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itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

Hi, it'll be my 1st visit to macau in early June.

any ideas on how to plan my 4 -5 days there?

is 4 -5 days too long?

as i have no plans to go over to HK, so I'm worried that i'll feel bored if there's nothing for me do throughout the 4-5 days.

thanks a lot.

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1. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

Hi newbie!

I envy you. If only I didnt have to go to Hongkong during my trips to Macau, I would have covered Macau early on and judging from my last 3 4days/3night vacations there in the past year and a half, I guess even for 5 whole days I won't get bored. And I don't even go to casinos either!

If you've frequented Hongkong, I'm sure you've seen brochures selling Macau as a day tour destination. If you have time, and I guess you do, there are more to do than the day tour essentials. Grab maps and brochures at the tourist booth once you arrive at the airport. These are also available at your hotel lobby. The ideas that I'll be sharing here are those I enjoyed, well actually I've associated Macau with #1 food, #2 attractions, and #3 shopping. So be prepared that most of what you are going to read is about food.

Am sure your first day will be less than a first day, since you'll be arriving mid day or afternoon. You can take a cab to Senado Square and familiarize yourself with Macau. There are nice shops and restaurants, and during the day there are street markets in the side streets around the square. You can walk towards the St. Paul Ruins, day or night, its a different scene. Best to go there around 530pm to take pictures while its bright, and see as the lights are turned on around it. If you are get there before 6pm, you can still catch Museu de Macau, which is on the higher level at the right side of the ruins at Monte Fort. Its a Museum with a wide collection of artifacts and stuff, giving you quite an idea of Macau's history. There are areas inside where photography is allowed also. Exit on the top floor at the Monte Fort and you'll get a nice view of Macau too. Exiting the Museum, walk back down and enjoy the neighborhood spread out below you and take in some free tastes of almond cookies and beef jerky. This is a good area to snack, as egg tarts and stalls selling fruit shakes are arounf. Many places offer small samples of goodies to help you think of what to bring home. Also recommended for sampling are little doughy Macau (almond) cookies and the famous Portuguese egg tarts. Prices are cheap and you can eat your way downhill in style. Slowly walk downhill and explore the small shops around passing by St. Dominic’s church. There's an exhibit here also of Sacred Art that you might want to see. The Square is dominated by the Santa Case da Misericordia (the oldest European charity in China, established in 1568!) and St. Dominic’s Church. Cross the street to Leal Senado Building and take pictures at the courtyard which is lovely and quiet, and a place where you can sit down in peace if you're tired already. If you're not going to Hongkong and you plan to shop, you can check out the Esprit shop nearby. Most shops are also in Macau, with the expensive designer brands around the Mandarin area, and the other stores like Giordano, Bossini, Samuel & Kevin, Mango, Baleno, and a lot of shoe stores can be found from Senado Square, with some stores selling overruns in the vicinity for you to explore. There's a nice gelato place too which you must visit if you are an ice cream lover called

LemonCello Gelato at Trav. Se 11 R/C Macau, perfect for an after dinner from Restorante Platao which is one of my favorite restaurants in the Senado Square area, just off the corner of that McDonalds branch at the square. Though you'll find a Starbucks, McDonalds, Haagen Dazs, and convenience stores around as well.

To know about other attractions and what else to see and other info, check out:

http://home.macau.ctm.net/~liox0001/travel/macau/faq.shtml

It lists the landmarks, churches, temples, all the other attractions that you can find in macau. I don't know your interests, but if you are into temples, there are lots of places to see. I did that during our first visit, but for our second visit we concentrated on the Catholic churches and did a Visita Iglesia as the churches there are lovely.

If you're into cars, there's a Grand Prix Museum, and just right beside it, if you're into wine, there's a wine museum where you can drink several glasses as they have wine tasting as well. A ticket to one museum gives you access to both so might as well go to both if you decide to go to just one.

Another day (morning) can be reserved for Taipa which is the island where the airport is. If you start in the morning, go to the Taipa House Museum to see the houses and take more pictures. You can also visit Our Lady of Carmel Church on the hill. From there, just follow the map to go downhill to Taipa Village, where the famous food street (Rua de Cunha) is. There you'll find more food stuff to bring home, or just for tasting - almond cookies, peanut candy, beef jerky, nougat. Better buy your foodstuff to bring home here than in the Senado Square area and avoid the crowds. Explore the streets of the nice little village that obviously retained its small town charm. And you'll have a lot of choices for lunch too. Go for Dumbo Restaurant at Rua do Regedor. Try any of their Bacalao specialties, and if you're a meat lover, go for the grilled Rib-Eye, grilled spareribs, and also the back opened hot prawns. And some fried rice. And some caldo verde. (Waaaah! I feel like I'm punishing myself for writing this as I'm craving for it again!) Leave some for dessert though. There are nice egg tarts and other sweets at the ground floor. But, take my advice. After your meal, walk just abit from the restaurant and...

You have to try this: I've never been drawn back to any place for just a simple dessert and I've travelled to Macau and Hongkong twice already solely craving for this!!! Look for a dessert shop that specializes in what was one of the best desserts that I’ve ever tasted in Macau - Serradura. Simple and sinful in different flavors (chocolate, nuts, blueberry, rocky road, cookies and cream, etc. even Durian). But order the "Ice Fire Original". Never fails. It is just about 2 minutes walk from Dumbo, near the McDonalds in the same street. They also have another branch near the Kun Lam temple but if youre going here as well...

沙度娜 Serrdura

Address: 澳门氹仔地堡街泉福新村第一期第六座 Rua do Regedor, Di Bao Quan Fu Cun, Building 1/6, Taipa, Macau

Phone: 332880 or 838688

(I always have that in Chinese as well, printed out and inside my wallet to show the cab driver whenever I want to rush for my dessert fix hehehe!)

Thanks to a Hongkong expert, Katetam, I found a branch of this dessert shop in Hongkong and from my last trip to Singapore early this month, I stopped over Hongkong to buy and bring home 32 cups of different flavors back to Manila!

Anyway, so much for food. If you're free for the afternoon, why not spend time with some exciting activities at the Macau Tower! The last time I was there last March, we stayed for about 2 hours. I did the Skywalk X! And on the tower grounds tried the flying fox. Good fun! Best to break the sightseeing with some action.

macautower.com.mo/en/…skywalk_x

If you are doing Taipa and the Tower in one day, am sure you'll still have time for more early evening. You can check out Fisherman's Wharf, or take a peek at Hotel Lisboa, or go back again to Senado Square for more shopping in the area.

The next day, hope you could find time to go to Coloane Village, which is another island (Macau is composed of Macau Peninsula, Taipa, and Coloane. But by taxi, everything's really just minutes away.). Ask the hotel concierge to reserve you a table at Fernando's which is a famous restaurant there, and go for an early lunch. They serve portugese food, so best to experience it here. The restaurant isnt fine dining - it is fan cooled, but has a cozy atmosphere but can be very busy. I've gone there twice in my 3 trips, and it was both times really busy. Order the suckling pig (dont worry they can serve small portions), and you cant go wrong with any fish dish. We walked around Hac-Sa beach just outside the restaurant, very nice after a full meal. But again, nothing is complete without dessert!

On the same island of Coloane is the original Lord Stow's, famous for its egg tarts. Yes, egg tarts are mostly available everywhere in Macau, but if you are in Coloane already, go for it! At around 2-3pm, you'll be sure to get freshly baked (as in really hot) egg tarts that are so good, I finished three on the way back to the hotel!

I know I might have missed out a lot but am sure you'll find a lot of other attractions inviting once you read more about Macau. Anyway, hope this helps, and if there are any specific questions you might have that I and other TA members can be of help to, we'll be glad to share our experiences. Enjoy your trip!

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2. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

Gosh! Sorry for the typos and errors. I just really get excited when typing those long posts!

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3. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

Hi impulsetraveller,

Thank you soooooo much for the valuable information.

I'm a food lover! yesh, i definitely take down the places and the addresses.

i'm looking forward to the eggtarts and gelato too!

by the way, do you have any nice, not-too-expensive but good location hotels to recommend? I saw reviews on Metropole. it seems that the location is good. As I'll only be travelling with a friend of mine. So staying in a good location and safe district is important to us.

If metropole is not really a good choice, which other hotels would you recommend?

Thanks.

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4. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

Hi again Newbie9! You're most welcome.

Of my three visits to Macau I've only stayed at two hotels; twice at the Holiday Inn, and Grandview Hotel for my most recent trip. I wouldnt recommend the Holiday Inn as you won't get value for money. The rooms are tired and worn out and small, though last I heard they've undergone renovations which I guess justifies the very expensive rate for a hotel of its class. The only good point I like about Holiday Inn is the very efficient Concierge, manned by mostly Filipinos so they were so helpful during my first trip to macau, as well as arranging our Visita Iglesia during my second trip with the family. We hired our own vehicle with a tour guide during our first and second trip since we had very limited time and my mother is 75 years old, so obviously we couldnt afford the tedious pains of taking public transportation or waiting for cabs.

However, our trip last March was really on our own, and using maps and previous excperiences, I travelled with my two married friends. We stayed at the Grandview which is in Taipa, and taxi from there to Senado Square averaged 30 Patacas, roughly about P210.00. Hotels in Taipa are fairly cheaper than those close to city center. From the hotel, we walked towards Taipa Village which was about only 15 minutes away - good enough exercise prior to our food adventure! I would choose Grandview again on my next trip to Macau as I've found it in a more quiet and less busy environment. The hotel rooms are quite good and definitely a lot better than Holiday Inn. Check out my full review at

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g664891-d306228…

If you are taking Tiger Air, you can try going to their website and with the Octopus link, search for Grandview Hotel. There's a cheaper hotel there which based on the forums are popular among Filipino travellers recently - Taipa Square Hotel. It's just a block away from Grandview and is actually newer with cheaper rates, though for reasons I can't really explain why, I went for the more expensive one (Grandview). You can also check another site for rates, though I haven't tried booking with them yet.

www.asiarooms.com

We didnt want to take a taxi everytime so we used Grandview's free shuttle service to the ferry terminal and took a taxi from there. At times they had drop offs at the Macau tower and some casinos too, so depending on your destination and their schedule, you can sometimes get a free ride to where you are going. But most of the time we took a cab since Macau isnt that big anyway and we had only two days in Macau as our third day was saved for Hongkong.

Strange though, I never considered Metropole while preparing for any of my Macau trips. A quick check to the reviews in this forum resulted to one warning which I think you should read:

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g664891-d306…

Rest assured though, Macau isnt really that big. And I didnt mind staying in Taipa. The area where Grandview (and Taipa Square Hotel) is more of a residential area, and is, as mentioned in one of the reviews, a perfect antidote to the casinos of Macau. We walked around the vicinity at 12mn and felt really safe. I discovered a small dvd shop (original only of course) that was open til 2:30am for my last minute shopping. A lot of convenience stores around, a pharmacy, and a supermarket a few steps away from the hotel. Somewhere in between the hotel and Taipa village you can find a huge Park n' shop supermarket, and also a Watson's branch. The best thing though, you are far from the tourist crowds of Macau, yet close enough by cab or bus if you wish.

I do hope you enjoy Macau as I did. I always enjoy it as a laid back version of Hongkong of a manageable size. Of course shopping wise, there are things that are not available in Macau which requires me to take a quick trip to Hongkong. But you need not to. If you love to eat, take pictures, sightseeing, and marvel at architecture and taking in culture, you won't get bored.

Minor detail though: My Macau trips were last Nov 2004, March 2005, and March 2006 - all during the cooler months. As much as possible though sometimes I can't avoid it, I've travelled to Hongkong for business or a quick break during the hotter and rainy May-August periods, and the wetaher really affects one's energy to go sightseeing and shopping. So I do hope the hot and humid weather won't bog you down. Just dress appropriately. And if you feel hot, just go to that Gelato place I've suggested! And go during lunch while every flavor is still available and you'll appreciate their preparation! And if you've tried every flavor you wanted go for the other flavors of Serradura (oh please print the address! I promise you you won't regret it!).

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5. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

thanks impulsetraveller! i'll take note of those things! can't wait to go to macau in 2 weeks! i hope that we'll have enough time to explore the place. i wish we alloted more time to visit macau and hongkong. we should have stayed for like 5N6D instead of 3N4D.

btw regarding the cheap hotel, we were able to find macau masters hotel at www.hoteltravel.com. there are reviews regarding the hotel so you can decide if you wanna stay there newbie9. it's a lot cheaper than the other hotels that i find in the internet. they have like $39 for twin sharing and it's located in the center. no frills hotel :-)

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6. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

my sister will have a break from law school on June and as this may be her last break before her last tedious semester and scary bar exams, she told me that we should go out of the country... our first plan was to get a Singapore-Malaysia roaring package, but we will have to be away from the office for 6 days... then I said that we should just go to Kuala Lumpur, but she told me that she needs to buy something in HK or Singapore... then I thought of Macau... after a week of studying tour packages from different travel agencies, I have opted to just try Tiger Airways and book a hotel using their partner Octopus travel...

so my planned itenerary is this:

day 1 - arrive Macau (after settling at the hotel, SHOP!!!)

day 2 - tour Macau

day 3 - go to HK

day 4 - shop some more before catching the PM flight

since we plan to go to HK, I looked for a hotel that would be accessible to the ferry terminal... I found that Casa Real Hotel will be most convenient for us... plus its near the shoping centers...

in touring Macau, I thought of just using the map and hailing cabs to go to some of the famous places... Octopus Travel gave me an answer for this tour... for around $32/person, we will get to see most of Macau's famed places... lunch is also included in that tour...

we were really glad that there are ferries from Macau to Kowloon... we are more familiar with Tsim Shat Sui than HK island...

honestly, am thinking that 3nights stay in Macau is not enough.... oh well, guess i'll just have to go back some other time...

please correct me if i'm wrong... Filipinos do not need to get Visas to enter macau, right? and can somebody please tell me where I can get/ find a good macau street map before going there?

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7. Re: itinenary for 4 / 5 days tour in macau

hi! ill be visiting macau nxt month. can anybody share their experiences with the transport from the hotels to airport? i don't know which hotel to book since i also wanted a hotel near the city as well as macau-ferry terminal. we will have a side-trip to hongkong.

what about master's hotel? it's quite cheap. any recommended place with the same price within macau?

where can i go for only a half day itinerary within macau before our flight at 2pm?

thanks.

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