Hongkong Travel: The Six Things You Need to Bring Before You Go

Friday, January 13, 2012

Going on a trip to Hongkong for the first time but you're not sure what you need to bring? Here's a guide to what I think are the six essential things that you need to bring before you go to Hongkong. If you want to add something to this list, feel free to leave a comment below.

Camwhoring, anyone? It's every Filipino-on-Facebook's dream to have tons of pictures. Whether you have a compact point-and-shoot or a pricey DSLR, your vacation gives you all the excuses to capture those memorable moments and be a camwhore whenever you want, wherever you want.

I advise you to bring an extra memory card or a USB flash drive to store your pictures in case your camera runs out of memory storage.

You also need to bring along a durable camera bag.

Passport Holder
Aside from your passport, you also need something where you can tuck it -- something that's durable and within reach. A passport holder that can be worn around your neck or your waist is good since you'll be spending a lot of time going to places. Choose something that has pockets where you can also put your credit card, tickets, a durian-flavored condom or a few bills.

Rule of thumb: keep your passport with you at all times and never leave it anywhere -- not even in your hotel room.

Just in case you lose your Philippine passport while you're in Hongkong, you can read the Philippine Consulate's website for the things you need in lieu of a passport.

Hongkong Map
When we arrived in Hongkong, there were times that we got lost so knowing where to go in Hongkong is extremely important. While you're still in the Philippines, buy a map of Hongkong at your nearest bookstore and choose the one that also has the subway map. You'll mostly travel by train so you need to know where the train stations are. Maps are also available inside Hongkong's airport -- beside the Immigration counters, which are printed both in Chinese and English.

If you want to go high-tech, you can also download an offline map of Hongkong with CityMaps2Go on your iPhone/iPod.

Comfortable Pair of Shoes
You'll undoubtedly be doing a lot of walking in Hongkong so bring your most comfortable closed shoes or you can buy a good pair in Adidas/Nike stores scattered virtually everywhere (especially in Mongkok district) but I'm not sure if those are genuine. You know China.

You also need a few pairs of fresh socks. Hongkong can sometimes get humid and your feet might get sweaty while you're wandering around. Hygiene, guys.

And by the way, leave those flashy jejemon shoes if you have one.

Grounded BS-1363 Power Plug
One of the mistakes that my friends made was that they forgot that our power outlets are different in Hongkong. I was lucky that my iPhone came with the grounded BS-1363 power plug so I had no problem charging both my phone and my camera, which can also be charged through USB.

If you don't have this plug, you can buy the universal adapters sold in most hardware stores, which cost less than a hundred pesos.

Hongkong's electrical sockets supply electricity at between 220 and 240 volts AC so that won't be a problem.

Water Container
Lastly, it's extremely important that you're always hydrated so you need a clean water container. Pick something that is not too bulky for travel or you can buy those foldable water containers unless you're willing to buy a bottle of mineral water in 7/11 stores, which is pricey by the way -- around HKD5-6 for a small bottle (similar to Coke's Sakto).

As travelers, let's make a contribution to mother nature by reducing our waste.

That's it, guys! I hope you'll enjoy your travel! You can also read more of my Hongkong travel tips here:


mina thapa said...

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is scenically the most spectacular trek we offer in the Annapurna region. The view of the range from Pokhara is the view that will tower above you from the base camp. It follows the course of the Modi Khola up the gorge cut by river from the Annapurna South glacier and leads to a spectacular basin whose walls are formed by the ring of glacial peaks of the main range with the dramatic Machhapuchhare on the right flank.
This Annapurna Base Camp trekking begins north of the central city of Pokhara which is reached by a 6-7 hour bus ride of a 20 minute flight from Kathmandu. It begins at the village of Nayapul at just 1090m (1½ hours drive from Pokhara) and climbs gradually up the Modi Khola Valley through natural forests of oak, rhododendron, pine and bamboo. Villages are sited on ridges high above the river where slopes are gentle enough for terraced farming.
The climax of the ABC trek is reached in the spectacular Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheatre where you will first pass the Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Base Camp (3700m) en route to ABC (4130m). Here you are surrounded by an immense and breathtaking wall of rock and ice reaching heights from 6500 – 8091m and dramatised by closer rocky outcrops rising above the U-shaped valley gouged out by glacier. Cloud frequently forms in the late morning making for enticing glimpses of an ever changing landscape: at sunrise it is frequently still and clear offering viewers / photographers a surfeit of possibilities.
The downward journey only requires two or three nights with one spent at Jhinu Danda for a visit to the hot springs. The last morning requires a short trek to Phedi and a half hour drive back to your hotel in Pokhara.
Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are the most popular seasons, but we can offer this trek throughout the year;Teahouse accommodation is plentiful and a variety of Nepali, Tibetan, Indian and Continental dishes are readily available. This 7 days Annapurna Base Camp Trek is thus suitable for anyone who is moderately fit and adventurous. All you will need is a good pair of boots, warm clothing, a sleeping bag and your camera. Our trek includes all accommodation, meals, drinking water and Hot howers.
Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna ciruit trek
mustang trek
Evererest Trek
langtang valley trek

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft) 1½ hrs bus 5-6 hrs. trek
Day 05: Ghandruk – Chhomrong (2,210m/ 7,249ft) 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Chhomrong - Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578 ft) 6-7 hrs walk
Day 07: Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft) 6-7 hrs.
Day 08: Annapurna Base Camp - Sinuwa (2,360m/7,740 ft) 6-7 hrs.
Day 09: Sinuwa - Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft) – Landruk (1,565m/5,133ft) 6-7 hrs
Day 10: Landruk – Phedi and drive to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft) 5-6 hrs trek and 30 minutes drive.
Day 11: Pokhara - Kathmandu 5-6 hrs drive.
All flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu also offered
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to international airport and fly onward destination.
For more fantastic ideal trip to extend your valued holiday in Nepal, from riding elephant in Chitwan to tours in Tibet and Bhutan, please follow the link.

mina thapa said...

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek to view the spectacular peaks of the Annapurna Himal in central Nepal will offer you the perfect ‘first adventure’ and taste of the magnificent Himalayan trekking-world that Nepal offers. While not climbing higher than 3210m, the views from Poon Hill, and other high ridges along this circular route, will create unforgettable memories of this fascinating region.
Annapurna base camp trek
Annapurna ciruit trek
mustang trek
Evererest Trek
langtang valley trek

Beginning at the comfortable altitude of 1100m the trail follows the ridges created by the Bhurungdi Khola and takes you through terraced farmlands and bamboo forests – along with friendly local people as they move from village to village on their daily tasks.

This Poon Hill Sunrise trekking, second day passes through ancient bird-filled forests of rhododendron, oak, maple and pine as you climb to the prosperous village of Ghorepani. From here, an early morning climb to the summit of Poon Hill offers breathtaking views of some of Nepal’s highest and most dramatic peaks, including three of the world’s 14 8000m peaks: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1 and Manaslu.

The ridges between Ghorepani and Ghandruk offer yet more views of the high peaks in addition to your experience of the green middle hills and terraced farmlands. The trail from Ghandruk back to Nayapul and your bus to Kathmandu follows the rushing Modi Khola that carries glacial waters from the Annapurna Base Camp to the Ganges.

Spring (March - May) and autumn (September - November) are the most popular seasons, but we offer this trek throughout the year. All you need is a good pair of boots, a day pack, warm clothing, sleeping bag and camera. Our Annapurna Sunrise trek includes transport, accommodation, meals, drinking water and showers.

Few people come to Nepal once: if you have enjoyed this trek, enquire about further routes that would suit your degree of fitness before you leave.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4,905 ft), 3-4 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs.

Day 06: Hike Poon hill (3210m/10528ft), and trek to Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft), 6-7 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,398ft), 3-4 hrs

Day 08: Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5 hrs walk & 1 hrs drive

Day 09: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft), 5-6 hrs drive

All flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu are offered

Day 10: Departure

Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination


For more fantastic ideal trip to extend your valued holiday in Nepal with white water rafting, from riding elephant in Chitwan to tours in Tibet and Bhutan please, follow the link.

Anonymous said...

i am planning to go to HK for tour. Ticket lang po ba ang kailangan so i can go there? I'll go there without any help of agency kasi... ano po ba ang kailangan? Visa or whatsoever?... please Reply ASAP... Thanks!

The Lord said...

Hi Anonymous. You don't need a Visa if you're planning to stay there for 14 days or less. A passport, plane tickets, a place to stay, pocket money are some of the basic things you need.

If you're going alone, I suggest you make arrangements with the hotel/hostel you're planning to stay. Print the booking confirmation since our Immigration officials might question you.

Jan Ashlee Franco said...

Hi Lord! I will be visiting HK and Macau soon and this post is really helpful! Continue to blog beacuse you're doing an amazing job. You could visit my site too! Cheers!

Jan Ashlee

leoviline nichols said...

hello po sa inyong lahat asked ko lng po kung my kailangan ko pa po ng visa at show money papuntang hongkong?hahanapan pa po ba ako ng show money kung sakaling pupunta ako ng hongkong at magkano po t,y

leoviline nichols said...

may balak po ako pumuntang HK first time ko po magtatravel abroad kailangan ko po ba ng visa and show money papuntang HK and magkano po kaya?

lim Sulat said...

hi i was planning to visit hongkong this october 19, 2015. i already had my plane ticket and hotel reservation for few days. kailangan ko po ba ng show money before leaving Philipines at kung meron po, how much?

thank you

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