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No one is unknown to Macau (or Macao) — is one of the best cities of eating and playing of China in particular and of the world in general. A special administrative and economic zone, dubbed as the Las Vegas of Asia. Macau has long been is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Macau is not only famous for its most luxurious casinos, the most luxurious hotels and resorts… but also attracts many tourists by its beautiful and charm attractions such as Genting-City of Entertainment, Ruins of St. Paul’s Church or Largo Do Senado Square … Most visitors coming here are attracted by the beautiful features mixed of Asia – Europe, the quiet of the city, the harmony between old and modern, the contrast with the modern without the rough. Let’s check it out the enchantment city through our Macau blog (Macau travel blog) — The fullest Macau travel guide blog for a wonderful trip to Macau with all of the Macau self-sufficient travel experiences that will help you discover the most beautiful features of Macau.

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The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral
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The Venetian Macau

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The magnificent casino of Macau.
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Macau street
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Macau street food

Macau blog — When is the best to visit Macau?

From May to September is the best time to travel to Macau. During this time, the Macau’s climate is quite favorable for you to visit and explore the city, the weather is sunny but not too hot, although sometimes there is rain but little rainfall and short time.

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May to September is the ideal time to visit Macau.

Note: Although the weather is hot during the day, but at night the temperature drops, it is quite cold, so you should bring 1 or 2 thin jackets to keep the body warm at night. In addition, you need to bring a few more lightweight clothes, sports shoes, sunscreen, hat, umbrella … for your journey to Macau is comfortable, pleasant.

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Rain in Macau

Macau travel blog — How to enter Macau?

From Hong Kong: Let’s apply for a double entry visa upon entry to Hong Kong. To enter Macau, you can apply for a visa at the border.

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Macau visa issued by PRC. Picture: macau blog.

Directly when arrival in Macau: You can apply for visa directly at the entry door. The important tip for you is let’s apply for a visa at the entry door in three languages: English – Chinese – Portuguese, this door is close to the door of normal procedures, because this door is often few people, help you can saving more time. Ask the managers if you do not find this door to do this procedure.

Macau blog — How to get to Macau?

Option 1: You fly from Vietnam to Hong Kong, after arrival at the airport, you ask the way to the hydrofoil dock and then take the hydrofoil to Macau, it will take about 40 minutes to reach Macau. This dock is located near the airport so you can easily find your way to there.

The hydrofoil from Hong Kong to Macau
The hydrofoil from Hong Kong to Macau

Option 2: Alternatively, you can fly directly to Macau on the flight of Viva Macau Airlines to fly directly from Vietnam to Macau (The airfares are quite expensive, about $200). Then, when arrival at the airport, you can find the free bus to get to your hotel.

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Macau blog — How to getting around Macau?

To getting around Macau, there are a lot of means of transport for you to choose, you based your budget to choose the suitable vehicle. There are 4 major means of transportation in Macau that used by most visitors.

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Public buses and minibuses

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Electric Bus

To save money on travel in Macau, the bus is the best option for you. There are all 40 bus routes and operating hours from 6:45am to 12:00pm every day. According to our Macau travel guide, you should get a map of bus system to know your bus route as well as to make it easier for you to travel. Some bus routes often used by tourists:

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Mini bus. Picture: macau blog.
  • Bus route No.3, 3A: Running between the ferry terminals and the city center.
  • Bus route No.12: Passing the Lisboa Hotel to Lou Lim IOC and Kun garden
  • Bus route No.21, 21A, 25, 26A: Running to Taipa and Coloane.

Trishaw

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Trishaw Uncle. Credit image: macau travel blog.

If you want to sightseeing, Trishaw is the best way to explore Macau’s famous sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral, A Ma Temple, Macau Tower, Senado Square.

Note: You need to negotiate the price before going to by Trishaw, avoid paying too high price. Reference price MOP150 ($18.54) / 1 hour.

Taxi

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Taxis are a popular means of transportation in Macau. If you choose to take a taxi, when get up the car, remember the driver’s name and license plate (listed on the driver’s license next to the meter counter). If you feel served not very well and are not satisfied, you can report back to the Tourist Information Center.

Taxis call center: 853-28519519, + 853-28939939, + 853-85000000, + 853-28283283.

Rent a car or motorbike

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If you want to free to explore the beautiful and famous attractions in Macau, you should hire vehicles to drive themselves such as: cars, motorcycles. If you want to hire a cheap and quality car in Macau, you should rent a car of Avis Rent A Car, http://www.avis.com.mo/ (at Macau ferry terminal). Or you can rent a motorbike in Taipa Village.

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  • Reference hire prices: The car hire price on weekdays around MOP 450 ($55.62) / day, weekends from MOP 500 (61.80) / day. The motorbike hire price about $16.22 / day.
  • For travelers who has visited Macau many times, they often call the Land, Public works and Transport Bureau of Macau for more information about car rental services and get more clear advice. Tel: + 853-28374214, Fax: + 853-28523407.

Macau blog — Where to stay in Macau?

Known as a lavish city, it is not difficult to find luxury hotels, resorts in Macau. These are some good hotels in Macau you should refer to.

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Macau Skyline

Ole London Hotel: Located in the city of Macau, It is convenient for you to travel on the route of sightseeings, Ole London is the first ideal hotel we would like to recommend to you. Airy and clean rooms, enthusiastic and attentive staff, ensure you will be satisfied when using the hotel services.

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Address: Praca de Ponte E Horta No 4-6, Macau City, Macau, Macau
Price: Lowest room rates from $87,21 / night.

Grandview Hotel: Always has been rated as one of the beautiful, cheap hotels in Macau. Not only meet the basic requirements of a 4 star hotel, but also with modern facilities such as satellite TV and minibar … surely the hotel will bring you the feelings of enjoyment and relax.

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Credit image: macau travel blog.

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Address: 142 Estrada Governador Albano de Oliveira, Taipa, Macau, Macau
Price: Lowest room rates from $105.42 / night.

Lisboa Hotel: Located in the heart of Macau’s business district, with beautiful and luxurious space, spacious rooms with professional staff, the hotel will meet all your needs, including the most strict requirements. Lisboa Hotel is also a great option that you should refer.

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Address: 2-4 Avenida de Lisboa, Macau City, Macau, Macau
Price: Lowest room rates from $117.44 / night.

Sheraton Grand Macau Hotel, Cotai Central: To be considered as one of the nicest and quality hotels in Macau, Cotai Central will be your ideal place to stay. In addition to the resting after the tours, you can also experience many facilities and services such as: gym, sauna, spa, massage …

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Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central

Address: Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai, Macau, Macau
Price: Lowest room rates from $190 / night.

The Venetian Macau Resort Hotel: If you have a good budget, do not miss the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel in your Macau journey. The hotel is not only a place of rest, but also is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destinations with luxurious and ultra-spacious spaces, along with many other attractive amenities and services.

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The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel

Address: Estrada da Baia de N. Senhora da Esperanca, Cotai, Macau, Macau
Price: Lowest room rates from $319 / night.

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Macau skyline at dusk

You can find, check rates, availability & booking for Macau hotels on Agoda.com or Booking.com.

Macau blog — Best places to visit and top things to do in Macau?

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Macau Tower

Macau is not only famous for the world’s most luxurious casinos, the most luxurious hotels and resorts, the funny bustling place for wealthy people, but also attracts with Genting multi-purpose entertainment complex, the Ruins of St. Paul Cathedral Church or Largo Do Senate Square… also the interesting attractions for your trip to Macau. Below, there are some top and best places to visit in Macau you should refer to.

Macau Casinos

A pedestrian walks past signage for the Wynn Macau casino resort
A pedestrian walks past signage for the Wynn Macau casino resort.

One of the most famous places in Macau for any traveler in Macau is casino – where is dubbed as “Las Vegas of Asia”, is also a symbol of Macau. Going to the casinos in Macau you will not be overwhelmed by the luxurious interior and exterior design, elegant, attracted, bustling, charm, you will be extremely excited with the busier atmosphere, more bustling than the night markets. So, if you’re not interested in this red-and-black game, then go to Macau’s casinos at least once when you visiting here.

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The Venetian Macau
The Venetian Macao The Great Hall
The Great Hall, The Venetian Macao
Ornate interior of The Venetian Macao casino and hotel in Macau.
Ornate interior of The Venetian Macao casino and hotel in Macau.
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
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Venetian Casino and Hotel canal

Macau has over 20 casinos, large, small with business licensed. In which most famous, most attract visitors are: Sociedade de Jogos de Macau, Sands Macau, MGM Macau, Lisboa, Venetian Macau…

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Galaxy casino
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Baccarat table
Dancing the pain away at The Sands casino in Macau.
Dancing the pain away at The Sands casino in Macau.

Both indigenous peoples and tourists go to Macau’s casinos for the purpose of seeking lucky, experimenting and experiencing the game of red-black in the largest, modern, most luxurious casinos in the world. Therefore, many visitors have been burnt “their wallets” when try their luck in these casinos. So, be careful and know the stop point when you come here.

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MGM Macau

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Grand Lisboa at first floor

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Sociedade de Jogos de Macau

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Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral Church

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The Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral Church

If you are a fan of ancient architecture, St. Paul’s Cathedral is an interesting tourist destination for you when visiting Macau. St. Paul is located west of Great Mount, the fortress of the Macau Peninsula. This place is not only famous for its unique architecture, impressive but also many memorable historical milestones.

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Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral Church (3)

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Picture: macau blog.
St Paul ruins - famous Portuguese ruins in Macau
St Paul ruins – famous Portuguese ruins in Macau

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Built in the XVII century to commemorate an apostle of Jesus is St. Paul, the uniqueness of St. Paul’s Cathedral is a combination of many different architectural styles.

The façade was completed by Japanese laypeople and local artisans under the direction of Italian architect Carlo Spinola. The church is built of marble in the style of ancient Pale architecture of Greece. The front includes the five floors, on the walls of each floor are covered with statues, the right and left has columns made by stones.

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St Paul ruins – famous Portuguese ruins in Macau
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Ruins of St. Paul’s at night

Today, the front stone facade in front of this church still preserves all original aesthetics thanks to the reinforced concrete reinforcement method. The stone pillars and walls carved the statue of the Mother of God, the saints, the angels, the garden of Eden, the sight of God in distress, the Chinese dragon, the Japanese Chrysanthemum and the Portuguese ship…There is a Christian museum in the basement, where religious symbols are kept.

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In the evening, watching from a distance, under the electric sparkle fanciful, the Ruins of St. Paul’s church bring a deep and mysterious beauty. But, although at night or in the daytime, The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church – like a giant stone tablet located on Penha Hill, the hallmark of the old colonial era – is still considered to be the greatest building of the Christian in Asia and is a place attracts most visitors in Macau.

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Ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral Church (1)
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Getting there: Bus No.2, 5, 10, 18, 19 and 26A.

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

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Largo Do Senado is one of the must-see places in Macau. Visiting the square, you will have opportunity to admire the unique architectural works bearing the hallmark of both the design style of Eastern and Western Europe. The most famous are the churches, the houses bearing Hindu style… Besides, you can also take a stroll to the shopping centers or enjoy delicious food, famous in Macau such as: roasted duck, barbecue …Walking around Senado Square, visitors also visit many famous places surrounding such as St.Dominic Church, Ruins of St.Paul and Grand Lisboa – An extremely luxurious casino and hotel.

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People with umbrellas at Largo do Senado square.
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St. Dominic's Church
St. Dominic’s Church

St. Dominic's Church

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The Venetian Macao

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Known as the miniature city of Macau, the Venetian Macau is home to the largest casinos in Asia, with luxurious hotels, entertainment areas, and famous shopping malls in Macau. Such a first-rate play and entertainment complex, it is not so surprising as Venetian Macau is so fascinated. Not only for foreign visitors, but also Macau people are always attracted by this place. You can catch a free bus directly from Macau Airport to the Venetian Macau.

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Inside the Largest Casino in the World
Inside the Largest Casino in the World
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Shopping area at Venetian
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
Inside the luxurious Venetian Macao
The Venetian Macao
The Venetian Macao Complex including Hotel, Casino, Shopping, Entertainment

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