Hong Kong is near the Philippines which makes it a top choice for most Filipinos who want a quick weekend getaway. I personally love Hong Kong and have been there a few times. This post is long overdue but finally, I’ll be sharing with you my Hong Kong itinerary for 3 days 2 nights.
Yes, it may seem short but we were able to squeeze in Hong Kong Disneyland to our itinerary! I also included budget accommodations and discounted activities you can do plus useful Hong Kong travel tips so keep on reading!
⚠️ IMPORTANT REMINDER: Postpone, don’t cancel! Let’s save the tourism industry. Some information in this post may have changed due to the pandemic and it might affect your travel plans. Always be a responsible traveler and keep yourself updated by reading COVID-19 advice from your local authorities and in your point of destination/s before traveling. You can go ahead and take inspiration from this post, bookmark it, or save it on your Pinterest travel board for future reference.
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Ultimate Hong Kong Itinerary & Travel Guide 2020
Hong Kong Pre-Travel Tips
Book an early flight
It’s better to book the earliest flight going to Hong Kong and take the last flight out to ensure you get full days in Hong Kong. That’s what I did so technically even though it was just a short trip, we were able to maximize the 3 days we were there. Currently, Cebu Pacific’s earliest flight going to Hong Kong from Manila is at 5:50 AM; and the latest flight out from Hong Kong going back to Manila is at 10:05 PM (next day arrival).
Also read: 7 Cebu Pacific Seat Sale Hacks That 100% Worked for Me!
Stay at budget accommodation
Sure, this is a matter of preference but for me, since I know I’ll not be staying inside the hotel most of the time, I choose budget accommodation every time I’m in Hong Kong. This saves me a lot of money which I can use for shopping or other activities! I shared my hotel recommendation in Hong Kong in the latter part of this post (click here to jump to that section).
Book tickets to attractions and other travel essentials ahead of time
To score huge discounts it’s best to buy tickets for attraction, rent pocket Wi-Fi, and other travel essentials in advance! I personally love Klook for all of these things! I’ve been using their service for years now and I haven’t had any problem. I also shared top Hong Kong activities you can book thru Klook (click here to jump to that section).
Hong Kong Itinerary for 3 Days 2 Nights
The following Hong Kong itinerary is based on the departure from Manila, Philippines and good for 2-3 pax. But you can tweak it to best fit your needs.
|Arrival + Victoria Peak + |
|5:50 AM||ETD MNL – HKG|
|8:00 AM||ETA Hong Kong |
|If you purchased |
anything from Klook,
be sure to claim
them at the service
|9:00 AM||ETA Minimal Hotel Bazaar|
Address: 950 Canton Road,
Mongkok, Hong Kong
|Take Airport Express |
to Kowloon station
– once at the hotel,
check-in or leave
luggage so you
can start exploring!
|9:30 AM||Brunch around Mongkok|
|Tip: go where the |
locals eat for
authentic HK food!
|11:00 AM||Depart for Victoria Peak||How to go there: |
– take the MTR to Central
– walk to The Peak
Tram Lower Terminus
|12:00 PM||Take the tram to Victoria|
|Arrive at Victoria Peak||What to do here:|
– enjoy the sights,
take photos, go up to
The Sky Terrace, go
shopping and unwind
|4:00 PM||Depart Victoria Peak |
and go to Mongkok
|How to go there:|
– go to MTR Central
– take MTR to Mongkok
Station (via Tsuen Wan)
|5:00 – |
|Enjoy Mongkok where |
you can go bargain
hunting and try amazing
|What to do in Mongkok:|
– shop around the
night markets like
– eat yummy delicacy
from street food stalls
|9:00 PM||Go back to the hotel||Tip: Buy breakfast |
food from 7-11 for
the next day
|Hong Kong Disneyland!|
|7:00 AM||Wake up! Get ready and |
have a quick breakfast
|Tip: You cannot bring |
outside food to HKD
so make sure you eat
enough to last through
|8:00 AM||ETD for Hong Kong |
|9:30 AM||ETA Hong Kong Disneyland||How to go there:|
– take the MTR to
Hong Kong Disneyland
|10 AM –|
|Enjoy Hong Kong |
Disneyland! Stay until the
fireworks display at night!
|Tip: Arrive early cos|
lines can get long!
Buy your ticket ahead
of time from Klook.
|9:30 PM||Leave HKD and go|
back to the hotel
|Ngong Ping + Shopping |
|7:00 AM||Wake up! Get ready and |
have a quick breakfast
|8:00 AM||Hotel check-out|
|8:30 AM||Go to Ngong Ping||How to go there:|
– take the MTR to
Tung Chung Station
|9:30 AM||Take the Ngong Ping|
360 Cable Car
– 3:00 PM
|Explore Ngong Ping||What to do here:|
– Ngong Ping Village
– Big buddha
– take lunch/snacks
|4:00 PM||Start traveling to HK |
|From Kowloon Station, |
take the Airport Express
Train to Hong Kong
|10:00 PM||Depart HK for MNL|
Where to Stay in Hong Kong
Here are the two hotels I’ve personally tried in Hong Kong. When searching for a place to book, I always take into consideration the following: the price should be affordable and it should be walking distance from any MTR station or public transportation. These two hotels hit the sweet spot for me.
Location: 950 Canton Road, Mongkok, Hong Kong
– 350 meters to public transportation
– 3D/2N stay back in 2016 costs me only around Php 5,746.29 (~USD 112) for a Twin room
Click here to check the latest price and availability
Location: Flat A9, 3/F, Mirador Mansion, 62 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
– 5D/4N stay back in 2019 costs me only around Php 9,194.91 (~USD 180) for a Double room
– 80 meters to public transportation
Click here to check the latest price and availability
NOTE: I especially like KG Garden Guest House because it’s just a few steps away from the Tsim Tsa Tsu MTR station. Just manage your expectations because the room is quite small and the building itself is old and dirty.
CHECK THIS OUT FOR OTHER CHEAP HOTELS IN HONG KONG
Essentials For Your Trip To Hong Kong
When planning your Hong Kong itinerary, take into consideration the cost of the transportation, entrance tickets to tourist attractions, and other things. These may blow up your expenses but the good thing is that you can get most of them at a discount!
- Rent a pocket Wi-Fi or buy a 3G/4G prepaid sim card so you can connect online
- Hong Kong Airport Express Train Tickets – travel comfortably to the city center in as fast as 24 minutes from the Hong Kong International Airport
- Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card – conveniently ride the MTR, bus, ferry, coach, and tram with just a tap of this card (reloadable)
- MTR Tourist Day Pass – unlimited rides on the MTR and MTR Light Rail network (this is a much cheaper alternative than the Octopus Card if you know you’ll be taking several MTR trips within the day)
- Hong Kong Disneyland Park Ticket (QR Code Direct Entry) – avoid the long lines and book ahead, plus you get cheaper deals when you book online!
- Peak Tram and Sky Terrace 428 Ticket Combo Package – enjoy special discount and hassle-free booking when you avail this combo
- Ngong Ping 360 Ticket – get a special rate for the Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car ride in Hong Kong
Helpful Hong Kong Travel Tips
I gathered some of the most frequently asked questions when planning a Hong Kong itinerary and tried to find the answers. These travel tips are useful to ensure you enjoy the most out of your Hong Kong trip!
What is the best month to go to Hong Kong?
The best time to go to Hong Kong if you want good weather conditions is during the autumn season (September to mid-December). You get crisp cool air perfect for strolling around. But it’s also their peak season so there will be a lot of tourists. Off-peak season is around mid-December to February (winter) and June to August (summer). Plan your Hong Kong itinerary accordingly depending on the month.
How much should I budget for a trip to Hong Kong?
Considering airfare and hotel accommodations have been paid already, I would say a budget of Php 10,000 – 15,000 (~USD 196 – 294) pocket money for 3D/2N Hong Kong itinerary is more than enough. Tip: when shopping at the night markets, make sure to haggle!
How many days do you need in Hong Kong?
It really depends, but if you’re tight with the schedule, then 3 days 2 nights Hong Kong itinerary is perfectly fine. To visit more places, 5 days is ideal for your Hong Kong itinerary. I’ve done 3 days, 5 days, and 1 day (just a quick day trip from Macau) in the past and all trips were memorable! I suggest listing all your top places to visit and try to squeeze those into your Hong Kong itinerary.
Where can I get my money exchanged in Hong Kong?
I discovered that one of the best money exchange centers in Hong Kong with the best rates is at Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui. There you will see a lot of money changers on the ground floor. It’s accessible via MTR (get off the Tsim Sha Tsui station then head towards Exit F). Include this place in your Hong Kong itinerary so you can get good exchange rates!
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!
So that’s it for this blog post about a budget-friendly Hong Kong itinerary for 3 days 2 nights. I hope you find all the information in this Hong Kong itinerary post useful! Enjoy your Hong Kong adventure and make sure to tag me @hazywanders on your travel photos! Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or more tips to share.
💡 PRO TIP: Learn more travel tips in this Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Trip In 8 Easy Steps! I covered the basics of planning a trip and also included the tried and tested websites and apps I normally use to score cheap deals.
Hong Kong is definitely a destination that is on my must-see list, heard so many amazing things on it. Definitely saving this post for future use, hopefully not too far in the future.
Hi, Madi! Thank you for dropping! Great that you find this post useful! 🙂
Hong Kong is a gorgeous place to check out! I haven’t been for years but have been wanting to go back @__@. I love your schedule – nicely packed and organized. The ticket price isn’t bad at all either! Thanks for sharing these tips!
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Hi, Nancy! Thanks for dropping by! Yes, Hong Kong is such a gorgeous (and relatively cheap) place to visit – and because of its proximity from the Philippines, I keep on coming back for a quick escape. 😍 Hope you can visit there back soon! 💋
Such a detailed travel guide! Thanks for this. Sana after nitong lockdown makapag-travel na ulit. :((
Hi, Dale! Thanks for checking out this Hong Kong travel guide. And yes, hopefully, we can travel again!
This is a fabulous guide! Thanks for breaking down the times for each location – this is really helpful for when we plan our trip. It’s great to know that 3 days/2 nights is ample time to experience this city!
Hi, Sarah! Yes for me 3 days are enough. 😁
The times we were in HK.. we didnt have an itinerary.. luckily kasi we were staying at my sisters hotel room kaya unli stay talaga. Chaka medyo chillax lang kami. parang go with the flow lang. Pero shempre first day disney kami. my sis kasi was Moana eh
Hi Hazel! Great post. We definitely have Hong Kong Disney on our list. Can’t wait to read more of your posts. We would love to remote work in the Philippines!
Wow you’re thinking to remote work here in the Philippines? That sounds great, Rachel! And yes, I hope you can visit HK Disneyland too. 💕
Despite living in China for 2 years I unfortunately never made it to Hong Kong. This is a great guide, very helpful if I do make it. That sounds like the perfect extended layover trip on the way to somewhere else in Asia too
Aww that’s okay, Emma! There’s always a next time.💚
Great itinerary! I’m always searching for ways to maximize my time. This is a definite to do with our kids. Great photos and thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome, Arielle!
Thank you for this guide Hazel. I have to save this in my bookmark list as well, so whenever we have to travel here I can take a look on it.
Glad you find this helpful, Franze! Thanks for saving it for future reference.
The 10-15K budget for 3 days…is that per person? HK is one of the places we plan to visit with the kids. Sana soon after the pandemic. Just not sure if we’re visiting Disneyland, pinag iisipan pa namin. We’re more into the locals and culture type of seers. But honestly, ganda ng itinerary mo.
Hi, Mary! Yes the budget I posted is per person. 😁 Pero marami namang ways to make it even lower… like skipping HK Disneyland and choosing cheaper restaurants. 😁
This travel guide would really fit first time HK travelers, like me. I have never been outside the country, and the thought of flying outside Philippine borders still daunts me. The KG Garden Guest House is a good choice – I like the room you stayed at.
Hi, Jan! The KG Garden Guest House is actually good and super cheap for budget travelers like me. Be sure to check them out when you plan to visit Hong Kong. 😁
Never been to hongkong but thanks to this insights and tips. I never consider this before but we’ll put it on my list now
Glad you find it useful, Jayne! Hope you can visit HK soon. 🤗
I love Hong Kong! I remember we stayed in Kowloon for a week and we have to ride a ferry everyday just to go to Hong Kong lol. Cant wait to go back
we stayed at tin tsui wai before. it was kind of in the new territories na but merong mtr just in front of the hotel. thats where my sis who worked at disney was living kasi hehe! pinaka important if you will diy is the mtr na malapit! if you have that and internet. solve na solve ka na!
I discussed your recommendations to my husband. I guess the pocket money is per head? We’re a family of 5, so wondering if we need to multiply that by 5, as well, to be comfortable when we visit there.
Hongkong is my next destination , after this crisis, thank you for the details it will really help❤️
Great itinerary! Thanks for putting this together
I haven’t been to the HK Disneyland since…2005(!?), but I did go back 2 years ago to visit! I love the food there so much (+ also how easy it is to get around!)! <3
Hi Hazel! Gustong gusto ko na mag travel kaya naghanap ako ng mga itineraries from your blog! I think this is very feasible and neighboring country lang natin ang HK. I want to book a trip with my bf soon!! Syempre dapat may pa Disneyland hehe Hoping na okay pa din ang HK after this pandemic since yun nga, may mga political problems sila ngayon 🙁
AMAZING & detailed guide to HK… also, your blog layout is beautiful too! I saved & pinned this so I can reference it for my up-coming HK trip! It will be my 1st time, and you’ve helped me feel more confident already.
This itinerary really packs in a lot for a 3-day visit and I particularly appreciate all the tips budget options. It’s good to know about the tourist day pass and the octopus card – will be referring to this post when we plan our visit to Hong Kong.
It’s a really great guide! I hope I can travel to HK in the near future and I’m sure all your useful tips will come in handy.