Friday, January 1, 2016

Hong Kong and Macau - 4 Days and 3 Nights Itinerary

Hong Kong is definitely the number 1 tourist destination for Filipinos given its proximity, convenience to travel (no visa needed and cheap airfare), and all its tourist spots such as shopping areas and Disney Land. It's a complete get away for couples, families, or the 'barkadas'. 

Hong Kong though is a very small country similar to Taiwan, so you don't need to stay for a long time and 3 or 4 days will be sufficient depending on your itinerary. It will depend on whether you want to visit all the tourist spots such as Ocean Park or Disney Land (which will require 1 full day) or if you want to go to Macau which will again require at least a day.

An ideal trip would look like 1 week visiting all these places and spending overnight in Macau. But this will really be costly. So my recommendation is a 3-4 day itinerary in Hong Kong which will be sufficient.

Here's our itinerary (4 Days and 3 Night):

For Hong Kong:
- You can skip Mongkok Ladies Market and Temple Street Night Market. You won't miss out on anything unless you want to buy a lot of gifts or 'pasalubongs' that are cheap.
- You can also skip City Gate Outlet given the outlet is extremely small and sells old stuff. Lan Kwai Fong is also an expat place where you can find a lot of bars and pubs. You can skip this if you don't plan to drink at night.
- Causeway Bay is definitely a must visit place for its shopping and food (e.g. Delicious Kitchen or Ichiran) and would definitely recommend Tsim Sha Tsui to visit Avenue of the Stars at night.

For Macau:
- 1 Day is sufficient! All the hotels are next to each other and you can ride the free shuttle bus to hop in and out. All these provide unique experiences so good to visit each one. But you'll most likely spend at most 30 mins in each hotel unless you want to start gambling in any of the casinos. Research on free shows that each hotel offers so you can visit them based on these schedule.
- I highly recommend to watch House of Dancing Waters in City of Dreams!

Revised itinerary that I'll recommend for first time travelers: 
The revised itinerary contains well known tourist spots such as Victoria Peak, Ngong pin, and Ocean Park or Disney Land. All these are frequently visited and may be good to experience if you've not gone to these before or if you've not experienced similar sights before (e.g. Riding Cable Cars or going to Disney Land in another country). 

Summary:
Hong Kong and Macau can be visited within 3-4 days. This is already a relaxed itinerary where we had enough time at each location. However, make sure you tailor fit to what you and your companions want to do as each itinerary will look very different! If you love to shop, then go to the night markets and shopping areas vs. the more touristy places. If you're bringing your kids or you're kid at heart, then go to the amusement parks.

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5 comments:

  1. I certainly agree to some points that you have discussed on this post. I appreciate that you have shared some reliable tips on this review.

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  2. May I ask if where did you stay during your HK trip? We're about to visit HK on December and we still haven't decided on where to stay. :(

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  3. Hi. I'll be going to HK Macau this November. I booked thru Airbnb. The accomodations are very cheap. Hope this helps. :)

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  4. Hi! Ive tried reading your blog and found it really helpful since ill be trvelling with my parents...could you recommend a cheap house for 7pax in macau thru airbnb? Thank you.

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