Hong Kong & Macau - is this reasonable?

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  1. ArizonaGuy
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    I realize there are countless threads and discussions on Hong Kong. Other than my specific questions I'll keep my "what to do" inquiries in those existing threads.

    I arrive in Hong Kong at approx 16:00 on 4 November and depart at 01:00 on 12 November.

    My plan is now to spend 6 nights in Hong Kong then go to Macau early in the day on Saturday 10 November and stay in Macau one night. I'll spend about 36 hours, give or take a bit, in Macau. Or would it be wise to stay both Friday and Saturday nights?

    I'd like to leave Macau directly for the airport late afternoon on 11 November. Since I'm departing HKG shortly after midnight I can do this, correct?
     
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    I recently went to Hong Kong and Macau and I didn't spend very much time in the latter.

    Personally, I'd spend two nights in Macau with that length of trip. I've heard that the area closer to the mainland border is the more interesting part, but I never got that far.
     
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    ...and book the tickets well in advance as they can sell out, especially to the airport.
     
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    Last time I was there I did 2 nights in Macau, 1 would have been good.
     
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    I did 3 nights, 2 full days. Stayed at the Westin, though I'd prefer the Grand Hyatt. Westin was convenient to walk down the beach for dinner at Fernando's though -- outstanding pork. Visit Lord Stowe's bakery for egg tarts.
     
  7. ArizonaGuy
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    I'll be staying at the new Conrad Macao, most likely. I realize the strip isn't the best location for general tourism but when you've got a lot of Hilton points (and the cash + points rate is 20K plus about $65) and you just have to have the new Conrad ducky (transparent with golden dice inside!), the Conrad is where it's at. :)

    Thanks for the Turbojet link, Gary. I already saw the timetable. Was debating if the earlier sailing would be better just to be on the safe side. Checking in with CX at the Macau ferry terminal is easy, right?

    Sounds like I'll stick to the one night. Just leave Hong Kong for Macau early Saturday. I'll basically get two days and still have my Friday night partying in Hong Kong. :)
     
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    In Macau you check in with Turbojet. Show them your flight itinerary, they'll check your bags through.

    On arrival at HKG you check in with CX. There's a business class class counter in addition to coach. Hand them your Turbojet claim checks. They'll issue your boarding passes. And then you walk up to the window to get your HKG departure tax back :)

    But yeah if it were me I might take the earlier sailing, I'm paranoid and would worry that if there were especially rough seas and the last boat cancelled... Don't know this happens often at all, but I still might take the earlier boat :p
     
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    OMG, what an awesome ducky! I'd go back just for that!

    My Conrad HK ducky was an impostor, just a generic yellow. At least the bear was nice (I'm sending it to my sister-in-law).
     
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    Do you think buying the ferry tickets to the airport 10 days in advance is early enough? I had been planning on getting them after arriving in HK but now I am worried that I should be buying it weeks or months in advance.
     
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    I bought my tickets the day before the ferry and it was mostly empty. That was 2 weeks ago. I stayed at the MGM. Location was pretty good if you want to visit the old sections of the city. There were free shuttles to City of Dreams on Cotai Strip too. I wasn't crazy about MGM. Only one usable plug in the room and horrible internet connection. Room was comfortable and clean though. I too went to Fernando's. Taxi dropped us off from the Venetian. We went to Lord Stowe's bakery outpost there for the egg tarts. They were soooooo good. I wish I had bought more. I felt that 2 days and 1 night was more than enough for me.
     
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    A possible perk in Macau, particularly if you are near the main ferry terminal or the border with mainland China at Gongbei, is the presence of free casino shuttles. You can board one to as far as the Cotai Strip (on the island just south of the main historical center of Macao), where the Venetian is located.
     

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