Why I had to go to Macau
Many exchange students and people who have not gotten their visa’s validated are required to leave the country (Hong Kong) and come back in through immigration to get it stamped. I was recommended to go to Macau by my school; I was really nervous because I thought I would have to make the trip alone but while waiting in line, I made a new friend : Jane.
Me & Jane decided that we were going to Macau together after one day of meeting each other and it was the best decision ever! We have now become best friends 🙂
How to get to Macau from Hong Kong
Getting to Macau was very easy and hassle free. We had to board the turbo jet, there are two locations : Sheung Wan or TST. My friend and I opted to take the TST way. The trip will cost roughly about 50 USD dollars and it will take one hour to get to Macau. The boat was a bit more fancy than I thought it would be… I was literally expecting those old rickety boats from Vietnam.
It was like a mini plane; the stewardess was serving drinks and there was also a First Class Cabin. I do have to admit that I felt very sick at certain parts in the journey, so if you get motion sickness please take some medication – I know my sister would not be able to stand the journey.
How to get around Macau / Other Tips
When you first arrive at the terminal, there are plenty of information booths so make sure to get a map! Also, no need to exchange money because most places take HKD. Now, you can choose to either take a bus which would cost you about 2.50 HKD, or take a shuttle to a casino. Jane and I took a bus, but I recommend the shuttle to the casino. From the casino, you can walk anywhere you’d like.
The bus wasn’t too bad though and we got dropped off right at the Historic Centre of Macau. Lucky for us, the weather was PERFECT as it was raining on the way there.
Ruins of St. Paul’s
One of the most popular and famous landmarks. It was seriously beautiful – and as you can tell many people thought the same. It was almost impossible to take a picture with just the ruins without having someone else in the background so after a while we just gave up.
Sorry no pictures! Make sure that you don’t take pictures because my friend got caught taking a picture and the security guard was very rude and made her delete it right in front of his face. I forgot the casino we went to 😦
We decided to have dinner at the casino and surprisingly, it was very affordable! The bill was about 100 HKD each.