How do you usually plan your holiday trip?
I typically take a couple of months to plan a fulfilling vacation with meaningful activities and some empty pockets of time to roam the city. In that way, I can make the most out of the trip when I have a rough idea of what I would like to do. After all, wouldn’t you want to make your time worthwhile in a foreign land?
For this Hong Kong trip, I tried my best to incorporate activities and attractions which both my partner and I will enjoy. I also set aside some free and easy time just in case we would like to spend more time at an attraction or make changes to our plans. Here’s my 5-day Hong Kong itinerary in December 2018. Hope you will find this useful!
5-Day Hong Kong Itinerary
Day 1: Getting Into the Rhythm of This City
- Take Airport Express
- Buy Hong Kong Data SIM Card at 7-11 Kowloon Station
- Take free airport shuttle to Tsim Sha Tsui from Kowloon Station
- Check-in hostel Hop Inn on Carnarvon
- Buy Octopus Card at Tsim Sha Tsui Station
- Take a train to Mong Kok Station
- Eat at Hee Wan Roasted Kitchen
- Visit Ladies’ Market (Nu Ren Jie) shopping Street
- Explore Mong Kok till late before heading back to
To save time, we bought a pair of Airport Express train tickets on Klook. It brings us directly to Kowloon Station where we can take a free shuttle bus to Tsim Sha Tsui. Our hostel is just a few minutes away from Tsim Sha Tsui station.
The Express train is clean and it really moves at a fast speed – almost like Japan’s Shinkansen.
There are complimentary airport shuttle take brings to most parts of Hong Kong. How convenient!
Hong Kong is a well-connected city – it is easy to get around by MTR.
We spent four nights at Hop Inn on Carnarvon (hostel) – in their private twin room that comes with a private bathroom. We chose hostels this time as the prices of accommodation in Hong Kong is steep. Besides, the location of the hostel is accessible – we can get to Central in 5 minutes by MTR.
Space is a constraint in this city. As such, the rooms in most hotels and hostels are small. We found our hostel rooms very cramp; but since we spent most of our time exploring this city, the tight space did not bother us too much.
Data SIM Card
Our hostel sells Data SIM cards at around HKD$50 which works out to be around SGD$9. It is slightly cheaper than the ones sold at 7-11. Please do get data in Hong Kong as it is so much easier to get around town with GPS.
After settling into our new space, we head out to Mong Kok to have our late lunch. Mong Kok has changed so much over the years. Right now, this place is like a food haven. You can find so many popular Hong Kong Street food and Bubble Milk tea stalls. For more information on where to eat in Hong Kong, you can read our article on food in Hong Kong.
- Have Dim Sum breakfast at Conrad Hong Kong hotel
- Explore Causeway Bay area
- Go on a TramOramic Tour from Western Terminal
- Eat at McDonald’s along Causeway Bay
- Head to Sky100 near Kowloon Station
- Visit Temple Night Market
We started our day with a luxurious Dim Sum breakfast at Conrad Hong Kong. After that, we walked along Causeway Bay as Sam wanted to check out one of the VR game studios.
Later in the afternoon, we went on a TramOramic Tour where we sat on Hong Kong’s iconic tram that brought us around Hong Kong Island. It was such an educational tour that I enjoyed it very much.
After having a late lunch at McDonald’s, we took a train down to Kowloon Station and visited Sky100. We took a long time to figure out where Sky100 is! We discovered later that Sky100 was only a 5-minutes walk from Kowloon Station via Element underground passage. But we ended up enjoying the night view anyway. It was so beautiful!
To end the night, we went to Temple Street and stumbled across this new bubble tea which was handing out free bubble milk tea! What a treat!
After a quick breakfast, we headed straight to Central Station to meet our Klook guide. It was a Sunday – and the streets were filled with many Filipino ladies – many of whom were maids. It made the weekend crowd worse.
Nonetheless, we managed to secure express Peak Tram passes from Klook which allow us to skip the queue.
- Have breakfast at Tsui Wah restaurant along Mody Road
- Meet Klook tour guide at Central Station to collect tickets to The Peak
- Take the tram to The Peak
- Explore Central area
- Buy Harbour Cruise tickets at Star Ferry Terminal
- Eat at Five Guys
- Take the evening cruise along Victoria Harbour
- Catch the evening light show at Tsim Tsha Tsui
It is a 3-minute tram ride to the Peak. Unfortunately, we did not really enjoy our experience at The Peak. It is one of the best vantage points to enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Overall, it is a touristy area which has several souvenir shops, restaurants and cafes.
We took the tram back to Central and decided to take a night harbour cruise. We got our tickets at Star Ferry Pier.
It is not cheap but we decided to do it anyway. If I remember correctly, it cost about SGD36 per pax. It would have been cheaper to purchase harbour cruise tickets on Klook.
Our cruise tickets include these free snacks and drinks from the bar. The cruise lasted about 1-hour but you can continue to stay onboard as long as you want. They make stops at Tsim Sha Tsui and Causeway Bay Terminal.
Day 4: Disneyland Hong Kong
- Visit Disneyland Hong Kong
- Have Dim Sum lunch at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
- Spend the rest of the day at Disneyland Hong Kong Park
We wish we could stay on another day as we have yet to cover the whole theme park. In addition, the Sleeping Beauty Castle was still undergoing major construction. As such, we did not get that complete Disney Experience. The evening fireworks was also replaced by a night parade.
- Have breakfast near
- Take free airport shuttle to Kowloon
- Take Airport Express train back to Hong Kong International Airport
- Shop at Duty-free shops
- Take a flight back to Singapore
On our last day, we had a good hearty breakfast at a Hong Kong-style cafe. Next, we took the airport shuttle back to the airport.
We would love to go back to Hong Kong again as it is such an exciting city to explore. This city has transformed a lot over the years.
Hope this 5-Day Hong Kong itinerary will help you to discover Hong Kong!
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