HK-Macau 4D/4N itinerary in less than 10kphp :)

International travel and all its expenses discouraged even the most enthusiastic wanderlust. But with some research and preparation ahead of time, expenses could easily be cut down without depriving yourself too much. Here’s my 4D/4N itinerary in HK-Macau (yes, including Disneyland) within a meager 10,000php budget J

On summary, this is the inclusion of this itinerary/budget article.

✔️ Accomodation
✔️ Food
✔️ Attractions/Tour:

  • DisneyLand
  •  NgongPing Village (via crystal cabin cable car, Big Buddha, Tai-o village, Po Lin Monastery, Wisdom Path)
  •  The Peak – sky terrace
  •  Nathan Golden Mile (walking tour)
  •  Night markets 🙂
  •  Macau (Hotels/casino, Taipa village, Senado Square, Macau cathedral, St Paul ruins)

Detailed itinerary and expenses below:

✜ Day 1: (More of night 1 since we arrived in the evening :p ) 
‌• Arrive at Hongkong.
‌• Take city bus #21 to Mongkok (23 HKD)
‌• Check in at Sincere house, Mongkok
‌• beauty rest/sleep :p

***Note: I prefer this kind of setup because it will give you fresh energy in the morning to start on your itinerary. Although it will cost you one more night of accommodation expense 🙁 (You can tweak it anyway and book for the next day)***

Busy HK street at night

✜ Day 2 

Off to explore Ngong Ping village via hanging cable cars. Marvel the beauty of the giant Buddha and what the village in the mountain has to offer. At night, witness the symphony of lights and bargain through the night market.

• From mongkok station to Tung Chung station
• City gate outlet at Tung Chung (because we have purchased tickets in afternoon, we opt to visit this outlet first. Its the biggest outlet mall in HK and if you’re fan of certain quality brands, you’ll love it here <3 <3 <3 )
• Ride cable car (we purchased crystal cabin – which is a grand experience in itself!!!!) to Ngong Ping
• Ngong Ping Village attractions:
✔️ Tai o village (fisherman village) – take bus #21 (25 mins)
✔️Go back to Ngong Ping via same bus
✔️Big Buddha
✔️ Po Lin Monastery
✔️ Wisdom Path (follow signs around Po Lin monastery and about 15 mins walk away
***NOTE: Nong Ping hours is only until 6:30pm. Cable car ride is 25 minute scenic ride***
• Ride cable car back to Tung Chung
• MTR from tung chung to tsim sha tsui
• Symphony of lights at 8pm (near tsim sha tsui station)
• MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mongkok
• ladies market
• Night market at temple street
• Bought souvenirs 🙂
• sleep 🙂

Temple Street Night market – good bargain everywhere!
one of the many street-eats in Hongkong 🙂

✜ Day 3
• Disney!!! <3 <3 <3
***NOTE: Will be posting a separate itinerary on how to maximize your 1 day ticket and experience all of their rides/attractions! We were here from rope drop (9:30am) to closing at about 10pm after the fireworks display. Make sure you have strong pair of legs though as we tallied 17k+ steps on roaming around Disney for a day 🙂

The cutest Meet and greet
Happiest place 🙂
Disneyland Entrance at rope drop around 9:30am

✜Day 4

On the fourth day, walk with the locals and experience HK city life with a walk through the Nathan Road (golden mile), then watch the city lights up at night at one of the best viewing deck – The Peak.

The Peak sky terrace – just before sun sets

• Nathan Road Golden Mile
We stayed in Mongkok so I’m starting from south to North. Here are some key points along the road:

✔️ Yau Ma Tei Station – (nothing much to see here – recommend to start your walk from Jordan station going north. or if you’re from Tsim Sha Tsui area, end your walk on Jordan station)

✔️ Jordan Station
✔️ St. Andrew’s Church
✔️ Miramar Shopping Centre
✔️ The Mira Hong Kong
✔️ The ONE
✔️ Park Lane Shopper’s Boulevard
✔️ Kowloon Park(aviary and bird pond)
✔️ Tsim Sha Tsui
✔️ Chungking Mansions
✔️ The Peninsula Hotel
✔️ Clock tower
✔️ The Museum of Art – (free on wed, 10hkd )
✔️ the Space Museum – 24hkd, 10hkd(at the head of Nathan Road)
Other attractions walking distance arund Tsim sha tsui:
✔️ Honkong museum of history 20hkd
✔️ Hongkong scince museum 20hkd, free on wed
❌Avenue of stars.. still close for renovation 🙁 🙁 🙁

Clock Tower

***NOTE: Life in HK began at around 10-11am. Start your walking tour around or later that time or else you’ll see nothing more than closed stores/shops which are attractions in itself in HK.***

Hk Lights up at night

✔️The PEAK.
Go to any tsim sha tsui station entrance scattered around Tsim sha tsui area. Get in the train bound to Central. Alight at central.
From here, you have few options,

  1. follow underground signs to Hongkong station and exit via exit F to IFC mall. Look for the green mini bus #1 (yes, they’re literally colored green) – 10.2HKD
  2. We happen to miss our planned exit(option 1), and end up in Statue Square. From there, we luckily heard Filipinos talking who help us walked (yes, they accompany us on the 10 min walk) to the double decker bus #15. If you ended up in the same place, just google where this bus station is as I can’t remember the direction well :p(fare is 9.8HKD)
  3. Peak Tram (fastest way at 45HKD roundtrip)
    Most advertisement will say that peak tram is a must because its an experience in itself.. well, ride the double decker bus, sit on the upper deck.. and that’s another experience as well. :oNot recommended for those with frail heart though.. (Bus drivers in HK drive really fast – no exceptions even if its uphill :p)
  • The peak – sky terrace admission fee = 50USD
    ***NOTE: Stay here until 8:00 so you can see HK lights up at night***
  • Ride green minibus #1 – (this time we found it!) back to Central station.
    • MTR to Mongkok
    • Dinner on one dimsum – you have to wait in line for about 30 mins on a weekday. ganun karaming tao… But it’s quite good and the price are all reasonable. 75HKD for 2
    • Rest

✜ Day 5 Macau

Indulge in a little history tour on the Taipa village of Macau as well as enjoy the luxuries the hotel/casinos has to offer.

Comfy ferry ride to Macau

• Ferry from HK to Macau
• Free shuttle from ferry station to Venetian
• Free luggage service at the Venetian hotel (10MOP if not booked)
• Free shuttle to Wynn hotel (12-15 mins walk to Senado Square)
✔️Senado Square
✔️macau cathedral
✔️st paul ruins

  • Form Senado square walk to Wynn Palace (12-15 mins)
    • Free shuttle from Wynn Palace to Taipa city
    • Taipa Village
    ✔️carmo hall
    ✔️carmo church
    ✔️taipa museum
    ✔️Kun Iam temple
    ✔️Pak Kai temple
  • Free shuttle from Taipa to Wynn Palace
    • Roam around Wynn Hotel/Casino (play if you like :p)
    • Free shuttle from Wynn to Galaxy
    • Before heading to venetian, you can walk around first (or shuttle) to its nearby hotels/casino
    ✔️City of dreams
    ✔️Hard Rock Hotel
    • Back to Venetian
    • Venetian Grand Canal
    • Venetian has inddor connecting tunnels to Four Seasons and The Parisian
    • Get luggage and take free shuttle from Venetian or Parisian to Macau airport
    • Macau airport >> back home :):):)

***Macau is an expensive place, but can also be free  :p

General expenses
• Accomodation – 338HKD (via airbnb – Mongkok area (tatlong tumbling lang from Mongkok MTR station 🙂 ))
• Transportation – approx 150HKD (all land transportation – MTR, bus etc)
• Food – 200HKD (Note: Can be very subjective, We’re light eaters and prefer brunch and dinner only with tons of snacks in between 😂. Decent meals in HK ranges from 30-40HKD per pax. We also bring cup noodles and snacks which are very helpful especially on nights we’re too exhausted to hunt for food stall/resto outside 😂)

Day1 (arrival)
-cable car to Ngong Ping (1 crystal cabin + 1 standard cabin) – 150HKD (promo from, link included below)
-souvenirs (not included)

-Disney – 510HKD (approx 3300php) – purchased at Klook with promo code

Day 4
Golden mile walking tour – free
souvenirs – not included (case to case basis)
The peak -Sky terrace admission fee – 50HKD

Day 5
Macau ferry – 110HKD (Cotai jet) – purchased promo ticket. See link below

Total: 1508HKD using *BPI conversion at 6.3php
= 9500.4 in php

❤Tip: Call 2-4 weeks before on your bank (I think BPI si the best choice so far) to arrange currency exchange. Bank excahnge rates are lower than money changers. Average money changer sells HKD st 6.6 – 7php
so your 1508HKD could easily be 10556php at 7php exchange rate. Don’t exchange in airports! That’s even a bigger rip off!

Go on weekdays, prices increase on weekends.

Helpful Links:

Another option for budget travelers would be the iventure card. Which is a good card (if you’re really interested on the included attractions)

Good vibes and happy travel 🙂 🙂 🙂

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