It’s finally down to the final post of my Hong Kong & Macau trip! To have a recollection of all my past posts, do visit here. On the 7th day in Hong Kong, we woke up early to have breakfast in my favourite porridge place, Hoi Keng! It was the only other shop (other than Kam Wah) that we visited twice. 🙂 This time, we ordered plain porridge with the gigantic Chinese crullers and a plate of fried noodles.
After the filling breakfast, we went back to collect our luggage and proceeded to take the ferry back to Macau. This was what we did wrong. I thought the ferry to Macau leaves from the same jetty with the ferry that goes to the Hong Kong Island in Tsim Sha Tsui. Hence, we took the MTR (with our heavy luggage) to TST, hoping to walk to the jetty. Boy were we wrong!
It turned out that the ferry to Macau leaves from the China-HK jetty, which was TOO FAR by foot, from the TST jetty. But since we didn’t know how far it was, we just walked and walked and walked! I think it took us like 30-45 minutes of walk because we kept stopping and asking people and no one told us it was that far! They were always like “Just go straight and you’ll see it on the right!”. Man, if I had known, I would have gladly paid for the cab. Anyway, we finally got to the jetty and bought tickets.
Inside the ferry
I was smart this time to get motion sickness pill beforehand, to avoid the unpleasant experience during my first day. And the best part was, I bought 2 pills instead of one. Just in case. It ended up Saucer had to take one pill too! Because the sea was just too choppy and the ferry was already going like a roller-coaster from the very start! *gasp* No more Macau-HK ferry for me, thank you.
After one hour, we reached Macau jetty and looked for a transit to get us to our hotel. I booked the Metropark Macau, and sure enough, I saw the white transit van waiting just outside the terminal. So very convenient, right? Finally, after walking and braving through the choppy seas, we could sleep comfortably for the night!
Room in Metropark Macau
It was already 4+pm when we got to the hotel. So after freshening up and having a quick break at the local restaurant, we went back to rest. Ahh, glorious bed! We left again for dinner, and since I didn’t do much research for Macau, we just went to wherever the brochures told us. 🙂 Saucer chose to go to Fisherman’s Wharf, which was about 15 minutes of walk from the hotel. Along the way, we saw some significant monuments of Macau, like this golden lotus flower, which is also Macau’s national emblem.
Contrary to the busy streets of HK, Macau’s streets were extremely quiet! Almost eerie. I guess I was just too used to the crowds in HK at night that the sudden change to the quietness of Macau suddenly made me feel afraid. Even the supposedly famous Fisherman’s Wharf was not crowded as expected.
Fisherman’s Wharf entrance
The Halloween mood was all over even in Macau, but the crowd was just a far cry from Hong Kong’s.
Look at the slanting staircases!
Saucer with some statue
Near the seafront, we saw a row of stalls setup selling food. It was apparently some food fair weekend, but we didn’t try anything there because they didn’t really look appealing! *LOL* Imagine the type of food sold at fairs in schools, where you have inexperienced sellers with not too interesting type of food.
Food fair at seafront
We eventually ate at this restaurant near the food fair place, with a nice view of the sea and the bridge! Also not forgetting our favourite beer, the Blue Girl. 🙂
Blue Girl beer
This was the view from our table. We could see the bridge that connects the Macau Islands. Every once in a while, we could hear ferries arriving from the loud horns, and also helicopters flying above us! I suppose those who are rich and famous would go to HK by choppers instead of the ferries! I know I wouldn’t want to take the ferry ever! 😛
We ordered 2 dishes of authentic Macau food, which had Portuguese influence – the baked Chicken and some kind of fish. I kind of liked the chicken because the sauce was creamy and flavourful, with a heavy taste of cheese. The fish though was just so-so.
Portuguese baked Chicken
The area around Fisherman’s Wharf was actually pretty huge. There were rows and rows of shops but not many people! Again, a vast difference from HK. You could almost count the number of shops that were open that night, and the number of people walking along the alley.
Rocks Hotel, Macau
Another building of Rocks Hotel
We then walked to the nearby harbour to catch a bus to the very famous Venetian! If you don’t already know, Macau is a haven for gamblers. There are just casinos after casinos at every single corner! But since we’re short of time, we only picked the best to visit. Also note that most of the famous casinos actually provide free shuttle to & from the jetty. So if you would like to go to the Venetian, just look for a bus with the Venetian painted on it.
Once we reached there, I headed to the washroom and was so impressed! Very Victorian and classy indeed.
Washroom in The Venetian
Of course, the main attraction would be the shops at The Grand Canal, housed in the Venetian, with the indoor lighting that makes it look like we’re outdoors 24/7. Just look at this picture below, taken at 10pm! *LOL*
witch at Venetian
The Grand Canal shoppes #1
The Grand Canal shoppes #2
Exquisite painting and architecture on the ceiling
The signature symbol
The grand walkway
We also went outside the Venetian to just capture how huge it really was! And it was GIGANTIC!
Lake outside Venetian
It is no wonder that The Venetian Macau is the largest casino in the world. So very impressive! We left later that night (no gambling!) using the shuttle again. It was truly an eye-opening experience visiting such a grand architecture, with such detail given to even the smallest thing! This is a must-visit place if you ever go to Macau.
Saucer with our supper and breakfast
We went back that night with some snacks and breakfast for the next morning, since we had to leave the hotel by 8am to the airport. Our trip had finally come to an end, but what a wonderful trip it has been!
Oh before that, I bought this box of chocolates from the Macau airport and loved it to bits! Hawaiian Host’s Mac Nut Crunch is the bomb! These small chocolates in cute cupcake packaging got me addicted and I couldn’t stop myself from eating them. *gosh* That should explain the extra 2 inches on my waist! *LOL*
Mac Nut Crunch
by Hawaiian Host
So there you have it! The finale to my Hong Kong & Macau trip, though more emphasis was given to HK. 🙂 It’s truly a nice place to visit, and not too expensive (compared to Japan, Europe or US countries) provided you do enough research. 😉
*Note: Read the rest of my Hong Kong Escapade here!