Yup, Hong Kong is expensive!
You already knew that right? I mean, I already knew that. I’d heard it before. Hong Kong is one of the most expensive cities in Asia.
Still, the thought of a 13 hour direct flight from Vancouver had us overlooking this minor detail. Flying a direct thirteen hours to Hong Kong seemed like a no brainer when compared to the 21 hour two flight trip to Bangkok. Add to that the fact that we got fairly good deals on our flights and this route would enable us to see the vibrant, bustling city of Hong Kong for a few days and we had a winner!
Now that I am charged with the duty of finding affordable accommodation and filling up our days without breaking the bank I’m realizing that this is a near impossible task. Once it is all said and done I am pretty sure that our five days in Hong Kong will cost us close to a month’s budget!
My first sticker shock was searching for hotel rooms. Just a plain jane bottom of the line room at a familiar hotel chain started at $200 per night. Wowzers! This place is more expensive than Vancouver! Deciding that staying in a hotel was not going to be an option for us I started to look at the price of hostels. If you were a single traveler, I think this would be the way to go. For a family of four though most of the places seemed to hover around the $80 per night range.
After many nights of research we ended up booking a private apartment for $105 per night. It looks like its pretty much a shoebox but we have our own bathroom, two double beds, and an Asian style kitchen in the heart of Kowloon. I’ll be sure to post pictures of our shoebox apartment once we arrive.
Just as the accommodation in Hong Kong is ridiculously expensive, so too seem to be the activities. Visiting Ocean Park (an amusement park with a big emphasis on wildlife) is high on our to-do list. We couldn’t care less about the rides but Ocean Park has the one thing that Lan has been wanting to see since he was three years old…..PANDAS! Two giant pandas named An An and Jia Jia. So I guess $110 to fulfill the lifelong dream of a six year old is well worth the price.
Another thing we really wanted to do was the Big Bus Hop On Hop Off Tour. We had done something similar in Vancouver and really loved being able to take in the city at a leisurely pace and see the sights from a open air bus. The price tag in Hong Kong? $120 for a family.
Then there is Disneyland. I mean, can we really go to Hong Kong and not go to Hong Kong Disneyland? That’s $150.
Five days in Hong Kong is going to add up fast!
The good news is street food is good and cheap, the inexpensive public transport is supposed to be the best in the world, and the museums are free on Wednesdays. Guess what we will be doing on Wednesday?
Do you have any tips on how to see Hong Kong without spending a truck full of cash? I’d love to hear them!