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MACAU: Budget travel and some travel thoughts

Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia because of its large Casinos around the peninsula. Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China located just an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong.

Airport:
There is only one airport that serves in Macau. The Macau International Airport (Portuguese: Aeroporto Internacional de Macau)

If you are at Hong Kong, You can take a ferry to Macau from Hong Kong, Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui or Hong Kong SkyPier at Hong Kong airport.

See Macau-Hong Kong Ferry Schedules and Fares

If you are arriving to Macau by Air, here’s the guide:
From the Airport, there are two ways to go to the City, by bus or taxi. If you are travelling on a budget, it is highly recommended to choose bus instead of taxis. Buses in Macau are point to point and will only stop within the designated bus stops. So, check the nearest bus stop at the house or hotel that you are intending to stay then check the bus routes and bus numbers that are coming in and out of the bus stop.

Link: See Macau Bus Routes

or

Download Link Macau EasyGo from Play Store

For example: You will stay at Sofitel Macau. The nearest bus stop there is Ponte16. From the Airport, you need to ride bus MT4 towards bacia norte and it will stop at ponte16. Remember that if you see on the screen that the next bus stop is ponte16, there are red stop buttons near your seat that you need to press. If no one inside the bus will press the stop button, the bus will not stop at the next bus stop unless there are people that will going to ride.

Currency used in Macau are: Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) and Macanese Pataca (MOP)
Take Note: If you are leaving Macau, make sure to spend all of your Macanese Patacas, It is very difficult to find a money changer that will buy your MOP outside of Macau. Even in Hong Kong only a few money changers will buy/sell MOP. It is not a favored currency so most money changers will not take it and if any do, the rate will be very poor. I suggests, just change enough MOP for your stay in Macau. Don’t worry, if you runs out of MOP, there are a lot of money changers. I do not suggest to use HKD in Macau because the stores will accept it with the value of 1:1, HKD’s value is quite higher than MOP. If you are travelling on a budget, you will feel it specially if you will change from Philippine Peso (PHP).

A must visit Attractions in Macau

Ruin’s of St. Paul’s

The Ruins of St. Paul’s are the ruins of a 17th-century complex in Santo António, Macau, China. It includes what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei”, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best known landmarks. Built from 1602 to 1640 by the Jesuits, the church was one of the largest Catholic churches in Asia at the time.

Prepare your tummy for a lot of free taste foods beside the Ruin’s.

How to get there:
You may ride any of these bus routes and refer to the Macau Bus Routes
Bus Routes : 3, 3X, 4, 6A, 8A, 18A, 19, 26A, 33, N1A

Senado Square

Just a walking distance from the Ruin’s of St. Paul’s: Senado Square is a paved town square in Macau and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. It is an elongated triangular shaped square and connects Largo do São Domingos at one end and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro on the other.

Praça Luís de Camões

 

Just a walking distance from the Ruin’s of St. Paul’s: also known as “Largo do Camões,” Praça Luís de Camões is a square that separates the Chiado and the Bairro Alto districts. At the center is a bronze statue of poet Luís de Camões inaugurated in 1867, surrounded by eight smaller statues representing other personalities from Portuguese literature. Images of mermaids and ships created in cobblestone around the pedestal evoke Camões’ epic poem “The Lusiads.”

The square is one of the city’s favorite meeting places, especially at night.

Studio City

Studio City is a hotel and casino resort in Cotai, Macau, China. It is Asia’s first leisure resort to integrate television and film production facilities, retail, gaming and hotels.

Bus routes : 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50, N3

The Parisian

Even Macau is known as the Las Vegas of Asia, we named it also as the Paris of Asia because of this Instagrammable Effiel Tower 🙂 Just beside Studio City, The Parisian is a luxury hotel in Cotai, owned by Las Vegas Sands, which has a half-scale Eiffel Tower as one of its landmarks.

Macau Giant Panda Pavilion


The Macao Giant Panda Pavilion is a zoo in Seac Pai Van Park. The pavilion is shaped like a giant fan in an area of 3,000 m2. It consists of indoor activity quarters, outdoor yard and indoor exhibition area.
The pavilion opens everyday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission : MOP10
Bus routes : 15, 21A, 25, 26, 26A, 50, N3

A-Ma Temple


A-Ma Temple front
A-Ma Temple is a temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu. The name “Macau” is derived from A-Maa-Gok which means “The Pavilion of the Mother”. It is built in 1488 and is one of the oldest temple in Macau.
Bus Routes : 1, 2, 5, 6B, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26, 28B, 55, MT4, N3

Grand Lisboa

Macau Square

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