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Hong Kong and Macau are one of the most visited destinations in Southeast Asia.

Hong Kong and Macau is known for its bustling streets and vibrant lights. Hong Kong and Macau both have a colourful colonial history.

Hong Kong was a stronghold of the British Colonial Empire in Asia and gained its autonomy and was given back to China in 1997 but under the condition of “one country, two systems” rule of Special Administrative Region (SAR).

On the other hand, Macau had been part of the Portuguese empire for hundreds of years and was also returned back to China on 1999 under the same “one country, two systems” rule of SAR.

Travel Itinerary to Hong Kong and Macau
Travel Itinerary to Hong Kong and Macau

The two regions are brimming with life, lights and energy.

Macau is considered to be the Las Vegas of Asia due to its massive and luxurious hotels and casinos.

Hong Kong is one of the most loved destinations when it comes to shopping and fantastic family-friendly attractions.

Hong Kong can be considered as the “City of Lights of Asia” due to the high volume of bright electronic billboards and glowing neon lights.

My family and I went for a short break to Hong Kong and Macau. It was the first international trip for my parents and sister so I made sure they would have a great time. I made sure that we visited all the main attractions in Hong Kong and Macau. I’m really glad they enjoyed it!

Here is our Hong Kong Itinerary with a little side trip to Macau.

Visa Requirements

As part of the SAR rules, Hong Kong and Macau have their own immigration and border control. Don’t forget to bring your passport with you when you catch the ferry to visit Macau or Hong Kong (v.v) for a day trip.

I used my British passport on this trip because I’ve not sorted out my dual citizenship yet.

British Passport: No visa required

Philippine Passport: No visa required

Book the cheapest and best flights to Hong Kong or Macau here!

Suggested Accommodation

There are loads of Hong Kong hotel deals online, but since we were travelling as a group, we chose to stay in an apartment near Austin Road.

You can use Airbnb to book an apartment in Hong Kong if you are travelling as a group. If you are new to Airbnb you can get a £25 travel credit on your Airbnb apartment here.

There are loads of Hong Kong hotels available online.  Here are some of my suggested hotels ranging from luxury to budget hotels.

Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong: 

The Ritz – Carlton Hotel
Address:  International Commerce Center, No.1 Austin Road West, KowloonHong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | 

The Upper House
Address: Pacific Place, 88 QueenswayHong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Budget Hotels in Hong Kong:

Mojo Nomad Aberdeen Harbour
 100 Shek Pai Wan Road, AberdeenHong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Minimal Hotel Culture
 88 Apliu Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Best Backpackers Hostels in Hong Kong:

Check Inn HK
 2/F, Kwong Wah Mansion, 269-273 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Apple Hostel
B3, 10/fl., Block B, Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui, 36-44 Nathan Road, KowloonHong Kong, China
Check current hotel rates: | Agoda | TripAdvisor

5 Footway Inn

Address: 8 R. de Constantino Brito, Macau

Check their rates at | Agoda | TripAdvisor

Suggested Activities

You will never run out of attractions, from the family-friendly places to visit in Hong Kong and places to visit in Hong Kong. I wrote another blog post to highlight our suggested best things to do in Hong Kong.   

Looking for things to do in Hong Kong?

Macau has a prominent Portuguese influence. There is more to Macau than just casinos, there are other attractions and places to visit. You can check out the 10 Best Things To Do in Macau That You Shouldn’t Miss

Looking for things to do in Macau?

Trip Budget

Itinerary Details

Hong Kong


Here are the detailed Hong Kong itinerary and a visit to Macau that my family and I did during our visit to these popular tourist destinations in Asia.

DAY 1:

Fly from Manila – Macau

19:30   departure from Manila

21:30   Arrival from Macau

Travel tip: Make sure you have your Macanese Pataca ready when you land in Macau (You’ll need this for your bus fare). There are a few money exchange stalls in the airport if you desperately need one. You can also use Transferwise for an easy foreign currency exchange in one card.

Get the bus at the arrival area going to the Senado square. The hotel is just a few minutes away from the square.

23:00 – 00:00   Check – in at the hotel 5footway.inn Project Ponte 16


DAY 2:

After our breakfast, we sorted out our belongings and left them in the porter’s room of the hotel.

9:00     Check out at the hotel 5footway.inn Project Ponte 16

9:30 – 17:00 Visit Senado Square, Macau Museum, The Fortaleza Do Monte, Ruins of St. Paul’s

Senado Square Macau

Senado Square Macau

Museo de Macau

Macau Museum

Fortaleza do Monte Macau

Fortaleza do Monte Macau

Ruins of St Pauls in Macau

Ruins of St Pauls in Macau

18:00  Took the Turbo Jet Ferry in Taipa terminal to Hong Kong via Kowloon (60mins ferry ride)

ferry ride from macau to hong kong kowloon

20:00   Arrival in our apartment near Austin MTR

DAY 3:

08:00   Sort out the attraction tickets

Travel tip: Get an Octopus card and use it pay for your transport, buy stuff from the shops etc.

Hong Kong Octopus Card tariff

10:00   Visit Ngong Ping 360 & Buddhist Temple

Po Lin Monastery

Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Big Buddha in Lantau Island

Ngong pin Cable car

Ngong pin Cable car

17:00   Set off to Disneyland (Lantau Island)

17:30   Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

Hong Kong Disneyland

20:00   Head towards MTR Austin (Apartment)              

Day 4:

09:00   catch MTR Central (21 mins MTR)

09:30   walk to Lower Terminus(The Peak)

10:00   Arrive at The Peak Lower Terminus

the peak in hong kong

The Peak in Hong Kong

12:00   Lunch in Bubba Gump or Wildfire

13:00   Nature Walks

18:00   Time to get some Hong Kong souvenirs!  Shopping time (Ladies Market, Mong Kok)

Ladies Evening Market in Mong kok

Ladies Evening Market in Mong kok

19:00   Visit the harbour promenade for the Lights and Sound show

Aqua Luna Hong Kong

Day 5:

12:00   Check out at the Apartment

13:00   Catch the ferry to Macau (14:00)

14:00   Departure to Macau

Travel tip: You can use the free shuttle located just in front of the ferry terminal going to the hotels and casino.

View of Macau

15:00   Explore Macau –Venetian Macau, Gondola ride, Dinner time etc.

Gondola Ride in Venetian Macau

Gondola Ride in Venetian Macau

20:00   Head towards Macau airport

23:25   Flight departure time to Manila

01:20   Arrival at Manila Airport

I hope you’ll find this Hong Kong itinerary useful for your upcoming visit to Hong Kong and Macau with your family and friends.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below!