Macau, China Thread 3: Newbies Please Read the First Page

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Welcome to our new home...the Macau thread Part III!

To start off, some FAQs muna tayo:
Getting there by AIR
There are three main airlines that fly regularly to Macau: Cebu Pacific (, Philippine Airlines (, Air Macau, and Tiger Airways ( There were news that AirAsia Phils will launch regular flights to Macau from Clark but as of this posting, there's still no confirmation.


Philippine passport holders need NO visa to enter macau for thirty days. Likewise, you can also get to Macau via ferry. Three ferries ply the HKG-MFM route: from HKG side are Turbojet and Cotaijet (uses the Taipa Temporary Terminal), and from Tsim Sha Tsui side is New World First Ferry. Note that the Turbojet ferries reach Macau faster at almost 1 hour while NWFF ferries reach Macau for 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is highly recommended for you to purchase a 1-way ticket to Macau and then get your return ticket from HKG to MNL, lalo na if you are planning to visit HKG after visiting Macau (or vice versa). I have done this for like 8x already and there are no immigration issues. Just present your return ticket to Manila should the immigration officer ask for it as a proof of your onward/return ticket.

If you intend on going straight to Macau from the Hongkong International Airport, you have to look for the Skypier at HKIA. No need to undergo immigration formalities as you will be getting straight to the ferry to macau from HKIA.

It is also recommended to travel during the day and weekdays because the fares are more expensive for night sailing/weekend sailing:D

^^For hotels, we highly recommend Hotel Metropole and Hotel Sintra. There are also people here who stayed at Metropark and Hotel Ko Wah. I have stayed in Hotel East Asia and I was surprised to find that they have renovated the rooms. Recently, a lot of hotels have been discovered by Macau addicts such as Best Western Sun Sun, Best Western Taipa, Casa Real. Try to backread the first thread to be updated with the hotels that Macau addicts have tried.

For hostel, I can only think of Augusters lodge although not recommended if you have council of elders with you since asa 3rd floor sila and they dont have lift so you gotta haul all your luggages to get to the hostel.

If you have PHP with you, DO NOT exchange these PHP at the money changer at the ARRIVAL section of the Macau International Airport. The rate here is like 1 MOP=Php 30! The usual forex should be somewhere like 1 MOP=PHP 5.5! If you need to pay for the bus and taxi, try to buy Hong Kong Dollars here in Manila prior to your trip as HKD are also accepted in Macau (but MOP is NOT accepted in HKG).

If you have USD with you, the rate of USD to MOP at the airport forex is ok. Many forex counters are readily available at the Senado Square in Macau/San Ma Lo area.


If there is one place where you can really travel on a tight budget, it has to be macau! You can check out the free shuttle services of the major casinos! If you want to visit The Venetian, all you gotta do is to catch the free shuttle service at the Macau Ferry Terminal. There are also free shuttles to the most casinos in the Macau island so you can actually explore Macau without budgeting for transpo. The trick here is to know the casino nearest your planned destination. For example, if you need to go to the Macau Ferry Terminal, you need to catch the free shuttle terminal to the sands since this is just across the ferry terminal and facing the Fishermans Wharf.


This is by no means exhaustive but below are the spots that should not be missed:

1. Ruins of St Paul at San Ma Lo
2. The Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams and
3. Fisherman's Wharf
4. The Macau Tower
5. Inner shops at San Ma Lo (for shopping hehehe)
6. Ama Temple
7. Pasteleria Kei Kou (for the beef jerky and tapa); located all over Macau
8. Sun Yat Sen Memorial
9. Camoes Garden/Guia Lighthouse
10. Bridges of Macau, especially at night


You will survive Macau by taking these two buses: AP-1 (from the Airport to Macau Ferry Terminal) and Bus #3. You will drop the exact fare in the box beside the driver as soon as you get in. Note that you will not get any change so please prepare exact amount.

Note that the buses have designated stops. A tip: count the number of stops according to the list so that you will know if your stop will be the next.


You will survive Macau by taking these two buses: AP-1 (from the Airport to Macau Ferry Terminal) and Bus #3. You will drop the exact fare in the box beside the driver as soon as you get in. Note that you will not get any change so please prepare exact amount.

Bus #3 is the bus from the Macau Ferry Terminal to San Ma Lo. Follow the same procedure in taking the AP-1 bus.

Note that the buses have designated stops. A tip: count the number of stops according to the list so that you will know if your stop will be the next.


Cabs are readily available in Macau. Note however that there is surcharge from the Airport to Macau, and a surcharge again for every # of luggages placed in the compartment. The usual fare from the airport to san ma lo is roughly MOP 60-70. If you are travelling with 5 pax, please look for the cabs with the #5 prominently marked at the left side of the cab. this means that this cab can take as many as 5 pax.[/QUOTE]

Just some recent observations when we were there in Macau last month:

1. The Bubble Show at the City of Dreams is NO longer free. You gotta pay MOP 30 to view the show. To those who were able to watch it for free, im kinda sure you know the feeling when you first watched it:D

2. One of the must-visits is the Michael Jackson Cafe at Ponte 16 at Sofitel. There is no entrance fee so if you are an MJ fan, better check it out.


  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    (A compilation of the most important information and most frequently asked questions.)
      Old Macau Thread:


      If you want to book cheap flights, always be on the look out for airline promotions.


      Macau has 2 ferry terminals. 1 is located in Macau peninsula called the Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal or Macau Maritime Ferry Terminal. This is near downtown Macau; it is also near Fisherman’s Wharf, Grandprix Museum, Wynn, Grand Lisboa, Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul. The other ferry terminal is located at Taipa which is near the Macau airport and the Cotai Strip which includes Venetian, City of Dreams and Galaxy. NWFF and Turbojet docks at Macau peninsula while almost all Cotaijet ferries dock at Taipa.

      There are travel agencies inside the ferry terminals that sell discounted ferry tickets. Yes they are legit.

      If you are traveling during weekends or holidays, it might be best to book roundtrip tickets to be safe. Generally speaking it is better to book roundtrip tickets.

      1. From Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei, Mongkok, Tsuen Wan, etc.)

      Ferry terminal is located at China Ferry Terminal near Harbour City along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. Walking distance for those residing in hostels in Tsim Sha Tsui but if you have heavy luggage just take a taxi, won’t go over 20HKD.

      Ferry Options:
      Turbo Jet Sea Express
      Cotaijet (Limited Sailings Only)

      2. From Hong Kong Island (Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, Sheung Wan, North Point, etc.)

      Ferry terminal is located at Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. It is located above the Sheung Wan MTR station so it is easily accessible.

      Turbojet (24 Hours)

      3. From Hong Kong International Airport

      Only available for those going DIRECTLY from the airport upon arrival from a flight to Macau. Those who already exited the airport can no longer take this ferry.

      Turbojet SkyPier

      More Information here:


      Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is widely accepted in Macau so for those coming from Hong Kong, no need to exchange your currency. Wing Hoi in Mirador Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui is the best money changer in HK. Macao Pataca (MOP) on the other hand, cannot be used in Hong Kong. For those coming from the Philippines, you can either exchange PHP->HKD in Manila or exchange PHP/USD->HKD/MOP in casinos or in Senado Square. The exchange rate for PHP in the Macau airport is very poor so if you plan to change currencies here, don’t change a lot. If you plan to exchange around PHP15,000 or less, the difference between money changers will be somewhat insignificant already so don’t wrack your brains for a few hundred pesos saved.


      Where to book hotels:,,,
      Hotel Reviews:

      Walang location na malapit sa “lahat” because Macau is divided into 3 sections: Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Downtown Macau is in Macau Peninsula while 3 of the largest hotels (Venetian, City of Dreams and Galaxy) and the airport are in Taipa. Macau’s public transportation system is not as good as Hong Kong but it will do. What you should consider in choosing your accommodation: Availability of a free shuttle; proximity to a hotel that offers a free shuttle; proximity to a public bus stop. Make sure you stay in a place that has either 1 or all of these criteria.

      For backpackers and those who are really on a very tight budget:
      Sanva Hotel
      Augusters Lodge
      Macau Nampan Guesthouse
      Hotel Kou Wah [email protected] +853-289-30755 or 853-283-75599
      Hotel Central
      *No sneak-ins for the ones listed above*

      Good Value, Good Location Hotels:
      Hotel Sintra
      Metropole Hotel
      Presidente Hotel
      Emperor Hotel

      Other Options:
      Metropark Macau
      Best Western Sun Sun
      Ole London
      Villa Universal
      Best Western Taipa
      East Asia Hotel
      Hotel Beverly
      Casa Real

      *Sneak-ins are OK but don’t enter the hotel all at the same time. Let 1 or 2 persons do the check-in. The other just head straight to the room. Don’t look guilty!

      *Those who have kids/seniors with them, try your best to book at a hotel with a good location.


      Macau is divided into 3 sections: Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Coloane. Downtown Macau is in Macau Peninsula while 3 of the largest hotels (Venetian, City of Dreams and Galaxy) and the airport are in Taipa.

      Hotels with Special Themes, Shows and Attractions:
      The Venetian Macau
      Wynn Macau
      Grand Lisboa / Lisboa
      City of Dreams

      Historical, Cultural and other Tourist Attractions:
      Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul
      Guia Lighthouse and Fortress
      Fisherman’s Wharf
      Macau Museum and Monte Fort
      Wine Museum
      Grand Prix Museum
      Taipa Houses Museum
      Walking Tours at Coloane and Taipa
      Macau Tower


      House of Dancing Water – City of Dreams

      Dragon’s Theatre – City of Dreams

      Zaia – Venetian

      Grand Resort Deck & Mixed Attractions – Galaxy Macau

      Performance Lake and Tree of Prosperity – Wynn Macau


      Big hotels (Wynn, Venetian, Galaxy, Sintra, President, Lisboa, etc) provide free shuttles to their hotels from key points in Macau including the 2 ferry terminals and the airport. You can ride these free shuttles even if you’re not a guest of the hotel. There are also special shuttles like the City of Dreams <-> Venetian <-> Galaxy shuttle, the shuttle from Hotel Sintra (near Senado) to City of Dreams and the shuttle from Metropole Hotel (also near Senado) to Galaxy.

      If you are coming from a tourist spot not covered by the free shuttle, all you have to do is take a public bus or taxi to a spot covered by it. Macau is relatively small. Only downtown to Cotai/Taipa is considered far but since it is served by multiple free shuttles, you can already save a lot. If you are traveling around downtown Macau, don’t hesitate to use the taxi for convenience. A walking tour starting from Wynn to Ruins of St. Paul (passing by Lisboa) is possible and should take around 3-4 hours all in all. It is just roughly 1KM+ from Wynn all the way to the ruins.

      Most shuttles have circular (roundtrip) routes but some don't like the Sintra->COD route. There are no free shuttles from COD to Sintra.

      Free shuttles usually begin service at 9AM or 10AM and end before midnight.

      Does my hotel have a free shuttle? Go to their website and check/consult with them.


      If your hotel doesn't have a free shuttle, ride the free shuttle of a nearby hotel. Google Map your hotel to see the nearby hotels that are big. Big hotels usually have free shuttles. Same thing for those staying in a hostel. Otherwise, take the taxi.


      For a daytrip from Hong Kong (excluding ferry fare) – P2,000-P4,000 per person should do.
      Most of the places to see in Macau are free while those that have entrance fees are not really expensive. Most of your spending will be for the transportation, food, shopping and entrance fees for shows inside the hotels. P1,000/day/person for food should be enough. Making use of the free shuttles plus some bus and taxi rides shouldn’t be that expensive either.


      Big hotels like City of Dreams, Galaxy and Venetian usually have special offers whole year round. This is a good way of cutting costs because they are usually packaged with meals or with a show. There are also hotels that provide vouchers and other promotions if you sign up as a member of their hotel.

      CTS-Macau is located inside the ferry terminal in Macau peninsula as Grand Tour & Travel Ltd. They sell tickets and combo tickets for Macau. Details here:

      For the House of Dancing Water, you might want to book online or ahead of time to make sure seats are available.

      As stated above, there are travel agencies located inside the ferry terminals in Hong Kong, they most probably have discounted tickets and other special combos you might want to consider. You can also check out and for other promotions.

      These shows have garnered very good reviews and there is nothing in the Philippines that is even remotely near the extravagance of these shows specially Zaia and House of Dancing Water. If you can afford to watch them, do so.

      Always check the hotel websites for the latest promotions.


      *You CANNOT use the Hong Kong Octopus Card in Macau*

      Download this software map:
      Alternative Map:

      Bus 3 and 3A will take you from the Macau Ferry Terminal to Senado Square.

      Public Bus Guide:
      *Public buses operate from 6AM to 12Midnight only*
      *Pay in Cash; HKD acceptable*

      Flagdown rate is 13MOP. Most taxis can take 5 passengers; some 4. It is written on the taxi.

      If you are traveling as a group (3-5 people) or if you are traveling with seniors/children, do not hesitate to use the taxi for convenience. It is not THAT expensive. Forcing yourself to use the bus might only get you lost; wasting more time than the few bucks you saved. It is OK to use the bus as long as you did prior research.

      Estimating the distance or Looking for directions by walking or bus -> GOOGLE MAPS FOR MACAU IS ALSO GOOD, USE IT PLEASE. It also has Street View mode.

      Print the names of the tourist spots in Chinese (Traditional) to show the taxi driver or point to the tourist spot on a map. A lot of taxi drivers can’t speak English. Wikipedia has most of the tourist spot Chinese names. If not, the maps provided above has them.

      Approximate taxi charge:
      Downtown to Airport or Cotai Strip (Venetian/City of Dreams) – 60/70HKD
      Downtown to Coloane – 100HKD
      Cotai Strip to Coloane – 30HKD
      Within Downtown – Should be within 30-40HKD


      1 Day Itinerary:
      830AM Ferry to Macau
      10AM Finish Immigrations in Macau
      (Optional: Take Free Shuttle or Public Bus to Fisherman's Wharf – Will occupy 1-2hours)
      Taxi or Bus to Senado Square
      Senado Square -> Ruins of St. Paul -> Lisboa -> Wynn
      Sintra Shuttle to City of Dreams
      City of Dreams and Venetian
      (Optional: Galaxy if time permits)
      930PM or 10PM Ferry to Hong Kong

      For those staying for 2 or more days, just choose what tourist spots you want to visit. There are tons of itineraries in the old thread, just read them.


      If you will reside in a hotel/hostel, most of them allow luggage to be stored before/after your stay with them.

      There’s a luggage storage facility at the Macau airport.

      The Venetian also allows free luggage storage even for non-guests. This counter is located near the Venetian shuttles on the WEST side of the hotel.


      The minimum age to gamble is 18. Casinos only accept HKD.

      Generally-speaking there is no dress code so flip-flops and shorts are OK but it is still the casino’s prerogative on whether to let you in or not.

      Photography is strictly prohibited inside casino areas.


      There are many local delicacies like egg tart, peanut candy and beef jerky being sold in and around Senado Square on the way to the ruins of St. Paul. FYI, products of Koi Kei Bakery is now being sold in Binondo, Manila.

    17. SHOPPING

      Macau is not known for shopping but if you want to shop, there’s plenty of shops in Senado Square and inside Venetian.

    18. WEATHER

      Macau’s climate is similar to Hong Kong.

      May to September: Comfortable Clothes; typical summer clothes. (HOT/HUMID/RAINY)
      April/October: Comfortable Clothes; typical summer clothes. (WARM/COOL)
      March/November: Light Winter Clothing; longsleeves, sweaters, etc. (COLD)
      December-February: Winter Clothing; jackets, boots, etc. (VERY COLD)

      Weather Forecasts:

    19. Is 1 whole day enough for Macau?

      Depends what you want to see. The best sights in Macau can be covered in 1 day as a daytrip from HK.

    20. How many days do I need for Macau?

      2-3 days is enough to see everything there is to see in Macau. If you have 4 whole days, you can spend 1 day in Hong Kong. 4 whole days is too much for Macau alone.

      For those planning to do a sidetrip or overnight trip to Hong Kong, try not to do it on the same day as your inbound/outbound flight.

    21. Time Allotment / Estimates

      Ferry to/from Hong Kong: 1 Hour to 1.5 Hours
      Ferry Immigration: 30 Minutes to 1 Hour
      Senado Square & Ruins of St. Paul: At Least 1 Hour
      Guia Hill & Fortress: At Least 1 Hour
      Fisherman's Wharf: At Least 1 Hour
      Museums like Macau Museum, Wine Museum and Grandprix Museum: At Least 1 Hour
      Venetian Hotel: At Least 2 Hours
      City of Dreams: At Least 1.5 Hours (more if you will watch shows)
      Wynn: At Least 45 Minutes
      Lisboa/Grand Lisboa: At Least 30 Minutes
      Galaxy: At Least 45 Minutes
      Monte Fort: At Least 30 Minutes
      Coloane: At Least A Few Hours
      Taipa: At Least A Few Hours

      If you can, avoid holidays and weekends because immigration lines can get very long.

    22. WHERE TO EAT

      Allot at least 50HKD/meal/person as average for food. For small restaurants it can be lower.

      Finding restaurants isn't difficult, there are a lot of restaurants around the tourist spots. Big hotels like the Venetian have a foodcourt area.

      The most popular Portugese/Macanese restaurants are A Lorcha, Fernando and Platao.

      References for Food:


    24. Casinos and hotels do not close. And no they do not have entrance fees.

    25. Most Popular Egg Tart

    26. Good Maps for Macau

    27. Bring Bonamine just in case of seasickness. Evening trips can get bumpy. Ferries do allow heavy luggage. Fees might be charged. See their websites for details.

    28. Yes you can enter in Macau then leave from HK and vice versa. No need to pay anything at the Macau airport for departure.

    29. There are Pinoys that part-time as tour guides. If you think you would be more comfortable with a guide to bring you around, then avail their services. They usually charge per head; just bargain with them.

      There are a LOT of Pinoys around Macau. If you're lost or need help, just approach our kababayans.

    30. TRIP REPORTS (To see what Macau is like and where you should go)

  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    I think the most common concern is getting around Macau for the least possible amount.

    Hindi ko kabisado yung mga public transport around Macau kasi taxi ako lagi, if not the free shuttles.
  • rap_sd6rap_sd6 PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    ^^there's wisdom in taking the cab, especially if there's 4 or 5 of you. It'll turn out much cheaper, considering na traffic gets heavy nowadays in Macau.

    I think the bus system in Macau can be compared to the trams in Hongkong. If you get lost, it's alright since you can easily get a cab=). also, they have changed the bus routes with some buses skipping certain stops. Will first check before posting some of the bus routes and how to get to a certain place via bus. For now, cabs are your best bet. Macau is such a small place lang so it wont burn a hole in your pocket if you opt to see it via cab:D
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Paano pala yung Money/Currency Exchange pag hindi mangagaling from HK?

    Where to exchange currency if bringing USD? PHP?

    Magppost ka pa ba? I don't think I can handle the bulk of information for Macau cause I don't know it as much as I know HK.

    Maybe you can make a post tackling the Top 20 or Top 30 questions like what I did in the new guide for HK.

    I'm going to edit this post tomorrow to make it part of Page 1.
  • reenaessareenaessa Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    Hello po... may question po ako i hope somebody can help me..

    ano pong sasakyan namin from airport to augusters lodge? meron bang bus? or mas convenient pag taxi? how much? time of arrival pala namin 4pm... tia..

    :) :)
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    [HIGHLIGHT]Macau Guide Originally Posted By: marlene920 [/HIGHLIGHT]

    World Heritage: “The Historic Centre of Macao” Opening Hours

    A-Ma Temple* 7am - 6pm
    Moorish Barracks Verandah: 9am - 6pm
    Lilau Square 24/7
    Mandarin’s House Temporarily closed
    St. Lawrence’s Church* 10am - 4pm (access from Rua da Imprensa Nacional)
    St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church* Church: 10am - 5pm (access from Rua do Seminário)
    Seminary: not open to the public
    St. Augustine’s Square 24/7
    Dom Pedro V Theatre Theatre: Temporarily closed
    Garden: 10am - 11pm
    Sir Robert Ho Tung Library Library: 10am - 7pm (closed on Sundays)
    St. Augustine’s Church* 10:00 - 18:00
    “Leal Senado” Building Gallery: 9am - 9pm (closed on Mondays)
    Garden: 9am - 9pm
    Senado Square 24/7
    Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple* 8am - 6pm
    Holy House of Mercy Museum: 10am - 1pm; 2pm - 5:30pm (closed on Sundays and public holidays). Small entrance fee.
    Cathedral* 7:30am - 6:30pm
    LoukAu Mansion Open every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from 9am-7pm
    (Open from Tuesday through Friday from 9am-7pm, when folk handicrafts activities are held.)
    St. Dominic’s Church* 10am - 6pm
    Ruins of St. Paul’s* Façade of the Church of Mater Dei: 24/7
    Museum of Sacred Art: 9am - 6pm
    Na Tcha Temple* 8am - 5pm
    Section of the Old City Walls 24/7
    Mount Fortress Fortress and gardens: 7am - 7pm
    Macao Museum: 10am - 6pm (closed on Mondays)
    St. Anthony’s Church* 7:30am - 5:30pm
    Casa Garden Gallery: 9:30am - 6pm (closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public Holidays)
    Garden: 9:30am - 6pm
    Protestant Cemetery* 9am - 5:30pm
    Guia Fortress Fortress: 9am - 5:30pm
    Chapel*: 10am - 5pm (no photographs allowed)
    Lighthouse: not open to the public


    Currency - The currency is the Pataca (MOP) = 100 avos. Notes are in denominations of MOP1000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 and coins are in denominations of MOP5 and 1, and 50, 20 and 10 avos. Hong Kong dollars are used extensively and widely accepted.

    Credit & Debit Cards - MasterCard and Visa are accepted. Check with your credit or debit card company for details of merchant acceptability and other services which may be available. You may also need a special pin number.

    Travellers Checks - These may be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and at many hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travelers are advised to take travelers checks in US Dollars or Pounds Sterling. It is also recommended that you not use them for small purchase from merchants as you may lose quite a bit in the exchange.

    Currency Restrictions - There are no restrictions on the import or export of either local or foreign currency.
    Banking Hours - Banking hours are normally 0900-1700 Monday to Friday, 0900-1200 Saturday.

    Communication, Electricity, and Time

    Telephone - IDD telephone service is available with the country code being 853. The outgoing international code is 00. International facilities are available at the General Post Office at Leal Senado Square, Macau City, the Central Post Offices in Taipa and Colôane, as well as all phone booths. Mobile telephone may be used with the dual band GSM network which covers the whole territory. Main operators include CTM (website: and the Hutchinson Telephone Company. Most hotels and many businesses have Fax facilities.

    Internet/E-mail - ISPs include MacauWeb (

    Telegram - Services available at larger hotels and telecommunication offices, as well as at all phone booths.
    Electricity - Usually 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Be sure to have a converter and an adapter

    Time - GMT + 8.

    The main religions are Buddhism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. The majority of the people are Buddhists with the remain (about 7%) being Catholics and Protestants.

    The official languages are Chinese (Cantonese) and Portuguese. English is widely spoken by those engaged in trade, tourism and commerce

    Macau's most popular buys are jewelry (particularly gold and jade), Chinese antiques, porcelain, pottery, electronic gadgetry, cameras, watches and beading work. They are available at duty-free prices because Macau is a free port and no sales tax is charged. Other popular buys are Chinese herbs and medicines, dried seafood (such as sharks' fins), abalone, Chinese and Macau pastries, and locally-made knitwear sold at stalls. When purchasing antiques, gold and jewelry, it is advisable to patronize shops recommended by the Goldsmiths' and Jewelers' Association and the Macau Government Tourist Office. A warranty and a receipt should be asked for when buying jewelry, gold, cameras, watches and electrical goods.
    Bargaining is expected on many items although most shops will have the same minimum price. When bargaining, begin at a price lower than you expect to pay and then work up to a price where you feel comfortable. If you cannot reach an agreement, begin to walk away. I have found that this often with bring the price down a little more.

    The main shopping area is located along the Avenida do Infante D Henrique and Avenida Almeida Ribeiro, São Domingos Market, Rua de Palha, Rua do Campo and Rua Pedro Nolasco da Silva. Antiques and unique gifts may be found in Macau's flea market in the lanes around Rua das Estalagens (near St Paul's Ruins). There is an Artisan's Fair every Saturday evening in Santo Agostinho Square.
    You can also head across the Chinese border to Zhuhai, where the first floor of the Gongbei market is well known for antiques, ceramics and fabrics. Software is also a good buy in Zhuhai.
    The shopping hours are normally 1000-2000 for the whole week. Some shops may close on the first of every month

    Customs and Duty Free
    The following goods may be imported into Macau without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco products, 1 litre of wine and 1 litre of spirits, and other goods up to a value of MOP 10,000. There is a 5% duty on the import of electrical appliances and equipment. There are no export duties. However, as travel is almost invariably via Hong Kong, the relevant Hong Kong import/export regulations must be observed.
    Restricted imports include fish, shellfish, meat and vegetables, all of which require an import permit. Prohibited items include firearms, narcotics, endangered species of animals and plants, and pesticides

    Passports and Visas
    A valid passport is required by all visitors with the exception of nationals of China who have a China Identity Card or travel permit and nationals of Hong Kong (SAR) who have a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKIC). Visas are required by all except the following: all EU countries, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Lebanon, Norway, Poland and Slovenia; and nationals of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, The Republic of Korea, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, nationals of China (PR), residents of Hong Kong (SAR), and Taiwan; and holders of a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKIC) or Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.
    Nationals of all EU countries, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland, Lebanon, Norway, Poland and Slovenia for stays of up to 90 days.
    Nationals of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Korea (Rep. of), Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey and the USA for stays of up to 30 days;
    (c) nationals of China (PR) with valid Macau entry/departure documents including residents of Hong Kong (SAR) and Taiwan for stays of up to 30 days;
    (d) holders of a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKIC) or Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card or those with a Hong Kong Re-entry Permit for a visit of up to 1 year;

    Visas are valid for 30 days and can be extended on application to the immigration office.


    A Lorcha - stone's throw from A-Ma Temple- famous for clams prepared in garlic and olive oil, grilled lamb chops, baked minced beef potato pie
    Rua do Almirante Sergio 289, Macau Tel: +853 313 193 Wed-Mon 12:30-3pm and 6:30-11pm

    Alfonso III
    Rua Central 11 (tel 586 272). Genuine and excellent Portuguese food in a Portuguese environment, though the waiters speak English. Centrally located, not far from Largo do Senado. Opening hours: Daily noon-3p & 6:30p-10:30p

    A Petisqueira - Taipa Village – famous for Paella, plater of Portuguese sausage, ham & cheese, and fragrant Bacalhau codfish, thick and juicy tenderloin steak and tasty spicy prawns with garlic are must-tries. Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Sat-Sun and holidays noon-3pm; daily 7-10:15pm; Bus: 11, 15, 22, 28A, 30, 33, or 34

    Bolo de Arroz
    Travessa de São Domingos 11 (tel 339 089). Near the Largo do Senado, this is a great place for Portuguese pastries and some of the best coffee in town.

    Clube Militar –famous for African chicken, curry crab and Macau fish fillet
    Avenida de Praia Grande 795 (tel 714 009). Although this is a private club, the dining room is open to the public. A great way to see inside one of Macau's colonial buildings - which has been beautifully restored - although the food doesn't match the surroundings.

    Dragon Restaurant, 40 Rua da Felicidade- famous for Baked Duck Rice

    Fat Siu Lau -
    Rua da Felicidade 64 (tel 573 585). 3 minute walk from MGM
    A very popular, traditional old restaurant in an area busy with cafés and restaurants. Pigeon is the speciality.

    Fernando's – famous for Portuguese chorizo, clams, crabs, codfish, feijoada, charcoal-grilled chicken
    Praia de Hac 9, Coloane, Macau Tel: +853 328 264 Daily noon-9:30pm; Bus: 15, 21A, 25, or 26A

    Regency Macau, P.O. Box 3008, 2 Estrada Almirante Marques Esparteiro, Taipa Island, Macau Tel: +853 831 234 Fax: +853 830 195

    Fook Lam Mun
    Avenida Dr Mario Soares 259 (tel 786 622).
    Excellent Cantonese seafood, although expensive.

    Hotel Lisboa, Avenida da Amizade, Macau Tel: +853 388 568

    Galo - house specialties as Macau crabs, prepared with a mixture of Shanghainese and Macanese ingredients, rather than curry. You might also want to try giant prawns, mussels, African chicken, Portuguese broad beans, or the mixed grill.
    Rua dos Clerigos 45, Taipa Village, Macau Tel: +853 562 231; Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and 6:30-10:30pm; Sat-Sun 11:30am-10:30pm; Bus: 11, 22, 28A, 30, 34, or 35

    Henri's Gallery –the best African Chicken in town
    Avenida da Republica 4, Macau Tel: +853 556 251

    Leitaria I Son
    Largo do Senado 7. Virtually next door to Long Kei, this is an excellent milk bar offering milk with everything - fruit, chocolate, eggs, ice creams, puddings and breakfasts.

    Li Jin Xuan
    Hotel Ritz, Rua do Comendador Kou Ho Neng, Macau Tel: +853 966 633

    Long Kei
    Largo do Senado 7B (tel 573 970). A one-hundred-year-old traditional but inexpensive Cantonese restaurant, on the left side as you face the square from Almeida Ribeiro. Dim sum available.

    Mandarin Oriental Macau, Avenida da Amizade 956-1110, Macau Tel: +853 567 888

    Rua Carlos Eugenio 4-8, Taipa Island, Macau Tel: +853 827 646

    Rua de São Tiago da Barra 25 (tel 969 000). A short walk south of the Maritime Museum and offering excellent Macanese dishes in a friendly atmosphere.

    Pinocchio's Cozinha - famous for stir fried curry crabs and grilled spare
    Rua do Sol 4, Taipa Island, Macau Tel: +853 827 128; bus #33, 28A

    Pizzeria Toscana
    Avenida da Amizade (tel 963 831). Genuine Italian food and not just pizzas, though these are superb, as is the coffee.

    Pousada de Coloane
    Praia de Cheoc Van, Colane, Macau Tel: +853 321 884

    Praia Grande
    Praca Lobo D'Avila, Rua Praia Grande. One of Macau's best restaurants, just outside the city centre. Pleasant staff, excellent food, good value

    Solmar – Avenida da Praia Grande Macau - famous for African Chicken.

    A-Ma Temple is located on the south-western tip of the Macao Peninsula overlooking Barra Square and the seashore. Around the corner of A-Ma Temple is the Moorish Barracks situated on Barra Street. Further up the road, the narrow street suddenly opens onto Lilau Square, the first residential district of the Portuguese settlers in history where the Mandarin’s House is just tucked behind the pastel façades across the street. Further up the road, Barra Street connects into Padre António Street and Lourenço Street where St. Lawrence’s Church stands. Behind the church, Prata Street leads to the junction of São José Street where the grand entrance to St. Joseph’s Seminary and Church is located. Walking alongside the granite wall on Prata Street and the adjoining Seminário Street, one arrives at the junction of Gamboa Lane. Climbing up the hill from there, the path leads to St. Augustine’s Square enclosed by a cluster of monuments - St. Augustine’s Church, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library and Dom Pedro V Theatre.

    Moving down Tronco Velho Lane to Almeida Ribeiro Avenue, the narrow streetscape opens onto the main city square - Senado Square. Situated at one end, the “Leal Senado” Building has a commanding view overlooking the entire square, flanked on both sides by South European-style buildings with the glimmering white façade of the Holy House of Mercy standing in its midst. Tucked behind the commercial shop fronts to the left of the Leal Senado Building is the Sam Kai Vui Kun Temple. Climbing up the slope alongside the Holy House of Mercy, one eventually lands at Cathedral Square on the hilltop where the Cathedral is located. Turning back down to St. Dominic’s Square, one passes a typical Chinese courtyard house compound – the LouKau Mansion. St. Dominic’s Church is located at the junction of Senado Square and Dominic’s Square. Ascending from the base of Mount Hill from this urban piazza along Palha Street, the bluestone cobbled road leads to the grand façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s, with Mount Fortress to the side of it. Behind the majestic church front, is the miniature Na Tcha Temple and Section of the Old City Walls. Further down the hill, the linear route ends at St. Anthony’s Church, the Casa Garden and the Protestant Cemetery. Standing on the highest hill of Macao Guia Hill, Guia Fortress, Chapel and Lighthouse are visible along the skyline of the peninsula.


    1ST DAY

    Airport to Macau City - AP1 Bus or taxi for only MOP$60-70
    For PM arrival - check-in hotel
    Venetian Hotel - ride free shuttle from the ferry terminal
    Wynn Hotel - ride free shuttle

    2ND DAY

    Senado square- Bus # 3, 3A
    Ruins of St. Paul (大三巴)- walk from Senado
    Monte Fort & Macau Museum (澳門博物館)  - right side if facing Ruins
    Na Tcha Temple - left side if facing Ruins then go down & walk to your right
    St. Anthony Church -10-minute walk from Na Tcha
    Camoes Garden - walk at the side of St Anthony
    Casa Garden - near Camoes
    Flora Garden - ride Bus #17 (4th stop)
    Guia Hill - ride cable car to go up- FARE - MOP$3.00 round trip
    Guia Fortress - go up from Guia Hill
    Macau Tower - Bus # 18
    Ama Temple - Bus 18
    Nam Van Lakes/Cybernetic Fountain - Bus # 6
    Lisboa Hotel - Bus # 6

    1ST DAY

    Airport to Macau City - AP1 Bus or taxi for only MOP$60-70
    For EVENING arrival - check-in hotel
    Wynn Hotel - walk from Lisboa

    2ND DAY

    Senado square- Bus # 3, 3A
    Ruins of St. Paul (大三巴)- walk from Senado
    Monte Fort & Macau Museum (澳門博物館)  - right side if facing Ruins
    Na Tcha Temple - left side if facing Ruins then go down & walk to your right
    Venetian Hotel - Bus# 3A from Central to the ferry then ride free shuttle & back
    Fisherman's wharf/Sands Hotel - walk or ride free shuttle from the ferry
    Lotus Flower - just cross from Fisherman's Wharf
    Wine Museum & Grand Prix Museum - walk from Lotus
    Nam Van Lake/Cybernetic Fountain - Bus # 23
    Macau Tower - Bus # 23
    Lisboa - Bus # 9A

    3RD DAY

    Ama Temple - bus # 9 from Lisboa
    Maritime Museum - walk
    Taipa Village/Taipa Houses - Bus # 11 from Ama
    Macau Stadium/Four Faced Buddha - Bus #33
    Coloane/Hac Sa beach - Bus #25
    Lisboa - Bus # 25





    (peak season)

    New Year Celebrations- 1st of January

    Chinese New Year
    End of January; beginning of February; 1st day of the First Moon

    Procession of the Passion of Christ - February / March
    St Augustine Church

    Feast of Tou Tei - March

    Easter Celebrations - March / April

    Macau Arts Festival - March / April

    Ching Ming Festival - April

    Birthday of Pak Tai - April

    A-Ma Festival - April / 23rd day of the Third Moon

    Bathing of the Lord Buddha Festival - May / 8th day 4th Moon

    Drunken Dragon Festival - May / 8th day 4th Moon

    Tam Kong Festival - May / 8th day of the Fourth Moon

    Procession of Our Lady of Fatima - 13th May

    Dragon Boat Festival - May-June / 5th day of the 5th Moon

    Women Volleyball Grand Prix - August

    Feast of Maidens - August / 7th day of the 7th Moon

    Hungry Ghosts Macau Festival - August / 14th day of the 7th Moon

    Mid-Autumn or Moon Macau Festival - September / October

    Chung Yeung Festival - Sept-Oct / 9th day 9th Moon

    International Fireworks Display Contest - September / October

    International Music Macau Festival - October

    Macau Grand Prix - November

    Macau Food Festival - November

    Macau International Marathon - December

    Christmas Macau Festival Celebrations - 25th December


    Bus Service
    Macau is covered by a host of bus routes that bring passengers from the Macau peninsula to Taipa and Coloane from 6;00am to 12:00pm daily. The bus routes have great coverage and fare is cheap. The only consideration is which bus to hop on. Bus stops display information in Chinese and Portuguese, and some include descriptions of nearby scenic spots and important buildings. Most tourist destinations are accessible by public bus.


    TAIPA – MOP$ 4.20
    COLOANE – MOP$ 5.00
    HAC SA BEACH – MOP $ 6.40


    In Macau, there are two types of taxis for rent: yellow and black. They charge the same starting rate of MOP13 for the first 1,600 meters. Each additional 230 meters costs MOP1.5. Waiting incurs a charge of MOP1.5 per minute.There is also a luggage fee of MOP3 per bag. An additional MOP5 is applicable for taxis coming from the Macau International Airport and those leaving Macau for Coloane. The best places to hail a taxi are at the Border Gate, the ferry pier, Macau International Airport, and outside casinos and hotels have taxi stands.

    Free Shuttle Buses

    Many hotels offer free shuttle rides to and from the Border Gate and ferry port. Hop on a shuttle bus if your destination is a hotel or some place nearby.


    Pedicab is slow but this is the most romantic way of experiencing the long sweep of the Praia Grande Bay, and the old and traditional streets downtown. Main locations for catching a pedicab are outside the Macau Ferry Terminal and opposite the main door of the Lisboa hotel. Fares are negotiable and make sure to agree on a price first but there are some fixed itineraries which costs between Mop$40-100.


    Colourful, open-top mini-jeeps know as mokes are a fun way to get around and to explore the island of Taipa and Coloane. It is cheap and easy to hire. You can book them from a counter on the ground floor of the ferry terminal. Drivers must be at lest 21 years old and hold a valid International Driving License.


    1.AMA TEMPLE- Bus # 1, 1A,2,5,6, 7, 9, 10,10A, 11, 18, 21, 21A, 28B, 26, 34

    2. MOORISH BARRACKS – Bus # 18
    3. LILAU SQUARE – Bus # 10A, 18, 21, 21A, 28B

    4. ST. LAURENCE CHURCH – Bus# 9, 16, 18, 28B
    5. ST. JOSEPH SEMINARY & CHURCH – Bus # 18

    6. LEAL SENADO BUILDING – Bus #2,3,3A,4, 5, 7, 8A, 10, 11, 18,19, 21, 26A,33

    7. RUINS OF ST. PAUL – Bus# 8A, 17, 18, 19, 26

    8. GUIA FORTRESS CHAPEL – Bus # 2,6,9,9A,12,17,18,19,22,12,28C,32
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Tourist Spots

    The Cultural/Historical Sites of Macau

    Sample Itineraries

    Walking Tours

    Entertainment Shows

    Macau Map for Cellphones (Cellphone App)

    Updated Map of Macau
    *In case you can't find a free map, you don't have to buy, just print this map below*
    *This is the most complete map of Macau, Page 1 and 2 are beside each other while Page 3 and 4 are beside each other underneath Page 1 and 2. The PDF file is like a simple jigsaw puzzle.*

    Using Public Bus to Reach Tourist Spots / Map Index


    Restaurant Database

    Hotel Database

    Additional Maps

    Another Good Website for Macau





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    Do NOT be fooled by "Deals" and "Bargains" such as this one:


    P20,000 3D2N Macau Land Arrangement for 2
    -Regency Macau
    -Half Day City Tour
    -Airport Transfers

    Real Rates:
    The Regency = 630-1000HKD/Night or average of P9,000/2nights
    Half Day City Tour = Roughly P3,000 for 2
    Roundtrip Taxi to/from Hotel = Maximum of P500

    Which Means:
    Instead of having savings, you lost more than P5,000 by joining this tour.
  • Hehe. I love Macau. :)

    In Senado Square, I can imagine myself i'm in Lisbon, Portugal-- kung wala lang mga Chinese at mga Chinese signs. Hehe.

    Plus, I agree with the free shuttle buses. Great way to roam around the Macau Peninsula and maybe around Taipa too for free. Yung regular buses naman, I don't find them convenient unlike sa Hong Kong. Hindi ako nakaka-tyempo ng mauupuan, lagi akong nakatayo. Hehe. In Hong Kong, I think bawal silang mag-accomodate ng standing passengers.

    With Macao Dragon now on service, mas mura na ang Macau-HK route and vice versa. Yun nga lang, I think limited lang ang service nila at wala silang night sailing. Hehe.
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    I just want to remind everyone that this ferry service has gone bankrupt and is no longer available.
  • commoner wrote: »

    I just want to remind everyone that this ferry service has gone bankrupt and is no longer available.

    Ooops.. sorry :lol: Last time I was in Macau was Dec 2010. Been there about 4 times na din siguro. May Macao Dragon pa nun. Lately lang po ba sila na-bankrupt? Sayang naman. They used to have cheaper rates than TurboJET, NWFF, and CotaiJet.
  • Hi, sino po sa inyo ang nakapagtry na ng free breakfast na kasama sa accommodation in Venetian? Up to what amount of food ang libre? or is it a 3 course meal na restricted ang choice? Please describe naman po kung meron ng nakapagtry. thanks!
  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐

      For those staying for 1 night only, I suggest you book somewhere near Senado Square because this area has a lot of commercial establishments, good accessibility and shuttles to COD/Galaxy. Highly suggested hotels for an overnight stay in Macau: Hotel Sintra, Metropole Macau, Presidente, Emperor and Fortuna. It's just 1 night so don't skimp on these hotels; sneak-ins are allowed anyway.

      For those staying for 2 or more nights, we still suggest staying somewhere near Senado or at least somewhere in downtown Macau. If you will stay in Taipa/Cotai/Coloane, make sure your hotel has a free shuttle because these areas are not as accessible as downtown Macau.

      Senado Square is a good point of reference. No matter where you will stay, make sure you know how to get to this place.

    2. CASINO DRESS CODE. If you have plans of entering the casino or playing inside the casino, do yourself a favor by not wearing shorts and/or slippers. Better safe than sorry.

    3. MORE ON FREE SHUTTLES. Some shuttles do not arrive/leave on time so you will have to wait. Do not ride the shuttle if you are pressed for time or you might miss your ferry/flight. Although most shuttles do not care whether or not you reside on their hotel, there can be instances where shuttles might be stricter or where a voucher is needed. If this happens, just take a different shuttle to a nearby hotel, take the public bus or the taxi. Usually this only applies to smaller, less known hotels. Don't worry about Venetian, COD, Galaxy and Wynn shuttles.

    4. AIRPORT TO MACAU FERRY TERMINAL. Don't take the free hotel shuttles. Just take the AP1 public bus (around 4HKD/person) or take a taxi (around 70HKD). Or you can take the Cotaijet instead which departs at the Taipa Ferry Terminal beside the airport.

    5. SNEAK-INS. Strictly NO strict ins for hostels like Augusters and small hotels like San Va or Nam Pan. These places have small lobbies so they will see sneak-ins easily. If you want to sneak-in, book in a hotel even if it's just a cheap hotel.

    6. is another good source of information specially for hotels and their location/accessibility. They also have promos, etc.

      Sample Itineraries:

      Food Guide:

      Shopping Guide:

    7. Old Macau Thread:


    9. ZHUHAI. You need a China Visa to enter Zhuhai and other parts of mainland China.


    11. MACAU MAP APP FOR MOBILE DEVICES (iPhone, iTouch, Nokia, etc.)

    12. If you are traveling to Macau with your luggage, plan ahead of time where you will leave your luggage.

    13. Hotel Reviews can be found here:

    14. Metropole and Metropark hotels are NOT the same. Metropole has a slightly better location.

    15. AUGUSTERS LODGE. Located at the 3/F of the building; no elevator.

    16. HOTEL KO WAH Review.


    18. ELECTRONICS. Macau is not a place to buy electronics. It is cheaper in Hong Kong.

    19. SOUVENIRS. A lot of them can be found around Senado Square.

    20. HOTEL RELATED QUESTIONS. Like price of a gondola ride, price of the shows and schedule; please visit their website.

    21. Anong meron dito? Kaya bang lakarin ito? GOOGLE IT.

    22. Be vigilant against over-friendly and over-diligent strangers. There are scams in Macau.

    23. The Venetian is huge and has 2 lobbies.

    24. MACAU HOLIDAYS. Avoid as much as possible.

    25. The Bubble Show and Dragon's Theatre are the same. 30HKD entrance fee.

  • commonercommoner Honorary Member PEx Expert ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    Another Good DIY Macau Tour Using Free Shuttle Buses


    Galaxy Shuttle Schedule


    City of Dreams Shuttle Schedule (courtesy of Changky1978)


    Venetian Free Shuttle Schedule


    Hotel Sintra Free Shuttle Schedule

    Wynn Macau Free Shuttle Schedule

    [HIGHLIGHT]For other hotels please consult respective hotel websites. More or less the routes are similar.[/HIGHLIGHT]
  • bluebellabluebella Member PExer
    Hi! Can anyone please advise on where we can stay. Will be having the trip in December. :bashful: These are our options.

    Hotel Macau
    Fu Hua Guang Dong Hotel
    Golden Crown China Hotel
    New Nam Pan Hotel

    Mil gracias! :D

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