Our Personal Itinerary For Free And Easy In Hongkong!


Whenever I need a breather to go for a weekend trip, the 2 countries that pop up in my mind is definitely Hongkong or Bangkok. Afterall, travelling to Hongkong from Singapore takes only 4 hours by flight. That is one of the reasons why Hongkong is one of my travel destinations annually for the past 6 years.

In this entry, I will be sharing with you a compilation of our itinerary to Hongkong so you will be able to plan your next trip to Hongkong without a fuzz!

Do also keep a look out for my upcoming posts whereby I will be introducing the other 3 segments in full details!
(1) All You Need To Know To Conquer Lantau Island!
(2) All You Need To Know To Conquer Kowloon!
(3) All You Need To Know To Conquer Hong Kong Island!

First up, we need to first understand the geographical map of Hongkong. Hongkong is segmented into 3 main areas - Lantau Island, Hongkong Island and Kowloon area. Knowing what are available in each segment can help you to plan your day itinerary well and save time on unnecessary travelling. I will be going into details as to the various activities you can do at each segment.

Recommended Travel Duration: 

Our recommended travel duration per trip to Hongkong is 4 days 3 nights. For those who are taking a day trip out to Macau, it's good to add one more day.

Beautiful sunset at Hongkong International Airport upon our departure

Recommended Travel Period: 

Hongkong is an all year round destination. I would recommend March-April or October-November when the weather is more cooling. For Singaporeans who want to shop for suitable summer wear, July-August will have the best summer sales!

I do not recommend travelling during The Golden Week of China (1st October - 8 October) or the Chinese New Year Period because the entire Hong Kong is packed with more-than-usual-China tourists. This makes waiting time at various areas of interests super long!

Recommended Hotel:

It can be a real headache when it comes to booking hotels because there are just so many choices. Here's some hotels which you can consider, according to your budget. 

The Surprise Proposal At Ovolo Southside Hotel

Hotels which we love : 

(1) Hop Inn Hostel on Carnarvon (Tsim Tsa Tsui)   $
(2) The Cityview Hotel (Yau Ma Tei)   $$
(3) Ovolo Southside Hotel (Wong Chuk Hang)   $$$
(4) Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East (Tseung Kwan O)   $$$

We are also sharing the list of hotels which we found undesirable based on our travelling requirements.

Hotels which we blacklisted: 

(1) Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel (Tsim Tsa Tsui)   $$$
(2) Holiday Inn Express Mongkok (Yau Ma Tei)   $$
(3) Inn Hotel Hongkong (Yau Ma Tei)   $$

I will share in details about our hotel stays in each hotel so stay tuned!

Recommended Itinerary:

There's alot to see and do in Hong Kong. But here's something I will personally recommend if you are going for a 4D3N holiday to the bustling city, assuming you are reaching HK at 10am and staying in a hotel located at Kowloon region.

Streets of Mongkok

Day 1 (All You Can Do in Mongkok):
10am - 11am: Immigrations procedures and purchase of SIM card, Octopus Card and Airport Express Pass.
11am-12pm: Board Airport Express to your hotel location via the free shuttle bus service
12pm-1pm: Check in at your hotel
1pm-2pm: Take MTR to Mongkok, Exit C4. Have lunch at Tsui Wah Restaurant,  翠華餐廳. (Address: 244 Portland Street, opposite Langham Place)
2pm-4pm: Visit Fa Yuen Street Day Market (Between Prince Edward Road and Argyle Street)
4pm-5pm: Taste some mango dessert at Hui Lau San Dessert Shop,许留山
5pm-Late Night: Walk the streets of Sai Yeung Choi Street ( Electronics Street ), Tung Choi Street ( Ladies market ) and Fa Yuen Street ( Sports Shoes and Goods Streets). For some indoor shopping (cater more for females),  go for Sin City, 新 at Argyle road or Langham Palace.

The iconic Star Ferry 

Day 2 (A History Morning Before We Head To The Peak):
9am-10am: Breakfast time and head to Tsim Tsa Tsui
10am - 12pm: Visit the Hongkong Museum of History (Science Museum Road, Tsim Tsa Tsui East)
12pm - 1pm: Lunch at THE ONE mall, DimSum Icon
1pm - 2pm: Walk along Tsim Tsa Tsui streets, towards Victoria Harbour. Stop by at Mirador Mansion to pick up some very delicious Jenny Cookies.
2pm-3pm: Walk towards Star Ferry Pier and spot the iconic Clock Tower.
3pm-4pm: Board the Star Ferry to cross the Harbour to Central, Hongkong Island.
4pm-5pm: Take Bus No 15 from Star Ferry Pier to the Peak Tram Station. Purchase a tram ticket (round trip) that brings you to the Peak.
5pm-7pm: When you alight from the tram, skip all the touristy and overpriced items and exit the Peak Tower building. Once you exit, turn right and walk along the road to get a free aerial and panoramic view of Victoria Harbour, hopefully with a perfect sunset.
7pm-8pm: Return to the Peak Tram station via the tram. Board Bus 15 and alight at Central Station.
8pm- Late Night: Have a delicious roast goose dinner at either Yung Kee or Yat Lok Restaurant. (My personal favourite is Yat Lok! Proceed to Lan Kwai Fong for some drinks.

View of Victoria Harbour from Avenue of Stars

Day 3 ( Explore HongKong Island and Victoria Harbour):
11am-1pm: Head to Central, exit L and head to Maxim Palace Restaurant for a dim sum feasting! It opens at 11am and do remember to book in advance the moment you reach Hongkong.
1pm-3pm: Take the Ding Ding to Wan Chai. Spend the time walking around Tai Yuen Street Market in Wan Chai, a local street market. Taste the famous egg tarts from Honolulu Char Chan Teng, located just 5 minutes walk from Wan Chai MTR.
3pm-6pm: Take the MTR To Kennedy Town, an up and coming hipster district. Walk along Smithfield road till you reach the sea and enjoy the nice sea breeze. Have an early dinner at Kinsale Cafe.
6pm-8.30pm: Take the MTR to Tsim Tsa Tsui district and head towards Victoria Harbour via the underground pass towards Tsim Tsa Tsui East exit. Walk along the Avenue of Stars and catch the Symphony of Light show at 8pm.
8.30pm-late night: If you still have the energy, walk along Nathan Road for more shopping!

Ngong Ping Big Buddha

Day 4 (Visit to Lantau Island's Tai O and Big Buddha):
8am-9am: Breakfast and Check out of Hotel
9am-10am: Head towards Kowloon Station (Airport Express) and do in-town check in for all your luggages before boarding the train to Hongkong Airport
10am-11am: Walk to Airport Bus Terminus, board the direct bus, Bus S1 from Airport to Citygate, Tung Chung
11am-1pm: Head to Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car station with your pre-purchased tickets to skip the queue. Board the cable car and visit the Big Buddha at the hilltop. For an added experience, try the vegetarian set meal at the temple located below the Big Buddha.
1pm-3pm: Take a direct bus, bus 21 from Ngong Ping bus terminus to Tai O Fishing Village. Over here, you see many dried seafood, dolphin watching, yummy tofu beancurd and grilled scallops. There is also a famous ah pek that sells charcoal grilled Egglet Dessert (Ji Dan Zai).
3pm-5pm: Take a direct bus 11 from Tai O to Tung Chung bus terminus.If there's more time to spare, spend some time shopping at Citygate Outlet Mall.
5pm-6pm: Take a direct bus S1 back to Hong Kong Airport to conclude your epic holiday!

There's so much you can discover in Hongkong and this itinerary is just the start to more holidays in this lovely city! Meanwhile if you are intending to discover an off-the-beaten-track kind of Hongkong itinerary, check out this alternative Hongkong itinerary: Our Personal 3D2N Off-The-Beaten-Track HongKong Itinerary !!!

We hope you find this information useful and do share with us your experience if you have also adopted our itinerary.

Note: Information are accurate as of 2017 and may be subjected to changes within the country. All photos are credited to Mr and Mrs OOPS. Follow @mrandmrsoops and @djoops on Instagram for more instant updates. Not sponsored or affiliated.

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