My friend, Grace and I went on a Macau – HK trip last April 11-15. The whole trip was fun and stress-free. Transportation was accessible and easy. Although there were minor mishaps such as getting on the wrong bus, my bag’s padlock combination accidentally changed or we couldn’t find our hotel (and there’s the language barrier) but these were easily solved and we were on a lucky streak the whole trip.
What to see and do in Macau (other than gambling in casinos).
Swim in Cheoc-Van Beach
Eat egg tarts at the first Lord Stow’s Bakery in Coloane (and at Lord Stow’s Garden Cafe)
Go to the Historical Center of Macau
Climb up the stairs of the Ruins of St. Paul
Climb up (again) to see Fortaleza do Monte and Museu de Macau
Smell the flowers at Flora de Jardin
Walk a-“round” Senado “Square” haha!
Go inside Lou Kau’s Mansion
Experience East meets West at the Fisherman’s Wharf
Catch a glimpse of the mermaid in the Vquarium (Virtual Aquarium) at City of Dreams
Hop on a Gondola at The Venetian
Get some luck with the Wishing Crystals and Fortune Diamond at Galaxy
and when you’re done with all that…
Take a ferry to Hong Kong! (via Cotaijet or Turbojet)
As I’ve said, we had a difficult time locating our hotel because got so confused by the numerous bus routes that we even reached the barrier gate to China!
Although the next day, we learned that our hotel was just one bus ride away from the airport. In fact, the first bus ride we took to Vila de Coloane was right!
Once we got a hang of the bus routes, travelling in Macau was a breeze. It’s easy to find a bus stop and there are loads of hotel shuttles you can hop on for free.
Our first 2 nights were spent in Hotel Pousada de Coloane at Praia de Cheoc-Van Beach, Coloane, Macau.
Cozy, comfortable and peaceful – words that best describe the hotel. It was away from all the noise and hustle. Plus, it was located right in front of the beach.
Swimming in Cheoc-Van Beach definitely gets your blood pumping since the water is FREEZING cold!
No Macau trip would be complete without visiting the first Lord Stow’s Bakery at Coloane Town Square and having some egg tarts. Lucky for us, it was only one bus stop away from our hotel (walking distance even). And then we had lunch at the Lord Stow’s Garden Cafe which was just a few steps away from the bakery.
After lunch we went around Macau, with only our map as guides as to where and which places should we see and do such as:
Walking around the Historical Center of Macau
Climbing up the stair of the Ruin’s of St. Paul
Ruin’s of St. Paul
Going up to see Fortaleza do Monte and Museu de Macau
then munching on some seafood and meatballs dipped in curry sauce after photo-ops
And at night we visited places that Macau is most famous for: Casinos (and hotels).
The Venetian, Macau
City of Dreams
etc… and etc…
For dinner, I tried this pork chop in noodle soup at Venetian’s food court. I’ve noticed pork chop seemed to be very famous in Macau because I’ve seen a lot of restaurants selling pork chop buns or pork chop this, pork chop that. Definitely the pork chop was good since it was soft but didn’t have any flavor which complimented the light but slightly spicy soup.
The next day started out no different – breakfast and then hopping on a bus because… we were off to our hotel in Macau.
and then off we go to see more of Macau.
A quick stop at Prace de Amizade
and then to Senado Square,
and then to Fisherman’s Wharf
and then we waited for the mermaid to come out the Vquarium in City of Dreams,
and then we hopped on a Gondola and ate great tasting burgers at The Venetian.
The next morning, we went back to The Venetian to leave our luggage (baggage service at the Venetian is free) and bought tickets via Cotaijet since it was more convenient because of the free shuttle bus to the ferry.
(When I was walking outside our hotel, I spotted a group of (old) men playing chess or checker. I took there picture because I rarely see people playing chess outside anymore, let alone groups of men.)
We arrived in Hong Kong a bit tired from lugging around our stuff and walking around the train station to our “hotel” (hostel) and the fact that it was a tiny room in a commercial building full of people didn’t help relieve our exhaustion. But of course that didn’t stop us from going around HK.
We were only in HK for only 2 days, so we really didn’t have much time to go and visit a lot of places but it was a good thing Grace had already been to HK, she knew which places should we go.
Watch the Symphonies of Lights
Intense haggling at Tung Choi street
Take silly pictures at Avenue of the Stars
Ride trains all day
Eat delicious Tom Yum Kung at Koon Thai Han Nam Chicken
I forgot what this bread was but it was absolutely DELICIOUS!
Saw turtles, puppies, crabs etc. the “Goldfish” Market
And lastly, Peak Tram
I don’t have much to share about my HK experience since it was quite short. I hope I can visit again soon!