Macau is similar to Hong Kong. It is a special administrative region (SAR) of China. The territory comprises the Macau Peninsula. Macau has a mix of Europe, Asia and “Las Vegas” in an unique and small place. The city is surrounded by museums, Buddhist temples and Portuguese architecture. It was a Portuguese Colony in the 16th century.
We went on a day trip to Macau from Hong Kong. We spent an entire day exploring the city, and discovering new places.
Here’s the list of things to do in Macau:
Visit the Historic Center:
The historic center is considered the “cultural exchange” between East and West, because of its 400 years of Portuguese colonization. It is currently the oldest, complete and consolidated, intact architectural center, with European roots on Chinese soil. Here you will find monuments, temples and museums.
There are a lot of stores, restaurants and bars near to The Ruins of St. Paul. Do not miss the chance to eat Egg Tarts and Dried Meats typical local food.
Check out the Casinos:
Macau is the only place in China, where casinos are legal. If you like gambling, there are several casinos, and free shuttles to them, around the town. It is easy to visit more than one casino.
Here you can see stunning views of the city. There is a revolving restaurant on the top, called 360° Café. There is a variety of food such as Portuguese, Indian and Chinese dishes.
If you like adrenaline, you can try the Skywalking or Bungy Jumping. This is the World’s Highest Bungy Jumping, at 233 meters (about 764 feet) from the 61st story of the tower.
Thais Bungy Jumping experience:
The first thing that came to my mind was: How did we ended up here?
Keith did not want to jump, and he was challenging me. I thought, I have to jump! I felt a little scared, but I said to myself: you’re going to jump, and you’re going to believe that you are not scared. That’s what I did.
First, they measured my height and weight, then they put the equipment on my legs, and we went to the edge of the tower. The instructors said, “Do not forget to pull out this rope, to get you back to the top. It’s time to jump, Are you’re ready?” No, I mean yes… then I jumped. It was very fast and I felt butterflies in my belly. I pulled out the rope, and my body returned to a stand up position. I lost a shoe and my mind. But it was really cool. I do not think I would ever jump again, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Keith was watching, more scared than Thais as always!
How to get to Macau from Hong Kong:
We took the ferryboat, from Honk Kong to Macau. It took us about one hour to get there. The ferries depart from the ferry terminal in Shun Tak Centre, Sheung Wan subway station. They leave all day, every 15 minutes.
The impression we had about Macau is, it looks like Las Vegas, full of casinos, and everything is written in Portuguese. However, most of the population is Chinese. Macau is a very different, and unique place to visit.
Tip: Make sure you have your passport. You will be going through passport control when you arrive in Macau, and when you go back to Hong Kong.
Currency: Macanese Pataca. Macau has its own Currency but Hong Honk Dollars are accepted.
Official Language: Cantonese/ Portuguese