3 May

Actually, there was no itinerary. I have read that Macau is pretty easy to navigate and that you can get maps from the ferry terminal and hotels. So, I didn’t really bother coming up with a detailed plan. I only called Hotel Ko Wah weeks before to make a reservation.

L: Macau map I got at the Ferry Terminal; R: Map I got from Hotel Ko Wah

My friends and I arrived in Macau a little after 5:00 AM. The streets were empty except for a few trucks and taxis. Since according to the map Hotel Ko Wah (which is in Rua da Felicidade) is far, we decided to just take a taxi. We had to hail two since there were six of us. Each charged us 40 HKD.

There were two guys at the reception when we got there. They were asleep so I had to knock on the counter. One of them immediately waved his arms to say that there were no vacancies and that he didn’t speak English. I tried to tell him that I made a reservation a month before. I even had to make an international call to them since they didn’t have a website. But he just ignored me and went back to sleep.

I wasn’t too happy, of course. But we were in a dark and unfamiliar street at an ungodly hour and there was no time for drama. We went out of the hotel, walked down the road to look for a place to stay. The next hotel had no vacancies either. The third one (Hotel Man Va) also didn’t have any rooms available. However, Michael, the receptionist, said if we can wait we can check in by 9:00 AM. At that time, it was just around 6:00 AM. It was too early to do anything. So we waited by the hotel’s lounge and slept for a bit.

By 7:00 AM, we were too hungry. Michael said we can walk to Senado Square to get a McDonald’s meal. He also gave us a map. He was very nice and accommodating. He was also good in English. He let us leave our things in their storage room while we grab something to eat.

Reception area of Hotel Man Va (The left door is the storage room.)

The hotel, which is in Trevessa Da Caldeira, was just a few minutes walk from Senado Square.

Street leading to Largo do Senado

After breakfast, we went around and took some pictures. Most of the shops were still closed. They usually open at around 10:00 AM. We took our time and were able to observe some locals going about their day.

The shops near the Square

Students walking past the Cathedral of Macau

Some elderly hanging out by the benches in Senado Square

At around 9, we walked back to our hotel. We settled into our rooms and rested for a while.

Part 2 can be found here.


5 Responses to “MACAU ITINERARY- Part 1”

  1. slaveboi May 4, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    I am totally in love with those streets! And the pastel colored buildings! Heheh. I wish Cebu had those, too, Kat. :p

  2. Gaoxing July 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Thanks for the information here its really helpful.


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