I’m always fascinated at this little city of China. Amidst the glitz and glamour, this place can be your source of authentic Chinese culture.
This was once occupied by Portuguese that’s why there are numerous remnants of Portuguese colony. From churches, streets, building and facades.
How to get here?
From the Airport: If coming from the Philippines, there are several budget airlines to choose from, so try to browse their website for offers & promotions such as seat sale.
a. Cebu Pacific Air: http://www.cebupacificair.com
b. Tiger Air: http://www.tigerairways.com
c. Air Asia: http://www.airasia.com
d. Philippine Airlines: http://www.philippineairlines.com
e. Jetstar: http://www.jetstar.com
From Hong Kong: Two ways to get there
a. Take MTR to Sheung Wan Station exit D (Turbojet ferry terminal is located inside Shuntak Centre 3rd floor)
b. Take MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station exit A1. Walk your way towards Canton Road near Harbour City
What to see and do?
From the Airport: From here, you may take Bus #26 to Macau Tower or Bus #N2 to Fisherman’s Wharf
From the Ferry Terminal: Head first at Macau Tourist Center and simply get a map.
Upon exiting the terminal, cross the road towards the hotel shuttle buses terminal. Use the pedestrian tunnel. You can also take bus #3 or 3a to Senado Square. (Tip: Shuttle buses are FREE, better than taking the bus)
Senado Square – Also known as Leal Senado Square. A street famous for its European structure. Located at the heart of Macau, it serves as the base of your City Tour. Several shopping stores, souvenir shops and their famous bakeries that sells tarts, sweets and dried meats.
- To get here, simply ride bus #3 or 3a from the ferry terminal or ride the free shuttle bus going to the Grand Lisboa or Wynn Hotel. Then walk your way through.
Macau Tower – From the airport, you may take Bus# 26
- Website: https://www.macautower.com.mo
|Tower Climb||Price list (per person)|
|Tower Climb (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt, Certificate, Membership Card, Video & Photo on USB)||$1,888|
|Tower Climb Express (include exclusive Tower Climb T-Shirt & Photo CD)||$688|
|Bungy Jump||Price list (per person)|
|Bungy Jump (includes certificate, membership card & exclusive Bungy Jump T-shirt)||$2,888|
|SkyJump||Price list (per person)|
|SkyJump (includes certificate, membership card & exclusive T-shirt)||$1,888|
|Video in USB||$499|
|Video + Photo in USB||$699|
|Full Package (includes Skyjump + t-shirt + Video + Photo in USB)||$2,488|
|Skywalk X||Price list (per person)|
Skywalk X (includes certificate, membership card, CD and exclusive T-shirt)
Fisherman’s Wharf – The first theme park in Macau.
- Website: www.fishermanswharf.com.mo
- Buses: 1A, 3, 3A, 8, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 28B, 28BX, 28C, 32, AP1
Mount Fortress – Take Bus# 8a, 17, 18, 18a, 19, 26
Guia Fortress – Take Bus#2, 2a, 6, 9, 9a, 12, 17, 18, 18a, 19, 22, 23, 28c, 32, h1
Lou Lim Leoc Garden – Take Bus# 5, 6, 9, 9a, 12, 22, 23, 25, 25x, 28c, 32, n2
Fortress de Mong Ha – Take Bus# 5, 5x, 23, 25, 25x
Churches & Temples: There’s a lot of Churches and Temples in Macau since it was colonized by Portuguese. I listed some of them, for first timers you may opt to visit them first.
- St. Paul’s Ruins – Walking distance from Senado Square. Upon reaching St. Donimic’s Church, the yellow church located at the far end of the street, simply follow the street signs directions to the church. Beside the church is another tourist destination, the Macau Tourism and Cultural Activities Center.
Macau Tourism and Cultural Activities Center
- St. Lawrence Church
- A-Ma Temple
- Na Tcha Temple
- St. Dominic’s Church – Located at the far end of Senado Square
Hotels and Casinos:
There are several hotels and casinos in Macau, this list is worth visiting.
Grand Lisboa – Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal.
|Macau Border Gate||9:00 am – 11:30 pm||Every 5 – 20 Minutes|
|Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal||9:00 am – 11:59 pm||Every 5 – 30 Minutes|
|Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal||10:30 am – 5:30 pm||Every 60 Minutes|
- Website: http://www.grandlisboa.com
Grand Emperor – Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal. Near Hotel Sintra
- Website: http://www.grandemperor.com
Venetian Hotel – Italian inspired casino-hotel with a magnificent facade, grand displays, beautiful murals and gondola with opera singer. It will give you a true italian experience. Shuttle buses are located at Macau Ferry Terminal & Airport.
Shuttle Buses schedule: http://www.venetianmacao.com/files/venetian-shuttle-bus-service.pdf
- Website: http://www.venetianmacao.com
- Gondola Ride:
- Boutique di Gondola shop no. 904
- Emporio di Gondola shop no. 905
- Mop118(per ride) for adults
- Mop88(per ride) for kids
- Mop472(per ride) private Gondola
City Of Dreams – Walking distance from The Venetian, at the opposite side of the road. It’s the home of the spectacular “House of the Dancing Waters”, Vquarium and Dragon’s Treasure.
House of the Dancing Waters
|Macau Ferry Terminal||09:00 – 01:15||8-15 min, 30 min after 24:00|
|Border Gate (Gongbei Check Point)||09:00 – 24:00||5 – 10 min, 15 – 20 min after 23:00|
|Hotel Sintra Macau||11:00 – 24:00||12 – 20 min, 30 min after 23:00|
|Macau Tower||12:00 – 21:00||30 min|
|Taipa Ferry Terminal and Airport||08:45 – 00:15||10 – 15 min, 30 – 55 min after 23:00|
|Hengqin Check Point (Hengqi Check Point)||09:00 – 20:00||20 min|
|The Venetian Macao||10:00 – 23:00||6 – 12 min|
|Galaxy Macau||11:00 – 23:00||5 – 15 min|
- Website: https://www.cityofdreamsmacau.com
MGM Grand – Shuttle Buses Schedule:
|Pick-up/drop-off location||Daily operating hours||Frequency|
|To and from MGM MACAU:|
|Macau Ferry Terminal||9:00am – 11:50pm||Every 7 minutes|
|Border Gate||9:15am – 6:00pm||Every 15 minutes|
|Border Gate Immigration||9:00am – 8:59pm||Every 8 minutes|
|9:00pm – 11:30pm||Every 14 minutes|
|Pac On Ferry Terminal||11:25am – 9:00pm||Every 25 minutes|
|To MGM MACAU:|
|Macau Hengqin Border||9:00am – 4:35pm||Every 25 minutes|
– See more at: http://www.mgmmacau.com/services#transportation
- Website: http://www.mgmmacau.com
Wynn Hotel & Casino – Shuttle Buses Schedule:
|Route||Operation Hours||Frequency||Time to Destination|
|Wynn Macau to and from Border Gate||9:00 am to 11:45 pm daily||Every 15-20 minutes||Approximately 15 minutes|
|Wynn Macau to and from Taipa Ferry Terminal||9:00 am to 11:30 pm daily||Every 20-35 minutes||Approximately 30 minutes|
|Wynn Macau to and from Macau Ferry Terminal||9:00 am to 11:45 pm daily||Every 10-15 minutes||Approximately 10 minutes|
|Wynn Macau to and from Macau International Airport||10:00 am to 10:15 pm daily||Every 20-35 minutes||Approximately 30 minutes|
- Website: http://www.wynnmacau.com
Sands – Shuttle Buses schedule http://www.sandscotaicentral.com/assets/Schedules_of_SCC_Shuttle_Bus_Services.pdf
- Website: http://www.sandscotaicentral.com
This place can be a side trip from your Hong Kong visit. I often do Macau in 1 day, from morning till night time. But to fully enjoy the place, you may opt to do a 3 Days- 2 Nights instead. My personal Itinerary was posted in a separate post.