Seven all-in itineraries under USD 700: Part 1 – Hong Kong (3D2N)

In this series of posts I’d like to show how everyone can be a part-time traveler! Some of my friends occasionally joke with me and say, “How can you travel so much? Do you have that much money to burn?” As this shows you, if we travel smart, we can travel often 🙂

Hong Kong will be the first in the series, and I’ll show you through an itinerary how you can travel all-in (hotel, airfare, food (the good ones!!!), entrance tickets, transport, a little bit of shopping!) within a USD 700 budget!

The trips originate from Singapore – so you would need to adjust the airfare depending on where you come from. The distance, as well as the presence of budget airlines, will dictate how much your fare would differ from what I post below. Also, you would need to plan ahead to get the best fares, but hey, that’s not too much of a price if you can travel often, right?

The Math: This is based on a 3D 2N itinerary

Airfare: USD 200 (Tiger Airways) – I booked two trips for June and September this year, so the price is realistic

Hotel: Causeway Bay Inn USD 60 per person for 2 nights based on twin sharing (Room 2).

Room 2 in Causeway Bay in. Small, but spic and span clean, in a convenient location.(Photo courtesy of Causeway Bay Inn)

Room 2 in Causeway Bay in. Small, but spic and span clean, in a convenient location.
(Photo courtesy of Causeway Bay Inn)

Right in the middle of action, this basic and clean inn is across Times Square in Causeway Bay.

Food: USD 135 for 3 days of food

Transport: USD 60: USD 15 for round trip airport transfer by Airbus to Causeway Bay, MTR / tram / ferry of around USD 12 per day, Peak tram plus sky terrace package USD 10.

Shopping: not included – this is tricky as the sky’s the limit! Since I put an option here on Tung Chung outlet shopping, I’ll include around USD 250 for shopping of active wear or knick knacks 🙂

The Itinerary:

Day 1: Causeway Bay / Wan Chai / Mongkok

Touch down around mid-day in Hong Kong, take A11 Airbus service to Causeway Bay. Alight at the Wan Chai Fire Station. It’s a 5 minute walk to Causeway Bay Inn.

Walk from Causeway Bay Inn to Dimsum(Map courtesy of Causeway Bay Inn)

Walk from Causeway Bay Inn to Dimsum
(Map courtesy of Causeway Bay Inn)

Lunch: USD 5: Roast pork and chicken rice from Cafe de Coral and a drink

Choose T2 - roast pork and chicken combo

Choose T2 – roast pork and chicken combo

Walk around Causeway Bay / Victoria Park area for a couple of hours , explore the small stores, and then take the MTR to Wan Chai to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Walk around the Bauhinia Square and admire the views.

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

View from the Bauhinia Square

View from the Bauhinia Square

The Golden Bauhinia

The Golden Bauhinia

Come back to the hotel for a short rest, then go out for dinner!

Dinner: USD 15: Pork chop with vegetable rice in Delicious Kitchen, Shop B, G/F, 9-11Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay Hong Kong

Delicious Kitchen's yummy pork chop with vegerable rice

Delicious Kitchen’s yummy pork chop with vegerable rice

This is a childhood favorite, and I am glad they’re still here!

After dinner, take the MTR to Mongkok to feel in the hustle and bustle of the night market. Come back before 12 midnight to take the train back.

Night Market

Night Market

More food!

More food!

Chorizo Chinese style

Chorizo Chinese style

Day 2: Not-your typical-city-day in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is known for its vibrant city center, with lots of shopping malls, tall buildings. What I realized after living there for 2 years is that there are nice chill out places! I’m giving three options to experience a chill out Hong Kong.

Breakfast: Grab breakfast at Cafe de Coral – either an American breakfast or their macaroni soup with ham (yes weird combination but it tastes good!) USD 5

Option 1: Head off to Repulse Bay to walk around the beach (not for swimming, too dirty!) and explore the Stanley Market

Repulse Bay is known as the upper crust of HK living. It is spacious and quiet – spend a couple of hours walking around the area. Have a nice lunch in one of the cafes: Budget USD 30

Repulse Bay(Photo courtesy of Letsdochina.com)

Repulse Bay
(Photo courtesy of Letsdochina.com)

Option 2: Hike the Dragon’s Back!

One of Hong Kong’s most scenic hikes with views of the South China Sea. To get there, take the MTR, alight in Shau Kei Wan and then take a bus (number nine) and alight in To Tei Wan.: Grab lunch in a nearby restaurant in Shek O before heading back: Budget USD 30

view on top of Dragon's back

view on top of Dragon’s back

Resting at the Shek O Peak in the Dragon's back trail

Resting at the Shek O Peak in the Dragon’s back trail

Option 3: Go to Lantau Island and have lunch in The Stoep

Go to the big buddha statue in Lantau Island. Take the Tung Chung MTR line til the end, then take the cable car up. This costs additional USD 15 for a round trip cable car ticket. After going to the statue and the Po Lin monastery, head off to lunch.

Big Buddha Statue in Lantau Island

Big Buddha Statue in Lantau Island

Lunch: The Stoep is a South African restaurant tucked in the southern coast of Lantau island. Too bad I don’t have the food pictures, but the menu is refreshingly delightful and you can have your delightful meal looking at the beach view. You can clown around at the beach after like we did! USD 30 budget

The Stoep

The Stoep

Jump shot in Lantau beach

Jump shot in Lantau beach

After that head off to the Peak. Take the MTR to Admiralty and take the Peak Tram up. Arrive there around 5pm so you can get both views of day and night! USD 10 for the round trip tram ticket and sky terrace access.

View from The Peak by day

View from The Peak by day

View from The Peak by night

View from The Peak by night

Dinner: Head off to Sweet Dynasty in Tsim Sha Tsui. What’s to die for? Mango Pudding!!! USD 30 budget

The best mango pudding in the planet!

The best mango pudding in the planet!

Walk along the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui – one of HK’s best views as well.

View of the Sound and Light show from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade (apologies for the bad picture - I carried a point and shoot and did not bring a tripod!)

View of the Sound and Light show from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade (apologies for the bad picture – I carried a point and shoot and did not bring a tripod!)

Take the ferry back from Harbour City (opposite the resto) to Central, then take the MTR back to Causeway Bay.

Day 3: Malling in Causeway Bay / Harbour City / Tung Chung outlets

Brunch: Dimsum! Eat your heart out in East Lake Seafood Restaurant, 4th F Pearl City, 22-36 Patterson street in Causeway Bay. It starts early in the morning! If you can wait til 11am, go to Maxim’s City Hall in Central (take MTR to Central). Budget: USD 30

Yummy dimsum, with menu!

Yummy dimsum, with menu!

I will provide another 3 options for a relaxing mall day before heading back home.

Option 1: Times Square, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Option 2: Harbour City – Hong Kong’s most popular mall, which actually is a combination of three malls.

Option 3: Bring your luggage with you (if it’s not too hard to carry) and go to Tung Chung for a day of eating and outlet shopping. Active wear is cheap here! I do not fancy the branded outlet stores here though. Head straight to the airport via bus S1.

Late afternoon snack / dinner in Mall: USD 20

Head off to the airport. For Option 1 and 2, take the MTR to Causeway Bay, pick up your luggage, and take the A11 back.

I’ll post more tips once I am back on my twice-a-year visits to HK this year!

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