I woke up early in order to catch a ferry to get to Macau by around 10am.
To get to the ferry terminal for boats going to Macau, I got off at Sheung Wan station and just walked up, through a mall, to get to Turbo Jet’s ticketing counter (Cotai Jet is here as well). The ticket to Macau cost HK$163 (Rs. 1150/$21/€15) and I was hoping to get a seat for the ferry leaving at 8:45am, but as my bad luck would have it, the one guy in front of me at the counter wanted god-knows-how-many tickets and was arguing about change with the man behind the counter! Grrh, don’t you just hate it when this happens to you while waiting in line?! I stood there frustrated as not only did the 8:45am ferry fill up, so did the 9am one as well! I got one for 9:15am and then I waited at the departures ‘lounge’.
I kept praying I would get to Macau and clear immigration in time so I could head to the airport to see SNSD arrive. But that wouldn’t be the case.
As soon as I disembarked and made my way towards immigration, my hopes of getting out in time were dashed completely. My god the rush! Mostly mainland Chinese tourists all coming in droves every 5 to 10 minutes or so via each ferry. Compounded by some tourists (in this case Indonesians) who neither spoke English or Chinese making filling up of immigration forms and talking to the immigration officers all the more difficult. By the way, they hand out immigration forms (and you need them if you are foreigner) in the ferries itself. Save yourself some trouble by filling it up before you queue up at immigration. Macau, like Hong Kong, is another Special Administrative Region (S.A.R) under China. Meaning they have their own set of rules (thus the casinos), currency and administration. So even if you have a Hong Kong visit visa, it doesn’t apply, you still need to get a Macau visa. Visa-on-arrival is available to several nations, including India (30 days in fact), so no need to apply for one in advance – as it’s free.
By the time I was done with immigration, it was nearing 12:30pm. What followed next, well you can read that here.
Once outside the ferry terminal, I decided to check out The Venetian first.
It was a bit of a wait, but I got in one around 1pm.
There are many parts of the The Venetian that are only restricted to guests staying at the hotel, but if you got money to blow, there is so much to see and do here. I didn’t have both money and time (which was more precious), so I left having seen enough.
The bus terminal had buses going into the city and I hopped on one to get to Senado Square.
Took both the above photos on my phone as I was rushing to get to Cotai Arena.
You can read about how the K-pop Nation concert went over here. After the concert, I took the bus back to the ferry terminal. It was well past 10pm, but the night was still alive in Macau. After all, the amazing nightlife is one of the reasons why people visit Macau. If I had the money I would have spent a few days in Macau because you really need to if you truly have to enjoy all that Macau has to offer. I would have liked to have checked out Galaxy Casino and City of Dreams, but I neither had the time or the money this time around.
By the time I arrived, it was nearing 1am. I cleared immigration and fortunately got a minibus going straight to Mong Kok. I had my dinner from a 24-hour McDonalds and called it a night.