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Our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour

We have long been saving up for a family trip to Hong Kong. When we finally had enough money, we went last year and did a DIY Hong Kong Family Tour in order to keep the expenses down.

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Original Plan

We booked a promo flight via Cebu Pacific. It was a direct flight from Iloilo to Hong Kong. Our additional connecting trip would be the Bacolod to Iloilo ferry boat ride. Our ticket was planned for five nights.

For our accommodations, we would be staying at my friend Sam’s pad, so we did not have to pay for a Hong Kong hotel.

About two months prior to our family vacation, Cebu Pacific informed us that they cancelled our return flight and we need to reschedule. Upon talking to an agent on the phone, we learned that we could not move the departure–only the return. Since Cebu Pacific only flies every other day, our only choice was to reduce our vacation time to 3 nights or increase it to 7 nights.

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While waiting for our Cebu Pacific direct flight to Hong Kong from the Iloilo International Airport.

Thanks to our free accommodation, there was no doubt that we would add more night because 3 whole days in Hong Kong is just too short. Anyway, we are homeschooling in Bacolod so we don’t have to deal with absences in school. This family can just go anytime as long as our pockets allow it.

Planning a 7-day DIY Hong Kong Family Tour

So here is our itinerary for our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour, considering that this is a budget trip. And it’s good for four people. Our little girl is already 4 years old, so in a lot of instances, her fare and as well as other things are already paid for.

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In Hong Kong, we took the train and the bus. It was only one time that we took the cab. So we really had to have local currency with us. Here, we were waiting for our train at the Yuen Long stop.

Day 1 | Monday – Yuen Long

My friend’s place is in the Yuen Long Territory. We arrived there around 3am, taking the cab from the airport to his house. We rested and went out after lunch of Day 1. Even if we wanted to, we could not go earlier because we have kids.

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The kids at Hung Shing Temple. It is part of the attractions of the DIY walking tour of Yuen Long that we did.

So for Day 1, we went around the Yuen Long. First we hit the Ping Shan Heritage Trail in order to immerse ourselves in the local culture. We saw a lot of old temples and houses depicting ancient Chinese architecture and art. Our family trip is a combination of the search for the old and new.

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We stopped at the Tang Ancestral Hall at Ping Shan Heritage Trail.

It was a long and tiring walk but the kids survived. After that, they had some downtime at Yuen Long Park. They played in the playground and chased after birds. Too bad the Yuen Long Aviary Pagoda was already closed when we got there.

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We got to the Yuen Long Aviary Pagoda about 5:30pm, just when it was about to close. Yuen Long Park is such an expansive area, covering several square meters. Took us a lot of minutes to reach this part from where we got off the bus.

Day 2 | Tuesday – Hong Kong Disneyland (1st day)

We bought a two-day pass for Hong Kong Disneyland. We felt that one day is not enough for the kids to enjoy the park. Plus, the second day was pretty cheap.

  • HK Disneyland 2-Day Pass for 4 – PhP 14,622 c/o Klook (2 adults, 2 kids)
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Finally, the main intention of our Hong Kong trip — Hong Kong Disneyland!

The kids thoroughly enjoyed meeting whoever Disney character was available during our visits. They interacted well with the princesses, sharing stories and all. Check our my article on Hong Kong Disneyland Magic Comes to Life,

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The girls enjoyed interacting with the Disney characters at Hong Kong Disneyland. It’s like a dream come true for every little girl!

Day 3 | Wednesday- Museum Day

Our 2-day Disneyland pass didn’t have to be availed consecutively. So we skipped the park today because every Wednesday in Hong Kong, the museums offer free entrance. On regular days, entrance fees range from HK$10 to HK$20. That’s pretty big when you total everything.

We first to the Tsim Tsa Tsui area for the Avenue of the Stars. But it was closed at that time because of the major renovations in the area. But we did get to enjoy whatever was left there, which they called the Garden of the Stars.

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Daddy spars with Bruce Lee at Garden of the Stars.

Also, we stopped by the lovely playground on the hill. We have kids, remember? So a playground stopover is a must. They just had to have some play time. We would not have been able to do it if we got a guided tour.

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The kids spent about 45 minutes in this playground at Tsim Tsa Tsui. It is sooo clean! It even has a clean drinking fountain.

Then we proceeded to the Hong Kong Science Museum. My kids are such Science geeks that 2.5 hours was not enough for them there. We had to take them away because we will had another place to go to and we barely had enough time before the museums close.

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A life-sized plane at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

Our next stop was the Hong Kong Museum of History. It was around 3pm already so we had our snacks at their cafeteria. Food there is good and quite affordable. We had about 2 hours left to tour the entire place before it closes for the day. In the end, there were a couple of exhibits that we were not able to see. Dindin would really linger at each exhibit, reading the literature of the displays.

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The girls are on board a Chinese boat house that early Chinese people lived in. This is on display at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

Day 4 | Thursday – Hong Kong Disneyland (2nd day)

It was back to HK Disneyland for our second day of our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour. We made sure that we covered all the attractions and the rides that we wanted to get on. We also had photo opps with all the characters present that day.

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I think the girls felt that Rapunzel was their sister. hahaha

The princesses were not all present because our visits were during the weekdays. They are complete during weekends.

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At the Tarzan’s Jungle Tree House.

That was our trade off for not wanting to go there on a weekend. I wanted to avoid the crowd of weekend guests. And we were fine with everything. Our nice pictures without other people photobombing our scenes was worth the sacrifice.

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The kids joined the animation lessons with their Papa at the Art of Animation of Hong Kong Disneyland.

Day 5 | Friday – Lantau Island Tour

We spent a day to appreciate Lantau Island because of its rich heritage. We bought our Ngong Ping 360 Lantau Sky-Land-Sea Day pass round trip tickets also from Klook.

  • Ngong Ping 360 Lantau Sky-Land-Sea / Tai O for 4 – PhP 4,926 c/o Klook (2 adults, 2 kids)
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The arrival point of the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride. We have arrived in Lantau Island!

Sky

The Ngong Ping 360 is the cable car that brought us to Lantau Island. We took the standard cabin because the one with the glass bottom is more expensive.

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Inside the cable car.

It was such a thrill for all of us to be high up in the air to see the mountains. The ride has a distance of 5.7 km and it takes about 25 minutes one way. But the problem was the queue. Took us about 4 hours of waiting to get on that cable car because of the waiting. The queue was also quite crazy at the first part.

Coming back, it also took about an hour of queuing. Thankfully the kids were not unruly. The waiting was too much. I guess that’s because it was a Friday. And my other guess, it’s gonna be worse on weekends.

Land

When we got to Ngong Ping Village, we explored the place for a bit. We also went to the Po Lin Monastery. Papa and Dindin went up to the Tian Tan Buddha for a better view while the Siobe and I stayed below and enjoyed some refreshments.

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At the Po Lin Monastery, in Ngong Ping Village. Chinese cultural tours like these are important for us. After all, the kids are from Chinese descent. We would also like them to be able to appreciate their roots.
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Dindin is almost halfway up the hill going to the Tian Tian Buddha.

Sea

Part of the package was a tour of the old Tai O Fishing Village and boating in the open sea. We saw the stilt houses and lots of dried seafood. If it was easy, I would have loved to bring back home some dried seafood. They were premium dried seafood, not like the ones we are used to here in the Philippines.

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One of the local stores selling dried fish at the Tai O Fishing Village.

We saw a glimpse of the life of the people living in this seaside village.

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Our motorboat for the river cruise that takes off that Tai O Village. This is pretty fast. Almost all the homes in the area own a motorized boat.
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Some of the stilt houses along the river. It is common to see motor boats parked in front of the house. That’s their basic mode of transportation. What I noticed is that, being a heavily populated village, I didn’t find garbage floating around.

The boat ride was a bit scary because of the fast and noisy speed boat. Plus I realized that we already reached the open sea. With two young kids, I felt so scared. hahaha Siobe was also clinging to me, but I think she was more scared of the sound of the motor boat than the deep sea.

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Beyond this island is the area where the pink dolphins may be seen. Sight seeing tours available.

If we paid extra and went out further, we would have reached the area where there are sightings of the pink dolphin. But we skipped that part. It was beyond our travel budget already.

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After our short river cruise and appreciation of the Tai O Fishing Village, we ended up eating street food — octopus with spicy sauce! It’s like eating squid balls from our vendors–cept that this is from a really big octopus!

Day 6 | Saturday – Macau Day Tour

We wanted to check in at Disneyland Hotel but found it too expensive. And we won’t be able to maximize our stay in this nice hotel because we would be at the park all day anyway. So instead, we allocated the budget for a trip to Macau. This is a low-budget DIY Hong Kong Family Tour after all.

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It sure was a crowded time to visit the Ruins of St. Paul’s on a Saturday afternoon.
  • Venetian Macau Gondola Rides for 4 – PhP 1,103 c/o Klook (2 adults, 2 kids)
  • TurboJet Ferry Tickets (Hk-Macau RT)PhP 8,852 c/o Klook (2 adults, 2 kids)

Macau is another territory of China that is near Hong Kong but is separated by the sea. It takes a one-hour ferry ride to reach there. We got good ferry deals also on Klook. We bought our tickets about 3 days before our schedule. It was much cheaper. Ferry is big, clean, and very fast.

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This area is just one side of the Macau Fisherman’s Wharf that has a Roman design. I loved that there were four columns here so I told everyone to pick a pillar and strike a pose. This is what we got. haha

One of my intentions in Macau is to ride the gondola at the Venetia Macau. And we did. The gondola ride here is much cheaper that the one at McKinley Hill in Manila, which is P550 per person. In Macau, we got it for a little over PhP1,000 only, plus the boatman is an Italian who sang operatic songs to us. Closest to the original as possible. Lovet! 😀

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We came to Macau for this — a gondola ride at the Venetian Macau. I think I was the happiest here. haha Too bad I can’t fit the four of us in the pic and I was too scared to use the timer on the camera. There was water around us after all.

Filipino Tour Guide

We wanted to DIY our Macau tour as well. But we were so tired and it was already lunchtime so we thought of hiring a guide. We found a Filipina guide who charge us with HK$500. It was good enough. The fee included the bus rides and she was pretty nice. At least we didn’t get lost and we enjoyed our short stay in Macau.

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For now, this is the closest that we will get to the Eiffel Tower. Someday, it will be in Paris already.

Macau Attractions

We went to the usual Macau attractions that our time afforded us. We had to take our lunch there, as it was around noon when we got there:

  • Ruins of St. Paul
  • Senado Square
  • Venetian Macau
  • Parisian Macau
  • St. Dominic Church
  • Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

The Parisian Macao is so nice that Shane asked us if we could stay there. Someday, Siobe, someday. It’s realllyyyy nice!!! It’s all French sophistication. We love it there!

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The Parisian Macao is so grand that our youngest daughter wanted to stay for the night. It was indeed awesome. Someday, baby. 😀

Day 7 | Sunday – Ocean Park Hong Kong

We went to Hong Kong in November, which was the month that registered the least rain fall in their weather report. Throughout the week, we had great weather. But when Sunday came, it rained torrents. And it was our time to go to Ocean Park Hong Kong.

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With my friend Sam, who treated us to a day at the Ocean Park.

My friend Sam treated us there, including our fare. So I was not able to take note of our expenses. The rain really spoiled our time there because it was hard to get around when the rain was pouring. And Sam had to buy ponchos for all of us, just so we would not be drenched.

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Needless to say, the kids enjoyed all the animal exhibits at Ocean Park Hong Kong. But the most epic time was seeing a live red Panda. They only know about this specie from a Barbie movie.

But a lot of the rides were to messy to take. The only thing that the kids enjoyed were the animals. Thankfully, they were in covered exhibits.

Well, that’s just how it is in every travel. You win some and you lose some. But at least, the majority of our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour experienced great weather!

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The penguins were a real delight. The kids can’t get enough of them.

Using Klook

Our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour was made easy because of Klook. I paid for everything we needed on the site. And everything was pretty easy.

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Special Thanks!

Our special gratitude goes to our friend Sam who took us in when we were in Hong Kong. We saved so much with our DIY Hong Kong Family Tour because we no longer had to pay for a Hong Kong hotel. We had a super grand time!

Hong Kong Travel Tips

  1. Prepare cash: small bills and loose change. That way you just drop the money in the bus if necessary.
  2. Buy the Octopus card. It will save you a lot of money if you commute. The price of the card is refundable.
  3. At Disneyland, let the kids wear costumes. The experience would be epic.
  4. Eat local. Try the Chinese cuisine. We bought some meals from the hawkers and the food is really good. It was just hard to understand each other though.
  5. Wear comfortable shoes. Touring Hong Kong entails a lot of walking. And the effort would be doubled if you have to run after or carry your kids.
  6. Bring appropriate clothes. We went there on a November. It wasn’t very cold yet but light jackets were already needed. Bring caps for the kids, too. The last thing you need are kids getting sick while travelling.
  7. Protect your kids’ health. Bring their usual vitamin supplements and give them nutritious food. The tours and the long hours on the road can be taxing for your kids. They bodies need to recuperate from the travel stress. I brought their standard multivitamin supplement as well as Ceelin, a separate Vitamin C chewable tablet.
  8. If you can, bring a tripod. You cannot trust other people to take good photos. Plus it can be a nuisance asking people for help all the time. In this DIY Hong Kong Family Tour, our tripod helped us compose beautiful shots. Plus it warded off other people from joining our family portraits.
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This is the reason why we bring a tripod. We can compose our shots and people deliberately avoid photobombing our shot. haha

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43 thoughts on “DIY Hong Kong Tour Itinerary for the Family

  1. Looks like a great Hong Kong tour itinerary. Theres lots of fun and experience in there.
    It’s a bit rude that they cancelled your flight and then you had to increase or decrease your time, but you did well to make the most of that situation! Awesome!

    Jackie – Organised Mum Life

  2. This Hong Kong tour itinerary was incredibly festive. You made the most out of a bad situation and to me that’s what life is all about because it is filled with constant interruptions. Beautiful photos of your family. Your kids truly had a grand time!

  3. Hong Kong is definitely on my list of places to visit, but I think it’s so sensible that you split up the days in Disneyland otherwise it might have become a bit too much. Looks like you managed to fit quite a lot into your days though x

  4. There are so many things to do in Hong Kong! And I love that you took your daughters, too. So much fun!! I’d love to go there too, sometime. 🙂

  5. One of my colleagues went to Hong Kong with his family a few years and on his return complained how expensive it was. I have not been there yet but have pinned your article for future reference.

  6. Goodness! That was an awesome family travel! Hong Kong is indeed a very expensive place to visit. I think it will take me years to save for it. We just finished our Vietnam Tour and it already took me time to save for it. I wanted to bring the kids to Hong Kong, maybe in the next few years.

    1. Been wanting to go to Vietnam, too. At least it doesn’t require a visa. I heard the food and hotels are cheap there. Would like to visit even for just 5 nights. Maybe next year, God willing. 😀 Save pa more!: D

  7. Looks like you all had a fabulous time. I love Hong Kong and could have used these tips last year when my family went.

  8. I would love to visit Hong Kong one day but it is so far away from where I am. Maybe when the kids are older. We might follow your itinerary. Looks awesome! I have heard a lot of good things about the Disneyland and hopefully we can visit someday, too.

  9. We are definitely a Disney household so I’m so jealous you got to visit Hong Kong Disneyland! Looks like you had a fun family get-away in Hong Kong. Your itinerary is so full!

  10. Thanks for giving this amazing itinerary for Hong Kong. We have never been there and this post has made us curious to explore. And what best! You have made our planning easy! Thanks for those helpful tips as well.

  11. What a fabulous adventure. Your pictures make me feel like I was there right along with you. So want to visit Hong Kong Disneyland. Love everything about Disney. I also love the architecture of Hong Kong in your photos. So different and beautiful.

  12. You guys really go places! Traveling is a very good way to learn about a different culture and your daughters will thank you immensely for that. The photo of your husband sparring with the statue of Bruce Lee was hilarious! Thanks for sharing your Hong Kong travel experience with us.

  13. Wow it looks like you definitely made the most of your 7-day vacation! Hong Kong looks like an interesting place to visit and so many amazing things to see. Your daughters surely had so much fun!

  14. This is a detailed Hong Kong tour intienary and I loved reading the whole article. The kids seemed to have really enjoyed the whole trip which could be seen from the smiles of everyone in the pictures. Would like to follow this when we visit Hong Kong in the future. 🙂

  15. Thanks for sharing your Hong Kong tour itinerary, ka very detailed gd! I’m gonna bookmark this — basi pa lng maka pa Hongkong kami in the future (crossing my fingers) — so this will be very helpful gd for our family. 😀

  16. It looks like you all had a wonderful time in Hong Kong. I like how the trip was enjoyable for both the adults and the children. The pictures gave us a great sneak peak of your jampacked Hong Kong tour itinerary!

  17. OooOOOooooo, how exciting! I have never been to Hong Kong before, but I want to visit there with my family someday. Will save this itinerary. It looks fun and affordable, too. 😀

  18. I’ve always wanted to visit Hong Kong with my family. I love how informative this Hong Kong tour itinerary for the family is. *Bookmarked*
    Your children are so blessed to have you as their parents. They will surely treasure these family travel memories as they grow up.

  19. So glad that you were able to make it work and save for this amazing family holiday in Hong Kong. You guys certainly had loads of fun with your DIY Hong Kong Tour itinerary. 😀

  20. I think it’s wonderful to do you own plan and document family time away. Your DIY Hong Kong tour itinerary made great family memories for the kids down the road.

  21. It is heartwarming to see that you take the time to care and plan such wonderful trips with your family! Your kids will become happy adults! This Hong Kong tour itinerary is one for the books. 🙂

  22. It’s good to read an itinerary from a budget perspective. This trip sounds perfect for children! I had no idea that Hong Kong has Disneyland! Your kids really seemed to enjoy themselves there with this awesome Hong Kong tour itinerary!

  23. Ooh a 7 days tour in Hong Kong! That sounds so fun! Looks like you enjoyed you trip a lot with your family. I am more into shopping than sightseeing though. To each his own, I guess. Your kids look super happy. 😀

  24. Wow, what a lovely week you all had. I would love to go to Disneyland and dress up, although I am a grown-up adult. Hong Kong is definitely on my list. First time in Asia this summer and I have totally love it, can`t wait to come back for a more extensive Hong Kong tour!

  25. What an epic family trip to Hong Kong! Your pictures speak for itself how much fun your family had! Your daughters are adorable. I haven’t got a chance to explore that part of the world yet but hope to visit someday. This DIY Hong Kong tour itinerary sure is helpful. 😀

  26. Wow this is amazing! What a great Hong Kong tour itinerary! I have never been to Hong Kong but it sounds as though you have planned the most amazing family trip there! your kids had the most awesome time for sure.

  27. My middle kiddo would love to see Hong Kong someday, looks like there is much to enjoy there. Glad you shared the information about your Hong Kong tour itinerary.

  28. For people like me who have not paid much heed to visit this beautiful part of the world; this post is just the right kind of inspiring! I loved the variety on offer in such a small country like Hong Kong. Especially liked the views at Tian Tian Buddha. Simply breathtaking! This Hong Kong tour itinerary that you made is such a great resource for solo or family travelers.

  29. Hong Kong is really beautiful place for vacation or family bonding. I would love to visit there some time. That is definitely a great trip and amazing memories there! Your DIY Hong Kong tour itinerary is one for the books!

  30. I have been to Hong Kong 8 years ago and love the food and Disneyland there. I guess is time to plan for another trip back. You DIY Hong Kong tour itinerary looks pretty complete and I would love to visit Lantau Island tour as I have not been there yet.

  31. Sounds like a very interesting tour! I have never been to hong kong before but it sounds like a wonderful place. Now, your DIY Hong Kong tour itinerary just shows how lovely it is to tour the place.

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