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Just an hour away, but quite different from Hong Kong, is Macau: the mega-resort and casino center that also has interesting historical sights.
Macau's main draw for tourists are the big casinos and hotels. It is the new gambling resort capital of the world with 5 of the world's 10 largest casino resorts. But there are also old Portuguese sites to see. UNESCO World Heritage sites San Ma Lo and Guia Fortress are popular with tourists.
You'll need your passport to travel between these two regions. However, foreign tourists to Hong Kong generally have no problem entering Macau with a free short term stamp on their passport.
Ferry prices are higher in the evening and highest at night, and higher at weekends and holidays.
China Ferry Terminal is in Tsim Sha Tsui. Price: 132 to 172 HKD (single trip, economy class). It is about a kilometer north of the Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry. You could walk to it through Harbour City Mall, or just take a taxi to 33 Canton Road.
Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal is near the IFC Towers in the Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island. Price: 132 to 172 HKD (single trip, economy class). It is near the Star Ferry, the IFC Mall, and the Shueng Wan MTR station.
Sky Pier at the Hong Kong International Airport is for transiting tourists only. Price:159 to 172 HKD during the day.
Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal is the main northern terminal closest to San Ma Lo, architectural attractions, and about 23 mainly smaller casinos. You can take Bus 3 from San Ma Lo to the Macau Ferry Terminal in about 10 minutes for 2.5 HKD.
Cotai Terminal is to the south, closest to the Cotai Strip area with the biggest casinos such as the Venetian, the City of Dreams across the street, and the Macau International Airport. To go to Cotai Terminal, take the Cotai Jet from any of the three Hong Kong terminals. There are late night returns (after 12 midnight) from the Cotai Terminal to the Hong Kong Macau Terminal.
Reminder: With about 245 seats, it takes about one hour by TurboJET to Macau. Its’ speed at 35-50 knots, If you are easy to get seasick, please take some medicine or use seasick band.
Getting to the casinos in Macau is easy. Free casino buses line up at both terminals, and pretty women representing their hotels and casinos stand and hand out coupons and information. Just get on the bus you want for free.
You can easily get lost in the biggest casinos eating, shopping, and seeing the shows. You could spend the whole day in just one casino, but why not see old Macau before you go back? You might find the casinos overwhelming and want a break.
To get a quick view of the best sites, Monte Fortress and San Ma Lo are the best places to go.
Monte Fortress was built in 1627. The fortress and the Macau Museum in it is probably the best place to go to learn about Macau's history and culture. Museum tickets cost 15 HKD. While there, you might also want to see the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral close by.
The Historic Center of Macau: You can take a short free bus ride from the biggest casinos and hotels, such as the Venetian to historic Senado Square. They leave about every 15 minutes.
Until 1999 Macau was a Portuguese colony. San Ma Lo Road is by the old Portuguese square. Old pastel colored buildings line the sides, and a church is at the back. It and about 20 other old buildings and forts are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you enjoy Chinese herbs, there are good traditioal herb shops around it such as on Da Jie (Main Street).
We understand that most of tourists would like to visit Macau in an efficient way with a competitive price. Based on the need, we offer a seat-in-couch one day tour to Macau from Hong Kong. If you need a private tour, please feel free to contact us. Here are our Hong Kong tours for inspiration.
Duration: approx. 8 hours
Available: every day
Price: only $139 per person (USD$ 69 per infant under 2 years old)
Note: 1 day before departure, you will get a fax with detailed information about pick up time, pick-up place (and directions if no free pick up at your hotel), itinerary, sightseeing information, and emergency number of the tour operator in your hotel in Hong Kong.
Around 8am: Your guide in Hong Kong pick you up from a designated hotel in downtown Tsim Sha Tsui, Causeway Bay, or North Point.
Around 9am: Arrive at Hong Kong – Macau Ferry Port and depart for Macau by comfortable Turbojet. Your Hong Kong guide will give you your Turbojet tickets and see you off at the pier.
In the morning: After one hour you arrive at Macau. You will be met by your Macau guide and led to the coach. Explore the Ruins of St. Paul, Monte Fortress, including a section of the old city wall, and Senado Square. See the Border Gate and do shop for local souvenirs at the sidewalk stalls.
Simple buffet lunch in a local restaurant: Choose from a selection of main dishes, soup, vegetables, desserts, and drinks.
In the afternoon: Continue city sightseeing with a visit to the A-Ma Temple, from which Macau gets its name! Visit the famous casinos for a look around if time permits.
Around 5pm: Your Macau guide will see you off at the Macau –Hong Kong Ferry Pier and you return to Hong Kong by comfortable Turbojet. Guilde and driver in Hong Kong meet you and drop you off at the designated hotel.