Last month, the day after attending the Philippine Blog Awards, me and my siblings (four of us) travelled to Hong Kong and Macau for 3 days and 2 nights.
It was our first trip abroad and it took months of planning because we wanted to personalize our itinerary and did not want to be part of a constrictive tour group. Planning for the trip was quite easy because there are a lot of information available online about Hong Kong and Macau but we just wanted it to be flawless and cram as much sights during our short visit. We actually flew in to Hong Kong and stayed there for two days, visited Macau on the third day, and then flew back to Manila via Macau later that day.
Photo-op at fountains in Tung Chung town center
We originally just planned to visit Hong Kong for our trip but Macau was too tempting to pass off. It’s just one hour away by ferry … much like crossing the strait from Iloilo to Bacolod, *heh*. I was the one who convinced them to include Macau in the trip given that I was responsible for planning the Macau leg of our itinerary.
Taking a rest at Fortress Hill in Macau
The Hong Kong and Macau threads on Pinoy Exchange were actually the most helpful resource I found since the forumers have posted just about everything you need to know about the place and the tips are more targeted to (Filipino) backpackerish travelers … like us :D
We ended up not religiously following our original itinerary since we didn’t expect that we would be so tired during the trip. We managed to visit all the major destinations that we planned but I just personally wanted to experience more of the off-the-beaten path attractions, especially in Macau.
For the benefit to those who are also planning to travel to Hong Kong and Macau, here’s the summary of our actual Hong Kong and Macau itinerary during our recent visit:
3 days and 2 nights Hong Kong and Macau itinerary summary
- Day 1 (Hong Kong)
- Day 2 (Hong Kong)
- Day 3 (Macau)
- Check-out at the hotel
- Turbojet Ferry ride to Macau
- Leave baggage at the The Venetian (Casino and Hotel) Macau concierge
- The Venetian Macau Sightseeing
- Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral and Macau Heritage Walking Tour
- Almeida Ribiero
- Senate/Senado Square (Largo do Senado)
- Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral
- Fortress Hill
- Camoes Garden
- Fisherman’s Village
- Fountain Show at Wynn Casino
- Return to The Venetian to claim baggage
- Departure at Macau International Airport
3 days and 2 nights Hong Kong and Macau Expenses
- Total Expenses – HK$ 3463.4 or Php 21,126.74 per person
- Expenses (excluding Airfare) – HK$ 2288.5 or Php 13,959.8 per person
*computed at currency exchange rate of 1 HK$ = Php 6.1
For those who want to know if we hired a travel agent … we didn’t take one. We made the itinerary, paid for everything (most of it online), and toured HK and Macau ourselves. To save on airfare costs, subscribe to the Promo fare alerts at Detourista or the Cebu Pacific Promo page at Pueblo Philippines.