Saturday, June 3, 2017

DIY Tour : Hong Kong and Macau Itinerary & Expenses

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Hong Kong and Macau (also spelled as Macao) are two of the hottest destinations in Asia. It's relatively near to the Philippines so a lot of Filipinos visit these two territories to experience Disneyland and the giant casinos and malls of Macau. Adventurer Jeann Muninio shares her itinerary and expenses in Hong Kong and Macau and gives us some tips to cut expenses for a more affordable travel. Jeann spent around P13k in her recent travel to Hong Kong and Macau with her friends. (Read: Cheap Places to Stay in Hong Kong)


Here's their itinerary and expenses and other details of their trip:
Total amount spent: Around Php13,000 plus Travel Tax. The expenses include Macau RT Ferry, Ngong Ping, Disneyland, Ocean Park, Peak Tram with Sky Terrace, Madame Tussauds.

Day 0 Saturday - Arrival in HK
3:30 PM - 6:00PM Departure: Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
Travel Tax - Php1620
Clear Immigration.

8:10 PM - 9:00 PM Arrival: Hong Kong International Airport
Rent Octopus card for 150HKD (100HKD load balance. 50HKD rental refundable minus 9HKD refund fee)
Get free maps and brochures

9:00 PM -10:00 PM Get to Hostel: Checkin
Guesthouse: 800.20HKD/3 = 266.73HKD each good for 4 nights. booked via Agoda. To check budget hotels / hostels in Hong Kong, click here.

How to Ride a bus from HK Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) :
  1. Walk to Airport bus station at Hall B on the Arrivals Level (Level 5)
  2. Ride A21 bus to Tsim Sha Tsui – HK$33
10:00 PM -10:30 PM Rest
10:30 PM - 11:00 Pm Go to Golden Crown, pay Ocean Park Ticket and Macao RT ticket

Day 0 expenses minus 100HKD Octopus load, Ocean park and Macao = HK$349.73 + Php1620

Day 1 Sunday - Macao
6:00 AM - 7:00 AM Wake up, Eat Breakfast, Prepare for an adventure
7:00 AM - 7:30 AM Depart for Ferry Terminal (HKD9.40)

How to ride the subway going to the Ferry Terminal from TST:
  1. Take MTR Redline then take off at Central Station
  2. Interchange to blue line to Kennedy Town (Platform 4) then take off at Sheung Wan Station and take exit D
  3. Follow the signage that will lead you to Ferry station
***Use Klook for discounted tours
***regular price HKD376 (177mc-hk; 199 night sailing HK-Macau)
***Golden Crown weekend sailing (COTAI Jet) - 300HKD or weekday sailing 290HKD
***TIP: if you still have promo code in Klook you may book there. (TurboJet) 317HKD discounted price - 25HKD code = 292HKD)




7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Clear Hong Kong immigrations, Ride Ferry to Macau
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Arrival procedures at Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal)
  • Macau immigrations
  • Get free maps and brochures at Macau Tourist Information
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Transport to The Venetian Macau
  • Take underpass in front of Macau Ferry Terminal to across road
  • Ride free shuttle to Venetian Macau Casino and Hotel in Taipa Island
9:30 AM-10:30 AM Venetian Macau Casino and Hotel tour (no admission fees)
  • The Shoppes Canal /Venetian canals
  • Visit the casino
Breakfast/Lunch Mcdo (38MOP)

10:30 AM-11:00AM Transport to Senado Square
  • Ride Venetial Macau free shuttle to Macau Ferry Terminal
  • Ride Bus to (Rua do) Almeida Ribeiro (Fare 3.20 MOP)
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM Macau Heritage Tour
  • Senado Square
  • Eat free samples of beef/pork jerky at food shops on the way to the Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral
  • Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral
  • Follow uphill road at the right side of the St. Paul Cathedral ruins
  • Climb Fortress Hill
  • Visit Na Tcha Temple and Old City Walls at the left side of St. Paul Cathedral
  • Must try: Egg Tart around 5-9HKD
  • Buy pasalubong
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM Transport to Pharaoh’s Palace Casino/Landmark Hotel
  • Walk back to Senado Square
  • Ride Bus 10A to Macau Ferry Terminal (Fare 3.20 MOP)
  • Ride free shuttle to Pharaoh’s Palace Casino/Landmark Hotel (going to Babylon) within a walking distance but we're already tired.
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM Fisherman’s Wharf tour (free admission) - Giant Rubber duck show
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM Transport to Wynn Macau
  • Ride free shuttle back to Macau Ferry Terminal
  • Ride free shuttle to Wynn Macau
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM Wynn Macau tour (no admission fees)
  • Fountain show (performance lake in front of the hotel)
  • Dragon of fortune show
  • Tree of prosperity show
  • Moon jellyfish aquarium (reception of the Encore lobby)
  • Photo-op
6:45 PM - 7:00 PM Transport back to HK
  • Ride free shuttle back to Taipa Ferry Terminal
  • Ride Ferry Back to HK
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM Transport to Star Ferry Pier Terminal in Central Hong Kong
  • Walk 15 mins from HK Macau ferry terminal to Star Ferry Terminal
7:15 PM - 7:30 PM Star Ferry ride from Central Hong Kong pier to Tsim Sha Tsui HKD3.40 weekend, 2.5HKD weekdays
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM Symphony of Light at 8Pm and Avenue of Stars (under construction. Go to Garden of the star - bridge and park instead)
8:30 PM - 10:00 PM Dinner at Canton's Dim Sum Expert (59HKD)

Day 1 expenses = 425.2HKD

Day 2 Monday - Ngong Ping & Disneyland
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Wake up, Breakfast Sandwich with Milk Tea - 17HKD
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Transport to Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Terminal, Lantau Island - 16.5HKD
9:30 AM - 12:00 NN Lantau Island Tour and transport back to Tung Chung
  • Ngong Ping Village – free admission
  • Tian Tan (Giant Sitting) Buddha – free admission
<Ngong Ping Village, Giant Buddha 260 steps climb , Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path, Tai O Fishing Village
*** Orig price of Ngong Ping - 185HKD
*** Klook price is 135HKD - mobile10 discount = 125HKD
Love to shop? Go to City Gate Mall in TungChung Stn, it's an outlet mall

12:00 NN-12:30PM Transport to Disneyland Hong Kong - 13.9HKD
12:30 PM-9:30 PM Hong Kong Disneyland Tour
3 PM - Main street parade
8 PM - Paint the night Parade then follow by Fireworks display at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle (main Street USA) to get nice spot to see fireworks FW at 9pm
*** Orig price of Disney - 539
*** Klook price is 487HKD - 25HKD discount = 462HKD

9:30 PM - 12MN Transport to Temple Night Market 19.8HKD, eat dinner 58HKD, buy pasalubong

***TIP: HAAAAAGGLE!!! Half price or lower***







Day 2 expenses without pasalubong = 712.2HKD

Day 3 Tues - Ocean Park & Victoria Peak
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Wake up,
Eat Breakfast Sandwich with Milk Tea - 18HKD
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM ParknShop, buy discounted chocolates for pasalubong
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Transport to Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • Ride MTR to Admiralty station. Take Exit B - HK$9.4
  • Walk to Terminal of CityBus Route 629 at the corner of Drake and Tamar Sts.
  • Take Bus #629 to Ocean Park – HK$10.6 (30mins travel time)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Ocean Park Hong Kong Tour
*** Orig price of OceanPark- 385HKD
*** Golden Crown price is 295HKD

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Transport to Victoria Peak
  • From Hong Kong Ocean Park, ride bus #629 to Admiralty station – HK$10.6
  • From Admirallty Station go to Central MTR Station Exit K - 4.4HKD to meet up with the Klook guide
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Meet up at Centra MTR Station Exit K
Transport to The Peak
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Victoria Peak tour
Peak tram, Sky Terrace, Madame Tussauds (Last Admission: (9:45 PM)
***Insider Tip: Take the seat at the right side for better view
*** Orig price of Peak Tour Package - 358HKD
*** Klook price is 228HKD - 25HKD discount = 203HKD with one way special line
9:00 PM - 9:30 PM Transport to Ladies Market
- 11.6HKD
9:30 PM - 10:30 PM Ladies Market
- Buy Pasalubong
- Late dinner - 60HKD
***TIP: HAAAAAGGLE!!! Half price or lower***
10:30PM -11:00PM Head back to Hostel = 5.2HKD

Day 3 expenses without pasalubong = 627.8HKD

Day 4 Wed - Departure
4:00 AM - 5:00 AM Wake up, Eat Breakfast, Prepare to leave
5:00 AM - 6:00 AM Ride Bus
  • Ride N21 bus to HK Airport– HK$23. it's cheaper than A21 which cost 33HKD
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM Arrive at airport
refund Octopus card = 50 - 9(refund fee) = 41HKD + remaining load bal
Check-in

Day 4 expenses = -18HKD

Good BYE and Thank you, Hong Kong! :)
Exchange rate: 6.0606PHP/1HKD
Sub-Total: 2096.93HKD = PHP12708.65
Pasalubong: 508.88HKD = PHP3084.12
Travel Tax: PHP1620
GRAND TOTAL = PHP17412.77

Travel Tips
***Bring light snacks if you can to save cost from buying food.
***Bring reusable water bottle then refill it from the hostel or from the tourist attractions with drinking fountains.
**If you do not have a 25HKD discount in Klook, you may create a new account so you can use a discount coupon.
***If you do not have a Macau local currency, stores accept HKD and will give you your change in HKD as well.
***Wear comfortable footwear.
***For Discount and VIP pass, download and use Klook app and use this code.
https://www.klook.com/invite/ZI6L3 or enter code ZI6L3 to get 25KHD discount.
Then Mobile10 for additional 10HKD discount.
***Have atleast 150HKD with you for the octopus card rental and load for the bus.
***Reload Octopus card in any MTR stations, 711, etc.


About the traveler: Jeann Muninio is a Mindanaoan living in the busy city of Manila. She is an IT Security Analyst by profession and a wanderer by passion. 
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***All photos used in this article are owned by Jeann Muninio.


Escape Manila recommends these guest houses and hostels in Hong Kong. All of these properties are in Tsim Sha Tsui area, the best place to stay in Hong Kong. Please click the name of the establishment to check the rates and availability.
  1. Urban Pack Hostel
  2. Apple Inn at Tsim Sha Tsui
  3. Just Inn
  4. Tai Wah Boutique Hostel
  5. Hop Inn on Mody
  6. Delta Deluxe Hotel
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