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Macau Itinery - help please

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Macau Itinery - help please

Hello

My husband and I will be visiting Hk at the end of March. We plan to do a day trip to Macau during the week. I have read up a bit of things to do and what to see on the forum. Below is my rough itinery - would greatly appreciate any help or idea to refine it.

Ferry from HK to Macau - aim to arrive in Macau 10am

Please advise how we can get to A-ma temple from the ferry terminal (would the casino buses go there??)

1) A-Ma temple - (how long would it take to walk to Senado square- assuming we would not stop for too long at other sites along the way).

2)Senado square

3)St Domingo church

4)walk along Rue Felicidade - look around the shops and sample local snacks (is there a place we can get pork chop buns in this area).

5)Ruins of st Paul

6)Head to Cotal strip (Please advise how to get there)

Aiming to see Venetian and Wynn

- Gondolo ride - does anyone know how much this costs - is it worth it

- the bubble - is this free - I read somewhere that we would need to get ''free'' tickets in advance - how do I go about getting these

- Dragon's Treasure at City of Dreams

- Performance Lake front of Wynn Macau.

- Tree of Prosperity enter Wynn Macau

- The house of dancing water (would like to do this but will need to see if I can work it into my budget)

- are there any other FREE shows that I have left off here :-)

Please may you also advise on the approximate timings of the first half of my itinery before we head off to the Cotai strip - am I doing too much or could I squeeze in another site to see. Is all of that part of my itinery easy to do on foot???

I would also like to go somewhere with authentic mancanese/portuguese style food for dinner. After reading a few reviews I was thinking of going to a restaurant called Henri's Gallery (They apparently have very good African chicken - sounds yummy) - But i'm not sure if this is a bit out of the way as We will be in the cotai strip in the evening - so am unsure how to fit this in - or how to get there. Can anyone recommend a similar type restaurant in the casino area - I am not to keen to eat at the Hotels as from previous experience of hotels they are over priced and not very authentic.

finally we would catch the hotel bus back to the ferry terminal.

One question I have on the Hk-Macau ferry is - if I buy a return ticket would I need to book a specific time for my return journey or would this be an 'anytime' ticket. It doesn't mention this on the ferry website.

I would greatly appreciate any advise you are able to give me on the timing and content of my intinery. Apologies in advance - i know I asked wayyyyy to many questions :-)

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1. Re: Macau Itinery - help please

Mimson:

A-Ma Temple is in between the Senado Square and the Venetian Hotel. I suggest that you go to Senado Square first after you get off the ferry, then later in the afternoon go to A-Ma Temple, then from there to the Venetian Hotel.

Senado square, St Domingo church, Rue Felicidade and Ruins of st Paul are all in the same area.

From Senado Square to A-Ma Temple... it is not too far. But if you walk, it can take you about 30 minutes. You may be on a time crunch in a day trip. I don't suggest to wait for a bus, though you may take any bus with the destination "Barra". You sould catch the bus heading North-west on San Ma Lu). From the bus terminus, A-Ma Temple is only a few minutes away. I still recommend taking a taxi there. It is easier.

No casino shuttles don't go to A-Ma Temple. There is no casino there.

From A-Ma Temple to the Venetian Hotel, you can take a taxi.

Wynn Casino is back on Macau Peninsula not Cotai. So you should finish your sight-seeing at the Venetian, and the shows, then take a taxi to Wynn. From Wynn it is fairly close to the main ferry terminal back to Hong Kong. (I assume you want to visit Wynn at night. Or else you can take their shuttle to visit Wynn as you get off the ferry first. Then from Wynn you can walk to Senado Square. Not that far. About 10 minutes.)

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>> 4)walk along Rue Felicidade - look around the shops and sample local snacks (is there a place we can get pork chop buns in this area). <<

Somewhere when you walk from Senado Square to the Ruins of St Paul along the food ally, you will see one cha chan tien (local tea restaurant) that has big pictures of pork chop buns in the front. We bought some from there. They taste very good. The place is crowded with locals and tourists so I think they are pretty good compared to others. I don't recall the business name.

This blog page featured one restaurant that has good pork chop bun in that area. But I couldn't locate it on a map. (Cafe Kam Ma Lon)

…wordpress.com/2009/…

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There is a shuttle bus running between CoD and Wynn/ MGM, and another one from Wynn to the ferry terminal.

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4. Re: Macau Itinery - help please

Thank you Happy feet and Oissan for your responses.

Well my map reading skills need improving - I thought the A-Ma temple was the furthest point away from the Venetian - the maps on the Macau tourism website are not that clear and dont show all the cultural sites and Casino's on one map.

I also thought the Wynn was accross the road from the Ventian - LOL - I must have been half asleep reading other forum posts.

Thanks for your advice and i will tweak my itinery around so I see the sights in a logical order.

Anyone know if the roundtrip tickets on the ferry are open - and if the return ticket can be used at any time - or do i need to buy a return for a specific time. I just want to make sure I am not stuck in Macau in the middle of the night because the ferries were too full or something.

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5. Re: Macau Itinery - help please

Resorts dancing before your eyes, eh ;-)

It's City of Dreams that is directly opposite the Venetian; Wynn is just about 10 minutes walk from Senado Square.

Unless you plan to travel back to HK on a Sunday evening there's really no need to buy the return ticket in advance - just turn up at the pier and go to the ticket office the way you would for a suburban train (except the ferries run a lot more frequently than most suburban rail lines!). Unless there is a special offer on, there is no price advantage in buying a 2-way ticket.

If you do have your return ticket in advance, it is possible to join a standby queue to get on an earlier boat IF spare seats are available, but you can NOT catch a boat later than the sailing specified on your ticket.

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6. Re: Macau Itinery - help please

Thanks Oissan for your response - I will def not buy a return ticket in advance then - I was just worrying unnecessarily about not being able to catch a ferry back to HK late at night.

Will def do a bit more wondering about now in Macau and not have to worry about what time I need to catch a ferry back.

Soooooo looking forward to my trip :-)

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7. Re: Macau Itinery - help please

Here is a review we did recently for the UNESCO City Centre of Macau (w/ pictures), it might be useful for planning how to see the attractions.

tripadvisor.com/…REVIEWS

The Senado to A-Ma Temple route is in the Day 2 section. Lots to see in between those two attractions.

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When did you visit Macau? There were so few people in your pictures. So un-real! :D Very nice pictures Brad!

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Chinese New Year! Thats why there were so few people, contrary to everyone's belief that its so very crowded on holidays, we just never see it that way in Macau (with the exception of the Venetian which can be like a zoo inside).

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