First time to travel abroad DIY trip because packages are just “CAN’T AFFORD” for the poor backpackers like us. Busog-lusog pocket money is around Php 25000 without airfare. We booked promo ticket from CebPac in November for Php 4490.00 per pax.
Buy your toiletries (shampoo, soap bar dahil walang puro liquid soap available) if you’re staying in a hostel. Secure your snacks like biscuits, chips, chocolate bars and the gutumin kit. Empty water bottle, saves you a lot because water is expensive (HKD 6 – 8.00). I got HKD pocket-money, we changed in Sanry’s in Robinson’s Galleria. Php 6.55 = HKD 1.0 before we left Manila.
At the Airport Check-in Instruction:
Check in Online (CebPac)
Pay Travel Tax Payment
Drop Bag in check in counters
Valid passport (Not less than 6 months validity)
Certificate of Employment for the obrero like ME
ITR (Income tax return)
I got lucky in the airport because I have a companion. The only asked me,
Immigration Officer: Saan ka nagwowork? (Where do you work?)
Me: Sa asfdkjgfgdlgd (kabado dinaig pa yung mga mag ti tnt)
Immigration Officer: Saan?
Me: Sa ano po
Immigration Officer :
Passport : STAMP !!!
Arriving in Hongkong International Airport. Airport money exchange is around Php 7.8 = HKD 1. Clear in Hongkong immigration and get bags in the carousel. Purchase Octopus card in MTR Customer Service via Airport Express, HKD 50.00 deposit and HKD 100.00 for load.
Tips: Load your octopus card up to HKD 300.00 because you can use it in 7/11, restaurants, boutique, etc.
Airport express cost HKD 60.00 better choose bus for HKD 33.00. We rode A21 bus to Chunking Mansion (Tsim Sha Tsui, Nathan Road). Room for 4 nights in Yan-Yan Guesthouse cost us HKD 1000.00 via booking.com. You can get cheaper rooms if you have direct contact in Chungking Mansion. Peak season rate can be up to HKD 500.00 per night.
Day 1: Hongkong Bound
1400 ETD Home
1600 ETA NAIA
1900 ETD NAIA Terminal 3
2110 ETA Hongkong International Airport
2145 ETA HK Airport (Ride A21 Citybus $33.00)
2230 ETA Nathan Road (Chunking Mansion)
2300 Check – in at Yan-Yan Guesthouse
2330 Dinner (Pick up dinner at 7/11 or cheap fast food)
Our day 2 is dedicated to Disneyland. The guesthouse staff offers us discounted ticket, regular price is HKD 589.00, and we got it for HKD 520.00. You can get tickets to Ocean Park, just go inside Chungking Mansion (check the expiration date of the ticket). We have breakfast in Café de Coral, range from HKD 25.00 – 35.00.
Disneyland food, souvenir and drinks are PANGMAYAMAN. Water is HKD 28.00 (bring water bottle, water stations are available), cheapest food is at Starliner Diner from HKD 99.00 – 120.00 with drinks (big serving too!) and souvenir range from HKD 59.99 – sawa. Mahal besh!
After feeling gaga over Disney characters and finishing the fireworks. We went back to Kowloon. We drop in Yau Mah Tei to check the night market. Dito pang cheapangers ang mga souvenir. ATTACK!
We had fried noodles for HKD 68.00 with sakto serving. Waffles with ice cream (HKD 28.00) and egg waffles (HKD 15.00) at DIM SUM in Temple Street.
Day 2: Valentine’s Day at Disney Land
0600 Wake up Call
0700 Breakfast at Cafe de Coral (CKE Mall beside Chungking Mansion)
0800 Pack for the Tour (Dont forget to bring water container)
0900 Find way to the nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui
Ride 1: Tsuen Wan (Red Line) drop at Lai King
Ride 2: Tung Chung (Orange Line) drop at Sunny Bay
Ride 3: Disneyland Resort Line
1030 Start Disney Land Tour
2000 End of Disneyland Tour
2100 ETA Yau Mah Tei (Walkathon)
Night Market for Dinner Temple Night Street
Mongkok Ladies Market
1200 Back to Guesthouse
Unfortunately, cable car at Ngong Ping 360 is closed due to maintenance up until June 2017. SCRATCH! We should be heading to Macau but my feet are sore AF. Light itinerary for day 3.
Going to Peak Tram is easy, ride the red line MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui, drop at Central Station exit J2. Walk straight until you reach the Hongkong Tram Railway (wait di pa yan!). Street sign to Peak Tram, walk straight via Chater Garder RD, uphill then cross the road to terminal buy tickets. HKD 44 RT and Php 88.00 with Sky Terrace. Souvenir photo is HKD 149.00, mahal talaga.
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum is also within the same building with Sky Terrace. Ice cream and waffle shops are everywhere price range from HKD 50.00 – 80.00.
Most restaurants in Hongkong change menu from breakfast, lunch and dinner. Alang Extra rice dun! Giordano and Sasa branches are everywhere. Clothes and cosmetics are downright cheap here. Your HKD 800.00 shopping ay maraming marami ng shopping!!
We got back from Peak Tram to Central Station, roam around Tsim Sha Tsui malls and shops. Shops are everywhere. From Tsim Sha Tsui walk through Salisbury Road cross the street, Hongkong Space Museum building is located. At the back of the Museum is the view deck for the Symphony of Lights.
Tips: Be early to get a good viewing space. Symphony of Lights starts exactly at 2000.
Day 3 Peak Tram and Symphony of Lights
0600 Wake up Call
0700 Breakfast at Cafe de Coral
0800 Pack for Peak Tram
0900 ETD Chungking
0930 ETA Central Station (Red Line)
1000 Walk to Peak Tram Station (Buy Tickets)
1100 ETA Peak Tram: Explore Sky Terrace
1200 Explore area: Photo Ops
0100 ETD Peak Tram
0200 ETA Tsim Sha Tsui
0215 Lunch at Café Coral
0300 Window Shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui
0700 Walk to Hongkong Space Musuem for the Symphony of Lights
0900 Tambay Pogi
1000 Back at Guesthouse
To MACAU and get lost. Don’t forget to bring your PASSPORT since we are going out of the country. Same airport process. Roundtrip ticket to Hongkong – Macau is HKD 355.00, ticket back to Hongkong is up until 10:30PM. We ride the bus to China Ferry Terminal, secure ticket via Cotai Ferry. Travel time is around 1-1 hour and 30 minutes, ferry has free wifi.
Clear Immigration in Macau, then starts the journey. HKD is recognize in Macau, don’t forget to bring loose change / coins. We got lost in Macau and force to take a cab because we’re dying due to hunger and we don’t have coins in our pockets.
Tips: There are 2 Wynn Hotels in Macau. Wynn Macau and Wynn Palace. Check for the free shuttle to both hotels. Macau is consists of 3 major towns Macau, Taipa and Cotai.
Macau Shuttles (Read the Bus Signs!)
Macau Ferry to Sands, Macau Tower back to Fisherman Wharf (Ride Sands Shuttle). Walk to the front lobby to get into the Wharf. Ride back to Taipa Ferry Station.
Ferry Station to Wynn MACAU
Ferry station to Senado Square and St Paul Ruins (Ride the Wynn MACAU Shuttle / Grand Lisboa Shuttle). Senado Square is around 15 – 20 minutes away from Wynn or Grand Lisboa.
From Wynn you can take a cab or bus. Bus end point is at Praca Ferreira Amaral beside Grand Lisboa Terminal. Minimum bus fare is HKD 4.50.
Explore Senado Square and St Paul Ruins, on the way to the ruins there are shops giving away meat jerky. Famous Koikei Bakery egg tarts only cost HKD 10.00 each. Shops are everywhere in Senado Square.
We ate street food in Senado, price range is around HKD 6.00 – 15.00 per stick. We had milkteas too.
We walk from Senado Square to Praca de Amaral to take the MT1 bus to Taipa Ferry Station.
TIPS: Asked customer service for Ferry to China Ferry Station because we rode the wrong ferry. We arrived in Hongkong Ferry Terminal.
Day 4 Macau
0500 Wake up Call
0600 Breakfast at Cafe de Coral
0630 ETA HK – China Ferry Terminal Secure Ticket to Macau
0900 ETA Macau
0930 Explore Macau
Macau Ferry to Sands, Macau Tower back to Fisherman Wharf (Ride Sands Shuttle)
St Paul’s Ruin, Koikei Bakery and Senado Square,
Senado Square to Wynn Hotel/Grand Lisboa
Wynn to Ferry Terminal
2030 ETA Macau Ferry Terminal
2200 ETA Hongkong Ferry Terminal
2230 Dinner at Mcdonald’s
2300 ETD Ferry Terminal
*Ride MTR: Sheung Wan (Blue Line) Drop at Central
*Ride Red Line to Jordan
2330 Back to Chungking Mansion
Last day in Hongkong. Macau trip is stressful because we got lost several times. My feet are terribly aching but we need to be G all the time. We are unable to purchase additional souvenir because we are too tired. We went back Jordan and Yau Mah Tei to check if there is any shops open. We’ve seen few shops open in Yau Mah Tei during the day, I purchase shirts for pasalubong.
Since transport system is Hongkong is really efficient we check out around 1530 and head to the Airport via A21 bus.
Tips: Cebu Pacific Check –in Counter is available at Terminal 1 in Hongkong International Terminal. YUP! We got lost again!
You can change your octopus card at customer service or keep the card, then buy all your loose change at airport stores like 7/11.
Check-in all >100ml bottles to avoid delay in the airport process.
Day 5 Last day
0800 Wake up Call
0900 Breakfast at Cafe de Coral
1000 Roam around Yau Mah Tei and Jordan
1100 Pack bags (Secure belongings)
1530 Check Out
1545 Cross street I front of Chungking, then wait in the bus terminal near Tsim Sha Tsui Station for the A21 Bus
1630 ETA Hongkong International Airport
1700 Yes! We explore the HUGE AIRPORT!
1800 Hongkong Airport
2155 ETA NAIA Terminal 3
Summary of Budget
This is the break down of my Hongkong and Macau budget.
My first international trip is still successful. Same travel, different culture. I am in awe of the transport system in Hongkong and Macau. Efficient and timely. Being late due to traffic is not a problem. I hope we have the same road system here in the Philippines. It was amazing and got lucky because I already have someone to travel with.
From Hongkong with LOVE.
Source: Personal Photos Jerleen Custodio Copyright
Manlalayag is Seafarer in Filipino. I want to be a pirate who travels to Collect Memories and Steal Happiness from the places I want to go