Macau's main draw is without a doubt the casinos, so if you are not into gambling, is there anything
in Macau worth a visit?
More than anything, Macau is about enjoying the contrasting atmospheres, a mix of laid-back Mediterranean and hectic Chinese pace,
beautiful and well-preserved colonial architecture, traditional Chinese temples and ultra-modern skyscrapers, great Macanese flavors and of course
Chinese dim sum.
The Historic Center of Macau has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which comprises many sites, temples and structures
around the small peninsula.
These are some of our favorite highlights and attractions, check out their locations in the map:
The Ruins of the Church of St. Paul
Perhaps the most iconic symbol of the city, all that remains from Macau's grandest church at the height of the colonial period is its beautifully
façade and the stairway that leads to one of the most stunning views over the town.
Built by the Jesuits, the church was destroyed by a fire in 1835, and what you see now is all that was left.
Behind the Ruins, there is a small museum with many carved statues and paintings, as well as a crypt with the remains of the Christian martyrs.
Largo do Senado
This is the heart of Macau, the main town square, surrounded by a collection of beautiful colonial buildings: the Loyal Senate Building, the main Post
Office, beautiful churches, galleries, stores, even a Starbucks.
This is a great starting point to exploring the city. You can take Bus #3 from the Ferry terminal to bring you here and then explore by foot the
Also great for people watching, this is the spot to just enjoy the pulse of the city.
The oldest temple in Macau, dedicated to the goddess A-ma, where the name Macau originates.
Also known as Tin Hau in Hong Kong, A-Ma is the Goddess of the Sea.
This temple is a favourite with locals and is well-frequented, always
teeming with activity, burning incense coils and wish messages from the many worshipers coming to pay their respects.
The Macau Tower
Standing at 338m high right at the edge of the peninsula, this is the centerpiece of a massive entertainment and restaurant complex.
There is the usual viewing platforms and revolving restaurants with striking views of the surroundings.
And for the adrenaline junkies out there, there is ne of the world's highest
bungy jumps from the 233m platform, a stroll around the rail-less outer rim of the Skywalk, or a mast climb to the top... your pick.
Some of these activities are quite popular and sell out early. If you have your heart set on one of them, it is a good idea to pre-book.
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Macau Tower Observation Deck Discount Tickets
Adult MOP 149 (US$18.49), Child MOP 77 (US$9.55) Adult US$13.89 Child US$8.69 ››
Kun Iam Temple
This temple is also dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy and is one of the most active temples in Macau.
There are three main worship halls at this buddhist temple, all adorned with elaborate statues.
In the back courtyard, there is the
granite table where the first U.S-China trade treaty was signed in 1844.
The Casinos and the Cotai Strip
The casinos are the main scene in Macau, the only place in China where casinos are legal. The Vegas-style facilities and
entertainment are a magnet to visitors from mainland China and Hong Kong.
You will recognize all the big names in the gambling world: MGM, Wynn, Sands, etc. The casinos are found in the
Southern end of the peninsula as well as in the newer area of the Cotai Strip, built specifically to
boost Macau's standing as a world-class gambling, entertainment, and luxury shopping mecca.
Casinos in the Macau peninsula: MGM Grand, Wynn, Sands, Grand Lisboa.
In the Cotai Strip we find the Venetian, the Galaxy, the Four Seasons, newcomer The Parisian Macau and the City of Dreams entertainment complex, including the Hard Rock Cafe.
Getting to the casinos is a breeze as all will have their own free shuttles from the ferry terminals.
The House Of Dancing Waters
If you want to catch a show, this is it. It's a breathtaking spectacle and the world's largest water extravaganza...
Acrobatics, fountain jets, fantastic light works, stunning costumes... a real feast for the eyes.
Created by the famed show-maker Franco Dragone, the show cost USD250 million to create and produce, and is only performed at the City of Dreams.
There are two performances at 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm so it is possible to make it in a Day Trip from Hong Kong if you catch
the early show.
Where? City of Dreams
What Time? 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm
How Much? Adults (12+) HKD 580 US$76, Children (0-12) HKD 406 US$59.50
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Discount Tickets and Packages for a Limited Time via Klook.com:
- C Reserve Ticket
HKD 580 HKD 507
- B Reserve Ticket
HKD 780 HKD 679
- A Reserve Ticket
HKD 980 HKD 854
- Special Promotion for Taiwan Residents from
HKD 580 HKD 460
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The Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus
This is a wonderful way to see all that Macau offers, conveniently departing from the Macau Ferry Terminal, so you can hop-on as soon as you arrive and start exploring.
There are 16 stops which will cover Macau's best sights as you hop-off at your leisure. To go the entire loop non-stop takes approximately 70 minutes and buses depart every 45 minutes.
The bus route covers both the historical center as well as the glitzy Cotai strip. All of the above highlights are covered in the loop: Kun Iam Statue, Grand Lisboa, Largo do Senado, Ruins of St Paul, Macau Tower, A-ma Temple, and the Casinos at the Cotai Strip.
When? Daily 9:20 am - 4:05 pm
Where? Departs and ends at the Macau Ferry Terminal
How Much? One Day Sightseeing Pass Adults (12+)
HK$150 HK$125 US$16, Children (2-11) HK$100 HK$84 US$11
More Info, Booking and Route - Macau Hop On Hop Off Open Top Bus Tour ››
The Macau Day Trip Guided Tour
Everything is arranged for you, all the transportation and sightseeing is
taken care of. No guessing which ferry or bus to take, what could be more convenient?
Tour Highlights include:
- Transport to/from Hong Kong hotels
- Ferry transport to/from Macau
- Sightseeing by coach covering:
- City center and Ruins of St. Paul
- Kun Iam Temple
- Macau Tower
- A-Ma Temple
Macau Day Trip from Hong Kong US$98 - More information and Booking ››
Map of Macau and Main Attractions
Ruins of St. Paul Largo do Senado Kun Iam Temple Macau Tower Cotai Strip A-ma Temple City of Dreams - House of Dancing Waters Ferry Terminals
Getting to Macau from Hong Kong is very easy with convenient ferry service every 15 minutes. Here's more on the Hong Kong - Macau Ferry.
Remember you can get Turbojet and CotaiJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets from Klook.com:
TurboJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets are as follows:
- Single Trip from Hong Kong Island:
HK200 HK139 US$ 17
- Single Trip from Kowloon:
HK211 HK151 US$ 19
- Round Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends):
HK366 HK285 US$ 36
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CotaiJet Macau Ferry Discount Tickets are as follows:
- Single Trip:
HK186 HK145 US$ 19
- Round Trip (weekday, slightly more on weekends):
HK310 HK285 US$ 36
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