4-Day Trip to Hong Kong : Itinerary, Guide, Budget and Preparations

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So, my office friends and I decided to escape from crowded Sinulog Festival last week. But of course, my family and I decided to attend mass days before the trip. Every year, we always try to do an out of country trip but since we did not book a good ticket last December, we had it last January - travel to the most expensive destination ever - Hong Kong! In this long-post article, I'll be sharing to you our itinerary, guide, budget and what to prepare before traveling to Hong Kong.




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PREPARATIONS

To be used in the Airport and Immigration
1. Philippines Passport with 6 months validity left before expiration
2. Printed (or not, saved in a smartphone) Round trip Airplane ticket
3. Printed (saved) Hotel Accommodation bookings
4. Printed (saved) Vouchers of your activities such as Peak Tram voucher in Klook or Disneyland voucher in Klook.
5. Printed (saved) Leave Approval - This is actually optional but my friends always make sure to print out our Leave Approval since we are working in the same company and the immigration officers might ask about it.
6. As much as possible, book your tickets or activities using Klook especially the Disneyland, Ngong Ping, Peak Tram, Macau Ferry and many more. See below for the details on what we booked in Klook for this 4-day Trip.



Personal Preparation
1. Travel Adapter - Hong Kong has a different type of power socket, so better secure a travel adapter like the global one. You can get one from Handy Man for just PHP 230.00. Choose the Omni brand coz it will last long.
2. Power Bank - Always bring Power bank because, during your trip to Hong Kong, you will be using your smartphone everytime you search for your itinerary or destinations. Better be prepared.
3. FlytPack Travel Kit - Of course, your traveling internationally and getting an unlimited mobile data and stay connected while in the other country is a must! Try to contact FlytPack for an affordable yet reliable internet source while in Hong Kong. TIP: Use code: FPMarkMonta to get a PHP discount from your total bill. 



BUDGET

Hong Kong is one of the expensive countries in the world. So, for a 4-day trip to Hong Kong and Macau, you might want to prepare a total of PHP 30, 000.00. Here's why?


*** One Philippine Peso is equal to 0.15 HKD
*** You can go to the 2nd floor of Chungkin Mansion to get a Peso to HKD exchange. Take note, 2nd floor and not the ground floor. You can lool for Pacific Exchange or Galaxy Exchange for a better exchange of peso to HK dollar.

ITINERARY and GUIDE


Since it's a 4-day trip, we make sure to make it "Sulit!" It's like, we are overloaded with activities and destinations in these four days. Now, let me guide you with our itinerary in the simplest way.

DAY 1: Victoria Peak with Peak Tram

Night Shot at Victoria Peak
A week before your flight, make sure to book a ticket in Klook entitled "Peak Tram + Sky Pass with Sky Terrace 428 Admission - One Way". Another advantage if you book in Klook is that you don't need to fall in a long line just to ride a Peak Tram going to Victoria Peak. Trust me, it is convenient when you book ahead. Also, it's cheap than the one purchase in the ticket center there.

How to go to Victoria Peak via Peak Tram?

1. From Tsim Sha Tsui, ride MTR going to Central Station
2. From Central Station, follow the sign to Exit J2
3. Once you're outside Central station, grab your smartphone and follow the directions going to Peak Tram building. This is just  8-10 minutes walk.


You won't miss taking a pose with such amazing city background!

What to expect in Victoria Peak?

A beautiful and vast panorama of Hong Kong skyline! Make sure to go there afternoon till evening to get the best Sunset view of the City. And, riding a Peak Tram going to the peak is one for the books! It's like a mini-ride in Disneyland. In addition, you can also buy some "pasalubong" inside their mall.


DAY 2: Whole Day Tour in Disneyland Hong Kong - Check out below video compilation for our Top 10 Best Rides and Attractions in Disneyland Hong Kong! Don't forget to click Subscribe!


DAY 3: Whole Day Tour in Macau, China - a separate article will be written soon.

DAY 4: Ngong Ping and City Tour

Group Shot of Laagans in Ngong Ping Village!
FIRST PART
How to go to Ngong Ping? Note: We need to use Octopus Card for this journey.
1. Ride the MTR station from Tsim Sha Tsui (Tseun Wan Line or the Red Line) and get off at Lai King Interchange.
2. Ride the Tung Chung Line Yellow (Orange Line ) and get off in Tung Chung Station.
3. Exit at Exit B.
4. Once you see the City Gate Outlet Mall, go directly to the left side (facing the City Gate) and you can see entrance going to the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride.
Important Note: Don't forget to book Ngong Ping Ticket via Klook for easier and fast access.

What to expect in Ngong Ping?





1. Cable Car experience - When we book the ticket via Klook, we were attracted to the crystal cabin so we chose the Crystal Cable Car. It did not fail us! Amazing view below our cable car and we saw a 360 view of Lantau Island and some islets in Hong Kong. It was really worth all our HKD pennies!



2. Po Lin Monastery



3. Ngong Ping Village - A lot of stores and restaurants are available inside the village. All corners are instagrammable!

Blogger Pose they say!


4. The Big Buddha - You need to take 268 steps going to Tian Tan, the Big Buddha in Ngong Ping. The view is amazing and you can walk around to witness the bird's eye view of a green Hong Kong - not the huge buildings but the green scenery of the City. Just lovely!




SECOND PART
In the afternoon, we then decided to visit some of the Tourist destinations in Tsim Sha Tsui. This part is the easiest way to navigate. Just make sure you got the Flypack internet and google map, then you will be okay!

1. Salisbury Garden



2. Hong Kong Space Museum




3. Hong Kong Cultural Center



4. Victoria Harbour






5. Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower




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