DIY Trip Hong Kong Itinerary: 5 Days (More or Less) w/ Macau Day Trip

DIY Trip Hong Kong Itinerary: 5 Days (More or Less) w/ Macau Day Trip

Hong Kong is the first place abroad that I have traveled to; but in that particular trip, what I mainly did was just eating and shopping as I accompanied a friend of mine back in university. So when I was able to finally come back again this year to do a more proper ‘tour’ of the city, I did my best to cover as many activities and attractions possible! And today, I am sharing with you my 5-day itinerary to Hong Kong (which includes a day trip to the nearby city of Macau; it also includes an array of other must-dos that you can consider doing if in case you have more days to spare or if you have a different travel style).

But before I go on, I think it’s best that I give you a bit of some background about the geographical area of Hong Kong because a lot of people actually have this misconception that there’s not much to do there, or that there’s not much green at all — two things that are absolutely NOT true.

First things first, there’s more to the well-known urbanised center because 2/3 of the country is actually made up of the countryside which is full of countless small mountains and several islands.

READ: 10 Things Foreigners Should Know About Hong Kong

To illustrate, Hong Kong is made up of Hong Kong Island, the Kowloon Peninsula, the New Territories, and over 200 offshore or outlying islands (the largest of which is Lantau Island).

Hong Kong MapThe area that which most tourists tend to only explore is that of the center: Kowloon Peninsula, and the northern edge of Hong Kong Island.

Rest assured, everything is well-connected by bus and train (MTR – Mass Transit Railway), so going from point A to point B wouldn’t be a big problem at all. If in case you get lost or you get confused about public transportation, Google Mapsdirections feature is your best friend — this nifty piece of technology has helped me numerous times whenever I’m traveling to foreign countries.

…Now, with all that said and done, let me present to you the things to do in Hong Kong when you’re traveling there for 5 days (or even more!)

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Where to stay in Hong Kong?

Come and check out my list of the ‘Best Hotels in Hong Kong‘ which features cheap to luxurious accommodation choices.

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DIY: 5 Days Itinerary in Hong Kong

» PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

Where to get the best flight deals?
My go-to platform for grabbing the best flight deal? Skyscanner! But of course, it’s always good practice to research first the budget airlines that exist in the country that you’re currently staying in, since they could have rock-bottom prices that are not often visible in the above flight search engines. (For example, if you’re in the Philippines, one of the budget airlines is Cebu Pacific and they typically have $50 or less promos of roundtrip airplane tickets to Hong Kong.)

From the airport, you can ride a shuttle bus that goes to Hong Kong city stops (see details here). Otherwise, you can ride the Airport Express train and you can buy tickets for this via KKday.

Where to stay?
It’s best to get your accommodation either in Kowloon Peninsula or Hong Kong Island.

Kowloon Peninsula
Luxury: Hotel ICON
Mid-Range: Shamrock Hotel or AirBnB
Budget: Urban Pack (or see HostelWorld for complete list of HK hostels)

Hong Kong Island
Luxury: Upper House
Mid-Range: Charterhouse Causeway Bay or AirBnB
Budget: Mini Hotel Causeway Bay (or see HostelWorld for complete list of HK hostels)

For a more comprehensive list, see this post of the top ‘Best Hotels in Hong Kong‘.

How to get Hong Kong dollars currency?
I highly advice that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport since the rates there are totally not competitive. What should you rather do? Either exchange your money or US dollars at a bank or at a money exchanger; or better yet, just withdraw from an ATM with your debit/credit card.
Rate exchange: HKD $1 = USD $0,10~ = Php 6~

How to get around?
It’s always best to avail an Octopus Card — a prepaid contactless debit card that can be used to pay for all kinds of public transport (except taxis and some red minibuses; and if I may add, this can even be used to pay at convenience stores, supermarkets, restaurants, museums, and more). After all, Hong Kong is best explored by train (MTR) as it is the fastest mode of transportation (not to mention the efficient Airport Express train). The only time that I can recommend using a taxi is if you’re in a hurry, if you get lost, or if you have 3 other people with you to share the cost (meter starts at HKD $22).

To better navigate yourself within Hong Kong, use Google Maps‘ directions feature (signified by a blue icon with an arrow inside it) — I really find it as a very helpful tool if I want to reach a certain place from a particular location. (However, Google Maps doesn’t work offline if you want routes or transportation schedules, so I recommend that you get a pocket WiFi or a SIM card to stay connected).

You can avail an Octopus Card online, at the airport or at any MTR station, and it can also be reloaded at any MTR station or merchant stores that accept Octopus (7-Eleven, McDonalds, etc.). A basic Octopus Card costs HKD $150 in which $100 can be used as credit and the remaining $50 serves as refundable deposit. You can load it to a maximum of HKD $1,000 but you can only refund remaining credit if it’s less than $500. It stays valid for 1,000 days after your last top-up or ‘load’ and can be reactivated anytime afterwards. Rest assured, your card can go negative (for as low as HKD $-35 but this isn’t really negative since your $50 deposit secures it). However, it can only go negative once and you can only use the card again after you reload.

Helpful Cantonese phrases
Hello: Néih hóu
Thank you: M̀h’gōi
Please: Chíng
Goodbye: Joigin

Excuse me (to get attention): M̀h’hóu yisi
I’m sorry: Deui-m̀h-jyuh
How much: Géidō chín a?
Is there someone here who speaks English?: nī douh yáuh móuh yàhn sīk góng Yīngmán a?
Help!: Gau mehng ā!
Cheers!: Yámbūi!

Now before I begin with the itinerary guide, if in case you’re more of a visual person, you can already watch my video below to get a ‘peek’ into the adventures that I did during my recent trip to Hong Kong!

Take note that the 5-day Hong Kong itinerary (with stopover to Macau) below does not take into account your arrival day in Hong Kong — at any rate, if you’re staying longer in the city, you can make use of the last tab called as ‘Extras‘ to see the other activities or trips you can do for filling up the rest of your vacation days both in Hong Kong and Macau.

NOTE: The following section is in a tabbed format; so, in order to see the next day’s contents, just click the headings below.

Explore Tsim Sha Tsui area in Kowloon

Tsim Sha Tsui Victoria Harbour

During my stay, I got a hotel at Hong Kong Island (but you can also opt to get your accommodation in Kowloon as it is more in the ‘middle’ of everything).

That being said, you might find it odd that I explored Kowloon area during my first day instead of Hong Kong Island itself… well, the thing is, I wanted to see the harbour during the day as well, so it made more sense to sail to Kowloon and explore it and then sail back at night to see the evening cityscape too. To add, it was a Wednesday when I arrived, and it was timely that the Symphony of Lights had English narration for that day — so, *thumbs up*.

• Go through Victoria Harbour via Star Ferry towards Kowloon Island (Tsim Sha Tsui area)
HKD $2.20 – From Hong Kong Island, you can ride the Star Ferry from either Wan Chai pier or Central pier and it only takes about 10 minutes to reach Tsim Sha Tsui pier. Tickets can be bought on the spot and the ferries leave every 10 minutes.

• Walk around Kowloon Park
This is a large public park smacked in the middle of the bustling area of Tsim Sha Tsui but it offers tranquility for its guests what with its Chinese garden, lotus ponds, aviaries, and more. If you come here on a Sunday around 2PM to 5PM, you can even witness a kung fu and lion dance performance. (Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui Station)

• // Lunch // Eat at One Dim Sum Chinese Restaurant
Around HKD $25~ per meal If you want to taste a One-Michelin star dim sum restaurant that wouldn’t burn your wallet, then this is the right place for you! During peak hours though, be prepared to wait for about 30 minutes until you get seated; otherwise, it’s best to visit during low peak hours from 3PM to 5PM and 9PM to midnight. (Nearest MTR: Prince Edward Station)

• Head to Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
If you’ve got time, the promenade is a charming place to stroll in. Around this area you can find the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Clock Tower, and the Avenue of Stars (where you can see exhibits dedicated to film stars like Bruce Lee, etc.; regrettably though, this area is under improvement until 2018).

• // Night time // Watch the Symphony of Lights from Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
This is a free nightly multimedia show involving (what else but) lights, lasers, and buildings. The best spot to watch it would be by the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade waterfront so that you can see the picturesque Hong Kong Island and Victoria Peak on the other side. Live narration in English is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (the rest of the days are in Mandarin and Cantonese) — it starts at 8PM daily and lasts for about 13 minutes.
TIP: You can also ride a cruise while you watch this show of lights!
TRIVIA: The Guinness World Records named this as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show.

• // Night time // Shop till you drop at Mong Kok (Nearest MRT: Mong Kok Station)
Temple Street Night Market – this is basically a flea market bazaar where you can find tons of affordable trinkets, souvenirs, electronics, jade, antiques, etc. Officially, it is open from 2PM until midnight each day between Jordan Road and Kansu street; but most stalls usually open at 4PM and its lively atmosphere starts at about 9PM.
Ladies Market – as the name goes, this is a haven for the ladies what with all the cheap clothing and accessories that adorn this place. There are also branded stores speckled across the area that are relatively inexpensive. (MTR: board the train going to Tsuen Wan and get off at Mongkok Station, exiting at Bank Centre signed E ad then E2.)
Mongkok Computer Centre – for all the techies, this is where you must head off for all your computer-related needs — it houses more than 70 computer shops!

• // Dinner // Dine at any of the food stalls lined along Temple Street
Starts at HKD $30 per dish – To really be with the locals, this is a must-do! Try out the fresh seafood dishes or look for a stall that offers claypot rice — a Hong Kong classic! (Nearest MRT: Jordan Station)

• Go back to Hong Kong Island via Star Ferry
HKD $2.20 – I suggest taking the Tsim Sha Tsui to Central route since it has a more picturesque view of the harbor with the beautiful Victoria Peak in view. If you want, Star Ferry also offers a harbour cruise that is timed together with the Symphony of Lights (see here). Or if you want to ride a more iconic Hong Kong boat while viewing the Symphony of Lights, check out DukLing sampan boats.

Other/Substitute Activities

• Rent a traditional Chinese outfit for a day and do a fun photoshoot!
HKD $286~ or Php 2,000~ if you buy online Feel the true essence of old Hong Kong as you explore the city wearing a traditional Chinese outfit. With this, you can choose from a variety of designs and sizes and can even do a photoshoot package with it! (Nearest MRT: Central Station)

• Visit the Hong Kong Museum of History
Come here if you want to learn more of Hong Kong’s historical and cultural heritage. There are audio guides for HKD $10 and you can get in for free if you come on a Wednesday (a majority of Hong Kong’s museums have FREE admittance on Wednesdays actually).

• Go up the Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck
HKD $120~ or Php 853 if  you buy online This is located on the 100th floor of Hong Kong’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC). In here, you can have a fantastic 360-degree panoramic view of Victoria Harbour! (Nearest MRT: Kowloon Station)

Explore the New Territories

Ngong PingBig Buddha

Given that my trip to Hong Kong was sponsored by a local company, my 2nd day actually involved meetings, exploring their properties, hotels, etc. Now of course, it wouldn’t make sense for you to do the same; so instead, I would suggest that you go off and explore the areas of the New Territories and/or Lantau Island for this day!

It helps to note that NOT everything listed below for both can be done in a day. Therefore, what I suggest is that you do half a day per area as you pick just one or a few activities for each (or just explore one area that you like best for the whole day).

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Rather want to do a guided tour?

You can join a New Territories guided day tour if you want a more hassle-free experience. To reserve your spot, go here.

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• Go through a heritage trail
There are two of these that you can choose from. The Ping Shan Heritage Trail links up a number of traditional Chinese buildings that are within walking distance to one another as it gives you the chance to learn more of the traditional life in the New Territories. Meanwhile, Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail will take you through the history of the Tang clan, one of the 5 largest clans in the New Territories.

• Go hiking
Hiking is slowly becoming a favorite past time of the people in Hong Kong and with the vast green terrain that surround the country, there are surely various hiking trails that you can choose from (such as Lion Peak Hill among many others). This website perfectly sums up all of those places and they’re even labeled accordingly with difficulty, time, etc.

• Visit some temples
The most notable ones are:
Chi Lin Nunnery – a large temple complex that has been established as a retreat for Buddhisht nuns. You can find here statues of the Sakyamuni Buddha, Guanyin and other bodhisattvas made from gold, clay, wood, and stone. (Nearest MTR: Diamond Hill Station)
Che Kung Temple – this honors Che Kung, a military commander of the Southern Song dynasty. Naturally, you will find a giant statue of Che Kung at the main worship hall’s altar. (Nearest MTR: Tai Wai Station)
Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery – there are actually no resident monks in this Buddhist temple as it is now managed by laypersons. However, the beauty of this place’s temples, pavilions and pagodas are not to be missed; plus, the journey up to this monastery is an attraction itself due to the golden Buddhas that line up the path. (Nearest MTR: Sha Tin Station)

Explore Lantau Island

• Ride 360 Ngong Ping
Starts from HKD $130 or Php 880~ (Purchase tickets online here) This 25-minute cable car ride is the best way to explore Lantau island. It starts from Tung Chung (MTR) and if you have some HKD to spare from your travel budget, I suggest that you try the Crystal Cabin — it has a glass bottom so that you can see everything around and below you in clear view. Additionally, you can also avail their Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass for an all-around package.

• See the Po Lin Monastery and the Tian Tan Buddha (Big Buddha)
Po Lin Monastery is one of Hong Kong’s most important Buddhist places and has been called as the ‘Buddhist World in the South’. Opposite to this is the famous brnze Big Buddha statue that sits at 34 metres high and facing north to look towards Mainland China (it is open from 10AM to 5:30PM).

• Go around Ngong Ping Village
This is a 1.5-hectare place where you can find an array of shops and eateries. If you have HKD $40 to spare, you can also watch the multimedia show ‘Walking with Buddha’. (A tour here is included if you avail the Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass.)

• Head out to Tai O
A lot of photographer’s find this as an interesting spot to picture: a community of fishermen who have their houses built on traditional stilts — a common feature of old Chinese fishing villages. You could also explore the local fish market that the locals flock into. Take note that this is a short bus or taxi ride away, approximately 15 minutes from the Big Buddha. (A tour here is included if you avail the Sky-Land-Sea Day Pass.)

Visit Disneyland

Disneyland Hong Kong

Perfect for families, or simply for those who are kids-at-heart…

Starts from HKD $500~ or Php 3,400~ for adults(You can purchase day tickets online for Disneyland via this site since it’s cheaper than buying from the official website and also cheaper than paying the walk-in price). Since I already visited OceanPark before, I opted to put Disneyland on my 5-day itinerary to Hong Kong and it was fun!

Naturally, there are various attractions and themed areas here for you to choose from — furthermore, there are even parades and stage shows that happen daily. My favorites are the ‘Festival of the Lion King‘ at Adventureland and ‘Mickey and the Wondrous Book‘ at Fantasyland. (Go to this link for an accurate schedule of activities during your day of visit). Be sure not to miss out the 4D attraction that they have, as well as the 8PM fireworks display!

(MRT: Disneyland Resort Station)

Other/Substitute Activities

• …or go to OceanPark
Starts from HKD $370~ or Php 2,500 for adults Disneyland is best explored if you just want some ‘calm fun’; hence, if you want crazier rides, I suggest going to OceanPark instead! …And of course, they have varied attractions that let you take a closer look into marine life. (To purchase tickets, you can buy online here which is set a cheaper price).

(Transportation: Ride the Citybus’s Ocean Park Express bus service Route 629 located just outside the Star Ferry Terminal on Hong Kong Island side or from Admiralty West Bus Terminal outside Admiralty MTR station)

Explore Hong Kong Island

Victoria PeakSampan

• // Breakfast // Have breakfast at Kam Kee
HKD $35~ Have a taste of a typical Hong Kong breakfast right here! (One of their branches is located near Exit A of Causeway Bay MTR Station)

• Take the Hong Kong Tramway (Dingding)
As low as HKD $2.30, payable with Octopus Card – this 1920s-style tram is the best way to discover Hong Kong Island. Just head over to this site to decipher the route you want to take and to map out your stops. If you rather want a planned route prepared for you, well then for only HKD $95, you can already be a part of their signature 1-hour TramOramic tour.

• // Lunch // Try the famous Din Tai Fung Restaurant (Yee Wo Branch)
HKD $70~ – This is yet another affordable Michelin-star-awarded franchise restaurant and it rather specializes in xiao long bao — a type of steamed soup dumpling that I guarantee you will love! (Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station)

• Go up via the Peak Tram to reach the Sky Terrace and see Victoria Peak (and then have some fun at Madame Tussauds)
All of these are packaged at just a price of about HKD $308~ or Php 2,058~ – I loved this combo package that I availed via KKday (make sure that you select the “3-in-1 ticket”). I love this promo because not only is it cheaper than the normal price, but it also helped me steer clear of the long line at the ticket counter for the Peak Tram (it’s Fast Track!). What will happen is that a guide will help you navigate your way through the hustle at Peak Tram, after which this tram will take you up to Victoria Peak to see the Sky Terrace — the place where you get to see with your own eyes that iconic view of the Hong Kong skyline which is an absolutely breathtaking sight! After this, you’re free to explore the place at your own time (including the entry at Madame Tussauds). I highly recommend going somewhere late in the afternoon so you can see both the HK skyline during daylight and night time (NOTE: Madame Tussauds is located in the same building of Sky Terrace). (Nearest MTR: Central Station)

• // Dinner // Dine and drink at Lan Kwai Fong
This small square street is one of Hong Kong’s most popular nightlife hot spots with over a hundred of restaurants and bars. Certainly, if you’re up for partying afterwards, you’ll have no shortage of options here. (Nearest MTR: Central Station)

Other/Substitute Activities

• Ride a sampan or ‘junk boat’
Those flashy red wooden boats that you see on Victoria Harbour are no other than the traditional sampans or junk boats that were typically used in the olden times. There are not a lot of providers available today, but you can enjoy a ride with “DukLing” which even provides the option of riding their sampan boats during the Symphony of Lights. To book with them, go here.

• Shop around Causeway Bay
If you’re up for a high-end shopping spree, go to the big shopping malls like Time Square, IFC, and Landmark among others. For gadgets and computers, there’s the Wan Chai Computer Centre. (Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay Station)

Explore Macau

Macau Tower Venetian

Macau is just a 1-hour boat ride away, so why not take this opportunity to come and visit? Besides, your main expenses here will only be for food and the boat tickets (unless you want to go shopping here too and do some casino playing). I say this because once you’re inside the city, you wouldn’t need to pay for transportation at all due to the number of FREE casino shuttle buses that go all over (and it can be used by literally anyone; you really don’t have to be a casino’s guest to use it).

CURRENCY: Macau has its own called as Macanese Patacas (MOP). But don’t worry about exchanging your HKD to MOP because HKD is already widely accepted in Macau.

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Wanna do a guided tour of Macau?

Reserve your spot in a day tour of Macau so you don’t miss out on anything! (It even includes lunch at a 4-star hotel.) To book, go here.

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• (8AM) Take the TurboJET ferry to get to Macau (Outer Harbour) ferry terminal
Starts from HKD $150~ or Php 1,000~ – Ride the TurboJet ferry from Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal which is located at Shun Tak Centre in Sheung Wan (MTR Sheung Wan Station). It helps to note that this is the one that lands in Macau Outer Harbour and NOT Macau Taipa.

• Get on the FREE shuttle bus at the terminal that leads to Grand Lisboa, and then explore the nearby attractions in the historic center…
Senado Square
 – this is a paved town center of Macau and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of the Macau World Heritage Site. As per history, this used to be a meeting place for the Chinese and Portuguese people. Many large events were also hosted here and it still continues up to today.
St. Dominic’s Church – located near Leal Senado Building, this Baroque-style church is noted for its mixture of European and Macanese design features.
Ruins of St. Paul’s – this was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul; today however, what remains of it after a fire back in 1835 is only that of the southern stone facade and some other parts of the ruins that are now turned into a museum.
Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) – this is the historical military centre of Macau, located just beside the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Originally, this was built to protect the properties of Jesuits from pirates, but later on seized by the governor for defending the city.

• Visit Macau Tower
From Senado Square, walk over to Praca Jorge Alvares and take Bus 32. At 338 meters, this tower is inspired out of Auckland’s Sky Tower. Today, it holds the highest commercial skyjump (bungee jump) activity in the world at 233 meters! There are a number of entry tickets or activities that you can do here, namely:

• Have a look at the famous casinos of Macau in Taipa island
A FREE shuttle bus that stops at City of Dreams can be taken at the lobby of Macau Tower. Once you get off, you’re pretty much at the center of Taipa, and every casino nearby can be easily reached by walking or by riding the free shuttle buses. Now of course, unless you’re here for gambling, I suggest that you simply visit a select few of the casinos (like the ones I’m listing below); besides, you can see ALL the casinos later on at night with an activity that I’ll be suggesting at the latter part of this section.
City of Dreams – Bring your kids here to Kids’ City, or party at Club Cubic — better yet, come witness the world’s largest breathtaking water show that is directed by Franco Dragone (known for his work with Cirque du Soleil): the House of Dancing Water! (Ticket starts at about HKD $480~ or Php 3,250 for adults).
Galaxy Macau – smacked right in the main lobby of Galaxy Macau is the Fortune Diamond which is a huge 3-meter gem that serves as a backdrop for a waterfall. You can also watch a movie here in their big 10-screen 3D cineplex or just shop at The Promenade.
Venetian – Apart from the luxury shopping experience, a sight to be seen here is their Venice-inspired interiors. You will see here an actual network of canals and you can even rent a gondala too in order to be serenaded by a gondolier. One of Lord Stow’s Bakery’s food stalls can also be found here, so make sure you buy yourself some of those famous egg tarts!
Studio City – Apart from witnessing its amazing architecture, it’s a MUST to ride the Golden Reel Ferris Wheel to capture breathaking views of Macau from 130 meters up in the air and to also get the amazing chance of riding the world’s highest 8 character Ferris wheel! (Ticket is priced at HKD $80 or Php 535; you can purchase your tickets online).
Sands – Come here to watch the world’s larget indoor stage performance: Monkey King! You will definitely experience a high-class show here; after all, the performance team spent 8 years mastering this exquisite show! (TIP: Tickets are cheaper than the official website if you book via KKday. Price starts from HKD $375~ or Php 2,505)
Wynn Casino – If you’ve got some time, pass by Wynn casino to watch their spectacular water show. It happens every 15 minutes and runs until midnight.

• Walk over to Taipa Village
Old Taipa Houses – 
this complex contains 5 houses that depict the old colonial residences that used to be owned by well-off Portuguese families in Macau.
Rua do Cunha – this is a narrow but well-lit street in Vila di Taipa that’s known for its restaurants and shops. Some of the well-known stores here where you can buy great Chinese fares to take back home and give away as gifts (or eat for yourself, of course) are Choi Heong Yuen and Koi Kei.

• // Night time // Ride a shuttle bus and ogle at the casinos’ colorful facades
Macau becomes even more of a beauty at night and if you’re pressed on time but still want to see the rest of the casinos in Taipa that you can’t easily reach by foot, just ride any of the free shuttle buses that passes by the casinos that you want to see, and then stay there until it reaches its starting point again. (Personally, I love the ostentatious buildings of Studio City, Galaxy, and the Parisian.)

• Catch a ferry of TurboJet back to Hong Kong
Starts from HKD $140 or Php 130~ Purchase your tickets for this online via KKday. The free shuttle buses go directly back to Macau ferry terminal (I took the shuttle bus at the Venetian that was marked ‘Macau Ferry’). Again, just make sure that you pick a bus that goes to the Macau ferry terminal at the Outer Harbour or in the Macau Peninsula (not the one in Taipa).

Other/Substitute Activities

• Mandarin’s House
This residential complex depicts the typical characteristics of traditional residences and also used to be the home of late Qing theoretician, Zheng Guanying.

• Guia Fortress
This is a military fort, chapel and lighthouse complex that is also part of the historic centre of Macau.

• A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
One of the oldest Taoist temples in the country and it is said that the name ‘Macau’ was derived from the name of this temple when natives replied to Portuguese sailors with “A-Ma-Gau” (when asked what the name of the place was).

List of other Hong Kong activities

◘◘ Family Fun ◘◘

Hong Kong DisneylandHong Kong Disneyland
Discover the magical world of Disney.

Ocean Park Hong KongOcean Park Hong Kong
LA cross between the ultimate theme park and a zoo.

Noah's ArkNoah’s Ark
World’s first full-size Ark replica!

Madame TussaudsMadame Tussauds
Meet the world’s most famous faces.

Bibbidi Bobbidi BoutiqueDisney Princess Transformation
Dress your kids as Disney princesses.

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◘◘ City Activities ◘◘

Hop-On Hop-OffHop-On Hop-Off
See Hong Kong’s main sights from your seat.

Crystal Bus TourCrystal Bus Tour
See famous landmarks from a double decker luxury bus!

Shopping and Sightseeing TourShopping and Sightseeing Tour
Perfect for the shopaholics!

Sky100 Sky100
See spectacular 360° views of the Victoria Harbor.

AquaLuna Evening SailAquaLuna Evening Sail
See the city in traditional junk boats.

Symphony of Lights CruiseSymphony of Lights Cruise
Watch the famed light and sound show on an iconic junk.

Star Ferry Harbour TourStar Ferry Harbour Tour
Step aboard HK’s iconic ferry to sail along Victoria Harbour.

Helicopter ToursHelicopter Tours
See famous sights from up high.

Guided Walking TourGuided Walking Tour
Discover Hong Kong in 3 hours with a knowledgeable guide.

Central and Victoria Peak TourCentral and Victoria Peak Tour
Explore and experience Hong Kong culture.

Street Art TourStreet Art Tour
See famous sights from up high.

Qipao Rental and PhotoshootQipao Rental and Photoshoot
Wear a traditional Qipao outfit.

Taichi with a MasterTaichi with a Master
Learn entry-level Taichi and Qigong.

Street Art TourChinese Painting Class
Discover the traditions of Chinese painting.

Pub CrawlPub Crawl
Party it up at HK’s best nightspots!

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◘◘ Day Trips ◘◘

Cliff Ziplining & AbseilingCliff Ziplining & Abseiling
Experience Hong Kong in a whole different way!

Dragon's Back TrailDragon’s Back Trail
Adventurous hiking on Hong Kong Island.

Rock ClimbingRock Climbing
Try your hand at rock climbing at Black Crag.

Biking and KayakingBiking and Kayaking
Explore Hong Kong’s natural reserves in Sai Kung.

Tai Mo Shan Waterfalls HikeTai Mo Shan Waterfalls Hike
Hike to waterfalls and secluded villages.

Pink Dolphin SightingPink Dolphin Sighting
Hike to waterfalls and secluded villages.

Lantau Heritage TourLantau Heritage Tour
Full tour of Lantau Island’s most famous attractions.

Ngong Ping 360 Crystal CabinNgong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin
360 crystal views all around!

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◘◘ Food & Restaurants ◘◘

Tai Cheong BakeryTai Cheong Bakery
Enjoy traditional Hong Kong baked goods.

Emack & Bolio'sEmack & Bolio’s
A specialty ice cream shop.

Ding Dim 1968Ding Dim 1968
Iconic Hong Kong dim sum with 50 years of craftsmanship

Victoria Harbour RestaurantVictoria Harbour Restaurant
Indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine.

Jumbo Kingdom Floating RestaurantJumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant
Famous restaurant for Hong Kong style seafood.

Nam Kee NoodlesNam Kee Noodles
Warm yourself up with a steaming hot bowl of noodles.

Under Bridge Spicy CrabUnder Bridge Spicy Crab
Discount coupon at HK’s famous crab restaurant!

Wing Wah Cake ShopWing Wah Cake Shop
A must-try Hong Kong cake.

Hee Wan Roasted KitchenHee Wan Roasted Kitchen
Local delicacy prepared by years of expertise.

Block 18 Doggie's NoodleBlock 18 Doggie’s Noodle
Try popular street snacks during the 1950s and 1960s!

Chinese Pastry BakingChinese Pastry Baking
Learn to make sweet Chinese treats.

Dumpling YuanDumpling Yuan
Try out the juicy and tasty Northern China dumplings.


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List of other Macau activities

◘◘ Family Fun ◘◘

Batman Dark FlightBatman Dark Flight
Embark on a 4D adventure with Gotham’s superhero.

Warner Bros. Fun ZoneWarner Bros. Fun Zone
Let kids loose in Warner Bros.

Macau Science CenterMacau Science Center
A day of hands-on science!

Planet J Role Play Theme ParkPlanet J Role Play
World’s first live action role play theme park.

Chimelong Ocean KingdomChimelong Ocean Kingdom
See whale sharks and manta rays up close.

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◘◘ City Activities ◘◘

Open Top Bus TourOpen Top Bus Tour
One day hop-on-hop-off Macau sightseeing pass.

Sightseeing Day TourSightseeing Day Tour
Get the best of Macau in a day!

Gondola RideGondola Ride
A romantic serenade on the canals of ‘Venice’.

Golden Reel Ferris WheelGolden Reel Ferris Wheel
The world’s first figure 8 ferris wheel.

QiPao Rental and PhotoshootQiPao Rental and Photoshoot
Wear traditional Chinese clothing.

Luxury TRIA Spa PackageLuxury TRIA Spa Package
The 1st Macau spa to utilize sound therapy.

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◘◘ Up High Fun ◘◘

Macau Tower Skywalk XMacau Tower Skywalk X
Walk around the outer rim of the Macau tower.

Macau Tower ClimbMacau Tower Climb
Scale the 338 meters to the very top of Macau Tower.

Macau Tower SkyjumpMacau Tower Skyjump
Descend feet-first from a height of 233m!

Macau Tower Bungy JumpMacau Tower Bungy Jump
Plunge from a height of 233m!

Macau Eiffel Tower Observation DeckMacau Eiffel Tower Observation Deck
Feel like you’re in Paris at Macau’s newest landmark.

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◘◘ Shows ◘◘

The House of Dancing WaterThe House of Dancing Water
World’s largest water extravaganza show.

Monkey King Monkey King
Fantastic production 8 years in the making.

Zhuhai Chimelong CircusZhuhai Chimelong Circus
Visit Zhuhai’s theater, theme park & aquarium!

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◘◘ Food & Restaurants ◘◘

Walking Food TourWalking Food Tour
Enjoy the best of Macau’s delicacies.

Putajanai in San Ma LoPutajanai in San Ma Lo
First Baumkuchen cake shop in Macau.

JW Marriott Macau BuffetJW Marriott Macau Buffet
uffet lunch/dinner at ‘Macau’s Best Restaurant’!

Lunch Buffet at Macau TowerLunch Buffet at Macau Tower
View-gazing and dining 223m up!

Chinese RestaurantChinese Restaurant
Enjoy sophisticated Chinese cuisine.

Dim Sum Set LunchDim Sum Set Lunch
Enjoy both traditional and modern Chinese Dim Sum.



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Hong Kong may be a small destination, but it has more than enough activities and attractions to keep you occupied.

I tried my very best to be as detailed as I could with this guide, so that you won’t be missing any of Hong Kong’s (and Macau’s) highlights! That being said, feel free to tweak this itinerary as well as my suggestions to make your trip shorter or longer and better fitting for your travel style. Enjoy and do let me know how your trip goes!

How about you?

  • What do you think of this itinerary?
  • What are the top things that you would LOVE to do?
  • Or have you already been to Hong Kong and/or Macau? How was it? Any other tips to add?

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189 comments

  1. I'm planning my first solo holiday right now and this post along with the same one for South Korea has been soooo helpful. Thank you so much!!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that! Do enjoy your solo trip :D I bet you'll have loads of fun!

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  2. Thank you:) This article is very helpful.

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  3. Hi Aileen, Thanks for your great story. I'm about go to Hongkong & Macau this June. Want to ask you about ferry from Macau to Hongkong, from which ferry terminal should I go from Macau to Hongkong that the most nearest with Mini Hotel Causeway Bay ?

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    1. I also stayed in Mini Hotel Causeway Bay and the nearest ferry terminal is the one in Sheung Wan Station. From Macau going back to HK, make sure to take the ferry terminal at the Outer Harbour or in the Macau Peninsula (not the one in Taipa). You can purchase this ferry ticket from here: https://www.kkday.com/en-ph/product/9987?cid=5322

      Hope this helps!

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  4. Hi, Ms. aileen... im sheena, we have travel this coming june 22 manila to hk? do i still use my passport expiring on January 23, 2019 even day tour travel in macau? Thank you

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    1. Hey Sheena, that should not be a problem. Your passport is expiring still next year so it should be fine. Enjoy your trip!

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  5. Hi Aileen,

    for your trip to Macau going to the Senado Square, St. Dominic’s Church, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte) and etc. is this possible by walking? or really need to ride a car? We are planning not to hire tour guide since it was so expensive and like you we are on a tight budget traveling to Hong Kong and Macau. Please advice us. Thanks in advance

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    1. Hey Rea, don't worry, those are SO near each other. They're all walking distance :)

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  6. Thank you! I made a spontaneous trip and booked a trip to HK. This will be very helpful. Also watched your youtube video about this trip. I've been traveling 5 countries per year but not quite ready or courageous enough to quit my job to become a full time traveler, vlogger. Go you! Thanks again!

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  7. thank you so much! really big help

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  8. Thanks Aileen for this detailed article. I am sure it will be very useful for our coming Hong Kong travel in May 2018.

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  9. Thank you Aileen for this recommending Mini Hotel Causeway Bay. We stayed here last February 5-8, 2018. We love the hotel! :)

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    1. I'm happy to hear that!

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