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“Lots to do/see in Macau, too much for one day! Still a great day trip from Hong Kong”

Macao Government Tourism Office
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Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong
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Private Tour: Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong
Ranked #37 of 242 things to do in Macau
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“Lots to do/see in Macau, too much for one day! Still a great day trip from Hong Kong”
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Popular areas to visit on day trips to Macau

The number of attractions in Macau is growing quite rapidly these days, meaning it is more difficult to see all the things that you would like in just a day trip from Hong Kong. More and more visitors are opting to stay 1 or 2 nights in Macau in order to fully explore all the island has to offer.

For those with limited time, there are two main areas in Macau that are most worthy of spending you time. These include the traditional Historic Centre of Macau, the Cotai Strip and Taipa Village area. Additional attractions exist around Macau but are difficult to add to a day trip due to travel time you need to transport back and forth to Hong Kong.

For in depth information about popular Macau attractions, you can reference a travel trip list at http://www.tripadvisor.com/GoListDetail-i26979-Macau_Day_Trip.html.

Macau City Centre Attractions (highlight list)

1.) Senado Square
2.) St. Domingo’s Church
3.) Casa de Lou Kau
4.) Macau Museum
5.) St. Paul’s Ruins
6.) Macau Science Center

Other nearby attractions of importance
1.) A-Ma Temple (Ma Kok Miu)
2.) Kun Lam Statue
3.) Macau Tower and Entertainment Centre
4.) Wine Museum
5.) Grand Prix Museum
6.) Guia Fortress
7.) Lou Lim Leoc Garden

Cotai Island Attractions

1.) Taipa Village and Rua do Cunha
2.) The Cotai Strip
3.) Venetian Canal Shopping area & Gondola Rides
4.) House of Dancing Water Show (5pm and 8pm - City of Dreams)

Other nearby attractions of importance
1.) Dragon Treasure Show (City of Dreams)
2.) Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
3.) Taipa Houses Museum

Farther afield near Coloane
1.) Coloane Village
2.) Panda Pavilion
3.) Hac Sa Beach (also known as Black Sand Beach)

Macao Casinos

1.) Lisboa Casino
2.) Wynn Casino
3.) MGM Casino
4.) Sands Casino
5.) Venetian Casino (Cotai Strip)
6.) City of Dreams Casino (Cotai Strip)
7.) Galaxy Complex (Cotai Strip)

More information about attractions in Macau can be found on the Macau Tourism website or by visiting the Macau review and forum pages on Trip Advisor.

Grab a bite to eat in Macau

There are some nice dining opportunities in Macau; featuring traditional Macanese and Portuguese cuisine that can be found throughout Macau with higher concentration in the Taipa Village on Cotai Island. Also, there are some very famous bakeries and specialty shops that can be found in Macau serving up famous egg tarts and braised meats(jerky).

These include:

1.) Lord Stow's (Coloane village and Venetian Hotel)
2.) Margaret's Cafe e Nata (Macau city centre)
3.) Koi Kei Bakery (throughout Macau)
4.) Choi Heong Yuen (throughout Macau)
5.) Tai Lei Loi Kei (Taipa) for pork chop buns.

Ferry Service Between Hong Kong and Macau

Travel between Hong Kong and Macau is much easier these days due to a vast increase in the number of ferry departures, which now leave as frequently as every 15 minutes during the majority of the day between Hong Kong and Macau. With the exception of national holidays, Summer weekends and those needing to return to Hong Kong International Airport Sky-pier terminal, there is almost never a time that you need to book ferry tickets in advance. Instead, you can simply go to the ferry terminal when you are return to leave for Macau or when you are ready to return to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong based ferry terminals include:

1.) Hong Kong - Macau Ferrry Terminal in Sheung Wan (HK Island)
2.) Hong Kong - China Ferry Terminal in TST (Kowloon)
3.) HKIA SkyPier Ferry Terminal in Lantau Island (Airport)

Macau based ferry terminals include:

1.) Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal (Macau Peninsula)
2.) Taipa Temporary Ferry Terminal (Taipa)

Update on weather can be found on Macau government SMG website and the Hong Kong Observatory website.

Visited January 2012
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“A day trip if you have extra day nothing to do in Hong Kong”
Reviewed February 29, 2012

From Hong Kong, it took only 1 hour ferry ride to reach Macau. The speedjet boat is pretty comfortable and you can choose either Central or Kowloon Jetty to hop on the boat. It is about 100 USD for return trip (weekend rate). When we were there, we only had enough time to tour around the heritage Portuguese old street: Senado square, St Dominic's church and the ruins of St Paul's. It is quite a highly tourist congested spot, and we saw many people buying the famous Macau cookies, eggs tarts and dried meat from there. Just beware your pocket/handbag. We only had time to try the authentic pork chop burger there, and it tasted awesome. Other than these heritage sites, you probably can visit their Casinos. I shall go back again to try their Portuguese-Oriental cuisines.

Visited February 2012
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“Fascinating place ... you don't have to go to the casino's ...”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

I really enjoyed my day trip to Macau. The worst part was getting through the immigration when I arrived from Hong Kong on the ferry - in effect you have to exit Hong King and enter Macau as part of mainland China, so it can take a while (over an hour). After that was successfully done, it was great. I loved the stunning Portuguese influenced architecture throughout the town centre and the beautiful, peace of the temples. There's a lot of history to learn about here and it's fascinating - it has had a colourful past. If you have the time (and courage) ... visit the Macau Tower ... you can go up to the top and to a level near the top that has a glass floor where you can see right down to the ground about 350 metres below! Also, people jump off this thing , courtesy of AJ Hackett - the founder of the original Bungee Jump. All in all, it's a great place to visit.

Visited October 2011
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