Hong Kong Macau 5 days 4 nights DIY Itinerary
- PH International Travel steps: No terminal fee needed. Pay travel tax (Php 1620) > Check-in > Immigration approval > Fly
- HK is freaking expensive! 250mL water costs 8HKD-15HKD. Fastfood meals start at 30HKD. Legit local food starts at 35HKD. Prepare your wallets!
- Public transport is so legit in HK but then again it’s not cheap. A 7km MTR ride costs 12HKD. Bus rides we had was 4HKD-40HKD. Taxi flag down starts at 22HKD
- Buy an Octopus Card! We regret we didn’t secure it. It’s very convenient because bus and MTR ticketing machines only take the exact amount! So if you don’t have coins, you will need to secure coins. You’ll be forced to buy things at shops just to have change and that’s very inconvenient.
- HK is tourist friendly, there are English signs everywhere specially for public transport, so no worries
- Most locals can’t speak English so prepare for your acting skills or a translator
- Secure a SIM card with 5 days internet, their mobile data is fast! Price ranges from 80HKD-220HKD depending on the SIM company
- But if you’re really thrifty, HK is filled with gazillions of FREE wifi’s. Every 7 Eleven has it and it’s in every block. Not as fast compared to the mobile data though
- Chungking Mansions is the best place to find the cheapest and best-situated accomomdations in HK, price starts at Php400 per night but depending on availability and the season too! Best is it’s located in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, near Victoria Harbor and Kowloon
- If you’re traveling on a holiday, book your accommodation in advance! Room prices will rise up to Php4,000 per night the cheapest – seriously! Specially the weekend!
- Be very careful at Chunking Mansions, it consists of 4 blocks(A,B,C,D) so take note which block your hotel/hostel belongs to because we got freaking lost for an hour searching for our hotel because we were on the wrong block. We got up on block A when our hostel was on block B
- Going to Macau, as of November 2016 the ticket costs 164HKD. Going back to Hong Kong was more expensive – 184HKD. Bring your passport
- Make sure to wear your comfiest shoes/sandals because when in Hong Kong you will walk – a lot
- As of November 2016, No Travel tax/Terminal fee in Hong Kong International Airport
On this travel, I was with my cousin Carl and we arrived at night in HK. First night in HK, we stayed at My Hotel in Chungking Mansions. So, Day 1 We checked out in the morning since we’ll be staying at our good friend now – Natalie for the weekend but we’ll still meet her at night so we left our bags at the Locker room on Harbor City which costs 10HKD per 2hrs to conveniently stroll around. We went around Victoria harbor. Sadly the Garden of Stars was closed for renovation so we just chilled at Victoria harbor like lots of people did.
We also went to the Space Museum and tried their Light show and I must tell you it’s pretty boring haha. But on the good side, it’s a good place to take a nap! Everyone in our line of seats were all asleep after 5 minutes of the show. Victoria harbor is pretty nice at night! But the famous light show in there sucks! Don’t stress trying to view that if you have other plans. It’s also around Victoria harbor where there lots of good street performances, from a guy playing musical instruments to a guy dancing all around, it’s pretty entertaining! More entertaining than the light show!
Day 2 was the most tiring day ever. Together with Natalie we hiked to the Big Buddha and people/tourists rarely do that. And now I understand why. It is really tiring but we want to save money and we thought we were fit, so yeah, go hiking! It’s an 8km walk where 70% of the trail is uphill, 20% downhill, and 10% straight path(thank god). I don’t suggest this for people who rarely exercise, you’ll die, slowly… haha. But it was a great way to lose some pounds and save money too. I also loved the Wisdom Path, it’s like a 10mins walk from the Big Buddha and it’s a nice, calm place to just sit and relax.
You have alternative life-saving choices, 1) Bus – which costs 17.20HKD one way trip 2) Cable car which starts from 130HKD per person one way, you can view their updated prices here. It’s also in Ngong Ping where you can find the mall who offers the cheapest and legit products ever – Citygate Outlets. Discounts rise up even up to 70% and the products are original! Nat said they come directly from the factory that’s why it’s cheap. Then at night we walked around Kowloon, explored the Ladies Market and yes, ate delicious local food!
The traditional Ngong Ping Trail( trek going to Big Buddha ) and the Cable Cars will be closed on January – July 2017 for renovation. Bus will be the only way.
Day 3 we were off to Lamma Island. You can go there by ferry from the Central Ferry Pier where the ticket costs 22HKD one way. It’s the third largest island in HK which transcends from a traditional Chinese fishing village to a laid-back multicultural community which makes it an interesting place to go. Nat talked about the recycling factory and the windmills that you can see when you walk around the island and I think that’s pretty awesome! She said it was there for many many years now. I wish we had a recycling factory in PH 🙁 You’ll also find a Hung Shing Yeh Beach there, it’s an okay beach, enough to chill and think about stuff :))
Day 4 was Disneyland day! We booked our ticket using Klook and you should too. You’ll save like 200Php per ticket and you won’t line up like the others, you just enter directly, show the Klook QR code and then you’re in! Once you’re in I suggest you download the HK Disneyland app, it will show you the map and realtime updates of time of all rides and shows. The rides we loved the most was the Toy Story Parachute, Grizzly Mountain Mine Cars and the Space Mountain – don’t miss those 3! The others were just too childish, I mean for an adult haha.
Food in Disneyland is freaking expensive, a meal starts at 109HKD and they don’t allow people to bring heavy food inside the park, only light snacks, totally sucks coz you will really be hungry with all the activities. On the brighter side, there are water stations so FREE water – it’s beside the comfort room. I almost forgot to tell you, the Lion King show is definitely a must-see! And position yourselves in front of the castle 1-2hours before the fireworks show for the best view. Because there are a lot of people, like seriously.
Day 5 was in Macau, you can view it on the other tab back on top, or click HERE
We rode the boat going to Macau from Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal. Going to Macau the ticket costs 164HKD. We bought the ticket going back to Hong Kong as well, it was more expensive – 184HKD. You can also purchase the ticket going back to Hong Kong on the Macau terminal. Once you arrive, you need to walk outside the other side of the road as that is where the FREE hotel/casino bus rides are. Every hotel/casino has a bus, you just gotta pick. And no need to worry because each one of them are so near with each other, that is if you can walk 🙂
We only went to the Venetian Macau and Parisian Macau because we went to Macau at lunch. We just wanted a chill type of strolling so yeah, no rush haha. Important thing to take note when going back to Hong Kong is that there are 2 Ferry terminals servicing with the hotel/casino’s free bus rides. The Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal and Taipa Ferry Terminal. In our case we didn’t know our ticket was for Taipa Ferry Terminal and we went to the Outer Harbour. Good thing the casino buses are always available so we just rode again – so convenient! And everything is until 12 midnight so don’t worry about time.