Hong Kong and Macau are one of the most visited destinations in Southeast Asia. Hong Kong and Macau are known for their 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 the 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.
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 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.
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
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:
Budget Hotels in Hong Kong:
Best Backpackers Hostels in Hong Kong:
5 Footway Inn
Address: 8 R. de Constantino Brito, Macau
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.
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
|Travel Essentials||Description ( Cost)||Total Amount Spent ( GBP & PHP)|
|Airfare||Manila – Macau- Manila||£156.00 | Php 2,500 (promo price) per person|
|Activities||Disneyland Cable Car (Ngong Ping 360) Victoria’s Peak, Macau Museum Senado Square Venetian Macau (Gondola)||£75 | PHP 5,000|
|Accommodation||( £350 | PHP 23K) 3 bedroom apartment in Hong Kong & (£35 | PHP 2,300) 5 footway.inn in Macau|
|HKG Tourist Day Pass||55 HKD ( optional ** Unlimited ride of MTR only)||£5 | PHP 360|
|317 HKD (return) per person||£31| PHP 2,000|
|150 HKD ( Deposit of 50HKD with Initial stored value of 100HKD (adults) & 20HKD (Elderly)||£14 | PHP 980|
|TOTAL COSTS /pax||excluding accommodation||£281 | PHP 18,560|
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.
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
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
18:00 Took the Turbo Jet Ferry in Taipa terminal to Hong Kong via Kowloon (60mins ferry ride)
20:00 Arrival in our apartment near Austin MTR
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.
10:00 Visit Ngong Ping 360 & Buddhist Temple
17:00 Set off to Disneyland (Lantau Island)
20:00 Head towards MTR Austin (Apartment)
09:00 catch MTR Central (21 mins MTR)
09:30 walk to Lower Terminus(The Peak)
10:00 Arrive at The Peak Lower Terminus
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)
19:00 Visit the harbour promenade for the Lights and Sound show
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.
15:00 Explore Macau –Venetian Macau, Gondola ride, Dinner time etc.
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!