Busy, crazy, Western and Chinese, vertical. How to best describe Hong Kong? Some people love it, some people prefer the Merlion city. If you are looking for a large busy city with many options in terms of food, shopping, nightlife, Hong Kong is definitely a must see.

How accessible is it from Singapore?

Many companies operate direct flights to Hong Kong. The flight from Singapore to Hong Kong takes 4 hours. Thanks to an efficient airport and train network, you can be at your hotel in less than an hour.

The total door to door journey is 6 hours 15 minutes from (your home/office in) Singapore to your hotel room in Hong Kong.

The city is big and so it’s best to go for 3 days minimum. There are also some nice activities (trekking, beach) if you have more time. However, the key interest is the city and 3 days should give you enough time to get a good feel.

Singapore to Hong Kong journey details

How much is this going to cost us?

Hong Kong is expensive (especially in comparison to South East Asian countries).

Transport from Singapore will cost you from SGD 630 return for 2 with direct flights.

Accommodation wise… Hong Kong is expensive. Simple hotels charge from SGD 180 upwards. You can find cheaper options in hostels. AirBnB and the likes can be interesting alternatives.

How remote and risky is it?

Hong Kong is very safe and well equipped compared to other destinations in Asia. From roads to hospitals, everything is great. The city is safe and infrastructures are good.

What about the kids?

You can take your children to Hong Kong. Streets and public transportation are relatively child friendly and you will have no problem going around with a stroller (but may have to carry it from time to time). Note that Hong Kong is pretty hilly so some streets may be difficult to use with a stroller.

When should we go?

The best period to visit Hong Kong and avoid the rain season are the months of January, February, March, April, September, October, November and December. Refer to the chart in the sidebar for details about the monthly average rain volumes and rainy days..

Connections from Hong Kong

Hong Kong makes a good stand alone destination. If you have more time, you could also go visit Macau.

Getting from Singapore to Hong Kong

There are a frequent direct flights from Singapore to Hong Kong

Getting there: Tiger Airways -Singapore to Hong Kong – 6.20AM – 10.15 (4h flight)
Coming back: Tiger Airways – Hong Kong to Singapore 8.25 PM – 0.20 AM
Return ticket from SGD 250.

Get your ticket NOW to enjoy the best fares.

Hong Kong airport is a huge international hub. You could go anywhere in China and Asia to Europe or the Americas.

Getting from the airport to Hong Kong

You can buy a pass at the airport. Return airport express or airport express + MTR pass for a few days. Details here
A single ticket to Central will cost you HKD 100. The ride from the airport to the city Central station takes around 30 minutes. Connection to subway (MTR) and taxis available at Central. On the way back to the airport, you can check in at central station and drop your luggage. It’s convenient if you don’t want to carry your luggage on the train and save time at the airport.

Where to stay in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers all kinds of accommodation. Hotels are quite expensive. Book well in advance if you want to get good rates. Staying on the main Hong Kong island in the city is probably a good idea if you want to be able to explore the city easily. Taxis are cheap and the MTR works well. If you are not afraid of staying in the “red district”, Wan Chai is a central area with good accommodation options. Have a look at the Agoda box below and select “Wanchai” hotel area or “Tsim Sha Tsui” area if you want to be opposite of the Hong Kong Island skyline.
If you are not sure where to stay, take a look at the Harbourview Hotel. It’s a good option.

Or, if you prefer, you can book with

To see & to do in Hong Kong

A few ideas of things to do and see. Hong Kong is big so plan your visits and try to group them by area.

Walk around the city

Explore Central (during day time) , Wan Chai, Long Kwai Foon (ride the never-ending open air elevator up the hills and see the many layers of the city), Soho (in the evening) and feel the Hong Kong vibe.

The Peak

Use the Peak tram (HKD 40 for a return ticket) or a cab if the queue is too long, 50 HKD,15 minutes to the peak). Nice panoramic view over the city. You can go there during day time or at night depending on what you prefer to see.

Take the star ferry through the harbor

It’s a very cheap ride. You can take the boat at Central pier 5 0r 7. You will get a nice view of the city from the harbour while crossing.

Walk along the avenue of stars

Nice view of the city. More for the view than for the stars (the promenade itself is not interesting, but the view is stunning). At 8PM there is the light show on the bay. You can enjoy the bay view from and have a cocktail at the Felix bar in the Peninsula hotel.

Discover Hong Kong history and culture 

Hong Kong has many interesting museums to discover: art, history, science…
The Hong Kong Museum of History will guide you through 400 million years of history, showing you the historical and cultural journey of Hong Kong. To enjoy the museum, you will need 2 to 4 hours. Price: 10HKD –Monday & Wednesday to Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday, Sunday and public holiday: 10am-7pm

Go hiking  

Hiking is a very popular activity of Hong Kong. Locals love it and it is very easy to go for a walk in the mountains by public transport.
The most famous hiking trail is Dragon’s Back. It was elected the “Best Urban Hiking Trail in Asia”: you will discover another side of Hong Kong and have an amazing view during the whole walk. The trail ends at Big Wave Bay, right on the beach! More details here 

Night markets 

Wander in the the night markets around Temple Street. You will even find fortune tellers!

Eating

Hong Kong is known for its many options when it comes to food. From Dim Sum and clay pot rice to western Michelin starred the choice is yours. A few ideas: dim sum, the world cheapest 1 star Michelin restaurant: Tim Ho Wan dim sum restaurant in Mongkok (no reservation); clay pot (if you want to try something local); try one of the many nice western food restaurant in the SoHo district.

Shopping

You will find all international brands in Hong Kong. There are many malls and shopping aficionados will feel in heaven. From clothes to IT, there is all you need (and more). Causeway Bay is the place to shop til you drop!

Go to the beach

Beach? Yes, beach. Hong Kong is a large city but it’s also many islands and beaches. Pick one of themg and go for a swim. Most of the beaches are accessible by bus. See the Guardian top 10 beaches in Hong Kong 

More info to prepare your trip

Wifi is available everywhere

What to pack for Hong Kong

Your main bag

That’s the one you leave at the hotel. Ideally you want to avoid checking in your luggage when flying. So check the weight and dimensions for hand carry luggage with your airlines (some airlines will allow only 7kg, some will allow up to 10kg). From head to toes.

  • Short sleeves tops: your main outfit. Everybody will see them on all your pictures. You really want to take that old Mickey Mouse T-shirt? Be mindful that you will be in a different environment so it might be a good idea to adjust your wardrobe.
  • Long sleeves tops: to protect yourself from the sun (if you’ve stayed for 5 hours on a motorbike with short sleeves you know what I mean) or to enter religious buildings or to protect yourself from mosquitoes in the evening.
  • Pullover. Yes I know, you’re going to a country where the temperature never goes down below 25 degrees and you need to pack a pullover? You will thank us when you’re back. Remember that flight during which  you were freezing? Or this museum where the aircon is set to the “polar bear” temperature?
  • Short/skirt (you should be able to chose the appropriate one by yourself).
  • Trousers for the same reasons you need to take long sleeves tops. Jeans are usually not a good option. They are heavy and keep you too warm.
  • Underwear: well, you know. If you plan to walk or ride motorbikes for long hours, take something comfortable as the combination heat + friction can make you regret this sophisticated silk underwear. Cotton is good.
  • Shoes: one pair of flip flap and one pair of confortable shoes. Remember that you are going to spend most of the time on your feet. Forget about high heels and leave your Westons at home.
  • Swimsuit: even if you don’t plan to go to the beach, you never know. A nice river, a swimming pool, a heavy rain? Always have one with you.
  • Raincoat and protection for your bag. Even if you are visiting the country during the “best season”, you never know what the sky will be like.
  • Torch: take a pocket torch with you if you visit countries where the power is not reliable… Can come very handy when stuck in the dark in your room.
  • Toilet bag: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush & toothpath, deodorant, sun screen, tiger balm. Ideally, all these in miniature formats.
  • Sleeping bag liner (if you plan to stay in very cheap or dirty places, not required if you are staying in a 5-star hotel…)
  • Your IT stuff: iPad, eBook, laptop, chargers, memory card, batteries, etc.
  • Dryer sheets: they will help keep a fresh smell in your bag.

Your small bag

That’s the one you keep with you, all the time. Hence, a backpack is the best option.

  • Your passportcashcredit cards and other life saving items like your insurance card with emergency contact details. Not a bad idea to put them in a zip-lock bag  in case it rains. It will keep your documents dry.
  • Your driver’s licence if you plan to rent a car or a motorbike (some countries are quite particular about this so take it with you in case you are not sure, even for a motorbike rental).
  • Your emergency medical kit: painkillers, mosquitoes repellent, dressing/plaster, disinfectant, anti diarrhea, eyewash
  • Tissues and toilet paper (you will thank me later). Remember that in a lot of countries, you will not be provided napkins when having a meal.
  • Water – plastic bottles are a good option as they are lighter than a gourd/flask.
  • Biscuits (always buy some before you go when you are not sure what you will find. Always have “emergency” biscuit  and water in case you cannot find food around and need to recharge batteries)
  • Sunglasses: you’ll need them. Take them even if it’s raining. Weather can change very fast in the region.
  • Scarf (krama, or any kind of fabric that you can use to put around your neck, put on your head to protect it from the sun, cover your shoulders in temples, dry your sweat, etc). Can come very handy in some situation. It will not stay clean for long so it’s wise to pick a dark color…
  • Camera and its protection.

Beach pack

Remember that this one comes on top of the Regular pack (above)

  • Beach towel or equivalent (pareos / sarongs are lighter)
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, scuba, (fins?)
  • Shoes you can wear on the beach or in the water (to protect your feet from being cut by corals)
  • Dry bag if you plan to go on a boat and want to keep your stuff dry.

Well, you will probably adjust your bag after a few trips. Remove the stuff that you have not used and add the one that you missed. Post a comment to share your tips!

Happy packing (it’s the worse part of the trip but it’s worth it…) and travelling!

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  • Language: Cantonese, English
  • Time zone: GMT + 8. No time difference with Singapore
  • Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
  • Phone: + 852
  • Electricity: 220V 50 Hz

Immigration and airport taxes on arrival

Free visa on arrival for citizens from Europe, North & South America, Singapore. Check out the last update from Immigration Department of Hong Kong here.No airport tax when leaving Hong Kong.

National Public Holidays in Hong Kong

Day Date Holiday
Thursday January 01 New Years Day
Thursday February 19 Chinese New Year
Friday February 20 Chinese New Year
Friday April 03 Good Friday
Saturday April 04 Ching Ming Festival
Monday April 06 Easter Monday
Friday May 01 Labour Day
Monday May 25 The Buddhas Birthday
Saturday June 20 Dragon Boat Festival
Wednesday July 01 Special Administration Region
Monday September 28 Late mid Autumn festival
Thursday October 01 National Day
Wednesday October 21 Chung Yeung Festival
Friday December 25 Christmas Day
Monday December 28 Boxing Day (Observed)

* Check the exact date as it varies from one year to another, check this website for other years.