Seeing Hong Kong On a Budget

hong kongIf you’re interested in visiting Hong Kong on a limited budget, you are probably looking for ways to save some cash.  Fortunately, there are several ways to rein in your costs when it comes to transportation, lodging, and more.  The following tips can help:

Pick Your Flight Wisely

Getting a low-priced flight is important when booking your trip to Hong Kong.   Since flights to Hong Kong are usually updated on a regular basis and booking is very easy and convenient through online affiliate sites, you can typically find a low cost flight through one of the discount sites, or using some airline miles. Booking a visit to Hong Kong during the off-peak season will also help lower the cost of your airfare since off-peak tickets usually cost a fraction of the regular cost.

Use trams

Once you arrive in Hong Kong, trams are a great way to see the city for minimal expense. They usually operate on the Northern Shore of Hong Kong Island and are very cheap, usually costing around 2 Hong Kong dollars regardless of the distance to your stop.

Lodging

If you have friends In Hong Kong, staying with them can save you a bundle.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have friends in Hong Kong, staying at a boarding house or hostel will be cheaper than staying at a hotel.  You can also book the hostel or boarding house online, which is in most cases the most efficient and cost-effective way.  And you never know, you might even come across an online coupon on special offer.

Eat Street Food

While in Hong Kong you will soon discover that buying food on the streets is one of the cheapest ways to try local dishes without shelling out of ton of cash.  The dishes are at discounted prices and range from Cantonese traditional delicacies to tasty seafood. However, be warned that chopsticks are the main cutlery and it may be difficult to locate a fork, spoon, or knife. It’s also worth noting that many locals do not speak any English, which can make it difficult to ask any questions about what you’re ordering.  If you’re a picky eater, you might want to learn a little bit of Chinese before you go.

Bring Small Luggage

If you are trying to keep your expenses as low as possible, a small suitcase with most of your essentials would be ideal. This is true not only because it will allow you to maneuver around Hong Kong more easily, but because it will help you avoid paying an additional cost for the extra weight of heavy bags.

Have you ever been to Hong Kong?  What is your advice for seeing Hong Kong on a budget?

 
About Holly

Holly Johnson is a wife, mother of two, and frugal lifestyle enthusiast. She is the co-founder of Club Thrifty and a staff writer at Get Rich Slowly, Frugal Travel Guy, and U.S. News and World Report's "My Money Blog." Holly has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger Personal Finance, Fox Business, and Daily Finance.

Comments

  1. I got to go to Hong Kong for work a few years ago – so my flights and hotel were taken care of, but I spent an extra two days sightseeing. The trams and walking are the best ways around town. Kowloon is also relatively cheap compared to the main city. I also took a hydrofoil to Macau (regular ferry is cheaper BTW) – which is funny since it’s famous for casinos. I never set foot in one of those casinos, but instead explored the small “country” on foot, enjoying the Portugese influences.

    Street food is plentiful and cheap, but you’re right about English speakers. I didn’t have any problems in Kowloon, but I think the area I was in was a bit more touristy, so there was more English spoken. You can also go to a grocery to get yourself a meal.

    I was there in May – Super hot! There are all kinds of hidden underground (air conditioned!) tunnels (and skywalks) throughout the city to duck in out of the heat.
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