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Macau - Frequently Asked Questions

For all those things you haven't found out in our generic description and introduction to Macao and you might be confused on or simply wondering about; this list of most commonly asked questions on Macao aims to answer every concern or query.

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Table of contents

  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. Can I visit Hong Kong when in Macau?
  7. What's fun to do in Macau?
  8. What food do you suggest we try in Macau?

When is the best time to go?

Generally speaking, the best time to visit Macau is from October to December (autumn and winter), when the weather is both dry and not too hot. In the spring, the weather tends to be warmer and foggy, while summers are hot and rainy. Of course, if you plan to spend most of your time enjoying Macau's famous casinos, excellent shopping and other indoor attractions, then there really is no bad time to visit.

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Do you need a visa?

Unless you plan to stay in Macau for more than 90 days, you shouldn't need a visa to visit - provided you won't be travelling anywhere aside from Macau itself and/or Hong Kong, which also doesn't require a visa. However, you should always check the latest official guidance to make sure. And, if you plan to visit mainland China during your trip, you will need to arrange a visa prior to your arrival.

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How can I get there?

Macau International Airport is only connected to destinations in Asia. So, the easiest way to arrive is to fly to Hong Kong International Airport (which takes roughly 12 hours if you fly direct), then board the ferry to Macau, which takes approximately one hour.

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What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The local currency is the pataca (MOP$, M$ or ptca), which is only accepted in Macau. Also freely accepted is the HK dollar, which means you are able to use whichever currency you prefer. If you are planning to visit Hong Kong, it may be easiest to get only HK dollars - though it's worth bearing in mind that certain coins might not be accepted in Macau. If you do get patacas, try to use them all before leaving.

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What is there to see and do?

Macau is the perfect holiday destination for tourists seeking a wide range of attractions. Most famous for being the world's gambling capital, boasting a range of casinos to rival even Las Vegas, this city peninsula also has a lot of history, some excellent museums and galleries, and exciting cuisine. Plus, there's also the possibility of taking the ferry over to Hong Kong for a day or two, adding yet more variety. While the casinos are what most travellers come here for, there are lots of others options too. One of the best things to do is to explore the destination's colonial past. The Portuguese arrived in the 16th century, and it became the first and only Chinese city to be colonised by Europe. As a result, it has a medley of Portuguese and Asian features, including Baroque churches, mansions, fortressing and Portuguese cuisine. Don't miss the chance to explore Macau's historic centre, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to wonderful landmarks like Senado Square. Another mu

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Can I visit Hong Kong when in Macau?

Yes, Hong Kong takes just an hour to reach from Macau by ferry. And, like Macau, it doesn't require you to have a visa. It's possible to visit just for the day, but as there is so much to do, it's worth considering spending a few nights there.

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What's fun to do in Macau?

Macau is a fantastic destination for a relaxing holiday sightseeing and indulging yourself. For the quintessential Macau thrill, hit one of the many casinos, such as the Grand Lisboa Casino, which is a major local landmark. As well as trying your luck on the roulette wheel, take some time to explore some of the local scenic spots. Flora Gardens is the destination's largest public park, and from here you can take the cable car to Guia Fort and Guia Chapel. These twin attractions are perched at the highest point on the peninsula, meaning they offer outstanding views across Macau on clear days - particularly from the vantage point of the fort. The chapel, meanwhile, dates back to the early 17th century and houses some of Asia's most treasured frescoes. Also enjoying is a wander around the St Lazarus Church District - this little neighbourhood has colonial houses and cobbled streets, not to mention designer shops and regular arts events.

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What food do you suggest we try in Macau?

Fusing Portuguese and Chinese culinary traditions, Macanese food truly is a joy to discover. Some dishes, such as bacalhau (salt cod) and pasteis de nata (custard tarts) come directly from the European country, while other dishes feature more of a medley of flavours and styles. Among the top dishes to try are African chicken, which blends Goan and East African elements, pork chops buns - which are a street food favourite - and a dessert called serradurra. Serradurra is a layered dessert of Portuguese that combines layers of sweet crushed biscuits with cream, vanilla and condensed milk. Indulgent and delicious.

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