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What You Should Know More About Macau

  • Travel Advice

    ·         Plan your trip through an authorized travel agent as Macau being a tourist frequented destination, can have a lot of scammers as well.

    ·         Book your stay arrangements in advance, especially if you are visiting there in the peak season.

    ·         Learn a few words, figures and numbers in the local language because many people here might not understand English.

    ·         Stay away from shady places and illegal activities.

    ·         You can shop for the best of all things in Macau, but make sure you bargain at the shops so that you are not duped with overpricing.

    ·         Take care of all your belongings and do not carry a lot of cash along with you.

    ·         Take care while betting at the casinos and understand the rules properly before you do so.

    ·         Maintain decorum while you visit temples and other religious places.

  • Drinking Law

    The legal age to drink as well as purchase alcohol in Macau is 18 years of age, for all types of alcoholic drinks like Wine, beer as well as spirits.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can't afford to miss?

    Casinos

    Known as the ‘Las Vegas of the East’, Macau is a home to some of the best casinos in the world, the biggest of it being ‘The Venetian Macao’. It is not only the biggest in Macau, but the biggest casino in the world and the luxury which you are pampered with once you step inside is beyond anything you have ever imagined. Right from beautiful sights and sounds, luxurious ambience, tourists gambling and winning or losing, the sight at casinos in Macau is worth witnessing. Even if you are not in for gambling, you can still visit the casinos just for a different experience because it is indeed not worth missing out on.

     


    Ruins of St. Paul

    The Ruins of St. Paul are an important sight-seeing monument in Macau. Best to be visited at night, this place is a front façade of a church, which is lit up beautifully after sunset. Once you see this place, you can never stop marveling at the beauty of it and along with it, click some Instagram worthy pictures as well. So do not miss out on going here at all.


    Taipa Village


    Taipa is a cultural village located amid the glitzy and vibrant city of Macau. This place is here people still live in traditional houses which are artistic and rustic like the old times. The small Chinese Temple inside the village is the main attraction here. You will find food stalls, restaurants, small shops amid the Portuguese style buildings at this place, making it a picturesque destination for you. You will indeed be mesmerized by the way cultural and traditional elements are still preserved here amid an active and fast city.


    Senado Square

    The Senado Square is a town square in Macau which is paved with traditional Portuguese mosaic tiles. With an elegant fountain in the centre, this place is as beautiful as a dream. Listed as one of the UNESCO Heritage sites, this place is worth a visit. To add to your experience, this place is also surrounded by many Chinese food stalls which will altogether give you a nice evening experience in Macau.


    Macau Tower

    Macau tower is one of the most iconic places in Macau and boasts of having a revolving restaurant, observation deck and a cinema hall too. You will get some of the most mesmerizing views of the city of Macau from this tower and if you are excited about adventure activities, you have a bungee jumping facility here and you would indeed want to do it over here because it is the world’s second highest bungee jump. So be ready to get your mind blown at this amazing place.


    Museum Visits

    Right from glitzy buildings to museums, Macau has it all. Pay a visit to the Macau museum, which is situated right on the hill beside the Ruins of St. Paul’s. This place will give you a glimpse of the history of Macau. The interesting part here are interactive buttons which are there on some displays, which allow you to play games and hence, this place is not like a boring museum with bare display of things.

     


    Zhuhai

    Zhuhai is a neighboring city to Macau and is worth visiting if you have 2 days extra on your trip schedule. If you are a shopaholic, you can never every miss out on this place, as it is a giant flea market in itself selling everything from electronics to clothing. You can visit one of the underground malls and shop for whatever you want, at really affordable prices.


    Na Tcha Temple

    There are many traditional temples which are worth visiting in Macau. They provide you with a different type of tranquility altogether, and the most known of these temples is the Na Tcha Temple, famous for its ancient architecture and the serene and calm location at which it is located. If you want to get away from the noisy city atmosphere and experience some solitude, visit the Na Tcha Temple for sure.

  • What you will like there?

    Luxurious Resorts and Casinos

    Macau is an epitome when it comes to luxury resorts and casinos. The ambience, facilities, décor and each and every essence of luxury offered at resorts and casinos as well as hotels in Macau is something beyond one has ever imagined. You will receive a very different kind of pampering when you are in Macau, which can be understood only with experiencing it.


    Shopping options

    From electronics to clothing, accessories to furniture and makeup to appliances, you can buy almost everything in Macau. You can shop for some of the most uniquely designed things over here, which you will find nowhere else in the world, at unbelievably affordable prices. You will definitely get home a lot of amazing things from Macau as the shopping scene over here is really tempting.


    Street Food

    There is no end to the kind of delicacies which you will find on the streets of Macau. From sweets to munchies to proper meals, you will have thousands of different options to choose from, and you will regret that you cannot eat beyond a limit. You will indeed remember the taste of street food in Macau for a really long time.


    Variety of Entertainment

    Macau is a home to a lot of different and unique entertainment activities like gaming zones, themed restaurants, cultural and traditional shows as well as performances. You will get to see some of the most authentic as well as crazy and fun entertainment activities in Macau which you will never forget for your entire life.


    Safe Environment

    This place is completely safe for tourists. You will not encounter any unsafe incident except for shopkeepers trying to scam you while you shop. Otherwise, no serious threat is there for tourists visiting Macau and hence, this place is something you can enjoy without worrying about anything.

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  • When is the best time to visit Macau?

    The best time to visit Macau starts from the month of October until December, which is the autumn season.

    • This period is favourable to travel the best tourist places in Macau because it stays without rain and typhoon.
    • During the month of March to May (spring), Macau has a typical oceanic monsoon climate with mild March, Rainy April and humid May. May is the wettest month of the year and it rains a lot in Macau during this month.
  • How to reach Macau?

    One can fly to Macau from India. There are very few AirAsia flights which land in Macau from India. But most visitors fly to Hong Kong, which has direct flights from many Indian cities. Check for flights any from any of the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai etc and you get to Macau in the easiest way is by flying to Hong Kong fist.   

  • How to reach Macau?

    One can fly to Macau from India. There are very few AirAsia flights which land in Macau from India. But most visitors fly to Hong Kong, which has direct flights from many Indian cities. Check for flights any from any of the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai etc and you get to Macau in the easiest way is by flying to Hong Kong fist.   

  • Do I need a visa for Macau? How does one get a Macau visa?

    No. However, if you are flying to Hong Kong first and then plan to travel to Macau, do apply to the pre-arrival registration. The visa is free and on arrival.

    Macau and Hong Kong are some of the South Asian places where an Indian citizen gets a free visa entry. The Indian Passport has a value in Macau, all you need is a passport with minimum six months validity and two blank pages and an international card and some foreign currency.

    It is also favourable to have some answers ready regarding the hotel bookings and return journey, if in the case asked by the immigration officials. On a single entry, you get to spend 30 days in Macau.

  • What is the currency of Macau and where can I get my money exchanged?

    The currency of Macau is Macanese Pataca, however, the Hong Kong Dollar is widely accepted in Macau. Hong Kong Dollar is mostly preferred in the casinos and hotels of Macau. But Macanese Pataca is not accepted in Hong Kong.  One can exchange currency at various Macau Banks or at these five Money Changers for better rates and convenience:

    • Soi Cheong Money Changer
    • P&W Casa de Cambio
    • First International Resources
    • Casa de Cambio Asia
    • Casa de Cambio Lisboa

  • What are the things to do in Macau?

    There are countless things to do in Macau, it is just not the vegas of the east but a fun-filled place which is just next door. Include this thing in your trip and come back with joyful faces.

    • Play like a pro in the casinos of Macau
    • Take a Macanese food adventure at Taipa Village
    • Shopping experience in Venetian Hotel Mall
    • Witness Ruins of St. Paul and Conquer Mount Fortress
    • Stroll through Senado Square
    • Climb the Guia Hill
    • Pay homage to Matzu at A-Ma Temple
    • Visit the Casa Do Mandarin (Mandarin’s House)
    • Meet Pandas at Seac Pai Van Park
    • Go on top of the Macau Tower
    • Visit the many museums like the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum of Macau
    • Relax at Hac Sa Beach
    • Discover the urban parks like Sun Yat Sen Park or Camoes Garden in Macau

  • What are the things to do in Macau?

    There are countless things to do in Macau, it is just not the vegas of the east but a fun-filled place which is just next door. Include this thing in your trip and come back with joyful faces.

    • Play like a pro in the casinos of Macau
    • Take a Macanese food adventure at Taipa Village
    • Shopping experience in Venetian Hotel Mall
    • Witness Ruins of St. Paul and Conquer Mount Fortress
    • Stroll through Senado Square
    • Climb the Guia Hill
    • Pay homage to Matzu at A-Ma Temple
    • Visit the Casa Do Mandarin (Mandarin’s House)
    • Meet Pandas at Seac Pai Van Park
    • Go on top of the Macau Tower
    • Visit the many museums like the Grand Prix Museum and the Wine Museum of Macau
    • Relax at Hac Sa Beach
    • Discover the urban parks like Sun Yat Sen Park or Camoes Garden in Macau

  • What is the local food of Macau? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    When you are in Macau, do not miss these food items which are often considered cuisine signatures. A list of must-try food items in Macau and the places best famous for each.

    • Mashed potato- Robuchon au Dome is the place to try the creamy dish.
    • Portuguese egg tart - One can try it at Lord Stow's Bakery (several outlets) and Grand Hyatt hotel.
    • Egg rolls- Try at street stalls.
    • Pork chop bun- Famous at  Tai Lei Lok Kei in Taipa.
    • Portuguese seafood rice- Temptations restaurants serve it the best.
    • Casa dos Grelhados is a famous restaurant that serves Pork Lard.
    • Serradura- A dessert item to try at  Gelatina Mok Yi Kei.
    • Try Sweet Pork Jerky and  Almond cookies at Koi Kee Bakery.
    • Taste the unusual Black garlic chocolate at McPherson's Sweets Shoppe.

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Macau?

    Public buses are run by d by three companies- Reolian, Veolia and Macau’s H. Nolasco. However, The buses are fund crowded during peak hours and are not accessible in every corner of Macau. The benefit of commuting in a public bus is that it is extremely cheap.

    Taxis are also available in Macau but the issue of them being flocked outside the casinos and hotels is a problem that you can not always find a taxi in the older districts.

  • Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Macau?

    No, one does not need any specific vaccine before the trip to Macau but the regular vaccination is expected of every individual.

  • What is the local language in Macau and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    Cantonese and Portuguese are the two official languages of Macau. Hokkien and English are also spoken widely and Mandarin is gaining ground since its handover to China.

    Some of the most commonly used greetings are:

    • Ola- Hello!
    • Como Esta- How are you?
    • Estou o[p]timo/a- I am fine.
    • Prazer- Please to meet you.
    • Bom dia- Good morning!

  • Which are the best shopping places in Macau and what are they famous for?

    Macau is a shopper’s paradise, from Chinese antiques to camera and fashionable clothes, almost everything at a duty-free cost. Buy like never before in Macau.

    • Macau Peninsular: You find almost everything here.
    • Red Market and Av. de Horta e Costa: Numerous stalls of fruits, flowers, vegetables, and clothes.
    • Pawnshops: Hunt for great deals on jewelry, watches and other precious items.
    • Rua de S.Paulo Area: Famous for furniture and antique shops.
    • Senado Square Area: fashionable clothes are the best buy in this market.
    • New Yaohan and Macau Landmark: A hu selling electronic appliances and cameras varieties.
    • Taipa Island (Outlying Islands): This place is heaven for foodies, you get many pastry shops and street vendors selling delectable food items like Dimsums and other snacks.
  • Which are the best casinos in Macau?

    The vegas of Asia is known as a gambling hotspot and is loved for that by many visitors. The best five casinos in  Macau are listed below:

    • Venetian Casino Resort
    • City of Dreams Macau
    • The Sands Macau
    • Wynn Macau
    • Grand Lisboa Macau

  • Which are the best casinos in Macau?

    The vegas of Asia is known as a gambling hotspot and is loved for that by many visitors. The best five casinos in  Macau are listed below:

    • Venetian Casino Resort
    • City of Dreams Macau
    • The Sands Macau
    • Wynn Macau
    • Grand Lisboa Macau

  • How far is Macau from Hong Kong? What are the best means to get there?

    The most economical and convenient way to reach Macau from Hong Kong is the speed ferry. There are several operators like TurboJET and Cotai water jet are the frequently running Jet operators and it takes almost 40 to 70 minutes to reach Macau depending on the operator. The aerial distance between Hong Kong and Macau is 63 Km.

  • Which are the best pilgrimage sites to visit in Macau?

    The traditional beauty of Macau are some of the old sites which are listed below:

    • Ruins of St. Paul
    • Golden Lotus Square
    • Senado Square
    • A-Ma Temple
    • The Venetian Macau

  • Why is Macau known as the ‘Vegas of Asia’? What are the different shows that happen in Macau?

    Macau is Asia’s gambling capital with grand casinos and glitzy lights and that is why it is also known as the ‘Vegas of Asia,’ ‘Vegas of the east,’ or ‘Vegas of China.’ The different shows that happen in Macau are as follow:

    • Paris show and the cabaret
    • Thriller and Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian
    • Abracadabra at the House of Magic
    • Signature performance at Wynn Macau
    • Witness the wild water at the House of Dancing Water show

  • Why is Macau known as the ‘Vegas of Asia’? What are the different shows that happen in Macau?

    Macau is Asia’s gambling capital with grand casinos and glitzy lights and that is why it is also known as the ‘Vegas of Asia,’ ‘Vegas of the east,’ or ‘Vegas of China.’ The different shows that happen in Macau are as follow:

    • Paris show and the cabaret
    • Thriller and Phantom of the Opera at the Venetian
    • Abracadabra at the House of Magic
    • Signature performance at Wynn Macau
    • Witness the wild water at the House of Dancing Water show

  • Which are the top beaches to visit in Macau?

    Escape the bright light and casinos and wander in the natural seascape of Macau. For the love of sea, sand and the Sun, the top beaches in Macau which can be visited are Hac Sa Beach and Cheoc Van Beach.

  • What are the different adventures one can do in Macau?

    Skywalk, tower climb, bungee jumping, and ski jump from the Macau Tower which is a convention and entertainment centre are some of the different adventures one can thrill to have.

  • Which are the most popular museums to visit in Macau?

    Museums are the sights that you should not miss at this Peninsula colony of Asia, some of the most recommended are:

  • Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Macau

    As travelling to Macau is an easy deal and there are no such tips that one can specifically mention but here are some of the information that might come useful for touring the best tourist places in Macau.

    • 1 MOP is equal to 9 INR, and it is better to convert only a small amount in the airport and convert the rest inside the city.

     

    • Macau can be covered on a 4 to 5 days long itinerary and it is better to take a flight to Hong Kong from India and then travel to Macau by the speed ferries.

     

    • English is understood in Macau so one can travel without being concerned about the language.