5 Things to Do in Macau With a Budget of SGD$3018 February, 2010
Just to share the itinerary we submitted that got us selected as one of the 10 finalists for the JetStarAsia Macau JetSaver Light Challenge:
1. Explore 25 locations of cultural and historical significance in a section of Macau Peninsula designated as UNESCO World Heritage site
After breakfast at the hotel, I will start off the day with a cable car ride (MOP$3) to Guia Hill, Macau’s highest point to take in the sights of the peninsula and explore the beautiful Guia Lighthouse and Chapel within Guia Fortress. I will then take a bus (MOP$2.50) to Senado Square where I will start my journey of visiting and star-jumping at the other 24 locations, especially at the city’s most famous landmark – Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral.
2. Savour delicious Portuguese Egg Tarts (both at Margaret’s Cafe e Nata and Lord Stow’s Bakery), Macau Pork Chop Bun (San Hou Lei) with Cup of Milk Tea for Lunch & Afternoon Tea and Wanton Noodles (Wong Chi Kei) for Dinner
As I walk towards the Ruins of St. Paul’s Cathedral, I will take the opportunity to snack on the free samples of almond cookies, peanut cookies, sweet egg wafers and beef jerky (FREE) to replenish my energy to visit the other historical sites along the Macau Heritage Walk circuit. I will also visit Margaret’s Cafe e Nata for the must-try Portuguese egg tart (MOP$7) before taking a bus (MOP$3.30) to Taipa’s ‘Food Street’ at Rua Do Cunha for a pork chop bun (with cup of milk tea) lunch at San Hou Lei (MOP$15). After experiencing the laid-back village life in Taipa and Coloane Village (more info at point 3), I will settle for afternoon tea with a Portuguese egg tart at Lord Stow’s Bakery (MOP$7) – it will be interesting to compare the taste of the egg tarts between Margaret’s and Lord Stow’s whose owners used to be married. For dinner, I will settle for a bowl of Wanton Noodles at Senado Square’s Wong Chi Kei (MOP$20).
3. Experience laid-back and quiet village life and religious and cultural practices of locals at Taipa and Coloane Village
After lunch at Taipa ‘Food Street’, I will stroll along the narrow streets of Taipa Old Village, keeping an eye out for the many roadside stone niches and temples devoted to various Chinese deities and admiring beautiful colonial-styled architecture in some of the buildings. I will then take a bus (MOP$4) to Coloane where I will then board a free shuttle service (FREE) to see the tallest sculpture of the goddess A-Ma in the world on Coloane Peak. Before proceeding to Hac Sa beach, I will explore around the picturesque Coloane Village with many of its houses bearing distinctive Portuguese architecture.
4. Bike, Swim and Relax by the Hac Sa Beach
Just a 3-minute bus ride (MOP$3) from Coloane Village, Hac Sa beach is known for its naturally black sand shore. I will rent a bike (MOP$12 per hour) to cycle along this beach, taking in the sea breeze before dipping into the sea for a quick swim. I will then relax by the beach, enjoying a tan before returning back to the hustle and bustle of city life in the Macau Peninsula.
5. Shopping at Red Market and Three Lamps District and Enjoying Free Nightly Performance at Casinos
Taking a bus from Coloane to Macau Peninsula (MOP$5), I will visit the distinctive three-storey Red Market for some shopping of clothes and foodstuff before proceeding to the nearby Three Lamps District, another shopping area to pick up bargains in shoes and small electronic parts. After dinner at Wong Chi Kei, I will proceed to Wynn Casino for the spectacular Wynn Macau Fountain Show and then to Avenida da Praia Grande for the Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Laser and Music Show (FREE).
With what’s left of the SGD$30 savings from my JetSaver Light fare, I will try my luck at one of the casino tables – who knows, I might win my next trip here to continue my exploration of exciting Macau and savour traditional Portuguese cuisine at Fernando’s and take on the thrilling bungy jump adventure at the Macau Tower.
Transport around Macau = MOP$20.80
Food = MOP$49.00
Bicycle Rental = MOP$12.00
Shopping = MOP$80.00
Total = MOP$161.80 = SGD$28.90
(Assuming exchange rate of SGD1 = MOP$5.60)