Published: April 1st 2012March 4th 2012
Sunday morning and I was heading over to Macau at midday which left me the morning to relax and have breakfast. I returned to the congee shop from yesterday and it was busy with early morning risers grabbing breakfast. I devoured another excellent bowl of congee and also grabbed a fried dough cake before taking a final walk around Central. Found another Starbucks and was interested to note of the 3 other people in line, 2 were from the States and 1 from europe. Foreigners really don't enjoy the local version of coffee!
The Macau ferry terminal is located in the Shun Tak Centre which is a short 5 minute walk from Central and you can get there along the elevated walkways. As it was a Sunday morning, the walkways were filled with Filipina maids hanging out on their day off. It becomes a cardboard city as the maids set up cardboard boxes to sit on and shield themselves from the sun and wind. The Shun Tak Centre is a hub of activity as it contains numerous tourism companies, hotel sales offices and misc booking offices. I collected my ticket and was promptly through immigration and at the waiting area.
There is a ferry every 15 minutes and a constant stream of people taking the trip to Macau. The TurboJet was very comfortable with plenty of legroom and big seats. The ride was a little choppy and those who get seasick could be in a little spot of bother! We arrived in Macau an hour later and had to queue about 15 minutes to get through immigration which wasn't too bad considering the constant arrivals. Outside the ferry terminal are a fleet of minibuses which are operated by the numerous hotels in Macau and I was promptly on the Wynn bus and headed towards my hotel. The Wynn is an upmarket hotel and the service is impeccable, as it was only 1pm my room wasn't ready yet so I dropped my bags off and went for a walk around the immediate vicinity. I had a quick look around the Lisboa hotel and Grand Lisboa hotel which is a funkily designed building. I quickly learnt that Macau has a major difference to Las Vegas in that the gambling here is much much more serious than in Vegas. I had lunch at a noodle house inside the Grand Lisboa before heading back
to the Wynn to get my room which overlooked the fountain and looked out over Nam Van Lake. The fog that hung around HK was also evident in Macau and it settled in quite early each afternoon and makes the lights of the buildings have a unique effect each night. My room was certainly luxurious and it is good to splurge every now and then!
I spent the evening walking all around Macau - taking in the lights, checking out numerous casinos before settling in at a bar at the MGM to watch a live band from the US play some pretty good covers.
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