Let’s face it, not everyone is rich and can afford to travel across the world in style. Most of us aren’t rich and have to count pennies when we have to travel. That means we need good logistics and information to successfully plan and navigate a trip. For some of us, that is difficult, for others, it is a breeze. For those with experience, it is only normal that we help those who haven’t yet had the chance to explore the world in an adventurous way.
Let’s say you want to visit Macau, an exotic city or rather, special administrative region, the most densely populated region in the world. If you have no clue that it is in southern China and that it uses a different currency to that of mainland China, then you are at the right place. Here is how to visit Macau on a budget.
Depending on where you are in the world, the best way to travel is by airplane. There are several places which have direct flights to Macau, but the best choice is to go through Hong Kong on your way to Macau, or your way out of Macau. The two are so close together that you would just waste a perfect opportunity to visit both. The Macau International Airport is on Taipa Island and has flights to places all over the world. From the airport, you can take busses, shuttles or taxis, or even a ferry. Airport shuttles are free.
Staying in Macau
Macau is a place which can be really expensive or relatively cheap, depending on where in Macau you would like to stay. A stay in The Venetian would cost you a lot more than staying at the Home of Macau, for example. Other hotels and accommodations to note, which won’t empty your wallet, are Hou Kong Hotel, Kameng Villa, Macau Masters Hotel and Holiday Hotel. Getting to these is easy, for it always is when you know your destination and prepare offline maps in advance.
Macau is a wonderful place and most of the sights are in the old city or rather, city center. Public transport can get you there for a really cheap fee (take note that they use the Macau pataca as their currency. 10 MOP is currently 1.25 US dollars), around 4 or 5 MOP, while taxis are a bit more expensive. The hotel and airport shuttles are free, but you can also take open bus tours if you want to explore the city with a guide. You can also go on foot, if you feel like exploring things slowly.
What to Visit
There are plenty of sights to see, starting from Ruins of St. Paul’s, Senado Square, Macau Tower, A-Ma Temple (after which Macau got its name when the Portoguese thought that the temple’s native name was the name of the city), the Cotai Strip. The first four are landmarks and should not be missed. The last one, the Cotai Strip, is basically like the Strip in Vegas, where all the casinos are. If you feel like gambling, that should be your next destination.
Macau, like almost any other place in the world, can be visited on a budget. Follow this guide if you plan on visiting Macau and don’t feel like spending too much.