This will be a series of blog entries on how we got to Hong Kong from Cebu. Because of the information we got online was so helpful, this is my way of giving back to the community in sharing my experience for those people who might also need the information.
Hongkong Trip: Going From Cebu to Hong Kong
September 1-2, 2010
This was my first time to go abroad so I was apprehensive because I didn’t know how many issues we would be facing that would prevent us from setting foot onto foreign soil.
There were three of us (Cindy, Logan and I) and we were all first-timers so this was something we’ve looked forward to ever since we booked tickets about a year ago. We paid only 1200 Php each for the round-trip ticket from Cebu to Hong Kong using Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare.
Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
It was crazy because supposedly, there would be 8 of us on the flight but due to personal and budget reasons, most weren’t able to join. What’s even worse about the flight was that this happened after the Philippine hostage crisis wherein Hong Kong tourists were taken hostage by a police officer who was discharged from his post. We didn’t know how we were going to be treated there.
However, that didn’t stop me from pursuing the trip knowing that it took me a year’s worth of saving on a monthly basis to come up with some cash for this vacation.
We rode a taxi from the city to the Mactan International Airport and presented our passport and eticket to security so we could get inside the terminal. After converting the etickets to boarding passes and paying the terminal and travel tax fees (Ouch!), we proceeded to the Immigration center for the staff to interview our purpose for traveling. The immigration officer told us that we needed to fill out the departure card and we had to go back to the counter to get the Departure Cards.
Paying the terminal fee and forgetting hurrying up to fill out the departure card
Cebu Pacific Piso Fare flight to Hongkong at 1204 Php all in!
We also ate dinner prior to the flight so we wouldn’t have to spend much on the airport. When we boarded the plane, there were about a third of the people who occupied the whole aircraft. I guess there were really a lot of those who postponed their trips because of the hostage incident. The flight was great, it took 2 hours for us to arrive at the Hong Kong International Airport. When we arrived and I finally put my feet on Hong Kong grounds, I was ecstatic.
reading Cebu Pac’s Smile magazine and filling out our arrival cards for the Hongkong Immigration
We arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) around 12:45am which was actually on time. My stomach was grumbling and there was a 7/11 store wherein we bought some noodles and a coke.
walkalator and information center at the airport filled with free maps! Yep, FREE!
Must-have Maps are (Hongkong map and the MTR station map!)
We spent the remaining hours at the airport because surfing the internet while I slept on their chairs because we forgot to buy a universal adapter for the electrical outlets. The sockets didn’t match our standard plugs and I had no more battery left in my laptop. Cindy and Logan surfed while I recharged some energy on the airport chairs. It was a going to be a long day in the next few hours.
surfing at the HKIA, buy a universal adapter so you can plug your devices in
napping at the airport. it’s going to be a long day in a few hours
It was about 3am and we didn’t want to go directly to the hostel since we were on a budget and it would be expensive if we were to check in the Tai San Guest House right away knowing that it’s already morning. At least we saved a thousand bucks each.
1204 Php – Airfare ticket Cebu to Hong Kong (Back and forth using Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare)
300 Php – Fare from Cebu Asiatown IT Park to Mactan International Airport
1620 Php – Travel Tax
550 Php – Terminal Fee
7 HKD – cup noodles
8 HKD – bottle of coke
* 1 Hong Kong Dollar at 6 Philippine Pesos
Check out my blog posts about my Cebu to Hongkong trip here:
- Hong Kong Trip: From Cebu to Hongkong
- Hongkong Trip: Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok Computer Center
- Hong Kong Trip: World Trade Center & Times Square in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai
- Hong Kong Trip: City Gate Outlets and Disneyland
- Hong Kong Trip: Ocean Park
- Hong Kong Trip: Victoria Peak
- HongKong to Cebu
- Modern Toilet Restaurant in Mongkok
- Tips and Things to Know about Hong Kong
- Total Budget Expense of our Hong Kong Macau Trips
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it's still the first of many entries! hehe
We will be HK-bound this weekend. Thanks for posting your first day experience. Looking forward to reading more stories. 🙂
thanks abbie! ill do my best to post on a daily basis. hehe. took me some time to even write the first entry! haha. have 6 more days to go.
Thanks for sharing. Pati yung sa expenses. Kailangan ko yun para malaman kung magkano talaga magagastos namin. Hehe. 550 lang yung terminal fee? 🙂
Hi Pam! dito sa cebu, yep 550 yung terminal fee/tax. pero meron ding Travel Tax worth P1620. 🙁
anong part ng airport yun mga chairs na tinulogan niyo?
Hi antoy, dun banda sa exit going to the buses. in front of 7/11, beside Burger King.
Wah I hope I can go back to HK. :)) Tsk2
you should! haha. ako other trips muna. hehe
Hi! I'm Ric . We're planning to go to HK next March 2011 but getting hesitant due to fear of being maltreated as a result of the hostage taking. Did you experienced anything bad just because you were Pinoys?
hi Ric: nope we didn’t. and we were there a week after the hostage taking. of course they were not happy but we were NOT maltreated in any way. we didn’t even get to bring it up in any of our conversations. 😀
hi, thanks for the blog..ill be traveling to HK alone, im also from cebu. this helped ease my anxiety a little…im just worried about the IO in HK since im a single female traveling alone
@yen: hi yen! no prob. glad to have helped somehow. we had a return flight ticket so we had proof that we’re going back to the Phil. hehe. are you going for a vacation?
hi…do you need to show money for the immigration?
@menchie: it usually depends on the scenario, it’s a case to case basis. in our case, we just showed our return tickets at the immigration. we didn’t show money anymore
hi edcel…ask ko lang strict ba ang immigration sa cebu? kasi my bf just got his passport last july 2011 and sa december magpapa hongkong travel kami…share naman po if may idea ka…thanks…
@sarah: relative yang 'strict' na description. it usually depends on the situation. but usually you'll have nothing to worry about if you're not going to do anything except to travel and magbakasyon sa HK. So long as you know what you're going to do and have everything planned, then there shouldn't be any worry. they might ask for your hostel/hotel reservations and return ticket. but just be confident. you won't have to worry if you know there's nothing for you to worry about. 😀
thanks for the advise…i really enjoyed reading your blog…kinda excited na po…actually sa taisan din kami magstay sa may burlington..400 HKD yung napili namin na ang travel eh dec.11-14…first timer kami eh…we plan to go to disneyland,victoria harbour,city gate,try the npong ping cable car experience…macau(day tour lang) pero wala pa kaming guide :)…panu kaya namin pagkakasyahin ang itinerary hahahahha…dec.11 at 10 am arrival sa HK…taz uwi nmin dec.14 at 8am naman……thanks…
Hi Edcel,I am I am Maricar from Cebu.My mother and I will be bound for HK this 26th,January 2012.I would like to ask where,were you able to buy Hongkong Dollars here in Cebu.Thanks
Hi Marocar B.: I did not buy HK dollars here, We bought USD and had it exchanged to HKD already at the Money Changers in HK. Our friend already had HKD bought from another friend who just came back from HK.
Thank you so much,Edcel.I was just thinking I can get some cash before going to the airport.Your blog is really nice.I also work in I.T.park,though I am resigning.
Hi Edcel! I am Richelle from Gensan. I have broused every page of your Hongkong-Macau adventure…find it very helpful because we will be traveling also to Hongkong this October. I just want to ask how to contact ate yolly of Taisan guesthouse? thanks.
hi! im cindy from cebu… ill be in hk this may 31 to june 15…. have fears na kasi sa mga iba't ibang naririnig ko regarding off-loads …. have my round trip tickets na and still looking for a hostel for my accommodation since ill be travelling alone (can you recommend cheap hostel in hk n safe?)…. a friend of mine told me na much better daw na merong invitation letter…. kailangan ba talaga my invitation since kukuha naman ako ng pwede kong ma stayhan dun? excited pa naman ako sa long vacation ko dun. can you help me what other docs to prepare? im still working naman have my certificate of employment and company id as well. any suggestions please? thank you….