My Shoestring Guide to Hong Kong

Unfortunately the TRAM’s route only covers the Hong Kong Island side. But if you’re in the area you can go from Causeway Bay, to the Shark’s Fin City to Louis Vuitton in Central with just 12 bucks! Everyone MUST ride the TRAM, at least once, for the whole old school HK experience.

STAR FERRY = US$2.00This the cheapest and most scenic way to traverse Kowloon and Hong Kong island.MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY (MTR) = US$1.00 – US$15.00 (depending on the destination)Not necessarily cheap, the MTR is the most convenient and my favorite way to go around the city. As they say, once you go MTR you can never go back to our local MRT.Taxis are the most expensive way to get around HK, so if you want to be a smart travel just say no and walk to where you’re going.

SleepCHUNKING MANSION = US$15 PER PERSONNathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, KowloonDo not be scared of the ghetto façade, the Mansion is safe and dirt cheap (no pun intended). The place has relatively clean beds and each room has its own bathroom with hot water. 澳門大數據 Recently featured in Time Magazine, Chunking Mansion is said to be the melting pot of races in Hong Kong with Indians, Middle Eastern people, Nepalese, Sri Lakans, Bangladeshins and Nigerians calling this their turf.

EntertainmentSYMPHONY OF LIGHTS = FREE!!Star Ferry Terminal, KowloonEvery night at exactly 8 pm there will be a laser light show. You will hear a musical accompaniment to the laser light, which includes thousands and thousands of lights on various Hong Kong buildings bouncing off each other. Green and white lasers will shoot out from the top of the sky scrappers. It’s an amazing opulent experience that is, best of all, free!

VICTORIA PEAK = US$20.00 ++ (WITH FOOD)Hong Kong IslandThe Peak is an SOP destination. Its open rooftop platform offers the best 360-degree view of HK!Go there around sunset so you see HK’s skyline at night. The cheapest way to get there is via open-top bus.The restaurants and bistros are steep on price so opt for good ol’ McDonalds on the second floor. Take out your food and eat it al fresco on the roof deck.