Hong Kong Travel Travel Guide

4D3N Hong Kong Itinerary Under PHP20,000

4D3N Hong Kong Itinerary - Richel Goes Places

Last Updated: September 10, 2017

For my first international trip with my friends, Hong Kong turned out to be a hit. As promised, I would be sharing with you my 4D3N Hong Kong Itinerary and how we managed to keep it under PHP20,000. This would be a mid-level travel guide – private rooms, private bathrooms, paid attractions, and all that. I would try to be as detailed as I could, and at the bottom of this post, you could get a detailed 4D3N Hong Kong itinerary and cost calculator FOR FREE.


PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

When to Go

Hong Kong has four seasons, namely:

  • Spring – March to mid-May
  • Summer – May to mid-September
  • Autumn – late September to November
  • Winter – December to February

Per different websites, the best time to visit Hong Kong is between October to December. Despite it being winter, it doesn’t snow in Hong Kong. The temperature is also significantly pleasant at those times. Once the New Year is over, it is considered peak season in Hong Kong and hotel rates are higher. Also, be wary of heading to Hong Kong during summer as typhoons and thunderstorms are expected.

We went to Hong Kong last February 20-23, 2016. Temperature was averaging on 13 degrees Celsius and there wasn’t much of a crowd at tourist attractions.

How Long to Stay There

I would say about 3-5 days is enough to cover the majority of the tourist attractions in Hong Kong. It depends on the pace of your travel, though. While at Hong Kong, you can also consider taking a day trip to Macau.

Where to Book Flights

There are several budget airlines flying from Manila to Hong Kong and vice versa. I usually book flights with Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. There are also sites that search the cheapest flights for you like Skyscanner and Farecompare.

  • Subscribe to the airlines’ newsletter to be up-to-date with promos and discounts.
  • Follow the airlines’ social media accounts.
  • Seriously stay up until midnight to be one of the firsts to try their luck trying to book piso fares.

I was the one who booked our flights for this trip. I was up at midnight and was able to score a roundtrip ticket for around PHP2200/HKD328/USD52 with a 20kg baggage that will be shared within the group.

Where to Stay

There are many hotels and hostels available for your picking. I’m personally a fan of booking accommodations through Agoda.com, Booking.com, and AirBNB.com – you get $21 off for signing-up with my link. Below are the following neighborhoods that I think is a good place to stay at when in Hong Kong:

  • Tsim Sha Tsui – This place will give you stunning view of Hong Kong’s skyline with its proximity to Victoria Harbour. You can also have access to Avenue of the Stars and a lot of shopping options. Low-budget hostels are also spread along the place and the location is pretty great with access to ferries and MTRs.
  • Central – Here is where the high-end shopping centers and companies are. Think Makati or BGC. Central is where The Peak is located – one of the top tourist destinations in Hong Kong. If you’re also the partying type, here is the place to stay at.

See also: I have written a review of Cosmic Guest House – a hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui that we stayed at.

How Much Money to Bring

This solely depends on your travel style. We travelled Hong Kong for 4D3N for around HKD2775/PHP18598.50/USD372. You can check out Lonely Planet’s and Budget Your Trip’s site for an overview of how much you are expected to spent when in Hong Kong.

Where to Exchange Currency

The easiest answer to this is: not at the airport – which was mistake #1 of our trip. The rates are the airport will reap you off and you will literally be better off anywhere else. Tip: Bring enough Hong Kong dollars for you to pay to reach the city if you’re not exchanging all your currencies from your home base. Here are top two following places that offer competitive rates:

  • Chungking Mansion/Mirador Mansion – There are plenty of money exchange kiosks here. Make sure to compare each one to get a better rate.
  • Banks  – Banks are the better option if you’ll exchange all your money in one go as they charge a fee of HK$50 per transaction.

Do you need a VISA?

No. If you hold a Philippine passport, you can stay at Hong Kong for 14 days without needing to apply for a VISA. A total of 170 countries’ nationals can enter Hong Kong without a VISA. Check the list here.


ARRIVAL

How to Stay Connected

Free Wi-Fi is located all over Hong Kong – in major tourist attractions, shopping malls, parks, museums, and even MTR stations. But if you want to be connected 24/7, you can use either of the two options below:

  • Sim Card – Directly after immigration, you can see a stall selling sim cards. It costs around HKD80 and you can choose what promo you’ll subscribe to. You can also buy them online.
  • 3G/4G Pocket Wi-Fi – You can book these online for unlimited data during your stay. You can pick them up and drop them off at the airport.

I recommend booking these things online to save you time. It’s also best to do if you’re arriving after midnight as stalls might be close at the airport. You can check out Klook for deals.

Useful Apps/Websites

Here are the apps I used to make travelling Hong Kong easier:

  • Metro Hong Kong Subway – Shows you the complete map of the MTR routes. It’s really helpful especially since it shows you what time the next train is and how much time, money, and transfers it’ll take from Point A to Point B.
  • Google Translate – This will totally save you if you get lost. Not a lot of locals know how to speak English so this will save you time from trying to find one that does.
  • Klook – I’m a sucker for discounts so be sure to check out Klook. Follow them on Facebook as they do flash sales like PHP1 for Disneyland or Buy-1-Take-1 deals.

(The links redirect you to the Apple Store, but I’m sure they have a corresponding Android app for those.)

How to Reach the City

There are three main ways to reach the city from the airport. I recommend the first one since you save a lot of moolah but I’ll let you decide on that.

  • Public Buses – The cheapest option to reach the city. You can look here to see the routes or prices of the fare. We only paid HKD35 to reach our hostel! But the ride was almost an hour long.
  • Airport Express – The airport express takes passengers to Central in around 24 minutes. To reach Hong Kong station, you should pay HKD115.
  • Taxis – This is the most expensive option, as always. Your fare will at least be HKD300.

How to Get Around

Like above, you mostly have the same transportation methods in roaming Hong Kong. It’ll all depend on your preference. Hong Kong boasts of having one of the world’s safest and most efficient transportation system in the world, and I agree.

I strongly recommend getting an Octopus card whether you prefer to ride buses or trains. As soon as you head out of immigration, you can see a stall selling octopus card. They sell them at HKD150 and they will refund you HKD50 once you return it. Octopus card are refundable in 7-Eleven and other places. You can also use your octopus card at convenience stores, fast food shops, supermarkets, vending machines, etc.


ITINERARY

DAY 1

  • 02:20 PM – Arrival in Hong Kong
  • 03:00 PM – Check in the hostel
    • Ride a bus towards city center – cheaper and you get a glimpse of Hong Kong already.
  • 04:45 PM – Head to The Peak
    • Ride a bus towards city center – cheaper and you get a glimpse of Hong Kong already.
    • Be prepared to line up for hours especially if going on a weekend or peak hours.
  • 07:30 PM – The Peak
    • Prices are significantly more expensive here.
    • Optional: Madame Taussauds Hong Kong
    • View HK’s skyline in Sky Terrace 428
  • 11:30 PM – Optional: Lan Kwai Fong
    • Hong Kong’s nightlife. Walking distance after getting down from The Peak.
    • Open until after midnight.

DAY 2

  • 08:00 AM – Head to Tai Sin Temple
    • Take the MTR and walk a few meters to reach the temple.
    • You can have your fortune read or pay respect.
  • 09:45 AM – Head to Hong Kong Ocean Park
    • Take the MTR and a short bus ride to reach Ocean Park.
    • You can buy discounted tickets from hostels, etc. or on Klook.
    • Rides are more extreme compared to Disneyland’s.
    • Tipid tip: You can bring food in Ocean Park!
    • Tip: Get up the cable car as early as you can to avoid long lines and explore the top part of the park first.
  • 06:30 PM – Head to Central
    • Take the MTR and go down at the Central station.
    • Have dinner at one of the local noodle restaurants.
    • Roam the shops and go try the famous Hong Kong egg tarts.
    • Get on the mid-levels escalators – the world’s largest outdoor covered elevator system.

DAY 3

  • 08:00 AM – Head to Zoological and Botanical Garden
    • Take the MTR and take a 10-15 minutes’ walk uphill to reach the garden.
    • It is one of the oldest zoological and botanical centers in the world.
    • There are more than 1000 species of plants in the garden and over 600 birds, 70 mammals, and 40 reptiles housed in here.
  • 11:00 AM – Lunch at Café de Coral
    • Different food selections at an affordable price.
    • My favorite place to eat at in Hong Kong, for now.
  • 12:00 PM – Head to Disneyland
    • Take the Disney MTR to reach the place!
    • Let your inner prince/princess come out. Take note of show and mascot time, and ride whatever you’ll desire.
    • Fireworks start at 08:30 PM.
  • 09:00 PM – Head to Ladies’ Market
    • Take the MTR to Mong Kong
    • Have dinner. I recommend Café de Coral again! Hehe.
    • Shop for knick-knacks and souvenirs.

DAY 4

  • 08:00 AM – Check out from the hostel
  • 09:00 AM – Head to Ngong Ping 360
    • Take the MTR to Tung Chung and leave the baggage at the lockers in Citygate.
  • 10:00 AM – Ngong Ping 360 Crystal Cabin Car Ride
    • Ride takes around 20-25 minutes to late Lantau Island.
    • No need to take the crystal cabin if it’s foggy. You literally won’t see anything.
    • Tour around Lantau Island: Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery, Ngong Ping Plaza
  • 02:00 PM – Head back to Citygate Mall
    • Late lunch at Food Republic.
    • Last minute shopping and bought a box of egg tarts.
  • 04:45 PM – Head to Hong Kong International Airport
    • Take the bus from Citygate bus terminal. Travel takes 10 minutes.
  • 05:00 PM – Reach the airport.
    • End of trip.

I would be attaching my very detailed itinerary on the bottom of this post plus an Excel file that you can play around with so you can see how much the total of the trip would be. 


EXPENSES

DescriptionIn HKDIn PHP (x6.7)
Airfare3302211
Travel Tax2461650
3N Hostel Stay3902613
Over-all Transpo Expenses2001340
Over-all Food Expenses2741840
Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ticket2301541
3-in-1 Peak Ticket2601742
Ocean Park Ticket3452311.50
Disney Land Ticket5003350
TOTAL277518598.50

There you go, folks. There’s a wiggle room in my itinerary and you can make your visit cheaper than how I did it. I admit that we weren’t really eating at the cheapest restaurants during our entire stay and we definitely didn’t need to take a crystal cable car ride to reach Lantau Island. You can play around with your itinerary and expenses to make it fit your travel style more! I can say that it’s worth every peso I spent in this country. If given the chance to come back, I would be visiting other places and change up my itinerary – and I’m so excited to share it to you guys, if ever!


As promised, you can download my itinerary and cost calculator files below. Just give me a like/share to unlock the files.

PS. If you need more help to make your itinerary, I offer to make personalized travel itinerary at an affordable price. You can go through my shop. 🙂

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125 Comments

  • Reply
    jhotel
    November 21, 2017 at 11:19 AM

    Hi richel. your blog is really a big help to me. i have so many queastions. ehe. i hope you can help me. actually wala pako nabobook a tutuluyan namin dahil nag bubudget pa kami. and i found your blog a help. here’s my questions.

    1. mas maganda ba na magbook nalang ako sa klook like the pocket wifi/3g or 4g simcard, octopus card pra pag dating nmn ng hongkong airport wala nang hassle? (sorry first time kasi namin and sakto pa na puro holiday yun like valentines day and chinese new year)

    2. yung bang octopus card sa klook is meron na agad na loadna hk$100 yun? nalilito kasi ako. ehe. and yung 3g/4g sim or pocket wifi nila ilan gb anf include dun?

    3. how much do we need to budget for food since 2pax kami ni bf and 4days and 3nights yung stay namin.

    4. everyday ba ang light show sa hongkong and san location nagaganap un and yung fireworks during chinesenew year.

    5. mas maganda ba if sa klook nalang namin lahat kunin ung mga attractions na plan nmn puntahan namay bayad?

    7. eto last na tlaga ehe. since 4 days kami a hongkong ang flight kasi nmn is arrival namin sa hongkong is 6:20pm. and 9:20pm naman ang alis namin sa hongkogn airport. sa first night namin san mganda pumunta? and kakayanin ba if mag half day tour kami sa macau? and how much kaya pwede namin ibudget for all? thank you more power to you. sana matulungan mo ako.. ehe.

    8. last na po. and ano ung mga basic need or mandatory na kelangan meron kami pagdating nmn hongkong aside from the octopus card. thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      November 21, 2017 at 10:53 PM

      Hi! Unfortunately, I can’t answer all of your questions since it’ll take too much time. If you’d like I can make your itinerary for you for a small fee that answers all of your questions and more: http://richelvergara.com/product/personalized-travel-itinerary/ 🙂

      Some of your questions are already answered in my travel guide. Buying most of the things from klook is a good way to go, in my opinion. 🙂

  • Reply
    Wai
    November 17, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    For foreign currency exchange I think you will find the best rates are away from the touristy areas. There is one exchange kiosk on bute st Mongkok near Moko shopping centre. They consistently have good exchange rates and do high volume transactions for locals. There are also several good ones in North Point. Stay far away from Tsim Sha Tsui and the banks!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      November 20, 2017 at 11:08 PM

      Thanks for your tips! 🙂

  • Reply
    Richard
    November 11, 2017 at 1:49 AM

    Hi, great itinerary… Very detailed, and in fact I am planning to go to Hongkong for 4d3n this December. This blog post really helps me to plan my trip. One question though. You mentioned that you get SIM card for HKD 80 right? Is that already include unlimited internet? I found an offer in Klook for a SIM card is HKD 53, and for pocket wifi is HKD18 (3G) and HKD43 (4G), that is unbelievably cheap… is that for real? I’m really afraid after i buy it, the data limit is too small

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      November 17, 2017 at 1:11 AM

      Excited for your trip! Just a month to go! No, it doesn’t include unlimited internet. I think we got 3-5G good for 5 days and we have around KHD30 left in the sim for calls/texts. Yes! Klook is a legit seller. We get most deals from them. Honestly, I think you can survive with even 1G. I don’t think you’ll be using that much internet when travelling! And they have wifi-hotspots all over too. 🙂

  • Reply
    Julie Gatchalian
    October 26, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Hi. Super mura your airfare. What airline was this? You mentioned the time but when did you book it ?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      October 27, 2017 at 11:40 PM

      Hi! I got the tickets from a sale from AirAsia! We booked it around October-November, if I’m not mistaken. 🙂

    • Reply
      Pretzels de Vera
      November 7, 2017 at 6:56 AM

      Hi richel! How much were the prices of the food in cafe de coral??? And I will only be spending on food in my HK trip since I already pre booked everything… how much pocket money do you think I need for a 4day stay? Thanks in advance for the help!

      • Reply
        Richel V.
        November 7, 2017 at 7:42 PM

        Hello! If you’ll only be spending for food, PHP1000 is more than enough for a day. Cafe Coral food is usually more or less PHP300 for a full meal. 🙂

  • Reply
    ira
    October 18, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    hi richelle thanks for your info may I ask anu hotel at saan place accessible malapit s disneyland aa hongkong? thanks

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      October 18, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      You can check here for the list of hotels near HK Disneyland. 🙂

      • Reply
        ira
        October 18, 2017 at 8:28 PM

        thank you such a big help

  • Reply
    ashley
    October 9, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    hi im planning to go to Hk this march 2018 including Macau, will 20K be enough for the travel including all expenses ?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      October 11, 2017 at 2:32 AM

      Hi! It depends on how long your stay with be. I’ll move my budget to at least PHP25K to be safe!

      • Reply
        jhotel
        November 21, 2017 at 10:45 AM

        hi richel. PHP25k included naba airfare dun? thank you..

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          November 21, 2017 at 10:51 PM

          Hello. Yes, airfare is already included in the PHP25K budget. 🙂

  • Reply
    Sp
    September 26, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Hello,

    I just read this blog, ask ko lang po sana is it practical if we are going to book sa mga agencies na nag ooffer ng mga packages since wala kaming kakilala duon para maging tour guide? I know its more cheaper sa kapag DIY and how much pocket money do we need? My husband and my daughter will go there by next yr 7th bday of my daughter. Thanks

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      October 7, 2017 at 4:56 PM

      Hi! If you have the budget for it, tour package will be okay. So if you pay for the package and just need money, 5K is more than enough for 3 days. 🙂

      • Reply
        Esphie
        October 7, 2017 at 5:14 PM

        Hello Richel, it’s good to hear that I thought 20k is a ideal budget. Hahaha, first time kasi namin if ever sana matuloy haha. Salamat ng madami!

        • Reply
          Sp
          November 17, 2017 at 6:56 AM

          Hello again. I called one of travel agencies before asked them how much pocket money do we need he says 20k each, nagulat ako bat ang laki. Hehe pero as you said 5k is enough, niloloko lang ba nya ako? Haha. Meron po ba show money sa mga travel na ganito kaya nya nasabi un? We have an appt to dfa next week na, I want sana DIY travel kaso paraho kami nerbyoso ng asawa ko baka maligaw kaming 3 ng anak ko. Haha. First time eh. Hehe

          • Reply
            Richel V.
            November 20, 2017 at 9:02 PM

            Hi! You said for food lang right? With PHP300 each, you can get a full meal each na and that’s not the cheapest meal already. Show money is not needed pero sometimes sa immigration, they might ask for it as proof na you can afford the travel.

            If you want, I can make your itinerary for you (completed with everything you need) for a small fee: http://richelvergara.com/product/personalized-travel-itinerary/ 🙂

  • Reply
    Des
    September 13, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Hi! I would like to ask about your accommodation in Cosmic Guest House? Is it only 2,613 for 3N? What room did you book? Thanks!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      September 14, 2017 at 4:47 PM

      Hi, Des! Yes, that’s true. But that’s per individual so a room costs 4x as more. We booked Quadruple Room with Street View. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim Ira Palacio
    September 13, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    Hi Ms. Rich,

    Will be going to HK next week for 3days only. Me and my friend would like to visit Disneyland on the 2nd day. Is it advisable to be spend a whole day in Disneyland or a half day will do? Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      September 13, 2017 at 1:36 PM

      Personally, when I go back to HK, I’ll make sure to spend a whole day in Disneyland. 🙂 Half a day is not enough if you want to tour the whole place and ride all the rides.

      • Reply
        Armond
        October 9, 2017 at 6:29 PM

        Hi Maam, masasakyan mo ba lahat ng rides sa disneyland in 1day? Or not? Thank you

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          October 11, 2017 at 2:27 AM

          Hi! I don’t think it’s possible to ride everything in one day. May show times na dapat iconsider + the crowd. 🙂

          • Reply
            Armond
            October 11, 2017 at 6:05 AM

            Ok thanks mas ok nga 2days

  • Reply
    Joy
    September 11, 2017 at 1:08 AM

    Hello, Good day! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this. This is such a great post and super helpful. I’m planning kase this Nov. so eto lnhg medyo nalilito pa ako kung anong ggawin kaya so I have questions po sana. I hope masagot nyo po lahat. 🙂

    1. Aside po ba sa Travel tax may ibang babayaran pa po ba sa Airport? and kung meron, how much nman? (first time ko kase mag travel international)

    2. 100% chance po ba na mkalusot sa immigration? I mean, wala na po bang kelangan dadalhin like Cert. of Employment pra di cla mag duda sayo? haha

    3. Yung sa Octopus Card po ba, pwede na po ba yun ggamitin sa bus like ppuntang Disney land and Lantau Island (Ngong Ping) vice versa? Kahit anong bus po ba ttanggap ng Octopus Card?

    4. Pwede na po ba di nlng ako ssakay ng MTR (never pa kase ako nkasakay ng MTR/MRT eh since tga Davao po ako wla sa amin hehe so ayun medyo ntatakot sumakay)? since yung major na ppuntahan ko lng tlaga is DIsneyland and Lantau Island. Mag bbus nlng sana ako kung saan ako balak pmunta.

    5. And I heard yung Octopus Card din pwde talaga sya gamitin pagbyad sa Mcdonalds and 7/11?

    6. Yung mga hostels po like Dormitory type like 6 beds in 1 room, meron po ba cla sariling locker like pwdeng pag tagoan ng mga gamit/luggage if lalabas ka? and if wla, kkuha nlng tlaga ako nung private room.

    7. kahit saan po ba doon may store kung saan ka mgpapa reload ng Octopus Card?

    8. Dun sa money exchange nman po, ano po ba mas better if dito na ako sa pinas magppa exchange or jan nlng po sa HK?

    Yun nlng po ma’aam. Thank you po! I’m really glad na nkita ko blog nyo. Wait ko po reply nyo 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      September 11, 2017 at 1:38 AM

      Hello, Joy. I’ll answer this based on my knowledge. 🙂
      1. Travel Tax lang ang babayaran sa airport.
      2. There’s never a guarantee that you’ll pass through immigration. If you can bring your CoE, do it. Also, make sure you have enough money in you or in your cards to prove that you can afford the trip.
      3. Yes, you can. I know all buses accept octopus card.
      4. Pwede naman pero mas recommended ko magtrain. Mas mabilis and easy to understand. Mas prone na maligaw ka pag bus especially if first time mo sa place.
      5. Yes! Accepted din siya dun.
      6. I know they offer lockers pero kanya kanyang lock. Better check sa hostel na pagiistayan mo.
      7. Not sure. Pero all 7-eleven branches pwede magreload.
      8. It’s better to exchange enough for around HKD200 dito sa banks natin tapos dun ka na magpapalit – wag lang sa airport! Kindly read my post again. 🙂
      Hope that helps!

  • Reply
    Julienne
    September 4, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Bringing the kids (aged 9 & 5) to Disneyland next week. Still csnt decide whether or npt bring them to Ocean Park coz I heard rides are mostly for adults. Is it still worth the visit?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      September 9, 2017 at 4:48 PM

      Hi! If you’re only going to HK for a few days, I would recommend skipping Ocean Park since most of the rides are extreme! But if you would want to see fishes or watch a dolphin show, Ocean Park is the place the go. 🙂

      Sorry for the late response. Have fun on your trip!

  • Reply
    Hong Kong Travel Agent
    August 9, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Sure! well to be honest, if you check my latest blogpost, last month only I met a fellow travel blogger on my travel, and even most of the times whenever possible I always try to meet new people in the all the new destinations I plan to go, so I am positive, if we follow our travel tracks regularly, sooner or later we will definitely meet!! I am counting on it!

  • Reply
    Tadie P. Lorenzo
    July 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Hi Mam Richel ask ko lang if a 3 y.o is also required to have an octopus CArd? We are family travelling to hk this aug with may 2 daughters 8 y.o & 3y.o. th
    anks!

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      July 31, 2017 at 5:02 PM

      Hi! According to this website, only children below 3 get to ride the MTR for free. I think you get price for your kids though. 🙂

      • Reply
        Tadie P. Lorenzo
        August 2, 2017 at 4:39 PM

        Ok thank you so much!

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          August 5, 2017 at 1:46 PM

          You’re welcome! Have fun. 🙂

  • Reply
    Christine
    June 20, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Hi. ask ko lang kung pwede bang magdala ng Adobo and rice kapag hand carry lang?

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      June 28, 2017 at 8:55 AM

      Hi! I think pwede naman pero bawal kainin sa plane? I’m not entirely sure though! Try contacting the airline directly. 🙂

      • Reply
        Christine Natividad
        July 3, 2017 at 11:33 AM

        Hi po, May alam po ba kayong pinaka murang Inn, Lodging or any accommodation na mura lang near Rambler Garden Hotel good for 1 preson lang kasi. Thanks

        • Reply
          Richel V.
          July 10, 2017 at 4:23 PM

          Hi! I’m not sure, but you can go check Agoda.com or Booking.com to check the cheapest priced hostels. Backpacker hostels would probably suit you best. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • Reply
    Junil D.
    May 26, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Hi Good day! Whats the name of the sim card you bought in hongkong? Thanks

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 29, 2017 at 9:09 AM

      Hi Junil! I’m not sure of the name, but you can directly ask the sales lady about their offerings. You can see them right outside immigration. 🙂

  • Reply
    Anne
    May 9, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Wow. I appreciate how detailed this post is. This will be super helpful for future travel. Thank you! 🙂

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    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 10, 2017 at 10:40 AM

      Hope it helps you in the future, Anne! 🙂

  • Reply
    Colleen Welsch (@ColleenWelsch)
    May 8, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Gee I wish I would have read this blog post before I went to Hong Kong in March! Oh well, now I know for when I go back!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      May 8, 2017 at 2:00 PM

      How did you find Hong Kong? Hope you get the chance to come back – I know I’m excited to! 🙂

  • Reply
    Shiela
    April 24, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Hi Richel. Been searching for a good itinerary and i found yours its very detailed and nagkaidea ako sa last day namin kasi mga 10pm na din flight namin pabalik manila. Tanong ko lang is diba iniwan niyo yung luggae niyo sa citygate outlet lockets, pwede ba trolley bag. (handcary size ng maleta) Hope you’ll reply thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Richel V.
      April 24, 2017 at 9:39 AM

      Hi! Yes, pwede. We got a luggage even bigger than the hand carry size. I would suggest to try and get there early since limited lang yung lockers na for big luggages. Mostly backpack size lang sila. You can even fit in a few bags in the large lockers. Hope that helps! If puno na, you can ask the ladies in there where’s the nearest locker rentals, as well. There’s one in Disney too na parang one-two mrt stops from citygate. 🙂

      • Reply
        Shiela
        April 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM

        Thanks a lot Richel. Super helpful 🙂

  • Reply
    Airene
    April 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    This will help us a lot in our trip to hong kong this july. Am going with friends (we’re group of 7) doing a DIY trip.

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      Richel V.
      April 24, 2017 at 10:01 AM

      Sounds fun. Hope you guys have a blast in HK! 🙂

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    shane
    April 17, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Hi! Sent you a PM regarding my query:) Thanks!!

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    Vanessa
    April 16, 2017 at 4:49 AM

    Hi! Is the budget per pax? Or it is the budget na for the whole stay? 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      April 16, 2017 at 6:41 AM

      Hi Vanessa! The budget is for the whole stay for one person. 🙂

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        Vanessa
        April 16, 2017 at 9:07 PM

        Do you know where to shop for make up in HK?

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          Richel Vergara
          April 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM

          Hi Vanessa! Unfortunately, I have no clue where to shop for make-up in HK.

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    JJdsUrriza
    April 10, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    Hi Rich,

    ask ko lang, nagpaplan kasi kami magHK on June 2017.. Basically wala kaming makuhang promo flights. 🙁 Sa reception ba mismo ng Disney kayo bumili ng ticket? Hoping for your feedback. Thanks 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      April 11, 2017 at 10:05 AM

      Hi Jennelyn! Nope. Bumili kami sa hostel na pinagstastayan namin since discounted siya. Most hostels sell discounted tickets for Disney or most attractions. There are also different shops around Tsim Sha Tsui selling discounted tickets. If all else fails, try buying at Klook.com! Hope that helps! 🙂

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    Raymund John Salle
    March 17, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Awesome itinerary Richel about your trip to HK! 🙂 I’ve been creating one for our trip this April to HK and the information you’re provided is pretty helpful:) btw, if its not too much, could you send me an editable word doc of your itinerary? Thanks much! 🙂

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    polarisacompasswhenyoufeellost
    March 7, 2017 at 9:47 PM

    This is really very knowledgable post. Hong Kong is definitely in my To-Go-Once in a lifetime country and your blog will help me a lot.

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      Richel Vergara
      March 8, 2017 at 11:33 AM

      Thank you! Hope you get to visit soon; it’s still my favorite country. 🙂

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    rashi
    February 27, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    Hi, The cable car at Lantau Island is currently shut .. is it still worth visiting the Big Buddha.. and if yes how do you get there .

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      Richel Vergara
      February 28, 2017 at 8:56 AM

      Hi! It’s still accessible to visit via bus or ferries. It would just take a little longer. If you’re into what Lantau Island is offering, I say go for it! More info here: http://wikitravel.org/en/Hong_Kong/Lantau.

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    Yanna
    February 17, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Hi,

    I will be traveling to HK this May 2017 via travel agency 4d3n.
    Can you help me identify which places can I go during the free time I have in my itinerary?
    ** DAY 1 MANILA – HONGKONG
    Upon arrival at the airport, meet our representative and transfer to hotel, free time in the afternoon.
    DAY 2 HALF DAY CITY TOUR + OCEAN PARK
    After breakfast, proceed Compulsory Hong Kong City Tour (Garden of Stars, Aberdeen Fishing Village, the Mid-level of Victoria Peak, Jewelry Factory & Chocolate Shop). Proceed to OCEAN PARK in the afternoon.
    DAY 3 DISNEY LAND TOUR
    After breakfast, Proceed to DISNEY LAND Tour.
    DAY 4 HONGKONG – MANILA
    After breakfast, free time till transfer to airport going back to Manila**

    I really want to go to Lantau Island, but don’t know which day I should go.

    Looking forward to your recommendation.

    Thanks a lot! 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      February 17, 2017 at 7:51 PM

      Hi Yanna, do you happen to know the time of your flights going to and from Hong Kong? Also, where is your hotel located? Your days 2 and 3 are pretty packed; tho you can visit a night market after Disney Land. You can answer my questions here on my blog or you can send me at email at: contact@richelgoes.com 🙂

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        Yanna
        February 20, 2017 at 1:41 PM

        Hi again 🙂
        flight schedule is 7am MNL to HK and 11pm HK to MNL.
        Hotel at Rambler Garden 🙂

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          Richel Vergara
          February 20, 2017 at 3:26 PM

          I would recommend going to Lantau Island on your last day – less crowded during mornings rather than afternoon! Copy our itinerary on our last day, shop or window shop at Citygate Outlet then return back to the city. Roam places around your hotel for the last few hours since you only need half a day on Lantau Island. On your first day, I would recommend visiting Markets. Ladies’ Market is one, you can easily spend two-three hours in here. You can also sneak in Wong Tai Sin temple before going to night markets. Or if you’re more into museums, you can do that too.

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    Joana
    February 8, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Hi! planning to travel in Hong Kong soon. Your blog is really helpful. Ask ko lang, sa checked in baggage ba allowed magdala ng food and liquid items (ex. perfume, liquid foundation, other facial items in liquid form, nailcutter) Thanks!

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      Richel Vergara
      February 8, 2017 at 7:24 PM

      Hi Joana! Yes, pwede magdala ng food and liquid items sa check-in baggage. Not sure on the nailcutter! Better leave that behind nalang. You can also bring food and liquid items sa carry-on, as long as 100 ml lang. 🙂

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    Ivy Lou Medina
    February 4, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Hi Richel.

    Thanks for this. Saved me a lot of time researching. 🙂

    Would you mind sending me the editable version in word so I can update the prices given our party? I have a kid travelling with me and his tickets are a little cheaper.

    My email add is ivy_lou_sanchez@yahoo.com.

    Thanks again! 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      February 10, 2017 at 6:58 PM

      Hi Ivy! Sorry it took me a while to reply to this. Unfortunately, my laptop is currently at the service center at this moment, along with all of my files. I’ll take note to send it to you once my laptop is fixed! 🙂

      Do let me know if you have any more questions, or send reminders. Hehe.

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    jotabe
    February 2, 2017 at 2:44 AM

    hi rich, when did you go to hk in this itinerary? thanks

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      Richel Vergara
      February 2, 2017 at 3:12 PM

      Hi! I went to Hong Kong last February 2016. 🙂

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    mhannie89
    January 16, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Wow. You got a very informative and definitely helpful itinerary. I love it. Thank you Richel!

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      Richel Vergara
      January 16, 2017 at 10:15 AM

      Thanks! 🙂

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    jhona coloma
    January 12, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Hi can I have your itinerary we will be having our HK tour in June, and we don’t know if we will be doing it with an agency or DYI. Since I saw your blog can I have a copy of your itinerary. Please send it to me via email. jhonalizacoloma@gmail.com it will be a great help for us since this will be our first travel abroad. Thank you and God Bless!

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      Richel Vergara
      January 13, 2017 at 12:10 PM

      Hello, Jhona!You can actually download my itinerary here: http://richelgoes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Hong-Kong-4D3N-Itinerary.pdf

      Let me know if you have any more questions! 🙂

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        Jhona Coloma
        January 13, 2017 at 12:14 PM

        Hi Ms. Richel. Thank you for the itinerary. it will be a great help for our HK tour. May i know where did you booked your hotel?

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          Richel Vergara
          January 13, 2017 at 12:16 PM

          We booked through Agoda.com! But booking.com also works. 🙂

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    Elsa
    January 1, 2017 at 9:31 PM

    Hi Richel! Did you buy HKD currencies in the Phil or in HK? Thank you 🙂

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      Richel Vergara
      January 4, 2017 at 10:26 AM

      Hi Elsa! We bought all our HKD currencies in HK! I would suggest exchanging just enough here in the Philippines to cover the transportation cost then exchange the remaining in the Tsim Sha Tsui area. The exchange rate at HK airport is really low!

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    Fionna Cheuk
    April 15, 2016 at 5:07 AM

    omg you’re so organized. that itinerary is crazy good! that’s a lot of work put into it and i gotta bookmark this for my future hk trips

    http://www.fionnac.com

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      Richel V.
      April 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

      Took me a couple of days to organize this post! Hahaha. Thanks, Fionna!

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    Viviene Kok
    April 14, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Definitely a hard post becasue you detailed everything out so well Rich! Very informative girlie! But seriously, $5o flight ticket to Hk is really cheap. Since I live in Malaysia, flying to HK would cost more than that oh dearrrrr x

    Real Life Nerd
    http://www.vivienekok.com

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      Richel V.
      April 14, 2016 at 10:28 AM

      I try to make it as detailed as possible to be helpful! Haha! That’s true. The $50 roundtrip tickets was a steal; it’s usually around $100! Malaysia is farther away from HK! Have you been?

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        Viviene Kok
        April 14, 2016 at 10:33 AM

        Noooo haven’t been there yet! But I’m looking to pop over to HK perhaps for a weekend trip when I’m on a business trip to Guangzhou. Previously visited Macau during the weekends and HK this time round? Trips within trip. Another level of a travel bug 🙂

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          Richel V.
          April 14, 2016 at 11:13 AM

          Man, I wish I have business trips to another place! That would be so cool. I think you can do a lot in HK for 2 days and 1 day for Macau. We would’ve done a sidetrip to Macau if we didn’t go to both Disneyland and Ocean Park. 🙂

          Ps. Would you mind if I send you an email sometime about places to visit in Malaysia? Planning to do a visit soon or maybe even do a sidetrip from my SG trip. Just not sure where to go!

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            Viviene Kok
            April 14, 2016 at 12:56 PM

            Business trips indirectly helps my website 🙂 Being able to travel to places on behalf of our Company and also for my website (during the weekends hehe) is a beautiful oppurtunity! Yes dear, hit me up with an email I’ll help you out. x

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              Richel V.
              April 15, 2016 at 10:05 AM

              It is! I hope I get opporutinities like that soon. Thanks, Viviene! 🙂

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    blogtensia
    April 13, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    lovely post! <3

    xx Josephin
    Tensia

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      Richel V.
      April 13, 2016 at 10:01 PM

      Thank you, Josephin! 🙂

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    Corinne
    April 12, 2016 at 3:50 AM

    Ohhh I’m so jealous, I’d love to go to Hong Kong, esp Disney! I’ve just clicked through to Singapore Universal Studios and I’m so jealous. I’ve been to the Florida Disney and Universal and Disneyland Paris and I’m slightly obsessed with them haha!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

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      Richel V.
      April 12, 2016 at 9:45 AM

      Ahhh. You’ve been to so many! I’d probably add all those to my itinerary once I finally do a Eurotrip and USA trip. Hong Kong Disneyland would probably seem small to you compared to those places! Haha.

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    Mitzie Mee
    April 12, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    That’s some really great advice for a budget trip to Hong Kong, and it seems like you squeezed in everything worth seeing and doing! I visited HK for the second time last year, and I’m almost embarrassed to say that I spent more in one day that you did on your entire trip:)

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      Richel V.
      April 12, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      Thanks! We tried to do everything under a budget and it worked. What did you do in one day? I’m curious on where you spend that much money. Hahaha.

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    Joy Gen
    April 11, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    I wish I am as organize as you in doing itineraries… i’m the kind of traveler who doesn’t stick to my itinerary hahaha. so usually ended up saying ‘never mind if we skipped some attractions…’ at least I have a good reason of going back. It’s really a challenge for me, hopefully in my next trip I can make a detailed and organized itinerary. =)

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      Richel V.
      April 12, 2016 at 9:39 AM

      I don’t do detailed itineraries if I’m staying at a place for a week or more. I actually don’t have any itinerary for my Singapore trip next week since I’m staying for 9 days! Haha. But for four days like our HK trip, I have to make one or else we’ll only be able to visit few attractions. There’s still many we missed and I’m looking forward to come back!

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    Amy (@fourcatsplusus)
    April 11, 2016 at 5:39 PM

    Great post! I would love to visit HK!

    Amy – fourcatsplusus.co.uk

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      Richel V.
      April 11, 2016 at 6:12 PM

      Thank you, Amy! 🙂

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    Mira
    April 10, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    That’s a really helpful post, thank you for sharing – if I ever visit Hong Kong I’ll definitely come back to this post. I was shocked when I read the title of your blog because for a second I totally forgot you had a different currency and I thought ‘wow, 20k Euros is a really high budget’ haha. Taking public transport is a great way of saving money and so is bringing your own snacks! I usually make very loose travel itineraries but when I visited LA I made a really detailed one as travelling from A to B takes ages so it’s important to plan ahead. Oh and there is nothing worse than cockroaches in your room, we had that in London (it was a class trip) and we left after a day. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

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      Richel V.
      April 11, 2016 at 10:15 AM

      20K in Euro is more than enough for me to do a Eurotrip! Hahaha! I have a loose itinerary when visiting a place for a week or more but since our time here is very limited, we kind of have to follow an itinerary or else we’d be stuck hours in the place taking photos or eating! Cockroaches will ruin my trip. I don’t want them within 100 meters near me. I will freak out. Hahaha!

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    Esraa Bassiouni
    April 10, 2016 at 6:16 AM

    Great post sweetie.
    http://dressmecasual.blogspot.com.eg/

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      Richel V.
      April 10, 2016 at 2:46 PM

      Thank you! xx

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    Cielo Fronteras
    April 10, 2016 at 3:49 AM

    How fun! I miss HK and I love how you can go there and enjoy so many activities even on a budget! Wonderful post! =)

    – Cielo

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      Richel V.
      April 10, 2016 at 9:14 AM

      That’s very true! I was actually allocating PHP25K just for pocket money and was pleasantly surprised when I was still able to take home a couple hundreds Hong Kong dollar!

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    Melai
    April 10, 2016 at 2:30 AM

    I also use excel in my planning and expense summaries!! 🙂

    I wonder why a lot of Hong Kong locals still don’t know how to speak English, even conversational. It’s like Singapore, there are a lot of western tourists and expats working there, they should have been influenced at least a bit right? Communication was also one of the things we struggled with when we went there. Even basic words they don’t understand. Our taxi driver even called a translator before because he couldn’t understand us. Haha!

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      Richel V.
      April 10, 2016 at 9:09 AM

      I actually used Word for this since I’m still learning Excel. Hahaha. I can’t believe I’m an IT person that doesn’t know how to excel. :)))

      I wonder that, too. Even if they can only know enough to point out directions. Maybe it’s not taught in school? Idk. Singaporeans at least know conversational English. We haven’t tried any taxis while in Hong Kong. I wonder if they’ll need a translator, too. Hahaha.

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    Ania
    April 9, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Wow! It’s nice 🙂 Have a good trip my dear 🙂

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      Richel V.
      April 10, 2016 at 9:12 AM

      My trip is actually done last February. Hahaha. Thank you, anyway! 🙂

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    Cara
    April 9, 2016 at 6:47 PM

    This post is great! I really want to visit HK one day x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      Thanks, Cara! Hope you can step foot in that country soon!

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    Daniel
    April 9, 2016 at 2:31 PM

    Haha so glad you enjoyed the trip in HK! I’m HK people 😀

    Daniel x
    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez
    New Post: The white cap and hoodie

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 5:45 PM

      Wow. I think you’re my first reader (who commented) that’s from Hong Kong! That’s so cool! I’m looking forward to come back. Thanks for dropping by on my blog. xx

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    Ambi
    April 9, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    very nice and helpful post 🙂 Have a nice weekend dear ! x
    http://www.ambiinwonderland.com

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM

      Thanks, Ambi! Have a nice weekend ahead. xx

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    Auradelle
    April 9, 2016 at 1:47 AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this Rich. This is such a great post and super helpful. We’re planning an out of the country trip soon and this is very useful guide to use. How I wish I can be as adventurous as you are 🙂

    I’ve read all your blog posts about this series but wasn’t able to leave a comment coz I was just sneaking out during office hours. Haha.

    I’ll share this on my blog’s Facebook page and I hope you don’t mind. Hihi. Thank you again Rich for sharing your experiences with us and for this very helpful travel guide.

    All the love, Auradelle

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 10:38 AM

      Hope this helps you if you plan to go to Hong Kong! I actually published this post during office hours. HAHAHAHA. Let’s not tell our bosses.

      Thanks for sharing this, Auradelle! 🙂

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    Leta (@TheNerdyMeBlog)
    April 8, 2016 at 9:13 PM

    This is such a helpful and informative post! I am a big bugged that people don’t speak English much in Hong Kong as I certainly know no Chinese. I think I would need a person who knows it with me to not get lost and stranded in there, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 10:22 AM

      Thanks; that was my intent! I think if you have a sense of direction, you won’t be lost that much! Hahaha! 😉

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    Dianne
    April 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

    Wooooww! I love how detailed your itinerary is! I have to bookmark this for future references, just in case. I haven’t been to any foreign countries, but we’re planning a Cebu trip next year, and none of us would want to volunteer to create an itinerary. haha! Well, it’s still far from today anyway.

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      Richel V.
      April 9, 2016 at 10:21 AM

      I want to be detailed because when I was searching for HK itinerary, I can’t find any who gives many deets! Hahaha! If I didn’t volunteer to create an itinerary, I’m sure we’ll be flying blind on our trip. Good luck on making your Cebu itinerary. Maybe you’ll share it and I can use it as reference for when I go to Cebu!

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