Macau: The Perfect Day Trip From Hong Kong

Macau, easily accessible from Hong Kong, offers a rich tapestry of cultural and historical experiences.
Macau The Perfect Day Trip From Hong Kong

Macau, easily accessible from Hong Kong, offers a rich tapestry of cultural and historical experiences, distinct from the bustling cityscape of Hong Kong. It’s an ideal destination for those interested in exploring a unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese heritage.

Its very easy to incorporate a day trip to Macau into your Hong Kong adventure. The ferries are quick, reliable, and relatively short. Also, most of Macau can be experienced in a day, given that the city itself is relatively small and compact. 

How to Get to Macau from Hong Kong: 

The most convenient mode of transport is the ferry, with services such as TurboJET and Cotai Water Jet. These ferries, departing regularly, connect Hong Kong to Macau in about 55 minutes.

The Hong Kong Macau Ferry Pier is located on Hong Kong Island in Sheung Wan. Be sure to arrive at least 45 minutes before your ferry departs. It’s also advised to purchase tickets ahead of time; the ferry sells out quickly, especially on the weekend. 

Make sure you bring your passports: Macau is technically a separate administrative district than Hong Kong, and entering requires going through Customs

Colonial Architecture

Macau is an Instagram paradise. Macau’s architecture vividly reflects its Portuguese past, especially in areas like Senado Square, where visitors can witness European-style buildings and traditional cobblestone streets. 

When we visited the beautiful Portuguese architecture surprised us. Many of Macau’s streets are cobblestone, narrow and reminiscent of a European town. The colorful Baroque buildings provide a jarring juxtaposition against the towering Grand Lisboa. 

Historical Sites

  • Ruins of St. Paul’s: The iconic remnants of a 17th-century Catholic church complex.
  • A-Ma Temple: A historical temple dedicated to the sea goddess Mazu, dating back to 1488.
  • Monte Forte (Mount Fortress): Constructed between 1617 and 1626, this fort offers panoramic views of the city and a glimpse into Macau’s military history.

Casinos

  • The Venetian Macao: An expansive resort offering a wide range of gaming options, luxury shopping, and replicas of Venetian landmarks.
  • MGM Macau: Known for its artistic architecture and a large array of games and entertainment options.
  • Grand Lisboa: A landmark of Macau, this casino is renowned for its distinctive lotus-flower shaped building and premium gaming experience.

Where to Stay

  • Wynn Palace: A luxurious hotel offering opulent rooms and exceptional service, ideal for a lavish stay.
  • Ole Tai Sam Un Hotel: A more budget-friendly option, offering comfort and a central location.
  • Pousada de Coloane: For those seeking a quieter, more scenic place to stay, this charming hotel is located away from the bustling city center.

Where to Work

  • Common Table: A spacious and modern co-working space known for its conducive work environment.
  • Café Bonbon: A quiet cafe offering strong Wi-Fi and excellent coffee, perfect for remote work.
  • The Macau Roosevelt: This hotel’s lobby provides a stylish and comfortable setting for working, with good internet connectivity.

Macau Currency

The local currency is the Macanese Pataca (MOP), though Hong Kong Dollars (HKD) are widely accepted. It’s recommended to carry some cash for small purchases and transactions.

Verdict

If you plan on staying in Hong Kong for more than two days, consider a day trip to Macau. The East meets West vibe is even more dramatic, given the old colonial architecture next to the shiny Asian casinos. The trip is worth it just for this incredible backdrop. 

Authors

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat

Anthony Shallat is a digital nomad attorney and WanderLawyer co-founder. Anthony believes travel unlocks potential and opens minds. He’s been wandering and lawyering since 2014.