Thursday, November 1, 2018

HONG KONG TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 : Where to Stay, Where to Eat, Things to Do & Sample Itinerary

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We know that it is not easy to plan a holiday from scratch, so we made this absolutely free and complete Hong Kong Travel Guide to help you plan your Hong Kong adventure.

Hong Kong Travel Guide


Visa Requirements to Hong Kong

Philippine passport holders can visit Hong Kong without applying for a visa for up to 14 days. Make sure you do not overstay to avoid hefty fines.

How to Get to Hong Kong

Hong International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world, so, if you are leaving in a major city, chances are, there is a direct flight from your place to Hong Kong. In the Philippines, many carriers both full service airlines and low cost carriers have direct flights to Hong Kong from Manila, Clark, Cebu, Kalibo, Iloilo and Davao.

Getting Out of Hong Kong Airport to the City

From the airport, you can take a bus or an express train to Kowloon or to the Central Business District. If you prefer to take the bus, there are markers that will lead you to the bus terminal The cost is relatively cheaper compared to the train rates. If you prefer a more convenient way of getting out of the airport, you may take the express train which will take you faster to the city proper. I suggest you book your express train ticket in advance to avoid long queue in the airport. Buy HK express train ticket now.

How to Ride a bus from Hong Kong Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST)

  • Walk to Airport bus station at Hall B on the Arrivals Level (Level 5)
  • Ride A21 bus to Tsim Sha Tsui – HK$33

Getting Around Hong Kong

If you are planning to roam around HK which I am pretty sure you are, it is highly recommended to get an Octopus Card. This is a prepaid card loaded with cash value and can be used to pay for transport rides as well as pay some stores. Buy Octopus Card here.

Get Connected in Hong Kong

In order to make sure you don't get lost in Hong Kong, it is advisable to rent a 4G pocket wifi so you are connected any time. You can rent a 4g WIFI here.

When is the best time to Visit Hong Kong?


Hong Kong is an all-year round destination but the best time to visit is around October to January when temperature is relatively low. Hong Kong can be hot during the summer season.

HOTELS IN HONG KONG : Where to Stay in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a popular tourist destination so finding a hotel to stay is relatively easy. The key is booking online especially during peak season. Whether you are looking for a luxury or budget hotel, we got you covered. 



Budget Hotels and Hostels in Hong Kong


Delta Deluxe Hotel
Delta Deluxe Hotel is located at Flat A6, 16 Floor, Block A,Chung King Mansion, 36-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. I have stayed in this hotel with a friend and it was a good stay. We booked a room good for two and we were given a room good for three. Small room but comfortable. Friendly staff and the location is near everything - MRT, Malls, Victoria Harbor, The Garden of Stars and a lot of other interesting attractions. Check rates and availability.




Hop Inn on Mody 
Located in 5/F, Lyton Building, 36 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. It's located near to MRT station and just about 3 minutes walk to Victoria Harbor. Check rates and availability.


YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel
YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel is located at Block 41, Mei Ho House, Shek Kip Mei Estate, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong, Hong Kong. It is situated about 10 minutes walk from the MRT station. The Hostel has computer, lockers, laundry, kitchen, restaurant, convenience/souvenir store and a small museum. Check rates and availability.

Urban Pack Hostel
Located in Unit 1410, 53-55 Haiphong Road, Haiphong Mansion, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Urban Pack Hostel 14  guest rooms situated near the MRT station. Good location and a value for money. Check rates and availability.


Mid Range Hotels in Hong Kong

Burlington Hotel
Location: Wanchai, Hong Kong
Check rates and availability

East Hotel
Location: North Point, Hong Kong
Check rates and availability

Hotel LBP
Location: Hong Kong Central, Hong Kong
Check rates and availability

Butterfly on Prat Boutique Hotel
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Check rates and availability


Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Location: Hong Kong Central
Check rates and availability

The Peninsula Hong Kong
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Check rates and availability

The Ritz Carlton Hotel
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Check Rates and Availability

Marco Polo Hong Kong Hotel
Location: Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Check Rates and Availability

MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS IN HONG KONG : What and Where to Eat in Hong Kong


North Point Egglet
Address: 178 Nathan Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Opening hours: 11:30–23:00, Sun 12:30–23:00
What to order: Egglets / Egg Puff / Egg Waffle
Price: HKD15
Nearest MTR: Jordan

Kau Kee Beef Brisket
Address: 21 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours : Mon to Sun 12.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Sunday)
What to order: Beef Brisket Noodle
Price Range: Around HKD40
Nearest MRT: Central MTR

Lin Heung Teahouse
Address: G/F 160-164 Wellington St, Sheung Wan, Central Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily from 6AM to 11PM
What to order:  Assorted dim sum
Price range: Prepare HKD50-100 for a satisfying meal
Nearest MRT: Sheung Wan


Yat Lok Roast Goose
Address: 34-38 Stanley St, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 7.30am to 9.00pm
What to order:  Roast Goose
Price range: Around HKD100
Geting there: Central D2 – From Queens Street walk across the road towards D’Aguilar Street and turn right into Stanley Street. Walk past Luk Yu restaurant.


Mak’s Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家
Address: G/F, No. 55 Parkes Street, Jordan, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily 11AM to 9PM
What to order:  Wanton Noodles
Price range: HKD40
Nearest MRT: Jordan

TOURIST SPOTS IN HONG KONG: What to Do and See in Hong Kong


Hong Kong Disneyland. Of course, this is one of the best highlights when visiting Hong Kong, the fun-filled them park Disneyland. This is conveniently located in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island with other exciting attractions to see. The Magic Kingdom styled park offers many rides that feature popular cartoon characters of Disney. Buy discounted Hong Kong Disneyland Ticket.


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Ocean Park. This is a homegrown the park in Hong Kong which provides winning combination of interactive and educational sea creature display such as the artistic movement of jellyfish exhibition. It also offers exciting rides that kids will surely wouldn’t want to miss. Buy Hong Kong Ocean Park Ticket.


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Madame Tussauds. At Madame Tussauds, there are more than 100 international and national wax figures to see, touch, and feel in Hong Kong. You can get up close with them and take selfies for your remembrances. There are plenty of celebrities and personalities featured in stunning wax statues if you check this place out. Buy Madame Tussauds Ticket.


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Ngong Ping. For sure, you want to experience the cable car that is 5.7 kilometers long and 112 feet high. It serves as your bird’s eye view while touring around the city. You will see Lantau’s lush peaks as well as the shining South China sea. Buy Ngong Ping Ticket.


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Sky100 Observation Deck. This is an observation deck located in ICC Building, the highest viewing deck in Hong Kong. You will be amazed by the picturesque 360-degree view of the entire city and the Victoria Harbor. Buy Sky100 Ticket.


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Peak Tram. Perhaps, you’ve already heard of this historic funicular, the famous Peak Tram uphill in Hong Kong. This is another great way to witness the overlooking panoramic beauty of the city. Buy Peak Tram Sky Pass.

Giant Buddha. If you love some historical figures, the Big Buddha is a sight to behold. This is the world’s biggest outdoor seated Buddha with 34 meters high and 250 metric tons of weight.

Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower. If you’re touring near TST Star Ferry pier, don’t miss out the Clock Tower along Victoria Harbor. This popular landmark in Hong Kong remains a photographic site.

Tai O Fishing Village. At the River Mouth, this village gives an experience of ancient Chinese living. The houses built on poles with narrow lanes offer a historic sight of how the early settlers lived before. You can fish here or buy fresh fish and other products.

Yuen Po Street. In this street, you can find a market where you can buy goldfishes, flowers, and even birds. You can buy other lovely souvenirs here before you head out of Hong Kong and finish your trip. Don’t forget to check out the Chinese style garden where songbird owners are gathered.


SUGGESTED ITINERARY and POSSIBLE EXPENSES : How to Maximize your Stay in Hong Kong


This is our suggested itinerary with list of expenses. This is an excerpt from Jeann Muninio's Hong Kong and Macau Itinerary. You can read their full Hong Kong and Macau Itinerary Expenses here.


Day 0 Arrival in HK
3:30 PM - Departs at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3
Travel Tax - Php1620
8:10 PM  - Arrives in Hong Kong International Airport. Rent Octopus card for 150HKD (100HKD load balance. 50HKD rental refundable minus 9HKD refundable fee). Don't forget to get free maps and brochures.
9:00 PM - Check in at Hostel. 800.20HKD/3 = 266.73HKD each good for 4 nights. Booked via Agoda. To check budget hotels / hostels in Hong Kong, click here.
10:00 PM -10:30 PM Rest

Day 1: Exploring Hong Kong /Ngong Ping & Disneyland (Discounted Disneyland Tickets)
7:00 AM Wake up call, Breakfast HKD20
8:30 AM9:30 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
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


Day 2: Ocean Park & Victoria Peak (Discounted Ocean Park Ticket)
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:  Departure from Hong Kong to Manila
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


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