So obviously another free attraction are all of the hotels and casinos and I mean some of them are themed. You have the Venetian which looks just like Venice and you have the Parisian which looks just like Paris. So if you enjoy that kind of thing you can go hotel and casino hopping. Yeah, and some of them are really cool inside. And the nice thing is that all of the shopping area and all of the entertainment area is free to anyone in the public. It is only the casino part where you have to be gambling in order to go in to.
You can’t just wander around in there. So aside from Senado Square another really cool place where you can see a lot of Portuguese architecture and visit some museums is Taipa. And it is also a great place to get street food. That is where we tried are Macanese egg tarts and a few other delicious things. Pork chop buns. Yes.
So that is a great place to wander around. So we’ve already talked about free attractions in Macau. Now we’re going to move on to things that you’re probably going to want to pay for. So first up we have Macau Tower.
Yeah, and I mean you’re going to get a great view of Macau from there. All the casinos all of the different islands. So yeah, definitely go up it.
This is actually a confession time. This is something we haven’t done before but yeah if you’re in to towers and getting really good views then definitely check it out. And you know what, I’m pretty sure you can go bungee jumping. Yes, you can.
It is something we’ve never really researched. No. Because we have no interest. We’re both terrified of heights so that is not something we’d do but if you have a little more courage than us consider it.
So the price to go up Macau tower is 130 Pataca MOP and it is obviously a little bit cheaper if you’re a child or a senior citizen. So this next attraction that you’re going to want to pay for is a mouthful. So I’m going to read it to you.
It is called City of Dreams House of Dancing Water Spectacular. RIght. And basically it is a nightly show. Kind of like a performance so if you like entertainment that is something you can do.
Yeah, this is located on the strip where all the casinos are. RIght, and again that is something we haven’t done but it is very very highly rated. But this one is quite pricey. So in terms of prices it is going to cost you 580 Hong Kong Dollars which is about $75 US dollars per ticket. And of course we couldn’t talk about Macau without mentioning gambling. So so many people go there to gamble and if you’re so inclined you can spend as little or as much as you want.
You can drop huge wads of cash in Macau (澳門 – 澳门) and if you want to gamble there is no shortage of places that will take your money. And there is probably no limit to how much you can bet. Yeah, exactly. So next up we’re going to talk about different foods you can try in Macau.
And we actually made an entire video dedicated to Macanese street food so you can check that out if you’re interested. If you’re a bit of a foodie. There are just tonnes of options. Like we ate like seven or eight different things. So there is just tonnes of things to try.
And we ate really well. So I would say one of my favorites was the egg tarts. The Portuguese egg tarts. Those were so tasty.
Oh my gosh. So crispy. Those. Flaky.
Those were so good. Those liked rivaled the egg tarts you find in Portugal. The original ones.
What are they Pasteis de Nata? Yeah. Yeah. They were so good. Those are fantastic and they’re also really cheap.
So another really popular one to have that we highly recommend is the pork chop bun. It is basically like just like a pork chop in a bun. And the outside of the bun is crispy and then it is really doughy inside. Yeah, it is toasted. Yeah, it is toasted.
It is just really good. Trust me. Try that one.
Just make sure you don’t like bite into the bone like Sam did. Oh my gosh. Because the pork chop obviously has the chop in there.
I didn’t see the bone and I bit in to it really hard and I thought of my gosh did I just chip a tooth. I was wondering am I actually going to be able to enjoy Macau or not or do I have to go to a make an emergency dentist appointment. Okay, so next up, and this is for the more adventurous people, try the durian ice cream. Aw! Oh my gosh.
It smells bad. I love durian you hate it. So if you already know you hate durian then obviously don’t try it.
Stay away. But if you’ve never tried try the durian ice cream it is really good. And the next one I want to talk about is basically the sweet pork jerky that you can find. These are just the thin strips that are cut up with scissors and put into a bag.
They are really good. It is really soft. It is so different from North American jerky or also Biltong which is something I’ve tried from South Africa. It is really soft jerky. It is really sweet.
It makes a great snack. And another thing I really enjoyed trying was the almond cookies. Oh yeah. And those for some reason just make me think of Christmas. They’re like little small bite sized cookies and they’re very dry. Yeah, so if you’re going to try a whole bunch you probably want to enjoy them with tea or some kind of beverage.
Yeah, maybe bubble tea. We enjoyed ours with bubble tea. Mmmm. Oh yeah. And if you guy by some shops you can actually see them making almond cookies which is fascinating. So I would recommend buying them from one of the shops that is making them right in front of you.
You know it is fresh. You know it is good. And another thing you can try in Macau is Portuguese wine. We didn’t get to do this.
Oh, I highly regret not doing that. Yeah. We just didn’t have time.
I love wine so I would have loved to try the Portuguese wine. Apparently, it is really affordable and really good quality too. Next time.
Now moving on to things we loved about Macau. Yeah, so these are all of things we really liked about Macau and what made it an attractive place to visit. So number 1 would be the free hotels and casinos you can just wander around and I mean you’ve got these grand buildings. Yeah. So it is kind of like woah!
If you’re there just for shopping and entertainment you could literally make that the focus of your entire trip. There is just so many different casinos and hotels to visit. And every time we go back there is a new one.
There is like a new building. They build fast in Macao. Oh. I have to say. They sure do.
Yeah, anyways another thing we enjoyed was the street food. Which we’ve mentioned a few times already. That was really good. Oh my gosh the Macanese street food is amazing. And one of the advantages of snacking on street food all day long as opposed to going to sit down restaurants is that it really helps you manage your time.
You can see and do a lot more when you’re just like picking up these little bites. Having something quick to eat and then moving on to the next thing. And it is a lot more affordable than going out for a fancy meal. Yes. In Macau (澳門 – 澳门) because I have a feeling that would not be affordable. No, it could get pricey really quick.
And yeah, all of the Macanese street food is really cheap. Like everything was under $5 US dollars. Some things were under $1.
So really cheap. Really delicious. Highly recommend it. So another thing we really like is all of the Portuguese architecture and ruins that you can find throughout the city. It is just fascinating to see that type of architecture in you know a part of the world where you normally wouldn’t associate that with. Yeah.
It just gives a some people come obviously to Macau to gamble and to do other things like that but you can also be a culture vulture and enjoy the Portuguese architecture. Culture vulture. And other things. So another point to add is that this is such an easy day trip. Like it is just so convenient to hop on a ferry and you’re there. Right.
So the ease of travel is another really alluring thing about Macau (澳門 – 澳门). It is very attractive and if you want to do the way we did it we woke up really early in Hong Kong we went to the ferry terminal bought our ticket, quickly went through immigration. Do remember to bring your passport.
Yes. You are going from one special administrative region to another. From Hong Kong to Macau so don’t forget to do that. But yeah, you can go buy your ticket on the spot.
We were on the baot within like what 30 minutes. And then it an hour to Macau (澳門 – 澳门). Immigration was a breeze there and so like by I don’t know by 8 or 9 we were like already rolling. We were sightseeing. We were sightseeing, exploring Macau.
So yeah and then you can come back again late at night. And that makes for a great really busy day. I find that when you have some time scarcity like that you just maximize your time. Yeah, you really run around. We did.
And we saw a lot and yeah check out our video to see what we did in just one day. And one final point about things we loved about Macau would have to be the free transportation provided by the hotels and casinos. Thank you! Thank you hotels and casinos. Even though we didn’t really spend money. I know we took like three different shuttles.
Yeah, oh what was it the Wynn Hotel. We went from the Wynn Hotel back to the ferry. We were the only people on that shuttle.
And they drove us. It was a private ride. It was awesome.
So yeah, do take advantage of the free transportation. These casinos and hotels they have tonnes of money so you don’t have to feel guilty about it. Alright, moving on to the things we hated about Macau. Basically the things we disliked about Macau (澳門 – 澳门).
And the first thing that comes up is the accommodations. The lack of budget and mid-range accommodations. It really out prices a lot of travelers and visitors. But obviously the city is making a lot of money so I don’t see that changing anytime soon.
And I don’t see there being a lot of budget accommodations both now and in the future. So another thing that we kind of hated about Macau is that let’s say by mid afternoon a lot of the major attractions like Senado Square, Saint Paul’s Ruins it is just packed with people. Super crowded. Oversaturated. Yeah, it is a little bit overwhelming.
So the way that you can get around that is to visit these earlier in the morning. Yeah. Um, especially if you’re staying in Macao (澳門 – 澳门). We didn’t have that option because we got to these around the mid-afternoon but it was a little bit overwhelming. Yeah, there was a point where we weren’t actually moving. We were just standing there in a crowd like kind of getting pushed and shoved.
So that wasn’t so pleasant. I guess that is one of the downsides. Right. So to like we said to get around that visit during off hours.
And the last thing that I didn’t really enjoy was the ferry ride coming back. It was totally fine on the way there but on the way back it was super choppy. And like the boat was bouncing up and down and that is when I understood why they have seat belts on the seats on the ferry.
It is because like you’re getting some serious air. And it is like uhh. To be honest that doesn’t bother me as much. Like I don’t get as seasick. And one tip we can offer is to try to get a seat on the second level. That is never as choppy as on the first level.
Yeah. So yeah, try to get your seat on the second level especially if you mind the choppy waters and if you get seasick easily. Yeah, so I would say those are all of our travel tips for Macau.
I hope you found them useful and we wish you a wonderful trip. If you’re traveling there soon. Absolutely. Do visit Macau it is definitely worth at least one visit there at one point in your life. Bye. Bye.