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Day in Macau

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Day in Macau

My friend and I will be in Hong Kong in February and want to go to Macau for the day. As we are Australian it seems we do not need visas -just rock up with our passports .Is that correct? The last time I visited Macau the French still had control. Is it best to do an organised city tour or can we do it on our own. My friend is not big on too much walking. Also we have been told it is possible to hire a taxi to take you round for a few hours. Does anyone know how much it costs? I don't want to get ripped off. Do we need local currency or do the accept Hong Kong dollars? My friend also wishes to visit the Venetian Casino?How is the best way to get there and back to the ferry? After investigating all this would it just be easier and not much more expensive to do a day tour ex Hong Kong. Any advice would be appreciated.

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1. Re: Day in Macau

Macau was never French - it was Portugese, and they have retained Portugese as their second language!! A tour is not a good use of time as the roads are so narrow & the best parts are pedestrian only. Almost everywhere accepts HK$ but you may get Macau money as change.

When you arrive in Macau get a free casino shuttle bus to the Grand Lisboa and walk up the road 2 blocks to Senado Square. From there the pedestrian lanes are well signposted to the Ruins & the old Portugese churches (you can pick up maps in English at the Ferry Terminal.)

When you have seen all of the city centre either take a taxi, or walk to the Sands Casino & get the free shuttle to the Venitian or City of Dreams (across the road). From the venetian get a free shuttle back to the Pier - it is so easy!

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that sounds great. Yeah after I wrote it I realized it was Portugese not French.Sorry having a senior moment I think.Thanks .

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Agree with Zhuhai2007 that organised tours of Macau are not good value, either money or time-wise.

But I'd suggest that if you want to go to the Cotai strip after visiting the historic centre, you don't have to go all the way back to Sands to get a shuttle bus: one runs to City of Dreams (as mentioned, just across the road from the Venetian) from outside the Sintra hotel, which is just 5 minutes walk from Senado Square.

Macau has changed enormously in the 12 years since the handover of sovereignty ... I personally have very mixed feelings about those changes ... and am looking forward to reading your impressions when you have been there again!

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Here are a couple of travel lists that might assist with planning your day trip to Macau.

Macau Day Trip

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Macau Day Trip

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g664891-c168729/Macau…

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You can easily get a taxi to/from various attractions in Macau to others that are beyond walking distance.

The Historic City Centre - most attractions are but a couple/few minutes walk so no need for transportation.

Going over to Cotai/Taipa where you find the Venetian, you can take public bus or taxi (easier). Its about MOP80 If I recall correction. Or just take the taxi over to the nearby Sands and then a free shuttle from there to Venetian.

To/From Venetian - Free ferry service to/from the ferry terminals so you're covered on this one.

*Can I suggest the House of Dancing Water show (5pm) at the City of Dreams, just across from the Venetian? Not sure if this is your cup of tea, but it is a world class show in my opinion and will be very near to attractions you want to visit at the Venetian.

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BradJill,

Would you recommend the 5pm House of Dancing Water show, or the later session?

Or would you say depends on what session we would prefer? I know it would be the same show, but in order to make the most of our time on the day we see the show, would be good to get an opinion.

Thanks.

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habib2nv

This actually a very good question. You're right, it is the same show but which to attend can be influenced by your need to return to HK after the show or not as well as your preference for early vs. late nights.

Generally speaking, for daytrippers, I'd say the 5pm show is better. You are out before 7pm and can leave for your return trip to HK, being back at a decent hour 8.30ish to 10pm, depending on how quickly you can get to the ferry terminal and out of Macau. If you don't mind late nights, no problem, go for the later, 8pm show and enjoy dinner in Macau first, you'll probably be back in HK around 11pm-1am, depending on how quickly you manage to get out of Macau or if you linger a bit for a bite to eat, etc.

If you are spending the night in Macau, its completely dependent upon your preference for early or late shows, no different that the decision you'd have to make in any destination regarding attending the matinee or later evening show.

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Day trips to Macau are very worthwhile and yes, you dont need a Visa but will have to pass through immigration and return in Hong Kong which usually isnt an issue unless the Grand Prix is on which it was last week when we decided to head there for the day. What a nightmare ! Two hours to pass through immigration, thousands of people packed in the arrival hall.

But that is not normal and dont let me put you off. Its is a fabulous and very unique city steeped in history. My friends had not been before and were stunned by the cobblestoned streets, beautiful architecture and distinctive food ( gorged ourselves on the tarts. Again !)

Have a great time

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10. Re: Day in Macau

Actually, the most difficult time to make the HK-Macau day trip is during Chinese New Year, early each year.

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