Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Two Essential Macau Tourist Maps

Once you land in Macau, either at the airport or one of the two ferry terminals, you will find tourist maps and other printed material meant for tourists everywhere. Some of those are really useful too. And then there are two maps that are absolutely essential if you wish to make the most of your holiday in Macau. These are: 1) Macau Government Tourist Office's 'Step Out, Walking Tour Routes' and 2) Macau Government Tourist Office's 'Macau Tourist Map'. Let us talk about the 'Tourist Map' first. When there are several other Macau tourist maps available, why only select the Tourist Office's map? There are two main reasons: One, this map is choke full of information that a tourist can really use in Macau. Two, this map has no advertisements which means that the information given in this map is not commercially motivated. Keep reading...

Lou Lim Iok (Ieoc) Garden Macau

Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc or Lou Lim Iok Garden is one of the best free tourist attractions in Macau. This Chinese Suzhou-Style garden is so beautiful that it has been called a little pocket of surprise in Macau. Its beauty also lies in the fact that apart from being a tourist attraction, Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc is a part of the local life in its neighbourhood. Local residents come to garden to take their walks, to exercise, to play a Chinese board game with their friends or just to have a quiet time in this haven of peace. There is a long history of transformation of Jardim Lou Lim Ieoc to the present day leisure garden. It all began in the year 1870 when a wealthy Chinese merchant Lou Wah Siu bought this site. It was a vegetable garden then. The merchant's son Lou Lim Ieoc decided to turn the vegetable garden into a 'Suzhou-Style' garden. An architect named 'Liu Jiliu' is said to have been commissioned for the job. Keep reading...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Macau Ferry Terminal: Terminal Maritimo De Passageiros Do Porto Exterior

Macau Ferry Terminal is Macau's main ferry terminal from where one can catch a ferry to Hong Kong (Sheung Wan and Kowloon), Hong Kong International Airport, and China (Shenzhen, Shekou, Guangzhou). This ferry terminal, officially called Maritime Terminal Outer Harbour, is located close to Macau Fisherman's Wharf & Sands Macau. Most of Macau's hotels and casinos operate free shuttle buses to and from Macau Ferry Terminal. Some ferries arrive and depart at night so there are shuttle bus services even at night. Public Buses in Macau connect Macau Ferry Terminal to most parts of Macau. The public buses going towards the terminal will have the words "Terminal Maritimo" displayed in front of them. Bus route numbers that connect the terminal are 1A, 3, 3A, 10, 10A, 10B, 10X, 12, 28A, 28B, 28BX, 32, AP1, and N1A. Keep reading for more...

A Trip to Coloane Village in Macau

Coloane village is the place to get a glimpse of Macau's real heritage, away from the artificial tourist attractions built around or promoted to support Macau's casino industry. In fact, Coloane is even better than Taipa Village (Rua Do Cunha) where one gets to see more of shops than anything else. An afternoon spent roaming the streets of Coloane will leave you with a sense of accomplishment and as a bonus you will get to taste Macau's real egg tart fresh from the oven. To make the most of your trip to Coloane, get a hold of Macau Tourism's 'Step Out Guide' or download the 'Step Out' Smart Phone App. The best way to get here is via a Macau public bus. You may like to do a part of the trip using a free Macau shuttle bus and a part via a Macau public bus. In this page you will find essential information to do this trip on your own. Keep reading...

Monday, April 13, 2015

Giant Panda Pavilion Macau: Parque De Seac Pai Van

Meeting the Giant Panda in Macau can be fun and it costs almost nothing. As an added bonus, if you wish to have it, you get to ride in a Macau public bus. The public bus that takes you to Parque De Seac Pai Van can also take you further to Coloane village. And it better do because only after you take a walk on the streets of Coloane you will realise how much injustice the artificial attractions created around the casinos have done to the real heritage of Macau. Coming back to the Giant Panda, a visit to the Giant Panda Pavilion will be a nice and important stop if you have not seen a real Panda before. Plus, the Parque De Seac Pai Van has more to offer than just the Giant Panda. Keep reading for how to get there and what to expect...

A Simple Guide to Using Public Buses in Macau

If in the unlikely event that you are not able to find a free shuttle bus in Macau to go where you want to go, the next bus thing to hop on is a public buses. Its a good place to warn you that hiring a taxi in Macau is expensive even if the taxi driver likes you and decides not to cheat you. So, if there is no free shuttle, look for a public bus. Public buses in Macau are run by three different companies but that mumbo jumbo is irrelevant to you. All that you need to do is find a public bus stand nearby and study the route charts on display at the bus stand. You will see a picture of a sample route chart below. Fares for the bus journey are fixed depending on where you board the bus. You may choose to pay in cash (exact change is better because no change will be returned by the driver. Fares that I saw in March 2015 were in the range of 2.00 MOP to 6.00 MOP for most trips but the actual fares are like 3.20 MOP, 2.80 MOP and that makes using a prepaid debit card (MacauPass) to pay for bus fares a better option. There are no conductors so the fare needs to be dropped in cash in box kept near the driver or tapped on a pad with a MacauPass. Keep reading for that...

Free Trip To Sentosa Island Singapore via Broadwalk

Most of the 'attractions' inside Sentosa Island Singapore cost money. Yet there are a few that are free like the three beaches, the Crane Dance Show in Resorts World Sentosa, the Animal & Bird Encounters in an amphitheatre near Palawan Beach, and the rope bridge at Palawan Beach. And remember, all the internal transportation in Sentosa Island is free. That means once you are inside, you do not need to pay for going from one attraction to the other. So if one decides to go into Sentosa Island just to see the 'free' attractions, will your trip to Sentosa be completely free? Apparently not because you still have to pay for transportation (Sentosa Express Monorail or the Cable Car) and the Island Admission Fee. The minimum spend on the entry if you choose to take the monorail would be 4 SGD per person. But there is still a way to make a trip to Sentosa Island totally free, at least up to December 31, 2015. Say hello to Sentosa Boradwalk...

Vegetarian Food in Chinatown Singapore

There is a plenty of vegetarian food in Singapore's Chinatown. Though the usual food centres like Chinatown Complex, Maxwell Centre, and Smith Street (food street) may look like they are all about meat, its never impossible to find a vegetarian meal not far from there. The range of veggie food is decent too, starting with the omni-present roti-prata that can be vegetarian or otherwise depending on what its stuffed with. A veggie roti-prata set, meaning a flat bread made from refined wheat flour and a lot of oil, served with a watery 'dal-curry', can be found almost anywhere in Singapore and Chinatown is no exception. Roti-prata can be served plain or with fillings such as cheese, mushrooms, & onions, etc. Yes, a prata set may be vegetarian but in no way a health food option. Fortunately, Chinatown also has a lot of healthy vegetarian food like brown or white rice served along with a combination of asian vegetarian curries, vegetarian fried rice, noodles, & soups and of course the vegetarian Indian food. In this page you will read about all the restaurants in Chinatown that serve vegetarian food. Keep reading...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Indian Food in the Sands Marina Bay Casino Singapore

It is actually both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian food that is available at 'Fatt Choi Express', a restaurant located within the casino's lower floor (B2M) in Sands Marina Bay Singapore. Fatt Choi Express, primarily a steamboat restaurant, is open 24 hours a day. I do not know how many tourists or players from India visit this casino but it was a real surprise for me to find Indian food in a casino restaurant in Singapore. In comparison, the other casino in Singapore - Resorts World does not even have any type of vegetarian food in their premises, leave alone Indian food. The beauty of Indian food being available in the Sands Marina Bay casino is that even if someone is not interested in gambling they can just enter for the Indian food and leave. Entry to the casino is free if you are not a Singaporean or a permanent resident there. The only hitch, you can't take your kids there because the minimum age for entry is 21. Trust me, Indian food at Fatt Choi Express is not expensive and it is available for at least 22 hours a day (as told to me by their staff). They said that Indian curries may not be available between 6.00am and 7.30am. Keep reading for details on the food and prices...
Blog by: Narinder Singh