HomeAsiaEast Asia Hong Kong Itinerary with Macau, Disneyland & Ocean Park Tour for First-Timers By Marcos Detourista. Updated on January 1, 2019. Here’s a detailed Hong Kong-Macau Itinerary for 3, 4, 5 or 6 days + trip budget to Disneyland, Ocean Park & more. Hong Kong and Macau are among the best places to visit for travelers who plan to go on their first trip abroad. Not only are there a lot of exciting things to see and do, getting around is very easy even for first-timers & newbie travelers. The best part is that you can visit both countries in one short trip as they are only 1-hour apart by ferry! This guide will help you plan a trip to Hong Kong & Macau with Disneyland, Ocean Park, Macau Tower & other attractions. I’ve included a 3-day itinerary + suggestions on how to spend 4, 5 or 6 days. Scroll down to see the detailed do-it-yourself (DIY) trip guide, followed by the budget breakdown and lots of extra travel tips. Hong Kong-Macau travel goals! Follow on Instagram Trip Checklist Before we go on with the actual itinerary, here are things you might need to prepare and bring for a hassle-free trip. I’ve posted a lot of discounts on this guide. Make sure to check them out and pre-book online to save money, time & avoid the hassles of bringing/exchanging cash during your trip. Swipe left to read expanded text below: Accommodations — You should have your confirmed hotel reservations at hand to show at the immigration checkpoint. Book your room as soon as you know you are going because prices often go up the closer you are to your trip. Cheapest ratesBest reviews Hong Kong hotel booking — Two nights stay in Hong Kong. Essentials Passport — Must not expire within the next 6 months on arrival. Filipinos enjoy visa-free entry to Hong Kong and Macau. Tours & attraction tickets — Pre-book online to enjoy often cheaper prices compared to buying on site & avoid queueing at ticket counters. You can show these as well to immigration officers as proof that you’re visiting as a tourist. See discounts Hong Kong tours/attractions booking Book here Disneyland Hong Kong ticket — 1-day general admission ticket Book here Ngong Ping 360 ticket — Round-trip cable car ticket. Book here Peak Tram + Sky Terrace ticket — Round-trip tram ride + Sky Terrace 428 admission combo ticket. Book here Ocean Park Hong Kong ticket — 1-day admission E-Ticket See discounts Macau tours/attractions booking Book here Macau Tower ticket — Observation deck General admission ticket Transport Book here Hong Kong to Macau ferry ticket — One-way ferry ticket on CotaiJet or Turbo Jet. Book here Octopus Card — Easy payments on HK trains, buses & trams. Others Book here Hong Kong SIM card — Pick-up at Hong Kong airport. Book here Macau SIM card — Choose pick-up at Hong Kong airport. Cheap flights Hong Kong flight ticket — Choose pick-up at Hong Kong airport. Cheap flights Macau flight ticket — Flight from Macau to your home country or onward destination. Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary Blog Contents Trip Checklist Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary Hong Kong & Macau Budget Where to Stay in Hong Kong Where to Stay in Macau Travel Tips Before You Go See More Travel Guides & Blogs Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary This sample 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary will take you to the top tourist spots in Hong Kong and Macau including Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, Tian Tan Buddha, The Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui, Venetian Macau, Macau Tower & more. It’s suited for serious sightseers who have limited days on their trip & want to see as many sights as possible. Yes, it’s a lot of attractions to cram in just 3 days BUT it’s doable if you manage your time well & follow the travel tips below. Feel free to tweak the activities & timings based on your traveling style, schedule, & attractions that interest you the most. 3 Days Hong Kong & Macau Itinerary Day/Time Activity Day 1 Ngong Ping & Disneyland Hong Kong Flight to Hong Kong 0810 am Hong Kong Airport arrival 0900 am Ngong Ping 360 cable car & Tian Tan Big Buddha 0200 pm Disneyland Hong Kong 0815 pm Transport to Hong Kong city center 1000 pm Hong Kong hotel check-in Day 2 Ocean Park, The Peak & Tsim Sha Tsui 0800 am Ocean Park Hong Kong 0230 pm The Peak / Victoria Peak 0500 pm Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui 0630 pm Tsim Sha Tsui & Symphony of Lights 0830 pm Hong Kong at night & shopping Day 3 Macau Day Trip 0630 am Hong Kong to Macau Ferry 0830 am Arrival in Macau 0930 am Macau Tower 1130 am Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral & Senado Square 0230 pm Venetian Macau 0400 pm City of Dreams Macau 0630 pm Wynn Palace Fountain Show 0730 pm Transport to Macau International Airport 0805 pm Macau International Airport After reading the step-by-step tips below, scroll down for recommendations on planning Hong Kong & Macau trips for 2 days, 4 days & more Day 1: Ngong Ping & Disneyland Hong Kong After touchdown in Hong Kong Airport, start your trip with an exhilarating ride on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car in Lantau Island. See the Tian Tan Big Buddha & explore Ngong Ping Village. Then, spend the rest of the day at Disneyland Hong Kong. Flight to Hong Kong Go on the earliest flight to Hong Kong to enjoy 3 full days for sightseeing. To further maximize your time, I suggest that you book the return flight from Macau instead of round-trip Hong Kong flights. For example, you can book a one-way “Manila to Hong Kong” flight & another “Hong Kong to Manila” flight. If you already booked round-trip Hong Kong flights or if flying out from Macau is not practical, it’s no biggie. Day trips to Macau are easy to do because the HK-Macau ferry only takes 1 hour. You can still use the itinerary below to guide your trip planning. Manila to Hong Kong flight itinerary Step 1 (0300 am): Arrive at Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Step 2: Pay the Philippine Travel Tax (for outbound Philippine residents only) — Price is P1,620 per person on economy class ticket. Step 3: Bag drop at departure hall if you’re bringing checked-in luggage — Always use web/mobile check-in at least 4 hours before your flight. The earlier the better. Step 4: Clear Philippine immigration checkpoint. Step 5: Wait for boarding call at the pre-departure area. Step 6 (0600 am): Manila to Hong Kong flight departure. 0810 am: Hong Kong Airport arrival Arriving at Hong Kong International Airport Step 1: Clear Hong Kong immigration checkpoint. Step 2: Claim luggage and clear customs checkpoint. Step 3: Exchange currency to Hong Kong dollars or withdraw money at ATM. Step 4: Claim Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card and other discounts/tickets you’ve booked online at the designated claiming area. How to get around Hong Kong — You can choose to go by public transport, taxi/ride-sharing, hop-on-hop-off/tourist bus or chartered car. Getting around Hong Kong by public transport is easy & affordable. This itinerary makes good use of Hong Kong’s MTR train & bus system. Google Maps is a must-have when traveling on your own. Use the “transit” directions to see suggestions on how to get around by public transport including what route/line to take & travel time estimates. Remember, the directions feature only works online, so you will need mobile data access. Consider taking a taxi to avoid long walks, especially if you’re traveling in a group (sharing costs). Better yet, use Uber for hassle-free rides in Hong Kong & Macau. Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card — HKD 94 price online. Includes HKD 50 pre-loaded credit. The Octopus Card is a must-have when traveling in Hong Kong. Get this card to enjoy discount fares and easy payments on Hong Kong’s MTR (metro) trains, buses & trams. Pre-book online here It can also be used for payments at convenient stores & partner shops throughout Hong Kong. Take note of the designated claiming area at Hong Kong International Airport. Buy top-up credit when you claim the card. You can get back/refund any remaining balance (except for the non-refundable deposit) at the MTR stations. Internet access in Hong Kong & Macau — Pocket WiFi hotspot rentals that you can book online usually require you to drop-off the device in Hong Kong. Because this itinerary assumes you’ll be flying out from Macau Airport, the best option is to get a SIM card or roaming plan for Hong Kong & Macau. Hong Kong SIM card — HKD 53 discount price online. Includes 1.5GB 4G data + HKD 18 preloaded credit. Regular price is HKD 68. Book discount here Pick up available at Hong Kong International Airport. Macau SIM card — HKD 45 discount price online. Includes unlimited 4G data (HKD 50 credit). Regular price is HKD 50. Book discount here Take note of the claiming area & opening hours at Shun Tak Center near Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal. Shun Tak Center is also where you’re going to claim the Hong Kong-Macau ferry tickets. So, you can pick-up the SIM card right after/before claiming the ferry tickets. 0900 am: Ngong Ping 360 cable car & Tian Tan Big Buddha Nong Ping 360 Cable Car – Lantau Island, Hong Kong Ngong Ping – Big Buddha in Lantau Island, Hong Kong The Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the “Big Buddha,” is the World’s largest outdoor sitting Buddha that is made of bronze. See the Po Lin Monastery & Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery famous for its hall with almost 13,000 miniature Buddha statues. The best way to get to Ngong Ping Village is by riding the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride, which offers panoramic views overlooking Lantau Island, Hong Kong Airport and the South China Sea. See discounts Ngong Ping 360 cable car ticket — HKD 167 per adult discount price online for a round-trip standard cabin ticket. The regular walk-in price is HKD 210 if you buy on site. Book discount here Proceed to the ‘Pre-Booked Counters’ at the Cable Car Terminal. Present your mobile or printed voucher to claim the entry ticket. Instead of going directly to downtown Hong Kong for your hotel check-in, you can head straight to the Ngong Ping 360 cable car terminal in Tung Chung. Both Ngong Ping and Disneyland Hong Kong are located near the airport. Starting your day this way will save you time by skipping the train travel to downtown HK and back. Leave your luggage at Citygate Outlets self-service while exploring Lantau Island. How to get to Ngong Ping village from HK Airport Step 1 (0900 am): Ride the S56 or S1 bus from Hong Kong Airport to Tung Chung — HKD 3.5 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. The S1 bus stop is located at the Terminal 1 ground level below the arrival concourse, on Cheong Tat Road. Ask the airport information booth to point you in the right direction. Step 2 (0930 am): Drop off at the Tung Chung bus terminus near Citygate Outlets. Step 3: Store luggage at Citygate Outlets self-service lockers — Pay using your Octopus Card. The small locker costs HKD 10 every 2 hours, for the first 6 hours. From the seventh hour onwards, the price bumps up to HKD 20 every 2 hours. For 12 hours storage, the cost will be HKD 90 in total. If you have a large bag or multiple small-medium sized bags, fit them in the large locker instead. The large locker costs 2x the small locker, so that’s HKD 180 for 12 hours storage. See more info hereand here. Step 4: Walk to Tung Chung Station of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. Step 5 (1000 am): Ride Ngong Ping 360 cable car from Tung Chung Station to Ngong Ping Village. Step 6 (1030 am): Walk to the Tian Tan Big Buddha, Po Lin Monastery & the Wisdom Path. Explore Ngong Ping Village on your way back. 0200 pm: Disneyland Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Disneyland Hong Kong – Sleeping Beauty Castle, in Lantau Island, Hong Kong Experience a magical adventure at Disneyland Hong Kong. It is the second Disney-themed amusement park in Asia after Tokyo Disneyland. See discounts How to get to Hong Kong Disneyland from Ngong Ping Village Step 1 (0100 pm): Ride Ngong Ping 360 cable car to Tung Chung. Step 2 (0130 pm): Ride the MTR train from Tung Chung Station to Disneyland Resort Station — HKD 14.3 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. Estimated travel time is 20 minutes. At Tung Chung Station, board the Orange “Tung Chung” Line (towards Hong Kong). Step 3: Change trains at Sunny Bay Station, to the Pink “Disneyland Resort” Line (towards Disneyland Resort). Step 4 (0150 pm): Drop-off at Disneyland Resort Station (end of the line). Step 5 (0150 pm): Walk to Disneyland Park Hong Kong entrance.): Disneyland Hong Kong admission/entrance fee — HKD 519 per adult discount price online for the 1-Day Ticket. The regular walk-in price is HKD 619 if you buy on site. Book discount here You can enter the Disneyland Hong Kong directly by scanning QR code on your phone. There’s no need to redeem the physical ticket unless you want to keep it as a souvenir. Once inside, enjoy Toy Story Land first because it’s the farthest. Then, prioritize zones that you like the most, visit Grizzly Gulch, Mystic Point, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland & Adventureland. Finally, end at Main Street, U.S.A. Download the official Disneyland HK mobile app to see queue times & help you plan your trip. Also, check the Disneyland show schedules before arriving. Don’t miss the “We Love Mickey!” Projection Show that runs at 7:15 pm every Wednesday, the daily “Flights of Fantasy Parade” at 1:30 pm, “Disney Paint the Night” Parade at 8:00 pm, and Festival of the Lion King at Adventureland. The “Disney in the Stars” fireworks had been temporarily discontinued starting Jan 2018 to give way to park transformation. 0815 pm: Transport to Hong Kong city center How to get to Kowloon or Hong Kong Island from Disneyland If you left your luggage at Citygate Outlets, here’s how to get back to Tung Chung: Step 1 (0815 pm): Ride the MTR train from Disneyland Resort station to Tung Chung Station — HKD 14.3 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. Estimated travel time is 20 minutes. At Disneyland Resort Station, board the “Pink” Disneyland Resort Line (towards Sunny Bay Station). Step 2: Change trains at Sunny Bay Station (end of the line), to the Orange “Tung Chung” Line (towards Tung Chung). Step 3: Drop-off at Tung Chung Station (end of the line). Step 4 (0845 pm): Claim luggage at Citygate Outlets lockers service. To Kowloon hotel from Tung Chung Step 1: Ride the MTR train to Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei or Mong Kok Station. HKD 16.9 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. Estimated travel time is 40 minutes. At Tung Chung Station, board the Orange “Tung Chung” Line (towards Hong Kong). Step 2: Board the Red “Tsuen Wan” Line (towards Central). Step 3: Drop off at MTR station nearest to your hotel. Step 4: Walk or ride taxi/Uber to your hotel. To Central/Hong Kong Island hotel from Tung Chung Step 1: Ride the MTR train to Hong Kong station. HKD 22.4 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. At Tung Chung Station, board the Orange “Tung Chung” Line (towards Hong Kong). Step 2: Drop off at Hong Kong station (end of the line). Central and Hong Kong MTR stations are interconnected by walking paths. Step 3: Walk or ride taxi/Uber to your hotel. 1000 pm: Hong Kong hotel check-in Hong Kong Hotel Cheapest RatesBest Hotel Reviews Day 2: Ocean Park, The Peak & Tsim Sha Tsui Greet the morning with aquatic creatures & adrenaline-pumping rides at Ocean Park Hong Kong. Then, enjoy the steep tram ride up The Peak for breathtaking views of the Hong Kong skyline and Victoria Harbor. From Central, go aboard the iconic Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui and enjoy the Symphony of Lights show. Cap the night with a shopping spree at Hong Kong’s night markets & outlet stores. 0800 am: Ocean Park Hong Kong Ocean Park Hong Kong entrance Thrill rides at Ocean Park Hong Hong Ocean Park is Hong Kong’s famous marine-themed amusement park. Don’t miss the giant panda habitat, jellyfish & Chinese sturgeon aquarium, as well as the Grand Aquarium. See discounts Ocean Park Hong Kong admission/entrance fee — HKD 404 per adult discount price online for the 1-day E-Ticket. The regular walk-in price is HKD 480 if you buy on site. Book discount here You can enter the attraction directly by presenting your mobile or printed voucher. How to get to Ocean Park Hong Kong Step 1 (0800 am): Ride the MTR train to Ocean Park Station — From Central or Tsim Sha Tsui, estimated travel time is 15 minutes. From Central: HKD 5.3 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. At Central Station, board the Blue “Island” Line (towards Chai Wan). Change trains at Admiralty Station. Board the Lime “South Island” Line (towards South Horizons). From Tsim Sha Tsui: HKD 11.9 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. At Tsim Sha Tsui Station, board the Red “Tsuen Wan” Line (towards Central). Change trains at Admiralty Station. Board the Lime “South Island” Line (towards South Horizons). Step 2: Drop-off at Ocean Park Station. Step 3 (0815 am): Walk to Ocean Park Hong Kong entrance. 0230 pm: The Peak / Victoria Peak Victoria Peak – Hong Kong skyline view from Sky Terrace 428 in Hong Kong The breathtaking panoramic view from Victoria Peak is Hong Kong’s most popular attraction for a good reason. Enjoy the best views overlooking the city’s famous skyline and Victoria Harbor, complete with all of Hong Kong’s tallest and most famous skyscrapers. The scenic and thrilling The Peak Tram is a worthy attraction on its own. Here, you can also visit the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Trick Eye Museum & other attractions. See discounts The Peak Tram round trip ticket + Sky Terrace 428 admission — HKD 87 per adult discount combo ticket price. The regular walk-in price is HKD 99 if you buy on site. Book discount here Proceed to ticket booth & present your mobile or printed voucher to claim the entry ticket. SKIP-THE-LINE: The Peak Tram round trip ticket + Sky Terrace 428 admission — HKD 94 per adult discount combo ticket price. Regular price is HKD 103 if you buy on site. Book discount here Review the meet-up info to claim the entry ticket. How to get to The Peak Tram/Victoria Peak from Ocean Park Step 1 (0230 pm): Ride the MTR train from Ocean Park to Admiralty Station — HKD 5.3 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. At Ocean Park Station, board the Lime “South Island” Line (towards Admiralty). Step 2 (0236 pm): Drop off at Admiralty Station (end of the line). Step 3: Walk to The Peak Tram lower terminus along Garden Road. Step 4: Ride The Peak Tram to Sky Terrace 428 at Victoria Peak — See combo packages above for discount ticket prices. 0500 pm: Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui Central Hong Kong Skyline viewed from the historic Star Ferry that crosses the Victoria Harbour Enjoy a nostalgic ferry crossing with an amazing view of the amazing skyline on both sides of Victoria Harbor. Redeem Hong Kong-Macau ferry tickets if you booked your Hong Kong-Macau ferry tickets online, you will need to redeem your ferry ticket at the Shun Tak Centre redemption/ticket counters before proceeding to the Star Ferry & Tsim Sha Tsui. The steps on how to redeem are posted on the “Day 3″ part of this guide.” In the meantime, here are the directions on getting to the redemption/ticket counters. How to get to Shun Tak Centre from Victoria Peak Step 1 (0500 pm): Ride The Peak Tram to the Garden Road (lower terminus) Station. Step 2Step 3 (0520 pm): Ride the MTR train to Sheung Wan Station — HKD 4.5 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. Estimated travel time is 5 minutes. At Central or Admiralty MRT Station, board the Blue “Island” Line (towards Kennedy Town). Step 4: Drop-off at Sheung Wan. Step 5 (0525 pm): Walk to Shun Tak Centre and proceed to redemption/ticket counters. Redeem Macau SIM card booked online If you booked the Macau SIM card on Klook as well, you can pick it up at Shun Tak Centre. Make sure to confirm the proper claiming area. How to get to Star Ferry-Central Pier from Shun Tak Centre Option 1: Walk to Star Ferry-Central Pier No. 7 — 16 minutes/1.1 km walk. Option 2: Ride Bus #2 from “Shun Tak Centre/Macau Ferry Bus Terminus” bus stop to “Central (Ferry Pier)” bus stop — HKD 4.1 fare per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. How to get to Tsim Sha Tsui via the Star Ferry Step 1 (0600 pm): Ride Star Ferry from Central Pier (No. 7) to Tsim Sha Tsui Pier — The fare is HKD 2.50 (non-peak days) to HKD 3.40 (peak days) per adult. Pay with Octopus Card. Step 2: Walk to Tsim Sha Tsui promenade. 0630 pm: Tsim Sha Tsui & Symphony of Lights Symphony of Lights, Hong Kong A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without a visit to Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront to enjoy the panoramic views of impressive Central Hong Kong Skyline and Victoria Harbor. This is a must for photographers! Don’t miss the Symphony of Lights, the World’s Largest Permanent light and sound Show by Guinness World Records. It lights up every night starting at 8 pm and includes more than 40 buildings on both sides of Victoria Harbour. Symphony of Lights Cruise — Cruise Victoria Harbour on a ferry to enjoy unbeatable views during the Symphony of Lights show. See discounts The Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui is closed for repair and improvement works, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. If you want to see the famous statues, a selection of the Avenue of Stars exhibits is displayed at Garden of Stars and Starry Gallery. You can find it near exit P1 of East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR station, along Moody & Salisbury roads. Take the escalator/stairs/elevator to the podium level. 0830 pm: Hong Kong at night & shopping Hong Kong Night Markets & Outlet Shopping Here’s a list of places to shop in Tsim Sha Tsui and elsewhere in Kowloon: China Hong Kong City In-Town Outlets (Greenland Corner, 5 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui) Esprit Factory Outlet Tsim Sha Tsui (Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui) I.T. Factory Outlet Tsim Sha Tsui (3rd floor, Silvercord Shopping Center, 30 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui) Temple Street / Men’s Market (Near Jordan & Yau Ma Tei MTR stations) Sneaker Street Market (Fa Yuen Street near Mong Kok MTR station) Ladies Market (Tung Choi Street near Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok MTR stations) Day 3: Macau Day Trip The day starts with a one-hour ferry to Macau. Don’t miss a visit to the Macau Tower, Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral & Senado Square. Then enjoy the attractions at Taipa including Venetian Macau & City of Dreams. 0630 am: Hong Kong to Macau Ferry The best Hong Hong Kong-Macau ferry operators are TurboJET and Cotaijet. For this itinerary, I suggest that you go with Cotaijet because they arrive at Macau-Taipa Ferry Terminal, which is located beside Macau Airport. It’s also close to Venetian Macau, City of Dreams & Galaxy Macau and other casinos in Taipa Island. See discounts How to get to Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal Step 1 (0630 am): Ride the MTR train to Sheung Wan Station. The fare is HKD 9.7 to HKD 11.9 per adult (Octopus card) if coming from Kowloon side. Step 2: Change to the Blue “Island” Line at Admiralty or Central. Ride the train towards Kennedy Town. Step 3: Drop off at Sheung Wan Station. Step 4: Claim Octopus card refund at Sheung Wan MTR Customer Service Centre if you have balance leftover. Make sure you have already redeemed the Hong Kong-ferry tickets & have them on hand before arriving. See the instructions below for more info. If you did not redeem the tickets the day before. You will need to wait for the redemptions counters to open at 9:00 am. Step 5: Proceed to ferry departure terminal Step 6: Clear Hong Kong immigration checkpoint Step 7 (0730 am): Hong Kong to Macau ferry departure Hong Kong to Macau Cotaijet ferry ticket — HKD 160 per adult discount price online for a one-way weekday ticket. Regular price is HKD 201 if you buy on site. Book discount here How to redeem Hong Kong-ferry tickets booked on Klook Step 1: Claim your “exchange ticket” at Beng Seng Travel redemption counters in Shop 310-312, Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan. Present your printed or mobile voucher so they can confirm your booking. IMPORTANT: Claiming of exchange tickets is only possible during operational hours of the redemption counters, from 9:00 am to 1:00 am. Because we’re targeting an early morning (7:30 am) ferry departure to Macau, you will need to get the exchange tickets on an earlier day. For example, Day 2 of this itinerary. The best time to do it is after your trip to Ocean Park, before crossing the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. Step 2: After claiming the exchange ticket, proceed to the Cotaijet Ticket Office to redeem your Cotaijet tickets. Their ticket office is located at Shop 305D, Shun Tak Centre. Operating hours from 6:00 am to 11:30 pm. IMPORTANT: Redeem the Cotaijet tickets as early as you can to avoid sold out time slots. The process of redeeming TurboJET tickets is similar to the steps above. The only difference is that you need to redeem the TurboJET tickets at the TurboJET Ticket Office, 3/F Shun Tak Center. Open 24 hours. 0830 am: Arrival in Macau Arriving at Macau-Taipa Ferry terminal Step 1: Clear Macau immigration checkpoint. Step 2: Clear Macau customs checkpoint. Step 3: No need to exchange currency to Macau Pataca (MOP) since Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is accepted almost everywhere in Macau including taxis and buses. The value of HKD is almost equal to MOP. Luggage storage in Macau You’ll be needing a place to store your luggage for this Macau day trip. This is the reason to go straight to Macau International Airport after arriving at the ferry terminal. You have the option to use the self-service lockers at Macau Ferry Terminal or try your luck with the baggage service counters at the casino/resorts. For convenience, I recommend leaving your bags at the airport instead so that you can manage your time better & avoid potential hassles on your way to the airport later in the evening. How to get around Macau — You can choose to go by public bus, free casino shuttles, or taxi/Uber. Of course, there also the option of booking a hassle-free guided tour. Most casinos in Macau offer free shuttle services to the ferry terminals & Macau Airport. To get to the other attractions, however, you might need to take a taxi/Uber or go with the cheaper public bus. Use Google Maps ‘transit’ directions feature to see recommended routes & bus stops. HKD is accepted to pay for public bus fares in Macau. Prepare exact amount because Macau bus services do not provide change. How to get to Macau Airport from Taipa Ferry Terminal Option 1: 10 minutes/700m walk Option 2: Ride the taxi if you have heavy luggage. Option 3: Ride the free shuttle to either Venetian Macau. OR, City of Dreams if it leaves earlier. Then, ride another free shuttle to Macau Airport. This option will take a much longer time. 0930 am: Macau Tower Macau Tower Walk the 360-degree observation deck for unobstructed views across Macau – and see even as far as Hong Kong! See discounts Macau Tower admission/entrance fee — HKD 109 per adult discount price online. The regular walk-in price is HKD 145 if you buy on site. Book discount here Tickets include admission to the Observation Lounge on Level 58 and the Outdoor Observation Deck on Level 61. Proceed to ticket booth & present your mobile or printed voucher to claim the entry ticket. How to get to Macau Tower from Macau Airport Step 1: Walk to the airport bus stop along Avenida Wai Long. Step 2: Ride Bus #26 to Macau Tower — Bus fare is MOP 4.2 per adult. Travel time is around 35 minutes. 1130 am: Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral & Senado Square Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral in Macau’s Portuguese-colonial district Monte Forte (Fortaleza do Monte), Macau Senate Square, Macau Enjoy a walking tour around Senado Square, Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral, Na Tcha Temple & Fortress Hill. How to get to Senado Square / Saint Paul Cathedral from Macau Tower Step 1: Ride Bus 32 to Calcada De Santo Agostinho bus stop — Bus fare is MOP 3.2 per adult. Travel time is around 15 minutes. Step 2: Drop off at Calcada De Santo Agostinho bus stop along Avenida da Praia Grande. This bus stop is located immediately after Nam Van Lake. Step 3: Walk to Senado Square — 5 minutes/500m walk Step 4: Walk to Saint Paul Cathedral & Fortress Hill. Eat free samples of beef/pork jerky at food shops on the way to the Ruins of Saint Paul Cathedral. 0230 pm: Venetian Macau Indoor Italian-inspired canals and gondolas at The Venetian Macau Aside from the casino, the main attraction at Venetian Macau is the Venice inspired Shoppes Canal/Venetian canals. See discounts Gondola Rides at Venetian Macau — HKD 108 per adult discount price online for 20 minutes gondola ride. Regular price is HKD 134 if you buy on site. Book discount here Present your mobile or printed voucher at Boutique Di Gondola (Shop 832 Grand Canal Street). OR, Emporio Di Gondola (Shop 891 Grand Canal Street) How to get to Venetian Macau from Senado Square Step 1: Ride Bus #26A from Almeida Ribeiro (near Senado Square) to Galaxy Macau — Bus fare is MOP 4.2 per adult. Travel time is around 30 minutes. Step 2: Drop off at Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca bus stop located in front of Galaxy Macau & near the entrance of Taipa Village. Step 3: Walk to Venetian Macau — 5 minutes/500m walk. 0400 pm: City of Dreams Macau Best sights here are House of Dancing Water (world’s largest pool-based performance show), Vquarium, The Bubble Fountain & more. See discounts How to get to City of Dreams Macau from Venetian Macau These casinos are located right next to each other, within easy walking distance. The House of Dancing Water admission/entrance fee — HKD 503 per adult discount price online. Regular walk-in price is HKD 580 if you buy on site. Book discount here You can enter the attraction directly by presenting your mobile or printed voucher. Remember to select the show time at 5 pm. The entire show lasts about 85 minutes and no intermission. Includes a complimentary ride on “Golden Reel” at Studio City on the same day or the day after if you booked for show dates on or before June 30, 2018. 0630 pm: Wynn Palace Fountain Show Signature fountain show at Wynn Palace’s Performance Lake. Check show schedules here. How to get to Wynn Palace from City of Dreams Macau These casinos are located right next to each other, within easy walking distance. 0730 pm: Transport to Macau International Airport Ride free shuttle from Wynn Palace to Macau International Airport. 0805 pm: Macau International Airport Departing from Macau International Airport Step 1: Bag drop/check-in for Macau to Manila flight. No additional airport/departure taxes or terminal fees for outbound flights from Macau International Airport. All fees should be included in the flight ticket price. Step 2: Clear Macau immigration checkpoint Step 3: Wait for boarding call at pre-departure area. Step 4: Macau flight departure. Hong Kong & Macau Budget Your travel expenses will largely depend on your traveling style and how much you plan to spend on activities, accommodations & food. To help you set your own budget, here are budget estimates if you follow the 3 days and 2 nights (3D2N) itinerary posted above. Make sure to review all discounts & online booking prices. Transport expenses breakdown HKD 94 Tourist Octopus card — Includes HKD 50 initial stored value.Book discount here HKD 130 Octopus card top up — For HK train/bus fares + HKD 90 small locker rental at Citygate Outlets HKD 147 Hong Kong to Macau ferry — Per person discount price online for a one-way ticket on Cotaijet. The regular price is HKD 201 if you buy on site.Book discount here HKD 11.6 Macau bus fares — Per person. Activities/attraction costs breakdown HKD 171 Ngong Ping 360 cable car — Per person discount price online for a round-trip standard cabin ticket. The regular walk-in price is HKD 210 if you buy on site.Roundtrip ticket . Per person.Book discount here HKD 534 Disneyland Hong Kong — Per person discount price online for 1-day admission/entrance ticket. Regular price is HKD 619 if you buy on site. HKD 384 Ocean Park Hong Kong — Per person discount price online for 1-day admission/entrance ticket. Regular price is HKD 480 if you buy on site. HKD 87 The Peak Tram + Sky Terrace 428 — Per person discount price online for roundtrip ticket + Sky Terrace 428 admission 2-in-1 combo package ticket. Regular price is HKD 99 if you buy on site. HKD 109 Macau Tower observation deck — Per person discount price online for the admission/entrance ticket. Regular price is HKD 145 if you buy on site.Book here Budget Trip – Backpacker expenses HKD 383 Transport— Public transport in Hong Kong & Macau + Hong Kong-Macau ferry ticket. HKD 320 Accommodations — 2 nights in a budget hostel. HKD160 per bed per night x 2. HKD 540 Food — Budget meals for 3 days. HKD 180 per day x 3. HKD 1,243 Sub-total — Including 3 days accommodations, food & transport. Approximately PHP 8,350 / USD 162 / SGD 211. Or, a daily budget of HKD 414 / PHP 2,783 / USD 54 / SGD 70. HKD 1,285 Activities — Admission/entrance fee on selected activities above. HKD 2,528 Total — Including activities & 3 days expenses above. Excluding flights. Approximately PHP 16,985 / USD 329 / SGD 430. Or, a daily budget of HKD 843 / PHP 5,662 / USD 110 / SGD 143. I’ve included backpacker budget estimates for food & accommodations to give you an idea of how cheaply you can do the trip. As you know, actual budgets/expenses may be different depending on many factors including personal traveling styles, time of visit, etc. If you have money to splurge on hotels, food, and extra activities, simply use the expenses posted to calculate your estimated budget. Other activities HKD 280 AquaLuna Symphony of Lights Cruise — Per person discount price online. Includes Symphony of Lights cruise on an iconic junk boat. Regular price is HKD 295 if you buy on site.Book discount here HKD 264 Bauhinia Harbor Cruises dinner buffet — Per person discount price online. Includes night sailing with dinner buffet. Regular price is HKD 385 if you buy on site.Book discount here HKD 101 Gondola Rides at The Venetian Macau — Per adult discount price online for 20 minutes gondola ride. Regular price is HKD 134 if you buy on site.Book here HKD 530 The House of Dancing Water — Per person discount price online for the admission/entrance ticket. Regular walk-in price is HKD 580 if you buy on site.Book discount here HKD 10 Luggage storage in Venetian Macau HKD 52 Hong Kong SIM card — Includes 1.5GB 4G data + HKD 18 preloaded credit. The regular price is HKD 68.Book discount here HKD 45 Macau SIM card — Includes unlimited 4G data (HKD 50 credit). The regular price is HKD 50.Book discount here Other expenses PHP 1,620 Philippine Travel Tax — For outbound Philippine citizens only Where to Stay in Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) and Central are the best areas to stay in Hong Kong. TST offers a wider variety when it comes to prices. You can find hostels/guesthouses catering to backpackers and low budget travelers as well as 5-star hotels. Meanwhile, hotels in Central caters to a more upscale crowd. If you’re set on a splurge, choose a hotel near the waterfront for sweeping views of Hong Kong‘s skyline and Victoria Harbour. In this case, stay in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST), which offers a view of the more impressive Central Hong Kong‘s skyline. The neighborhoods of Jordan, Mong Kok, Sheung Wan and Wan Chai are also great options as these places are located next to Tsim Sha Tsui and Central. If you plan to stay in these areas, remember to choose a location within easy walking distance to an MTR train station. Click below to see rates and compare hotels in Hong Kong within your budget. The best locations & properties with the highest review scores are pre-selected so you can easily pick the perfect place to stay. InterContinental Hotel Splurge / Tsim Sha Tsui See discounts Four Seasons Hotel Splurge / Central See discounts The Salvation Army Mid-Range / Yau Ma Tei See discounts Victoria Hotel Mid-Range / Tsim Sha Tsui See discounts Ukkei Inn Budget / Yau Ma Tei See discounts Yiu Fai Guest House Budget / Tsim Sha Tsui See discounts Apple Inn @ TST Budget Backpacker / Tsim Sha Tsui See discounts Hop Inn on Mody Budget Backpacker / Tsim Sha Tsui See discounts Where to Stay in Macau The best areas to stay in Macau are ‘Macau City’ and Cotai Strip in Taipa Island. Cotai Strip offers an unbeatable location in the heart of Macau’s mega-casino district. It’s also close to Macau Airport. Prices tend to be on the high-end on this side of Taipa Island. If you’re looking for a cheaper hotel, consider staying in ‘Macau City.’ Pick a hotel close to major historical sites like Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral. Best Luxury Hotels in Macau Splurge at the best 5-star and 4-star hotels in Macau. Check all rates & reviews Four Seasons Hotel Cotai (next to Venetian) Book here The Ritz-Carlton Galaxy Macau, Cotai Book here HKD 1000 or less 4-Star & 5-Star hotel promo rates — Grab massive discounts on luxury rooms available for booking today. Check all rates & reviews HKD 800 or less Recommended 3-Star & budget hotels — Great-value rooms for travelers seeking comfort at affordable rates. Perfect for those traveling with family & friends. Check all rates & reviews Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel Macau City Book here Caravel Hotel Macau City Book here HKD 700 or less Best budget hotels in Macau — For travelers looking for decent yet affordable accommodations. Check all rates & reviews Ka Meng Villa Macau City Book here 5 Footway Inn Macau City Book here HKD 600 or less Best hostels & budget hotels — Cheap hotels & places to stay for backpackers/solo travelers on a tight budget. Check all rates & reviews Cheapest places to stay in Macau Click below to find accommodations in Macau with prices for as low as HKD 500 or less. Check all rates & reviews Travel Tips Before You Go Do I need a visa to visit Hong Kong? Nationals of about 170 countries and territories can enter Hong Kong without a visa for tourism/transit purposes. Maximum stays vary from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. Countries that enjoy visa-free entry to Hong Kong include The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom, Australia & EU Citizens. For a hassle-free trip, make sure that you are able to meet the following normal immigration requirements: Valid passport not expiring within 6 months. Confirmed flight ticket/s back to your home country or onward destination that you are allowed to enter. Evidence that you are able to fund the entire duration of your visit. Proof of accommodation — Hotel reservations or letter of invitation from your friend/family residing in Hong Kong. Evidence that you are visiting for travel or holiday purposes only. No criminal record in Hong Kong and raise no security or criminal concerns. Hong Kong tourist visa for Filipinos Filipinos/Pinoy tourists do not need a visa to enter Hong Kong granting the purpose is tourism or transit. Philippine passport holders get a maximum stay of 14 days. Simply show up at the immigration checkpoint and get your passport stamped. Always remember that all countries have the right to refuse entry to any person even if they are eligible for the free tourist visa or have a valid visa on hand at the border. Make sure that you are able to provide the requirements listed above to avoid raising concerns from both Hong Kong & Philippine immigration. At the very least, have these on hand at the immigration checkpoint: A return/onward ticket, hotel reservations and tours/attraction ticket confirmations that you have pre-booked online. These documents will help to convince them that you are really are visiting as a tourist, NOT for work, and you are able to fund the trip. Do I need a visa to visit Macau? Nationals of around 170 countries can enter Macau without a visa for tourism/transit purposes. Maximum stays vary from 7 days to 180 days depending on nationality. Countries that enjoy visa-free entry to Macau include The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, United States, United Kingdom & Australia. Normal immigration requirements should be more or less the same as Hong Kong (see list above). Macau tourist visa for Filipinos Filipinos/Pinoy tourists do not need a visa to enter Macau granting the purpose is tourism or transit. Philippine passport holders get a maximum stay of 30 days. How to get Hong Kong Dollars? Hong Kong’s currency is called Hong Kong Dollars (HKD or HK$). You should be able to exchange your USD, SGD, EUR, GBP & major currencies easily at most money exchange stalls. Don’t exchange a lot at the airport. Branches found in the city usually offer better rates. ATMs — I use my ATM card a lot when I travel. It’s way more convenient than to worry about bringing and exchanging cash. Because banks charge a fee (usually USD 5 or more) per withdrawal, I make sure to withdraw large amounts instead of several smaller ones. It’s important to check if your bank requires you to activate your card for international withdrawal. Your card might be useless otherwise. I use a Bank of the Philippine Islands ATM card (Cirrus) and I have to call their 24-hour hotline to activate my card before I travel abroad. On the other hand, My Unionbank debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) does not need activation to withdraw money abroad. Philippine Peso to Hong Kong Dollars PHP is widely accepted at currency exchange stalls in Hong Kong because of the large number of OFWs. As mentioned, exchange most of your money at the city center, not at the airport. Better yet, save time by withdrawing from an ATM or exchanging your pesos to Hong Kong dollars before you leave. How to get Macau Pataca? Macau’s currency is called Macau pataca or Macanese pataca (MOP or MOP$). You may be able to survive a trip to Macau without exchanging your money to Macau Pataca (MOP) since Hong Kong Dollars are accepted in almost all tourist establishments. HKD to MOP exchange rate is almost 1:1. Should I book my Hong Kong/Macau hotel online? Here are these trusted booking sites that I use them frequently to grab rock-bottom prices & enjoy hassle-free trips. Click below to see today’s lowest prices. AgodaBooking.comAirbnb Book your stay sooner rather than later if you already have your dates set. Cheaper-priced rooms tend to get fully-booked faster, especially during busy days like weekends, holidays & peak tourist seasons. Having hotel reservations is very important when traveling abroad because immigration officers often require tourists to provide the address of their accommodation. In addition, here top reasons why I prefer to book online & why you should too: Wide selection of hotels/hostels. Often cheaper prices than walk-in rates. Earn rewards points for every booking. The more you book, the more you earn! Trusted by millions of travelers. Read reviews from actual staying guests. Instant confirmation and free cancellation on most properties. Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies. Convenient & secure payment by credit card or Paypal. Fast customer support. Where can I book tours in Hong Kong/Macau & attraction tickets? I often book online to enjoy discounts and cashless convenience during my actual trip. Always check prices of tours and attraction tickets on these booking sites: KlookGetYourGuide Prices are often cheaper than booking on-site. Huge discounts on many activities. Maximize your trip! Avoid wasting time queueing at ticket booths & shopping for tours. Get a good idea what to expect. Knowing all the inclusions/non-inclusions & reading user reviews is very helpful to make an informed decision. Earn rewards points for every booking. Free cancellation on many activities. Pay in your home currency. Worry less about bringing cash/exchanging currencies. If you’re booking tours and you’ve already finalized your travel dates, book early, especially if you are traveling in a group to lock-in those open slots for your group. Is the iVenture Hong Kong & Macau Attractions Pass worth it? The iVenture attractions pass is a special card that provides entry to many top attractions in Hong Kong & Macau. It’s very convenient and saves you time because you only make the purchase once instead of buying admission tickets separately. The regular cost of the card is HKD 989 (per person). It’s available on Klook for a discounted price of HKD 890. See discount and all inclusions here As you know, you can also book huge discounts on Klook if you buy tickets individually. So the BIG question is: Is the iVenture pass more cost-effective compared to buying individual discounts tickets on Klook. The short answer is YES. You’re going to save money with the iVenture card assuming you’re visiting the attractions included in the itineraries posted above & you’re visiting BOTH Hong Kong & Macau. If you’re visiting Hong Kong only, however. Or, if you’re only visiting a few attractions during your trip, it will be cheaper to buy the discount tickets separately on Klook. Posted below are the attractions included in the iVenture card with a comparison of Klook prices and the regular price if you buy admission tickets on-site: Attractions & tickets included iVenture Klook Price Regular Price Ocean Park Hong Kong — 1 day admission ticket. iVenture pass has the added perk of a free single transfer to Ocean Park. Included HKD 404 HKD 480 The Peak Tram — Round-trip tram ticket Included Sky Terrace 428 — Admission ticket is not included in the iVenture card. You will need to buy the regular price on-site because Klook does not sell it without the bundled Peak tram tickets. HKD 52 HKD 74 HKD 84 Ngong Ping 360 — Round trip standard cabin ticket Included HKD 133 HKD 145 Hong Kong SIM Card — 5 days 4G internet in Hong Kong only. Included HKD 53 HKD 58 Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck — Single entry ticket with free WiFi. Included HKD 92 HKD 175 Disneyland Hong Kong — The iVenture pass does not have this included in the basic package. The admission ticket to Disneyland can be included as an add-on for an additional fee of HKD 477. HKD 477 HKD 519 HKD 619 Sub-total — HKD 890 iVenture Card discount price on Klook + additional cost of Sky Terrace 728 & Disneyland. = HKD 1,505. HKD 1,505 HKD 1,275 HKD 2,550 Now, you can really see the huge amount of savings with the iVenture card & Klook discounts. As mentioned, the iVenture card is not for those traveling to Hong Kong only. You will only get maximum benefits if you’re visiting Macau too. Here are prices with Macau attractions included: Attractions & tickets included iVenture Klook Price Regular Price Macau Tower — Single entry to the observation deck. Included HKD 109 HKD 145 Hong Kong-Macau Cotaijet ferry — 15% special discount on ferry tickets for iVenture card holders. HKD 292 HKD 321 HKD 344 Hong Kong MTR Airport Express — 25% discount on round-trip tickets for iVenture card holders. HKD 86 HKD 72 HKD 115 Sub-total — Including costs posted above. HKD 1,884 HKD 1,777 HKD 3,154 Based on the breakdown above, booking the Klook discounts will save you just over HKD 100. The major advantage of the iVenture card though is that it comes with these two included: Attractions & tickets included iVenture Klook Price Regular Price TKW Macau Tour — Sightseeing Macau day tour. Hong Kong-Macau ferry is not included. Included HKD 500 HKD 500 Watertours Victoria Harbour Cruise — Pre-dinner sunset cruise with unlimited free drinks on board (spirits, cocktails, wines, beer, soft drinks, tea & coffee). Included HKD 330 HKD 330 Sub-total — Including costs posted above. HKD 1,884 HKD 2,607 HKD 3,984 For HKD 100 more, you will be able to enjoy a hassle-free guided tour of Macau. Plus a nice sunset cruise of Victoria Harbour. HKD 100 only converts to PHP 660 / USD 13! Here are the remaining attractions included: Attractions & tickets included iVenture Klook Price Regular Price Ngong Ping 360 Fun Pass — Can be included in the iVenture package as an add-on. HKD 90 HKD 95 HKD 145 Rickshaw sightseeing open top bus — One day pass Included HKD 200 HKD 200 Noah’s Ark Hong Kong — Single 1-day entry Included HKD 125 HKD 168 Sky100 VR experience Ticket — 360 VR Experience is closed for hardware maintenance until further notice. Check Sky100’s website for updates. Included Grand Total HKD 1,974 HKD 3,027 HKD 4,497 How to book cheap flights to Hong Kong & Macau? If you are flying to Hong Kong & Macau within the next 2-3 months, the general rule to spend less on flights is by booking sooner rather than later. In case you are booking well ahead of your trip, keep a lookout for airline promo fares & seat sales. The easy way to find the cheap flights that you can book right now is to use flight search engines. These sites compare prices on different airlines to show you the cheapest flights. Check multiple flight search engines listed below: MomondoSkyscannerWegoTripAdvisor Always check promo fares before booking. Visit the airlines’ official website, mobile app, Facebook, Twitter & other social media accounts for updates. You can also check the latest airline promo alerts posted here on Detourista. Click below to start: Hong Kong Promo Macau Promo AirAsia Promo Cebu Pacific Promo Philippine Airlines Promo Scoot Promo Subscribe to the email alerts to save time from checking many websites frequently. Get FREE promo updates sent directly by email. Don’t miss the next one! Sign-up for free You can also get updates by following Detourista on Facebook. Remember to select the “See first” in news feed option. To learn more, visit the guide on how to book cheap flights. Useful travel apps for Hong Kong & Macau Google Maps — Remember to download the offline maps before you go to access the map even if you don’t have mobile data. Use the directions feature if you plan to get around Hong Kong on your own. I love this feature because I often like to wander around places that I visit & see the sights on foot. The directions on Google Maps is also super useful because it displays train, bus & tram routes in Hong Kong. It only works online, so you will need internet access. Maps.me — Excellent Google Maps alternative that automatically saves offline maps. Uber — To see fare estimates, click below to install the app on your phone. Get Uber XE Currency — Free & easy currency converter. Google Translate — Very useful when communicating with locals who do not understand/speak English. Agoda & Booking.com — My go-to for convenient hotel bookings & cheap rates. For home/apartment rentals, I use Airbnb as well. Skyscanner & Momondo — These top flight search apps make it super easy to compare airfares from multiple airlines. Download the app & sign-up to the price alerts to get updates on cheap flights. Get Skyscanner for iOSAndroid TripAdvisor — Great for restaurant reviews & recommendations. One of the features that I use often is the “cheap eats” filter & the map view. Go to website How to get a local data SIM card or pocket WiFi hotspot in Hong Kong & Macau Stay connected online during your whole trip. Not only does it make it possible to share your travel moments instantly, you can also travel better by having access to all your favorite travel apps anytime. If you can’t get a good roaming data plan from your current provider, pre-book a local/roaming SIM card online. Book SIM card here Book WiFi hotspot here Don’t Stop Here Did you find this travel guide helpful? Share your Hong Kong-Macau experience & tag #detourista. Follow trip updates on: Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest. 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Hong Kong Trip + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers19 Places to Visit in Hong Kong + Things To Do for…Iloilo Itinerary - One Day City & Province Tour for…France Itinerary with Paris, Versailles & Colmar… Discover more blogs and travel tips in: Hong KongMacau Asia See all places Find more posts about:FeaturedItinerary Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Comments Michael says November 10, 2016 at 1:40 pm Any tips for the food in HK Disneyland? Reply Marcos Detourist says November 10, 2016 at 7:11 pm I don’t have tips on food to try at the park, but you can pre-book the combo vouchers online if you want cheaper prices. Reply ABV says November 17, 2016 at 1:03 am This itinerary is helpful. Thanks for sharing :) Reply Mae says January 14, 2017 at 7:34 am We are scheduled to go to Hong Kong in June. Our time of Arrival is 6pm, Sunday and we will be leaving Wednesday morning around 10am. Do you think it is possible that we explore Hong Kong Sunday night and Monday morning, visit Macau Tuesday Morning then go back to Hong Kong Tuesday evening? Also, we will be travelling with our 1 year old daughter. Do you think we still have to pay fare for her going to and from Macau? Reply Marcos Detourist says January 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm Hi Mae! Yes, of course, but you might have to skip some places mentioned in the itinerary posted above. If you arrive early on Sunday, you might be able to see the Symphony of Lights at 8pm. If not, just stroll along the waterfront and see Hong Kong skyline at night. See if you can join a Victoria Harbour evening cruise. Or, go shopping at the malls/street markets nearby. On Monday (Day 2), I suggest that you don’t miss the The Peak, especially if it’s your first time in Hong Kong. And, choose between Ocean Park or Disneyland HK if you want to go to a theme park. On Tuesday, you can book a day tour to Macau. You can also make your own d-i-y tour but it’ll take some planning. Check out Hong Kong tours & packages that you can book online. If you want to take it easy and save yourself the hassle of arranging everything. Best to stay in Central since it is near the HK-Macau Ferry. But, Tsim Sha Tsui is just a train ride away. Reply Myra Palomo says January 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm Hi, I want to know if the airfare package includes hotel accommodation? Thank you Reymond D. says January 27, 2017 at 11:09 am Wow….. Thanks a lot for sharing your Hong Kong and Macau trip. I can use this as guide for my upcoming trip. Reply Marcos Detourist says January 27, 2017 at 5:12 pm Thanks for dropping by Reymond D. Reply Francis Andrew says February 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm this is very helpful :) I am reading this for almost 20 times… :) thanks for sharing.. Reply Marcos Detourist says February 7, 2017 at 8:33 am Thanks for the comment Francis. I would love to know how your trip went and appreciate some feedback about the itinerary I posted. Have fun on your Hong Kong & Macau trip! Reply Raymund says March 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm Any tips on how much Pocket Money we should bring to HK, this is excluding the trip to Macau :) Thank you in advance :) Reply Marcos Detourist says March 16, 2017 at 6:57 pm You can check the “Budget & Expenses” part of the article to help you make an estimate on how much money your HK trip will cost. Also, make sure to check the budget tips posted on this page https://www.detourista.com/place/hong-kong/ Reply Donna says March 22, 2017 at 4:12 pm Hi any recommendations on where we can store our luggages in Macau? We will be flying in HK then fly out from Macau. Our flight leaves Macau at night so we have the whole day to explore it. Thanks Reply Marcos Detourist says March 22, 2017 at 4:36 pm There’s luggage storage facilities in Venetian Macau, and Taipa Ferry Terminal (found next to the airport). Reply Mel says April 21, 2017 at 2:10 am Hi! I find your blog really helpful. However, I need some help in organizing our own DIY Hongkong/Macau for Dec 8-11. We want to maximize our time as much as possible. Est. arrival – Cebu to Hong Kong (8:55AM) on Dec 8 and Departure – Hong Kong to Cebu (9:45AM) Is it possible for us to visit disneyland, ocean park, the peak, ngong ping, Macau and do the shopping with the given period of stay? Can you suggest itinerary for days 1-3? Thank you so much. Reply Marcos Detourist says April 21, 2017 at 5:09 am You have 4 whole days during your trip, which is more than the 3 days on the itinerary guide posted above. Yes, it’s possible. You can follow the tips posted above and change the timings so that it fits well with your flights. Macau is only one hour away by ferry from Hong Kong. You can even go there on a day trip :) Reply Mel says April 23, 2017 at 9:54 pm Thank you :) Another thing, would you suggest getting iVenture card or individual vouchers depending on the preferred attractions and activities? Ashley Keith says May 11, 2017 at 2:27 pm Hong-Kong is a great country! Reply Aloj says May 24, 2017 at 9:57 pm Very helpful. :) Thanks for sharing. Will use this as guide on our upcoming HK trip this June :) Approximately 3k budget for HK-Macau daytrip right? Reply Marcos Detourist says May 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm You’re welcome Aloj. Your budget will depend on what type of activities you want to do in HK & Macau :) Reply Owen says June 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm The ‘short desc’ for Day 2 & 3 are interchanged.. Day 2 — Hong Kong City & Oceanpark The day starts with a 1-hour ferry to Macau. On arrival, enjoy the attractions at Venetian Macau & City of Dreams Macau. Reply Marcos Detourist says June 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm Thanks for the correction Owen! Reply Lizyl says June 10, 2017 at 6:01 am Hi! Yung HKD270 budget mo po for food mga ilang meals (BF, Lunch, Dinner) po yun? Tsaka super sulit na po ba yung HKD270? We’re visiting HKG on August, and nahihirapan ako mag budget ng foof. Hope you can share your thoughts. Salamat! Reply Marcos Detourist says June 10, 2017 at 6:08 am It’s for 3 meals a day, assuming that you spend HKD30 per meal, at budget fast food & local food stalls. If you want to eat well in a casual or fine dining restaurant, expect to spend more. Reply LIZYL DALIDA says June 10, 2017 at 5:03 pm So if I budget HKD50 and spend it sa local food stalls, sulit na po sya? And lesser po ba kpag BF? Salamat ulit! Marcos Detourist says June 11, 2017 at 5:34 am Yes, that’s a safe budget for 1 meal :D You can find lots of street food guides online with prices if you really want to do more research before going. Here’s one that I found for you https://findingbeyond.com/2017/02/01/hong-kong-street-food-hong-kong-cheap-eats/ Enjoy! Lyn B says June 22, 2017 at 8:51 am I so love what you did on this blog! I am planning to go to Hongkong-Macau with my 3 kids this October but we would have to take Manila – Mcau flight first before heading to Hong Kong. Any suggestions? Super thanks! Reply Marcos Detourist says June 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm Yes, you can also follow this itinerary in reverse. You can spend your first night in Macau, tour Macau during the day, and leave early morning to Hong Kong. If you are on a late evening flight, you can tour Macau the next day and go to Hong Kong on a late evening ferry. Reply ijin says June 22, 2017 at 10:57 am this is very helpful. do you have korea itenery? Reply Marcos Detourist says June 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm Thank Ijin. No Korea itinerary yet :) Reply Aymah says July 4, 2017 at 1:30 am Any extra hkd? Willing to buy Reply Colleen says July 4, 2017 at 5:42 pm Can we store large sized luggage at the luggage storage facilities in Venetian Macau? Thanks! Reply Elaine says July 5, 2017 at 7:46 pm Thank you, Marcos! Very informative. Best Hong Kong-Macau blog I’ve read yet! 👏 We have a slightly similar itinerary and this blog has the answers to some of my questions. We also have the same flight schedule from MNL to HKG and from MFM to MNL. The only difference is that we have 4 days for all those activities and I was a bit worried if we’d be able to do all of ’em in 4 days without getting exhausted. Hehe well, if you did it in 3 days, I have nothing to worry about. Except.. our first day would be Ngong Ping 360, The Peak, and Symphony of Lights. Do you think it’s possible to take the tram to the peak by 4:30PM then stay there until 6:30PM? If we get to Central station by 7PM, where would be the best spot to watch The Symphony of Lights? Or is it possible to do all those on the first day within my time-frame? Thoughts, please! ☺ Reply Marcos Detourist says July 5, 2017 at 10:02 pm Thank you Elaine. I really appreciate the comment! I checked The Peak website, both the tram & tower are open until 11pm. Yes, you can definitely go there for sunset and during evening. I’m not sure where’s the best place to watch at Central side… but since you’re already on Victoria Peak, it might be worth to watch the show from up there :) You can watch again from the harbor (TST/Central) on the next nights :) Reply Elaine says July 9, 2017 at 1:42 am Thanks! I’d also like to try Star Ferry the next day. How long does it take to cross from TST to Wanchai/Central? Marcos Detourist says July 11, 2017 at 5:54 pm It’s a really short ride. Maybe 10-15 minutes :D Kay says July 6, 2017 at 2:14 pm Hello, would it be helpful to buy an airport express ticket? Is that different from the Octopus card? Thank you. Love your blog! Reply Marcos Detourist says July 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm Yes, it’s better to buy them separately. If you buy online (link below), you can enjoy discount rates on the airport express. https://klook.com/jump/activity/71-airport-express-hong-kong/ Reply Fem says July 9, 2017 at 10:48 pm Hi, Thank you for this wonderful itenerary it’s super helpful .. Since I’m going to hk by aug… Thanks much😬😬😬 Reply Marcos Detourist says July 11, 2017 at 5:53 pm Thanks for the comment Fem :) Enjoy your trip! Reply Tasya says July 23, 2017 at 7:47 am Hi I will go to HK by next week 30-3 I will arrive arround 6pm. I booked hostel in tsim tsa shui the mahjong hostel. Do you think what will i go on the first day arrive in the evening arround tsim tsa shui. I will go there alone. Reply Hongkong Travel Agent says July 26, 2017 at 6:11 pm Great ideas. I visited Macau and Lamma Island when I was in HK and can definitely recommend it. Did it make it to the other places in the list though, so thanks for the advice. Reply Iel says July 29, 2017 at 10:19 am Very informative! Good thing I’ve found this blog and bookmarked it!😋 A question though, do you think it’d be ok as far as Immigrations from both HK and Macau side if we arrive in HK and then go straight to Macau via ferry, spend the night there and then go back to HK the next day for the rest of the trip until we fly back to MNL? We’re planning to take earliest flight to HK, and there isn’t much choice for a later flight schedule from Macau back to Manila on our planned return date. I’d appreciate any other tips. Thank you very much in advance! Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:22 pm Yes, it’s OK. Reply Cams says July 29, 2017 at 5:44 pm Hi! Can you please share tips on documents needed to be prepared for entering HK and Macau? We planned to do entrance in HK and exit in Macau. Do we need to prepare a show money as well? Thanks! Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:23 pm Kindly read the post above with regards to the requirements. Reply Jhe says August 12, 2017 at 2:25 am Wow! This travel blog is soooooo awesome! :) We’ll surely use this as our guide. BTW, we’re planning to go there as a family, our youngest is 12yrs old and for me this trip guide still suits us. :) Thank you so much! **reading your other blogs. :) Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm Thanks Jhe. I really appreciate your comment. Have a fun trip! Reply Myra says August 15, 2017 at 9:45 am Hi Marcos, we are planning to go to Macau on our first day and plans on watching the Symphony of lights once we get back that evening of the same day. Is it possible? Do you have any suggestions about the transportation from Macau Ferry Terminal to the where we can watch the Symphony of lights? Thank you Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm Yes, if you leave Macau early. The best spot is just in Tsim Sha Tsui, a short train ride away from Sheung Wan station. Reply Cams says August 17, 2017 at 12:46 pm Hi! can you please share the entry requirements for Hong Kong & Macau? We will be enterin HK & exit Macau just like what you did. So I was wondering if you could give us the requirements when crossing borders? Thank you! Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:08 pm Hello, the requirements are already posted. You just need a passport not expiring in 6 months, flight ticket back to the Philippines & be able to show that you can fund your entire trip. Reply George says August 17, 2017 at 7:35 pm Hi. We used your IT as a guide in our Macau-HK trip, baliktad nga lang. Now, nasa HK na kami but when we arrived in Macau, they gave a small white slip. Are they supposed to get it when we left via ferry? If not, do we need to return it? Hoping for your guidance. Sorry, first-timer eh. Thank you 🙂 Reply Marcos Detourist says August 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm What does the white slip say? If completo naman entry & exit stamp sa passport niyo, I wound’t be worried. Reply George says August 20, 2017 at 7:09 pm Hmmn. It just says hanggang when stay namin sa Macau and that we should keep it while we’re there. But HK immigration got there’s. Should I be worried? lyn says August 20, 2017 at 9:38 pm Hi, its there any requirements going to hong kong? Or you should show your plane ticket at the airport? And wait for your flight? Or you need a letter, showing that you are a tourist? Reply Marcos Detourist says August 20, 2017 at 10:19 pm Kindly read the guide above. You can learn more about the Hong Kong free visa under “Do Filipinos need a visa to visit Hong Kong or Macau?” Reply Rubie Lynn says September 26, 2017 at 11:58 am Is fireworks in disneyland available during weekdays? Reply Marcos Detourist says September 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm Yes. You can visit this page for information on Disneyland Hong Kong show schedules. Reply Grace says September 28, 2017 at 7:58 pm WOW. We already booked a flight from Clark to HK then planning to book a flight from Macau back to Clark. But this post surely got rid of my doubts about the immigration. Thanks! Reply Marcos Detourist says October 3, 2017 at 8:32 pm Enjoy your Hong Kong-Macau trip! Reply Ryan says October 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm Thanks, this is very helpful Reply Marcos Detourist says October 7, 2017 at 1:55 pm Loved that you found the Hong Kong Travel Guide helpful :) Reply Elaine Bernadine Castro says October 5, 2017 at 3:03 am hello! we plan to go to Ngong Ping cable car on our flight (21:25 departure) date.. is this possible if we go to Tung Chung very early? if yes, do we ride the S1 bus from Tung Chung Bus Terminal to Airport? Reply Marcos Detourist says October 7, 2017 at 2:05 pm Yes, you can still take the S1 bus to the airport from Tung Chung. Actually, there a few more buses that go that route. I suggest that you check Google Maps and use the directions feature. Select the ‘transit’ option, which will display all the buses & best options for you. Reply WAIDA says October 26, 2017 at 7:12 pm HI!YOUR TRIP TO HONG KONG IS PACKED BUT DEFINITELY IT WAS FUN. MAY I KNOW FOR THE LARGE LUGGAGE STORAGE AT CITYGATE OUTLET, HOW BIG CAN THE BAG BE? THANKS A LOT Reply Coco says October 28, 2017 at 4:11 am It was a thorough explanation and was very helpful to me. I will be having a DIY trip this early 2018 and I believe that it would help me a lot. Thank you,! Reply Wai says November 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm Next time you come to Hong Kong send us an email. We would be happy to show you and your readers the food scene. Reply Marcos Detourist says November 17, 2017 at 9:58 pm Thanks. That’s what I missed during my trip to Hong Kong. I would love to experience the famous food scene there! Reply Kim says January 9, 2018 at 10:30 am I have bookmarked this and will follow this when we travel to Hong Kong hopefully this year. Regarding the flight tickets how much do you think will be considered a cheap price for a round trip plane ticket from Manila-HongKong-Macau-Manila? Even a range price would be okay since its hard to estimate. Thank you so much! Reply Marcos Detourista says February 2, 2018 at 5:38 am Hi Kim, Manila-HongKong-Macau-Manila flight tickets often sell for P8K-P9K & up. Under P8K is okay, but under P5K (during promo fares) is better deal, of course. Reply Kim says February 2, 2018 at 6:49 am Nice! That totally helped. But can I ask how do you transact when you book a MACAU-MANILA flight? I checked in cebu pacific and the amount was not in peso but was in their currency and theres no option to change it to peso. How Can I pay for it? Thank you! Marissa B. Tuason says February 18, 2018 at 8:00 pm we will be in Hongkong on June 8 (5;45pm flight to hongkong) to June 12 (7:35pm flight to manila), do you think the suggested itinerary is suited to our planned schedule….we will as well travel Macau in the morning and go back to hongkong in the evening…..thank you. Reply Marcos Detourista says February 20, 2018 at 5:42 am Hey Mariss, you can still use this itinerary as a base, but of course you need to modify it since you’ll be coming back to Hong Kong. You might want to check out my Hong Kong travel guide too. https://www.detourista.com/guide/hong-kong-trip/ Reply Keith Ann Dela Peña says February 20, 2018 at 11:12 pm Hello! Your itinerary is really helpful! Anyway, Regarding the luggage service in Citygate mall, I just wanna ask if the large locker could fit a 20-30kg luggage? Thank you! Reply Marcos Detourista says February 21, 2018 at 6:54 am Thanks Keith! You can visit this page to check the locker sizes: Reply Carol Santos says March 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm Hi Thank you for the information you have shared. it’s so helpful. Just an inquiry, me and my family are coming from the middle east and just making a 3 day stop over to Hongkong and Macau. If we are leaving from Hongkong airport on a 10pm flight to Manila, what do you think is the best time to leave Macau? thanks to let me know. Reply Marcos Detourista says March 6, 2018 at 11:26 pm If you’re traveling from Macau to Hong Kong on the same day as your flight from Hong Kong to Manila, I suggest that you leave Macau as early as possible. Or just do the Macau trip on your second day so you have a full day in Hong Kong on your last day. Reply Melly says March 8, 2018 at 9:17 am Thanks for the info. We are planning to visit next year. Reply Meawin de Castro says March 9, 2018 at 3:53 pm This is so helpful. We’re planning to travel in Hong Kong this coming May, but, sadly I won’t be able to include Macau on my itinerary. -.- Reply noel yumol says March 26, 2018 at 11:21 am hi marco, this is very helpful for hongkong first timer like me. but it seems that the itinerary is good for back packers, is this also applicable for a group / family (3-teenagers). we are planning to go to hongkong this summer vacation. thanks, Reply Marcos Detourista says March 26, 2018 at 2:39 pm Yes, you can still follow the itinerary/sequence of activities. You just have to change the budget for accommodations and meals to suit your travel style. There’s a fair amount of walking involved in this itinerary. If you want to skip the long walks, you can book a car charter, big bus tour, or get around by Uber/taxi Reply AR says April 6, 2018 at 9:17 pm Hi. If I will buy the Octopus Card, how much would I reload for 4 days/3 nights stay in HK? I’d really like to ride the bus from airport to hotel for a more local experience. Do you think it would be worth the travel time? We’re going to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui. Thank you very much.