We did a day trip to Macau today. We started the day off early, leaving the house at around 8am. But 15 minutes into the journey to the ferry terminal, N realises that he forgot his phone 😔 In this day and age, we can’t survive without it, so we made the decision to head back home to collect it, thereby adding an extra 30 minutes onto the first leg.
Turns out that it wasn’t too much of an issue, as there were plenty of seats available, even on the next ferry that was due to leave. I was a bit worried about this, as it’s a long weekend, and I thought everyone in HK might be wanting to head over to Macau today. Maybe those who did want to head over were already there, because it didn’t seem too busy to me this morning. Or maybe my definition of “busy” has since shifted since moving to HK… 🤔
For Sydneysiders, and those who have been to Sydney, heading over to Macau is pretty much like heading over to Manly from Circular Quay, just with immigration involved. It’s pretty straightforward. We went from the Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, which has ferries running pretty often to Macau.
Once we got to Macau, we decided to catch the Grand Lisboa shuttle bus (I think it was green) to Grand Lisboa and then from there; just walk to the must-see tourist destinations for first-time visitors to Macau. All the massive casinos in Macau offer these free shuttle buses to ferry people to and from their casinos, even if you’re not staying there. So we basically got our transportation in Macau covered, since we were just going to tourist spots anyway 👍 We saw Senado Square; Ruins of St Paul’s; The Venetian, one of the massive casinos in Macau; and also accidentally stumbled across The Parisian, another hotel in the area. There are a number of hotels all inter-connected – they must all be owned by one conglomerate – so it was pretty easy to get lost in that giant maze.
Oh, all of these touristy areas that we went to today accept HK dollars, so we didn’t even have to change any of our currency. And bet amounts in the casinos were also all stated in HKD. I was reading that they might give back change in Pataca, the local currency, but we were always given change in HKD. We went to very touristy areas, though, so I guess they’re used to just dealing with HKD, which is obviously fine with us! 😆
We left The Venetian at around 8pm and caught one of their shuttles back to the ferry terminal. We managed to get on the the 8:45pm ferry back, and it was almost 11pm by the time we got home. So door to door, our commute was still pretty long, despite the actual ferry trip being only just over an hour. So maybe next time we’ll stay the night, so we can actually spend an evening gambling 🎰 or at least just chillaxing, and then just take our time heading back home the following day.
We’re thinking perhaps heading back for the Macau Grand Prix 😊 Although tickets and hotels might already have been sold/booked out for it… Probably worth checking now while its still a few months away…!
Macau was fun, and I’d definitely want to go again 😊