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First point of day trip Macau Ruins of St. Paul’s Macau

Day trip Macau is incomplete without visiting churches and casino. Are you planning to visit stroll along Portuguese architecture Macau for 2~3 days? Are you interested to know some transport hacks around Macau? If all answers are yes then you are in right place. The first thing as like other countries you need a travel visa for Macau. However do not think Macau is in China having Chinese rules. It’s part of mainland China but having own rules and regulations. You can get on arrival visa for 15 days at the airport of the ferry terminal.

 Also read, How to get the visa for Macau?

Once, you leave the airport you will see all big buildings all like big palace. For instance you may easily think these are shopping malls. How it is possible to have numerous malls at one place with this much huge area? Now you know this is casino city. Macau is well known as Vegas of Asia and yes it means a lot for gamblers.

Note  on day trip Macau casino

Once you are passing through casino area, please mind that you should have some id proof for age. People with 18 years old as a visitor and 21 years as a local can enter he casino area. Above all security can ask age proof while you roaming around the hotel.

Also, read Welcome to the Vegas of Asia the Macau casino world

Most of the people think  Macau is all about casinos but that’s not true at all there is more than that. Vagabond is recommending you few place where you can visit in a day with the slow pace. Make sure to learn one thing especially eat street cookies, jerry and ginger candy while walking. Follow the crowd to reach all famous travel points.


Keep Macau city map, which you can get from airport, ferry port or at the reception desk of your hotel. This map will help you to find nearest casino’s free shuttle to reach your destination. So, you can do day trip Macau free – free.

Appreciate the architecture of Kun Lam Statue

You can start your day with Kun Lam statue which is a 32-meter tall bronze statue in the name of the goddess of mercy. The place is completely free of cost to move around. However if you want to see the history of the place it has the small museum in the basement. Small  museum has some minimal entrance fee. Museum will tell you more about the goddess of mercy in Chinese Buddhism and how they build this statue. We came here with limousine bus run by Wynn Macau casino and from alight point statue is just a couple of minutes walking distance.

See 3D Show at Macau Science Center

Science centre is visible from Kun Lam statue and you can take 5 minutes walk to reach there. Museum glass building is the classy piece with a conical shape. You need to pay some fee to visit different parts of the museum and if you want to see planetarium or 3D show then pay extra around 35 ~ 40 MOP. Check reference website link.


MOP is a currency in Macau which can be used for shopping having a bit lower value than Hong Kong dollar(HKD). There are many tourists who come for a day trip from Hong Kong. In other word it’s usual to buy everything in HKD where they consider 1HKD=1MOP, but you can not use MOP in Hong Kong.

Passthrough the history of Fisherman’s Wharf

Macau has the replica of many word heritages and this is the place where you will find the replica of Colosseum in Rome. This place is located in city centre and is the home of a theme park, shopping centres and dining. Admission is completely free but in some attractions, you need to pay a small fee.This place is just 3~6 minutes walking distance from Macau Hong Kong ferry terminal so you can take the bus from ferry terminal to any place.


Macau ferry terminal, Taipa ferry terminal and airport is a famous place to catch limousine for reaching any part of Macau. You can always get shuttle bus of any casino which is free of cost which drops you nearby your visiting attraction. You can also join some free day trip macau group too.

Check the burned pillar in Ruins of St Paul church

This is most famous tourist spot in Macau, nobody leaves Macau without visiting this church. This church caught fire several times in history and currently only front face is remaining to exhibit the history from the past. I recommend this place to visit during sunset time as it looks stunning with lights and blue sky in the evening time. It’s UNESCO world heritage site.It has small museum too, regarding history and it’s free.

All the places especially churches and paths are highly influenced by Portuguese architecture. Whole architecture and language are still preserved by Macau people, which is really good. You can see text written on currency, menu and other stuff in Portuguese. Chinese, English and Portuguese is the language highly spoken in the region.

Historical walk around Senado Square and Domingo’s Church

Start walk from St. Paul church to Domingo’s church with following signboards, it might be around 3~5 minutes walking distance. You will pass through many authentic Chinese and European restaurants which may tickle your taste buds. Enjoy cookies on the way and buy some souvenir for beloved ones. Square is actually famous for gathering and celebration during X-mas, new year countdown and easter. There are many photogenic places where you can capture the photo for your Instagram account just check it out loyal Senate building(Leal Senado) second floor.

One of the city’s most important religious sites A-Ma Temple

This place is preserved as religious site for Buddhism. One of the UNESCO heritage site and worth to visit recommended by cookie vagabond. History documents and wiki reveal that the name of Macau is based on this temple. Temple has Chinese calligraphy text with scenic photo wall.

Finishing line of day trip Macau

This is a complete one day trip as all attractions are nearby. It is highly recommend to all to keep Macau city map to locate nearby bus stop for free and paid bus. For us, it was hustle and bustle but if you have enough time you can remove A-Ma temple from your itinerary and visit others.

Hope you enjoyed the post and are motivated enough to visit Portuguese architecture while enjoying egg tart, jerry and cookies. Do not forget to follow us in social media

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  1. it´s truly like feeling at home on the other side of the world 🙂 greetings from Lisbon, PedroL

    • Vagabond Reply

      Hey Pedrol,
      That’s true, meanwhile, we are in Germany for the long term, let’s find some time to visit us in Frankfurt.

  2. Nice post eventually I’ll get here! Oh and I could care less for casinos unless they are in historic gorgeous buildings

    • Vagabond Reply

      Me to care less for the casino, however, there are many more things to do in Macau.

    • I have been Macau last year December and 2~3 blog post still remaining, Place is good and your 3D2N itinerary is more than enough to visit the place 🙂

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