Saturday, August 25, 2012

HK 5D/4N ITINERARY (FUN TIME IN HK WITH KIDS)

First things first, ask yourself, "Why are you going to HongKong?" 

If the answer is to have some family fun with your kids, then this itinerary could be a good start for you.

DAY I (DISNEY LAND)

  • 10AM - HongKong International Airport (HKIA) arrival.  Would take you 30 minutes or less to clear immigration, especially if you are travelling light, but takes more if you have kids and alot of checked-in baggage.  We bought our HK sim cards near the arrival area before heading to the taxi stand.
  • 11AM - Boarded taxi to HK Disneyland (take the green taxi it is cheaper, cost us 100HKD - 2adults+2kids with 2 baggages)
  • 12NN - Checked in at HK Disneyland Hollywood Hotel
  • 1PM - HK Disneyland Park (had lunch at the Main Street Corner Cafe - fantastic seafood ramen meal -  must try!)
  • PARADE - SHOWS - RIDES - CHARACTER GREETINGS AND MORE RIDES
  • 8PM - Fire works (we were so busy, we forgot to eat, so we just grabbed some delicious looking pastries from the Market House Bakery - yummy!)
  • 9PM - Back to hotel to re-charge

DAY II (DISNEY LAND / MUSEUM)

  • 7AM - Early start, day 2 is loaded!
  • 730AM - Breakfast at Cafe Mickey
  • 830AM - Some swimming at the HKDL Hollywood Hotel Piano Pool
  • 930AM - Toured HKDL Hollywood Hotel grounds
  • 10AM - Hotel check out (we left our stuffs at the hotel concierge and headed to HKDL park)
  • 1015 - HKDL PARK PART II (souvenir shopping time)
  • 3PM - Picked up our luggage and left HKDL for TST Kowloon Island.  We took the taxi going to TST for convenience. It would be difficult to carry our luggage with tired complaining kids.  
  • 4PM - Check in YMCA Hotel TST (very nice - see separate blog on YMCA)
  • 6PM - HK Arts Museum and HK Space Museum -  just across YMCA
  • 7PM - Dinner (so tired we ended ordering room service)  

DAY III

(NAN-LIAN / CHI LIN NUNNERY /  TRAM / MTR, OPEN TOP BUS AND STAR FERRY EXPERIENCE  / THE PEAK AND MADAME TUSSAUD)

  • 9AM - McDonalds Breakfast
  • 930AM - Nan Lian Garden and Chi Lin Nunnery (via MTR from TST alighted at Diamond Hill) - try eating at their vegetarian restaurant...
  • 11AM - The Peak - lower terminus (from Diamond Hill to Central) 
  • 12NN -  The Peak via the Peak Tram (must try)
  • 1PM - Madame Tussaud (good for picture taking).
  • 3PM - Back to YMCA (to Central MTR station via open top bus. This is a must try - the kids were ecstatic! From Central we took the Star Ferry and ended at the Harbour City Center. The kids were overjoyed to see HK's ToyKingdom - and yes we ended buying toys there too!). 
  • 5PM - KFC dinner, then back to base camp

DAY IV (OCEAN PARK)

  • 8AM - Central via Star Ferry 
  • 9AM - Bus to Ocean Park
  • 10PM - Ocean Park (we had lunch at the Panda Cafe, but was not satisfied with the service nor the food)
  • RIDES - SHOWS - RIDES - SHOWS - RIDES  - RIDES - SHOWS
  • 4PM - Left the OP and back to base camp
  • 530PM - Dinner at Charlie Brown's Cafe
  • 7PM - Sneaked out - left the kids with their father and went shopping :)

DAY V (FREE TIME)

  • 8AM - Breakfast at the hotel (Mall Cafe)
  • 9AM - Kowloon Park (This is actually very good.  I recommend you try this - free and fun, your kids are sure to have fun!)
  • 1030AM - HK Museum of History
  • 12NN - HK Science Museum (my family loves museum)
  • 2PM - Late lunch at TGIF
  • 330PM - Some more pasalubong shopping at Koi Kei, then back to hotel to rest a bit
  • 5PM - Off to the airport via taxi (taking the cab rather than taking the MTR or the hotel bus proves to be more convenient and economical if you are with kids and  baggages)
  • 6PM - HKIA
  • 8PM - Back to Manila
It is difficult to squeeze in too many activities if you are travelling with kids.  They tend to be cranky late in the afternoon - since this trip is for them, I had to tone down my addiction to shopping and just do it on the side strip :)

See related article on travelling HK with kids - "Hong Kong with kids in tow".

2 comments:

  1. Hello Juvyann! We are planning to go to HK in September. Is it a good time? There'll be 3 of us: my husband, my 3-year old son and I.

    We also intend to stay at HK Disneyland Hotel, but only for a night--probably dun kami manggagaling before heading to the airport. My rationale is that so we could rest properly after a super tiring pag-iikot sa Disneyland at naka-ready na ang gamit sa hotel. Is this a good idea or is Disneyland too far from the airport?

    May I also ask what other hotel you can recommend? 4 days 3 night kami.

    Thank you very much Mommy!

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  2. I can't really comment on the weather. I have been in HK several times already, June, July and November - so far, we have had fairly good weather.

    Try YMCA Hotel in TST (please check my related blog on TST - http://juvyann19.blogspot.com/2012/06/at-home-in-ymca-salisbury-tst-hk.html).

    The hotel is very clean and safe. Rates includes buffet breakfast. Location is very good (across numerous museums, if museum hopping is your thing: HK Science Museum, HK Museum of Art, Space Museum and HK Museum of History). MTR is just a few steps away, (so travel is easy even if you have a child).

    Regarding Disneyland, actually is nearer the airport than the city proper. We did Disneyland first (took a cab from the airport), then TST after. From Disneyland you can take a taxi, bus or MRT to the city proper.

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