I quite hate it when I am always the last one to tuck myself in bed. Both my husband and daughter were born sleepyheads so I was always the one arranging our trip plan for the next day. I am so glad that Homy Inn has free ultra-spreed and unlimited internet connection to keep me company as I search for more useful information about our next destination.
First to bed, first to rise as they say. When I wake up the next morning, some quick breakfast food like coffee and the Kowloon fresh milk in a glass bottle (from our ever reliable and nearby 711 store) would already be waiting for us. My husband was in-charge of running to 711 for some of our snacks while at the hotel. We set the alarm clock at 7AM to get ourselves ready for a long, fun day.
We always leave Homy Inn at around 9AM or 10AM to begin our Hong Kong Adventure.
Here are some practical tips that I’d like to leave with you when visiting Hong Kong especially in summer (June to August).
- Pack light but practical when you are about to go around sightseeing. Bring a bottle of water (water is quite expensive, about HKD10 or Php60), extra shirt, sunglasses, towelettes, umbrella, and put on sunblock. In our case, we have brought some reusable water bottles with us from Manila and our hotel has a water dispenser next to our room so we could just refill. We have already saved HKD150 or Php900 if we buy 3 bottles everyday for 5 days.
- Always bring and take care of your passport wherever you go. Once lost, this is any tourist’s nightmare.
- Bring and wear to Hong Kong your most comfortable and reliable pair of footwear. Leave those heeled shoes in Manila because HK is not a catwalk especially if you have kids in tow. Flats are the best to bring along.
- Always have coins with you in cases that you need to take a bus. You wouldn’t want to cause delay for other commuters because you have to drop your fare right at the bus entrance door before you are allowed to sit down. Ride Hong Kong’s two-deck bus while in Hong Kong, it’s a great experience especially at night. No change is observed in buses so you better prepare exact fare.
- Hong Kong is a stroller-friendly country so need to worry if you are commuting with a toddler in a stroller, whether in a bus or MTR. Children under 2 years old ride the public transport for free.
But before we do that, we always walk to Cafe De Coral in Chungking Mansion in Nathan Road. Cafe De Coral has been our favorite dine-in spots while in Hong Kong any meal time of the day. They are open as early as 7AM and closes at about 10PM, depending on the location. Cafe De Coral serves really delicious food at a practical price.
They don’t repeat the same menu for tomorrow. The ambiance is also good since the seats are comfy and well-ventilated. A lot of locals dine in here, too. We are just so glad to have found this place early on our journey.
Cafe De Coral’s Baked Thick-Cut Porkchop with Cheese and Rice and their super yum signature Milk Tea
It is very easy to order since there are clear photos and price close to the counter. You just have to recite the food code (usually compose of 1 letter and 1 number) and how many orders. The challenge lies when you go to the other counter to pick up your food since the servants know very little English.
For example, one morning, I ordered toast and wanted to request for some BUTTER to go with it. They gave me a glass of WATER. BUTTER = WATER. Nice! Thank God that the other servant understood me and gave me the correct item. The other time I wanted Iced Tea and gave Milk Tea. I gave up.
Not to exaggerate, but everything is really accessible from our hotel — shopping mall, convenience store, fast food restos, bus, MTR (Tsim Sha Tsui station), playground, even the famous Avenue of Stars.
Hong Kong Adventures Day One:
All these 3 destinations are located in one area. To get here, ride the MTR and get off at the Central Station J2 Exit. Upon exit, you will find the Peak Tram Lower Terminus (terminal) on Garden Road. You have to ride a tram to get to The Peak where you can find the Sky Terrace 428 and the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum.
The Peak Tram
We purchased the 3-in-1 combo Madame Tussauds Hong Kong + Peak Tram Sky Pass Return ticket for HKD310 or Php1860 which includes entrance to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, Peak Tram two-way ticket and Sky Terrace 428 ticket. For the existing tickets just for the tram, please visit The Peak Tram Ticket Rates.
The Peak Tram is open 7AM to 12 midnight (Mon – Sun & Public Holidays).
The Peak Tram with Noa
Riding The Peak Tram was a great experience for our family since we were able to get a glimpse of Hong Kong’s natural beauty, where tradition meets modernization. When you reach the top that leads to The Peak, you will pass by the Peak Market where they you can shop for some souvenir items.
The Peak Market
We arrived at The Peak at almost lunch so we decided to eat first at The Peak Galleria. It is a shopping center with interesting designer and local products showcased. We decided to eat some noodles since at this point, we haven’t had any yet since we arrived in Hong Kong.
My husband initially wanted to dine at Burger King but I told him to try other food that we couldn’t find in Manila. We decided to grab some bowl of hot noodles at Mak’s Noodles. We almost fought over a petty ordering mistake (I left the resto for the Ladies’ Room with Noa) since my husband ordered Beef Tendon noodles for me instead of Beef Brisket. Lol! 🙂
Sky Terrace 428
After lunch, we decided to go visit the Sky Terrace 428. This spot offers 360 degrees full view, making it one of the best viewing decks in Hong Kong.
I’ve reached The Peak’s Sky View Terrace 428!
We stayed at the Sky Terrace 428 for about 30 minutes before we heading to our next stop: Madame Tussauds Hong Kong. But before we went there, we decided to grab some afternoon snacks at my husband’s resto request, Burger King. We enjoyed the usual grilled burger and fries and some ice cream with Noa.
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Madame Tussauds Hong Kong is just a few floors down from the Sky Terrace 428. Madame Tussauds is one of the must-visit places while in Hong Kong. It houses life-size wax figures of the world’s most famous and influential personalities.
Welcome to Madame Tussauds Hong Kong!
For the sake of those who do not want to get the 3-in-1 combo ticket, please see the Madam Tussauds Hong Kong ticket price section on their website.
Here are some of the famous people we “met” that sparkling day:
Will you go gaga if you see Lady Gaga?
John, Paul, George and Ringo, a.k.a. the legendary The Beatles
Yes, I had breakfast with Tiffany! Woman of real beauty and substance, Audrey Hepburn
On the other hand, my husband enjoyed taking a selfie with Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Albert Einstein, Barrack Obama, Yao Ming.
Noa likes Spiderman, Hello Kitty and the (I really don’t know these cute bunch) McDull and his mama Mrs. Mak Tam Yuk Lin (who are famous cartoon characters in Hong Kong).
Noa’s favorite spot at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
There are so much more to see and experience at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong than the photos I’ve shared here. Be sure to visit here when you fly there. To give you an idea of who to see there, please see this list of Madame Tussauds Hong Kong Figures.
We left Hong Kong Island at almost dinner time and we decided to hang out at Avenue of Stars. Avenue of Stars is just a 5-minute walk from our hotel.
You’ve not been to Hong Kong if you’ve not walked on the Avenue of Stars.
We waited for 8PM for the Symphony of Lights Show, the World’s Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show, according to Guiness Book of World Records.
The harbor view from Avenue of Stars
We dined at Cafe De Coral again for dinner. What’s amazing about this fast food restaurant is they change menu everyday. We know because what we ordered yesterday wasn’t in today’s menu.
It’s almost 10:30PM when we reached our hotel room and we were exhausted. We had a full day but it was well spent with my husband and Noa. But I won’t be sleeping yet since I needed to prepare for the next day’s itinerary.
Hong Kong Adventure Day One Budget
- Breakfast at Cafe De Coral — HKD 70 / PHP 420
- MTR to and from Central Station to Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) — c/o unlimited ride from the Airport Express Travel Pass
- 3-in-1 Combo Tickets (2 adults) — HKD 620 / PHP 3,720
- Lunch at Mak’s Noodles — HKD 112 / PHP 672
- Snack at Burger King — HKD 96 / PHP 576
- Madame Tussauds Souvenir Photo — HKD 100 / PHP 600
- Dinner at Cafe De Coral — HKD 80 / PHP 480
— Total Expense for Day 1: HKD 1,078 or PHP 6,500 —
I hope you enjoyed reading and find this post extra helpful as you plan visiting The Peak or Madam Tussauds. On my next post, I will be sharing our Hong Kong Adventures Day 2 at Ocean Park and Ngong Ping Village in Tung Chung.
You can leave a comment if you have any questions about our trip!
How are you enjoying your virtual tour of Hong Kong? ♥