Macao is small. It’s not even an island but the tip of a peninsula attached to mainland China. If you arrive by ferry from Hong Kong like we did, you’ll need a bus or a taxi to get into town. Word to the wise…there are shuttle buses provided by different hotels just outside the terminal and they’re free. You just have to cross the underground “tunnel” on foot to get there. If you want to go to Venetian Macao then take the shuttle bus of the hotel. If you want to go to Lisboa, there are buses you can ride to go there…all for FREE.
And that’s what we did during our day trip to Macao. The hotel bus we rode was the Venetian Macao bus and naturally, our very first destination was the Venetian Macao.
We went there on a weekend so the crowds are denser. There were just too many people at the hotel. Of course, there were the usual gamblers, people on special organized tours, locals and people like us who were just following the crowd.
You have to be there to appreciate the painted “venetian” sky. It’s truly breathtaking and at first glance you’d think it’s the real deal.
I heard that some of the gondolas used here were imported from Italy. The water is as blue as the sky (reflection) and may even be better than the original canals in Venice. And no pungent smell, too.
And of course and as with every tourist destination, don’t miss the chance to take photos with the “locals” or people in costume…
One advice…don’t travel on a weekend and especially on Chinese holidays but only if you can help it.
More on our Macau Day tour here.