Hong Kong to Macau
A Macau day trip is relatively easy, you can reach it via ferry from Hong Kong. There are 2 main terminals, the China Ferry Terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui and the Hong Kong Macau Ferry terminal in Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island (near IFC Mall). If you plan to go directly to Macau from HK airport then you can take the Sky Pier. Macau has 2 terminals, the Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal (North) and Cotai Terminal (South). Make sure to bring your passport and necessary documents. Travel time usually takes 1 to 2 hours depending on the weather. You can get your tickets online or at the terminals and always check the dates on your tickets (How to get to Macau from HK).
Getting around Macau
The cheapest way to travel around Macau is using the free shuttle bus by the hotels and casinos. You can go by foot if you want to explore downtown Macau and for the other attractions you may need to use public buses or taxis. The public buses are located near the old Grand Lisboa Casino. There are different routes that will take you to different areas in Macau.
There are a lot of banks and money changers around Macau so it is easy to exchange money. Macau has its own currency call Pataca or MOP. You can use HK dollar in Macau but you will receive MOP if you have change.
Historical and World heritage sites in Macau
Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999, so it is not surprising to see a lot of colonial influences in the culture, food and architecture of Macau. A Macau day trip is not complete without exploring the Ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square. After taking are photos at the ruins of ST. Paul we went around and shop for souvenirs and pastries at the sidewalk stalls. The mix of east and west is truly fascinating.
- Camões Grotto
- Dom Pedro V Theatre
- Fortaleza do Monte
- Guia Fortress
- Holy House of Mercy
- Leal Senado Building
- Lou Kau Mansion
- Macau General Post Office
- Mong-Há Fort
- Portas do Cerco
- Ruins of St. Paul’s
- Santa Casa de Misericórdia
- Walls of Macau
Macau is also known as the “Las Vegas of Asia”, they have the best hotels and casinos in the region. Take advantage of the free shuttle busses that takes you directly to the different hotels and casinos. After enjoying “old” Macau you might want to explore the many casinos for entertainment, dining and shopping. The casinos look spectacular by day and night.
- The Venetian Macao
- Four Seasons
- City of Dreams (Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers, Grand Hyatt)
- Sands Cotai Central (Conrad, Sheraton, Holiday Inn)
- Galaxy Macau
- Casino Lisboa
- Wynn Macau
- MGM Macau
Sample Itinerary Macau Day Trip:
7:30-9:00 – Hongkong to Macau
Morning – Explore World Heritage Macau : Visit the Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fortress, and Senado Square. Shop on souviner items and local pasties and delicacies.
Afternoon : Visit Casinos like Grand Lisboa, City of dreams, Ventian, Parisian etc.
Evening: Travel back from Macau to Hong Kong
*If you have more time you can visit Taipa village and Fishermans Wharf.
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