Thursday, November 21, 2019

Hong Kong  Backpacking itinerary

Destination: Hong Kong, Asia

Season: January 2017

Theme: Solo Backpacking | City | Culture | Hiking

Length: 3 Days

Hong Kong was the first stop in my itinerary, before the start of an awesome 5 weeks of backpacking through the Philippine. Hong kong is relatively small city and very well connected by MRT. All you need to cover Hong kong is some information about the highlight of the city. I spent 3 days in Hong kong which was enough to see what I wanted to see, but you can certainly stay for longer. Once I was in Hong Kong I realised that, many people fly to Taiwan from here. Its only about 2h of flaying plus Taiwan is very cheap compare to Hong Kong from what I was told and its worth the trip. However I did not have the time to go to either Taiwan or Macau. You can do them two if you have more time.

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

Hong Kong Itinerary

  • The Icon for the transfer method
  • The h for the number of hour of transportation time
  • am or pm is the time of departure from the city
  • The D for the number of days i spent in the city

You don’t need an itinerary to see HongKong, Its very small city, you can use the MRT to go to most part of the city. Unlike my other Itinerary, I am just going to highlight the key area In this section.

1) HK Airport 
6am 0.5h→

5) Lantau Island
6pm 1h→

2) Kowloon 
9am 0.2h→

6) Kowloon 
6am 1h→

3) HK Island 
6pm 0.2h→

7) HK Airport 
see Philippines→

4) Kowloon 
6am 1h→

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

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Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Once you walk out of the migration point at Hong Kong international airport, you will see a tourist information office with lots of guide and maps just pick what you like. They simply have a leaflet for most of the attraction and activity you can do in Hong Kong, and its for free. Once you walk pass migration there is also a currency exchange office. Change money £1 = 10$ HK dollar. Than you can buy a 10 day sim card with unlimited data and about 100 mint talk time for £8 from the same place highly recommend getting the sim card, as you will get data all the time, very useful. Than go and get octopus card the office inside too just ask any one the will tell you, You can use the octopus card for the MRT which is the cheapest way to move around Hong Kong.

Train from Airport to Kowloon about 25mint, than I took a taxi from Kowloon station to Tsim Sha Tsui, which is another 20mnit & its cost around $40 HK dollar. However you should use the MRT but I was too lazy to lazy to do so. I arrived to Hong Kong at 5am in the morning, and I was at my hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui, by 7:30 am so I had all day, I decided to start with Hong Kong Island.

Day 1 Hong Kong Island

I was at my hostel, Hop Inn on Mody in Mody Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, around 8am. Dropped my backpack at the hostel and then I headed to the Star ferry station at the harbor, about 10 mint walk from Mody Road, the ferry cost about $1 and it take about 10 mint to reach to Hong Kong island. I like to walk, so once I arrived, I walked from the harbor to Golden Bauhinia Square, than just walk from there through random shopping street. Around 2 pm I took a taxi to Central Hong Kong to book a ticket for Peak Tram, to go to the Victoria peak, you can also go by bus but I wanted to use the Tram. At the top of Victoria peak as will as the view their is lots of shops and other attractions at the top. Than I was down by 5pm, I walked back to the harbor to take a ferry back to Tsim Sha Tsui. After that, at 8pm I want to Symphony of Light, at the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui, Its just next to the star ferry station.

Top things to do in Hong Kong Island 
I sure there is other many things you can do but this is my favourite
You most take a good camera with you, this is my favorite camera

  • Golden Bauhinia Square
  • Victoria Peak ( You can do it either in the morning or at night)
  • Wan Chai Market

My accommodation in Hong Kong 
Hong kong is not the chepest city to stay in, but can can find some good deals if you do your homework. I stayed in Hop Inn on Mody, in Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Which was at   a very central location. Its 10mint walk from Star ferry (which take you to Hong kong island and back). Also very close to MRT station and their are supermarket next to it.Tsim Sha Tsui Also is very close to Nathan street, Auston road, Jordan road, the Temple market and Avenue of Stars.

And alsoTsim Sha Tsui is about 15mint walk from the harbor where you can see the light symphony at 8pm every night. Also close to sky100 which give you a full view of the city.

Transport in Hong Kong

  •  All you need is octopus card for the MRT and your leg. you can see MRT map for Hong Kong from here.

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

Day 2 Lantau Island

Day two was an early day and was my favorite day in Hong Kong, The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha) area is such a nice and peaceful place, I highly recommend that you spend good time to think and reflect in here. I took the 8am MRT from Tsim Sha Tsui and I was in Lantau Island for around 9 ish. Once I arrived to Lantau Island MRT station, I booked a two way ticker for the cable car to take me up to the Big Buddha. The cable car station is about 5 mint walking from the MRT station. Once you get to the top there are many thing to do and see. I also visited Tai O Fishing Village, which you can go to using the bus terminal located next to the big Buddha, I highly recommend it. I stayed in Lantau Island till around 7pm.

Top things to do in Lantau Island
I sure there is other many things you can do but this is my top list
You most take a good camera with you, this is my favorite camera

  • Cable car to The Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
  • Big Buddha (Tian Tan Buddha)
  • Po Lin Monastery
  • Wisdom Path ( a very nice and peaceful walk)
  • Tai O Fishing Village

My accommodation in Hong Kong 
Hong kong is not the chepest city to stay in, but can can find some good deals if you do your homework. I stayed in Hop Inn on Mody, in Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Which was at   a very central location. Its 10mint walk from Star ferry (which take you to Hong kong island and back). Also very close to MRT station and their are supermarket next to it.Tsim Sha Tsui Also is very close to Nathan street, Auston road, Jordan road, the Temple market and Avenue of Stars.

And alsoTsim Sha Tsui is about 15mint walk from the harbor where you can see the light symphony at 8pm every night. Also close to sky100 which give you a full view of the city.

Transport in Lantau Island

  •  MRT to get to Lantau Island, you can see MRT map for Hong Kong from here.
  • Cable car to get to the Big Buddha
  • Bus to get to Tai O Fishing Village

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary

Day 3 Kowloon

Kowloon is large, and since my hostel was in TST, Kowloon I always spend the night of the previous days wondering around in Kowloon. However I spent all of my last day exploring Kowloon. I started my Kowloon tour from the Avenue of Stars and I then walked to Nathan road, passing through Temple Street and Austin road. I then took the MRT to Wong tai sin temple, which I highly recommend that you check it out. Than from Wong tai sin I walked to diamond hill.

Top things to do in Kowloon
I sure there is other many things you can do but this is my top list
You most take a good camera with you, this is my favorite camera

  • Symphony of lights at 8:00 every night at the harbor in Tsim Sha Tsui see link
  • Nathan road & Temple Street
  • Auston road (nothing major in here but I worth walking through it if you have time)
  • Avenue of Stars
  • Wong tai sin Temple
  • Diamond hill
  • Chi Lin Nunnery
  • Ladies market
  • Travel Across Victoria Harbor by Star Ferry
  • Sky100 Observation Deck (I did not do that one, because i did Victoria Peak instead)

My accommodation in Hong Kong 
Hong kong is not the chepest city to stay in, but can can find some good deals if you do your homework. I stayed in Hop Inn on Mody, in Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui. Which was at   a very central location. Its 10mint walk from Star ferry (which take you to Hong kong island and back). Also very close to MRT station and their are supermarket next to it.Tsim Sha Tsui Also is very close to Nathan street, Auston road, Jordan road, the Temple market and Avenue of Stars.

And alsoTsim Sha Tsui is about 15mint walk from the harbor where you can see the light symphony at 8pm every night. Also close to sky100 which give you a full view of the city.

Transport in Kowloon

  • All you need is octopus card for the MRT and your leg. you can see MRT map for Hong Kong from here.

Hong Kong Backpacking Itinerary