Day Tour in Macau

7am –  We went to China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Shah Tsui HK ( 15-min walk from the hotel)

  • Bought a ticket for 1 way ( we got s discounted ticket for 1 way to Macau – $160)
  • 45mins to 1 hour ferry Travel to Macau ( Ferry is Wifi- zone, yey!)

8AM – we reached the Macau Outer Harbor Ferry Terminal

  • Our initial plan was to hop in a free shuttle that would take us to any hotels near the Senado Square but our biggest consideration is the kids. As you know, Macau is known for casinos and kids are not allowed in casinos – which mean hotel free shuttle won’t allow us to hop in.
  • Good thing we went on a Sunday. Sunday means day – off for a lot of Filipino workers in Macau. It is amazing how hard-working our country men abroad. We met a lot of Filipinos waiting at the harbor, offering tour-guiding services. We are a group of 6 people, 4 adults, 2 kids. We were lucky to have spoken to an Ilonggo speaking Pinoy tour guide. I used my Ilonggo expertise to negotiate. What used to be 300HKD per head went down to 200HKD/head for adults and kids were free of charge. ( don’t get me wrong, hiring a guide was out of our budget that’s why we had to haggle. We would have been willing to pay if we had a lot of extra money).
  • The 200HKD/head that we paid already covered the guide, bus fare and of course complimentary access to hotel / casino amenities.

9AM – We reached the Senado Square. This was where we commenced our Macau Peninsula escapade with our guide.

  • Senado Square ( spent 15 minutes for picture-taking)
  • Walked all the way to Ruins of St. Paul
  • Along the way, we passed by a souvenir shop – Beautiful Souvenir accepts Philippine peso as payment ( yey)
  • Passed by street food stores wherein we , especially the kids enjoyed free tastes a lot ( Meat Jerky are the top sellers)
  • It rained when we were there ( May 7), good thing we had umbrellas. The tour must go one. Lol!
  • We spent another 15 mins taking pictures at the Ruins
  • From the ruins, we went up to the Macau National Museum – at the view deck of the museum, you will see the entire view of Macau peninsula.

11Am – we were done with this side of  Macau. We stopped  to buy some meat jerky (kids and kids at heart love jerky).

  • We decided to have an early lunch – asked our tour guide to take us to local restaurant as we want to try out local dishes.
  • We came to a local restaurant with really good and affordable food. I will post the pic of the restaurant (sorry, I can’t read its Chinese name). Kids enjoyed mimicking my usage of chopsticks which I found really cute. As Filipino kids, this was something unusual to them.

12 noon – we were done with lunch, we bid goodbye to Macau Peninsula. This side of Macau has so much history to tell as apparent in old churches and old buildings everywhere.

  • On our way to the bus that would take us to Cotai Strips of Macau, we passed by the Emperor Hotel. Aside from the fact that it’s allegedly owned by famous actor Jackie Chan, it was well- visited because of its grand stature.
  • We went inside the hotel which was decorated with gold bar ornaments. One bar though stood up as it was well kept and closely guarded, positioned in one pillar of the hotel lobby. Our guide spilled the secret- it was a genuine gold bar. ( Whoah!!)
  • On our way to Emperor Hotel, we also passed by a hotel that was said to be owned by a famous Filipino singer- composer Jose Mari Chan. Chan apparently was a Macau resident. (If I was not mistaken it was a Crimson Hotel.)

12:30 pm –  We reached the Cotai Strips – this part of Macau is the Las Vegas of China. Here dwell Casinos and Grand hotels.

  • We reached Wynn Palace just in time for another run of Fountain Dance Show. This show runs every 15 minutes.
  • Right after the fountain show, we headed to the first highlight of our hotel – hopping – the Cable car!!  And as I have mentioned earlier, we got complimentary cable ride as part of the package. Yes, we didn’t have to wait in queue. We took the cable car at the Hotel Official Guest Entrance – express way, baby!
  • We also went to the famous Venetian Macau where Venice Canal could be found. We got to compare this with what we have in Mckinely Hill , Taguig. The advantage of the one in Macau –  it is indoor. ( the one in PH is open – air, which means more init – {heat}!!)
  • The kids enjoyed the circus show and other performances at The Venetian.
  • Venetian stands beside Parisian Hotel where a famous replica of the Eiffel tower welcomes its guests. Not to mention the very eye- catching Galaxy hotel and Studio City.
  • This side of Macau requires a lot of $$$$.
  • From Venetian, our guide has secured us a much cheaper ferry ticket going back to HK, took us to the shuttle bus that would take us back to the Ferry station. And that ends our Macau day tour.
  • We are glad to have found Filipino guides in Macau, they help us and we were able to help them too.

** I will update this post with the contact numbers and FB names of our contacts.

** Macau accepts HKD but make sure you have spent/converted your Macanese Pataca because HK does that accept it.

Meanwhile, please enjoy our photos in Macau.

Senado Square

Senado Square

St. Paul's Ruins

St. Paul’s Ruins

Meat Jerky

Meat Jerky

This is the restaurant in Macau

This is the restaurant in Macau

Inside Wyn Palace

Inside Wynn Palace

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Inside the cable car

Inside the cable car

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