We arrived at NAIA Terminal 3 around 3 hours early for our 6:00 AM flight so we didn’t have to wait on long lines for check-in. Thanks to the traffic-free Manila at dawn. And oh, praise God for such a smooth immigration check. Got off something huge from my chest after that (immigration officers are quite scary you know) and was finally able to enjoy the thought that I’m going to Hongkong! Yay!
Manila to Hongkong takes only 2 hours.
Arriving in Hong Kong is already a WOAH-filled moment. Passengers had to ride the airport train to get to immigration and arrival hall. I was like, “That’s how big their airport is? We had to ride a train?”. When it’s my first time in a country, I just go with the flow of the majority at the airport while constantly checking the signs to make sure we’re not getting lost.
I was too focused to find the bus terminal that I was not able to take pictures at the airport.
First thing to do upon arrival and doing all the immigration check and luggage claim, is to buy an Octopus Card. This will be your best friend during your whole stay in Hong Kong. It can take you anywhere!
The hotel we booked was located in Tsim Sha Tsui area and to get there, we rode the A21 Bus, a double-decker bus. It’s very easy to find at the airport’s exit. Just follow the signages.
Airport to Tsim Sha Tsui (vice versa) – Cost: 33 HKD / Php 198
- Ride the A21 bus from the airport and use your Octopus card to pay. Just follow the signs inside the airport going to the bus terminal and locate A21 going to Tsim Sha Tsui. Don’t worry, it’s really very easy to find. Hongkong is very generous when it comes to signages it’s almost impossible to get lost.
- Airport Express Train
It was approximately an hour ride from the Airport to TST.
After unpacking and resting for a while, we bought entrance tickets for Ocean Park, Disneyland and the Peak at our hotel’s reception (READ HERE). I think it’s a lot cheaper than those sold online or at the venue itself. We first had our lunch before we went on our adventure for the day.
Food was quite expensive ranging from 45 to 60 dollars per serving.
As scheduled on our original itinerary, we went to Ocean Park but it rained so hard! We considered going in but decided against it as we didn’t want to waste our tickets and not fully enjoy our HK Ocean Park experience due to the weather.
We went back to TST and just decided to explore the area. It was beautiful at night with all the lights coming from the buildings, shopping malls and local stores.
Next on our itinerary was the Avenue of Stars located a few blocks away from our hotel in Nathan Road. We walked there and had a little window shopping along the way, too.
Tsim Sha Tsui to Avenue of Stars – Cost: 0
1. Along Nathan Road, walk until you reach Salisbury Road.
2. Go down the pedestrian subway to cross Salisbury Road. You may also take time your time while in the subway as it’s also kinda like an art museum with the walls painted and filled with interesting information.
3. Follow the street directions to Avenue of Stars.
4. Take the stairs going to the deck for the best view of the Harbour and the Symphony of lights at 8PM.
Even just by walking to the Avenue of Stars, you can stop by a lot of picture-worthy places. So take your time and enjoy. Just make sure you get there by 8:00 PM for the Symphony of Lights show.
We ended our day with a food that is new to our taste buds – Cheung Hing Kee Shanghai Fried Buns.
For a detailed summary of our itinerary and budget, READ HERE.