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1st Time Visit

Hi all, My husband is celebrating his 50th bday on Feb 18 and we would like to visit Macau.

Should we go before Chinese New Year or after? We want to avoid the crowds.

Can we fly directly to Macau from Manila or do we need to fly into HK?

We are not big on casinos but would like to stay in a moderate priced hotel somewhere central to shopping and attractions - any suggestions?

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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1. Re: 1st Time Visit

Hello again mioz,

My wife and I visited Macau in November and must say its not very good for shopping but o.k for a few days sightseeing.

I think you will have to fly into Hong Kong but there's a Jetfoil service from H.K airport directly to Macau a pleasant journey through the Pearl river delta in about 50 minutes.

As for accommodation downtown Macau is like a building site at the moment. I stayed on Taipa island 15 minutes from the ferry termina.Most hotels provide a free shuttle bus to and from the terminal every half hour and Taipa is much more relaxing than downtown Macau.

Macau is a tiny place nowhere is more than 30 minutes away.Taxis are very cheap.

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Thanks Billiboy1957!

My husband will be happy to know that the shopping is limited :-)

Am I correct in assuming that there are constructions going on? Will it affect the sightseeing?

Any recommendation for a hotel in Taipa?

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Hi mioz,

Yes there's a lot of construction going on in Macau the Lisboa casino is having a multi billion dollar extension at the moment and other new casinos are being built. But don't let this put you off Macau

its an interesting place. Like you and your husband my wife and I have little interest in casinos and you'll not be missing much if you don't visit any. As for hotels, make sure you book one without a casino as mainland Chinese gamblers book in to these hotels for 1 or 2 nights purely to gambel and can be heard going to and from their rooms all night. This was the case of our hotel on Taipa but there are lots of very nice hotels in the area, as I mentioned before getting from A to B is quick and inexpensive.

Here's a few suggestions for your trip, as a special birthday surprise treat your husband to the worlds highest bungee jump from the Macau tower or If he's a coward like me have lunch in the restaurant at the top and watch other people jumping off.

Visit Taipa village a beautiful little place,a mixture of China and Portugal. Fishermans Warf beside the ferry terminal is also worth a visit it's a brand new development, it's like visiting Rome,Amsterdam,New Orleans and Miami the same day.

Is Macau worth a visit ? the answer is if your in that part of the world yes, but choose your hotel carefully.

Happy Birthday to your husband It's my wifes 50th on the 21st of Feb.

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Thanks Billybob1957! Will definitely look for a hotel without a casino.

My husband will do the Macau Tower Walk but not the jump.

Our other option is to visit Macau for a day from Hong Kong. Most people say that this is enough to see the highlights of Macau.

How cool that your wife is the same age as my husband and almost the same birthday!

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Hi mloz, I may bum into you as I've just booked a Chinese New Year holiday with my colleagues on Feb 16 - 18. FYI the eve is on 17 Feb and you may want to see how the chinese in Macau and HK rushed around to buy last min decorative flowers in night market...and also see folks and kids pop firecrackers! Oh..we cannot pop firecrackers in Singapore...only the govt can do it legally.

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Hi mioz! If you've been to Hong Kong many times, it would be best to stay in Macau and discover the nice things the place has to offer and not just do the usual one day Macau tour. I've been to Macau three times in the last 2 years and I plan to go back again soon. And believe me, I haven't entered one casino! Like you, it's just not my thing.

I love the variety of food, the lovely places, the much slower pace (compared to Hong Kong) and the sights that are much closer to each other.

And yes, there are direct flights to Macau from Manila (NAIA) via Air Macau. I had a really bad experience with TIGER AIR (and that didn't even include actual flight!), and I still think travelling to Pampanga for an international flight isn't worth the hassle, unless it's the only option considering one's budget.

Anyway, you can check out some previous posts on our Macau experience...

tripadvisor.com/…3470801

Enjoy! And happy birthday to the hubby!

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