Destination Hong Kong: Basic guide for travellers from Cebu to HK

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As requested, tips and expense guide from our recent trip in HK.
( This is a basic guide for budget travellers from Cebu)

It's my second visit in Hong Kong but its as intriguing and fascinating as my first visit. This time, I travelled with my brothers, Reymond and Edwin. We took a direct flight from Cebu to Hong Kong via Cebu Pacific Air. Airfare was for PHP8220.00 including Philippine Travel tax per person. You could check Cebu Pacific Airfares on
TIP: A Cebu Pacific Agent told us that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest flights on most Cebu Pacific Destination. And before boarding, you will be paying a terminal fee of PHP550.00 per person.

And before flying to Hong Kong you should remember to book a Hotel or Hostel. For budget travellers like me and my brothers, we chose to stay in a hostel since its cheap and its the best way to mingle with other backpackers and tourists from around the globe. We stayed at Ah SHin Dragon Inn Hostel in Mongkok which costs USD 15 per person per night. We booked a 4 bed room for USD 60 per night for the entire room. This hostel has been highly recommended for most tourists since it's in the heart of downtown Mongkok, probably the center for night markets(tiangge) and its very near the MTR station. Amenities include, free Internet Access( 2 Desktop Computers on the common room), Rooms has hot water bath, free drinking water, fridge, AC, TV, Fresh towels daily and slippers. You could book a hostel of your choice at
TIP: Check in and check out time for most hostels in HK are at 1PM. But you could stay in the common area til check in Time. And booking a Hostel on, you need to pay 10% downpayment and the rest will be paid upon arrival.

Before flying, its important to bring the basics during travelling
1. Medicine kit ( Paracetamols, Loperamide, Pain relievers, Salompas, Menthol rubs(vicks), bandaids and etc.) -- Its important to bring Loperamide( Diatabs/Imodium for Diarrhea) since you will be eating food that might be unfamiliar and might cause diarrhea. During your travel you would also do long walks and your feet and legs will surely hurt. So be sure to put on very comfortable and light shoes while travelling. And if you'll be partying during the night you could put a pair of party shoes on your travel bag. A menthol rub, like vicks would be very helpful to soothe those tired and aching legs and feet. Salompas would also be helpful in soothing your aching back.

2. Travel toothbrush, Shampoo sachets, Shaver, Soap, deodorant etc....
3. Travel Documents - Passport, Plane TIcket and 2nd Identification Card(Driver's License, Postal Id, SSS ID, etc.) before travelling, you need to make 2 photocopies of your passport and identification card and keep a copy on your travel bag and 1 for your family in the Philippines. this is important because you will be bringing your passport with you anywhere you  go while your  travelling around HK and you might loose your passport and for faster processing of your affidavit, you'll have a spare copy of your travel documents with you.

We arrived in HK International at around 12:45AM and since there's no public transport after 12MN, we slept at the airport and waited for 6AM for the Airport Express to Central Station.
TIP: If you are planning to sleep in your booked hotel/ Hostel right after you arrived at the airport and you arrived after 12MN, your only choice of transport is a taxi. A Taxi will cost you HKD400 from the airport to Kowloon, thats around PHP2400.00. And if you will be riding the public transport, which runs from 6AM to 12MN, be sure to purchase the 3 Day Electronic Unlimited Octopus Card for HKD300.00 inclusive of roundtrip airport express and 3 day unlimited MTR rides.HKD50 will be refunded upon surrendering the octopus card upon leaving HK International Airport which could be claimed at the Airport Express counter on the ground level of the HK Intl. Airport. That would save you much money on transportation when going around HK. And If you are staying for more than 3 days, you could purchase a  HKD50.00 1 Day Unlimited MTR Ride.You could keep the MTR Card after as a souvineer. The 3 day unlimited card could just be tapped on the MTR Station entrance and for the 1 way ticket and 1 day unlimited cards, you need to put it on the card slot and get the card back because you need it when you exit the station. For more information on Octopus Cards you could visit

Be sure you get tourist maps when you arrive at the airport to guide you on where to go when your in Hong Kong.

Places of Interest and How to get there:

           1. DISNEYLAND
         (1 Day Pass Price: HKD 295 weekdays, HKD350 Holidays& weekends)
         (Open daily from 9am to 7pm)

MTR and interchange for the Disneyland Resort Line at Sunny Bay Station.

  • Only 23 minutes from the Hong Kong International Airport, MTR Airport station,
  • 22 minutes from MTR Kowloon station

2. Po Lin Monastery (Giant Buddha) No Fee
Tung Chung MTR Exit B, and then take bus 23 from Tung Chung Town Centre.

  (Price for 1 day pass HKD 210, Open Daily from 9Am to 6:30PM)
Address: Aberdeen, Hong Kong Island
 Route: City Bus 629 in Admiralty MTR Station

 4. Victoria Peak
(Peak Tram round trip around HKD50.00)

Take the MTR to Central and make your way to the J2 exit of the Central MTR station.
Turn right, through Chater Garden, cross Queen's Road Central and make your way up
Garden Road.
You will pass the Bank of China Tower and Citibank Plaza on your left and St John's Cathedral on your right before arriving at the terminus, which is to your left.

          5. Repulse Bay HK Island (no Fee)
               Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, 260 from Central (Exchange Square)
               Bus Terminus and alight at Repulse Bay


      6. Clock Tower  (no Fee)
          Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit E, walk towards Salisbury Road, turn right, take pedestrian
next to YMCA to Hong Kong Cultural Centre.Then turn right and walk straight
          ahead towards the waterfront.

       7. Avenue of Stars (Symphony of lights is 8pm Daily) No Fee
       Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Exit F, take subway to East Tsim Sha Tsui KCR station Exit J,
       and follow the signs. 


    8. Wong tai Sin Temple (No Fee)
Take Exit B3 on Wong Tai Sin Station

    9.  Tsing Ma Bridge      
       Green minibus 308M from Tsing Yi MTR Exit.

You could find more places of interest on

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petersindac says:
Very helpful. Thank you for sharing as I am visiting HK for NYE.
Posted on: Sep 10, 2014
katmichelle says:
usa ra ako photocopy sa passport. you're right. two copies jud dapat. :)
Posted on: Jul 16, 2008
doyzkie says:
yaaay! i reposted the pics. but if still can't be viewed please visit, thanks!
Posted on: Jul 16, 2008
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