If you find yourself lost in Hong Kong, make sure to drop by Macau since it is just a ferry boat away. Buy your to and from ticket when you buy your ticket going to save you a seat and time when in Macau! Time-bound your visit, yes, that is a verb. Roughly 10-11 hours is enough, go to Macau early so you can go back to HK early too, and don’t forget the one hour travel to and one hour travel from. I guess the biggest thing to consider is to be early enough so you catch the train back in HK (and not get lost by trying to figure out the mini-bus or worse, get a cab and waste money!).
Getting around in Macau won’t hurt you and your pocket because there are Casino Coasters all around! From the Ferry Terminal to Casino and Casino to Ferry Terminal, take a different Casino Coaster to get to another Casino.
Since my mom had a vacation here for 4 days before, she knew her way around. Macau is definitely a day trip unless you’re a player of the Table…/s for that matter.
Our route started with dropping by the Wynn, where there is a show in the lobby every 30 minutes. At first, I thought this was a lame gimmick by the casino but found my eyes amazed by what I saw. trust me, drop by and see for yourself what it is 😉
After the Wynn, we walked a bit to some of the inside streets to look for a money changer, don’t trade too much money because there’s nothing much to pay for in Macau, most of the attractions are free. Just enough for food, an egg tart in the square and $50 ticket for the City of Dreams’ attraction.
Walk around to the Libson, the interesting flower-looking building. Trust me, it’s hard not to catch. Head inside for some museum looking pieces and obviously for some casino time.
Somewhere beyond that building, roughly around 2-4 blocks away is the famous Senado Square.
The city hall is right across it, another free attraction. Walk around and enjoy the architecture! But there’s really nothing much except that, architecture and people and a mix of the colonial Macau with the modern Macau. If you’re more of the adventure-seeker, Macau is not the place for you. It’s more of a dwell-in, dip-in culture place. Some people would say that the place is too hyped-up online, well again, going back to my point: if you’re not a culturally-interested person, Macau might seem a bit boring for you.
Walk, walk, walk. That’s what you do in Macau. Walk more up north to see St. Paul’s Ruins. This, however, is easier said than done. If you drop by during the peak season, there is a huge crowd of tourists you need to get past a sea of people with a current that pushes you to and from. The stream you will be in will be filled with vendors of cured meat, egg tarts and other Macau delicacies.
Take an alternate rout on the other street adjacent to Senado Square and discover other things in the city (yes, as we all know that’s my thing), just like this art wall!
Mid-way we went through the crowded stream and that I was talking about earlier.
DO NOT FORGET TO BUY AN EGG TART. And get the free stuff they offer you, it’ll save you money! The accumulative pieces of the cured meat will fill you up enough to get you through without eating heavy lunches.
Somewhere on the top, you’ll be able to see the famous Ruins of St. Paul. If you’re an architecture freak like me, do take time to appreciate the details of the ruins.
Facing the ruins, turn to your right for the Ruin’s Museum. Drop by, it’s free! you even get to see the view of the city from the top! It reminds me a lot of Intramuros back in Manila but with a different view.
After that, there’s really nothing much to see so why not eat lunch/dinner?
We ate in this place near the Wynn, where we will catch another coach going back to the ferry terminal to get another coach to another casino. Inline with the very Anthony Bourdain style of traveling my parents and I are adopting, we had some food in this not so fancypalce. AND BOY, the food was good! 😀
After the coach ride to the Wynn, we went to ride the coach of The Venetian, a place I’ve very much wanted to visit because I’ve been dying to go to Venice and this was a glimpse of the real thing!!! They did a great job trying to recreate the Venice you see on TV but don’t get me wrong, YOU WILL GET LOST. So if you’re on limited time, stay in a small area and go around in that small area. If you want to go shopping for luxury brands, then feel free to get lost around, there’s more than enough to feed your luxury rush.
Across the Venetian is the City of Dreams, my favorite stop in Macau!!!! While all the casinos have their gimmiks, City of Dreams’ Dragon Tale is something YOU CANNOT MISS. I REPEAT, DO NOT MISS IT. I was lucky enough to catch the last show that night and IT WAS AMAZING!!!!!! As much as I’d like to talk about it, I’d rather not spoil the experience for you. But drop by, alright? PROMISE ME YOU’LL DROP BY. Here’s a quick preview on the amazing thing you’ll see there!
I was shocked by the amount of Filipino workers I saw working in Casinos! And I visited December 30, a day before New Year, another sacred holiday in the Philippines… next to Noche Buena. I was so impressed and fell more in love with all of these OFWs. I couldn’t help buy give them a warm smile, that I hope, in someway, makes them feel my appreciation and (better said in local dialect) Hanga. Saludo ako sa kanila, indeed. genuinely and completely. Forgive me for the Filipino words. Moving on…
Since we got the ferry for 11PM going back to HK, we had an extra hour or two to go to MGM and pass some time, here’s a glimpse of what you can see there! Lions, Lions and more lions! This one is Swarovski-covered, talk about fancy.
MGM is right behind Wynn and we walked back to the Wynn to catch the fountain show. We dropped by to be amazed for the last time 😉
That’s pretty much everything of my Macau day-trip. here’s my takeaways:
1. Ride the Casino Coaches to get around, leechy as it may sound, do so. It saves you money and time!
2. Things are free, so take advantage of them. It doesn’t sound me but these casinos seem to just roll out money like crazy! So might as well be under the shower of blessings!
3. Egg tarts, buy one. Try one. Take one home if necessary.
4. Nothing much to see, except for architecture and a bit of culture. You can’t really appreciate this in a sea of tourists. One day is enough to go around Macau.
5. WALK. Macau is a walking place too, just like HK!
6. WATCH THE DRAGON SHOW IN CITY OF DREAMS.
Once visit for Macau is enough, if you’re not a high-roller-casino bug like me… once is really enough!
Till next time for TeaPatTravels!