BHXFAOTIPYYC From Portugal, joined Jun 2005, 1644 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 839 times:
No, you do not need a visa. You do formally leave HK (departure stamp in passport) and fill in a landing card for Macao (arrival stamp in passport) and all visa versa when you return to HK. You can also pick up a bottle of duty free on the way back to.
The ferry is the way to go; there must be at least 20 a day. Weird think was, the hydrofoil parked next to us was badged as a Boeing 797, I kid you not.
We did it in a day, well worth it. We hired a taxi for about 6 hrs and got the guided tour. Really interesting place, although speaking Portuguese didn't get us very far!
Breakfast in BHX, lunch in FAO, dinner in TIP, baggage in YYC.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11256 posts, RR: 63 Reply 5, posted (5 years 9 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 824 times:
Quoting StealthZ (Reply 3):
If they are still using the Boeing JetFoil it should have read Boeing 929 (929-100 actually)
It definately read Boeing 797 when I rode it earlier this summer! Quite amusing. You can see a lot of Macau during one day, but another option aside of the ferry would be to take the helicopter - it's vastly more expensive, but I'm sure it's an amazing experience and will offer some impressive views along the way.
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1412 posts, RR: 9 Reply 8, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 781 times:
Last November, I visited Macao from HK too... I took an early morning ferry (economy class/Turbojet) and returned on an early evening ferry (first class). I was seriously considering taking the helicopter but instead I did a huge shopping from Zara in HK with that money First class was a much nicer ride of course but not really necessary as it takes about an hour...
On a side note, I found Macao to be extremely uninteresting... It was nothing but waste of time and money.... The casinos were OK.. I walked through the F1 track and walked over to the old town bur there really was nothing special.. The only nice thing is that I now have 2 HK visas and a Macao visa in my passport
StealthZ From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 5448 posts, RR: 48 Reply 9, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 760 times:
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 5): It definately read Boeing 797 when I rode it earlier this summer!
Dan and BHX, note I used the word should not did, I have spent enough time in Asia to know that signage and labeling when translated to English sometimes differs from reality.
The original Jetfoils used on the HK-Macau run were definately Boeing 929-100 & -115, I beleive that a mix of conventional & highspeed catamarans are used these days along with some(not sure how many) CSSC PS-30 Jetfoils these appear to be a near clone of the Boeing product built by Shanghai Simno Marine Ltd.
TurkishWings points are valid, I guess it is up to what interests you, from my perspective I would find the old town much more interesting than the casinos... different point of view is all.!
If your camera sends text messages, that could explain why your photos are rubbish!
Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 7 Reply 10, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 734 times:
- Is it doable as a daytrip, for general sightseeing?[/quote]
It's doable in a day trip, but hotels in Macau are ridiculously cheap. I forgot how much my then girlfriend and I paid, but it was a 4 star room for a cheap price (at least after the USD conversion). I would do the 2 day trip just because it was so cheap.
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 6 Reply 11, posted (5 years 9 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 719 times:
I just did it last weekend, its a great day trip.
Get to the Macau Ferry Terminal and take a Turbojet Ferry. Cost is 150 HKD or 176 HKD after midnight.
The Ferry run virtually 24 hours a day, about 1 ever 10 to 20 minutes in the daytime and one every hour during the late nights.
trip is about 55 minutes, and its a great ride...Once you get there you'll get hounded by a number of tour agencies. I was with a group of 12 others so we just rented a tour van and driver for 100 HKD for 3 hours/ per person.
Most people take Hong Kong dollar, but they'll return your money in Macau currency which is pegged 1 to 1.
Check out some of the casinos in the evening, the New Venetian Macau is brilliant...and a totally different environment.
They even have a free bus service to/from the Macau Ferry Terminal so it makes things very convenient.