Affordable Trip To Hong Kong and Macau
Wanna visit Hong Kong Disneyland? Wanna go around the hotels and casinos in Macau? When you think about international travel, you would usually get overwhelmed with the travel cost. However, if you want to visit these two countries on a budget, I can provide our budget-friendly travel itinerary that may help. In this post, I will be focusing more on the summary of expenses for our 4 days and 3 nights vacation. I made another post about the places that we visited in Hong Kong and Macau.
First, you have to watch for seat sale! Yey! As we all know, airfare is usually too expensive. Thus, it’s very important that you take advantage of promo fares. In our case, we booked our ticket online with Cebu Pacific four months ahead of the travel date. The total fare was almost P10 000 for our round-trip ticket including taxes and fees. By the way, when you book your ticket online, you have 24 hours from the time of booking to pay for the ticket reservation.
Next, find an affordable hotel that also offers discounts! We also booked our hotel online through booking.com. We paid around P3 300 for our 4 days and 3 nights stay in Himalaya Guest House.
For the Disneyland Park ticket, I would highly suggest that you also purchase it in advance to save yourself from long lines. Just make sure that you frequently check their official website as they often post deals and discounts. In fact, we were able to avail of the discounted meal voucher. We only paid HK$589 for the “Play and Dine” Ticket Offer. That was about P7 686.
To save yourself from hassle, it would be better that you bring your money in HKD so you won’t have to look for money changers in Hong Kong.
Before the flight, you need to pay for your travel tax at the Philippine Tourism Authority. We paid P1 620 each for the travel tax. I have provided the information for the rates below. All passengers are also required to pay for the Airport Terminal Fee of P750.00.
For international flight, be sure to be at the airport at least four hours before departure time. You need a lot of time for the verification of your documents, immigration clearance and security checks.
As we arrived in Hong Kong International Airport, the first thing we did was to buy an Octopus Card. A prepaid card loaded with cash values and commonly used in most major public transport. The card can also be used for payment in many retail shops in Hong Kong, from convenience stores, fast-food restaurants, and vending machines. We bought the HK$150 Octopus Card each, with an initial stored value of HK$100 and a deposit of HK$50.
On our second day, we went to Macau and bought a round-trip ticket for two. We spent almost P4 500 for the tickets alone. I also made another post about our one-day trip to Macau.
Our pocket money was around P10 000 and was spent mostly for our meals, snacks, bottled water and pasalubong.
The overall expenses for two persons reached P40 000. This means that each person can prepare P20 000 only and will be able to visit the two countries. If you have questions or comments, feel free to leave a message below. Enjoy your vacation!