- One whole day at Macau without any clear plan of where we would go (I've been there a year ago but we also just roamed around wherever our feet took us.)
- One whole day - combination of Ngong Ping 360, Hong Kong Disneyland, and The Peak
- One whole day - combination of Hong Kong Ocean Park, Symphony of Lights, and Avenue of Stars
Me and my friend became the default travel buddies, and our four companions made their own decision on where they would go on given days. We succeeded in accomplishing the things on the itinerary despite having time as one big constraint, but it was physically challenging (I have a feeling that they wanted to curse me afterwards!).
Upon our arrival in Hong Kong, we boarded an A21 bus and got down at the nearest stop in Tai San Guest House in Tsim Sha Tsui, checked-in, dropped our stuff, and went off as soon as we can. It was a one-hour bus ride, in case you want to know.
We walked our way to the ferry station to Macau. We got lost, but instead of being hopeless, we even managed to take photos along the way! A staff in the Harbour City Shopping Mall told us the direction to get to China Hong Kong City wherein the First Ferry Terminal to Macau is located. And boy, though the direction was clear, it seemed as if we were walking until forever. Harbour City Shopping Mall was so huge and we had to walk from end to end.
|waiting for the bus|
|lost in amazement|
|the port must be somewhere near...|
|outside Harbour City|
The ride lasted for an hour and a half, and we arrived in Macau at 1:00 PM. We had no clear plan on what we should do, but to our amazement, there were Filipinos waiting at the terminal. They approached us and talked to us in Tagalog - offering their tour guide services. Since the service was just worth 100 HKD for the two of us for the whole afternoon, we did not think much about it and availed it right away.
First off, we had lunch for we were hungry little kids coming from a long journey (our last meal was still in the Philippines, haha!). We had the "cheapest" lunch at New Yaohan food court near Emperor Hotel, for 35 HKD.
|Told you, I was hungry!|
|Senado Square, Macau|
|St. Dominic's Church|
|ruins of St. Paul (huge group of tourists having a group shot)|
|Museu de Macau, err just outside|
First off, we marveled at the grandiose interiors of Casino Lisboa and MGM Macau.
|inside wonderland cum MGM Macau|
|glimpse of the Tree of Prosperity at Wynn|
|snapshot I took en route City of Dreams|
- You could explore the whole of Macau by foot. Make sure you wear super comfy shoes and that you are prepared for the challenge.
- If you don't want to walk all the way, you could ride the shuttle services going from one casino to another. Rides in these are FREE.
- Short spectacular shows are presented in the casinos within time intervals of say, 30 minutes, and these are all for FREE.
- Bottled water are also available at the various casino lobbies for FREE.
- Some small-time casinos offer free membership with 100 HKD consumable at the slot machine, just like what we had!
- Currency in Macau is MOP, but HKD is also accepted. Hence, do not bother exchanging your currency if you plan to just stroll in Macau for a day.
- Unlike Hong Kong, Macau is not that "tourist friendly" when it comes to road signs. And most of the signs and directions are in Chinese or Portuguese so it's really good to get a guide if you want to maximize your trip.
Other posts in this Hong Kong-Macau series:
New Yaohan's Food Court and the Emperor Hotel Macau
Strolling in Macau: Senado Square, St. Dominic’s Church, Ruins of St. Paul’s, Museu de Macau What’s Inside Casino Lisboa in Macau?
I was in (Wonderland) MGM Macau!
The Tear-jerky Wynn Macau Experience
Finding the Dragon’s Treasure in Macau’s City of Dreams
Ended the Day in (Venice) Venetian Macao
Ngong Ping 360: My First Cable Car Ride (and the Longest)
My Second Time in Hong Kong Disneyland Resort!
Ended a Jam-packed Day at The Peak
My Love Affair with Hong Kong Ocean Park
Rushing to the Avenue of Stars and A Symphony of Lights
DIY Hong Kong and Macau Trip: Tips on How to Ace It
20,000 Pesos 4 Days, 3 Nights DIY Hong Kong-Macau Travel Guide