DIY Hongkong & Macau Trip 2019 👣 25k Budget 💰

DIY Hongkong & Macau Trip 2019 👣 25k Budget 💰

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I got my round trip tickets from Cebu Pacific! Remember during special holidays there’s always a seat sale so that’s the best time  to book at 12 mn. My Cebu - Hongkong fare is 272 php and Hongkong to Cebu is 277 hkd that’s 1850 pesos. More or less my rt fare is 2200 pesos.

I paid an additional 1620 php for the travel tax and another 850 php for the terminal fee at the airport.

Tip: Just exchange 1000 pesos at the airport because the exchange rate is really bad. Exchange the rest when you arrive in HK.

Immigration tips: if you’re employed bring the ff: Leave of Absences; Certificate of Employment; Round trip tickets & Confirmed Hotel Bookings in HK/Macau.

Hotel/Hostel: I always booked in advance using AGODA. Find the cheapest for your travel dates. I recommend you choose Ashoka Delta located at 16th floor in Chungking Mansion. Easy access to MTR station. Room rates starts at 750 - 850 php per head per night.
Direct Contact using whatsapp or viber: +852 6801 2325 Gurdev Singh David

What to expect: Rooms are really small. Small!!! including the space, beds and comfort room but as long as it’s safe, clean, and has a hot shower you’re good. All hotel rooms in HK are typically small because they don’t have enough space especially those located in the city proper.

Food: Not really a fan of their food but just budget 25 - 30 hkd per meal if you want to stick into my budget. You can find Jollibee, KFC, Pizza Hut and Mcdonalds near Chungking Mansion so no worries.

So when you get into the Airport first thing is buy the 4G sim I got it for 80 hkd unlimited data for 7 days and calls. You need data for googling places and instructions in case you get lost. Yes, there’s a lot of public wifi but if you’re like me who’s really dependent on the internet and wants to update social media from time to time then get it! Make sure your phone is Factory Unlocked not postpaid.

Buy the Octopus Card in Klook for Airport Pickup load 300 hkd for hassle free transactions in MTR and Buses. Plus you’ll get discounts. You can use it for transportation and buying stuff.

Ask some of the Airport Staff where’s the bus station. Then buy the ticket 🎫 just say A21 Bus going to Tsim Sha Tsui that’s 15hkd one way. Drop off to the 14th stop and just walk straight, on your left you’ll find Chunking Mansion next to Holiday Inn.

Day 1
Since I got an early flight 6:10 am we arrived in HK at 10 am so make the most of it.

Study the MTR carefully because you need to interchange trains to get to the ff destinations. When buying the tickets just tell the customer service representative of your last destination or use your octopus preloaded card.
*Tsim Sha Tsui is in the red rail*

📍Montane Mansion & Oceanic Mansion
Address: King's Road, Quarry Bay, HK

How to get there:
Take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty interchange train to the blue rail going to Quarry Bay Station. Take exit A. Walk to your right for around 3-5 minutes along King’s Road towards Tai Ko. Take note of the road on your right leading to Mt. Parker. After walking pass the junction to Mount Parker, you will reach the entrance to Montane Mansion and Oceanic Mansion. Go inside and you will see the courtyard. Use google maps for additional help on directions.

Address: 5 Chi Lin Dr, Diamond Hill, Kowloon
Opening Hours: 9am - 4:30 pm

How to get there:
Take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Prince Edward interchange to green rail going to Diamond Hill. Take Exit C2. Go around the Plaza Holywood Shopping Center and walk for about 5 minutes along Fung Tak Road until you reach a pedestrian bridge. Chi Lin Nunnery is on your left side. Go up and cross the pedestrian bridge to get to the Chi Lin Nunnery.

Address: Right across Chi Lin Nunnery 
Opening Hours: 7 am - 9 pm

Day 2
📍Hongkong Disneyland
Opening Hours: 10 am - 9 pm

Note: Bring umbrella or raincoat in case it rains. Small Umbrella in Disneyland costs 179 hkd and an adult Raincoat is 70 hkd. If you’re travelling during winter, spring and rainy season then just be ready. Don’t make the same mistake like we did 😅

How to get there:
Take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lai King interchange to yellow rail going to Sunny Bay then interchange to pink rail direct to Disneyland. 

NOTE: Book your tickets ahead using Klook you’ll save up to 500 php! I got mine for 3700 php 1 day pass. 🎫 
Walk in rates:
1 day pass: 619 hkd ( adult ) 458 hkd ( child ages 3-11 )
2 days pass: 799 hkd ( adult ) 589 hkd ( child )
Take the MTR at 9 am so 1 day tour for Disneyland will be enough. Trust me it’s huge! Wear comfy shoes!

Day 3
📍 Ocean Park
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6pm

How to get there:
Take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Admiralty interchange to yellow green rail direct to Ocean Park.

Note: Book it again on klook I got mine for 2600 php 1 day pass 🎫 be sure to get your free food and milktea at Old Hongkong Street.

Walk in price:
480 hkd 1 day pass ( adult )

Day 4
📍 Tian Tan Buddha
Address: Lantau Island, HK

How to get there:
Take the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui going to Tung Chung Station, and exit at Exit B. The cable car terminal is located just a short walk adjacent to the station. You can choose, if you have the budget go for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car for my 25k php budget I didn’t include the cable car because you can experience it in Ocean Park and Macau.

Walk in price
Round trip:
Standard Cabin 210 hkd ( adult ) 100hkd child
Crystal Cabin 290 hkd ( adult ) 180 hkd child

Single Trip:
Standard Cabin 145 hkd adult 70 hkd child
Crystal Cabin 200 hkd 130 hkd child

Opening Hours: 10 am - 6pm

Or you can ride a bus going to the big buddha for just 18 hkd one way you can see a bus station near the car cable station on the right side. Go there early because there’s a lot of people visiting especially weekends.

📍 Po Lin Monastery and Ngong Ping Village

During your day 4 itinerary it’s not really that tiring so during night time visit Victoria Harbour to watch Symphony of the Lights.

📍 Victoria Harbour

How to get there:
It’s just a walking distance from Chungking Mansion use google map. When you get out from the main entrance of the mansion walk on your left side. Until you reach the Peninsula, Victoria Harbour is accross. The Symphony of Lights starts at 8 pm.

Day 5

📍 Macau 🇲🇴 

Book your round trip tickets 🎫 via Klook. I got mine for 2000 php Turbo Jet.

Walk in fare:
Kowloon - Macau 180 hkd
Macau - Kowloon 200 hkd

How to get to the pier:
You don’t have a choice you need to ride a taxi meter fare starts at 24hkd but it’s not that far it will just cost you 35 hkd. Just say to the driver China Ferry Terminal in Kowloon.

Be there 30 mins before your schedule coz you need to go pass the immigration.

It’s just an hour boat ride.

All transportations in Macau are free if you know what bus to ride to go around. So I suggest you get a tour guide contact Kuya Randy ( he’s a filipino ) +853 6620 7558 he has Whatsapp. You can haggle if you’re in a group. For the two of us it’s just 350 hkd but it’s worth it. You can visit all the tourist spots in Macau in 5-6 hours. Plus free food, water and souvenirs Kuya Randy will take care of you! Plus he’s really good in taking pictures and he really knows how to use iPhone plus he knows the best spot where to pose to get the perfect shot. He has an apartment in Macau for rent too. Just message him!

Here are some examples of his shots 👇

Day 6 ( Free Day )

Peak Tram is included in our itinerary and budget but because of the weather we didn’t push through. If you go there just book it in Klook.

It’s just a walking distance from Chungking Mansion just use google map.

During night time go to Mongkok or Yau Ma Tei to buy souvenirs. It’s really cheap there! Budget for souvenirs is not included in the 25k php budget so bring extra.

Day 7 Going Home

Just ride again A21 bus for 33 hkd just go across the street and stay at the bus stop. Bus stops every 30 minutes and it’s an hour ride.

And that’s it! Enjoy HongKong 🇭🇰 and Macau 🇲🇴 to the fullest! Just no passport stamps tho only exit and entry in Philippines 🇵🇭

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