Hong Kong Itinerary

When Visited?

Late November

Price Point?

Average

Travel Size?

Small Group

Duration?

5 Days and 6 Nights

Sights We Recommend?

Must-See

Victoria Peak
Big Buddha
Times Square
Causeway Bay
Harbour City Mall
Temple Street Night Market
Stanley Market
Ngong Ping 360

How We Got To Hong Kong?

Round-Trip Flight

Price: $423.88
Flight Path

Atlanta → Hong Kong (All Nippon Airways)

Details & Review

Details: This was an error fare that we found using SecretFlying. With error fares you have to be plugged into sites like SecretFlying, FlightDeals, etc. and you have to book immediately and make plans later lol
Review: All Nippon Airways is a great airline with great flight attendants, food and baggage policy. The downside to an error fare though is that you get what you pay for and the flight time for us was brutal!!
Our flight path on the way there was:
Houston (we live here) –>Atlanta (where the error flight originated) –> Houston (layover for the flight so we went right back to where we came from) –> Tokyo –> Hong Kong

On the way back:
Hong Kong –> Tokyo –> Washington, DC –> Atlanta –> Hong Kong

Our travel time was 24+ hours and it was one of the most miserable experiences we’ve had. We enjoyed our time in HK though!

Where We Stayed?

Hotels

Kew Green Wanchai

Breakfast Incl.: No
Room Type: Comfort Twin Room
Price: $117/night
Rating: ★★★★☆

Details & Review

2 Guests | 6 Nights
Review: This is a great hotel with attentive staff and clean rooms/bathrooms. The room was cozy–read: small–but that’s to be expected in a compact city like Hong Kong. The hotel is close to the metro, about a 4 minute walk. You exit the Wan Chai metro station –> cross the street –> make a left –> walk till you see the hotel.

The hotel also gives you a smart phone that you can take with you as you explore the city. The phone allows for calls and has a data plan. We recommend this hotel for sure.

What We Did?

Activities

Causeway Bay

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: Causeway is an awesome area in Hong Kong. It’s lively and filled with street performers, shopping centers and FOOD. The Times Square mall is located there and the whole area does resemble Times Square in NYC. This a must visit area to explore and soak up all the goodness of HK. It’s recommended to visit in the daytime AND/OR night time.

Temple Night Market

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: We were extremely jet-lagged during our trip so we frequently went to sleep early and woke up late at night. One of the things we did one night was head to the Temple Street Night Market. It’s an awesome, high energy market with endless food and shopping stalls. My friend ended up purchasing all her souvenirs and artwork there for great prices. Knowing how to haggle is a must and the market gave me a chance to speak Chinese–which I always appreciate.

Harbour City Mall

Price: FREE
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: We’re not shoppers but we still had a great time here. The area is picturesque at night time with bright, vibrant panoramic billboards. In the mall we had Cha Cha Sweet House which is reason to visit alone.

Victoria Peak

Price: $6
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Anyone will tell you that if you can capture HK in one frame it would be the view from Victoria Peak. This an absolute must if you visit Hong Kong. We took the peak tram up which is the quickest and most efficient way to visit Victoria Peak.

You can pay to go up to the Sky Terrace as well for a 360 view of the city but we just paid for the Peak Tram only. Once at Victoria Peak building/area we just took the escalators up a few floors and went out the door on a lower level to see the Victoria Peak view for free.

This is view by itself is beautiful and not much different from what you would see above. Once there just ask someone where the door to the view is and they’ll tell you if you’re looking for the free option.

Big Buddha

Price: $12-38 (depends on how you decide to get up there)
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: Witnessing the Big Buddha is a spectacular sight but the journey from the city to get there is an experience in and of itself. I recommend making the half-day trip but be prepared and have a plan. We took the bus (cheaper route – negligible price) up to the Big Buddha and then we took the Ngong Ping 360 cable car (worth it) on the way back down.

Where We Ate?

Restaurants

Crystal Jade

Price Point: $$
Rating: ★★★★★

Details

Review: We visited the Crystal Jade restaurant located in the IFC Mall. It’s a popular restaurant and one of the recommended restaurants for Dim Sum in HK. While it’s a good restaurant, I think Din Tai Fung is head and shoulders above it. Go to Ding Tai!

Din Tai Fung

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: I LOVE this restaurant and I’ve made a convert of everyone I’ve taken here. I’ve been to Din Tai Fung in Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong and what’s amazing about them is the food tastes EXACTLY the same everywhere you go. Xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed soup dumplings) are their specialty and they do it well. You get to watch them make it front of you and you get an understanding of why one must be highly trained to master it.

Coco’s

Price Point: $$
Rating: ★★★★★

Details

Review: Coco’s is popular throughout Asia and is now in the US as well. There was a Coco’s between our hotel and the metro station so stopping for Boba tea was a regular occurrence for us. Simply Delicious!

Cha Cha’s Sweet House

Price Point: $
Rating: ★★★★★

Review

Review: We saw Cha Cha’s Sweet House and most of the lists we came across for the best deserts in HK. Their green tea ice cream comes highly recommend and if you like matcha you won’t be disappointed. I found it to be kind of bitter but the vanilla hokkaido milk ice cream is out of this world delicious!

Food Stalls By The Hotel

Price Point: $$$
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: Because of our severe jet lag we regularly went to bed early and woke up in the middle of the night hungry. Walking out of the hotel, making a left and walking a couple blocks we found a line of food stalls/restaurants just right before the metro station. The Thai place and the nondescript noodle shop next to it at the corner is where we ended up eating. The spicy fried noodles from the noodle shop was great while the Thai restaurant was underwhelming but passable.

Kam Fung Restaurant

Price Point: $$$
Rating: ★★★★☆

Review

Review: Best pineapple buns! You’ll find in all of your research that pineapple buns are a staple in HK. Despite the name there is no pineapple involved. They are these delicious buns with a flaky top that is eaten with butter. Kam Fung was walkable from our hotel and we rose early to enjoy the first batches.
This is an experience we re-created on our next visit to HK. We recommend this place.

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Damilola Olatayo

Damilola "Lola" Olatayo is the founder of StampedTribe. She's traveled to 30+ countries in the past four (4) years and views travel planning as an art form. She Identifies as a group and 'luxury on a budget' traveler. She has a travel family that she does most of her travels with and she is always planning her next trip. She prioritizes places where she has a contact and locations that are off the beaten path.