You can never get lost when you wander, infact it will broaden your experience, you’ll have discoveries – it could be places, people or yourself (your traits & capabilities).
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It is known as the Vegas in Asia, but we were not here to gamble, we came to explore. The first time I was in HK I did not able to visit Macau. So now, it can’t be missed. Macau was the Day 1 of our Autumn trip. As soon as we arrived in HK International Airport, we went straight to China Ferry Terminal in Kawloon. We were there as early as 6:30AM. There’s a Ferry from the Airport to Macau by the way, but the counter, they open late, like around 10AM. The first trip is 11:00AM and they only have a trip in every 2 to 3 hours. While in China Ferry Terminal, it’s every 30 minutes. Besides, it only takes about an hour from the Airport to the pier. There’s also flights directly to Macau, just incase you want to go straight to the island, instead of going to HK first.
You can check the ferry schedules and fares on these links:
In motion, captured from the ferry on our way to Macau.
– ACCOMMODATION –
Hotel rates in Macau is quite expensive compared to other countries we’d been. But, our Hotel, the Best Western Sun Sun Hotel, was a cozy, clean and cute one. It was just difficult for us to find the place. We been roaming around Senado Square for an Hour, since our Hotel is just few minutes away from this place as what google said. The thing, it’s not along the way main road of Senado Square. The good thing was we were roaming around Senado Square already before finding our hotel, so it was so easy for us to roam around again after we checked-in and had some rest.
The view from the our room
Hotel’s cute café and the room
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– PLACES –
We started roaming at around 3:00PM, as much as we want to see more of Macau, we were so tired. Senado Square is a 10 minutes walk from the Hotel anyway, no reason to rush, plus we already knew the way ☺️. It was a Sunday, therefore crowds were everywhere. Senado Square is a shopping area as well, lots of shops, resto, food carts and St. Paul’s Ruin is in the vicinity. Honestly, the crowd is also the tourist attraction of this place. I can’t imagine being here and it’s empty.
ST PAUL’s RUIN
The ruin looks amazing, just don’t mind the buildings around. I said this once that every country has a must see landmark, and in Macau it’s the St. Paul’s Ruin. It stands strong throughout the years.
THE VENETIAN MACAO
The resort/mall is elegant. To those who wants to play, you are in a right place. For us, we just had a quick tour and had our dinner here.
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– TRANSPORTATION –
I had never been in a bus that is so full and the driver still keeps on stopping to pick-up passengers. It was crazy. This was on our way from Senado Square to The Venetian Macao. It took us almost an hour when typically it’s just about 30 minutes. But anyway, the positive side of it was, we had some acquaintances while on the bus, exchange some stories, LOL, even if it was already so difficult for us to move and breathe, we managed to chat. There are free shuttle bus, from and to The Venetian Macao, it’s the most comfortable ride. For taxi, hmmm it’s better to take the public bus, it is difficult to communicate with the driver, and some of them will just drop you anywhere they feel like stopping and ending their service to you. They did not take us to our exact location. It happened to us twice. So, it was a lesson – not to take taxis in Macau and even in HK.
These links below are for the schedules and fare of public and free transpo.
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– PEOPLE –
Macau was the busiest city I’d been so far. Most of the people even some tourists were in a rush. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the people we will encounter in our trip will either make or break our stay. But, what I also learned is that for us to have a great stay, we should not really mind the roughness of those people we met, from the drivers, to the receptionists, saleslady/man. I always say this, it’s their way, they are not rude, but that’s how they communicate. Take note, out of 2 who might mess up your time, there are still 10 good samaritans, there are people who will extend their help, without even asking them. Just seeing you staring on the map and the sign boards, they will help to direct you. So, awesome strangers, thank you so much!
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– TO WRAP-UP –
Macau trip was really short, a day was not enough, especially arriving exhausted from a long trip all the way from Dubai. I would suggest to spend 2 days in this tiny island. And, I am looking forward to go back, I missed the House of Dancing Water show, it was already sold-out even a month before we arrived. So the next time I’ll back in Macau, I will book ahead for this show, more explorations, food-trips and I won’t rush.
Our Macau budget was only 250USD for both of us (Hotel: 105.ooUSD, Ferry, Taxi & Bus: 85.ooUSD, Food: 50.ooUSD, Souvenir: 10.ooUSD ).
By the way Macau’s milk tea was the best I ever tasted! ?
Tags: adventure, journeytohappiness, Macau, travel, wanderlust