Discover Hong Kong — 6 Days Backpacking Itinerary

Streets of Mong Kok

It all started with the Cebu Pacific seat sale. Me and my friend Mia were just talking about an over the weekend trip in Hong Kong then suddenly, Cebu Pacific announced that they will be having another seat sale and it matches our preferred dates. We then booked a 6-day trip to Hong Kong from June 8 to 14. Since it’s always fun to travel with friends, we invited some of our friends just after we booked these dates.

The Preparation

We booked this trip six months before the actual trip, so we have plenty of time to save up and prepare everything that we need to make this backpacking trip smooth and less of a hassle.

The main person who managed everything for this trip is my friend, Mia. She took care of everything from accommodation, train tickets, tours, etc. She listed down everything that we need and how much it would cost so we can save up and prepare for those. Here’s a list of all the things we bought and arranged prior to the trip itself.

So every cut-off, we ticked off one of these items since it is easier that way.

Apps and Websites To Check For Cheap And Discounted Rates

  • Klook — We used this app for booking Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Pin 360 Cable Car Ride, Sim Cards, and Train Pass. There are a lot of things you can do in HK that is offered in this app. 🙂 Click here to join Klook and get Php 150.00 Credit which you can use for your next adventure.

  • Airbnb — If you are traveling with a group, Airbnb is one of the best options to book your accommodation. Get Php 900.00 off to your first booking with Airbnb when you sign up here.

The Devised Itinerary

Mia devised an itinerary that will serve as our travel guide to Hong Kong. The itinerary started at the airport where we will take our flight to HKG.

Day 1 — Flight To Hong Kong

Flight to HKG and re-grouping our team by 9PM. We have different flight schedules so we need to regroup by 9PM since the last person will arrive at around 6 to 7 PM.

Airport Express

Upon arriving to Hong Kong International Airport, we proceed to the booth where we will procure our sim cards and transport cards.

Day 2 — Hong Kong Ocean Park

Day 2 was the official start of our Hong Kong Trip. First stop on our itinerary was the Hong Kong Ocean Park. We woke up at around 5AM the left the hostel by 7 AM. The ticket we booked from Klook includes 1-way transfer from HK Post Office going to the park. We arrived at the meet up place an hour early, which gave us some time to explore the nearby attractions.

While waiting for the bus to arrive, we went to the Avenue of Stars, which is just minutes away from HK Post Office. Here, you can see statue of famous Chinese Actors and a studio setup where you can take photos with your friends.

Avenue of Stars Jump Shot!

After 30 mins, we went back to the post office and wait for the bus to Ocean park to arrive. The bus arrive on-time and we lined up going inside the bus. We booked the Ocean Park tour via Klook, and we experience a hassle free transaction with them. The Ocean Park Klook voucher we bought includes unlimited rides at the park and one full meal at any restaurants inside the park.

It will take you one whole day for you to explore the whole park so you better bring extra clothes and water bottles with you. To read more about our Ocean Park adventure, please check a dedicated blog for it here.

Day 3 — The Lantau Peak

On our third day, we had our first ever international hike, summiting the peak of Lantau in Lantau Island traversing to the Tian Tan Buddha in Ngong Ping.

Trail Lantau Peak

Lantau Peak is the second highest peak of Hong Kong, towering at around 930+ MASL. Good thing about hiking in Hong Kong is that, their trails are open to all enthusiast who wants to experience HK’s outdoors, provided that you will be responsible in everything that you will do along the trails. There’s a little chance that you will be lost going at the trails because there are enough trail signs installed and the trails are visible and established.

At the summit of Lantau Peak

We reached the summit at around 2 hours of trekking, then we traversed our way going to Ngong Ping. Ngong Ping 360 is one of the most unique attractions in Hong Kong, it comprises of a world’s top 10 amazing cable car ride and a culturally themed landscaped garden called Ngong Ping Village.

At the end of the Lantau Trail, you passed by the Wisdom Path. Wisdom Path traces a series of 38 wooden steles (upright monuments) containing verses from the centuries-old Heart Sutra — one of the world’s best-known prayers revered by Confucians, Buddhists and Taoists alike. These steles display the Chinese version of the prayer, based on the calligraphy of famous contemporary scholar Professor Jao Tsung-I, and are arranged in a ∞ pattern, which represents infinity.

The Wisdom Path. Photo by Mia Borloza
Tian Tan Buddha also know as the Big Buddha in Ngong Ping

We then explore the villages of Ngong Ping and make our way back to Tung Chung via the Cable Car ride that we book via Klook. 🙂

Day 4 — The Sunset Peak Traverse / Tai O Village Tour

The day our group was divided into two. Four of us went hiking going to Sunset Peak then traversing two other mountains going to Tung Chung. They the other three went to Tai O village for a tour. Will be posting another article for the Tai O Village Tour for reference. 🙂

At the summit of Sunset Peak

Sunset Peak is the third highest peak of Hong Kong, towering at around 860+ MASL. The trail going to the summit is almost similar as the trails of Lantau Peak. Both of them have short point to point distance but with steep assaults going to the summit. It took us 2 hours going to the summit. Since we did this as a traverse, it took us at around 7+ hours for a 15km+ traverse from Pak Kung Au to Tung Chung.

Take 5, before summiting the Sunset Peak

We manged to summit 3 peaks with this hike, the Sunset Peak, the Yi Tung Shan Peak and the Lin Fa Shan Peak. Along the trails, there are 3 other mountains that can be summited, but we’re tired and hungry, so we just passed them by and trekked to the side of those peaks.

Like Lantau Peak, there’s a 0 chance to be lost here. There are trail signs installed and the trails are established. Plus, we are using a GPS tracking app, Strava, to check on the trails we are taking.

Lin Fa Shan Peak

Day 5 — Free Day A.K.A. Open Itinerary Day

Our fifth day is a chill one, a rest from the hikes we did with the past two days. We went to The Peak at Central for a chill relax day. No itinerary, just a spontaneous flow of things.


Day 6 — Hong Kong Disneyland

We spent our last day in Hong Kong at the happiest place on Earth, the Disneyland. It was a rainy day, signal number 3 at that time, but we were still high spirited that this day will be okay and we will be able to enjoy our remaining days here in Hong Kong.


We reached the Disneyland at around 10AM, it was still raining, but nothing can stop the inner children inside us to enjoy Disney. After claiming our tickets and voucher at the ticketing area, we rushed and lined up for a photo op with Mickey and Minnie, the stars of the park, and we did not fail.

Few minutes later, the Gods heard our prayer, and the rain stopped, and the park opened the outdoor rides! We knew that it was our day. We were more than happy that the rain stopped. We can’t contain our excitement, we rode every ride at the park, and watch shows that we can see.

Unleash the inner child in you 🙂

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We felt like children again, did crazy things and never gave a f***, and just enjoy every moment at the park.

After an exhilarating day of amusement, we wrapped up our Disney adventure with the colorful Light Parade of the Disney Characters and a finale of the Magical Fireworks over the Disney Castle.



That was one hell of an adventure that is surely one for the books!

Day 7 — Flight Back To Manila

This was my first every backpacking trip outside the Philippines, and also my first international hike. There so many first times with this trip, and I can’t thank my friends enough for making this possible.


There maybe some misadventures, and little hassle on the side, but that just makes the whole journey worth it.

We will surely miss everything we experienced here in Hong Kong, from the transportation, MTR, mountain trails, and shopping spots, we will surely be back for more.

Also, Mia deserves a spot to this blog for taking care of everything, from budget, accommodation, tour passes, and transportations passes. You surely made this adventure even more memorable. Hope to have you as a travel buddy again for more out of town trips.


Travel Guide: Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg Trail


Watching the sunrise at Mt. Pulag summit

Mt. Pulag, the third highest peak in the Philippines and the highest in Luzon is one of the best mountain you can ever hike in the Philippines. Dubbed as the “Playground of the Gods” because of its majestic view at the summit surrounded by sea of clouds. Trekkers often go here to witness the stunning beauty of the sunrise as it shines to the slopes of the mountain giving light and warmth to its surrounding.


Mt. Pulag, pronounced as “Pul-ag” means bald because there are no trees from grassland to summit. This mountain has three types of landscapes, the pines, the mossy forest, and the grassland. This mountain is in between three provinces, Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.


The Ambangeg Trail is the easiest trail going to the summit of Mt. Pulag. Most hikers calls it the “Artista Trail” due to its relatively easy trail compared to Akiki Trail and other trails. Trek usually starts at the ranger station after you’ve secured a guide and registered your team. From the ranger station, it is a 4-5 hour hike to summit and trek starts at 1 am in the morning if you are camping at the ranger station. If you are going to set your camp at camp 2, you have to start your trek by 1-2 pm on your day 1, then start your trek to summit at 4 or 5 am on your day 2. Camp 2 is just 1-2 hours away from the summit of Mt. Pulag.


How to schedule a hike to Mt. Pulag

Before you can enjoy the majestic view of Mt. Pulag, you first have to secure a reservation at the Mt. Pulag National Park Management. Ask them if there are still available slots on the day you chose to hike Mt. Pulag. Note that they only allow a maximum of 500 hikers a day to climb Mt. Pulag so better have your reservations as early as one to two months, because there are some organizers who hoard slots on weekends giving less slots to those DIY hikers like us.


Required documents before climbing Mt. Pulag

Due to recent cases of hikers having difficulties surviving the climb to Mt. Pulag, the management is now requiring all trekkers to submit medical certificates proving that they are fit to climb the said mountain. Failing to submit this requirement on the day of your hike will have them prevent you from hiking Mt. Pulag, so better have this requirements on-hand before leaving for this hike.

Just in case you are too busy too have yourself checked in your area, there’s a hospital in Ambangeg, just a few minutes away from DENR Office wherein you can have yourself checked by a doctor if you are physically fit to climb Mt. Pulag.

Transportation from Baguio to Jump Off Point

Ok! So, you have secured your slots and you’ve had yourself checked for your medical certificate, now you need to find ways on how to get to the jump off point. There are no public vehicles that can bring you from Baguio to Ambangeg. Mostly, hikers hire monster jeeps as their means of transportation from Baguio to Ambangeg and vise versa. If you have rented a van, you can go directly to the Ambangeg but I strongly advise that you leave your van to Baguio and just hire a monster jeep if your driver is not experienced with the road going to the jump off point. There are cases where vans loose their brakes which caused accidents, so again, just hire monster jeeps from Baguio to Ambangeg.

Things you should bring when hiking Mt. Pulag

The weather gets really cold in Mt. Pulag, dropping down to 5 degree celsius and below which makes most hikers chill and suffers hypothermia. So here are some essential things that you should bring with you when hiking Mt. Pulag.


  • Fleece Jacket
    • Can be used as your base layer
  • Thermal Jacket
    • This will be your mid layer
  • Windbreaker Jacket/Outer Shell
    • This will outter layer that will protect you from dew or rain
  • Rain Coat
    • Just in case you will be hiking on a rainy weather
  • Gloves
    • You need to keep your hands warm, trust me
  • Bonnet
  • Grabber Body Warmer
  • Grabber Hand Warmer
  • Grabber Toe Warmer
  • Thick Socks
    • Keep your feet warm, bring an extra pair just in case it gets wet
  • Aluminum Foil Mat
    • You’ll use this as flooring for your tent to keep your body from the cold ground of the camping site
  • Sleeping Bags
    • Extra protection from cold
  • Tents
    • Your shelter. If you don’t have tents or don’t one to bring one, you can rent at the Ranger Station from Php 300- Php450 per tent
  • Cook Set
  • Stove
  • Butane Gas
  • Mess Kit
  • Hygiene Kit
  • Extra Food
  • Water Bottles/Containers
  • Power Banks
  • Phones
  • Cameras

How to get to Mt. Pulag

  • Ride a bus going to Baguio from Manila
  • Hire a Monster Jeep that will take you from Baguio to DENR Office and to Ranger Station. Monster Jeeps cost ranges from Php 7,000 to Php 8,000

Breakdown of expenses

DIY Expenses for Mt. Pulag via Ambangeg Trail. Budget is for a group of 18 people maximizing the capacity of the Monster Jeep.

  • Bus MNL-Baguio-MNL: Php 960.00
  • Monster Jeep Rental (Good for 18 pax) : Php 7,500.00 [Php 417.00/pax]
  • DENR fee: Php 175.00
  • Ranger station LGU fee: Php 150.00
  • Guide fee: Php 120.00/pax
  • Camping fee: Php 50.00

    TOTAL: Php 1,822.00/pax

    PS: If you are going to set camp on Camp 2, you need to pay the camping fee at the DENR Office.


  • If you don’t have medical certificates, and you are already in Baguio, you can ask your monster jeep driver to bring you to the nearest hospital in Ambangeg and have you checked if you are fit to climb Mt. Pulag. It will cost you Php 100.00 for the medical check up.
  • If you don’t have tents, you can rent at the ranger station
    • Tent — Php 300.00 – Php 450.00
    • Aluminum Foil Mats — Php 50.00 (Small) Php 100.00 (big)

Contact Numbers

  • Please call the Mt. Pulag National Park Management to reserve your slots between 8AM to 5PM only
    • 09291668864
    • 09199951316
    • 09103010423
  • For your Monster Jeep transportation, please call Kuya Romeo
    • 09092102123

Side Trips

Viewed from Lolo Cancio’s Inn and Restaurant
Jang-jang Hangin Bridge
  • Ambuklao View Deck
  • Jang-jang Hangging Bridge
  • Lolo Cancio’s Inn and Restaurant
    • Stunning view of Mt. Indian and the Ambuklao Lake and Agno River

So yeah, Mt. Pulag is definitely one of the most beautiful mountain in the Philippines and it has one of the most stunning view that you can ever experience. But with all of its beauty, we must still protect it from being destroyed and help it maintain its natural beauty. Us hikers have the biggest role in preserving the beauty of Mt. Pulag. Always remember the principles of LNT (Leave No Trace) and educate one another on how to love nature.


  • Locals said that it tends to rain unpredictably if visitors of the mountains are noisy. So you better keep your voices down so you do not disturb the nature and other hikers near you.
  • Clean as you go!
  • Do not litter!
  • Have fun!

#Featured: Crystal Beach Resort — San Narciso, Zambales

Our featured travel guide for this month is from Edgar Eduardo, they spend their weekend ina beautiful beach resort in San Narciso, Zambales, the Crystal Beach Resort. For a budget under Php 800.00, they have weekend well spent in a beautiful paradise.

© Edgar Eduardo

Crystal Beach is just 3-4 hours away from Manila. It has been a quick weekend getaway for most travelers and surfers. There are some fun activities you can enjoy together with your friends and family.

© Edgar Eduardo
© Edgard Eduardo
© Edgard Eduardo

Here’s how Edgar reached Crystal Beach Resort

  • From Cubao, ride a Victory Liner bus going to Iba, Zambales or Olongapo
    • The Iba, Zambales route has a daily trip until 9:30PM
    • His groupd took the Ologapo route.
    • Cubao to Olongapo cost them Php 207.00 per person
  • From Olongapo Terminal, they took a bus going to Iba, Zambales. Just tell the conductor to drop you off to San Narciso, Zambales. It will take around an hour before you reach the town proper.
    • Ordinary – Php 53.00 per person
    • Air-conditioned bus – Php 70.00 per person
  • From San Narciso, ride a trike going to the resort.
© Edgar Eduardo


  • You can bring your own tent, there are tents available for rent if you don’t have one.
    • Php 290.00 – if you have your own tent
    • Tent rental costs Php 500.00++ which includes pillows and blankets
  • They sometimes have acoustic sessions on Saturday nights.
  • You can also enjoy surfing.
  • There are bonfire that are already set up at the Camp Site
  • Free grilling utilities, with coal
  • If you don’t have a powerbank, you can ask the front-desk to let you charge your gadgets for Php 20.00 until it gets fully charged.
© Edgar Eduardo
© Edgar Eduardo

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Itinerary Philippines Team will be visiting this place for a more detailed itinerary. 🙂 But anyway, thanks to Sir Edgar for letting us share his experience to the Crystal Beach Resort. Hope this helps our fellow travelers have an idea on what to expect and how to get to this beautiful place.

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Discover Cagayan Valley’s hidden treasures!

Cagayan Valley is more than just Palaui Island hopping and beach bumming. These are the awesome but lesser known locations in Cagayan that will help satisfy your adventurous soul:

Duba Cave: I think a more appropriate name for this cave is The Bat Cave. This is a submerged cave that has an enchanting appeal. We had to use ring floaters led by our guide to enter this cave. Since the water is high at this time of the year, our guides deemed it unsafe to take us to the end of the cave which has a waterfalls. We waited until 5pm to witness the circadian flight of the bats which was really amazing! We had the best seat in the house for a really close encounter with their flight as we waited for our guide to retrieve my gopro which fell in the 5-meter deep water inside the cave. All is good. 🙂

Blue Water falls and cave: I lost count of the numerous cascading waterfalls that we passed as we headed to the Blue Water cave. As soon as we reach a picture-perfect spot we would overlook a falls one after the other and we reacted with increasing awe and excitement each time.

The cascading falls ends at Blue Water cave. Well, actually it extends inside the cave. Most parts of the cave, if not all, is submerged in flowing water with some areas having strong current and and some have still water that only god knows how deep. We managed to reach the area of what they call “Olympic Pool” (water basin literally as big as an olympic pool) which took us about an hour out and back.

There’s this small waterfalls hole on the at the Olympic Pool wall which has to be climbed/entered that leads to the cave’s 1st pitch. You’d have to do a seemingly endless swim and a 13.5m vertical climb before reaching this area (appx. 2hrs) — this is what we’ll go back for on a summer because currents are too strong during non-summer months!

Lipit Canyon: I have a theory that this was a former cave that was literally cracked open from the ceiling! The narrow stream is walled with formations just like what you see inside caves! This is a 5km stretch that has to be swam (flowing water, some parts has strong currents) to reach the caves at the end. They have around 5 caves in the area. Again, it is best to do this during summer.

Sierra Cave: this lesser known cave just sits beside Callao Cave. This is not really open to public though… The cave’s entrance and exit has locked gates which is only accessible to SMOC (Sierra Madre Outdoor Club) members. Thanks to the hospitality and generosity of the SMOC president and senior member, we were privileged to enter this cave. (Without us even asking for it! Yey! It seemed like having bonus level in a computer game. Hehe).

They have closed this cave to avoid having the same fate of the dead (but still wonderful) Callao Cave. They plan to open this in the future, but with closer monitoring and control of tourists.

It does seem that summer is the best time to visit Baggao, but during non-summer months the cascading water falls is in full glory! They might not be as appealing as they are during the rainy season. So might as well got there now and go back for the summer! 🙂

Itinerary Cagayan Valley (Baggao, Peñablanca, Sta. Ana) travel adventure during the APEC Holiday, November 17 to 21 (5D4N)

Day 0: Duba Cave | Laglagto River

0800 – ETA Tug (coordinate with SMOC for guides and transpo; rented van going to San Jose, Baggao)
0900 – Breakfast – Fefang’s panciteria (60-90php / Pancil Batil)
1000 – off to San Jose, Baggao
1130 – check in @ Country Inn
1230 – off to Laglagto River & Duba Cave
1800 – circadian flight of the bats @ Duba Cave
1830 – go back to hotel | dinner


guide: 500php
salbabida: 320php for 4pcs
entrance fee: 20php/pax (10php laglagto, 10php duba)
gears: (helmet & life vest) 40php/pax
transpo: rented van from TUG to San Jose – 1,500php
transpo: rented pick-up from country inn – 600php RT
Country Inn – 1,200php/night for 2
Day 1: Blue waterfalls & cave | Lipit Canyon

0530 – breakfast @ Country Inn
0630 – off to Blue Water falls & cave via rented van
0745 – eta jump off
1030 – lunch @ blue water cave entrance
1130 – explored cave until “Olympic Pool”
1230 – off to Lipit canyon
1300 – ETA Lipit canyon
1500 – back to Country Inn via rented van


rented van RT – 2,000php
Blue Water entrance fee – 20php/pax
Country Inn – 1,200php/night for 2
Tip: bring packed lunch from hotel (for yourself, the guides and driver)

Day 2: Sierra Cave & Callao Cave

0630 – breakfast
0730 – ETD to Tug-Callao via rented van
1000 – ETA Sierra Cave
1100 – exit Sierra Cave / wash up @ river side of Callao Cave
1115 – enter Callao Cave
1230 – exit Callao Cave / change clothes
1330 – Lunch @ RGT Bulalohan
1445 – ETD to Sta. Ana
1815 – ETA @ Sta. Ana – Eden’s Lodge
2000 – Dinner


guide – 600php
rented van – 2,500php (Baggao-Peñablanca-Tuguegarao)
parking fee – 30php
Callao Cave entrance – 20php/pax
public van from Tuguegarao to Sta. Ana – 180php/pax
Eden’s Lodge – 1,200php/night for 2 (with AC and hot shower)
Day 3: Island Hopping

0530 – breakfast
0700 – start of island hopping

Cape Engaño
Punta Verde – Batatubot Falls
Anguib beach
Puzo Robo – via van (less than 10mins from Anguib Beach)
Crocodile Island
1630 – ETA an departure from Port San Vicente (picture @ last KM marker
1700 – ETA Jotay for merienda
2000 – Dinner


3500 boat + 50/pax day pass + 20/pax environmental fee
cape engaño – 600php for 2 guides
punta verde – 100php for 2 guides
punta verde – 100php for 2 guides
anguib to pozo rubo RT – van 800php (Sir Arnold’s brother own the van) – you can opt not to go here
Pozo Rubo entrance fee – 50php/pax
tricycle to eden’s – 120php
Eden’s Lodge – 1,200php/night for 2
Day 4:

Flight to Manila

van to Tug – 200php/pax
terminal fee – 150php/pax
Net expense per pax for a group of 6 = appx 5,325php
Exclusions: food, tip for guides and drivers, manila-tuguegarao-manila fare


There are different tour packages offered by CV Traventures for a hassle-free Baggao tour. Please coordinate with SMOC – Ma’am Karen, who will tirelessly help you out and respond to all your queries. 🙂
we’ve been renting transpo since it is more convenient. They don’t have a standard rate for this, but they offer the best price they could so be generous. (Wag na tumawad. Support local. Nahihiya pa sila magsabi ng price sa amin. Don’t forget to include their meals (and the guides’ as well) because they pick you up really early in the morning and wait for you the whole afternoon.
during your dinner at Country Inn, ask to have your breakfast served at your desired time in the morning and order already for your packed lunch. (Look for Chris – sobrang maalaga. Hehe)
it is best to do caving in Baggao during the summer, but if you also want to enjoy the waterfalls go there during non-summer months. (Pwede naman balikan depending on the activity that you want to do)
when you contact the referred persons please mention my name and that we’re the group who went there during the APEC Holiday. 🙂

Sobrang ganda po ng Baggao. I hope when you go there you keep it as it is. LEAVE NO TRACE.
This is an adventure so be ready to go hiking, river crossings, swimming, spelunking, rappelling, drenching in bat poo and pee, encounter wild animals inside the cave (don’t harm them, mas takot pa sila sayo kesa ikaw sakanila) and many more. Enjoy lang and keep safe smile emoticon
Salamat sa group na biglaan ang pagsama sa amin at sobrang game lang sa pagpapaubaya ng itinerary sakin (kahit kailangan nila gumising at bumangon ng maaga. Haha) more adventures to come Edmon, Mark, Dex, Joel.

Sobrang salamat din sa SMOC (Ma’am Nida, Sir Francis, Ma’am Karen, Ma’am Joan and DJ) na hindi kami pinabayaan at nag assist all throughout out stay in Baggao and even in Sta. Ana. God bless these people. 🙂

Contact number/s:

Van: Kuya Renz – (0935) 497 9750
Kuya Victor – (0915) 948 0469
Boat operator/owner: Sir Arnold Peralta – (0915) 467 0964
Country Inn, San Jose: (0917) 685 2837
Eden’s Lodge – (0917) 881 5129

More photos here!