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HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE: 4D3N TO EXPLORE (DIY ITINERARY + BUDGET)

4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS IN HONG KONG

Hong Kong is probably one of the most family-friendly countries to visit. This itinerary is good for a family vacation to Hong Kong. Here is an itinerary including budget for a family trip.



Hong Kong: Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Coordinates: 22.3964° N, 114.1095° E

What to eat: Dimsum, Roast goose, Char Siu (Cantonese pork barbecue), Brisket noodles, see more food below.

What to do: city exploration, visits temples, theme parks
Where to stay: It would be convenient to book a hotel at Tsim Tsa Tsui since most cheap hotels are located there. Cheap hostel starting from 159HKD (1100PHP)
Ideal time to visit: Hong Kong is very touristy and people tend to visit it all year round.
Language: Chinese/English
Currency: Hong Kong Dollars: 53PHP = 1USD = 8HKD 1PHP = 0.15HKD (rough estimate)


DAY 1: EXPLORING HONG KONG CENTRAL
We arrived in Hong Kong almost noontime. We decided to drop our luggage at the hotel and head to Central. Located in Central are the business offices (some of them made by famous architects-- at some point I was awe-strucked seeing the actual buildings in real life), local and foreign restaurants and boutiques as well.

POINTS OF INTEREST 
🚩HSBC Building, Central
🚩Cheung Kong Center, Central
🚩Bank of China, Central
🚩Victoria Peak
🚩Man Mo Temple
🚩Desserts tasting

DAY 1 ITINERARY:
🚩Arrival at Airport & Immigration
🚩Hong Kong Sim Card: 52HKD (282PHP) | Booked with Klook (Hong Kong Sim Card), airport pick-up. Or you may opt to rent a pocket WIFI, also Booked and can be picked up at the airport (Hong Kong Pocket WIFI)
🚩MTR Octopus Card: 65HKD (439PHP) | Booked with Klook (MTR Octopus Card), airport pick-up
🚩Airport to Tsim Tsa Tsui Accommodation: 1.50 hours via A21 Bus | 33HKD (223PHP) | Rent or buy an Octopus Card to save on train and bus fares.
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Accommodation: Marrigold Hostel: | 755HKD (5100PHP) (252HKD OR 1700PHP for a room for 4pax per night, booked for 3 nights) | Booked with Agoda - Marrigold Hostel
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Station to Hong Kong Central Station: via MTR | 9.7HKD (66PHP)
🚩Hong Kong Central Station to HSBC Building, Bank of China, Cheung Kong Center: 5-minute walk | these buildings are right next to each other.
Lunch: 50-70HKD (338-473PHP) for a good meal
🚩Central Station to local dessert restaurants/stalls: walk (see route below)
It's a long walk going to these places but the food was definitely worth it. I also enjoyed looking around the area. These restaurants are not only 'Instagram-worthy' food, but are some of the known dessert in the area for local and foreign people.
Tai Cheong Bakery's Egg tarts: 10HKD (69PHP)
Oddies Foodies's Egg Waffles: 50HKD (345PHP)
Local food stalls: Curry Fishball, Pineapple buns, Stinky tofu: Budget of 50HKD for all (345PHP)
🚩Oddies Foodies to Man Mo Temple: 5 minutes walk
🚩Man Mo Temple Entrance Fee: donations only
🚩Man Mo Temple to Peak Tram: 7 minutes via Taxi | 30HKD (200PHP)
🚩Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 at Victoria Peak: 74HKD (500PHP) | Booked with Klook (Peak Tram Sky Ticket)
Dinner: 50-70HKD (338-473PHP) for a good meal 
🚩Central Station to Tsim Tsa Tsui Station (Accommodation): via MTR | 9.7HKD (66PHP)

DAY 1 SUMMARY: 1238.4HKD (8356PHP) For Solo-traveler | 845.9HKD (5708PHP) per pax for 2 Pax-travelers | 650HKD (4386PHP) per pax for group of 4 travelers

DAY 2: HONG KONG DISNEYLAND
The Hong Kong Disneyland is one of the notable places in the island. Kids and kids-at-heart can both enjoy the rides and shows. 

POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩Disneyland

DAY 2 ITINERARY:
Breakfast: 20-30HKD (135-202PHP) for a cheap breakfast bread and tea
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Station to Disneyland Resort: via MTR | 20.1HKD (136PHP)
🚩Disneyland Entrance Fee: 537HKD (3600PHP) | Booked via Klook (Disneyland Ticket)
Lunch in Disneyland: 100HKD (675PHP) for a lunch, snacks and drinks
🚩Disneyland Resort Station to Tsim Tsa Tsui Station: via MTR | 20.1HKD (136PHP)
Dinner at a local restaurant: 50-70HKD (338-473PHP) for a good meal 

DAY 2 SUMMARY: 747.2HKD (5043PHP) per person

DAY 3: HONG KONG OCEAN PARK
The Hong Kong Ocean Park is another worthwhile experience. It is an all-in-one theme park with rides, shows, oceanarium, wildlife park. Both theme parks offer different set of exciting rides, shows and features.

POINTS OF INTEREST:
🚩Ocean Park

DAY 3 ITINERARY:
Breakfast: 20-30HKD (135-202PHP) for a cheap breakfast bread and tea
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Accommodation to Ocean Park Station: via MTR | 11.9HKD (81PHP)
🚩Ocean Park Entrance Fee: 398HKD (2700PHP) | Booked with Klook (Ocean Park Ticket)
Lunch in Ocean Park: we used our free food as our lunch.
🚩Ocean Park Station to Tsim Tsa Tsui Station: via MTR | 11.9HKD (81PHP)
Dinner: 50-70HKD (338-473PHP) for a good meal 

DAY 3 SUMMARY: 491.8HKD (3319PHP) per person

DAY 4: NGONG PING 360
This day is reserved for a short visit to the Big Buddha.


POINTS OF INTEREST
🚩Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car
🚩Big Buddha/Tian Tan Buddha
🚩Po Lin Monastery

DAY 4 ITINERARY:
🚩Accommodation: Check out
Breakfast: 20-30HKD (135-202PHP) for a cheap breakfast bread and tea
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Station to Tung Chung Station: via MTR | 16.8HKD (114PHP)
🚩Tung Chung Station to Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal: few minutes walk
🚩Ngong Ping 360 Entrance Ticket: 148HKD (987PHP) Booked via Klook (Ngong Ping 360 Pass)
Lunch: 50-70HKD (338-473PHP) for a good meal 
🚩Ngong Ping Village: free
🚩Big Buddha: free
🚩Po Lin Monastery: free
🚩Po Lin Monastery to Ngong Ping Station: free
🚩Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal to Tung Chung Station: free
🚩Tung Chung Station to Tsim Tsa Tsui Station: via MTR | 16.8HKD (114PHP)
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui Station to Accommodation: Pick up luggage
🚩Tsim Tsa Tsui to Airport: 1.50 hours via A21 Bus | 33HKD (223PHP) | Rent or buy an Octopus Card to save on train and bus fares.

DAY 4 SUMMARY: 285HKD (1923PHP) per person

TOTAL EXPENSES: 2763HKD (18641PHP) for solo-travelers; 11131PHP for 2pax travelers
*exclusive of airfare*


TIPS ON VISITING HONG KONG
A. Pre-travel essentials:
↠ PH Travel Tax: 1620PHP
↠ Book your hotels through Booking or Agoda. They offer pay at the hotel or credit card payments. I highly suggest booking hotels near the beach, in the city centers or within transport terminals. The second concern I look into would be the amenities and overall aesthetics of the place. I prefer hotels with ac, own bath, wifi and breakfast included. Pools, gardens and other amenities would be a plus. I prefer booking cheap hotels since I only stay there for sleeping.
↠ Pre-booked tours with Klook.
         ↠ Hong Kong Sim Card or Hong Kong Pocket WIFI: you can use it to navigate, search for restaurants or hotels.
         ↠ MTR Octopus Card: Card for trains, buses and even food.
         ↠ Peak Tram Sky Ticket
         ↠ Disneyland Ticket
         ↠ Ocean Park Ticket
         ↠ Ngong Ping 360 Pass

B. Getting around:
↠ The best mode of transportation is through utilizing the train and bus system. (Source: MTR)

D. Tips:
↠ USD to HKD and PHP to HKD can be easily exchanged everywhere.
↠ It would be cheaper to travel in a group and splitting cab rides, but Hong Kong has an efficient bus and train system and using these would be much cheaper.
↠There's not much language barrier, people know and can speak English.
↠ Eat at the local stalls because they are cheaper and most of then are authentic Hong Kong cuisine.
↠ Book cheap hotels near Tsim Tsa Tsui and within walking distance from transport terminals. You can check hotels here. Agoda
↠ Bring a water bottle and had it refilled at the your hotel. It's one way of saving money as well as doing good for the environment
↠ Know the places where you want to go and build your itinerary around it. Then cross off places that are too far away (unless you really want to go).

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FOOTNOTES:
Credits to Rae Argallon and Michelle Alegro | Hong Kong, China | September 2018

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22 comments:

  1. Very nice and useful article! I have been in Hongkong many times, and have visited many of its places of interest, but still haven't been in most of the places in your itinerary. So I would be glad to read your info when I go there.

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    1. Hopefully you can use this when you visit Hong Kong again. :)

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  2. This is a really good itinerary for 4 days, covering the themepark and also the sightseeing in the cities!

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    1. Thanks! If you're in a budget or on a tight schedule, you can opt to just pick one-- either Hong Kong Disneyland or Hong Kong Ocean Park.

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  3. Great tips. I particularly like the suggestion of getting the SIM and Octopus card through Klook. Will surely follow the Day 1 Itinerary when I am there in March.

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    1. Thanks Arunima Dey! Hope you enjoy your stay there. :)

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  4. Such an interesting place and you've collected some great tips for first time visitors. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Paul. I hope you can visit Hong Kong and use my itinerary. :)

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  5. Great post! I love detailed posts like these - so informative!

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    1. Thanks Anna! I hope it can help you in your travel to Hong Kong soon. :)

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  6. Hong Kong has been on our list for a long time. We are hoping to visit very soon, and this will be SO helpful when we do. Thank you for the advice and inspiration!

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  7. I'm definitely a big city person - therefore Hong Kong is way high on my list. Your guide is so complete and varied - I have to save it for when I go, it will be of great help.

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    1. Thank you! Looking forward to your blog post for that!

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  8. Hong Kong has been on our list for a long time. I hope wait to visit Hongkong will end soon for me. When I go I will use your tips for reference.

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  9. So many helpful tips here for people visiting Hong Kong. I haven't been for ages, but I'd love to go back again someday.

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    1. You should visit again, especially this Christmas Season. I bet everything is bright and happy there!

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  10. omg this is so useful, i have always put HK on the "when i have money" list but it seems actually affordable! great tips, thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks Sam! Now you can travel to HK the cheap way. :)

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