5D4N in Hong Kong with 15,000Php

Since I decided to streamline my social media highlights, I have observed how I still have lots of topics to cover and share. This blog has served as my avenue to selectively share my travel experiences and I’ve realized that I haven’t shared enough. Haha! So I will try to catch up…

Hong Kong has been one of the most visited countries for first-time travelers and most probably there are already lots of travel guides published on the internet. But let me just share with you my version of Hong Kong.

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I’ve been to Hong Kong five (5) times already and not once I have shared about my travel experience. I only did one article about Hong Kong Summer and did not really talk about “my experience”.

Hong Kong is one of the countries that keep me coming back. I know some people might disagree but I still enjoy visiting Hong Kong.

So let me share how I usually “explore” Hong Kong. Here’s my usual Five-Day Itinerary in the Fragrant Harbour.


WHERE TO STAY

I usually pick places near the MTR / train station. I recommend these hostels and hotels. These are budget-friendly and situated nicely in Hong Kong.

You can also check Airbnb for cheap deals.


SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY 01 – N 01

👁 Explore Tsim Sha Tsui

👁 Avenue of the Stars

Optional Spots:

👁 Hong Kong Space Museum

👁 Hong Kong Museum of Art

👁 Hong Kong Cultural Centre

👁 iSquare

Address: Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui, 星光大道
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Station, East Tsim Sha Tsui Station
Activities: Light Show, Harbour Cruise


DAY 02 – N 02

👁 Disneyland

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Disneyland Resort Line
Operation Hours: 10:30 AM – 8:00 PM

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DAY 03 – N 03

👁 Ocean Park

Address: Ocean Park Hong Kong 180 Wong Chuk Hang Road Aberdeen, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Ocean Park Station – South Island Line
Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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DAY 04 – N 04

👁 Ngong Ping

Address: Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Tung Chung Station
Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

👁 Tung Chung – Citygate Outlets

Address: 20 Tat Tung Rd, Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Tung Chung Station
Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

👁 Victoria Peak

Address: 1 Lugard Rd, The Peak, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Admiralty Station (Walk towards Peak Tram Barker Road)
Operation Hours: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM

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DAY 05

👁 Explore Causeway Bay

👁 Explore Central

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HOW TO GO AROUND

The easiest and cheapest way to go around Hong Kong is by MTR. (Mass Transit Railway). The MTR is Hong Kong’s major public transport network, consists of heavy rail, light rail, and feeder bus service centered on an 11-line rapid transit network serving the urbanized areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories.

Hong Kong’s MTR/Subway system is very convenient and highly efficient. It’s clean and very punctual!

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This Hong Kong MTR Map will come in handy!

For first time travelers, I highly recommend getting an Octopus Card. It’s a reloadable, machine-readable card that you use to pay for your train and bus fares. It can also be used to purchase stuff and/or food in 7/11, McDonald’s, and some other stores. You can buy one from Klook or directly purchase it at the airport.

For a 5-day trip, I normally load 300 HKD or 2,100 PHP. If it’s not enough, I just reload from any 7/11 outlet or inside the metro stations.


BUDGET

Deciding how much to prepare for your trip highly depends on your interests. It’s either you like to shop, prefer to eat, splurge on historical sights and museums, or on extreme activities, or like to save on almost everything and just eat convenience store food. Everything will be up to you.

For a 5-day trip, I always suggest bringing 20,000 PHP for pocket money. That’s the safest amount for me. You can already enjoy a nice meal in DimDimsum, Din Tai Fung or Tim Ho Wan 👌🏻

Here’s a sample breakdown of expenses for three people:

Just to give you a background, my companions are not that adventurous on food. Some days we ate at fast food restaurants, some meals we had in Din Tai Fung and DimDimsum.

Day 1
900 Octopus Card
80 SIM card
170 Lunch
170 Dinner

1,320 HKD = 8,637.00 PHP

Day 2
200 Brunch
180 Dinner

380 HKD = 2,486.00 PHP

Day 3
230 Breakfast
160 Lunch
200 Dinner

590 HKD = 3,860.00 PHP

Day 4
65 Breakfast
315 Lunch
280 Dinner
111 Peak Tram

771 HKD = 5,044.00 PHP

Day 5
200 Breakfast
220 Lunch

440 HKD = 2,879.00 PHP

Subtotal: 22,906.00 PHP

Entrance Fees:
Hong Kong Disneyland 11,010.00 PHP
Ocean Park 8,136.00 PHP
Ngong Ping Cable Car 2,845.00 PHP

Total: 44,897.00 PHP / 3 = 14,965.67 PHP

P.S. Shopping expenses were not included in this breakdown. 😊

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AIRFARE & ACCOMMODATION

If you’re patient, you can score super cheap return air tickets for as low as 2,500 PHP (CEB-HKG-CEB). Sweet deal, right?

But don’t be fooled because most of the cheap deals fall on the hottest months in Hong Kong. You’re lucky if you can score cheap deals during peak season but expect hotel prices to go high as well.

It doesn’t hurt doing your research on when best to visit Hong Kong. I, personally, prefer going there from November to April since the weather is much cooler.

An average and acceptable airfare to Hong Kong would be between 8,000 to 10,000 PHP, if you’re not picky with airlines. If you are, every year, Cathay Pacific has this sale wherein Hong Kong tickets go as low as 6,000-9,000 PHP roundtrip.

I hope you get to plan your next trip to Hong Kong with this post. If you like this article and want to see and know more about my trips and tips, follow me on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Friendly Reminder:

For the past weeks, there have been numerous news about the rally and riot situation in Hong Kong. As much as I “advertise” and encourage people to travel, I highly advise taking the necessary precautions as well. Research before planning your trip and don’t risk it when you know it’s dangerous. Keep safe, everyone!

 

 

xo,

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