See where colonial history and modern luxury collide during an exciting Macau tour. While many tourists visit Macau as part of a day trip from Hong Kong, others stay for several days to soak up the region’s colonial history, hybrid culture, and to do a little gambling. Macau is home to lavish casinos that cater to some of the world’s wealthiest elite. And, you’d be remiss to not place a wager or two during your Macau trip. But, you’d also be making a mistake if you spent the entire time at the tables and ignore Macau’s rich history. Why not take a Day Excursion to Macau from Hong Kong and check out the ruins of St. Paul’s before visiting A-Ma Temple, the very edifice for which Macau was erroneously named? Or, try out the Historical Macau City Guided Tour and soak up some of the centuries-old Portuguese architecture during your Macau vacation. You can even take a guided tour of the casino-lined Cotai Strip as part of your Macau sightseeing trip. It’s what to do in Macau if you want to find out if Lady Luck is on your side or not!
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The best time to visit Macau is November through April, when visitors experience far less precipitation, smaller crowds, and less humidity. February represents the least crowded time of the year should you want the entire place nearly to yourself. And, as the shoulder seasons, October and May provide rather nice weather, which draws tourists, gamblers, and partiers from around the world. July through September represents the typhoon season. And yet, September is the busiest month of the year. In August, during the height of typhoon season, Macau receives the 2nd least amount of footfall when compared to every other month. However, if you plan on hitting the tables or playing the slots for the entirety of your Macau visit, then you should know that you can save quite a bit on hotel rooms, airfare, and even food if you visit during February or August.
Getting to Macau is easy! And, if you’ve booked a Macau day trip from Hong Kong, then chances are that round-trip transportation is included. However, if you’re trying to make your way to Macau on your own, you still have options. First of all, you could fly directly into Macau International Airport. Or, if you are visiting Macau as part of a Hong Kong vacation, then you could use the ferry, bus, or helicopter. If you’d like to take the ferry, we recommend using the Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal. It’s the best of Macau’s 4 ferry terminals and offers ferry rides every 15 minutes. Best of all, the ride only takes about an hour. If you’d like an even shorter ride and can find your way to HZMB Hong Kong Port, you can hop on bus that takes you over the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) in around 30 minutes. Finally, there are a number of companies that offer a helicopter shuttle from Hong Kong to Macau. The trip last about 15-20 minutes and costs just under $400.
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