Conquer Macau in 14 hours
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Conquer Macau in 14 hours

Macau is a living testament to the saying “East meets West.” It has the flashy and lively vibes of China blended with the charming remnants of its Portuguese influences.

If you are in Hong Kong and have a day to spare, squeeze in a trip to Macau on your itinerary and be mesmerized by this quaint country of bustling casinos and interesting historical sights.

Here’s my DIY trip to Macau:

 

7 am – China Ferry Terminal (Hong Kong)

Board the TurboJet Ferry via China Ferry Terminal in Hong Kong. It will take an hour to reach Macau. A one-way ticket will cost around HK$ 177 (Php 1,132). Check out Turbo Jet’s website for any changes in fares and ferry schedule.

 

8 am – Largo de Senado

Ride the free casino shuttle bus from the Macau Ferry Terminal and start your adventure by visiting Largo de Senado (Senado Square). The closest drop off point would be at Grand Lisboa. Exit the main lobby and take a 5 minute walk to Senado Square.

Click here for the walking map.

 

Grand Lisboa

 

Largo de Senado – beautiful Portuguese architecture!

 

9 am – Rua de Sau Paulo

From Largo de Senado, make your way on foot to the most well-known landmark in Macau, Rua de Sao Paulo (St. Paul Ruins).  I highly suggest that you visit this attraction early in the morning because it can get pretty crowded and taking a good photo without any photobombers might be a challenge. 🙂

Click here for the walking map.

 

 

Trivia: This 16th century Cathedral caught fire three times and all that remains are the iconic façade and the massive stairs leading up to it.

 

9:30 am – Museu de Macau

From St. Paul Ruins, head east and learn about Macau’s history at the Museu de Macau. The admission fee is about 15 Patacas (Php 94).
Tip: No need to change your Hong Kong dollar to Macau’s Patacas since Macau accepts HKD too.

 

 

After visiting the museum, make your way to Mount Fortress where you can get a good view of Macau’s diverse skyline.

 

 

Something wrong with this pic? 🙂

 

Skyscrapers amidst local dwellings

 

11 am – Rua de S. Paulo (Dasanba Street)

Go back to the street leading to St. Paul Ruins where you will find food stalls selling Macau’s original beef and pork jerky. Most stores offer a free taste so take advantage and look for the jerky that best satisfies your taste buds. My personal favorite is the peppered pork. 🙂

 

 

Also, make sure to grab some freshly baked egg tarts. The egg tart is so yummy; the crust is flaky while the custard inside was gooey!

 

 

 

12:30 pm – Taipa Food Street

From Rua de S. Paulo street, walk further until you reach Senado Square. Look for the nearest bus stop and get ready to board bus No. 11 bound for Rua do Cunho. The fare is 2.80 Patacas (Php 18) and it will take around 20 minutes to reach Rua do Cunho.

Right next to Rua do Cunho’s bus stop is a narrow alley more popularly known as “Taipa Food Street”. This street is lined with restaurants serving well-loved Cantonese and Portuguese dishes.

 

 

Drop by Seng Cheong Restaurant for lunch and try their crab congee and deep fried salted frog legs (it’s true – they taste like chicken!).

 

 

Don’t ever leave Taipa Village without tasting this yummy pork chop bun from Tai Lei Loi Kei. The grilled pork chop is tender and bursting with spices.

 

2 pm – Taipa Houses Museum

From the back alley of Taipa Food Street, follow the road which leads to an overhead bridge and you will be able to spot a row of mint green houses better known as the Taipa Houses Museum.

Click here for the walking map.

 

Trivia: The five Taipa Houses are the perfect example of Portuguese colonial architecture. Each house recreates the residence of the rich Portuguese families who lived in Macau during the early 20th century.

 

3:30 pm – The Venetian Macao

Time for casino hopping! Look for the garden adjacent to Taipa Houses Museum. There is a path that will lead you to a walkalator going to Venetian Macao.

Click here for the walking map.

 

 

You can try your luck in the casino, ride the gondola or do some serious shopping (there are about 350 retail stores housed in The Venetian!)

 

Trivia: The total size of Venetian Macao is equivalent to 56 football fields!

 

6 pm – Galaxy Macau

Galaxy Macau, another luxurious casino, is just within walking distance from The Venetian. You can opt to eat dinner at Galaxy’s restaurants or simply be amused by the spectacular light show.

Click here for the walking map.

 

 

The best part of my Galaxy Macau visit was the light show where a huge diamond emerged from the center of the fountain!

 

 

7 pm – Macau Ferry Terminal

Ride the free shuttle bus from Galaxy Macau to Macau Ferry Terminal and board the TurboJet back to Hong Kong.

 

There you have it – Macau in less than 14 hours! If you’re in for some adrenaline high, try bungee jumping at Macau Tower. I will definitely go back to Macau for this! See you then Macau!

 

 

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