So today I braved my alarm clock and headed off to Macau. I had an 8am ticket and I still do not know why I did that to myself.
I will do a write-up about why I needed to go to Macau and other useful things you may need to know at a later date.
First and foremost though, you can buy a ticket one of two ways; online or in person. I bought mine online before I left SA. Have a look here for more information on schedules and prices for TurboJet :TURBOJET FERRY
Needless to say I arrived late after having gone to the wrong ticket area because I was rushed and asleep. Being my first month in Hong Kong I seemed to be doing a lot of silly things,like being late for things when I rarely am and leaving behind my credit card when I know I will need it. I bought my ticket to Macau online as was suggested so of course I would need it. Somehow as I grabbed my stuff this morning, looked at my cards and decided that I would not need either one and best to keep them safe at home. Great thinking.
So eventually, after heading to the wrong ticket counter because I wast paying attention, I made it to the correct counter and tried to get my ticket. I was late, I didn’t have my CC and I had no hope. Thankfully here the are a lot more understanding than back home! The guy behind the counter listened to me explain that I got lost and oh no I dd not have my CC with me to claim my ticket and I was really really sorry, I just knew I would have to pay for a second ticket so I wasnt even going to argue. was after all completely in the wrong. The next thing I knew they were refunding me on my CC and saying I could get a new ticket if i had the cash on me, I did yes, so within 5 minutes I was sorted and told to head down to immigration and the ferry. Can I just say wow, I definitely have someone watching over me!
From the ticket counter it is a relatively simple path to immigration, you follow the signs and head on through. It is really painless! Once you are through immigration you can go down to the boarding gate and wait in line for your ferry. Make sure that you go to the counter at the gate if everyone has already started going through the door! Otherwise you wont have a seat number oopsi! Luckily I had a super helpful official who told me to quickly grab a sticker.
Of course being my trip there was some poor guy who lost his breakfast, before we got onto the ferry!
We boarded the ferry and it was not at all what I had expected. from the way others had been talking I had expected that the economy class we were told to buy would be super icky. It was actually rather nice, I sat at the window and we had comfy seats. The boat does obviously take forever to undock and head out of the bay into open water. There is a lot of bobbing about and a few people were definitely feeling queasy. Out we went and we got to see the stunning ocean. Most of the trip is pretty boring so be prepared with some music or a book or even have a nap, you will see some boats and as you get closer to Macau it will start to look great. You will see the Macau skyline and it really is rather lovely.
After about an hour you will have arrived in Macau, well you still need to go through immigration that is.Immigration was so easy again though so other than waiting in line if it is busy it isn’t too bad. Once through immigration follow the people to find your way out. now here it get tricky. If you don’t have a map of Macau handy or know where you want to go you could feel a little lost. So once you go down towards the exit you will see a tourist center at one door as well as information desk. I went to the tourist center and grabbed a bunch of pamphlets and one or two mini maps. They were really helpful. I semi planned my way out and left the building, as far as the free wi-fi would take me that is. I had to try figure out which bus I wanted and what stop I would then need. When you exit you will see the road, taxi’s a bus stop and a second further bus stop (you can casino hop with these). I used the closer bus stop because I didnt want to go to the casino’s. While their command of English is not great do ask for help, I got a really helpful old guy that showed me which buses and how much to pay.
More on Macau here Macau 🙂
On a last note, in Macau your HK Sim Card wont work, so you can ether buy a new one when you get there or just spend the day unreachable 🙂