Hong Kong 3 Days Budget Tour Itinerary

After weeks of resting my itchy toes, finally it’s time for adventuroj to journey into another adventure again. This time we’ll be on our way to Hong Kong! Thanks to another piso fare from CebPac, for traveling need not be expensive (as a matter of fact we’ve challenged ourselves to be on a 10K-peso budget for this travel. Let’s see in the end if we’ve met this goal).

So to start our adventure, below is a sample itinerary that I’ve made months prior to our travel. Hopefully this will also be of help to you.

DAY 1: June 24 (Sunday)

AM

Arrive in Hong Kong: By Air

Hong Kong International Airport

    • Airport has two main levels, above is the departure level (level 7) and one below is the arrival level (level 5), and yes since we arrive at around 2am, we’ve been able to spend time sleeping here.
    • Buy Octopus Card @Customer Service Center. Cost 150HKD (100HKD Load + 50HKD refundable deposit. You could claim this upon returning your Octopus Card)

    • You could use the Octopus Card to ride MTR and buses. It’s HK$33 to get to Tsim Sha Tsui. –  Take Bus A21 to Kowloon – TST @Mosque Nathan Road – Walk straight ahead to Mirador Mansion

    • The Airbus Station is located near Hall B on the Arrivals Level (Level 5) of Hong Kong International Airport. In 45 – 90 minutes (varies with traffic) you will reach the 13th stop – 82- 84 Nathan Road near Tsim Sha Tsui Station (Exit B1).

  • Check in @ COSMIC GUEST HOUSE – 12/F, BLOCK F1 (Reception), Mirador Mansion, 54-64 Nathan Road
  • Other Recommended Accommodations:
    • There are so many hotels and guesthouses in Hong Kong, ranging from claustrophobic squeezed “sardines” layout to spacious, luxury rooms with harbor views. The difference of course is the price. And if we’re talking about budgets, premium accommodation often does not come into the equation. So here are some of the cheaper options you can consider. Each of them are close to major transport links and shopping venues.
    • Sun Kong Hostel – Causeway Bay (Take Exit E of Causeway Bay MTR OR take A11 airport bus)
    • Dragon Hostel – Mong Kok (Take A21 airport bus and alight at Mong Kok MTR stop)
  • Exchange at Wing Hoi Money Changer – Known to be one of the most reputable money changers in HK

International travelers can save some extra bucks by bookings their flights and hotels using an online travel agency, such as Flightnetwork.com, Agoda.com, Orbitz.com etc. Such agencies offer quite some discounts and often run several deals which can help make some substantial savings.

Lantau Island: 9am-12NN

Ngong Ping 360 located at Lantau Island

How to get there:
  • Tsim Sha Tsui MTR to Tung Chung – to Ngong Ping 360 –
  • Price: 81 HKD (W/ Cable to, Bus return ride)
  • MTR Tung Chung Station Exit B and walk 5 minutes to the Tung Chung Cable Car Terminal.
  • Disembark at the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal to explore Ngong Ping Village.
 Where to go around Ngong Ping 360:
  • Walking w/ Buddha $4.60
  • Monkey’s Tale Theater $4.60
  • Ngong Ping Tea House
  • Po Lin Monastery and Giant Buddha – Monastery with interesting architecture – open daily 9am-6pm. The world’s tallest outdoor, seated bronze Giant Buddha – open daily 10am-6pm (last admission at 5:30pm).

Lunch
  • Vegetarian lunch at Po Lin Monastery.

PM

  • MTR Tung Chung to Lai King ; Exchange to Central – St John’s

Hong Kong Island

St John’s Cathedral -2PM Filipino Mass 

  • MTR, Central Station, Exit K which leads you to HK & Shanghai Bank HQ. Cross the HSBC building through the open Ground Floor to Queens Road Central; Cross Queens Road Central at the traffic lights to the Cheung Kong Center; Go up the escalator, then the stairs to the Cathedral.

***After the mass we proceeded to Asia Word Expo to witness Jason Mraz’s Concert. However for the purpose of the stated itinerary here, it would be an alternative to proceed to The Victoria Peak after the mass.

St John’s Cathedral to The Victoria Peak Terminus

  • MTR Central exit B… makikita mo yung LV na store…. Go towards it, tawid ka so nandun ka mismo sa LV na corner diba… walk along Des Voeux Road…. If you are facing LV pakanan siya… at the first corner turn left…. derederecho lang kahit may makita na panibago street… until you see the HSBC building sa left side mo…. now look on your right side… yan na yung way pataas papunta sa church… dito yung church …pag paalis na kayo ng church sa right kayo mag exit… kapag nakita nyo na yung street, turn right… pag nakita nyo na yung cascading water…. you are there na sa LOWER PEAK TERMINUS….

Other options in getting to The Victoria Peak Terminus:

  • Mini-bus no.1: City Hall, Central to The Peak ; Daily : 6:30am – 12:00am (from Central ; Fare : HK$8.00 v.v.
  • Double Decker Ride Bus 15C: 10:30PM -From Central Ferry Pier 8 to Peak Terminus ; 10:00 am to 11:40 pm ; HK$4.20

The Peak Tram

  1. From Lower Peak tram Terminus Garden Road in Central
  2. Bus 6X or 66 from Stanley Plaza. Alight at Cheung Kong Center in Central. Walk to the Lower Peak Tram Terminus on Garden Road.
  3. Take the Peak Tram up to The Peak.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum (10am-10pm)

  • Located inside the the Victoria Peak building.

Other places to explore around Hong Kong Island:

  • Hong Kong Park
  • Mid-Levels Escalator
  • Tsing Ma Bridge

Then take a Star Ferry Ride going back to Tsim Sha Tsui:

  • Star Ferry to TST: 6:30am-11:30pm

DAY 2: June 25 (Monday)

Hong Kong Disneyland: (10am-8pm)

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • MTR Disneyland Resort Station.

Tips Around Hong Kong Disneyland:

  • Hong Kong Disneyland has a FASTPASS programme so don’t need to join the long queue. Just insert your ticket to a Fast Past machine (as shown above) and it will issue you a FASTPASS. Attractions that issue FASTPASS include: Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Space Mountain and Winnie the Pooh. Please take notice of the park’s announcement as FASTPAST may extend to other attractions
  • TRAIN TO FANTASY LAND – take this ride to save time at magandang experience din…
  • Adventure Land – Liki Tikis (statue na nambabasa), Jungle cruise, Festival of the Lion King, Tarzan’s House
  • Fantasy Land – Adventures of Winnie the pooh , photo ops with characters, It’s a small world, Mickey Philharmagic
  • Tomorrow Land – Stitch encounter, Autopia, Astroblaster, Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, Space Mountain
  • Watch the Parade at 3pm
  • Fireworks Show at 8pm

EVENING

Temple Street Night Market @ Yau Ma Tei

  • Hong Kong’s most famous open-air market, a bustling array of stalls selling everything from watches and leatherwear to clothing and souvenirs
  • Apart from great bargains, other attractions include fortune-tellers and occasionally, Cantonese opera singers, as well as alfresco dining.
  • Opens at 2pm but really comes to life at dusk, closing at midnight

DAY 3: June 26 (Tuesday)

Nan Lian Garden (7am-9pm) & Chi Lin Nunnery  -7AM-8:30PM

  • Yau Ma Tei MTR – Green Diamond Hill. The station’s exit is just in front of Hollywood Plaza.

Kowloon Walled City Park ; 6:30am – 11pm – 8:30PM-10AM

  • From MTR Lok Fu Station Exit B to the entrance on Tung Tau Tsuen Road. Bus 1 from the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry bus terminus and alight at Tung Tau Tsuen Road (opposite the park).

Dialogue in the Dark: 11PM; BEFORE 10:30AM

  • Rated as Top #1 Must Do in Hong Kong by Trip Advisor.com. Truly a remarkable experience I should say.
  • MTR to Mei Foo station – Exit C1. then cross the street and turn right. Walk 50 meters and take your next left. Along the road you will see the public library on your right, and you will pass a swimming pool on your left. Pass underneath the bridge, and enter the shopping mall via escalators. (2escalators)
  • Address: Shop No. 215, 2/F, The Household Centre, Nob Hill, 8 King Lai Path, Mei Foo, Kowloon . * HK$10-20 in coins.

Pasalubong Buying

  • A Shopper’s Paradise
    • Explore Harbour City, Hong Kong’s largest shopping mall with hundreds of local and international stores, most open until 9pm
    • Head to Nathan Road’s famous Golden Mile that bustles with shoppers day and night. It’s renowned for its colourful neon-lit shops, restaurants and nightspots. Most shops stay open until 10pm
    • Take in the factory outlets along Granville Road, a must for bargain shoppers.
  • Open Air Markets
    • Visit the Yau Ma Tei / Mongkok, the heart of Kowloon and discover the bustling excitement of urban Chinese lifestyle.
    • The neighbourhoods of Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok are ideal for finding great value on souvenirs and electronic goods
    • Find bargain-priced trendy fashion and casual wear on Fa Yuen Street. Stores are open 11am-9:30pm daily.  Be spoilt for choice at Ladies’ Market open noon-11:30pm daily.
    • Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street) ; Electronics Street (Sai Yeung Choi Street) ; Rubber Shoes Street (Fa Yuen Street)
    • Langham Place (Mall) – Shopping District, Alive until Midnight
  • Sham Shui Po
  • TST Night Market
  • Citygate Outlets: 10AM to 10PM ; Harbour City: 10AM to 9PM ; Sogo: 10AM to 10PM
  • Times Square: 10AM to 10PM ; Factory Outlets: Esprit Outlet & Granville Rd

Evening

  • Clock Tower
  • Kowloon Park
  • Avenue of the Stars
  • Harbourfront Show
    • Watch the spectacular A Symphony of Lights, the world’s largest permanent light-and-sound show, held nightly at 8pm.

HOW TO GET THERE: A Symphony of Lights

  • From Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry Pier, walk right to waterfront.

Depart Hong Kong

  • The fastest way to Hong Kong International Airport is to take the Airport Express train.
  • For those in tight budget (like us) you could also take several buses going to the airport, for us since we’re at Tsim Sha Tsui, we took the A21 bus.

Eating Out Tips

Assuming you had a good night sleep or spent late night settling in, you ought to wake up at 8:30am, have shower and have breakfast at 9. Some guest houses offer them, but if they don’t, cheap eats are numerous in the morning. Yoshinoya, KFC, Cafe de Coral, McDonald’s and Maxim’s have mornings-only menu items that cost cheaper than lunch or dinner.

***I’ll be posting next my detailed adventure for each destination. Have a great one!

This 3-day escape to the land of fragrant harbour happened last June 24-26, 2012. Here is a series of posts on our trip to one of Asia’s World Class City, Hong Kong. Discover the places we’ve been to, the people we met, the food we tasted and the experience we gained in this remarkable escapade.
Hong Kong 3 Days Budget Tour Itinerary | Ngong Ping 360 Experience: Cable Car, Walking with Buddha, & Po Lin Monastery | A Hong Kong Disneyland Adventure | Dream Come True: Jason Mraz Live in Hong Kong | Nan Lian Garden & Chi Lin Nunnery | Insightful Dialogue In The Dark Experience
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44 thoughts on “Hong Kong 3 Days Budget Tour Itinerary

  1. I love Hong Kong in fact I have my own Octupus Card from my frequent travels there. That’s a packed but exciting 3 day itinerary you have and yes, it’s cheaper to travel by bus over MTR,

  2. I felt 3-days won’t be enough for me as I do always take as much pictures as I can. ^_^

    Good thing their security didn’t reprimand you from taking pictures at the airport comapred to when taking pictures at NAIA.

    Looking forward to your detailed itinerary soon. ^_^

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  11. Was it raining that time? My family will be having a vacay on June 4-7 2013. June to September are usually rainy months…pls advise.. Thanks.

    • Hi Medz! If I remember it correctly, it rained during our second day, but just a quick one. Not really that long and heavy rain we used to have here. But I should say it’s quite cloudy all throughout the days we’ve been there.. Enjoy your trip! :)

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    This Everest base camp trekking begins with a scenic 35 minute flight to the northwest of Kathmandu and lifts you to Lukla (2780m) where you will meet your porters and set off, through farmland and forest along trails that have been trodden for centuries. Take time to observe local architecture, customs and habits; put aside “foreign ways” and enjoy the pace of life devoid of wheels, rush and time constraints. Let the setting consume you as you mingle with the people and experience their lifestyle, beliefs, skills and warmth. Prayer flags, chortens, mani walls and gompas will testify to the importance of Buddhism in their lives.

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    Our Everest Base Camp trek Nepal is carefully structured to minimize the risks of altitude sickness (AMS) by limiting the length of each day’s walk and the gain in altitude. A rest day at the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar allows for an acclimatization walk to explore Khumjung, the largest Sherpa Village in the region before dropping back “low” for the night. As the EBC trekking trail rises, the villages become smaller, the vegetation and crops change to cope with shorter growing seasons, your pace becomes slower and the scenery more dramatic. A second acclimatization day is required at Dingboche, after which you gradually climb to the last village of Gorak Shep.
    The Mount Everest Trek return journey, whilst quicker as you lose altitude, is no less spectacular and also affords the opportunity to re-observe, re-assess and enrich your experience.
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  13. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is scenically the most spectacular trek we offer in the Annapurna region. The view of the range from Pokhara is the view that will tower above you from the base camp. It follows the course of the Modi Khola up the gorge cut by river from the Annapurna South glacier and leads to a spectacular basin whose walls are formed by the ring of glacial peaks of the main range with the dramatic Machhapuchhare on the right flank.
    This Annapurna Base Camp trekking begins north of the central city of Pokhara which is reached by a 6-7 hour bus ride of a 20 minute flight from Kathmandu. It begins at the village of Nayapul at just 1090m (1½ hours drive from Pokhara) and climbs gradually up the Modi Khola Valley through natural forests of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo. Villages are sited on ridges high above the river where slopes are gentle enough for terraced farming.
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    Outline Itinerary
    Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive
    Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft) 1½ hrs bus 5-6 hrs. trek
    Day 05: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/ 7,249ft) 5-6 hrs.
    Day 06: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
    Day 07: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft) 6-7 hrs.
    Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740 ft) 6-7 hrs.
    Day 09: Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft) 6-7 hrs
    Day 10: Landruk – Phedi and drive to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft) 5-6 hrs trek and 30 minutes drive.
    Day 11: Pokhara – Kathmandu 5-6 hrs drive.
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    Day 12: Departure
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    Our circular 5 days Poon hill trek leads you through the Himalayan foothills on ancient paths linking ridge villages carved by the waters pouring from the glaciers above. Terraced farmland is interspersed with ancient forests of rhododendron, oak, maple, pine and bamboo. The peoples of this region have embraced tourism and always offer a warm welcome, clean accommodation and a variety of tasty dishes to satisfy both local and ‘foreign’ palates.
    From Kathmandu, a 25m flight or a 6-7 hour bus ride takes you to Pokhara, a thriving commercial and industrial centre with a wide range of hotels and enticing shops. A short drive through the foothills takes you to the start of the trek at 1070m. Two fairly easy days of trekking lead to the large village of Ghorepani. An early morning climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3210m) should be rewarded by a magnificent sunrise highlighting the peaks to the north.
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    Two more days of walking, with plenty of chances to admire the mountains from different vantage points, lead to the second large village of Ghandruk. The route on the final day follows the major Modi Khola that carries melt water from the ring of peaks in the Annapurna Sanctuary that eventually pour into the Ganges River in India.
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  15. Lucky to have found your blog here Roj! Parang template sa booked trip to HK ng family namin, June 9 to 11, 2013! Magandang reference ito. I’ll be reading your itinerary from time to time para makabisa. Thank you very much!

  16. thank you much for coming up with this! a big help! been to HK several times, but not with family, that’s why i’m currently planning our itinerary… of course, top consideration is the budget! that’s why i am very thankful you laid it here! good job! i’ll be your subscriber from now on… God bless you always!

  17. Hi, I would like to ask regarding the Ticket for Ngong Ping, is that really in US Dollars? or just a typo error and should be HKD?

  18. This is a great post! We’re also going to HK this year and what you’ve written here is very helpful in planning our trip. Thank you!

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