An early morning start. Went to bus stop just outside hotel for a bus to Sha Tin station so we could get a series of trains to the Macau Ferry Terminal, AND, Lo and Behold !!! a bus rolled up with “Macau Ferry Terminal” displayed on the front !!!!!!
HE must have been watching over us.
So NO trains, NO walking, 40 mins later we were on Hong Kong Island at the Ferry Terminal.
After going through immigration, an hour in the Catamaran and we stepped onto Macau. Cleared immigration and customs and got a Number 3 bus to the “Old” section of Macau.
What an eye opener… I think every person in Hong Kong had decided to go as well. Damn tourists, THOUSANDS of them mostly Chinese spoiling every one of my photos !!!!!!!
My thoughts on the small part of Macau we saw are that the historic section is messy and spoiled by advertising, rubbish, and generally grotty. (see pictures). So, disappointed with that and the fact that tourists were shoulder to shoulder on the streets, we went back to the ferry terminal and hopped on a free courtesy bus to The Venetian Casino as the Kiwis we met at the Peak tram in Hong Kong, told us not to miss it. Actually there are HEAPS of casinos on Macau all with their own courtesy buses lined up at the terminal so you can be transported to any one you wish.
The bus filled up in 2 mins and as we took off, another took it’s place.
The Venetian is AMAZING!!! Absolutely mind boggling. Taking of pictures was forbidden in the gambling areas so I can’t show you. But we were allowed to photograph in the shopping area with its canals and gondolas. See pictures below.
The whole place is amazing!! (see pics and video). And immense!! The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, and the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. It is reputed to be the 7th largest building in the world. 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2). The resort has 3000 suites, 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) of retail, 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space – with 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and a 15,000 seat CotaiArena for indoor entertainment and sports events. We thought we had seen it all until getting in the courtesy bus to the ferry. It drove around the perimeter of the Venetian and it was only then the size became apparent. Lakes with gondolas, water displays and SO many buildings.
Huge does not described it adequately. The same can be said for many of the other casinos on Macau. The Sands, The Galaxy, The Grand Lisboa and the Wynn. The Wynn Macau looks just like its brother over in Las Vegas, with the same red and beige color scheme inside and out. Table games include traditional and contemporary games like Blackjack, Caribbean Stud, Roulette and Sic Bo, all types of Baccarat, as well as a sweet poker room with attractive female dealers.
Anyway we had a very tasty lunch of Dim Sum, and BBQ pork & chicken in the Venetian, wandered around (as Wombats do) and headed back to Hong Kong on the ferry. Got the direct bus back to the bus stop in front of The Regal Riverside Hotel, way out in The New Territories over the Tsing Ma Bridge. (See video below). The transport system is amazing here and when we arrived “home”, headed straight out to the clutter of local restaurants for noodle & wonton soup, sweet and sour pork and a well-earned beer before hitting the hay.. It was a long day !!
Video of the old quarter in Macau
Video of the Venetian Casino
Video of the Tsing Ma Bridge
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