After five memorable days in Hong Kong, we decided to visit and explore Macau for three days.
Macau is more than an hour ferry ride from Hong Kong. Ferry transportation is cheaper and convenient than riding a plane. There are several ferry terminal in Hong Kong which includes: Macau-Hong Kong Island, Macau-Kowloon and Macau-Hong Kong International Airport (there is ferry terminal beside the Hong Kong international airport). The most popular ferry operators are the Turbojet and Cotaijet. Tickets are available in the terminal and through online. However, price of the ticket may vary based on the timing of the day especially during weekend (more expensive than weekdays).
For entry requirement, tourist permit is available upon arrival. But keep in mind that not all nationalities are entitled for free visa or visa exemption. There are countries which are required to apply for visa prior to travel (kindly check the Macau immigration office website). Don’t forget to secure a copy of your hotel bookings and sample itinerary for immigration check.
The climate in Macau is almost the same in Hong Kong. Majority of the local residents speaks Cantonese and some Portuguese. However, English language is widely used by most of the hotel crews and other service or tourist establishment staff.
For the transportation, majority of casinos and hotels in Macau offers a complimentary shuttle service throughout the regions.
Though, Macau is popularly known as casino capital of Asia, I fell in love with the lay back and Portuguese atmosphere of Macau. In addition, foods, accommodation, transportation and shopping items in Macau is cheaper than Hong Kong.
More than the grandiose casino visits, there are other beautiful places to visit in Macau. You can explore Macau by walking or through bus and visit variety of museums, nature parks and national heritage and religious site.
The drawback, not all places in Macau (majority are bars and casinos) are ideal for children unlike Hong Kong and Singapore (there is no huge theme park or zoo in Macau).
You can bring your little ones to various malls such as Venetian for Gondola ride or play to the kids area/station at City of Dreams.
Before leaving Macau, make sure to convert your Macanese Pataca to other currencies as there is a possibility that the Pataca may no longer have a value or lesser value when exchange outside Macau.
All in all, Macau is a nice place to relax and unwind..