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3D-2N Hongkong-Macau Itinerary

24 Feb

As promised in my previous post, I want to share our 3D-2N Hongkong – Macau Itinerary. By the way this trip is my post Birthday treat to my daughter which turned 8 last January 12 and a celebration of our our 8th wedding Anniversary.

We traveled last January 26-29, 2011 via Cebu Pacific. I luckily got a promo seat but in a very late departure.

FLIGHT DETAILS

MANILA to HONGKONG

Departure 26 January 2011 @2255H

Arrival 27 January2011 @0055 H

HONGKONG to MANILA

Departure 29 January 2011 @2155H

Arrival 29 January2011 @2355 H

We arrived at HongKong International Airport at 1 AM, my hubby’s cousin is waiting for us in the Airport. We stayed at their place at  Sai Kung New Territory for a night, the place are pretty far from Central Hongkong, we travelled for more that 1 hour via taxi and pay for 270 HKD as stated in the meter.

Prior to our trip I prepared our Itineraries based on the advised of the frequent traveler from Pinoy Exchange Forum. This forum helps me a lot in preparing our IT, Its very useful especially for a 1st time traveler.

Below is the original Itinerary I prepared prior to our trip, I must say that there’s no such thing as PERFECT Itinerary. Eventually things will change due to unavoidable circumstances but it’s still important to plan your trip especially if you will travel for short stay only.

DAY 01 – NGONG PING / HK DISNEYLAND

8:00 – 10:00 – Hotel Check In / Exchange Currency

11:00 – 1:00 PM Ngong Ping (Big Buddha)

1:00 – 8:00 PM  Hongkong Disneyland (Whole Day Till Fireworks Display)

DAY 02 – MACAU DAY TOUR

8:00 – 9:00        Breakfast / Getting ready

9:00 – 11:00      Avenue of the Star / Roaming around TST

11:00  – 12:00   Ferry to Macau

1:00 – 2:00        Fisherman’s Wharf (Late lunch)

2:00 – 3:00        Wynn / Grand Lisboa (Fountain Show)

4:00 – 6:00        Senado Square & Ruins of St. Paul

6:00 – 7:00        Macau Tower

7:00 – 8:00        Ferry to HongKong

It’s not advisable to go on a half day tour in Macau most especially if you have kids or elder companion with you. You cannot manage to see all the nice tourist spot , like in our case we missed the Venetian, which I know a must see in Macau. My daughter is so damn tired because of the long walk plus she’s still exhausted because of  trip the other day in Disneyland HK.

DAY 03  – HK OCEAN PARK / VICTORIA PEAK

8:00 – 2:00 HongKong Ocean Park,

2:00 – 6:00 Victoria Peak (Wax Museum)

8:00 PM (should be in Airport)

We didn’t get a chance to visit The Peak because we arrived at Ocean Park at 1 PM so we decided to spent the rest of our time at OP.

So, there it goes, I hope this post will help you in preparing your itinerary. Thanks and Good luck on your future Trip!


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Budgeting your Hong Kong-Macau Trip

1 Feb

For those of you who are planning to have your HK trip soon, I hope this post will help and guide you in making your itineraries as well as budgeting your trip.

Air Ticket

We availed the Promo Ticket from Cebu Pacific which is 1500 only for one way tix plus necessary taxes and other fees. I paid for a total of 11,215.00 for a two way tickets (3,738.33 per person)

Travel Taxes and Terminal fee

If you booked your ticket online you required to pay for below fees. If booking thru travel agencies sometimes they already included the fees in the package, just check for the inclusions.

Travel Tax Fee1620/person (1010 for kids 12 years old below)

Terminal fee750/person

Accommodation

Since it is a budget trip I booked for a hostel/guest house which is a way cheaper than a hotel, but if you have more budget for accommodation there’s a lot of nice hotels in HK to choose from, much bigger and better of course.

I reserved a room for 3 in Golden Crown Guesthouse in Nathan Road, TST for a rate of 400 HKD per night, for reservation they required 100 HKD deposit thru paypal / creditcard. I paid 800 HKD for a 2 nights stay. Thanks to a 1 night free stay in my hubby’s cousin’s place ye’y!

Transportation

Hongkong means of transportation is through MTR (Train), buses and Taxis. The MTR is very efficient and easy to use, you can go to almost all tourist spot using this.

For your convenient, I advise you to buy Octopus Card a stored value smart card that you can use in MTR and all buses. You can also use it in McDonalds, KFC, 7-11 and others. You can reload it in any MTR Station and 7-11 Stores

Octopus Card – 150 HKD/person (5o HKD Card deposit – refundable)

For kids you can buy it for 70 HKD

Since we arrived at 1 am, buses are not available during this time. They usually operate from 6 am till 12 midnight. We took a cab going to our cousin’s place and pay for 270 HKD.

Ferries to Macau I paid for 810 HKD for the 3 of us.

Note: Taxi Flagdown rate (18HKD)

Buses from Airport going to TST, (33 HKD per person)

MTR Airport Express – Group of 3 (210 HKD)

Exchange

If you have a US Dollar you can exchange your money in HongKong for a much better rate. If you will bring Php it is better to exchange money in the Phils.

For a good Dollar rate you can exchange money in Wing Hoi Money Exchange Co., Shop 9 B Ground Floor, Mirador Arcade, 58 Nathan Road, TST

Exchange Rate during our stay (1 USD – 7.79 HKD)


Food Allowance

Food here in Hongkong is quite expensive especially in various Tourist Spot (Disneyland, Ocean Park)

You can allot 100-150HKD/ person per day, more if you eat inside Disney and OP. You can save more by eating in fast food chain like McDonalds and KFC but try to experience eating in Chinese Restos and you can also try  their street foods it’s very tasty.

Just a little secret to share, we brought Adobo during our trip, but we only ate it inside the hotel hehehe

Tips: For mineral water don’t buy in 7-11 stores you can buy it in wellcom instead or else you can refill the water in your hotel and bring it with you.


Theme Park Entrance Fees

Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car

I booked  for the Promo 1+1 Crystal and Standards Cabin @10% discount. I paid for 362 HKD. You can only avail the promo if you book online.

You can check their website for their standard pricing and schedule.

http://www.np360.com.hk/html/eng/booking/prices.html

Ocean Park and Disneyland Ticket

As a  privileged for guests, Golden Crown offered discounted ticket to Ocean Park for a price of 220 HKD for Adult and 120 HKD for Kids and Disney Ticket 320 for Adult and 240 for Kids

Regular Price:

Ocean Park = 250HKD Adults, 125HKD Kids

Disneyland = 350HKD Adults, 250HKD Kids

*Disneyland/Ocean Park Entrance are both “Ride All You Can”, There are no “Entrance Only” Tickets.

Disneyland Park Ticket and Guide Map & Time Guide

Ocean Park Tickets and complimentary souvenir

Supposedly we were scheduled to go at The Peak after Ocean Park but since we came late around 1 PM, we opt to spend the rest of our time at OP. Ocean Park is twice or even thrice the size of Disneyland. There’s a lot of construction going on here, so we expect bigger and better Ocean Park in the future.

For those of you who want to include The Peak in your Itinerary here’s the fee:

Peak Tram

25HKD Single 36HKD Return for Adults |

9HKD Single 16HKD Return for Kids

You can visit this link for their promo and package fee:

http://www.thepeak.com.hk/en/3_1.asp

Macau Tower Entrance

Macau Tower = 240 HKD for the a group of 3

Other Fees

Locker in Ocean Park – 95 HKD

Souvenir from Disney – Pen and Notebook for my Kat – 85 HKD

Souvenir from Ocean Park – Lighted Toy – 39 HKD

My daughter Kat with her fave Disney Character

Budget Summary HK-Macau 3D-3N

That’s it folks! I hope you find this post useful for your future trip. Next entry I will share our 3D-3N Itineraries.

Credit goes to Pinoy Exchange “HongKong for Dummies Thread”

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