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!

» DAY #1 «

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*.

Explore Tsim Sha Tsui area in Kowloon

• 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 1,900~ 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)

» DAY #2 «

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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Explore the New Territories

• 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.)

» DAY #3 «

Disneyland Hong Kong

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

Visit Disneyland

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)

» DAY #4 «

Victoria PeakSampan

Explore Hong Kong Island

• // 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)

» DAY #5 «

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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Explore Macau

• (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).
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Booking Essentials

Overall

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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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187 comments

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

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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. thank you so much! really big help

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. What a comprehensive review. I was only in Hong Kong in January. I did the Big Buddha, Victoria Peak, The cruise in the junk and enjoyed them all. There are a few things there which I would love to try when I return to Hong Kong.

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  10. This will really help , we are going to HK this March and I’m clueless about the country

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  11. Ive been to Hong Kong and Macao and this Article really helped us! Thanks Aileen!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad to hear this ^_^

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  12. Thanks Aileen for your very detailed and exceptional guide which will really helps us a lot... more blogs to come from different countries... God bless you as you enjoy doing a great job.,

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. Enjoy!

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  13. Nice and detailed writeup! I am planning to go back again to HK this September and hopefully I can follow your itinerary despite the shorter period of my stay there (as I will be playing in a tournament for the weekend).

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  14. Thanks Aileen for the wonderfully crafted itinerary. It really helped me to plan my schedule while I was here at Hong Kong :) loved the scheduling of places that you have put.

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    1. Aw thanks! I'm happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that I've somehow helped. Cheers!

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  15. Hello Aileen!
    I've been to Hong Kong so many times - but never to Macau! Is there really that much of a change (in terms of vibe) from HK?

    Great read, thank you!
    Mick

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    1. Hey Mick! Well, in terms of 'vibe', Macau has a bit of the HK feeling but it has a bigger vibe that's "Las Vegas-y" ;)

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  16. Very helpful HK travel blog/article. <3

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  17. Thanks for this very detailed article. It is so helpful as we are traveling to HK and Macau this November 2017 on a tight budget. We can now choose the place we can visit. Wonderful write up!

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  18. Hey Aileen! Your post is a very detailed and exceptional guide for Hong Kong! Would 5 days be enough to see all the highlights there?

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    1. Well, it depends really on the kind of traveler. Personally speaking I don't think 5 days is enough to see everything — but it's enough to see SOME of the best highlights for sure :D

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  19. how much is the octopus card per person for 5 days?

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    1. Hey Ariel, it's a card that you load cash in so it depends on you as to how much you want to put in :)

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  20. Hi Ms. Aileen,
    Thank heavens for this blog! Thank you for sharing! YOU'RE AWESOME! :)
    This is really helpful as we plan our itinerary. Since we will do it ourselves, just wondering about the transpo from the airport (and vice versa), did you ride a bus or taxi?How long is the travel time and how much going to and fro Tsim Sha Tsui? Can you get the Octopus card at the airport also?

    Another thing, would you recommend us booking our place to stay online (just in doubt if it's legit)? Do you have a recommended place to stay at low cost, good for a family of 3?

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    1. Hey Glory! Glad to hear this guide helps. :D From the airport, I took the fast train "Airport Express". It's hard to miss it because there are signs everywhere. You can purchase roundtrip tickets for this airport train at the Octopus card stall (found after you exit the baggage area). If in doubt, don't be afraid to ask where it is but it's very easy to find. So yes — you can get an Octopus card at the airport via this same stall. I can't remember the costs anymore but if you check the website of www.rome2rio.com,, it shows estimate costs from point A to point B at any part of the world.

      As for booking accommodation, honestly, I book everything online ;) I know how hard it is to trust at first but you can base it on the reviews and see that everything is legit. I usually book either with Agoda or Booking.com. Most of the accommodations in the main city can get a bit pricey, so I suggest going outside of the city (a good hotel is Bay Bridge) — rest assured, everything is well connected so you can get to the center via the train in no time.

      Another option you can think of is booking an AirBnB as it gives you the comfort of a home-like experience. Hope this helps!

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  21. Perfect Itinerary. And it's very detailed. Thanks. I'll use this for my trip with my boyfriend.

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  22. Hi! How much should an Octopus card be loaded for a 6 days, 5 nights stay in HK?

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    1. Hey Russ! Well, I used a $150HKD Octopus card for 4 days of traveling via the train and it worked great for me. I hope that helps as an estimate. Anyhow, you can always reload the card and even refund the money inside it.

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  23. How much HKD roughly you bring throughout this entire trip?

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    1. Roughly 3,000 HKD not including flights and hotel (but I shopped a lot!). So, Hong Kong as it is, it's possible to get lower expenses than I did. :) Enjoy your trip!

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    2. Hi Ms. Aileen hope I can get your email address so I can ask you directly :)

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  24. Hi Aileen!

    I would like to ask if the free shuttle bus to Grand Lisboa is only permitted to the guest there?

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    1. Don't worry, all shuttles in Macau can be used by anyone even if you're not a guest at any of the hotels. :)

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  25. This is perfect for my plan visiting HK.

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  26. Do I still need to have a visa going to macau? I dont have any idea. Thank you! ❤

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    1. Are you a Filipino? If you are, no, you don't need a visa to get to Macau. It's visa-free like Hong Kong. Enjoy!

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  27. Hi Aileen
    Very informative and nicely organized blog. I am planning a trip to Hong-kong and Macau with my wife and mother . Your itinerary will definitely help me a lot. One f the better blogs I have come ac-crossed. Please keep it up the good work.

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  28. Can I ask if there is an entrance fee going to venetian just to see the interior and the canal?

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    1. No entrance fee :) Anyone is free to come inside the hotels and go around. You'll only pay if you want to ride the boats inside. Enjoy!

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  29. hey stunning pics you have over there.. may i know what gear you are using ? TY.

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    1. You can find them all here: https://iamaileen.com/shop

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  30. I like the blog, and helped me for Hong kong!

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  31. Thank you for a detailed itinerary, it would help me a lot in planning for our August trip.. I would just like to ask if a 3 year old also needs to have an octopus card? Thanks!

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    1. Children below 3 can ride the trains for free, but your child is already 3 so he still needs an octopus card (rest assured it will be sold half price for him). Enjoy your trip!

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  32. Hi, if you don't mind me asking, out of your pocket, roughly how much were you able to spend if converted to peso?

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    1. About 20K not including accommodation and flights (but this is mostly because it wasn't a budget trip and my friend and I did so much shopping haha). That being said, a pocket money of lesser value should be enough if you go on a budget trip. Enjoy!

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      1. 20k HKD or USD

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        1. Oh sorry, I was talking in pesos (PHP).

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  33. Very well written. Thank you for information!!!

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  34. I love how organised your blog is. Finally I found a blogger who does not put a lot of their OOTD in their blog but instead write a very well-detailed content without being boring. Keep it up Aileen! Love everything about your page. I hope this will not change at all. Definitely subscribing!

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    1. Aww, you humble me Ecka — thank you! I dearly hope you stick around. Keep in touch!

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  35. Great ideas. I visited Macau and Lamma Island when I was in HK and can definitely recommend it. Did it make it to the other places in the list though, so thanks for the advice.

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  36. Looks fascinating. Have been to Hong Kong but did not have time to get to Macau. The trip to Macau looks great from the video. Definitely don't want to miss it on my next trip

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  37. Hi ailee,
    Im a mother of 3 (11/7/2).My husband i would like to have a DIY HK and Macau tour. Id like to ask if its adviceable to have a DIY tour or we get a land arrangement thru a travel agency. Thanks for ur help in advance.

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    1. Hey Rose, going around HK is really easy so I suggest doing it DIY :) You'll get more control over your time too!

      Enjoy!

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  38. Hi Aileen,
    Thanks for the lovely virtual trip of Hongkong.
    We are planning for family trip of 10, at June end and your guide would very handy.
    Could you just put some light if there is 10 seater vehicle facility available in Hong kong wherein we could do the sight seeing on our own.
    regards

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    1. Hey Prasann! You can definitely try renting a car of your own. Either way, I can assure you that the trains are fast, spacious and comfortable and are an economical way to go around HK. Enjoy your trip!

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  39. Excellent information! Looks like you had a great time in HongKong! Love the photos and the post :)

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  40. Such a helpful list! If I ever take a trip to hong-kong, I will definitely be consulting this post. Thank you for taking the time to share this article.

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    1. I'm happy that you find it helpful!

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  41. Hi may ask what camera you're using? :)

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    1. Hey Nikka, I use several cameras. :D You can see them in this link: https://iamaileen.com/shop/#Photography

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  42. hello! a quick question... how do i go about to Tsim Sha Tsui area from ur itinerary of day 1. I will be staying in Rosedale Hotel at Kowloon. From map, kowloon -> tsim sha tsui seems to be quite far apart. Sorry very noob in map! Thank you!

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    1. Hey Kathryn! Make sure to use Google Maps to see how you can navigate yourself around public transpo. I just checked and from your hotel, you just need to walk a bit to get to the metro (Mong Kok station) and then ride the Tsuen Wan Line to land at Tsim Sha Tsui. Total time will just take you 25 minutes. :) Enjoy your trip!

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      1. thank you so much!

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  43. hi dear,

    does the entrance fee in Disneyland includes all the rides?thanks

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    1. YES! :) Enjoy!

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  44. Since you have a day tour in macau. where did you left your luggage?

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    1. We were staying in HK, so our luggage was in our hotel :)

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      1. Hi Aileen,

        Thank you for this wonderful blog! I find it helpful and it gives me somehow an idea as to how much should i save for my HKG vacation with my Mom and Dad. However if you don't mind me asking a favor if I can forward to you a quotation from a travel agency for review. I find it a little impractical and the fact that I will be accompanying 2 senior citizens, I believe it wouldn't be advisable for them to follow a group itinerary so might as well we go on our own. Awaiting for your reply. God bless

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        1. Hey Erik, since you're coming with seniors I think it's best that you just do the itinerary yourself especially if the tour does not provide a personal car for you to use. Going by my experience, group tours are usually rushed and with your companions, I think you need to take it easy. I assure you, HK isn't that hard to navigate and I'm quite sure you'll be fine touring them around by yourself.

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  45. Hi..Able to slot in ngong Ping and Disneyland in one day?( Will leaving to Disneyland abt 12pm)

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    1. Unless you plan to spend only a few hours in Disneyland like 1 or 2 (which I think is a bit of a waste if you don't spend a day there) then yes a trip to Ngong Ping is possible.

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  46. Hello Aileen,
    Thank you so much for this detailed itinerary. I hope i won't get lost though. Btw, where can we get a pocket wifi from hk? Will there be a data limit or will it be unlimited? Tyia

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    1. Hey Pauline, I definitely would recommend Tep Wireless for pocket wifi. They can be used worldwide — so yes, for HK too! :)

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  47. hi aileen. thank u so much for this very helpful itinerary. i would like to ask if is it possible that we can explore lantau island ride a cable car then after that go to hong kong island and go to sky terrace to see victoria peak? we will be in hong kong at 10 in the morning. Thank you.

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    1. Hey Venus! It's doable. Just remember that one way to Lantau from the main Hong Kong island takes about 2 hours, so take that into account in your itinerary. Enjoy your trip!

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  48. My flight to hongkong is on 11 may arriving around 5 in the afternoon and leaving on 15 may in the afternoon.

    From your itenary which shoul I skip?

    I will travelling with my tenagee sons

    Thanks so much

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    1. Hey Dewi! Since you're traveling with your sons, maybe you can skip Macau? Though, how old are they? If they're young, they definitely mustn't skip Disneyland — but if they're older, have already visited Disneyland somewhere else, then you could skip it. :) Enjoy your trip!

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  49. hi! po we have plan to go to hongkong with my husband and daugther , she is 11 yrs old,ask ko po sana kung need din nya ang octopuscard

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    1. Only those under 3 don't need an Octopus Card. So yes, your child needs to have one. Rest assured, the kid's fares are usually half of the fare's for adults. Enjoy your trip!

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  50. Hi. That is a detailed and well written review of a place. Thanks a lot for it. I will be travelling to Hong Kong soon. Would like to know if it is safe for solo female traveller? Tips , do's and don'ts of any?

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    1. Hey Shweta, from what I've seen and what I've exprienced, it's absolutely safe to travel around HK as a solo traveler. Just stay street smart and you'll be fine. Public transportation is also very easy to navigate, so no problems there. :) If you ever need help, most Hong Kong people would be able to converse with you in English. Enjoy your trip!

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      1. Thanks! will keep that in mind!

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  51. Hi, how much money do you think I need to bring? For a 5-day trip from the Philippines? :)

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    1. Well, I spent about 20K for this trip (not including flights) — and I didn't do a budget kind of spending so you can definitely spend less than that :)

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  52. Hi Tanong ko lang paano po kapag 2 kaming pupunta ng Hongkong, yung octopus card kailangan 2 din ang i-avail namin? Thank you! ❤️

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    1. If you're going to use it for transportation, yes, it's better to get it for each of you since there's a 10-minute wait before you get to swipe the card at the trains for example (and that's quite a hassle). Rest assured, you can refund any unused balanced in the Octopus card.

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  53. Hi Aileen, thank you sooo much for the detailed description of what, where, how much...... of HK, I will be taking my family with me(4 kids..waahhhh) and I want to explore the best of HK on a budget, your blog is HUUGGGGGEEEEEE HELP!
    More power to you.

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds exciting! Enjoy your trip and I'm glad this has been of help :)

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  54. Hello! What camera did you use? Your photos are so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you! You can see my camera gear here: https://iamaileen.com/shop/#Photography

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  55. Wow ! I love your photos !

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  56. Hi! May i know which hotel that you stayed, the bathroom looks great haha

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    1. Thanks Chloe! It was at Mini Hotel Causeway Bay :)

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  57. Hong Kong is a definitely a great place to travel to, you wrote everything on point! This is very helpful for my next visit!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that! Thank you!

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  58. This is a detailed guide to Hong Kong and Macau it has all the information one needs. Thank you.

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    1. Glad you like it!

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      1. I would add a visit to Stanley village to this itinerary. Stanley has to be one of the best attractions that HK has to offer. The small but beautiful beach, a variety of restaurants and a classy flea market( that beats Ladies narket or Night market ) make Stanley a must see. The bus route to Stanley is picturesque and a must do.

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  59. I like this itinerary very much that you made for Macau. With it being only an hour ride from HK it's the perfect overnight getaway and Macau is very small to explore on your own. A lot of these places you mentioned I went as well. Great plan you made!

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    1. Thanks Alana! I'm happy to hear that you liked this itinerary breakdown :D

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  60. It's nice to see you included Lantau Island in your itinerary. I took a day trip there and explored the monastery and Big Buddah. It's the perfect morning/afternoon getaway for travelers to enjoy the nature and peacefulness of Lantau Island.

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  61. Hi. Where did you purchased your tickets to Disney and other attractions? Was the expenses on the tickets already included to your 20k pocket money?

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    1. Hey! I purchased them online, but you can also purchase them at a $20 discount if you purchase from CTS/China Travel Service at the airport. And the 20K doesn't cover airfare yet. You can definitely go lower than 20K too (since I splurged a bit on my trip). Enjoy!

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  62. Thank you. Patterned my 5-Day HK-Macau Itinerary from yours. :)

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    1. Awesome, enjoy! Let me know how it goes :D

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  63. Hello Aileen,

    Thanks for this Guide!

    I have a question though, is it easy to order at restaurants despite the language barrier?

    I don't speak Cantonese or Mandarin and it scares me a bit.

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    1. Hey Jess! Yep, it sure is easy. Not a lot of people can speak English well, but the vendors will always try to communicate with you. Besides, pointing at stuff mostly worked for us haha. We also don't speak Cantonese nor Mandarin. :) You'll be fine! Hong Kong is an international city, so most shops and restaurants are used to foreigners. Enjoy!

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  64. hi how much is your budget per person??
    thanks for the awesome blog, I'm gonna use this :*

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    1. It was around Php 20,000 (not including airfare yet). You can definitely go lower than my budget because I splurged a bit during this trip ;)

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  65. Hi Aileen,

    Can you give me a soft copy of your itinerary? we will be having our Hong Kong trip in June. Still no idea where to go. Thank you!

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    1. Hey Jhonaliza, my whole itinerary is already mentioned/listed in the above article :)
      Hope it helps!

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  66. May i ask if which is better, if we get a tour package for hk-macau vice versa or is it more cheaper to do this tour on our own? Thankyou.

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    1. In all of my travel experiences, doing a DIY trip by yourself is a LOT cheaper than getting tour packages especially because you can control your time, the activities that you really want (and yeah, less the tour guides fees!). So yes, I suggest planning it all by yourself. Takes time but I bet you'll love it!

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  67. Hi Aileen, how much is the overall expenses with the roundtrip airfare?

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    1. Our whole expense for the trip was around Php 20,000 or $500 — that does not cover airfare yet. (I believe you can even go lower if you get more strict with your budget).

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  68. How much must be the budget to cover all these activities?

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    1. Our whole expense for the trip was around Php 20,000 or $500 — that does not cover airfare yet. (I believe you can even go lower if you get more strict with your budget).

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  69. Happy New Year! Your Blog and your video gave me much more idea on where to go during my 4N5D Hong Kong Trip in July. But I would just like to ask if what is the best time to go to Peak Tower and the Street Night Markets. Are they still open at around 7pm-8pm? Since I really want to visit them but I can't seem to insert them in my daytime itinerary since it is already full. Maybe you do have an idea or suggestion. It would be a great help. Thank you! ☺️
    -Dessa

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    1. Hey Dessa! I'm happy to hear that this has been of help. :D Rest assured, Peak Tower and the night markets remain open until midnight. In fact, the night markets' peak time would be around 8-10pm, so it should fit well with your itinerary! Enjoy!

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      1. Yey! Thank you so much! :D

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  70. Hi Aileen,

    im a big fan

    just want to ask, i book flight this January 02, 2017 from manila to hong kong , .. on January 06, 2017 from Macau to Manila .All same airlines PAL. Its already confirmed. will the immigration ask me about my returning flight?? thanks

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    1. Most of the time no, but it's always best to be prepared. Just show them your tickets. As long as they know you're leaving their country and coming back to Manila, it should be fine. :)

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  71. Hi Ms. Aileen!

    This blog of yours is the greatest one i've read!! It really helped me a lot and gave me more ideas. Thanks for being so detailed. I'm going for a 5 days trip as well on January and i'm feeling more excited when i saw this blog!! Hoping for more travel blogs from you! God bless ☺️

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    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Thank you Kathrina! I wish the best on your travels — enjoy HK!

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  72. Nice one! This can be a big help for us. It would be my family's first time to go abroad so we're planning to go in HK by August 2017. Luckily, I found your vlog in YouTube and found this site. THUMBS UP! Great job for doing this very informative blog. KUDOS! Thankeee! Wish you more trips! Good luck!

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    1. I'm happy to hear this! Really hope that this guide can help you out. Enjoy your trip and let me know how it goes. :)

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  73. Hi! How many hours did you spend on Macau? Is it okay to sail at night?

    Btw, nice blog you have! :)

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    1. We were in Macau from 10am to 10pm :D We sailed the boat at around 11PM and everything was okay!

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      1. Did you book the tix of ferry on TurboJet's website? We were thinking that it is hassle if we walk in on the boat tix huhu

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        1. Hey Shana! Yes I did just book it on their website. I printed out the order details and just showed it to the window of TurboJet on the day of our departure. :)

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        2. Sounds good! Anyway, did you use data packages in HK and Macau?

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        3. By data, you mean mobile roaming etc. / data? No I didn't because they were more expensive, compared to if I just a pocket WiFi (https://iamaileen.com/travel-essential-tep-wireless-pocket-wifi-review/) :)

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  74. Thanks for the tips, Aileen! I'll be having my first out of the country trip in January 2017 -- hello Hong Kong! This helps a LOT. I'm starting a blog too, and I really wish I could get a job like yours too. I live for your job!

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    1. Awesome!! Enjoy your trip Bryan :D And if you have any questions about setting up a blog, let me know. All the best!

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  75. Great post Aileen! May I ask what video software and camera you use to make videos? I loved watching your Hong Kong video!

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    1. Thanks Lydia! I'm glad you liked it :) The gear I used are mentioned on the description box of every video (I change them from time to time). But you can see my full gear here too: https://iamaileen.com/shop/#Photography

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  76. Great itinerary Aileen! I've been to Hong Kong but only during a quick layover so I clearly didn't have enough time to really explore. Hopefully I'll get to go back soon!

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    1. I hope so too! Thank you <3

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  77. Very timely! I've been looking for a great itinerary, glad I found yours! Salamat!
    My trip's scheduled on Nov. 19-24. I've included one day for hiking. :-)

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    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoyed your trip, Jnz :D

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  78. Hi Aileen,

    Your post was so informative. It helped me a lot in planning my first solo travel abroad which is in Hong-Kong. I hope I could sandwich Macau in my 3-day stay there. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Awww I'm so happy to hear that! Enjoy your trip, and I hope you could find time to see Macau. Let me know :D

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  79. Man oh man! Reading this makes me want to travel. I have been getting the itch to travel BAD lately and this totally didn't help LOL!

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    1. Haha! Hope you get to cure that 'wanderlust' soon Lauren ;)

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  80. Great photos and very comprehensive itinerary. Since our site mostly covers one day itineraries we hope to include Hong Kong on our site as well.

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    1. Thanks! And wow, that's great! Hope indeed you can experience Hong Kong soon :D

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  81. I've never been strong in Geography, so I appreciate you showing and explaining where Hong Kong is. I love your itinerary! Hong Kong looks like a great place to visit. So many great places and experiences.

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    1. Geography isn't one of my strong suits either :P that's why I include it on my posts not only to help remind others but to remind myself too HAHA! I hope you get to visit HK soon, Kristy!

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  82. Hi Aileen! Jut want to ask. .I have purchased my octopus card when I visited HK in 2012 and I kept it for myself. Will be going there again for the second time this month.Do you think I can have it reactivated? Thank you.

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    1. Hey Cristine! I read somewhere that an Octopus Card remains active 1,000 days after date it was last topped up or reloaded. After this time it can be reactivated at any MTR station customer service centre — so yes, you can definitely use that card again. Just present it to an MTR related kiosk. Enjoy your trip!

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  83. What a great Article this is. Amazing pictures and videos and detailed information. Great Job Aileen.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :D

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  84. I've been searching for Itinerary in Hong Kong for a couple of days. Thank God you created this post!

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    1. YAY! I'm happy to hear that, Roneth! Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip!

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  85. This is a great itinerary, very nice to have such a detailed tour. I agree with everything you suggested. We tried to visit Macaus during our time in Hong King BUT there was A typhoon, will have to revisit.

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    1. Thanks Brenda! Hope indeed you get to visit that place too. :)

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  86. You've written a wonderful itinerary Aileen! I haven't been to Hong Kong. Day two sounds like my kind of day with the heritage trail and visiting the temples. The reason I travel is to experience the culture.

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    1. Awesome to hear! We've all got our reasons for traveling and I think what just really matters is that we traveled :D hope you get to see HK soon!

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  87. I would TOTALLY have Disney on my Hong Kong travel list! I have an annual pass to the Florida Disney World, and I have friends who have a bucket list goal of going to EVERY other Disney park across the world. France, Japan, etc. I would love to see some of the temples as well. These photos are beautiful!

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  88. Love this fabulous detailed itinerary. I spent 5 days in HK my first visit which I found to be a good length of time. BUT I was so jet lagged that I ended up skipping about half the attractions. Next time I'll plan time for being jet lagged!

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    1. Oh yes indeed, I think for long haul flights, more than 5 days might be needed ;)

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  89. I just returned from Hong Kong and it is already one my favorite places. I had been to HK and Macau last year too. There is still a lot I have to do and see. Maybe later :)

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    1. I hope then that this guide help bring you new ideas for next time! ;)

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  90. I love hong kong so much - you gave me good memories back from my visit! My only regret is not going to Disneyland!

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    1. Then I guess it's time to book another trip soon ;) haha!

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  91. What a great vacation idea. I am goign to add this to our vacation/travel wish list. My coworker went to Hong Kong last year and he LOVED it. I love this itinerary, great way to see and experience so many different things.

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  92. Great guide! Having lived in Hong Kong last year, I simply cannot recommend enough that you take the chance to go and hike while in Hong Kong. This is the perfect way to get away from the hoards of tourist and experience an entirely different side of Hong Kong, which most people don't see when visiting the territory (:

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    1. I totally agree! That's also why I made it a point to include hiking on my guide here; there's really more to HK than its cityscape. :D

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  93. Disney sounds right up my alley. I would love to see how same and yet different it is to the ones in California and Florida. This is a great comprehensive run down of it all. I will have to keep this in mind whenever I get that way.

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  94. Wow, that looks like the trip of a lifetime. As a person obsessed with Disney parks, Hong Kong is definitely on my list of places to go. The only issue is the cost of getting there from the US with my family of 5. I hope to make the trip when my kids are older and able to tolerate such a long plane ride. So much history and culture there!

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    1. Oh indeed, I can imagine how long of a flight that would be! Hopefully you can make it a stopover if let's say you make a big Southeast Asia trip. :D

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  95. What a great guide. Very thorough. I haven't visited Hong Kong so I will bookmark it. I love the Skyline. and I would definitely climb at the observation deck. I love to see everything from above.

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    1. Panoramic views from high up are always cool indeed; but I tend to be a scaredy-cat though haha!

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  96. This is perfect! I've been thinking more and more about visiting HK recently and I'd planned about 5 days! It's good to know that the various regions are easily linked with public transport and that there are a range of accommodation options to suit any budget. I'd been keen on seeing the harbor both in daylight and at night too and think it would be a great way to start a HK holiday.

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    1. I'm glad you find this guide great, Vicki! :D I dearly hope you get to visit soon, HK can be quite a sight!

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  97. Great article you have here, Aileen. This is a good info for us since we'll be planning to go this coming December. Any tips on how we could use our Google Maps there? Is there a need on switching mobile networks and top-up the sim for us to use the application? Also a follow-up question, how was the weather in HK? Is it too cold?

    Thanks÷

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    1. Thanks James! Regarding using Google Maps (best to download the app for it on your phone), it needs WiFi connection, so you can either set your sim card to use data and connect to the internet — however, I rather recommend that you buy a pocket WiFi instead since it's cheaper. I recommend this one: https://iamaileen.com/travel-essential-tep-wireless-pocket-wifi-review/ Otherwise, Google Maps can still work offline BUT when you change anything and it needs to reload again, it won't work anymore and it would demand that you get reconnected to WiFi.

      As for the weather, I went there last August actually and it was around 26-30 degrees everyday. In December however, it should be dry but with colder days around 15 to 20 degrees. Enjoy your trip!

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  98. Great itinerary, Aileen! My husband is a Hong Konger, so I've been there a lot. One thing we really enjoy doing is having drinks after dark at the Sheraton Sky Lounge, corner of Salisbury and Nathan Roads. You'll have a beautiful view of Victoria Harbor, with boats on the water and lights across the harbor. On busy weekend nights there is a minimum charge, so you'll have to order a snack as well as a drink, but I think it's totally worth it.

    Thanks for mentioning the great hiking in Hong Kong! That's really a great part of the city.

    Keep it up!

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    1. Thank you so much Yvonne for your kind words — and for sharing what you and your husband have found to be a great experience there in Hong Kong. :D I will definitely try that when I go back there.

      And for sure, it seems like lots of people don't know this gem of an activity in Hong Kong — there really are far too many green spots where one can do hiking :D

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