International Airport, exit the Arrival Hall and on the right side, you will see the bus stop (Ground Transportation Centre). Follow the direction signs.

If you want to know which bus you need to take, you can check the bus list and timetable HERE

If your hotel is in Kowloon area like Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, you can ride the Cityflyer routes (A21/A22/A29). The A21 City Flyer bus (Hung Hom Station) is the most popular with tourists.  It’s a double-decker air-conditioned bus with luggage racks. Transit to Kowloon will take about 75 minutes depending on traffic. If your hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui area, take note that you need to get off at STOP 13 (Cameron Road corner Natahn Road) or STOP 14 (Middle Road corner Nathan Road) and walk to your hotel.c

Bus fare is roughly HKD 33/MOP 34/PHP 220/USD 4.22/EURO 3.44/SGD 6/MYR 17.  Make sure you have an exact fare because buses in Hong Kong don’t give change.  You can also use your Octopus Card.

Octopus Card is a rechargeable card that you can use to pay for the bus and MTR in Hong Kong. You can even use it for dining, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Octopus Card costs:

Adult – HKD 100/MOP 103/PHP 666/USD 13/EURO 10/SGD 17/MYR 100

Child – HKD 50/MOP 52/PHP 333/USD 6/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 25

There’s an additional HKD 50/MOP 52/PHP 333/USD 6/EURO 5/SGD 8/MYR 25 deposit and it will be refunded to you once you return the card.

 

RESERVE DISCOUNTED OCTOPUS CARD HERE

 

IMPORTANT: Recently, there have been reports of luggages being stolen on the bus, so if you will sit on the 2nd floor of the bus, make sure you tie your luggage to the luggage rack. You can purchase something like THIS 

 

GETTING AROUND HONG KONG

 

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BY ATTRACTION TRANSFER

If you are traveling in a group, you can actually hire a car to transfer you to certain attractions (e.g. Hong Kong Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360, The Peak, Macau ferry terminal, etc.)  It’s a stress-free way to travel!

 

RESERVE HONG KONG ATTRACTION TRANSFER HERE

 

 BY TRAIN

 

Hong Kong’s MTR is pretty convenient for getting around and transiting to Hong Kong’s top attractions.  You will most likely use this most of the time (see my detailed itinerary below for instructions).  You can pay by cash, but I won’t recommend it since you need to line up and purchase MTR ticket every time you ride.

Download the Hong Kong MTR Map HERE.

 

 

I highly recommend getting the OCTOPUS CARD (rechargeable card/discounted fares) or the AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL CARD (comes with a free Airport Express Train ride) for convenience and discounted fares.

 

RESERVE OCTOPUS CARD HERE

 

RESERVE AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAVEL PASS HERE

 

There’s also an MTR TOURIST DAY PASS, for unlimited rides in MTR and MTR Light Rail.

 

RESERVE MTR TOURIST DAY PASS HERE

 

 

HONG KONG TOP ATTRACTIONS

 

 HONG KONG IVENTURE PASS

Before I discuss the Hong Kong top tourist attractions, let me just give you a quick info about Hong Kong and Macau Attraction Pass (IVenture Card). Basically with this pass you can access Hong Kong and Macau’s leading attraction including Sky100 Observation Deck, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park, Noah’s Ark, Macau Tower and many more! You can book through the link below.

RESERVE IVENTURE PASS HERE

 

LANTAU ISLAND

 

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND

 

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Hong Kong Disneyland is the main reason why my sister and I visited Hong Kong. Undoubtedly one of the famous attractions in Hong Kong, this theme park boasts of 7 themed attractions like Fantasyland, Adventureland, Main Street, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland and Grizzly Gulch.  Being here is like fulfilling a childhood dream, especially seeing the fireworks display.

RESERVE  DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE

 

Don’t miss the Flights of Fantasy Parade (my favorite!) around 1:30 PM and the Disney Paint the Night Parade at around 8:45 PM. Check Hong Kong Disneyland daily schedule of activities HERE:

 

IMPORTANT: Hong Kong Disneyland Fireworks display has been temporarily suspended as of Jan 2, 2018 due to the park will undergo an expansion.

 

NGONG PING VILLAGE, TIAN TAN BIG BUDDHA AND POLIN MONASTERY

 

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Ngong Ping highland in Lantau Island is home to 3 of the top attractions in Hong Kong – Ngong Ping Village, The Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha.

Po Lin Monastery was established sometime in 1960 by 3 monks, this famous Hong Kong attractions has grown to be the biggest Zen Buddhist temple in the country.  The front hall decorated with coiled dragons leads to the main Ten Thousand Buddha Hall.

Beside the monastery, you can find the colossal Big Buddha called Tian Tan Buddha, another top attraction in Hong Kong. This bronze statue weighs 250 tons and stands at 35 meters high.

Ngong Ping Village is a culturally themed village, established to showcase the spiritual and cultural integrity of Ngong Ping. Here, you can find many interesting attractions such as the “Walking with Buddha”, “Stage 360” and restaurants.

 

HOW TO GET TO NGONG PING:

The Ngong Ping Village, the Po Lin Monastery and Big Buddha can be easily reached via the Ngong Ping 360 cable car that connects Tung Chung (connect to MTR Tung Chung) and Ngong Ping.

The line to Ngong Ping cable car is notoriously long.  Skip the line when you purchase your ticket in advance through the link below!

 

RESERVE NGONG PING CABLE CAR HERE

 

From MTR Mong Kok Station or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Red Line), take the MTR to Tung Chung Line (Orange Line).  Travel time is roughly 39 minutes and fare if using Octopus Card is HKD 16.9/PHP 113/USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8 for adults and HKD 8.5/PHP 57/USD 1/EURO 0.88/SGD 1.43/MYR 4.24 for child/student.

STEP 1: At MTR Mong Kok Station  (if coming from Tsim Sha Tsui) or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui (if coming from Tsim Sha Tsui), take the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) to Lai King and get off the train.

STEP 2: Change train. Ride the train at Lai King Platform 3 (Orange Line) towards Tsung Chung Station.

STEP 3: Alight at Tsung Chung Station and take Exit B.

STEP 4: Walk towards Tung Chung Cable Car for about 5 minutes

STEP 5: If you’ve purchased the Ngong Ping Cable Car via Klook HERE , you can skip the long line to ticket redemption and show your printed or ticket. Redeem the ticket at Pre-Booked Counters in Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.

STEP 6: Ride the cable car for about 25 minutes.

STEP 7: Alight at Ngong Ping 360 Cable Terminal.

 

TAI O FISHING VILLAGE

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O Fishing Village is somewhat untouched by Hong Kong tourism boom and boasts tranquil surroundings where the Tanka people, who have constructed their traditional houses on stilts in the northwestern coast of Lantau Island. This place is known to locals for its best seafood, shrimp paste, dried fish and snacks. If you want to see what the old Hong Kong looks like, this is the place to be, as the style of the stilt houses here dates back to the 19th century.  It is one of the few remaining traditional fishing villages in Hong Kong.

 

HONG KONG ISLAND: CENTRAL

 

VICTORIA PEAK

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Victoria Peak, also known as Victoria Peak is where famous actors, politicians, consul generals, bank CEOs and businessmen live.  But the main reason tourists flock here is because of the scenic view of the city skyline and Victoria Harbour. You can use the coin-operated telescopes installed at the viewing deck to view the cityscape.

 

How to get to Victoria Peak

BY THE PEAK TRAM

 

Take the MRT to Central Station and take Exit J2 to take The Peak Tram from the Peak Tram Lower Terminus on Garden Road. If you want to save time as the line to the tram can get really long, best to book your tickets in advance.  Peak Tram tickets are typically sold with Sky Terrace 428, Madam Tussauds (Wax Museum), Chocolate Museum and Trick Eye Museum which are all within the area.

 

RESERVE THE PEAK TOWER TRAM TICKET HERE

 

 

KOWLOON

 

AVENUE OF STARS, SYMPHONY OF LIGHTS AND VICTORIA HARBOUR

 

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One of the famous attractions in Hong Kong for tourists is the Symphony of Lights, organized by Hong Kong Tourism Board at 8:00 PM. This is where you’ll see a FREE harmonious display of lights, laser lights, fireworks and music lasting for a few minutes. The best place to watch this is at the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui Harbour.  English narration is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  But you can also watch this on board sightseeing ferries passing by Victoria Harbour. If you prefer to experience riding the sightseeing ferry, you can book tickets below.

 

RESERVE STAR FERRY TICKETS HERE

 

HONG KONG DAY TOURS

 

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MACAU DAY TRIP

Enjoy a day tour to Macau. Visit Macau’s age-old tourist attractions like the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul’s. The tour includes a quick stop at the Macau Tower – the world’s 11th highest tower! Indulge on a sumptuous lunch at a 4 star hotel in Macau.

 

RESERVE MACAU DAY TOUR HERE

 

MACAU OPEN BUS TOUR

 

See Macau’s best sights from your seat or by exploring 16 bus stops of your choice
Hop on and off at your preferred attractions along the bus route (Day Pass).

 

RESERVE MACAU HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR HERE

 

HONG KONG ITINERARY AND BUDGET BREAKDOWN

 

 

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HONG KONG MACAU SAMPLE ITINERARY (3 Days 2 Nights)

 

This sample Hong Kong Macau itinerary is good for a 3 days 2 nights trip if you have a Hong Kong onward ticket and return ticket via Macau.  It’ll cost you around PHP 16,213.46/HKD 2,431.93/MOP 2,507.35/ USD 310.81/EURO 252.05/SGD 410.13/MYR 1,214.81 if you follow the same activities, hotel and food budget. Prices of hotel and food are subjective as always, feel free to tweak this depending on your budget, flights and travel schedule.

 

SCHEDULEACTIVITIES
DAY 1HONG KONG CITY TOUR
06:00 AMETD Manila.
08:10 AMETA Hong Kong.

 

After clearing immigration and getting your luggage, you can withdraw Hong Kong dollars from one of the ATMs at the airport.  Or exchange your money to Hong Kong dollars at the money exchange booth.

 

If you’ve booked tickets with Klook, claim them at the designated claiming areas at Hong Kong International Airport.

09:10 AMTake the train or bus to the city center.

 

 

10:10 AMCheck-in at hotel or leave luggage. Freshen up.
10:40 AMLunch

 

EXPENSES: Food – HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35

 

11:30 AMETD Ngong Ping.

 

*If your hotel is at Mong Kok area from MTR Mong Kok station, ride the train to  Tung Chung Line (Orange Line). If coming from Tsim Sha Tsui area, from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Red Line), take the MTR to Tung Chung Line (Orange Line).  Travel time is roughly 39 minutes and fare if using Octopus Card is HKD 16.9/PHP 113/USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8 for adults and HKD 8.5/PHP 57/USD 1/EURO 0.88/SGD 1.43/MYR 4.24 for child/student.

 

STEP 1: At MTR  Mong Kok Station  (if hotel is in Mong Kok)  or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (if hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui), take the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) to Lai King and get off the train.

STEP 2: Change train. Ride the train at Lai King Platform 3 (Orange Line) towards Tsung Chung Station.

STEP 3: Alight at Tsung Chung Station and take Exit B.

STEP 4: Walk towards Tung Chung Cable Car for about 5 minutes

STEP 5: If you’ve purchased the Ngong Ping Cable Car via Klook HERE you can skip the long line to ticket redemption.  Show your printed or mobile ticket and redeem the ticket at Klook VIP Lane in Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.

STEP 6: Ride the cable car for about 25 minutes.

STEP 7: Alight at Ngong Ping 360 Cable Terminal.

 

 

EXPENSES:

MTR – HKD 16.9/PHP 113/USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8 (Adult)

Cable Car (roundtrip) – HKD 150/PHP 1,119/USD 21.40/EURO 17.2/SGD 28.1/MYR 83

 

12:34 PMETA Ngong Ping. Explore Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping Village (try the Walking with Buddha and Stage 360).
03:30 PMETD to Victoria Peak.  You can BOOK ROUNDTRIP TICKETS TO THE PEAK TRAM + ADMISSION TO SKY TERRACE 428 HERE

 

To skip the  long lines, you can BOOK THE PEAK TRAM FAST TRACK COMBO HERE 

 

STEP 1: Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung Station. Transit time is about 25 minutes.

STEP 2: Alight at Tung Chung Station.

STEP 3: Walk for about 5 minutes to Tung Chung MTR Station.

STEP 4:  At Tung Chung MTR Station. Take the MTR Hong Kong (Orange Line)

STEP 5: Alight at MTR Hong Kong Station. Transit time is about 37 minutes.

STEP 6: Walk to Central Station for about 10- 15 minutes.

STEP 7: Take Exit J.

STEP 8:  Walk to the Peak Tram lower terminus on Garden Road.

STEP 9: Take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak.

 

While you are at it, you may also visit other attractions like Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum):

BOOK DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE: 

 

Or better yet, BOOOK the PEAK TRAM COMBO TICKET WITH MADAME TUSSAUDS HERE

 

HKD 220/PHP 1,471/USD 28.1/EURO 22.8/SGD 37.1/MYR 110

 

 

EXPENSES:

MTR – HKD 22.4/PHP 149.71/USD 2.86/EURO 2.32/SGD 3.78/MYR 11.17 (adult)

Roundtrip Ride + Sky Terrace 428 Admission – HKD 87/PHP 581/ USD 11/EURO 9/SGD 15/MYR43

 

04:45 PMEarly Dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp. RESERVE MEAL COUPON HERE (DISCOUNTED)

 

 

EXPENSES:

Food -(Adult) HKD 172/PHP 1,150/USD 22/EURO 17.8/SGD 29/MYR 86

Food- (Kids) HKD 72/PHP 481/USD 9.2/EURO 7.5/SGD 12.1/MYR 36

 

07:30 PMETD to Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront for Victoria Harbour view + Symphony of Light Show and Avenue of Stars.

 

Important: Avenue of Stars is closed for renovation until end of 2018.

 

STEP 1: Take the Peak Tram down.

STEP 2: Walk to MTR Central Station for about 10-15 minutes

STEP 3: Take the MTR Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line). Travel time is about 6 minutes.

STEP 4: Alight at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station.  

STEP 5: Walk towards MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for about 10 minutes.

STEP 6: Take Exit L6 to reach Tsim Sha Tsui Harbor. Here, you can watch the magnificent Symphony of Lights Show at Victoria Harbor.

 

You can also catch the Symphony of Lights Show via the Star Ferry Cruise.  BOOK CRUISE HERE.  

 

EXPENSES:

MTR –  (Adult) HKD 9.7/PHP 64.83/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.87

 

8:30 PMETD to Harbour City Shopping Mall for shopping + dinner.  This mall is near TST Star Ferry Terminal. Take note, mall closes at 10:00 PM.

 

09:00 PMShopping. Dinner.
10:00 PMETD to Hotel.

 

EXPENSES:

HOTEL:  (good for two)

HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24

DAY 1 TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 960.25/PHP 6,417.78/USD 122.74/EURO 99.42/SGD 161.88/MYR 478.90

 

DAY 2DISNEYLAND
08:00 AMWake up.
08:30 AMBreakfast.

FOOD BUDGET:

HKD 40/PHP 267.34/USD 5.11/EURO 4.14/SGD 6.74/MYR 19.95

09:00 AMETD Disneyland. Total travel time is around 39 minutes by train. The park opens at around 9:30 AM.  BUY TICKETS HERE to avoid the long lines at the ticket redemption.

STEP 1:  If your hotel is in Mong Kok, ride Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) at MTR Mong Kok Station. If coming from Tsim Sha Tsui area, at MTR Tsim Tsa Tsui, board the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line).

STEP 2: Alight at MTR Lai King Station.

STEP 3: Change train at Lai King Platform 3 towards Tung Chung (Orange Line).

STEP 4: Get off at Sunny Bay Station.

STEP 5: Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 3 towards Disneyland.

STEP 6: Board the train to Disneyland Resort (Pink Line)

STEP 7: Alight at Disneyland Resort Line.

STEP 8: Walk towards Disneyland entrance.

 

Disneyland Fireworks display has been temporarily suspended as of Jan 2, 2018 due to the park will undergo an expansion. Sadly, this will take around 6 years (until 2023) to be completed.

 

But you can catch the nightly Disney Paint the Night Parade at around 8: 45 PM.  Also, don’t miss the Flights of Fantasy Parade at 1:30 PM.

 

EXPENSES (if using Octopus Card):

MTR (Adult) HKD 20.3/PHP 135.67/USD 2.59/EURO 2.10/SGD 3.42/MYR 10.12

MTR (Child/Student) HKD 10.2/68.17/USD 1.30/EURO 1.06/SGD 1.72/MYR 5.09

DISNEYLAND ENTRANCE FEE:

HKD 531/PHP 3,552/USD 69.1/EURO 56/SGD 91.2/MYR 270

9:30 AMExplore Disneyland: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Main Street, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland and Grizzly Gulch.
12:00 PMLunch.  You can PURCHASE MEAL COUPON HERE to save. 

 

EXPENSES (Food)

HKD 138/PHP 923/USD 17.6/EURO 14.3/SGD 23.3/MYR 69

01:30 PMFlights of Fantasy Parade
02:00 PMContinue exploring Disneyland and trying the rides.
08:45 PMDisney Paint the Night Parade.
09:15 PMETD Mong Kok. Travel time is roughly 35 minutes.

 

STEP 1: Exit Disneyland.

STEP 2: Take train at Disneyland Resort Line.

STEP 3: Get off at Sunny Bay Station.

STEP 4: Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 2 towards Hong Kong Station.

STEP 5: Take Tung Chung Line (Orang Line) towards Hong Kong Station.

STEP 6: Alight at Lai King Station.

STEP 7: Change train at Lai King Platform 2 towards Central.

STEP 8: Take Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) towards Central Station.

STEP 9: Get off at Mong Kok Station.

 

EXPENSES:

MTR (Adult) HKD 20.3/PHP 135.67/USD 2.59/EURO 2.10/SGD 3.42/MYR 10.12

MTR (Child/Student) HKD 10.2/68.17/USD 1.30/EURO 1.06/SGD 1.72/MYR 5.09

 

09:30 PMLate dinner at Mong Kok. Street food stalls are sprinkled on Dundas Street, Soy Street, Fa Yuen Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street.

 

EXPENSES:  FOOD – HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35

10:00 PMGo shopping and buy souvenirs at Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market (about 15 minute walk from Mong Kok Station).
11:30 PMETD Hotel. If you are staying in Tsim Sha Tsui area, follow the direction below:

 

STEP 1: From Mong Kok Station, take Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) to Central Station.

STEP 2: Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

 

EXPENSES:

MTR (ADULT) HKD 5.3/PHP 35.42/USD 0.68/EURO 0.55/SGD 0.89/MYR 2.64

MTR (CHILD/STUDENT) HKD 2.9/PHP 19.38/USD 0.37/EURO 0.30/SGD 0.49/MYR 1.45

11:37 PMETD Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Walk towards hotel.
11:40 PMSleep.

 

EXPENSES:  (good for two)

HOTEL – HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24

DAY 2 EXPENSESHKD 1,084.15/PHP 7,245.86/USD 138.58/EURO 112.25/SGD 182.77/MYR 540.70
DAY 3MACAU
05:15 AMHotel check-out.
05:30 AMETD Hong Kong- Macau Ferry Terminal.  There are 2 companies that run ferries between Hong Kong and Macau – Cota Water Jet and Turbo Jet.

 

You can BOOK FERRY TICKETS BELOW

RESERVE COTAI WATER JET HK-MACAU FERRY TICKET HERE (One-Way or Roundtrip) 

 RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HK-MACAU ONE WAY)

RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HONGKONG AIRPORT-MACAU/MACAU AIRPORT TO HONGKONG)

 

Hong Kong Ferry Terminals to Macau:

1.       Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

Address:202 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island

        How to get there: MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit D

2.       Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal –

Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

        How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1

3.       Hong Kong Sky Pier

 Address: 3 Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau

 

If you want a hassle-free transfer to Macau Ferry Terminal, you can HIRE CAR HERE (good for group travel) for a hassle-free transfer

 

 

 

 

But if you are taking the ferry via Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and you will be using the MTR, follow the directions below:

STEP 1: BOOK FERRY TICKETS HERE.

STEP 2:  If you are staying at Tsim Sha Tsui area, take the Tsue Wan Line (Red Line) at Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Transit time is about 6 minutes.

STEP 3: Get off at MTR Central Station.

STEP 4: Change train at Central Platform towards Kenney Town Station (Blue Line).

STEP 5: Alight at Sheung Wan Station and take Exit D. Total transit time is about 11 minutes.

STEP 7: (Optional) Claim Octopus Card refund at MTR Customer Service.  If you want to keep the Octopus Card as souvenir or you are returning to Hong Kong after your Macau trip, then just keep the Octopus Card.

STEP 6: Follow the sign to the Ferry Station.

 

IMPORTANT: You can BUY SIMCARD HERE and pick it up before you head to Macau at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan.

 

 

EXPENSES:

COTA JET FERRY ONE WAY TICKET (HK-MACAU)  – HKD 160/PHP 1,070/USD 20.5/EURO 16.60/SGD 27/MYR 80

MTR (ADULT) HKD 64.83/PHP 9.7/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.84

MACAU SIMCARD HKD 45/PHP 301/USD 5.8/EURO 4.7/SGD 7.6/MYR 22

6:00 AMClear Hong Kong Immigration.
07:00 AMETD to Macau via ferry.
08:00 AMETA Macau.  Arrival at Taipa Ferry Terminal. Clear Macau Immigration. Get free maps and brochures at the Macau Tourist Information.

 

IMPORTANT: No need to exchange your Hong Kong Dollars to Macau currency (Macanese Pataca) as they are accepted in Macau. The exchange rate is almost the same 1 MOP = 0.97 HKD

08:30 AMETD Venetian Macau.

 

Ride the free shuttle to Venetian Macau.  You can store your luggage at Venetian Macau Concierge Luggage Storage service.

 

EXPENSES:

LUGAGGE STORAGE: MOP 10/HKD 9.70/PHP 65/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.84

8:45 AMSee Venetian Macau Canal Shoppes

Ride the gondola at Venetian Macau: RESERVE  RIDE TICKETS HERE 

Walk to City of Dream (besides Venetian Macau). Explore Dragon’s Treasure at The Bubble Fountain and watch the House of Dancing Water.

RESERVE TICKETS HERE (5:00 PM and 8:00 PM) 

Walk to Taipa Village (15-30 minutes). Explore.

 

EXPENSES:

GONDOLA RIDE: HKD 108/PHP 722/USD 13.8/EURO 11.2/SGD 18.2/MYR 54

12:00 PMWalk back to Venetian Macau. Lunch at Venetian Macau (Buffet).  RESERVE HERE

 

 

If you are on a budget, you can RESERVE TASTE OF ASIA  HERE (Macau Galaxy)

 

EXPENSES:

LUNCH BUFFETHKD 160/PHP 1,070/USD 20.5/EURO 16.6/SGD 27/MYR 80

01:00 PMETD Fisherman’s Wharf Macau

 

STEP 1: Ride Venetian Macau free shuttle to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal).

STEP 2: Walk for about 10-15 minutes to Fisherman’s Wharf Macau (Free Admission).

STEP 3: Explore: Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West, and Legend Wharf.

 

02:00 PMETD Senado Square

 

STEP 1: Walk to Avenida Da Amizade / Flyover for about 3 minutes.

STEP 2: Ride Bus10 A to Almeida Ribeiro bus stop near Senado Square (M134).

STEP 3: Walk for about a minute to Senado Square.

 

 

Or

 

STEP 1:  Walk back to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal)

Step 2:  Take the free Grand Lisboa shuttle

Step 3:  Walk along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro for about 10 minutes and you’ll see Senado Square on your right.

02:30 PMExplore Senado Square

Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral

Fortress Hill

Na Tcha Temple and Old City Walls

05:00 PMETD Wynn Macau.  Walk for about 20 -2 5 minutes or take bus # 33 from Almeida Ribeiro bus stop near Senado Square (M134) to Praca Ferreira Amaral bus stop (M172) near Wynn Macau and LisboaCasino.
06:00 PMETA Wynn Macau. Watch fountain show, Tree of Prosperity Show and Dragon of Fortune Show.
07:00 PMETD Macau International Airport.

 

STEP 1: Ride Wynn Macau free shuttle bus to Macau Ferry Terminal.

STEP 2: At Macau Ferry Terminal, transfer to Venetian Macau free shuttle.

STEP 3: Claim your luggage at Venetian Macau Concierge. I suggest you check the contents of your luggage before you check-in at Macau International Airport for your own security.

STEP 4: Ride Venetian Macau free shuttle to Macau International Airport

08:00 PMCheck-in flight to Manila.

Clear Macau Immigration

10:15 PMMacau to Manila flight
DAY 3 EXPENSESHKD 387.53/MOP 399.55/PHP 2,583.64/USD 49.53/EURO 40.16/SGD 65.35/MYR 193.58
TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 2,431.93/MOP 2,507.35/PHP 16,213.46/ USD 310.81/EURO 252.05/SGD 410.13/MYR 1,214.81

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY HONGKONG + MACAU (4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS)

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND 47

If you have a roundtrip Hong Kong tickets yet you still want to visit Macau, you can follow this sample Hong Kong Macau Itinerary.  This itinerary entails, booking all your  hotels in Hong Kong.  If you want to stay overnight in Macau, you can SEARCH FOR MACAU BUDGET HOTELS HERE.

 

ALSO READ: MACAU TOURIST SPOTS

 

SCHEDULEACTIVITIES
DAY 1HONG KONG CITY TOUR
06:00 AMETD Manila.
08:10 AMETA Hong Kong.

 

After clearing immigration and getting your luggage, you can withdraw Hong Kong dollars from one of the ATMs at the airport.  Or exchange your money to Hong Kong dollars at the money exchange booth.

 

If you’ve booked tickets with Klook, claim them at the designated claiming areas at Hong Kong International Airport.

09:10 AMTake the train or bus to the city center.
10:10 AMCheck-in at hotel or leave luggage. Freshen up.
10:40 AMLunch

EXPENSES:

Food – HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35

11:30 AMETD Ngong Ping.

 

*If your hotel is  in Mong Kok area from MTR Mong Kok station, ride the train to  Tung Chung Line (Orange Line). If coming from Tsim Sha Tsui area, from MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Red Line), take the MTR to Tung Chung Line (Orange Line).  Travel time is roughly 39 minutes and fare if using Octopus Card is HKD 16.9/PHP 113/USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8 for adults and HKD 8.5/PHP 57/USD 1/EURO 0.88/SGD 1.43/MYR 4.24 for child/student.

 

STEP 1: At MTR  Mong Kok Station  (if hotel is in Mong Kok)  or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (if hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui), take the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) to Lai King and get off the train.

STEP 2: Change train. Ride the train at Lai King Platform 3 (Orange Line) towards Tsung Chung Station.

STEP 3: Alight at Tsung Chung Station and take Exit B.

STEP 4: Walk towards Tung Chung Cable Car for about 5 minutes

STEP 5: If you’ve purchased the Ngong Ping Cable Car via Klook HERE , you can skip the long line to ticket redemption.  Show your printed or mobile ticket and redeem the ticket at Klook VIP Lane in Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.

STEP 6: Ride the cable car for about 25 minutes.

STEP 7: Alight at Ngong Ping 360 Cable Terminal.

 

 

EXPENSES:

MTR – HKD 16.9/PHP 113/USD 2/EURO 2/SGD 3/MYR 8 (Adult)

Cable Car (roundtrip) – HKD 150/PHP 1,119/USD 21.40/EURO 17.2/SGD 28.1/MYR 83

12:34 PMETA Ngong Ping. Explore Tian Tan Buddha, Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping Village (try the Walking with Buddha and Stage 360).
03:30 PMETD to Victoria Peak.  You can BOOK ROUNDTRIP TICKETS TO THE PEAK TRAM + ADMISSION TO SKY TERRACE 428 HERE  

 

To skip the  long lines, you can BOOK THE PEAK TRAM FAST TRACK COMBO HERE 

 

STEP 1: Take the Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung Station. Transit time is about 25 minutes.

STEP 2: Alight at Tung Chung Station.

STEP 3: Walk for about 5 minutes to Tung Chung MTR Station.

STEP 4:  At Tung Chung MTR Station. Take the MTR Hong Kong (Orange Line)

STEP 5: Alight at MTR Hong Kong Station. Transit time is about 37 minutes.

STEP 6: Walk to Central Station for about 10- 15 minutes.

STEP 7: Take Exit J.

STEP 8:  Walk to the Peak Tram lower terminus on Garden Road.

STEP 9: Take the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak.

 

While you are at it, you may also visit other attractions like Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum):

BOOK DISCOUNTED TICKET HERE 

 

Or better yet, BOOK the PEAK TRAM FAST TRACK COMBO TICKET WITH MADAME TUSSAUDS HERE

 

 

EXPENSES:

MTR – HKD 22.4/PHP 149.71/USD 2.86/EURO 2.32/SGD 3.78/MYR 11.17 (adult)

Roundtrip Ride + Sky Terrace 428 Admission – HKD 87/PHP 581/ USD 11/EURO 9/SGD 15/MYR43

04:45 PMEarly Dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp. RESERVE MEAL COUPON HERE (DISCOUNTED)

 

 

EXPENSES:

Food -(Adult) HKD 172/PHP 1,150/USD 22/EURO 17.8/SGD 29/MYR 86

Food- (Kids) HKD 72/PHP 481/USD 9.2/EURO 7.5/SGD 12.1/MYR 36

07:30 PMETD to Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront for Victoria Harbour view + Symphony of Light Show and Avenue of Stars.

 

Important: Avenue of Stars is closed for renovation until end of 2018.

 

STEP 1: Take the Peak Tram down.

STEP 2: Walk to MTR Central Station for about 10-15 minutes

STEP 3: Take the MTR Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line). Travel time is about 6 minutes.

STEP 4: Alight at MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station. 

STEP 5: Walk towards MTR East Tsim Sha Tsui Station for about 10 minutes.

STEP 6: Take Exit L6 to reach Tsim Sha Tsui Harbor. Here, you can watch the magnificent Symphony of Lights Show at Victoria Harbor.

 

You can also catch the Symphony of Lights Show via the Star Ferry Cruise.  BOOK CRUISE HERE. 

 

EXPENSES:

MTR –  (Adult) HKD 9.7/PHP 64.83/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.87

8:30 PMETD to Harbour City Shopping Mall for shopping + dinner.  This mall is near TST Star Ferry Terminal. Take note, mall closes at 10:00 PM.

 

09:00 PMShopping. Dinner.
10:00 PMETD to Hotel.

EXPENSES:

HOTEL:  (good for two)

HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24

DAY 1 TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 960.25/PHP 6,417.78/USD 122.74/EURO 99.42/SGD 161.88/MYR 478.90

 

DAY 2MACAU DAY TOUR
05:15 AMBreakfast.

EXPENSES:

FOOD – HKD 35/PHP 233.11/USD 4.47/EURO 36.05/SGD 5.91/MYR 17.49

05:30 AMETD Hong Kong- Macau Ferry Terminal.  There are 2 companies that run ferries between Hong Kong and Macau – Cota Water Jet and Turbo Jet.

 

You can BOOK FERRY TICKETS BELOW

RESERVE COTAI WATER JET HK-MACAU FERRY TICKET HERE (One-Way or Roundtrip) 

RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HK-MACAU ONE WAY)

RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HONG KONG AIRPORT-MACAU/MACAU AIRPORT TO HONG KONG)

 

Hong Kong Ferry Terminals to Macau:

1.       Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal

Address:202 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island

        How to get there: MTR Sheung Wan Station, Exit D

2.       Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal –

Address: 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

        How to get there: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit A1

3.       Hong Kong Sky Pier

 Address: 3 Sky City Road East, Hong Kong International Airport, Lantau

 

f you want a hassle-free transfer to Macau Ferry Terminal, you can HIRE CAR HERE (good for group travel) for a hassle-free transfer

 

If you are taking the ferry via Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal and you will use the MTR, follow the directions below:

STEP 1: BOOK FERRY TICKETS HERE.

 

STEP 2:  Take the Tsue Wan Line (Red Line) at

MTR Mong Kok Statio (if hotel is in Mong Kok) OR at Tsim Sha Tsui  Station (if hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui). Transit time is about 6 minutes.

STEP 3: Get off at MTR Central Station.

STEP 4: Change train at Central Platform towards Kenney Town Station (Blue Line).

STEP 5: Alight at Sheung Wan Station and take Exit D. Total transit time is about 11 minutes.

STEP 7: (Optional) Claim Octopus Card refund at MTR Customer Service.  If you want to keep the Octopus Card as souvenir or you are returning to Hong Kong after your Macau trip, then just keep the Octopus Card.

STEP 6: Follow the sign to the Ferry Station

IMPORTANT: You can BUY MACAU SIMCARD HERE and pick it up before you head to Macau at the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan.

 

 

EXPENSES:

COTA JET FERRY ONE WAY TICKET (HK-MACAU)  – HKD 160/PHP 1,070/USD 20.5/EURO 16.60/SGD 27/MYR 80

MTR (ADULT) HKD 64.83/PHP 9.7/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.84

MACAU SIMCARD HKD 45/PHP 301/USD 5.8/EURO 4.7/SGD 7.6/MYR 22

6:00 AMClear Hong Kong Immigration.
07:00 AMETD to Macau via ferry.
08:00 AMETA Macau.  Arrival at Taipa Ferry Terminal. Clear Macau Immigration. Get free maps and brochures at the Macau Tourist Information.

 

IMPORTANT: No need to exchange your Hong Kong Dollars to Macau currency (Macanese Pataca) as they are accepted in Macau. The exchange rate is almost the same 1 MOP = 0.97 HKD

08:30 AMETD Venetian Macau.

 

Ride the free shuttle to Venetian Macau.  You can store your luggage at Venetian Macau Concierge Luggage Storage service.

 

EXPENSES:

LUGAGGE STORAGE: MOP 10/HKD 9.70/PHP 65/USD 1.24/EURO 1/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.84

8:45 AMSee Venetian Macau Canal Shoppes

Ride the gondola at Venetian Macau: RESERVE  GONDOLA RIDE TICKETS HERE 

Walk to City of Dream (besides Venetian Macau). See Dragon’s Treasure at The Bubble Fountain and watch the House of Dancing Water.

RESERVE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER TICKETS HERE (5:00 PM and 8:00 PM) 

 

Walk to Taipa Village (15-30 minutes). Explore.

 

EXPENSES:

GONDOLA RIDE: HKD 108/PHP 722/USD 13.8/EURO 11.2/SGD 18.2/MYR 54

12:00 PMWalk back to Venetian Macau. Lunch at Venetian Macau (Buffet).  RESERVE LUNCH BUFFET HERE

 

If you are on a budget, you can RESERVE TASTE OF ASIA  HERE (Macau Galaxy)

 

 

EXPENSES:

LUNCH BUFFETHKD 160/PHP 1,070/USD 20.5/EURO 16.6/SGD 27/MYR 80

01:00 PMETD Fisherman’s Wharf Macau

 

STEP 1: Ride Venetian Macau free shuttle to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal).

STEP 2: Walk for about 10-15 minutes to Fisherman’s Wharf Macau (Free Admission).

STEP 3: Explore: Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West, and Legend Wharf.

02:00 PMETD Senado Square

 

STEP 1: Walk to Avenida Da Amizade / Flyover for about 3 minutes.

STEP 2: Ride Bus 10A to Almeida Ribeiro bus stop near Senado Square (M134). Bus fare is around HKD 4.08/MOP 4.20/PHP 27.17/USD 0.52/EURO 0.42/SGD 0.69/MYR 2.04.

STEP 3: Walk for about a minute to Senado Square.

 

Or

 

STEP 1:  Walk back to Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal)

Step 2:  Take the free Grand Lisboa shuttle

Step 3:  Walk along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro for about 10 minutes and you’ll see Senado Square on your right

 

02:30 PMExplore Senado Square

St.Dominic’s Church

Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral

Fortress Hill

Na Tcha Temple and Old City Walls

05:00 PMETD Wynn Macau.  Walk for about 20 -2 5 minutes or take bus # 33 from Almeida Ribeiro bus stop near Senado Square (M134) to Praca Ferreira Amaral bus stop (M172) near Wynn Macau and Grand Lisboa.
06:00 PMETA Wynn Macau. Watch fountain show, Tree of Prosperity Show and Dragon of Fortune Show.
08:00 PMETD Hong Kong.

 

STEP 1: Ride Wynn Macau free shuttle bus to Macau Ferry Terminal.

STEP 2: At Macau Ferry Terminal, transfer to Venetian Macau free shuttle.

STEP 3: Claim your luggage at the Venetian Macau Concierge. (I suggest you check the contents of your luggage before border crossing for your own security).

STEP 4: Ride Venetian Macau free shuttle to Macau Ferry Terminal

STEP 5: Ride ferry to Hong Kong.

 

You can BOOK FERRY TICKETS BELOW

RESERVE COTAI WATER JET HK-MACAU FERRY TICKET HERE (One-Way or Roundtrip) 

 RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HK-MACAU ONE WAY)

 

RESERVE TURBO JET FERRY TICKET HERE (HONGKONG AIRPORT-MACAU/MACAU AIRPORT TO HONGKONG)

 

09:00 PMETA Hong Kong.  If you are staying in Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui area, you can follow the directions below:

 

STEP 1: At MTR Sheung Wan, take the Blue Line to Central Station. Travel time is about 3 minutes.

STEP 2: At Central Station, interchange at Central Platform 1 or 2 to Tsuen Wan (Red Line).

STEP 3: Get off at Mong Kok  Station (if hotel is in Mong Kok) or at Tsim Sha Tsui  (if hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui)

EXPENSES:

MTR (Adult) – HKD 9.7/ MOP 9.99/PHP 64.60/USD 1.24/EURO 1.01/SGD 1.64/MYR 4.85

MTR (Child/Student) – HKD 4.9/MOP 4.94/PHP 31.97/USD 0.61/EURO 0.50/SGD 0.81/MYR 2.40

9:15 PMHead to hotel. Check-in at Hotel.
09:30 PMLate dinner.

EXPENSES:

Food – HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35

10:30 PMBack to hotel. Sleep

EXPENSES:

HOTEL:  (good for two)

HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24

DAY 2 EXPENSESHKD 781.65/MOP 808/PHP 5,209.20/USD 100/EURO 81.38/SGD 132.33/MYR 391.36
DAY 3HONG KONG DISNEYLAND TOUR
08:00 AMWake up.
08:30 AMBreakfast.

FOOD BUDGET:

HKD 40/PHP 267.34/USD 5.11/EURO 4.14/SGD 6.74/MYR 19.95

09:00 AMETD Disneyland. Total travel time is around 39 minutes by train. The park opens at around 9:30 AM.  BUY DISNEYLAND TICKETS HERE to avoid the long lines at the ticket redemption.

 

STEP 1:  If your hotel is in Mong Kok, ride Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) at MTR Mong Kok Station. If coming from Tsim Sha Tsui area, at MTR Tsim Tsa Tsui, board the Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line).

STEP 2: Alight at MTR Lai King Station.

STEP 3: Change train at Lai King Platform 3 towards Tung Chung (Orange Line).

STEP 4: Get off at Sunny Bay Station.

STEP 5: Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 3 towards Disneyland.

STEP 6: Board the train to Disneyland Resort (Pink Line)

STEP 7: Alight at Disneyland Resort Line.

STEP 8: Walk towards Disneyland entrance.

 

IMPORTANT: Disneyland Fireworks display has been temporarily suspended as of Jan 2, 2018 because the park will undergo an expansion. Sadly, this will take around 6 years (until 2023) to be completed. But you can catch the nightly Disney Paint the Night Parade at around 8:00 PM.  Also, don’t miss the Flights of Fantasy Parade at 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM.

 

EXPENSES (if using Octopus Card):

MTR (Adult) HKD 20.3/PHP 135.67/USD 2.59/EURO 2.10/SGD 3.42/MYR 10.12

MTR (Child/Student) HKD 10.2/68.17/USD 1.30/EURO 1.06/SGD 1.72/MYR 5.09

DISNEYLAND ENTRANCE FEE:

HKD 531/PHP 3,552/USD 69.1/EURO 56/SGD 91.2/MYR 270

9:30 AMExplore Disneyland: Fantasyland, Adventureland, Main Street, Mystic Point, Toy Story Land, Tomorrowland and Grizzly Gulch.
12:00 PMLunch.  You can PURCHASE DISNEYLAND MEAL COUPON HERE to save.  

 

EXPENSES (Food)

HKD 138/PHP 923/USD 17.6/EURO 14.3/SGD 23.3/MYR 69

01:30 PMFlights of Fantasy Parade
02:00 PMContinue exploring Disneyland and trying the rides.
08:45 PMDisney Paint the Night Parade.
09:15 PMETD Mong Kok. Travel time is roughly 35 minutes.

 

STEP 1: Exit Disneyland.

STEP 2: Take train at Disneyland Resort Line.

STEP 3: Get off at Sunny Bay Station.

STEP 4: Interchange at Sunny Bay Platform 2 towards Hong Kong Station.

STEP 5: Take Tung Chung Line (Orang Line) towards Hong Kong Station.

STEP 6: Alight at Lai King Station.

STEP 7: Change train at Lai King Platform 2 towards Central.

STEP 8: Take Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) towards Central Station.

STEP 9: Get off at Mong Kok Station.

 

EXPENSES:

MTR (Adult) HKD 20.3/PHP 135.67/USD 2.59/EURO 2.10/SGD 3.42/MYR 10.12

MTR (Child/Student) HKD 10.2/68.17/USD 1.30/EURO 1.06/SGD 1.72/MYR 5.09

 

09:30 PMLate dinner at Mong Kok. Street food stalls are sprinkled on Dundas Street, Soy Street, Fa Yuen Street and Sai Yeung Choi Street.

 

EXPENSES: 

FOOD – HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35

10:00 PMGo shopping and buy souvenirs at Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market (about 15 minute walk from Mong Kok Station).
11:30 PMETD Hotel. If you are staying in Tsim Sha Tsui area, follow the direction below:

 

STEP 1: From Mong Kok Station, take Tsuen Wan Line (Red Line) to Central Station.

STEP 2: Get off at Tsim Sha Tsui Station.

 

EXPENSES:

MTR (ADULT) HKD 5.3/PHP 35.42/USD 0.68/EURO 0.55/SGD 0.89/MYR 2.64

MTR (CHILD/STUDENT) HKD 2.9/PHP 19.38/USD 0.37/EURO 0.30/SGD 0.49/MYR 1.45

11:37 PMETD Tsim Sha Tsui Station. Walk towards hotel.
11:40 PMSleep.

 

EXPENSES:  (good for two)

HOTEL – HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24

Day 3

EXPENSES

HKD 1,084.15/PHP 7,245.86/USD 138.58/EURO 112.25/SGD 182.77/MYR 540.70
DAY 4FLY HOME
For hassle-free airport transfer You can BOOK PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE (good for 6 persons)

 

BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFER HERE (good for 3 persons)

 

 

If you are alone or a party of 2, BOOK A COACH TRANSFER HERE

 

If you are stayingin Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, you can follow the directions below to get to Hong Kong International Airport by MTR:

 

STEP 1: From MTR Mong Kok Station (if hotel is in Mong Kok) or MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station (if hotel is in Tsim Sha Tsui), ride the Red Line to Tsuen Wan. Transit time is about 14 minutes

STEP 2: Alight at Lai King Station.

STEP 3: Change train at Lai King Platform 3 to Tung Chung (Orange Line). Transit time is about 25 minutes.

STEP 4: Alight at Tsing Yi Station.

STEP 5: Interchange at Tsing Yi Platform 1 to Asia World Expo (Blue Line)

STEP 6: Get off at the airport. Total Travel time is about 44 minutes.

 

Fare if using Airport Express:

Adults – HKD 100/MOP 103/ PHP 666/USD 13/EURO 10/SGD 17/MYR 50

Child – HKD 2.7/MOP 2.79/ PHP 18/USD 0.35/EURO 0.28/SGD 0.46/MYR 1.35

 

You can save a few bucks if you BOOK AIRPORT EXPRESS TRAIN HERE 

(Only HKD 41/MOP 42.23/PHP 280/USD 5.8/EURO 4.7/SGD 7/MYR 23)

 

TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 2826.05/MOP 2920.55/PHP 18,833.83/USD 361.11/EURO 294.22/SGD 2,826.05/MYR 1,414.97

 

HONG KONG TRIP BUDGET

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND 48

Here’s a list of possible Hong Kong expenses to give you an idea where your budget will go. Like I said, budget for hotel and food are subjective. For the activities, you can just pick the places that you’d like to visit.

 

Do note that for the budget below, I didn’t follow my budget for food like those listed in the sample itineraries above, I kept it at HKD 70/PHP 468/USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35 per meal. Also, for the transportation, I used the Octopus Card below.

 

EXPENSESHONG KONG ACTIVITIES
HKD 299.25/PHP 2000/USD 38.25/EURO 30.98/SGD 50.45/MYR 149.24 per night x 3  =

HKD 897.75/MOP 927.77/PHP 5,982.93/USD 114.71/EURO 93.46/

SGD 151.98/MYR 449.49

Hotel for 3 nights (good for 2 persons)
HKD 100/MOP 103/

PHP 666/USD 13/EURO 10/SGD 17/MYR 50

Octopus Card
HKD 531/PHP 3,552/

USD 69.1/EURO 56/SGD 91.2/MYR 270

Hong Kong Disneyland
HKD 150/PHP 1,119/

USD 21.40/EURO 17.2/SGD 28.1/MYR 83

Ngong Ping Cable Car 360
HKD 87/PHP 581/ USD 11/EURO 9/SGD 15/MYR43

 

Victoria Peak Roundtrip Ride + Sky Terrace 428 Admission
HKD 70/PHP 468/

USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35 per meal x 6 = HKD 210/MOP 217.02/

PHP 1,399.52/USD 27/EURO 22/SGD 36/

MYR 105.14

 

Meal
HKD 53/MOP 55/PHP 353/USD 6.8/EURO 5.5/SGD 8.9/MYR 26HK Sim card
HONG KONG TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 1,430.25/MOP 1,478.08/PHP 9,531.71/USD 182.76/

EURO 148.90/SGD 242.13/MYR 716.11

 MACAU ACTIVITIES
HKD 160/PHP 1,070/

USD 20.5/EURO 16.60/SGD 27/MYR 80

Cota Jet Ferry (HK to Macau)
HKD 108/MOP 111.61/PHP 719/USD 13.8/EURO 11.2/SGD 18.2/MYR 54Gondola Ride at Venetian Macau
HKD 70/PHP 468/

USD 9/EURO 7.25/SGD 12/MYR 35 per meal

Lunch
MACAU TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 338/MOP 349.30/PHP 2,252.56/USD 43.19/EURO 35.19/

SGD 57.22/MYR 169.23

HK-MACAU TOTAL EXPENSESHKD 1,768.25/MOP 1,827.38/PHP 11,784.27/USD 230.95/EURO 184.09/SGD 299.35/MYR 885.34

 

HONG KONG SCAMS

As in many countries in the world, Hong Kong has its own shares of scams. Here are some that you may want to avoid:

  • Fake monks in Hong Kong are usually found in touristy areas like Victoria Harbour. They would usually approach tourists, offer blessing and hand you bracelet or small Buddha statues then they will ask for money. Do not fall for this tourist scam. Real monks would never do that. Besides, begging is prohibited in Hong Kong.
  • Beware of fake airbnb sites. The scammers use a fake Airbnb site to steal customer’s credit card information then they would use the info to make online purchases. When you fail to complete the transaction on the fake website, the scammers would demand you pay a deposit through a bank or money exchange shop before delivery of the room keys and rental agreement. Rule of thumb: Only transact with the legit airbnb or Agoda website and make payments through these sites to avoid this from happening.
  • Mong Kok is a popular shopping district in Hong Kong, but it is also known for fake counterfeit goods and electronics, so be careful of what you are purchasing.
  • Hong is a shopping haven,however, be aware of the bait and switch scam in some shops. The staff would usually go to the backroom to get the new item instead of the one on display then they will give you an older model instead. Always double check what you purchased before leaving the store.
  • Beware of fake antique especially at some shops in Cat Street market. They are usually items assembled and designed to look old, they are great souvenirs, but then again, haggle. Do not fall for high prices when shop owners tell you they are hundreds or thousands years old. Make sure you know how to recognize a real antique.

 

HONG KONG TRAVEL TIPS

 

  • Although Hong Kong is expensive compared to other Asian countries, it is possible to stay on a budget. Again, as mentioned above, the cheapest areas to find a hotel/guesthouse is around Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui.
  • Bring a drinking bottle and refill it
  • Purchase an Octopus Card or the Airport Express Travel Card to get discounted MTR fares.
  • Wear comfortable shoes as you will do a lot of walking.
  • Early in the morning, you can watch locals practicing Tai in Victoria Park.
  • Make time to line up to eat the world’s cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant – Tim Ho Wan. This restaurant is known for its dimsum style dumplings and savory pastries.
  • Did you know that Hong Kong is home to pink dolphins? Yep. You can actually witness them off the shore of Lantau Island. Hong Kong Dolphin watch offers Pink Dolphin tours and part of the proceeds goes to WWF to support dolphin research. A 5 hour tour will cost you around $420 (adult) and $210 (children).

 

ALSO READ:

MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE (Budget + Itinerary)

DISNEYLAND HONG KONG GUIDE

 


 

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Comments

  1. Hi! I want to ask what camera are you using for your travel photos, I love them. And I enjoy reading your blog posts, your blog is my to go blog/read for travel planning. Thanks a lot and God bless you! 🙂

    1. Thank you. I’m using Nikon D5500. Happy travels! 🙂

  2. Hi,

    I’d like to know if iVenture card is eligible for fast lane? or is it better to book through klook?

    TIA.

    1. Not eligible, so you still have to line up. Best to buy through Klook since the rate is usually discounted. 🙂

  3. hi! I’d like to know how much do we need for pocket money? for 3 days and 3 nights stay in HK excluding airfare and the hotel.
    thank you!

  4. Hello is it okay to use only one octopus or airport express card while riding the mtr when you are couple?

  5. Hi I plan to visit Hong Kong and it will be my first international travel. So curious is it hard to pass immigration both PH and HK especially that I’m single and first time even though my main purpose is purely sightseeing?

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