How Much Do I Need for a Trip to Hong Kong?
Approximately P20,000 to P25,000 per person on a 4D3N Trip
(It can be as low as P15,000 depending on your airfare and accommodation)
D-I-Y: Do It Yourself Trip
To find out the airfare on your proposed travel dates, go to their website’s online ticketing system and do a mock booking. This will give you an idea on the ticket price and available flight times.
If you plan to reside on hotels, you can choose among the available hotels in online booking websites such as Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Asiarooms.com, Agoda.com and Asiatravel.com. Tripadvisor.com has a ranking and a review database of almost all hotels in Hong Kong. These sites are all SAFE.
For those planning to reside in hostels, please refer to our section on hostels below.
WHY YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN A STRINGS-ATTACHED PACKAGE TOUR FOR HONG KONG
– Hong Kong isn’t USA or Europe where you need a tour guide and a bus to take you around because of the sheer size, language barrier and culture/history. The reason why people go to HK is pretty cut out: sightseeing, food and shopping. You don’t need a tour guide explaining things you don’t even want to know. Hong Kong’s transportation is one of the best, most extensive and easiest to use in the world. All you need to do is a little preparation and the ability to read English.
– Compulsory city tours WASTE YOUR TIME on useless places like jewelry factories
– You will most likely be left with half a day to enjoy Disneyland or Ocean Park
– You will be pressured to buy overpriced souvenirs and jewelry
– Hong Kong is very tourist friendly with the BEST public transportation system
– Almost all signs are bilingual and you will hardly get lost
– Their airport provides free maps which are very useful
– You have this thread to help you iron out any problems you may have
– DO NOT be afraid of getting lost, as long as you have a map (and money), there won’t be problems
The earlier you plan your trip, the earlier you book your airline ticket and accommodations, the better.
Last minute (2 weeks or less) bookings for airline and hotel accommodations WILL BE MORE EXPENSIVE.
For those on an extremely limited budget, watch out for the “Zero-Fares” or “Econo-light” fares. You will save a lot on the airfare but take note of the flight times. Most probably those booking on a promo will depart Manila late on the day of the departure and arrive early on the day of arrival. This means your 1st and Last days are already “wasted”.
Recommended Travel Agencies that Specialize in HK:
Globetrotters – 5262561 – 2/F WDEEPZ Building 1033 M.H. Del Pilar Street Manila
Panda Travel – 242-2585 – http://pandatour.com
Pan Pacific – 5255611-14 – 353 Nuevo St Binondo Manila Philippines
Rajah Travel – http://www.rajahtravel.com/contactus.html
Uni-Orient – 2433333 and 2433888 – 447 Juan Luna Street, Binondo, Manila, Philippines
Uni-Orient – 81895858 and 8158526 – I Care Bldg., 167 Legaspi St., corner Dela Rosa Street, Makati
Estimating the Pocket Money
Computed Per Person
Food – 100 to 150HKD per day (Approximately 50HKD/meal. Can be half of it, can be double.)
Public Transportation – 150 to 200HKD for 3 to 4 days (including roundtrip airport Cityflyer but excluding taxi rides)
Shopping – Varies
Theme Park Entrance Fees: CHECK THEIR WEBSITE.
*Disneyland can be expensive. Food is expensive (>70HKD). Souvenirs/goods also expensive.
*Check their website to see if there are any price increase.
*Disneyland/Ocean Park Entrance are both “Ride All You Can”, There are no “Entrance Only” Tickets.
*Kids = 3-11 years old | Children under 3 years old is free for sites above.
*To see NP Village and the Giant Buddha, you only have to pay for either the cable car ride or bus ride.
Personally I haven’t witnessed anyone questioned/checked in the airport on how much cash they are bringing.
To check the current exchange rates, go here: http://www.xe.com
HONG KONG MONEY CHANGERS
There are plenty of them inside Mirador Mansion in TST. Just canvass for the best rate. Yes they are legitimate.
For HK island, go to Worldwide House in Central.
List of Reliable Money Changers in Metro Manila
EDSEN Money Changer
Along Mabini Street, Manila
From Hyatt Casino sa Mabini st. just go straight. On the left side yun EDSEN Money Changer.
CZARINA BRANCHES (ask for the main office if you’re buying more than the branches can sell)
Czarina Remittance Ltd. (Hong Kong)
163 1/F Worldwide House, Des Voeux Road, Central Hong Kong
Tel: (852)310-19872 Fax: (852)310-19873
Bridgeway Shops Greenhills Shopping Center
San Juan, Metro Manila
Market Market Branch
Ground Floor, The Themed Bazaar
Market! Market! Bonifacio Global City, Taguig Metro Manila
Gateway Mall Branch
3rd Level Gateway Mall Araneta
Center Cubao Quezon City
Address: Unit 204 Rufino Plaza, Ayala Avenue corner V.A. Rufino Street, Makati City
(632) 843-7546 (direct lines)
(632) 750-2390 (Fax No)
Greenlanes Arcade, Greenhills, San Juan
HOTEL REVIEWS/PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND AT TRIPADVISOR.COM. DO NOT EXPECT FEEDBACKS ON A SPECIFIC HOTEL FROM THIS THREAD AS THERE ARE TOO MANY HOTELS IN HK.
Hotels vs Hostels:
Most hotels (specially the cheap ones) have only 1 double bed or 2 single beds, so for those planning to sneak-in, hindi pwede mga malulusog. Another issue about sneak-ins, don’t check-in all together, 2 lang magcheck-in tapos yun iba derecho na sa room, most hotels don’t really care about sneak-ins basta huwag lang abuso. Mga 3-4 pax for a double occupancy room ok lang.
Universal Check-in Time is 2pm but hotels/hostels might be flexible depending on room availability. Check-out is 12 noon. Most, if not all, hotels and hostels allow you to leave your luggage before and/or after check-in/check-out free of charge.
IF you can fit 4 people in a hotel room for the price of 2, it will be a good alternative to staying in a hostel.
Those arriving in the evening or past midnight might be required by hostels to pay a deposit.
Disclaimer: Almost all hostels are located inside OLD buildings with unpleasing facades and small old-school elevators however buildings in HK are well-maintained and strictly supervised by the HK government. As long as you stick with the hostels below, safety will not be an issue.
PLEASE don’t ask which hostel is the best, almost all these recommended hostels are the same in age, quality, size and price. Rooms are small with a small CR and are usually equipped with aircon and TV. Some hostels may provide a phone inside the room. The main difference is their location. For starters, Golden Crown / Taisan is almost beside the airport bus stop. While Marlboro and Sun Kong are right smack in the middle of a shopping district and a minute walk to an MTR exit. Honestly it doesn’t matter which district you stay as long as the place is near an MTR exit, my personal preference for 1st timers is Tsim Sha Tsui.
AVOID HOSTELS LOCATED INSIDE CHUNGKING MANSIONS, it is a rundown place with plenty of touts and tambays. Pangit ng environment.
As long as the hostel is listed below, it is “OK” in terms of location/cleanliness/safety so do not ask which hostel is OK. FOR THE LAST TIME, HUWAG MAKULIT. ALL THE HOSTELS LISTED BELOW ARE OK. Look at the pictures below and go to their website for more information. Read the disclaimer above.
It is possible to get a room through walk-in but it is not advisable as you will have to carry your luggage around.
SNEAK-INS ARE NOT ALLOWED FOR HOSTELS. Kung double room dapat 2 persons lang sa isang room, and so on. Hostels are small and the owner will see anyone who comes and goes. Hostels charge per head and not per room unlike hotels.
Hostels CANNOT be booked through travel agencies. Contact them through their websites or through 3rd party booking sites.
Hostels tried and tested by PEXers (NOT listed on any order):
Taisan Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Harilela and Burlington are the better ones but their other branches are still very accessible and OK. Book through website.
City Econo Guesthouse (Jordan)
Dragon Hostel (Mongkok)
Golden Crown Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
USA Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Cosmic Guesthouse (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Hop Inn Hostel (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Oi Suen Guesthouse (Mongkok)
Sun Kong Hostel (Causeway Bay)
Marlboro Hostel (Causeway Bay)
*Located in a shopping district*
*2 Computers provided for free*
Jetvan Traveller’s House (Causeway Bay)
Star World Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Lee Garden / Star Guest House (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Railei Hostel (Mongkok)
Yes Inn (Fortress Hill)
For those planning to walk-in or want more options, here are 2 more hostels in Mirador Mansion:
Pearl Guesthouse – firstname.lastname@example.org
Happyland Guesthouse – email@example.com
Hotels tried and tested by PEXers:
New Hotels in Hong Kong:
The Bauhinia (Central)
Best Western Causeway Bay
The Ritz Carlton
Butterfly on Wellington
The Bauhinia (TST)
Budget/Good Value Hotels:
BP International (TST)
Bridal Teahouse (YMT) – Cheap but Decent 1 Star Hotel
Butterfly on the Prat (TST) – Brand New Hotel / Glass CRs with curtain
Citadines Ashley (TST)
Evergreen Hotel (Jordan) – Another Cheap but Decent 2 Star Hotel
Hotel Benito (TST) – Great Location
JJ Hotel (Wanchai) – Glass CRs with curtain
Shamrock Hotel (Jordan)
Casa Hotel (Yaumatei)
The Cityview (Mongkok)
Courtyard by Marriott (Western)
Dorsett FAR East (Tsuen Wan)
Dorsett Seaview (YMT) – Best location among 3 Dorsett’s
Dorsett Kowloon (Olympic)
Eaton Smart Hotel (Jordan)
Excelsior Hotel (CWB)
Holiday Inn Golden Mile (TST)
Intercontinental Grand Stanford (TST East)
Kimberley Hotel (TST)
Louie Business Hotel (TST)
Marco Polo Prince (TST)
Marco Polo Gateway (TST)
Metropark Causeway Bay (CWB)
Metropark Kowloon (Mongkok)
Novotel Nathan Road (Jordan)
Panda Hotel (Tsuen Wan)
Panorama by Rhombus (TST/TST East)
Park Hotel (TST)
Park Lane Hotel (CWB)
Prudential Hotel (TST)
Ramada Hotel (S. TST)
Royal Plaza (Mongkok East)
South Pacific Hotel (Wanchai)
W Hotel (Kowloon Station/TST West)
YMCA Salisbury (TST)
Hotels for Honeymooners:
YMCA Salisbury – Harbour View Room (TST)
Intercontinental Hong Kong (TST)
Langham Place (Mongkok)
W Hotel (Kowloon Station/TST West)
Luxe Manor (TST)
Lanson Place (Causeway Bay)
Four Seasons (Central)
Hotels with 2 Double Bed Rooms (4-5 Adults):
Marco Polo Gateway – TST
Park Lane – Causeway Bay
L`Hotel Nina – Tsuen Wan / Tsuen Wan West (Very Affordable 5 Star Hotel – Sacrifice Location)
Hotels that are very far and out of the way:
Dorsett Far East (Still acceptable to some extent)
Panda Hotel (Still acceptable to some extent)
Gold Coast Hotel
Tsuen Wan is very far from the city center so avoid staying here as much as possible. Plenty of time will be eaten by transportation travel time. Same goes with staying in Lantau Island (Novotel Citygate) and Tsing Yi (Mexan Harbour Hotel).
As much as possible get a hotel which is located near an MTR station on the Tsuen Wan Line or Island Line for your own convenience.
IF YOUR HOTEL IS NOT LISTED ABOVE, GO TO WWW.TRIPADVISOR.COM FOR REVIEWS/PHOTOS.
Booking Hotels Online:
If you plan to reside on hotels, you can choose among the available hotels in online booking websites such as Expedia.com, Wotif.com, Hotels.com, Agoda.com and Asiatravel.com. These sites are SAFE. These sites will allow you to check the room rates of your chosen hotel for a specific date by mock booking. Mock booking is FREE. When booking, these sites will ask for your credit card and either charge you immediately, or they will charge you if you failed to pay your hotel during your stay or if you are a no-show. Procedures depend on the 3rd party website. Some booking websites will let you pay upon check-out of your hotel.
FOR HOSTELS, PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE FOR BOOKING DETAILS.
Hotel Reviews, Feedback, Photos and Map:
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