ABOUT CONTACT WORK WITH ME PRIVACY POLICY THE PHL CHALLENGE                               
    

ads_banners

MACAU BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 4,800 Pesos DIY Itinerary

Macau Budget Travel Guide Tourist Spots DIY Itinerary 2018

Visiting Macau, whether as a day tour or a side trip from your Hong Kong vacation, is a lot of fun and a historical experience about Macau's colonial past from the Portuguese. There are so many things to do and activities in Macau that are worth trying - especially for first-timers. In this Macau Budget Travel Guide Blog, let me share to you some useful information on how to get there, visa requirements, exciting things to do, must-see tourist spots and attractions, where to stay, DIY itinerary, budget and expenses, and a lot more. I hope to will help you in planning your Macau adventure, soon!

Travel Guide to Macau, China



WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS MACAU TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG?


How to get to Macau?



FROM MANILA


Local airlines such as Cebu Pacific Air, Air Asia Philippines, and Philippine Airlines fly directly from Manila to Macau. For cheap flights to Macau, I highly recommend booking your flights via Traveloka.com. I've been using Traveloka in my travels and I can assure you that you'll always get the best deals and promos on hotels and flights! And don't forget to use their weekly promo codes to get more discounts!

FROM CEBU OR DAVAO


Flights to Macau are also available from either Cebu or Davao with transit in Manila via Philippine Airlines.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR CHEAP FLIGHTS TO MACAU


Download the Traveloka App now! https://www.traveloka.com/en-ph/traveloka-flight-ticket-hotel-booking-app

FROM HONG KONG


If you're traveling to Hong Kong and want to visit Macau, the most economical way is to take a ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. You can find ferry terminals at Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal near IFC Towers in Shun Tak Center on Hong Kong Island and at China Ferry Terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon Island.

Currently, there are two ferry operators you could choose from. One is the Cotai Water Jet and the other one is the TurboJet. I've tried both of them in my previous travels to Macau, and they are both safe and nice. Travel time from Hong Kong to Macau is about 1 hour and ferry ticket is around 1,000 pesos depending on your sailing time. I highly recommend that you book your ferry tickets in advance.

BOOK your Ferry Tickets from Hong Kong to Macau and Vice Versa:

TRAVEL TIP: If you have an iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass, you can get 15% off on Cotai Water Jet ferry tickets.

What you need to note when taking the ferry is to know where it will arrive in Macau. There are two main ferry terminals in Macau. One is the Macau Outer Harbour Terminal which is nearer the Macau city center and the other one is the Macau Taipa Ferry Terminal which is near Macau International Airport and the big casinos in Macau.

ALSO READ: HONG KONG BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 9,700 Pesos DIY Itinerary

Please note that ticket prices and airfare are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking.

Top Free Things To Do in Macau

How to get around Macau?



Upon arrival in Macau International Airport, or at any of the ferry terminals, free hotel shuttle buses can be availed. If your booked hotel doesn't offer free shuttle bus, check for the nearest hotel to your booked hotel. Else, you may opt to take a taxi or the public bus going to your hotel.

Taking the free shuttle buses and the public buses are the cheapest ways to get around Macau. What we did when going to a certain destination (if free shuttle bus is not available) is we check the google map for directions. Google map is your best buddy to know how to get to a destination. It will give you the bus route, the bus number you should take, travel time, and the stops of the bus.

When you get to the bus stop, you may check how much is the fare. Bus fares are listed at the bus stops. Be sure to always have coins with you for your payment in taking the bus.

Upon boarding the bus, you should drop your payment at the payment box with a card reader by the front door entrance. Be sure that your payment is correct as the driver will see it. Take note that the driver will not give you any change, so make sure that you always have coins with you. For convenience, you may also purchase a Macau Pass which is a prepaid travel and payment card that you can use to pay for bus fares, shops, and restaurants - just like Hong Kong's Octopus Card. You can get it at convenience stores but you need to buy them preloaded with a certain amount.

Always remember that when getting on the bus, take the front door. When getting off, take the rear door.

For your reference, here are the standard taxi fare:
  • First 1600 meters - 19.00 MOP
  • Every 240 meter - 2.00 MOP

Note: When boarding a taxi at the Macau International Airport taxi stand or at the Taipa Ferry Terminal taxi stand, additional 5.00 MOP will be charged.

Fares for public bus services are as follow:
  • Within the Macao peninsula - 3.20 MOP
  • Within Taipa, including from Taipa village to the airport and back - 2.80 MOP
  • Within Coloane,including from Coloane village to Hac Sa Beach & back - 2.80 MOP
  • From Macao peninsula to Taipa and back - 4.20 MOP
  • From Macao peninsula to Coloane and back - 5.00 MOP
  • From Macao peninsula to Hac Sa Beach & back - 6.40 MOP
  • From Taipa to Coloane village - 3.20 MOP
  • From Taipa to Hac Sa Beach or Ka Ho - 3.60 MOP

Fares and rates are subject to change and are correct at the time of posting.

The Ruins of Saint Pauls Macau China

Visa Requirements to Macau



Filipinos do not need a visa to enter Macau. You just need to have a valid passport with 6 months left before expiration. Philippine Passport holders are allowed to stay in Macau not more than 30 days. So, be sure that your flight bookings are correct before traveling to Macau.

Top Free Things To Do in Macau

Where to Change Currency?



Macau uses their local currency called Macanese Pataca (MOP). Current exchange rate is 1 MOP is 6.48 PHP or 0.12 USD. But Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is also widely used and accepted in Macau. So, if you're coming from Hong Kong, you don't need to change your money to MOP. Note that in Macau, 1 HKD is equals to 1 MOP.

If you're coming directly from the Philippines, you may bring Philippine Peso or US Dollars and exchange it to either MOP or HKD upon arrival in Macau. Just change a few dollars or pesos at the airport and change most of your money at the money changers found at the city center for better exchange rate.

A-Ma Temples in Macau China

How to Stay Connected in Macau?



For internet connection for your travel to Macau, you may either rent a travel pocket WiFi or buy a local sim card. Pocket WiFi are very in-demand, and I highly suggest that you book and reserve in advance online via Klook.com. Getting a local sim card or renting a pocket wifi enables you to avoid expensive roaming charges and you can even share the connection to your friends, thus saving on travel expenses.

BOOK AND RESERVE HERE:

Please note that all of these are for pick-up in Hong Kong. If you're traveling to Macau directly from the Philippines, you can buy a local SIM Card in Macau for your data usage. Price depends on the data usage. I think, we bought our SIM Card for 50 MOP/HKD which can be registered for 750 MB data connection.

Mcau Travel Guide 2018 DIY Itinerary

Hotels in Macau



There are many hotels in Macau, but only a few budget hotels can be found. The cheapest I found during our trip is Hou Kong Hotel for only 3,000 pesos per night for 2 persons. What I love about this hotel is that it's a short walking distance to Senado Square, and near bus stops, restaurants, convenience stores, and other tourist spots and attractions in Macau.

Hou Kong Hotel

Address: Travessa das Virtudes No. 1, São Lourenço, Macau City Center, Macau, China
Room Rate: PHP 3,000.00 per night
BOOK HERE: Click here to see room availability and book online

You may also check out the following hotels in Macau for less than 5,000 pesos per night.

Ole London Hotel

Address: Praca De Ponte e Horta, No 4-6, São Lourenço, Macau City Center, Macau, China
Room Rate: PHP 3,166.88 per night
BOOK HERE: Click here to see room availability and book online

Hotel Lisboa

Address: 2-4 Avenida De Lisboa, Sé, Macau City Center, Macau, China
Room Rate: PHP 4,868.92 per night
BOOK HERE: Click here to see room availability and book online

The Venetian Hotel Macau

Address: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China

If you have extra budget, why not stay overnight at The Venetian Hotel and get to experience the Venetian culture while in Macau? You can avail a Macau Venetian Hotel stay in a Royale Deluxe Suite with Gondola Ride Experience for as low as 12,411 pesos.

Inclusive of:
  • 2 gondola ride tickets
  • 1 night stay at Macau Venetian Hotel, Royale Deluxe Suite (good for up to 4 people)
  • Buffet breakfast at Cafe Deco OR buffet lunch at Bambu Restaurant for two guests (please choose one)
  • 10% service charge and 5% government tax

BOOK HERE: Macau Venetian Hotel stay in a Royale Deluxe Suite with Gondola Ride Experience

Note: Room rates are subject to change and depends on the booking dates.

TRAVEL TIPS:


When choosing your hotel in Macau, choose the ones located in Macau city center because it is near the historical core and tourist spots in Macau such as the Senado Square and the Ruins of St. Paul's. If you wish to stay near the airport, Taipa area located south of Macau City is a good choice. If you traveled to Macau for the casinos, Cotai area is mostly where luxury hotels and casino are located, such as The Venetian Macau, Grand Hyatt Macau Hotel, Studio City, Conrad Hotel, Conrad Hotel, Wynn Palace, and City of Dreams Macau.

CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR OTHER HOTELS IN MACAU


Macau Tower Attractions iVenture Card Klook

Top Things To Do in Macau



There are a lot of tourist spots to see, activities to enjoy, as well as free attractions in Macau that you can visit without emptying your wallet. It is also possible to visit it as a day tour from Hong Kong, but I don't really recommend it. It's still better if you stay for at least one night in Macau. Wether you're looking for things to do in Macau or for free things to do, and tourist spots and attractions with FREE ADMISSION, below are my recommended things to do in Macau.

  • Stroll through Senado Square
  • Visit St. Dominic's Church
  • Conquer Mount Fortress
  • Visit Macau Museum
  • Gaze in Awe at the Ruins of St. Paul's
  • Visit Macau Cathedral
  • Take a look inside Leal Senado Building
  • Visit the historical A-Ma Temple
  • Go up to Macau Tower's Observation Lounge
  • Go on a Thrilling Adventure at Macau Tower's Adventure Deck
  • Hop at Extravagant Hotels and Casinos
  • Ride a Ferris Wheel at Studio City
  • Have a Venetian Experience in a Gondola at Venetian Macau
  • Enjoy the many Exciting Shows on offer
  • Be amazed by the city lights
  • Shop for Pasalubong
  • Find Instagram-worthy spots in Macau

For a more detailed information on things to do in Macau visit my previous post: Top Best Things To Do in MACAU (includes FREE ATTRACTIONS too!)

TIPID TRAVEL TIPS:

  • If you have an iVenture Card, you can avail a TKW Macau Tour - Sightseeing Day Tour in Macau with lunch buffet which includes Ruins of St. Paul's, Mount Fortress, Senado Square, Na Tcha Temple, A Ma Temple, and Macau Tower admission ticket.
  • With an iVenture card, you can also watch Viva La Broadway Show and get a Broadway Macau set meal voucher worth HK$ 70.00.
  • You can book and reserve online your Gondola Ride ticket via Klook.com. BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Gondola Rides at The Venetian Macau Discounted Ticket
  • Studio City's Golden Reel Ticket is priced at 658.00 Pesos if you buy it onsite. But if you book it online via Klook.com, you can get a discounted ticket for 535.00 pesos. BOOK AND RESERVE HERE: Golden Reel Ferris Wheel Discounted Ticket

BOOK AND RESERVE AN IVENTURE CARD HERE: iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass

What to Eat in Macau

Must-try Food Experiences


  • Indulge on Portuguese Egg Tarts
  • Have a Taste of Macau's Almond Cookies
  • Deep-fried pork chop bun and clay pot-brewed coffee breakfast at Sei Kee Cafe
  • Have a taste of the Michelin-recommended Pepper Meat Ball
  • Enjoy the many street food kiosks near Senado Square

For a more detailed information on things to do in and must-try food in Macau you may check out my previous post here: Top Best Things To Do in MACAU (includes FREE ATTRACTIONS too!)


Top Tourist Spots in Macau



If you have limited time, here are the top tourist spots and attractions in Macau you should not miss. I've also included here the address, opening hours, and how to get there for reference.

The Ruins of Saint Pauls Macau China

Ruins of St. Paul's


ADDRESS: Santo António, Macau
OPENING HOURS:
  • Façade of the Church of Mater Dei: 24 hours, 7 times a week
  • Sacred Art Museum and Crypt: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm (No admission after 05:30 pm) Closed on Tuesdays after 02:00 pm
  • Ruins of St Paul's: 09:00 am - 06:00 pm (No admission after 05:30 pm)
HOW TO GET THERE:. Take any of the bus routes numbers: 10, 10A, 11, 21A, 2, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8A, 26A, 33, 17, 18, 8A or 26. If you're already at Senado Square, just follow the signs going to the Ruins of St. Paul's. It's just a 10 minute walk from Senado Square. If you're at Mount Fortress or Macau Museum, just follow the escalator and then the stairs going down. It will lead you to the Ruins of St. Paul's.

Top Free Things To Do in Macau

Senado Square


ADDRESS: Largo do Senado, Macau
HOW TO GET THERE: From the airport or ferry terminal, you may take a taxi or take public bus numbers 6, 8, 9 or 28B. You may also take the free hotel shuttle buses going to Grand Lisboa. From there you may walk for 10 minutes along Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro. You will find Senado Square on your right.
HOURS: Open 24 hours, but the stores and restaurants close at around 9 or 10 PM.
ADMISSION: Free

A-Ma Temples in Macau China

A-Ma Temple


ADDRESS: Largo da Barra, Macau
OPENING HOURS: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
HOW TO GET THERE: Take Bus No. 6, 8, 9 or 28B
Entrance Fee: Free Admission

Macau Tower Attractions iVenture Card Klook

Macau Tower


ADDRESS:Largo da Torre de Macau, Macau
OPENING HOURS:
  • 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Monday to Friday
  • 9:00 am - 9:00pm Weekends and Public Holidays
HOW TO GET THERE: Take a taxi or any of the following buses: 9A, 18, 21, 23, 32 and 26

The Venetian Macau

The Venetian Hotel Macau


ADDRESS: Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n, Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China
HOW TO GET THERE: You may take the hotel's free shuttle service or take the public bus MT4.
OPENING HOURS: 11:00am–10:00pm (last redemption time: 8:45pm)
BOOK AND RESERVE GONDOLA RIDE HERE: Gondola Rides at The Venetian Macau Discounted Ticket


Sample Macau DIY Itinerary



Here's a simple 2 days, 1 night Macau DIY Itinerary if you're coming directly from the Philippines.

DAY 1
  • Arrive in Macau
  • Check-in or drop your bag to the hotel
  • Explore Macau Historical Core - UNESCO Heritage Site
    • Senado Square
    • Leal Senado Building
    • St. Dominic's Church
    • Macau Cathedral
    • Ruins of St. Paul's
    • Mount Fortress
    • Macau Museum
  • Have a taste of Portuguese Tarts and Almond Cookies
  • Climb Macau Tower / Activities
  • Watch the free shows at Wynn Hotel such as fountain show, dragon of fortune show, tree of prosperity show, etc.
  • Enjoy the city lights
  • Go back to the hotel

DAY 2
  • Breakfast at Sei Kee Cafe in Senado Square
  • Shop for Pasalubong
  • Check-out of the hotel
  • Lunch
  • Take a bus or free shuttle bus to Cotai area
    • Ride Studio City's Golden Reel Ferris Wheel
    • Experience Venetian Macau's Gondola Ride
    • Take photos at the grand hotels and casinos
  • Go to the airport
  • Dinner at the airport
  • Depart for Manila

This is just a simple 2D/1N Macau Itinerary. It's a bit "jam-packed" but you can adjust it if you want to spend 3 day and 2 nights in Macau. You can also use this as a side trip itinerary if you're traveling from Hong Kong. Just make sure to take the earliest ferry to Macau and the latest ferry at night going back to Macau.

Macau Hong Kong Budget Travel Guide 2018 Blog

Sample 3 days / 2 nights Hong Kong and Macau Itinerary


To save on travel expenses, I highly recommend that you get an iVenture Card that you can use to enjoy up to 21 Attractions and Special offers in Hong Kong and Macau for only 5,800 Pesos! With an iVenture Card, you can SAVE as much as 12,000 pesos! Here is a sample Hong Kong - Macau itinerary.

DAY 1 - MACAU

  • 07:00 - Ferry ride from Hong Kong to Macau
  • 08:00 - Arrival in Macau
  • 08:30 - Leave bags in the hotel
  • 09:00 - Pick up at either the Macau Hotel or Macau Outer Harbour Ferry Terminal
  • 10:00 - Start of TKW Macau Tour (includes buffet lunch)
    • Ruins of St. Paul's
    • Mount Fortress
    • Senado Square
    • Na Tcha Temple
    • A Ma Temple
    • Macau Tower
    • From here, you may request the tour guide to leave you at the Macau Tower so you could avail the Macau Tower Observation Ticket.
  • 02:00 - Macau Tower Observatory
  • 03:00 - Travel to Broadway Macau (ride the free casino shuttle bus)
  • 04:00 - Broadway Macau (not available every Tuesday)
    • Avail Viva La Broadway Show
    • Redeem Broadway Macau set meal using the voucher
  • 06:00 - Dinner
  • 07:00 - Visit Casinos
  • 10:00 - Go back to the hotel, rest.

DAY 2 - HONG KONG PART 1

  • 05:00 - Check out from the hotel
  • 06:00 - Take the ferry to Hong Kong
  • 07:00 - Arrive in Hong Kong
  • 08:00 - Leave bags at the hotel
  • 08:30 - Pick-up at Holiday Inn Golden Mile on Mody Road, TST, Kowloon for Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • 09:30 - Arrive at Ocean Park Hong Kong
  • 10:00 - 02:00 PM - Enjoy Ocean Park Hong Kong + Lunch
  • 02:30 - Take the MTR to Kowloon (Sky100 is just outside Kowloon MTR Station)
  • 03:00 - Go up to Sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck + Avail Sky100 VR experience Ticket
  • 04:00 - Take the MTR to Noah's Ark Hong Kong
  • 05:00 - Go to Victoria Peak, avail roundtrip Peak Tram tickets
  • 07:00 - Dinner
  • 08:00 - The Art of Chocolate Museum Ticket
  • 09:00 - Go back to the hotel

DAY 3 - HONG KONG PART 2

  • 09:00 - Travel to Ngong Ping (take the MTR to Tung Chung)
  • 10:00 - Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car Ride
  • 10:30 - Arrival at Ngong Ping
    • Ngong Ping Village
    • Stage 360
    • Walking with Buddha
    • Ngong Ping Piazza
    • Tian Tan Big Buddha
    • Po Lin Monastery
    • Grand Hall of Ten Thousand Buddhas
    • Wisdom Path
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Travel back by 360 Cable Car Ride to Tung Chung
  • 01:00 - Arrive at Tung Chung MTR Station
  • 0200 - 05:00 - Rickshaw Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • 06:00 - Watertours Pre-Sunset Cruise
  • 09:00 - Dinner
  • 10:00 - Go back to the hotel

BOOK AND RESERVE AN IVENTURE CARD HERE: iVenture Hong Kong and Macau Attractions Pass

To fully maximize your 3-day iVenture Card, you may follow this 3-day Hong Kong - Macau DIY Itinerary. You could adjust it depending on your preferred activities and time spent on each attraction.

For more information on iVenture Card, you may read my previous post: CLICK HERE.

iVenture Card Hong Kong MacauiVenture Card Hong Kong Macau

Macau Trip Budget and Expenses



If you will follow the DIY Macau Itinerary above, stay at the cheapest hotel, and share some of the expenses with a travel buddy, here's a sample computation of expenses for a 2 days / 1 night Macau Trip for 4,800 pesos.

DAY 1 EXPENSES
Bus from airport to city center - 30.00
4G LTE SIM Card - 300.00 / 2 = 150.00 per person
Hou Kong Hotel (1 night) - 3,000.00 / 2 = 1,500 per person
Food expenses - 500.00
Macau Tower Admission Fee - 646.00
TOTAL - PHP 2,828.00

DAY 2 EXPENSES
Food expenses - 700.00
Public bus to Cotai area - 30.00
Studio City's Golden Reel Ferris Wheel - 535.00
Venetian Macau's Gondola Ride - 721.00
Bus to Airport - 30.00
TOTAL - PHP 2,016.00

GRAND TOTAL - PHP 4,844.00


Exclusions:
  • Round trip airfare Manila-Macau-Manila
  • NAIA terminal fee and travel tax
  • Food expense for snacks
  • Budget for pasalubong and tips

Please note that ticket prices, airfare, hotel rates, and other expenses are subject to change and depend on the date of your booking. You can adjust this budget depending on how many are you in the group, the tourist spots and activities you want to do in Macau, and how many days you will stay in Macau.

I hope this Macau Budget Travel Guide 2018 will help you in planning a memorable Macau Adventure! Enjoy and have fun!


ALSO READ: HONG KONG BUDGET TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 with a 9,700 Pesos DIY Itinerary

Klook Summer Promos Discount NORULES

Klook Promos and Discounts


Travel with #NoRules this summer and do whatever you want because you can! Book your travel essentials and adventures with Klook and enjoy up to PHP 3,000 by using the promo code "norules". Check out the complete details HERE.

This trip to Macau was made possible by Traveloka and Klook Travel. Xie xie!

CLICK HERE!
Klook.com

FOLLOW MY ADVENTURES ON INSTAGRAM @PinoyAdventurista


Klook.com

Thank You For Sharing!

SHARE this on Facebook SHARE this on Twitter


Leave a Comment via Facebook

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Wow, nice photos sir! especially the solo shots. Did you use a tripod for those? or held by someone else?

Anonymous said...

Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, "Las Vegas of Asia." Explore Macau's streets, casinos, and tourist sights without breaking the bank. You can take a ferry to Macau from Hong Kong (Hong Kong–Macau Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong-China Ferry Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui or Hong Kong SkyPier at Hong Kong airport) or from other neighboring ports in China such as Shekou and Zhuhai.

Post a Comment

FOLLOW MY ADVENTURES ON INSTAGRAM @PinoyAdventurista

Looking for Budget Travel Guides, Hotel Reviews, and DIY Itineraries?
Welcome to Pinoy Adventurista, "Your Next Ultimate Adventure Starts Here!"

Pinoy Adventurista is one of the Top Travel Blogs in the Philippines and the World. In 2013, he visited all the 81 provinces in the Philippines.