I wanted to tally up the total costs and expenses of our trip to Hongkong so I can help out other people who are scouting for resources online on the approximate budget if they want to go to the places I’ve been. So here I am, after two months, counting numbers and costs. After adding everything together, I realized that I splurged in my first trip abroad – despite eating less and not sleeping in a hotel.
Travel Dates: September 1-8, 2010
Duration: 6 whole days
Destinations: HongKong and Macau
Number of People: 3 (There were supposed to be around 9 of us but only 3 pushed through)
Hong Kong Dollars
Remember that prices may change but this is just to give out a rough estimate on the things that you might have to pay for.
Cebu to Hong Kong Expenses: Fares and such
100 Php – Taxi cab fare from Cebu IT Park to Mactan International Airport (300 Php divided by 3 people)
1204 Php – Air Fare with Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare Promotion (booked one year ahead)
500 Php – Terminal Fee (in Cebu)
1620 Php – Travel Tax
Hostel Accommodation at Tai San Guesthouse in Tsim Sha Tsui
750 HKD – I paid 150 HKD per night for 5 days. This is my share of our 450 HKD/night room.
Food from Day 1 to Day 6
468 HKD – This is composed mostly of KFC Bucket meals that served as our lunch/dinner
213 HKD – Octopus Card (inclusive of 50 HKD refund)
20 HKD – taxi from Wynn Hotel to Macau Tower
335 HKD – Disneyland Ticket
230 HKD – Ocean Park Ticket
60 HKD – Victoria Peak Transportation including Sky Terrace Entrance Ticket
290 HKD – Cotai ferry Jet between Hongkong and Macau (back and forth fare)
158 HKD – Buffalo wireless router at Mongkok Computer Center
749 HKD – Clothes and Shoes
676 HKD- Shopping for Souvenirs/Gifts
205 HKD – Macau cookies (3 boxes)
60 HKD – Disneyland Locker (big) (divided by 3 so 20 HKD each)
33 HKD – 3 Umbrellas (33 HKD each)
40 HKD – airport baggage counter for 3 items in 4 hours (10 HKD per bag per hour)
50 HKD – Ate Eva’s Tip for being our tour guide at 150 HKD total (in Macau)
2416 MOP – Macau Bungy Package with Video and Pictures
3424 Php – Peso Subtotal
4337 HKD – HKD Subtotal (Exchange Rate: 1 HKD at 6 Philippines Pesos) = 26,022 Php
2416 HKD – MOP Subtotal (Exchange Rate: 1 HKD at 6 Philippines Pesos) = 14,496 Php
-6,500 Php – Minus Items that somebody paid me after buying it for them
37,442 Php – Total
IF I did NOT include the cost of the bungy jump and shopping for items,
The total cost WOULD HAVE BEEN only 18,718 Php (including airfare and terminal fees!)
My, my, I spent a lot of money on my first trip outside the country. But I don’t have any regrets. For one, we really saved a lot during our Cebu to Hong Kong flight using Cebu Pacific’s Piso Fare Promo. We were able to book a year prior to the actual flight. It was a long wait but when the moment arrived when we had to board the plane, it was all worth it.
Now I better go back to my other jobs (freelance and blogging) in order to pay off whatever debt I incurred in the process. hehe
If you want to get a more detailed account on the expenses on each day, you can check out my entries 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
Posts about my Macau Side Trip:
- Macau Side Trip: Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams, Grand Lisboa
- Macau Side Trip: Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul
- Prosperity Tree and Dragon Show at Wynn Hotel
- Macau Side Trip: Macau Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf
- My Bungy Jumping Experience at the Macau Tower
- Thoughts and Tips on My Trip to Macau
Total Budget Expenses
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