I have skimmed and scanned some of the forum questions which have been very hepful,
however I would like to post my questions personally to hopefully get more insight from yous.
I am travelling from the Philippines and will be taking my parents and brother with me for a 4 to 5 night stint in Hongkong.
I initially planned to book through a travel agency, however I am weighing it between doing my own itinerary and having more control of our own time versus the supposed convenience of pre organised trips.
Please illuminate me if this is worth doing, as I dont mind the hassle of planning a trip. I have done solo travelling myself, however I am more concious that I set it right this time as like I said I am travelling with my parents so I want it to be a bit more organised.
I would like to ask for help regarding:
1. Accomodation. There are a lot of information on this, but would like to weigh between, getting a hostel/apartment for 4 people versus, hotel. I am not particular about the accomodation as I imagine my family and I would be out most of the day and would need the just the basics bed and shower/toilet; although when people sell the idea of the "harbour view" it is quite inviting too. Any top 5 recommendations? Since this is going to be a self organised trip now, I would Imagine the place should be near a MTR station for convenience. Another thing is my mom wants to go to the Night Market for cheaper shopping. Excuse my ignorance if this is not the case. However this also takes priority in my consideration. Another consideration is food, as then again, my father and brother are both, happy adevnturous eaters :) if you know what I mean.
How best shall I organise my trip. Considering the tours that the agencies offer, I have an idea of what I want to see.I am looking at dates May 10/11-May 15.
The City Tours seem like basic tours, quite dear, if the forums say, they are quite close to each other, this puts me off from booking with an agency
Harbour. I would like to get on a day and evening cruise, are there any meals included?, and the Synphony of Lights (these seem to go hand in hand in tours)
Lantau Island (Theres again an organised tour for this, I dont know if its worth taking, or can I organise a trip for this, there are mentions of the Ngong Ping Village, Tai-O, Big Buddha, dolphin watching, etc.)
Basically, thats what the tour inclusions are. I was a bit disappointed that the agency i was in contact with didnt provide hotel pick ups so I thought, I might as well make my way to those places, if this was feasible.
Activities : Sight Seeing, Shopping, Food Adventure
Any other suggestions, welcome.
3. Airport Transfer,
There's a forum about airport shuttles, do you know how much they normally cost. Are they basically like airport taxis that can take you direct to your hotel? Are they pretty much available within the airport anytime?
If I were to organise the trip, then is getting the Octopus Card the way to go? Does it also cover buses or just trains?
5. Getting to Macau from Hongkong
There's mention about taking the ferry. Is this quite straightforward or do I need to pre book this? Is this generally a long queue? When is the best day and time to go to Macau and come back to HK or would you suggest staying overnight in Macau?
Same agenda in Macau, sight seeing, food; not really aiming at casinos
I hope you could help me, would really appreciate!