Macau is a former colony of the Portuguese Empire, after Ming China leased the territory as a trading post in 1557. The colony remained under Portuguese rule until 1999, when it was transferred to China. Macau has become a major resort city and a top destination for gambling tourism, with a gambling industry seven times […]
A day trip to Macau is a popular thing to do and a lot of travellers usually combined with it with their Hong Kong visit. Both countries are only an hour apart by ferry and easily accessible.
If you’ve never heard about Macau then you’re in for a treat. It’s considered the Las Vegas of Asia with all the major international casinos showcasing all their glitz and glam, free tourist attractions, and most importantly FREE shuttle bus services to and from the casino to the ferry terminal.
If you’re doing you travel on a budget then you’re in luck. Almost all of the major tourist attractions in Macau are accessible by first taking a free shuttle bus and then doing a little bit of walking.Read more about What to do on a trip in Macau …
Macau is an easy day trip for those who are visiting Hong Kong. It’s about an hour ferry ride over and offers a slightly different vibe with its flashy casinos and Portuguese history.
Just like how Hong Kong and Taiwan are, Macau has it’s own currency, borders, and Government. They are all a Special Administrative Region of China.
Before you go:
Make sure you are able to enter Macau and re-enter Hong Kong again with your Visa! I don’t recommend planning a return to Hong Kong if you’re near the end of days permitted or are on a single entry visa.
In the hostel I was in, there are two South African travelers who were denied re-entry because of this and was forced to stay in Macau for at least 30 days before re-entry to Hong Kong to retrieve their luggage at the hostel! I hope they flew out of Macau to stay somewhere else, because it’s a really expensive city for accommodations.