“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
– Martin Buber
Welcome to Macao!
At first I write this post, difficult to decide which one is right, Macao or Macau. I read from some articles, its okey to use one of it version. The English spelling is traditionally Macao (an archaic Portuguese spelling) and the modern Portuguese Macau. So you can write with one of these styles. Macau, “Las Vegas Asia” is an autonomous region on the southern coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. The mixture of Portuguese culture in Macau is very strong, seen from architecture, culture, food, and so on. Casinos and giant malls on the Cotai Strip, which join the islands of Taipa and Coloane, as centers of tourism and entertainment in Macau.
One of the most famous landmarks is the Macau Tower, with views of the city. If you are planning a vacation to Hong Kong, please take the time to visit Macao because of its close location (less than 1 hour by jetboat). Hong Kong and Macao offer two different characters. You will never regret it! I will also share about Hong Kong stories on the next blog post but this time I want to be nostalgic with a memorable 3-day trip in Macao. Here are 8 things you should try while visiting Macau.
4 hours flying from Kuala Lumpur to Macao. Before heading to the city, I suggest you buy a sim card first to make it easier for you to access the internet. Lots of brands are offered, but I chose Discover Hong Kong because it can also be used in Hong Kong. Don’t forget to take a tourist map in the airport information section. We chose the bus as the main transportation, the shelter is also very close to the airport, not far from the airport exit. At that time, we headed to Coloane Village (bus 21A). There are also other routes that will cross to Coloane (15, 21, 25, 26 dan 26A). The bus ticket price in Macao is 6 MOP (flat).
Heading to…. TAIPA! Our bus goes down at the shelter near the famous cake shop at Coloane Village called Lord Stow’s bakery. Don’t forget to try delicious egg tarts for 9 MOP. Then we walked to the Chapel of St. Yellow Francis Xavier was built in 1928 as a landmark in Coloane Village.
2. MACAO GIANT PANDA
Macao Giant Panda Pavilioun is very close to Seac Pai Van Park. Entrance ticket is 10MOP. Here, you can meet 4 cute pandas and also two very active raccoons. Panda see directly is my resolutions in 2018, so was very pleased when finally able to come to Macao Giant Panda Pavilioun. You can also take pictures around the park with various ornamental plants.
3. AMA TEMPLE
A Ma Temple is located in São Lourenço, Macau was built since 1,488 in this Ming Dynasty era (1368-1644). This temple is the oldest temple and the first place the Portuguese landed in Macao. This Buddhist temple is mainly used as a place of worship but tourists can also enter the complex area free of charge.
4. MANDARIN HOUSE
Mandarin’s House was once a housing complex built since 1881. You can walk about 7 minutes from A Ma temple. Mandarin’s House is open at 10am to 6pm and is free. This building has a lot of space and rooms with ancient style wall hangings. I can say this place is like a museum, because you can learn about the history of this house and many things that are related.
5. LOU LIM IEOC GARDEN
Lou Lim Ieoc Garden is a beautiful park built by a local named Lou Kao, but now the park has been managed by the government for tourist favorite tourist sites. Visitors can see large and small fish ponds, park benches, flowers and shady trees. Local residents often use this park to exercise, read books, take a walk or meet friends, chat, and so on.
The park is located in the middle of a crowded city and surrounded by tall buildings and this shop seems to be a unique point in the area of São Lázaro, Macao.
6. FORTALEZA DE MONTE
In the past, this location was a fortress used to monitor enemy soldiers. However, currently Fortaleza De Monte is a tourist favorite location because from here we can see the city of Macao from above. This location being the “Historic Center of Macau” is close to the Ruins of St. Paul. While enjoying the fresh air, you can sit back here and also take pictures in the park around the fort, with a very beautiful view.
7. RUIN SAINT PAUL & SENADO SQUARE
Ruins of St. Church Paul was first built in 1580 and then underwent reconstruction starting in 1602 due to fire. This place also returned to restoration in 1990 and 1995. We walked from Fortaleza De Monte through a neatly arranged flower garden to the Ruins of St. Paul. Arriving at this location around 4 pm and at that time very crowded tourists both from outside China and local. This is an iconic building in Macao, so don’t forget to take a picture with your best pose. Hehehe……
Just a 6-minute walk from Ruin Saint Paul you will arrive at the famous Senado Square shopping area. Senado Square was built in 1918 to once connect Praira Grande with the port. At Senado Square you can buy souvenirs, shop for fashion or food, etc.
For those of you who like to shop, Senado Square is the right place with lots of shops with famous brands. And, for those of you who like shopping for make up, skin care or body care, I recommend that you stop by at Sasa, one of the cosmetics centers the store has spread to in Macao and Hong Kong. Cheaper guaranteed prices with lots of discounts.
8. THE PARISIAN MACAO & VENETIAN MACAO
The Parisian Macao and Venetian Macao are two of the most famous hotels in Macao, because of their landmarks and beautiful architecture. Locations are both close together, The Parisian Macao is located in Lote 3, Strip, SAR, China, while Venetian Macao is located in Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperanca (the location name is complicated yes but actually the location is just next to each other, hehehe …. Lol).
These two hotels also have free shuttle facilities. The Parisian Macao has a miniature Eiffel tower while the Venetian Macao is connected to a mall that has its own “Venetian”, even complete with a boat and complete with typical Italian song singers.
I didn’t ask for the price of renting a boat because that night we decided to go back to the hotel, and try Tom Yam seafood at the Thai restaurant beside the hotel.
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