Hong Kong Travel Guide | Part 1

ARRIVAL IN HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We boarded the aircraft and landed in Hong Kong international airport after the 1:50 minutes flight. In the immigration counter, I was asked of almost the same question, who you’re travelling with, where you staying at, purpose of travel and the budget. I presented my passport with another immigration form (a form that the airline provided while we were in the plane, almost the same information as the first form that we submitted to the immigration upon exit.)

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CHANGING MONEY

You can exchange your currency for HKD at any authorized money exchange. For extra peace of mind, look for accredited money exchange like Czarina and Sanry’s Money Changer. Currency exchange counters at Hong Kong Int’l Airport are open from early morning until late at night and many located within the city stay open up until late night. ATMs are anywhere and mostly operate 24 hours. Exchange rates fluctuate daily depending on currency markets. I highly advice that you do NOT exchange your money at the airport since the rates there are totally not competitive.

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TRANSPORTATION

There are plenty of ways to get around Hong Kong, first thing you need to do before you step out at the airport is to buy an Octopus Card. Why? Cause it is mainly for transportation purposes and you can even use it in a lot of store purchases. It is also reloadable through a lot of vendo machines on the MTR stations and in 7 eleven.

TIPS

Cheapest and most convenient is to take bus or minibuses, but if you are in a hurry, you may take Airport Express, but that would be more expensive.

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WHERE TO GET BEST DEALS?

I purchased my ticket thru Cebu Pacific. This airline always offer seat sales (when they announce upcoming promo, make sure to visit their website at midnight to secure promo fares), this is one of the reason why I always choose to fly with them. I am always on the lookout for it, and I book without hesitation. If there’s a seat sale, grab the opportunity and travel! But rest assure that you have enough budget for it!

VISA

Nationals from the following countries in Asia enjoy visa free to Hong Kong not exceeding the period for visit stated below.

Nationality of foreign country (Territory) / Type of Travel Document Visa free period for visit not exceeding:

Indonesia 30 Days

Malaysia 90 Days

Philippines 14 Days

Singapore 90 Days

Thailand 30 Days

For other nationalities not listed above, you can check visa and entry requirements here: Visa HQ or HK Immigration

WHERE TO STAY?

There’s a lot of affordable accommodation in Hong Kong, either hostel and dorm-tel will do. The best to get your accommodation either in Kowloon Peninsula or in Hong Kong Island, also in Tsim Sha Tsui since you can visit nearby attractions. You may find and book cheap accommodation thru Agoda and Booking.com or AIRBNB . Better if you will find a hotel or hostel near to MTR or nearby attractions for easy access. If you are a budget traveler like me, you can book a dorm type/sharing room, surely you can save a lot. Good thing on this is you can win new friends and hang out with them during your free time as well.

UPCOMING POST: EXPLORE HONG KONG


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