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Macau, Hong Kong's sister SAR is going from strength to strength, and being only an hour away - it's the perfect day trip away. From Las Vegas style Casinos to a fantastic Portuguese heritage; Macau is a must-see destination.

Essential Macau Travel Planning Information

Macau Travel, paticularly from Hong Kong is becoming incresingly popular.If you plan to travel to Macau, below you'll find the essential ingredients neccesary, for a succesful trip.


Most nations are entitled to a visa free stay in Macau; nationals from the US are allocated a 30 day, visa free stay in Macau, upon arrival. European and Japanese nationals are allowed a 90 day visa free stay, and UK nationals six months. Check out the Macau Tourism Board Website for up-to-date information.

Getting There

Ferries are the main source of transportation between the two cities, and depart almost constantly, ferrying Hong Kong's gamblers between cities 24 hours a day.Sailings from Hong Kong leave the Central waterfront from the Shun Tak Centre, attached to IFC 1, and in Kowloon from the China Hong Kong Terminal, on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. Prices range from HK$140 - $200 one-way, depending on the time.


Macau's official currency, the Pataca, is pegged to the Hong Kong dollar, which is almost universally accepted as currency. The official rate of exchnage between the two hovers around parity, and you are unlikely to lose much if you deal only in Hong Kong dollars. Keep in mind small shops and restaurants will accept Hong Kong dollars, but change will be in Patacas. All Casinos work exclusively in Hong Kong dollars. If you have Patacas at the end of your stay, try and change them in Macau, as they can be difficult to offload in Hong Kong.



Chinese and Portuguese are the two official languages and most signs are displayed in both. In reality almost no one speaks Portuguese anymore, English is spoken widely, if not as widely as in Hong Kong, and Cantonese is the predominant Chinese dialect.
Welcome to Macau :
Glitzy Casinos, unspoilt beaches and top-class restaurants, Macau is a glorious slice of the Mediterranean tucked away on the South China Sea. A Portuguese colony for nigh on 500 years, Macau has retained much of its colonial charm - and if culture doesn't interest you, there is always gambling. Find out what to see and do in Macau below. If you need to know how to get to Macau, and for other essential travel planning tips click here.
Portugeuse Macau:
If you're looking to explore the Portuguese angle, then there are a couple of streets that are a must. Largo do Senado, (Senado Square) contains some of the most quintessentially Portuguese buildings in the city, such as the Leal Senado Building and the Holy House of Mercy. The square is next to the main road, Almeida Ribeiro. Just north of the square lies the impressive ruins of Sao Paulo, (St Paul's), once the biggest church in Asia. The church was destroyed by fire in 1835, but its impressive facade and staircase still make it worth the clamber up the hill.
Chinese Macau:
Those seeking the Chinese slant on the city should head for a stroll along Rua De Felicidade. This former red-light district is packed with traditional shops selling various jerky and cookies, as well as Macau's oldest restaurant, Fat Siu Lau, which serves up a mean roasted pigeon. Another building worth visiting is, Temple da Deusa A-Ma, (A-Ma Temple), which is just next to the inner harbour at the bottom of Barra Hill The temple is over 600 years old and was errected before the Portugeuse ever arrived.
The majortiy of visitors come to Macau for one purpose only and that is to try their luck at the casinos. The 'Las Vegas of the East' has a dizzying range of gaming tables on offer; the monumental Sands; the newly opened Wynn and the more traditional Lisboa. Dress code is extremely relaxed at most of the major casinos, shorts and sandals are no problem. Some of the major casinos, and there statistics are listed here.
  • Sands Macao
    581 Tables
    988 Slot Machines
  • Wynn Macau
    200 Tables
    420 slot machines
  • Casino Lisboa
    198 Tables
    212 Slot Machines