Hong Kong Solo Travel Itinerary: Where To Chill in Hong Kong

Friday, September 08, 2023

A favorite day in this trip was when I had the chance to explore Hong Kong on my own. Cea slept over her friends' hotel, and they had a day of itinerary together, so I decided to grab my list of "to dos" for my own solo Hong Kong exploration! 

Is Hong Kong Safe for Solo Female Travellers?

Hong Kong is generally considered safe for solo female travelers. They have relatively low crime rate compared to many other major cities around the world. However, as with any destination, safety conditions vary per circumstance. It is still best to be prepared and be well informed to avoid any travel mishaps. 

And with that settled, let's go about how I spent my one whole day alone in Hong Kong!

Tai On Coffee & Tea (60s aesthetic)

Yau Ma Tae MTR Exit B2

First stop is a food place so I can grab a bite before proceeding with the long day. I chose Tai On Coffee and Tea from a list of Hong Kong food spots recommendations I chanced upon on Youtube. I love the retro vibe of Hong Kong! It's an aesthetic that I only recently notice and appreciate even after going back and forth this country several times already!

Lovin the retro vibe + Tai On Cafe Menu

Un Chau Estate Flower Tunnel 

Exit C2 at the Cheung Sha Wan MTR station

Another new Hong Kong discovery is this small compound park in a private area with pretty bougainvillea flower tunnels! It was a timely visit since this Hong Kong trip is my alternative to a supposed spring trip. At least I still got my pretty pink flower photos! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’–

Sun, Moon, and Star Streets for Cute Cafes

Wan Chai MTR Station

I often ask for recommendations on my Instagram Stories whenever I travel somewhere I've been to. I get to discover a city in the eyes of other travel enthusiasts! One recommendations for Hong Kong is the Sun, Moon, Star Streets. Again, I wouldn't know about these three charming streets located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong if not for IG Crowd Sourcing! :)

Sun, Moon, and Star Streets are known for their unique and trendy shops, cafes, and restaurants, making them popular destinations for both locals and tourists. These three streets are all part of a revitalization project that has transformed the area into a trendy and artistic neighborhood.

  • Sun Street is famous for its artistic and creative atmosphere. You'll find boutique shops, art galleries, and design studios here. It's an excellent place to explore if you're interested in contemporary art and design.
  • Moon Street is adjacent to Sun Street and is known for its quieter and more relaxed vibe. It's a lovely place for a leisurely stroll. You'll find some boutique stores, eateries, and interesting street art along Moon Street.
  • Star Street is perhaps the most well-known of the three and has gained a reputation as a food and dining hub. It offers a wide range of restaurants, cafes, and bars, serving various cuisines from around the world. You can find everything from cozy cafes for a coffee break to upscale dining options.

Decided to dine in Matchali. Love hot tea in the middle of the day:

K11 Musea

Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station

It was suddenly pouring in the afternoon of my solo adventure. My solution for this? Look for places to visit in Hong Kong when it's rainy. Theme parks and parks are a no-no. Some of the things you can check out are their museums and cafes. Since I just had tea, I went to K11 Musea.

K11 Musea is known as a cultural and retail complex in Tsim Sha Tsui. It is not only a shopping mall, but also an art and cultural destination. They are often described as a "museum-meets-retail" concept, combining art, culture, and commerce to create a unique and immersive shopping and entertainment experience.

No rain ruined my parade that day! Was able to see Misfits Manifesto and a MOMA store while in K11 Musea. Enjoyed my art-filled afternoon!

While walking around K11 Musea, a huge crowd was forming in front of Off-White store. I asked the girl taking photos from outside what's going on, and learned that there were Thai celebrities inside the store! Cool!

K11 Musea is situated along the Victoria Dockside waterfront, so I had the chance to stroll around the harbor and enjoy Hong Kong skyline, albeit the rain.

Hindi naman mahangin sa labas, lels. Had to take a photo of Hong Kong covered with fog during this early summer visit:

Hong Kong Museum of Art

Tsim Sha Tsui Station

Just a few walks from K11 Musea is the Hong Kong Museum of Art. It was still a downpour outside, so I told myself to just go indoors and we can never have enough art in a day in Hong Kong!

I checked out the available exhibit for the day, there's a special exhibition of Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Mirรณ. First time to hear about him and I was excited for the immersion. Miro is known for his distinctive style that combined abstraction, surrealism, and whimsical symbolism. He is also known for his "anti-painting" abstract art.

"Every speck of dust has a marvelous soul." - Miro, 1937

Ferry Ride

Final activity before call it a day is taking a ferry ride from Tsim Sha Tsui to central. Star Ferry is a popular and enjoyable way to experience the city's stunning skyline and Victoria Harbour. 

The Star Ferry has been in operation for over a century and is an iconic part of Hong Kong's transportation history.

The Star Ferry operates frequently, with departures every few minutes during peak hours, so you won't have to wait long to catch a ride. The ferry ride is relatively short, lasting around 7-10 minutes, depending on the route and weather conditions. 

As for the fare, Star Ferry is one of the most affordable modes of transportation in Hong Kong. The exact fare may vary, so it's a good idea to check the latest pricing when you plan to take the ferry.

Got my ferry token ticket via this vintage coin machine. I paid I think only 10 HKD or PHP 72!

Ride was short and comfortable! It was a new experience for me, so I enjoyed the mundaneness of it.

In between the stuff I did above, I was also able to check out their malls. I encountered some of my Japanese faves, including GU store, a Don Quijote store, and a toy store that sells Studio Ghibli plushies!

Traveling as a solo female can be a rewarding and empowering experience. I missed it a lot during the pandemic, and hope I can make time again for my explorations. It is essential to prioritize safety and preparedness when you're out and about on your own, so I am leaving here my three basic tips for solo female travelers:

  • Research and Plan Thoroughly - Understand the culture, customs, and local laws of the place you're visiting. Know if there are any specific safety concerns for solo female travelers in that region. Create a rough plan for your trip, including accommodations, transportation, and activities. Share your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member back home so that someone knows your whereabouts.

  • Stay Aware and Blend In - Research the local dress code and pack accordingly. Keep a low profile. and avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself. And of course, be mindful of your surroundings and always stay alert!

  • Stay Connected - Consider getting a local SIM card or a portable Wi-Fi device for internet access. 

  • Trust your instincts - If something doesn't feel right, remove yourself from the situation. Always prioritize your safety.

Stay open to new experiences, meet fellow travelers, and enjoy the freedom that solo travel can offer. Solo female travel can be incredibly enriching, allowing you to discover new cultures and build self-confidence. By taking precautions and staying informed, you can have a safe and memorable journey. See you on the road! :)

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