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trip to macau organised or diy?

We will be in hongkong in August, 3peopel who speak english and 3 who speak Japanese. Would it be best to go to macau on an organised trip or do it ourselves when we get there. Would it be be difficult to get around and see th sights by our selves, we only have one day.

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1. Re: trip to macau organised or diy?

Macau is very easy to see by yourself. Just get a ferry over there, then catch a bus to the centre or two taxis. The Macau tourist office website suggests some walking tours. See macautourism.gov.mo/en/…walking_tour.php

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as for me if you have the budget just get a tour so you will know the spots rightaway i was unlucky last year we went there and we got lost somehow tsk tsk tsk big mistake for us... that's the last thing you wanna worry about.

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The best method to avoid wasting time getting lost is to carry the free, bilingual tourist map from the tourism office (on your right as you exit immigration in the ferry terminal), and even if you are not confident at map-reading, you can always show the name of where you want to go to a passer-by and they can set you on the right track again - Macau is more laid back than Hong Kong, and most locals are more than willing to help a visitor even if they don't speak your language :-)

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There are free shuttle buses from the ferry pier to all of the major casinos. Just take the bus to the Wynn or the Lisboa and you'll be able to walk to the main square and the ruins of St. Paul. If you want, you can head back to the pier or the Sands and take another shuttle to the Venetian. Taking taxis to other places will still cost less than joining group tour.

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Macau is not that big, and you can easily do it on your own. Use taxis to get around quickly between sights. They are not expensive so no need to waste time with the shuttle buses.

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thanks everyone, I think we will do it by ourselves it looks fairly easy and we will not be restricted on time, we can spend as much time as we like where where like.

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7. Re: trip to macau organised or diy?

I'll disagree

Our personal experience last year was not a good one - we had all the maps, a plan roughly worked out and were flexible but still ended up wasting a lot of time being lost.

Got the right number bus from the ferry terminal to Senado square but it was going the "other" way so by the time we realised we were lost and even with a map if you don't know where you are it still doesn't help much.

The fact that we couldn't speak chinese and the many people we asked not speaking english compunded the problem.

I have been to a lot of non-english speaking places in my travels but have to say that Macau had me almost beaten....simple things like catching a bus from the wrong side of the road and ending up who knows where!!! and even not fully undesrtanding the route signs on the front of the buses.

Even with taxi drivers we had communication problems.

If we go again to see the things we missed I would go on an organised tour and then spend time after that just wandering around with no plan in mind..

The fact that it was stinking hot and we only had a day there probably didn't help much but I have never been so frustrated in a foreign city than Macau - one of the hardest places I have encountered to get around as a stranger. I know this seems to against everyone's experiences and recommendations but that's the way it was.

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im with you vacation trust me i never got lost in new york but our last vacation there tsk tsk tsk it was all regret specially bringing my toddler with me organized tour is the way to go if you have the budget...

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9. Re: trip to macau organised or diy?

I there's two things to consider: one it's quite small...therefore it's quite easy.

Two...yep outside the main points of tourist contact, a lot of people wont speak English.

So if you get a bit lost, or waste a bit of time and that's likely to stress you than go a tour.

If you can take the - I'm on holiday not in my own country - it's part of the experience - then go for it on your own.

I had something in between where the tour arranged as part of the hotel stay had a tour guide who didn't speak English - but he was great! he tried so hard even though the only bits I could understand where when he pointed to his watch [eg have to be back by this time] and when he advised where the toilet was. Very enjoyable day.

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