Been on the road for work-related domestic travels for almost 2 weeks now and had no time for my extra activities such as blogging. Now that I’m finally on a rest day, I’ll take the opportunity to complete my HK-Macau travel blogs. So here we go.
We slept late and woke up late on the second day, had our quick breakfast of hot choco and bread we bought from 7-Eleven the previous night (we were definitely on a budget trip), then off we went to the China Ferry Terminal bound for Macau. You will get off another ferry terminal on the way back so make sure to read til the end of this post for the directions.
How to go to China Ferry Terminal – Cost: 0
China Ferry Terminal is located in Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon. It’s just a 10-minute walk from our hotel (Golden Crown Guesthouse) and other nearby hotels such as the Mirador Mansion.
- Walk along Nathan Road then turn toward Carnarvon Road
- Turn left on Humphrey’s Avenue and walk until you reach Haiphong Road.
- Turn right to Canton Road.
TIP: Make sure you get a copy of a tourist map. It is very helpful.
Inside the ferry terminal, look for the ticket counters and buy yours with your preferred time. Some guesthouses and hotels also offer round trip tickets to Macau. The prices are nearly much the same.
Look for your trip number and gate number flashed on the big screen before you enter the waiting area.
TRIP DURATION: Approximately 1 hour
The winds were very strong during our trip so a lot of passengers were throwing up. If you are very sensitive, then I suggest you bring your own plastic bag to avoid leaving too much mess. haha
ARRIVING IN MACAU
As soon as you step into the terminal, there will be a lot of people, our fellow kababayans, who would be following you around asking your Macau itinerary, offering a tour. I find it actually refreshing to hear our familiar language and see our “modern heroes”. So if anyone is considering hiring a tour guide in Macau, here are my thoughts:
- There are free shuttle buses in Macau which can bring you to the main tourist destinations, hotels and casinos. You need to research well on the routes, though. However, if you are on a tight schedule, figuring out the routes and where you can find these shuttle buses would take time.
- A Filipino Tour guide costs around 150HKD (you can bargain!). Naturally, we doubted if it was a scam or something so we asked for his ID or passport (We are so sorry to our Kuya Tour Guide but he said he understood knowing how it is in the Philippines). Of course, you still need to be careful. You need not pay anything from the start of your tour. All monetary transactions will be done at the END of the tour.
- PROS: Having a tour guide helped in identifying the picture perfect spots, have someone to take your group picture, not waste too much time figuring out where to go or which exit to take, which shuttle bus will bring us from A to B, get us some coupons for a cheap but delicious lunch, and will get us to the pier just in time for our trip back to Hongkong.
- CONS: Quite expensive. There are free shuttle buses and the local transportation is also cheap. Always on a hurry to go to the next destination (but of course assuming you are on a limited time in the first place, you’d want to cover as much places as you can, right?). And you don’t really get that fulfilling independent-traveller-feeling which comes with getting lost and finding your way back. haha
In our case, we only had less than 5 hours to tour Macau so we opted to pay for a tour. It was one of the best decisions we made during our whole trip. In Filipino, SULIT!!! It’s worth every dollar. It was stress-free, and we were able to go to the places we wanted to visit.
Is one day enough in Macau?
- If you just wanted photos and check out the buildings and stuff, then YES.
- If you wanted to explore more of Macau, the culture, the transportation and the life there, then NO.
For me, I’d definitely visit Macau again.
WANT A TOUR GUIDE?
Leave me a comment below and I’ll connect you with the tour guide we met during our trip. He is very kind, informative, helpful and accommodating.
BRILLIANT Lights Show at Galaxy Hotel, Macau
This is the ONLY full meal we had during our trip. Thanks to our Tour guide for the coupons he got for us. COST: HKD38
NEXT STOP: VENETIAN HOTEL
We hopped from one hotel to another through the free shuttle buses til we arrived at our last destination… Ruin of St. Paul. Having a tour guide, we even had our tummy full of free-taste food! :)
Places we visited: Galaxy Hotel, Senado Square, Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams, St. Paul Ruins, Etc
Tastes like our very own Puto Seko in the Phils.
We took the public bus from Ruins of St. Paul to the pier just in time for our trip back to Hongkong (our tour guide even paid for the bus! No scam, really! haha)
It was a full and COLD day. 12 degrees but felt like 10 as per our guide. Take note that from Macau to Hongkong, the ferry will drop you off at HK Macau Ferry Terminal. The nearest MTR station would be the Sheungwan Station.
HK Macau Ferry Terminal to TST – Cost: HKD 11.6
- As you exit HK Macau Ferry Terminal, facing the high way, walk to the left until you reach the MTR Sheungwan Station.
- Sheungwan Station to Mongkok Station via Tsuen Wan Line. Use the E1 Exit, Ladies Market is right at that Road. (We dropped by Mongkok to shop at the Ladies’ Night Market)
- Mongkok to TST Station.
For the detailed breakdown of our itinerary and budget, visit my previous post: HK MACAU ITINERARY AND BUDGET
There you go! If you have any questions, leave a message :)