Macau was not on my bucketlist but since I was in Hong Kong and wanted to escape the noisy city, a trip to Macau was more than welcome. There are ferry services throughout the whole day that go between Hong Kong and Macau, only 1 hour and you are in a different place. Macau was for long time a Portuguese colony in Asia.
It now belongs to China but it has a special status. It also has its own money just like Hong Kon. You really are in Portugal when you walk around in the old town. The Modern casinos however remind me of a mini Las Vegas, some casinos that are in Vegas are also in Macau or Macao as it is sometimes spelled. These Casinos are the Venetian, The MGM and the Wynn. The nicest one that caught my eyes was the Grand Lisboa Casino that really stands out.
View over Macau from the Macao Fortress
View from Macao Fortress on the Lisboa Grand Casino
Ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral, it really was a Portuguese church from the 17th Century
Lotus Square, Lotus is the symbol of Macao, its even on their flag
Hong Kong was part of my “BCT tour” that I did in Asia. What does BCT mean ??
“Big City Tour” that’s what it stands for and I just made that up when travelling to Asia as I visited several big Cities like Kuala Lumpur,Bangkok,Hong Kong and Singapore.
Hong Kong, is a very busy, crowded, noisy but also amazing City to wander around. Skyscrapers everywhere, on every Island no matter where you are Kowloon or Hong Kong Island itself amazing buildings is what you see.
I spend 2 days in Hong Kong, one day on Kowloon Island and one day on Hong Kong Island where I took the sky tram to Victoria Peak from where you have a great view over Hong Kong on the highest terrace in town. Don’t miss it when you visit Hong Kong.
From Hong Kong you can also take the ferry to Macau. I did a day trip to Macau (post coming soon). What else can I say about Hong Kong other than the fact that it is a noisy crowdy vibrating city, that you need to have on your bucket list.
View on Hong Kong Island from Kowloon Island
Bruce Lee Statue
Boats going back and forth between the Islands
night time at the pier
Hong Kong Island skyscrapers
The busy streets of Hong Kong
sky tram going to Victoria Peak
Victoria Peak Tower Observation Point
Great View over Hong Kong from Victoria Peak aka Peak View
One of the nicest and cleanest places I have been to in Asia and in the world probably. When I landed at the International airport I had to take the tube to the city centre, when entering the metro train, some little candy paper was flying around and it just landed on the ground in front of me, someone must have lost it, almost directly it got picked up by some local lady who then kept it in her purse and when she got off the train she threw it away in the trashcan. You don’t see this in Europe, people picking up someone else its trash to put it where it belongs. Maybe that’s why it’s so clean in Singapore because people care more about the environment and they want to live in a clean city. The only place where I do saw trash on the ground and lying around in some corners was in Little India. It’s a neighbourhood with a lot of Indian shops, restaurants, etc…
In general I really like my stay there. I stayed 2 days in a small hotel, the Bencoolen hotel its a good budget hotel in the centre and close to a MRT station. Great breakfast also and nice rooms. The most known hotel however will be the Marina Sands Bay Hotel with its swimming pool on the rooftop, offcourse I had to stay there 1 night just to have the crazy experience of swimming high up in the sky 🙂 it’s not cheap for a budget traveller like myself but it was worth the stay, the view from the pool over the skyline of Singapore is just amazing. Other than that I did also visit the Gardens by the bay just next to the hotel with its Flower dome and cloud mountain. The big super trees connected by these skybridges, I just haven’t seen anything like it in my life. If you go to Singapore this is what you should visit. Since I like movies and cartoons I had to go visit “Universal Studios Singapore” to spend a great day with the Madagascar penguins 🙂 The theme park is situated on Sentosa Island which is connected by cablecars to mainland Singapore.
Cable lines going to Sentosa Island
Universal studios Singapore Sentosa Island
me with a Minion
Two Madagascar Penguins Kowalski (left) and Private (right)