How I Survived 4D3N in Hong Kong with 15,000 Pesos Including Airfare and Shopping Money
Hong Kong is almost always the first country a Filipino will visit abroad. Not only is it near but it’s also visa-free so it’s really an ideal vacation spot. However, one of the reasons that stop us Filipinos from going on a vacation out of the country is how expensive it will be.
I visit Hong Kong almost every year and for someone who always wants to save money, I try to find ways how to save on my expenses, including in my Hong Kong trips. So I am writing this guide to hopefully help my fellow Filipinos or anyone planning to visit Hong Kong and is on a budget.
Days in Hong Kong: 4 Days and 3 Nights
Budget: P15,000 Including Airfare and Shopping Money so it’s basically an All-In
The first thing you need to pay for is your airfare. If you really want to save on expenses, you can’t really choose the exact dates to visit Hong Kong. You need to subscribe to airline companies like Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, JetStar, Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and wait for their promo fares. A round trip fare to Hong Kong would normally cost P5,000 to 7,000 including 15 kilos luggage allowance. This can go up to P10,000 if you buy too close to the travel date. However, if you’re lucky, patient and quick, you can get a round-trip for as low as P3,000 including luggage fee.
So my tip is to plan which year you’re ready to travel and start looking for promo sale at least one year before. This is actually easier because you don’t need to save the P15,000 all in one go. You just need to pay for the airfare first (one year before) and you can use your credit card so you can pay for it in installments.
As soon as you got your airplane itinerary receipt, you’re ready to book your hotel. If you’re on a budget, you can delay this step up until two months before the travel date. Another way is to book it early and pay for it in installments in your credit card. Depending on your choice of hotel, the price per night in Hong Kong can cause from P600 to thousands.
My tip is to go for the cheapest ones because you will only use your hotel to sleep. Especially if it’s your first time in Hong Kong, you’d probably want to spend more time outside than sleeping in your room right? For hotel recommendations, you can visit Airbnb or Agoda. I always prefer staying in Mong Kok, Hong Kong because it has all the cheapest shops in the country and is open until the wee hours of the night. In this way, you can spend the whole day touring Hong Kong because you know you can go shopping every night.
Everyday fare in Hong Kong will cost you 10 to 30 HKD a day ( approximately 60 to 150 pesos) Probably the most expensive fare you need to pay for is the bus trip (double decker bus) from the airport to the hotel (vice versa) and hotel to Tung Chung (where most factory outlets are).
My tip is to purchase an MTR card from the airport. It will require you to give a P300 deposit but the fares are much cheaper compared to buying single journey tickets everyday. After your trip, you can always return your MTR card to get your deposit back. And in the case of emergency, you can use up to -35 HKD from your MTR card. Just keep in mind that you can only exceed its balance once. So if you bought something that made it -5 HKD, you won’t be able to use the rest.
Here’s a site you can use to calculate all your fares in Hong Kong:
Now depending on where you eat, each meal can cost you 150 pesos up to 500 pesos per meal. The cheapest ones are found in 7 Eleven but unlike in the Philippines, the quality of their food is superb! If you’re in the mood to spend a little more, you can go to Cafe de Coral or Maxims which is almost a fast food but serves good food. Of course, there is also Mcdonalds and KFC in Hong Kong but their prices are almost the same with the local restaurants so why not go local.
My tip is to eat breakfast and dinner in 7 Eleven. Since you want to make the most out of your trip, you could just eat breakfast in the morning in your hotel and dinner when you get home. If you would also like to explore local food, you can do that during lunch and merienda.
Aside from the ones I mentioned, you should also save up for travel tax (P1620 as of posting), seat reservation fee (optional), theme park tickets if you want to visit Disneyland.
But if you’re on a budget, you can try my itinerary which focuses on tourist spots with cheap entrance fee or sometimes even free.
So here is the breakdown of the expenses:
Airfare = P3,500
Accomodations = 600 x 3 = P1,200
Everyday Fare = P1,000 to P1,500
- Airport to hotel (vice versa) = 33 HKD x 2
- hotel to Tung Chung = 15 HKD x 2
- Daily trips = 15 HKD x 3 = 45 HKD
Food = P2800
- Breakfast = P150 x 4 =600
- Lunch = 250 x 4 = 1000
- Dinner = 150 x 4 = 600
- Snack = 150 x 4 = 600
TOTAL: P10620 but this does not include tickets yet so the expense could be higher if you want to visit Disneyland.
My tip is instead of visiting Disneyland, you can opt to visit the fountain in front of the park for picture taking and then take the free shuttle to check out their hotel. It doesn’t have any ride but the place got a lot of great spots for picture taking. And if you’re really lucky you get to meet Disney characters visiting the hotel during peak hours. Last time I visit the place, I got to meet Alice, Sleeping Beauty and Ariel by just hanging out in their lobby.
On my next blog, I’ll make 4 days 3 nights itinerary that within the P15,000 budget.