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Macau TipidTrip: Cheapest way to travel Day 1


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Macau TipidTrip: Day1 Old Taipa Village

Day 1 Itinerary:

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22:30 Airport Arrival/Immigration
23:00 Look for Bus going to Hotel
23:30 Hotel hopping Galaxy or Venetian Hotel
24:00 Midnight Snack (How to Eat in a budget at HK and Macau)
06:00 Taipa Village Tour (view full tour album)
09:00 Breakfast
11:00  Coloane Tour (view full tour album)
12:00  Lunch
14:00   Taipa Ferry Terminal (bound to Hongkong) ride same bus
16:00   Hongkong Kowloon China Ferry Terminal
17:00   Check in at Hotel
18:00   Stroll around Ladies Market
20:00  Dinner
21:00   Back at hotel, lights out

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22:30 Airport Arrival/Immigration
We’ve spent two hours up in the air and around 11pm we finally arrived at Macau International Airport. My basic instinct was to find the information area to get the tourist map. A chinito guy is standing at the arrival gate, I smiled and ask him to where I can find the counter and to my amazement he replied in tagalog. This is my first encounter with a “kababayan”.
Did you know that there are 17,763 overseas Filipino workers in Macau, they comprise the second largest group of foreign workers in the territory. From this on I know that I will not be lost in this country🙂

This blog entry is about my tipid tips and how did I maximize time during my travel. The key to all of this is a good research and reading from travel websites and blogs. First I begin my adventure by finding the cheapest airline ticket which I bought a year ahead before this tour. Subscribe to CebuPac website to get the latest dates of their PISO Fare, once you book a plane ticket it will be easy to do the next step. The cheapest fare you will get is normally a late or a very early flight.

Macau-Map
Overview of Macau (click to view larger image)

Where to Stay at Macau? Despite of all my research I cannot find any budget (as in low-price) hotel/hostel at Macau so I decided to spend our first night by doing a Casino hopping. This will not be a problem for us since Macau airport is located at Cotai (a major land reclamation project which joined the Macau two islands Coloane and Taipa) where you can also find the 6 Casinos: The Venetian Macao, Four Seasons Macau, Sands Cotai Central, Grand Waldo Hotel, City of Dreams, and Galaxy Macau Resort.

23:00 Look for Bus going to Hotel
Macau’s Hotels and Casinos provide FREE shuttle buses that cover not only the casinos but all the transit points and almost all the major tourist places of Macau. (Shuttle location: from the arrival area just turn left and find the exit going to the shuttle parking area). We arrived late but are still lucky to find two buses: Galaxy Macau (which leaves until 23:00) and Venetian Macau (which leaves until 22:30).

At the Venetian - Feels like we're the only person strolling around
Feels like we’re the only person strolling around

23:30 Hotel hopping Galaxy or Venetian Hotel
Although the hotel and casinos operates 24/7 boutiques and shops are already close, fortunately we happen to find an open food court. I’m not a fan of any Chinese cuisine but because we are starving to death I excitedly ordered a big bowl of sour-spicy noodle.

Didn't finish my bowl, this dish is good for two person
Didn’t finish my bowl, this dish is good for two person

24:00 Midnight Snack (How to Eat in a budget at HK and Macau)

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The pricey Caffe Mocha (49MOP) No complains it’s much cheaper than renting a hotel at Macau

It was already 3am and I’m getting sleepy where else would you see me napping? Starbucks – no doubt the Cafe cozy ambiance is the best way to catch some sleeps, so after drinking a hot mocha I was snoozing like a baby. We stay here until morning to energize and to get ourselves ready for a long walk at Taipa Village.

06:00 Taipa Village Tour (view full tour album)

shortcut to Old Taipa Village
shortcut to Old Taipa Village

How to get there? From the Venetian’s West Lobby, walk towards Galaxy (you’ll see it on the horizon). Before you cross the street, you will see and escalator on your right. There is a moving walkway / travelator system that takes you directly to the Old Taipa Village.

Old Taipa Village Walk Tour Map (click to see larger image)

List of attractions in Taipa (download pdf copy here)

  1. I Leng Temple in Taipa
  2. Kun Iam Temple in Taipa
  3. Museum of Taipa and Coloane History
  4. Tin Hau Temple in Taipa
  5. Pak Tai Temple in Taipa
  6. Rua do Cunha
  7. Carmo Hall
  8. Our Lady of Carmo Church
  9. The Taipa Houses-Museum

IMG_0126I Leng Temple in Taipa IMG_0124Kun Iam Temple in TaipaIMG_0107Museum of Taipa and Coloane History

Opening hours 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission until 17:30) closed on Mondays, Free admission on Sundays
Ticket : Adult MOP5, Student or Group MOP2; free admission for children under 12 or seniors over 65IMG_0104Tin Hau Temple in TaipaIMG_0093Pak Tai Temple in Taipa

09:00 Breakfast
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Rua do Cunha. It is a narrow but bustling pedestrian street in the heart of Taipa village. Walking on the street, you will see the original community of the Island and find countless famed old restaurants that offer plenty of traditional cuisines. IMG_0166Carmo HallIMG_0132Our Lady of Carmo ChurchIMG_0140The Taipa Houses-Museum

Opening hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission until 17:30) closed on Mondays.
Admission: Adult MOP5, Student or Group MOP2 (each); Free admission for under 12 or over 65 years old; Free admission on Sundays.

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Macau TipidTrip: Day1 Coloane
Macau TipidTrip: Day1 Coloane

11:00 Coloane Tour (view full tour album)

(1)bus to coloaneHow to get there? Take bus no 26, 26A, 15, 21A, 25 to Coloane Town Square. (Macau Bus Rout/Fare)

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To be a able to savor the country’s culture you have to eat like a local, and this is what we did. This eatery is located near Largo do Presidente which serves delicious and so affordable food choices.

12:00 Lunch

Coloane Walk Tour Map (click to view larger image)
Coloane Walk Tour Map
(click to view larger image)

List of attractions in Coloane (download pdf copy here)

  1. Largo do Presidente António Ramalho Eanes
  2. Ancient Temple of Kun Iam in Coloane
  3. Ancient Temple of Tin Hau in Coloane
  4. Tam Kong Temple in Coloane
  5. Coloane Library
  6. Chapel of St. Francis Xavier
  7. Sam Seng Temple in Coloane
  8. Coloane Pier

IMG_0189Largo do Presidente António Ramalho Eanes

IMG_0210Ancient Temple of Kun Iam in Coloane

IMG_0224Ancient Temple of Tin Hau in Coloane

IMG_0206Tam Kong Temple in Coloane

IMG_0203Coloane Library

IMG_0200Chapel of St. Francis Xavier

IMG_0212Sam Seng Temple in Coloane

IMG_0214Coloane Pier

———————————– End of Coloane Walk Tour ———————————

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The Cotai Jet Ferry

14:00    Taipa Ferry Terminal (bound to Hongkong) ride same bus
16:00     Hongkong Kowloon China Ferry Terminal
Take Tsuen Wan Line going to Agryle Centre (Mongkok Station) buy Octopus Card

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We booked our hotel at www.airbnb.com for only PHP1,148.00/night. The bed is good for two person. The room and toilet is small but clean, and secured. This is the regular size for HK hostels and it’s worth the money we paid. Location is also good too, it’s near MTR and Shopping Area.

17:00     Check in at Hotel
18:00     Stroll around Ladies Market

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It’s a bit like Pinas Divisoria but you will find some interesting things which is not available in Divi. Bought 5pcs ref magnet at 50HKD and leather lady wallet at 160HKD.

20:00     Dinner
21:00     Back at hotel, lights out

Day1 Expenses: (Per Person)

Airline Ticket (Cebupac) = PHP 4,990.00 MNLA-MACAU-MNLA which includes Baggage Allowance of 15Kilos and selected airline seat
Philippine Travel Tax = PHP1,620.00
Terminal Fee = PHP750.00
Sour-Spicy noodle = PHP300.00
Starbucks Mocha Venti = PHP294.00
Breakfast = PHP90.00
Bottled Water at Macau =PHP30.00
Lunch = PHP162.00
Bus Rides = PHP44.00
Cotaijet bound to HK = PHP924.00
Octopus Card = PHP900.00
Hotel for 2Nights = PHP2,296.00/2pax = PHP1,148.00
Dinner = PHP258.00
Bottled Water at HK = PHP48.00
Total: PHP11,558.00
**Shopping: PHP2,400.00

*Macau is accepting HKD so you don’t have to use there currency to purchase/pay anything
*No Terminal Fee will be collected on Terminal 3 as of today

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