Known as the Vegas of Asia, Macau is thriving with both eastern and western tourists. Just a short ferry ride from Hong Kong, Macau sparkles in the glitz and glamour of Vegas alongside its Portuguese buildings. Browse the different themed hotels or visit the old town of Macau for some culture and history – don’t forget to check out the SkyWalk. You can pay in Pataca (MOP) or Hong Kong dollars in most places.
Hostel/Budget rates – As a growing city, it offers very few hostels with private rooms starting at MOP$344.
Midrange Hotel rates – Chains and smaller hotels start at MOP $738 whilst rooms at top themed and/or Vegas styled hotels cost upwards of MOP $921. Most hotels offer great deals when booked directly and in advance.
Luxury Hotel rates – Luxury suites are available at the top hotels in Macau, with suites starting at around MOP $1700+.
Transport – Bus journeys start at MOP$3.20 whilst taxi’s start at MOP$15 for the first 1.6km and an additional MOP$1.50 for every 230m after that.
Average cost of food – local street food costs between MOP$3-$5 for lunch whilst dinner will cost $5 -$10. A bottle of beer costs around $2-$3 whilst a meal at one of the top hotels will cost upwards of MOP$300.
Where to stay
Hostel/Budget – 5footway.inn Project Ponte 16 IA is a modern boutique hotel with great reviews and private rooms starting at MOP$392.
Midrange – The Holiday inn Macau Cotai Central is a popular choice for those wanting to stay in the centre of Macau; where all the action is. Rooms start at MOP$810. For those looking for a themed hotel, check out the Rio Hotel, with rooms starting at MOP$664 and offering a host of amenities.
Top End – A wonderful thing about Macau is the cheaper hotel rates for top luxury hotels. Hotel Okra Macau and Galaxy Macau are beautiful 5 star hotels which can be found from MOP $1,105 a night. A favourite of mine is the Venetian Macau, a fabulously decorated themed hotel influenced by the beauty of Venice, with every room a suite, starting at MOP$1,118.
How to get there
Fly – Flights are available from most China airports to Macau International Airport with some direct flights from the bigger airports around Asia.
Ferry – The country is linked directly to Hong Kong international airport by Turbojet as well as Hong Kong ferry terminal.
Helicopter – An increasingly popular choice for residents and tourists, the sky shuttle runs a 15 minute helicopter shuttle service between Macau and Hong Kong – costing HK$4100.
Bus – Buses are available into mainland China, with buses 3, 5 and 9 taking you to the border gate, allowing you to walk across.
The Star ferry is the quickest and cheapest option for crossing the harbour whilst the extensive Bus and MTR station will take you anywhere you wish to go. Unless early morning or late at night, avoiding using taxis as the traffic can be horrendous and fares are costly.