Backpacking Hongkong-Macau : Travel Guide

I just found the happiest place in the world ❤

Travelling abroad is one of my biggest dream eversince I was a kid. I’m a fan of Disney movies and I love watching fairytales. I used to daydream and fantasize my prince charming and what could be my happy ending. And not to mention asking everyone I know if fairies and all those disney characters were true. Isn’t it amazing if all these stories are real and that we’re actually born with a magic wand in hand?

With all these daydream and fantasies, I found myself lost and dawned with amazement in a magical city of Hongkong and Macau. A place with a bustling metropolis endowed with extraordinary beauty. These are truly the happiest place to be.

2 Countries in 4 Days? Possible! And it is absolutely one backpacking adventure for me and my friends! Even if we are all first timer in travelling abroad, still we pulled off an epic and a super unforgettable adventure. Here’s how we used our magic wand and traveled to Hongkong and Macau in 4 Days with a budget of PHP15,000 only.

First, let’s start the Magic in Hongkong.

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Upon arrival, we run into the Immigration counters and presented our passports and arrival cards. (Arrival cards are just free to grab in NAIA. We filled it up inside the plane.) Then grab free MTR and bus route maps at the HK Tourism Section and get an Octopus Card  for HKD150. Octopus card will serve as your pass in riding a bus or MTR, it can also be used in buying anything in 7-11, Circle-K and other selected stores.

While in the airport, look for money changers and exchange currency to HKD.

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Hongkong Achieved!
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A21 Bus to Tsim Sha Tsui. Stop at 13th stop with Airport being the first.

FINDING A PLACE TO STAY

If it’s your first time in Hongkong, finding a cheap and clean place to stay is never a problem. Tsim Sha Tsui area is the best spot to go to hunt guesthouses and hostels who are offering an all year-round cheap accommodations which can also be booked thru booking.com and other hotel booking sites.

We stayed in City Plus Hostel located in Mong Kok, Kowloon. Since we are three girls, we shared one room with 3 beds and paid only HKD 110/head/night. I forgot to take a picture of our room but it was good, clean and quiet plus the caretaker is a Filipina so talking to her is easy and we were able to ask for tips during our stay.

STROLLING AROUND HONGKONG: BEST PLACES TO SEE

Hongkong’s transportation is exceptional. When strolling around, MTR system became our bestfriend. It could lead you to anywhere you want just by using a re-loadable octopus card. Buses are also efficient and inexpensive. Here are best places to see which you will surely love and wouldn’t want to miss taking a selfie!

DAY 1: 

  • Stroll Around the area of Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Board the Peak Tram or just take a bus to save money, reach the Sky Terrace & enjoy the view of Victoria Harbor
  • Visit Madamme Tussauds Wax Museum
  • Visit Hongkong Museum of Arts
  • Check out the Avenue of Stars
  • Watch Symphony of Light
  • Eat Egglette in The Peak

DAY 2: Get out of the City and visit the most famous destinations in Lantau Island

  • Go to Ngong Ping Village
  • Take a closer look at the celebrated Tian Tan “Big Budhha”
  • Visit Po Lin Monastery and taste their best selling breads and butchi’s
  • Visit ladies market in Mongkok
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Bes nilalamig ako niyan pero necessary ang magpicture. Haha!

DAY 3: Disneyland (Feel the magic! Enjoy the fireworks show, meet and greet with Mickey and friends)

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Welcome to Disneyland!!!

DAY 4: Ferry to MACUA! The “Las Vegas of Asia”

Macau is a home of casino’s and gigantic hotels. It is approximately 1:45 minutes away from Hong Kong and can be reach through Ferry. Due to time constraint, we just did a daytour in Macau. But since it is just a small country, a well planned itinerary can cover all best spots in a one day tour.Most of the hotels offers free shuttle ride from the terminal to their hotel where you can just drop your luggage and have them safekept for HKD10 per bag. Here are the best spots to visit in Macau.

  • The Venetian
  • Wynn Resort Hotel
  • Tree of Prosperity
  • City of Dreams/Galaxy
  • Senado Square & St. Paul Ruins (just near each other)
  • A-Ma Temple
  • Camoes Square
  • Jardim de lou lim loc
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Shot taken while inside the Venetian Hotel in Macau. The decorations feels so magical and the ceiling was like painted  with a real sky which added a wow factor.

WHERE AND WHAT TO EAT IN HONGKONG AND MACAU?

Hongkong offers delectable dim sum good for an empty stomach ready to be filled up. No one should ever miss their authentic dim sum and cantonese cuisine! Along the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui lies a lot of restaurants which offers different variety of foods ranging from HKD30 and up. I just love it so much.Yum Yum!!

Do not ever miss the Beef Jerkey and KFC Tart in Macau! It’s so good for take home.

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A must try street foods in Hongkong.

Here’s a more detailed Itinerary of our 4D/3N Hongkong-Macau adventure with a per head cost done by Kissha Albajera, one of my friends who is also with me during this trip. We only spend PHP15,000 excluding Airfare which we only got for PHP3,160.72. I suggest if you have limited time, do what we did. Buy a ticket Manila to Hongkong then Macau to Manila.

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I hope this will help you! Just leave a comment and I will do my best to answer it. Thank you for reading. Keep sharing

22 thoughts on “Backpacking Hongkong-Macau : Travel Guide

    1. Hi Jaime, there’s so much to see in HK alone. You guys could spend more time in each places more than we did since we ran out of time and needs to do it fast. Also, you could try oceanpark.

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  1. Thanks for this one 🙂
    It is so timely that we booked the same flight and schedule as yours so we decided to just have your itinerary printed out 🙂
    I just like to ask how much did it cost you for the Madamme Tussauds Wax Museum? Did you use any ticket agency like klook? Or you guys bought directly from the place? Your reply will be very much appreciated. Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Hi Anon, we didn’t availed the Madamme Tussauds Wax Musseum since it’s expensive. Rate is around $300++. Though we were able to have pictures in their displays outside the venue. It’s best if you will avail ahead of time and online price is cheaper than when you buy it on the day itself. Klooks offer of on promo is a better deal. You can always check the rate online. ☺️ Thank you! Do not forget to like my page jiejiethetraveler ❤

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  2. Hi. Thanks a lot for sharing your itinerary. We have same flight schedule as yours. I just want to ask from what hotel did you store/ left your luggage in Macau? Thank you

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    1. Hi Joana, It’s in Venetian Hotel Macau. We paid $10 each bag for the whole day. Not sure if it’s the same rate now.

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  3. Hi! I just want to know if you bought ALL your adventure trip in klooK. Is it true that you wont have to fall in line when you got their offer? By the way, your post is wonderful. And much appreciated for your reply! Thank you

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    1. Hi Chie, no tickets were booked via klook. Haven’t tried purchasing any of their offers yet. Though based on the reviews it’s very cheap and easy to use. What I did with our trip is we booked our hotel from agoda. Then Disneyland in the hotel were we stayed. Other tours we commute via MTR. It was super fun. Hope it helps. Enjoy!

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      1. Hello Andie, though the itin is already posted in the blog, a lot of readers now request for the excel file so I’m planning to post it tom so I don’t need to send it one by one. You may check it again ☺️ thanks

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  4. Hi ms Jie! found your Hk-Macau trip so informative, esp. to those first timers. i’ve been to bkk last 2015 with my co-workers and planning this time to travel HK with my hubby and baby alone. my first travel abroad was actually parang hindi ako ganun kamindful bout everything kasi may mga nag asikaso ng bookings, travel tax pay etc. so ngaun, i wanna ask if, is it really necessary to have our hotel booked before going there or pwede bang don nlng kami maghanap? pwede rin ba akong makakuha ng copy ng itinerary mo para just in case we push this trip? or do u have some suggestions pa na pwede rin naming iexplore dun ung mga tourist spots and ung mga pass sa mga theme parks and how it goes?(xenxa na ms jie, daming pasuyo) Thank you so much.

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    1. Hi Lynn, thanks for your compliment. Yes it’s better to book your hotel ahead of time for a less hassle trip which you may book thru agoda or booking.com. The itinerary is already posted at the bottom of my blog ☺️ With regards to the activities like HK Disneyland I suggest book it thru klook as you might get it at a discount. In HK the only way to purchase it is thru agencies, some hotels and on site but there’s no discount.

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