In Hong Kong you don’t have to stretch your budget to have an unforgettable experience. That’s the beauty of this city: from island escapes to popular attractions, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy Michelin-starred dim sum, cutting-edge art or timeless experiences like riding the Star Ferry. Add to that the incredible offers we’ve curated at www.HKisON.com right now across shopping, dining, attractions, malls — even complete package deals with flights — and you’ve got yourself a trip full of lifelong memories without touching your life savings!
The first thing you pack should be your most comfortable shoes, because exploring Hong Kong on foot is a fantastic way to see the city, while hopping on a ferry offers a different perspective again. An added bonus is that you can avoid any traffic issues, whether due to rush hour or public events. It’s also easy to rearrange this itinerary. Areas of public events are easily avoided and you can always check with us, hotels, and other tourism services providers for updates.
Get into the city fast with the Airport Express — the train gets you to Central in just 24 minutes, allowing you to connect to your hotel faster and get out exploring sooner. Start your trip with a 20% discount when you purchase tickets online.
Make Old Town Central your first stop after checking in. It’s an immensely walkable district with no shortage of attractions, from decades-old temples to chic bars with great offers in revitalised historic police living quarters, PMQ and former police compound, Tai Kwun. Follow the Highlights Trip to begin where the British navy did on Possession Street, stop for some cheap eats and authentic Hong Kong-style milk tea at Lan Fong Yuen and opt to end at Tai Kwun where you’ll find discounts of up to 50% and can take a free peek inside original jail cells at the prison museum.
If it’s a Wednesday during race season (Sept to Jun), then deciding what to do with your evening is easy — hop on a tram to Happy Valley Racecourse where entry is just HK$10, minimum bets start at the same and the themed Happy Wednesday entertainment is free. If you don’t fancy the themed street food and beers by the jug, you can always opt for a bite from the on-site fast food outlets and local eateries.
Head straight to Ocean Park today to explore their new Gala of Lights show and take advantage of a special admission package for the new production, which also includes a light snack and drink for one-third off the regular price. Hong Kong’s longest running theme park is packed full of fun activities, thrill rides from rollercoasters to a VR space voyage, dining spots and a plethora of animal and marine life that even includes pandas.
If theme parks aren’t your thing, opt for a cultural day at Ngong Ping 360 instead, where you’ll also find a buy one get one free offer on the 360 Lantau Culture and Heritage Insight Tour. Over the course of the day you’ll enjoy a roundtrip cable car ride, explore the scenic Tai O fishing village with a boat excursion and stilt house visit, spend some time in Ngong Ping Village and, of course, walk up to the Big Buddha and around Po Lin Monastery.
Hong Kong has literally hundreds of outlying islands and some, like Lamma Island, are just a short ferry ride from Central, making for an ideal day trip. With excellent trails and parts of the island still operational fishing villages, a day out on Lamma is best spent wandering the main village of Yung Shue Wan, hiking the Family Trail to Sok Kwu Wan, taking in the peaceful surrounds and enjoying a delicious seafood dinner at Rainbow Seafood Restaurant, with 20% off on main menu dishes. You can take the ferry back to Central from here too.
Start your final day by taking in the skyline from the water as you cross Victoria Harbour from Central or Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui on the iconic Star Ferry for just a few dollars. Spend your morning at the newly reopened Hong Kong Museum of Art, with free admission to a diverse variety of exhibitions (register online). Note that the museum is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).
Stop in at local-style cafe Tai Hing for a 50% discount on sweet and sour pork, before hitting the shops. Tsim Sha Tsui is renowned for its shopping, and you’ll be spoiled for choice with all the options. And with all the current offers across malls from the newly opened cultural-retail destination K11 Musea and sister K11 Art Mall to The ONE, iSQUARE, Mira Place, 1881 Heritage and China Hong Kong City, now is the perfect time for some retail therapy.
Begin your evening with a stroll along the Avenue of Stars to check out the statue of Bruce Lee and handprints of stars like Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng, who played the formidable matriarch in Crazy Rich Asians. Be sure to find a good waterfront spot by 8pm to take in the free nightly ‘A Symphony of Lights’ laser, light and sound show.
After the show, it’s time for a pre-dinner drink — head to Uptop Bistro and Bar for buy one get one free signature cocktails. Relax, soak in the view and then head on for a late dinner at Tao Heung, currently offering a 50% discount on their late-night a la carte hot pot. Choose to eat at Tsim Sha Tsui or head to the Mong Kok branch and stop at Ladies Market for some last-minute souvenir shopping on the way.
Don’t forget you can adapt this itinerary as needed. Public events planned in Central on your first day? Head to Lamma Island instead — outlying islands have not seen any public events — and explore Old Town Central later. As always, we encourage you to reach out to us for the latest when planning your trip.
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