Hong Kong on a budget: Travelling under $400

Hong Kong on a budget: Travelling under $400

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Suggested travel duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Flights: Prices start from S$129 (return, per pax). Check out Skyscanner and ideally book 20 weeks ahead to save more.

Accommodation: From S$78 at Ashoka Hostel in Kowloon (3 nights, single room), or check out other hotels here.

Places to visit: Botanic Gardens, Hong Kong Market, Shek O Beach, Victoria Peak, Avenue of Stars, Temple Street, Mong Kok.

Transportation costs: approx. S$25 (for 2 airport buses and approx. 12 bus/MTR rides)

Meals: approx. S$70 (for 3 daily street food meals from S$4 and up to S$26.50 for restaurant food)

Approx. total cost: S$302 (with extra to go shopping!)

Once you're there

Getting to Kowloon from the airport is a cinch on the A21 airport bus, which costs S$6 each way. Hong Kong's extensive and reasonably-priced public transport makes getting around as easy as a snap; the MTR covers all the major spots in the city, and the trams are a delightful way to get around.

For any sights you'd like to see that aren't accessible by train, the bus will get you there just as easily. Also, you can always go by Star Ferry, which has been moving people around the region since 1888.

The ferry to Central costs S$0.50 and only takes 7 minutes.

Take a free taichi class

It may look slow and undemanding, but this martial art will really put you through the paces, and bring your yin back in balance with your yang.

It's one of the main ways for Hong Kongers to keep fit, and it's a great chance to see how locals live. Stroll through Victoria Park, Hong Kong Park, Botanic Gardens or Kowloon Park at the right time, and drop in on a group of practitioners.

Get some amazing food at amazing prices at Hong Kong Market

Drop by Dai Pai Pong in the Hong Kong Market for some of the best street food anywhere in the world. These food carts are a staple of the local diet.

Lang Fong Yuen comes highly recommended; try the silk milk tea and noodles for about S$6.70, a must-try for all the frugal gourmands out there. After your meal, head to Tai Cheong Bakery for some mouth-watering egg tarts.

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