September 04, 2010
Macau Side Trip: Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams, Grand Lisboa
A tour around Macau’s Hotel Casinos.
I’m having a hard time separating this entry as there’s just so many places in Macau that we visited even if we spent it only for a day. That’s why I’m probably going to have to break the Macau Trip into other blog entries to cover the places we’ve gone to.
The Venetian Macau
Woke up early in order to prepare for our trip to Macau. We decided to push through with our plan as we needed to cover as many destinations and tourist spots in Hongkong while we’re still there. Although it rained the previous day, we were bent on at least getting to a good place in order to scratch of one of the locations in our itinerary.
The weather was humid but we proceeded to taking the ferry from Hong Kong to Macau. We ate breakfast first in order to fill ourselves for the day. We visited a Burger King store near the Tai San Guesthouse. Cindy and Logan ordered a bagel meal while I ordered a sandwich at half the price – really had to cut down on my costs – hehe.
Burger King breakfast in Hongkong
Places we visited in Macau:
The Venetian Hotel
City of Dreams
How To Go To Macau from Hong Kong
I think there are 2 ways to go to Macau from Hong Kong. What we did was ride the MTR from Tsim Sha Tsui station to Sheung Wan Station. Then we headed to the Exit D in Sheung Wan station as it was already the HK-Macau Ferry Terminal.
We then rode a Cotai Jet ferry, a one-hour fast craft vehicle ride from Hong Kong to Macau. We bought our tickets ahead c/o Ate Yolly so we didn’t have to worry about lining up passes. It was good because we were able to catch the 9am schedule. We still had to fill out the departure and arrival cards to and from our destination since this was another region; and this was another stamp on our passports.
tickets to Macao
TIP: Our ticket was good for 10am; meaning we could ride any schedule before that time. Beyond that, the ticket would be forfeited.
I got a little seasick during the one-hour ride and had to take a nap because I could puke any second. It was a good thing that the ferry wasn’t full so I had to switch to another seat that had more space
sleeping and looking for warmth
I was wearing long-sleeves beneath my shirt but I still felt cold. It rained pretty hard so that explains the temperature. When we got out of Cotai Jet, and after passing through Immigration, we waited at the port for awhile because of the rain. We met a Filipina friend in the name of Ate Eva who offered her services to tour us around Macau. We hesitated at first since we didn’t know her but we soon gave in since we only had a day in the place and we didn’t want to waste any time.
wasn’t able to take a better shot at the shuttle buses in Macau
We were greeted by different shuttle buses from the Macau Casino Hotels… and they’re all FREE! Yeah, we were told that this was part of the casinos’ way of attracting visitors to check out their establishments. Of course, since we were still tight on a budget, we made the most of the free buses.
Venetian Hotel! the third pic is a self-portrait – using a DSLR! haha. that’s how far my other hand can go.
Macau Venetian Hotel: paintings, murals, structures, ART!
big, big casino – and this was just one of the many casinos!
First stop was the Venetian Hotel, which is a 40-story, hotel and was modeled on its sister casino hotel resort which is The Venetian in Las Vegas (source: The Venetian Macao – Wikipedia). When we went in, I didn’t know what to expect; I’m not really fond of museums and paintings and such. However, I couldn’t help but be amazed at the structures and murals – the time it took in order to create masterpieces in every corner was just a sight to behold. I had to start snapping away in order to capture the different angles of the resort.
sights and sounds inside the hotel
still at the Venetian Hotel
We went to the City of Dreams next. While on the bus (another free shuttle ride), we saw so many buildings that were still in construction. We again wondered how these people are able to occupy
We were told that the best free show was located at the City of Dreams casino. The Bubble Show features a supernatural realm of four Dragon Kings wherein guests are immersed in a visual spectacle with elements unique to each region that swirl on a 360 degree dome screen (City of Dreams Bubble Show – Wikipedia). The show is FREE however, we didn’t watch it as we thought that we were pressed with time. Will probably check Youtube to see what we’ve missed.
What we did is just drop by the City of Dreams Casino Hotel to check out the place and we saw this giant screensaver-like wall where you would see a simulation of a giant aquarium with a mermaid swimming in the background. The mermaid then turns into a shark, which turns into something else I can’t recall – hehe.
We got out of the City of Dreams and rode a free shuttle bus (again) going to the city. We dropped by the Casino Lisboa and the Grand Lisboa where Ate Eva gave a brief history about the building and about Stanley Ho who was nicknamed as “The King of Gambling” (Stanley Ho – Wikipedia).
Grand Lisboa, Cindy jumping for joy.
I was amazed at the Grand Lisboa and it’s design. I thought it looked like a giant pineapple when I first saw it. We got inside and saw a number of special structures and displays that were enclosed in glasses. To me, the hotel was already enough an amazement.
inside Casino Lisboa
We also noticed that the hotels smelled really nice. We wanted to know what perfumes were used that permeated the air inside these casino resorts.
I will be posting the next part of our trip in Macau. It seems that this blog entry is going to be overloaded with pictures if I keep on writing more so I’ll cut this for now.
Food: 25 HKD – Burger King Sandwich with Drink
Transportation: Cotai Jet 290 HKD – back and forth Hongkong and Macau
Check out my other posts on our Macau Side Trip:
- Macau Side Trip: Venetian Hotel, City of Dreams, Grand Lisboa
- Macau Side Trip: Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul
- Prosperity Tree and Dragon Show at Wynn Hotel
- Macau Side Trip: Macau Tower and Fisherman’s Wharf
- My Bungy Jumping Experience at the Macau Tower
- Thoughts and Tips on My Trip to Macau
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