Traveling to Hong Kong soon? Read our comprehensive Hong KongTravel Guide so you can maximize your time and get the most out of your Hong Kong Trip!
HOW TO GET TO HONG KONG?
Hong Kong is one of the most popular destinations for Filipino travelers. Daily flights are offered by AirAsia, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air. You can catch cheap flights to Hong Kong for as low as ₱888 per way via Cebu Pacific. Make sure to be in the loop of the latest seat sales and travel deals. Don’t get left behind, master how to book piso & airline promo fares.
IS VISA NEEDED?
Philippine passport holders going to Hong Kong for travel within 14 days DO NOT NEED to apply for visas.
HOW TO GO AROUND HONG KONG?
Use the MTR, it’s the best and easiest way to get around HK. It will take you to almost anywhere you want to go.
WHERE TO STAY IN HONG KONG?
Book an accommodation that is walking distance to an MTR station and preferably along the path of the airport bus (Cityflyer). The most popular HK district is Tsim Sha Tsui, best to book your accommodation in this area. Hotels in Yau Ma Tei, Jordan and Mongkok are also fine as long as you choose a hotel near the MTR station.
HONG KONG BEST ATTRACTIONS
Below are Hong Kong’s best attractions to visit.
Hong Kong Disneyland
Meet your favorite Disney characters and embark on a magical adventure at Hong Kong Disneyland! From Disney Parks’ first Marvel-themed ride, the all-new ‘Iron Man Experience’ to ‘Star Wars: Tomorrowland Takeover’, immerse yourself in unforgettable experiences at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s never too late to revive the kid in you.
TRAVEL TIP: Do NOT miss the fireworks display in Disneyland. It’s the best attraction of the theme park.
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Ocean Park Hong Kong
Second to Hong Kong Disneyland as the most visited attraction in Hong Kong is the Ocean Park. It boasts a spectacular natural scenery, a diverse zoo that includes pandas and dolphins, an aquarium with sharks and rays, and of course the electrifying roller coasters and carnival games! It’s a place that a whole family can enjoy!
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The Peak Hong Kong
Victoria Peak is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. It is the best place to view the towering Hong Kong skyline. On the peak, you will feast your eyes on a sea of skyscrapers and the city’s beautiful blue waterways. At night, you can enjoy the beautiful night view of Hong Kong — a dazzling galaxy of light.
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Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Meet all of your favorite celebrities and take wacky photos with them at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. It has 100 incredibly lifelike wax figures and 11 interactive zones.
Ngong Ping 360
The cable car ride on Ngong Ping 360 offers an astonishing bird’s eye view of Lantau Island’s sea and mountainside. It is the ideal way to exploring Lantau Island. While on the Ngong Ping Village, you can also visit the Big Buddha.
Hong Kong Star Ferry
The Star Ferry is a must when you come to Hong Kong. It’s the classic water transportation in Hong Kong. Take the Star Ferry across the water from Hong Kong to Kowloon, especially at night when you get to see the Symphony of Lights show.
Hong Kong Ding Ding Tram
A Ding Ding tram ride is a cheap and enjoyable way to experience the color and atmosphere of Hong Kong’s backstreet life. It stops at all the right places and goes slowly enough so that tourists can see the sights along the streets and can get close-up photos from the top of the boxcars. A very classic way to exploring Hong Kong.
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade runs along the tip of Kowloon’s waterfront. It is one of the best places to see the beautiful views of the Hong Kong skyline and bustling Victoria Harbour. Stroll along the waterfront and just relax in here after a long day of exploring Hong Kong.
WHERE TO BUY PASALUBONG IN HONG KONG?
For chocolates, the most affordable ones can be availed at PRIZEMART stores. These are like mini-groceries that sells quality goods.
For the usual souvenirs like key chains ref magnets and shirts, go to HK night markets. Mongkok Ladies Market and Temples St night market are two of the most popular night markets.
Hong Kong Ladies Market
Hong Kong street markets are worth a visit. With over 100 stalls of bargain clothing, accessories and souvenirs, the Ladies’ Market on Tung Choi Street Mongkok provide a one-kilometre stretch of a unique shopping experience. Up your shopping and haggling skills there.
SHOPPING TIP: Make sure to haggle 50% upfront. Sellers will try to overprice tourists so learn to haggle hard.
Temple Street Night Market
An alternative to Ladies’ Market for shopping experience is the Temple Street. It is one of the best markets with a great local atmosphere. Street singers and fortune tellers are also present which makes the market more colorful.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO HONG KONG?
The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December when the weather is sunny, cool, and pleasant.
HOW TO STAY CONNECTED IN HONG KONG?
Stay connected to your friends and family online using a portable pocket wifi or sim card at a discounted price!
Enjoy unlimited 3G data use with a prepaid HK SIM Card or a 3G pocket WIFI at an affordable price. The device or sim card can be picked up at Hong Kong International Airport upon arrival.
SAMPLE HONG KONG ITINERARY
This is a sample of 4 Days 3 Nights itinerary.
Day 1: NGONG PING 360 + THE PEAK
07:10 AM: Departure via Cebu Pacific
09:25 AM: Arrival HK International Airport
10:15 AM: Take the Airport Bus (A21) or Taxi to your accommodation
11:00 AM: Check-in, settle down and have lunch (Exchange currency around your area)
12:00 PM: Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car+ Village + Giant Buddha
04:00 PM: Take the MTR to Central and visit The Peak
07:00 PM: Head to the Central Star Ferry Terminal and STAR ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui
07:30 PM: Visit the Avenue of Stars or Watch the Symphony of Lights
Day 2: HK DISNEYLAND WHOLE DAY + NIGHT MARKET
08:00 AM: Breakfast
10:00 AM: Visit Hong Kong Disneyland
08:00 PM: Disneyland Fireworks Show (stay until Disneyland Fireworks Show this is the best attraction, must not miss)
09:30 PM: Go to Ladies’ Market (Mong Kok) or Temple Street Night Market to buy souvenirs etc
Day 3: OCEAN PARK OR MACAU
One whole day for Ocean Park OR go to MACAU for a day trip.
Day 4: FREE TIME & DEPARTURE
More pasalubong shopping in the morning or just stroll around.
Rest and get ready for departure.
- Don’t be in a rush. You don’t need to visit all attractions at the same time, else you’ll get exhausted. Plan your itinerary ahead of time so you can fully enjoy the trip. Reserve some activities for your next Hong Kong trip.
- Disneyland, Ocean Park, and Macau all need one whole day EACH to fully enjoy them. You don’t need to visit Disneyland and Ocean Park on a single trip, just choose one. Then allot the other days for shopping or visiting other interesting places.
- Wear comfortable footwear. There would be a lot of walking during tours & shopping.
- Make sure to grab a free map of Hong Kong in the HK International Airport upon arrival!
There are lots of awesome things that you can do in Hong Kong. Either you’re on a budget or a luxe vacation, you’ll definitely enjoy Hong Kong. Take a week to explore Hong Kong and you’ll surely go back home with wonderful and memorable experience. Enjoy Hong Kong!