Philippines Insider" The Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide for Tourists and Expats
Philippines Insider" The Ultimate Philippines Travel Guide for Tourists and Expats

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Offline John Amend-All

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« on: July 03, 2008, 02:06:37 PM »
We went to this small city, across the bay from Hong Kong, in late May.

Flew from Clarke with Cebu Pacific, cost about 4,500 pesos each. Stayed in Hotel Taipa, 3 star and that\'s all its worth, but cheap enough at 2,800 per night. We only booked at the airport travel agent desks. They also do currency exchange and we got a better rate than the exchange dealer next door.

Macau was a Portuguese colony so the architecture is a strange mix of old europe and new modern apartment blocks. The place consists of 3 islands, linked together by long, impressive bridges. Macau has a name for gambling, but there are plenty of other activities there if you don\'t fancy that and plenty of sightseeing and shopping. It is easy enough to get to the main island by bus,
thereafter it\'s small enough to walk around.

Do not expect friendly welcoming smiles from the locals, they just ain\'t like that. Nor do they speak much English. Then again we have an advantage in taking our Filipinas with us, because, need you ask, there are plenty of Pinoys working there and they would be your best and friendliest guides and sources of information. Curiously, a lot are working as security people.

No visas needed for up to a month, even for Philippine nationals. You can get a ferry to Hong Kong.

Here are some pictures:

How they live now

The old municipal building, still in use. Portuguese, 18th century.

The central square

Asawa tucking into red bean ice-cream in a Japanese restaurant. I had sesame flavour. Scrumptious.

The one on all the Macau posters. St Paul\'s facade. 16th Century, the rest burned down 110 years ago.