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Are you planning on going to Hong Kong? Well, here’s a 6 days Hong Kong travel guide to provide you with all the things you need to know.
When it comes to traveling outside of the Philippines, Hong Kong is one of the top places in everyone’s list. It was on mine, too. So it didn’t come as a surprise when my friend, Steffi and I booked a trip to Hong Kong after graduating in college. And if you’re wondering, yes it’s my first trip abroad.
So shall we get started with the Hong Kong travel guide?
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Why Hong Kong: Our Experience
When you ask your friend, why would you want to go to Hong Kong? The most common answer would be, “to see Disneyland”. I know. It was my answer, too. I mean, who wouldn’t? It’s like THE place for kids and adults alike.
So how did we end up in Hong Kong? It was all thanks to Cebu Pacific’s piso fare! For a two- way trip, we got a sweet deal of 1,700+ pesos. Pretty awesome, right?
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And as for our accommodation, my sister’s friend’s friend had a vacant room in their dormitory so we kinda crashed at their place for six days and saved as much as 80% compared to if we booked a hotel room.
How much did we spend?
Oh, and our budget for the whole trip was at 15,000 pesos each. We went a little bit over the budget though since we spent some on souvenirs. Our overall total was 18,000 pesos each.
Hong Kong Itinerary
Arrive in Hong Kong
Since our flight was scheduled at 6:10 PM, we arrived in Hong Kong at 8:10 PM. For my first flying experience and out of the country trip, I didn’t see the majestic clouds or the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Huhuhu.
Roam Around Hong Kong Island
Waking up the next day, we were a bit devastated to see that it was raining. Unfortunately, Hong Kong in the summer meant there were frequent rains and drizzles during the day. This didn’t stop us from going out, though.
Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden
- Admission: FREE
- Opening hours: 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Fountain Terrace Garden: 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Green House / Education and Exhibition Centre: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Other areas: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
We took the tram to Central and went to the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Garden. This zoological garden belongs to the world’s oldest. For a place so beautiful, you’ll be surprised to learn that there’s no entrance fee whatsoever. Inside, there were all sorts of animals and plants. It was awesome!
Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428):
- Return: HK$ 99 (adult) and HK$47 (kids from 3 to 11 years old and seniors)
- Single: HK$ 84 (adult) and HK$38 (kids from 3 to 11 years old and seniors)
What To See and Do At The Peak:
- Visit Madame Tussauds
- Check out Sky Terrace 428
- Go shopping or buy souvenirs
- Marvel at Hong Kong’s skyline
Peak Tram Historical Gallery:
Daily: 7 a.m. – midnight
The Peak Tower including Sky Terrace and Sky Gallery:
Mon – Fri: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Public Holidays: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Peak Tram departs every 10 to 15 minutes 7 am – midnight.
A premier tourist attraction. Take the tram up and marvel at the spectacular views of the skyline uncomparable to any other city.
After walking around for hours, we went to check out The Peak and rode the famous Tram. It’s great for sunset and Hong Kong night viewing. Just look at these photos I got.
- General Admission Ticket (aged 12-64) HK$ 619
- Child Ticket^ (aged 3-11) HK$ 458
- Senior Ticket (aged 65 or above) HK$ 100
For day 2, we had Disneyland on our list. I woke up early and excited to the dismay of my night owl of a friend. Hahaha. Before arriving in Disneyland, we had to ride the MTR and change the lines a few times. It was WOW! The transport system in Hong Kong is mind-blowing compared to the one we have in the Philippines which is kind of meh.
Oh yeah. Did I mention my friend and I were currently reviewing for the board exam? So we were the definition of ‘broke girls’. We even joked about how we chose one of the most expensive destinations for our first out of the country trip when we had no jobs whatsoever. Hahaha.
Knowing food and water was going to be really expensive in Disneyland, we decided on buying a few bread and drinks. How we managed to bring that in was beyond me. Good thing we were too busy enjoying ourselves to remember we were hungry.
Roam around Kowloon (lower region)
On the third day, we went shopping! But not without a few ‘accidents’ along the way. By accidents, I meant missing our bus stop and going all the way to near mainland China. I was panicking a bit but after waiting for a few minutes, the bus going back to the Kowloon area came. Phew!
However, the day didn’t end there. Unfortunately, we got lost and rode the wrong bus. On the bright side, it was like we were on a tour around the Kowloon area.
By the time we managed to reach our supposed destination, we walked around the Mong Kok Market, the Ladies Market, and a few more markets. We bought a few stuff and found some pretty cheap things.
Symphony of Lights
The show starts daily at 8 p.m.
Best viewing locations: along the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront between the Avenue of Stars and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the promenade at Golden Bauhinia Square in Wanchai, and from sightseeing ferries in the Victoria Harbour
Show suspensions: when Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No.3 or above or Red/Black Rainstorm Warning Signal is issued (The show may also be suspended in emergencies without prior notice.)
By 7:30 PM, we were rushing to the Golden Bauhinia Square to watch the Symphony of Lights. We ran hard and barely missed the show. It was stunning but it was hard to vividly see the lights because of the bright surroundings.
Admission: HK$480 for Adults (aged 12 or above) and HK$240 for children (aged 3-11)
You can check Ocean Park’s website for the updated fees.
Remember my sister’s friend who helped us find a place to stay in? Well, she was once our neighbor in the province, so I kind of know her. She went with us to Ocean Park and guided us along the way. That day was the only time we ate a decent meal. Haha. Thanks to her.
It’s almost the day before our flight back to the Philippines. Lucky us, our trip for the day was Lantau Island. We had to ride a ferry going to Mui Wo – my very first time riding a ferry. By the time we reached the island, we rented a bicycle and used it to ride all around the area. We saw the Silver Mine Bay Beach and explored a fishing village.
In the afternoon, we rode a bus from Tai O to Ngong Ping Village and went to see the Tian Tan Buddha. It was huuuge and the view near the top was stunning. Before the day ends, we went and rode the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. It was an unforgettable experience.
And it’s day six. At 6:00 AM, we went and rode a bus bound to the airport.
Don’t Want To DIY? Try Tours
Man, it was tiring but hella fun! It was hard following our itinerary, we didn’t book any tour package. There was just me, my friend and the itinerary my sister made.
Looking back, I wish I knew about Klook. Then, we would have had a smoother trip.
Here’s a list of all the top Hong Kong tours, attractions, a few must-haves, and things to do offered by Klook.
- Peak Tram Fast-Track Combo – P438 (~8 USD) on SALE!
- Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets – P262 (~5 USD)on SALE!
- Hong Kong Disneyland Park Ticket – P3,700 (~74 USD)on SALE!
- Ocean Park Hong Kong – P2,600 (~52 USD) on SALE!
- Hong Kong Octopus Card – P607 (~12 USD)on SALE!
- 4G/ 3G Hong Kong SIM Card + Free Travel Essential – P343 (~6 USD)on SALE!
- Ngong Ping 360 Standard Cabin (One Way/Round Trip) – P874 (~17 USD) on SALE!
- 4G WiFi for Hong Kong – P119 (~2 USD)on SALE!
- Mammy Pancake in TST – P231 (~5 USD)on SALE!
- Hong Kong Disneyland Meal Coupon – P917 (~19 USD)on SALE!
Where To Stay
Just like us, use your connections. Look for your friend’s friend’s friend’s friend and ask if they have space for you to crash in. Of course, it’s not free but you’ll save tons of money!
You can also look for cheap places to book via Agoda.
Airbnb Hong Kong
Aside from hotels and resorts, you can also opt to stay at an Airbnb.
Hong Kong Packing List
Packing for the perfect trip doesn’t have to be a stressful experience, here are some of what I’d recommend packing:
- Reef Safe Sunscreen
- Mosquito Repellent
- Refillable Water Bottle
- Travel Adapter
- Cotton Shirts, Pants, Shorts
- First Aid Kit
- Comfortable Shoes
- Skirts & Dresses (for the ladies)
- Umbrella – if you’re going during the rainy season
- Light Jacket – better yet, a waterproof jacket!
- Pocket WiFi
- ID Cards
- Menstrual Cups (for girls only)
- Portable Charger / Power Bank
- Don’t forget your travel insurance!
Here’s some more:
Hong Kong Travel Tips
Needless to say, my first trip outside the Philippines was pretty AWESOME! But six days is not enough to check all of the places we want to visit. My friend and I wished we could have stayed for maybe two or three weeks. Maybe next time?
- Food is really expensive in Hong Kong so we survived the whole trip eating bread and some cup noodles. LOL.
- Avoid going to Hong Kong in the summer. It’s always drizzling or raining so it can be a bit of a downer when it happens.
- The parade in Disneyland is WOW! Don’t miss it.
- Wake up early so you can make the most of your day!
- Take a few photos but don’t make it the highlight of your trip. Instead, immerse yourself in Hong Kong’s culture and make memories.
Our Camera Gear
- Mirrorless Camera: Fujifilm XT3
- Lenses: Fujifilm Fujinon kit lens (18-55mm) | Fujinon 35mm f2 | Fujinon 50mm f2
- Drone: DJI Mavic Pro 2
- GoPro: GoPro Hero Black 7
- Power Bank: Romoss Powerbank
- Camera Backpack: Case Logic Camera and Laptop Backpack
- Monopod: Ifootage Cobra 2 a180
- Mic: Rode VideoMicro
- Gimbal: Zhiyun Weebill-S
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