4 nights in Hong Kong, thinking of Macau. Suggestions needed.

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  1. chanp
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    Going into HK for the first time next fri, the 15th. I want to use Hyatt as much as possible, but will be doing the first night at the W. I was thinking of W Fri night, last night of SPG promo. There's a Hyatt right near there, and thought about doing that Sat night. Crossing over and hitting the Grand Hyatt on Sunday night then Macau on Monday night, at the Grand Hyatt Macau.

    From what I've read, the ferry is near the W and one of the Hyatts?? I think from the Grand Hyatt, it may be about the same ease?? Will 3 nights in HK be enough, too long or not long enough? Will one night in Macau be enough or not enough?
    Will ferry over on Tues morning for our 1230pm or so flight to BKK. What time do you all suggest we leave the GH Macau to get to the airport in enough time to catch our flight? All flights will be in First, if that will save us anytime with priority lanes/counters/etc.

    Itin suggestions would be greatly appreciated for 2 people on their first visit. Want to see anything of importance. Also we are pretty decent foodies and will be looking for some great eat, from hole in the walls to fine dining.

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers,
    Chan
     
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    We stayed at the Grand Hyatt, did the ferry to Macau staying in the GH Macau overnight then back next day to GH HK. From what I can recall the ferry was not that far by taxi from the GH HK.

    We were quite disappointed by Macau itself. I personally feel one day would be plenty. The GH Macau, we had a fabulous meal at the Beijing Kitchen restaurant within the hotel. Make sure you have one of the portugese custard tarts from the coffee area of the hotel.

    As to your 3 nights in HK, we did 7 for our trip overall and felt that was plenty. We kept on the move but at the same time made sure we had plenty of time to do as we wanted.

    Hopefully you will have access to the Club lounge at the GH HK as it is a fabulous view and a fantastic breakfast.
     
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    Hi Toula,

    Thanks for your input. Yes I'm a diamond, so should have. Any tips on what to see or do in HK? In Macau, we were thinking of hitting the spa at the GH, touring some of the hotels, like in Vegas and just relax before our flight to SYD thru BKK.
     
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    Have to say we thought Macau was pretty dire and depressing. We were there over the Xmas break so maybe it was weather related. I like to have a bit of a gamble but as soon as we walked into the casino we walked out within 10 minutes. It just has that air of being desperate. Re hotels, you might want to scale back your expectations. When we were there in Dec 2009 there appeared to be a lot of construction work that seemed to have stopped overnight. If we were going back to HK I don't even think I would bother heading to Macau.

    What to do in HK? We caught the subway out to the Buddha one day. Did the Victoria Peak tramcar and walked back. Went over to Kowloon and walked down the street with the bird market. Took the ferry across the bay a few times. Rode around in the buses and tramcars. We did a lot of walking around.

    If you want fantastic food make sure you eat at the Yan Toh Heen at the Intercontinental. We had lunch there one day, the food was delicious and the service outstanding.

    http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/interc...ns/hotel-features/dining/restaurants/hongkong
     
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    Great, thanks. We will try it out. I'm still debating on Macau, but thinking, I should at least try a night there.
     
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    Macau is the Vegas of China and I quite liked it - even though I didn't even visit a casino while I was there last year. The whole concept of Portugal meets China is very fascinating and you can see that several places.

    I've spent many weeks in HK and can concur with Toula's suggestions, however, I think Macau is also worth a 1-day visit. There is the Macau Tower which offers awesome views of Macau and into China and the Pearl river delta if the weather is good:

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    You can also bungy-jump from it, if you got the nerves for that - I didn't.

    While in HK don't cheat yourself for Kowloon and especially the temple street market.
     
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    Not sure I will be bungy jumping from there lol. Thanks for the pics and recomendations. Ill have 2 nights in the Kowloon area, so I hope Im good.
     
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    I flew from KL to Macau as I wanted to see the Venetian Macau. It is not located in the city centre but there would be a free bus I am sure. I stayed the night there and had fun in the casino and also wandering around the other floor which has canals and gondolas and lots of shops and a food street. The roof of the casino has been made into a mini golf course, I think it is still the biggest casino floor in the world.

    The next day I caught a ferry to hong kong, I paid a little more for a first class seat on the ferry.

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    Great pics. Look forward to the visit, if its only for a night. Anyone take a ferry back to HKG from Macau? Want to know how long my departure I should leave Macau.

    Thanks
     
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    I know that if you land in HKG and go directly to Macau on the ferry from the airport, the path is signposted so that you never do entry formalities for HKG. Hence, I would guess--but you should check--that if you come directly from the HKG airport from Macau, you don't stand in the long lines for outgoing passport control.
     
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    Ill be going from HKG to Kowloon, then ferry over to Macau. Macau to HKG. Ill do some reading up. thanks
     
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    There seem to be ferries directly between Macau and HKG airport. A leaflet I grabbed in the airport talks about SkyPier and suggests that with some carriers, you can check in and check luggage before the airport.
     
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    Nice, I'll have a look.
     
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    I didn't go to the airport as I had a room booked at Langham Place that night. not sure where I got off, but the formality's were quick and easy. The trip was about 45 minutes and I think there was a MRT station in the same building as the customs hall for the ferry, just had to wander a few floors down.

    I got to the ferry terminal about 1 hour before departure, one of the perks of my first class ferry ticket was I got to go into a little lounge, where it was quieter than the regular waiting area (no food or drinks though) :) The other perks were a better seat on the ferry, lunch and being first off the boat. :)
     
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    Things to do in HK. - Nong Ping 360, Stanley market, use the bus and sit on the upper deck for great views. Ride the cable car up to Victoria peak, take the ferry back to kowloon and stroll the Avenue of the Stars. dim sum at Maxim's City Hall. Go to Ladies and Men Markets at night. Happy Valley Race track for the experience. Food, food and food. Have a great time.
     
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    Thanks for all the recent feedback and info. Putting a list together now! Your are all great!
     
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    I've always wanted to dip my feet in that fish tank at the top of Victoria Peak and get the fish pedicure! Do that for me, ok?
     
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    Um, how about i just eat some good fish and skip the feet biting :)
     
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    Decent property booked a suite, upgraded to a grand suite. Room was good, but didnt stay in it much. Lounge food was good, egg rolls, dim sum, mini hamburgers, satay, cheese, some desserts. Breakfast was made to order eggs, bacon, saugage, juices, pancakes, waffles, fruit, pastries, etc
     
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    Very well said- I have been to Macau a few times for work, and always find it one of the most depressing places I have been to in the world- very soulless and desperate. Stay in HK- a beautiful, amazing, vibrant city. If you want to go gambling, go to Vegas.
     
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    The soulless part could also be attributed to Vegas.....;)
     
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    Yes- but at least you don't have to ride a ferry for two hours to get there :)
     
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    I enjoyed the ferry ride, but I used to own a watersports business and had a half hour trip each way to Great Keppel Island, so there may have been a bit of nostalgia in it for me :)
     
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    That definitely makes a big difference- riding the boat in the dark after a long day of meetings never really impressed me. I am interested to check out the helicopter service- I bet the view is amazing (and apparently it is reasonably priced- operates more like a "scheduled charter" than a private service so can be affordable).
     
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