5 Day Travel Plan+ Back

If you're in Macau for 5 days, here's an in depth travel itinerary that I think you'll enjoy.

 

Day 1

Lisboa Hotel—Avenida da Praia Grande—Avenida da Republica—Maritime Museum—Historic Quarter—St. Lazarus Quarter
 

(Reminder: The Maritime Museum is shut on Tuesdays, and Mandarin’s House is closed on Wednesday.  Therefore it’s best to follow "Day 1" on a day between Thursday and Monday.)

 

Five days in Macau travel itinerary Day 1 Macau tourist map


Day 1 follows the same itinerary as “3 days in Macau - Day 1” between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm.

 

By this time it should be nearing 5 pm and you'll have the freedom to eat dinner wherever you want to in the whole city.  Of course it depends on you, but I think Macau Soul would make the perfect place to end your first day at.  Go there for an evening of amazing drinks and great food, all at extremely low prices.  (The one thing you have to be sure to do is to make reservations first.  Macau Soul is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays).  Order the 1996 Niepoort Redoma, it's my personal favorite.  As for food, everything they have there is phenomenal.  The Parma Ham, Spianata, Char Shu Special Salad, Sardine Pate, Hummus etc, any and all of them will complement your wine perfectly, assuring you of an extraordinary and elegant night out.
 

Olives, Parma Ham and Spianata at Macau Soul

 

As those in the know often say: One does not go to Macau without going to Macau Soul.
 

Day 2

Luis de Camoes Park—Macau Museum—Historic Quarter—Street of Happiness—Wynn and MGM
 

(Friendly reminder: Macau Museum is closed on Monday, so make sure "Day 2" falls on a day between Tuesday and Sunday.)
 

Day 2 follows the same itinerary as “3 days in Macau - Day 2” between 9:00 am and 3:35 pm.

 

Five days in Macau travel itinerary Day 2 Macau tourist map
 

3:40 on:  From the Street of Happiness, take a walk down San Ma Lo to the Wynn for a look at Macau’s first Western type hotel/casino.  Afterwards check out MGM, home to the the stunning Grande Praca, the most beautiful part of any 5 star hotel in Macau.

 

the Grande Praca at the MGM Grande Praca's swirling black and white tile at MGM Macau


Dinner Suggestion: End your day by eating at MGM's Rossio, the best buffet going on the old Macau peninsula.
 

Day 3

Saec Pai Van Park (Giant Panda Pavilion)—A Ma Cultural Village—Coloane Village—Cheoc Van Beach—Hac Sa Beach—Sam Seng Temple—Church of Our Lady of Sorrows

 

(Friendly reminder: The Giant Panda Pavilion is closed on Mondays so make sure "Day 3" falls on a day between Tuesday and Sunday.)
 

Day 3 follows the exact same itinerary as “3 days in Macau - Day 3.”
 

Day 4

Poi Tai Un Monastery—Taipa Village—Cotai Strip

 

Four days in Macau travel itinerary Day 4 Macau tourist map

 

(Reminder: Taipa Houses Museum is closed on Mondays, so make sure "Day 4" falls on a day between Tuesday and Sunday.)
 

After your day in Coloane, Day 4 will be all about seeing the sights in Taipa and on the Cotai Strip. 
 

9:00 am - 9:20 am:  Begin your day at Pou Tai Un Monastery, one of Macau's largest and most beautiful temple complexes.  Afterwards, make the 20 minute walk down to Taipa Village, walking South down Rua de Braganca until you hit Rua de Cunha.  

 

red gate and pots of flowers at Poi Tai Un Monastery in Taipa Macau potted plant with drawing of two men and decorative designs at Poi Tai Un Monastery in Taipa Macau 
 

9:40 am - 12:00 pmTaipa Village.  Make sure to check out the Taipa Houses Museum and everything between Sam Po Temple and Tin Hau Temple.  There’s a ton to see in the Village and just getting lost on its narrow streets is very enjoyable too.  Take a pass on the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History though, since it's one of the most boring museums I've ever been to.

 

large bowl of Spanish seafood rice at A Petisqueira

Lunch suggestion: Taipa Village is home to two of my favorite Portuguese restaurants: A Petisqueira and Antonio.  Unless it’s a weekend, reservations usually aren't essential, but it's never a bad idea to make them anyway.

 

After lunch walk South down Rua de Regedor to begin your tour of the Cotai Strip at the Galaxy.

 

 

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm: The afternoon will be spent hotel hopping on the Cotai Strip.  For an idea of the different activities and attractions to try, please refer to the Cotai Strip article.
 

DINNER SUGGESTION: There are a ton of restaurants on the Cotai Strip, but if you want to go high end international, try the Tasting Room.  If you prefer upscale Chinese instead, go for Jade Dragon.  Both are found in City of Dreams Crown hotel.  If you prefer buffet, try the Galaxy's Urban Kitchen, while avoiding the Four Seasons overpriced and overrated Belcancao at all costs!
 

After dinner you might want to take in a show as well, such as the City of Dreams House of Dancing Water.  Check out the Venetian as well to see what kinds of exhibitions are on or if anyone is visiting the Cotai Arena.  Finally, if you're in the mood for some upscale cabaret entertainment, Galaxy's ultra hip nightclub China Rouge is now open to the public (save for Mondays).

  

Day 5

 

Guia Fortress—Flora Garden—Memorial of Dr. Sun Yat Sen—Kun Iam Temple—Mong Ha Hill—Lin Fung Temple—Lin Ze Xu Museum—Ox Warehouse—Temple of Bamboo—Art Museum—Handover Gifts Museum—Grand Prix Museum—Wine Museum

 

(Important note: The afternoon of Day 5 will be spent museum hopping out by the Sands and the Ferry Terminal.  Be aware that the Art Museum is closed on Mondays and the Grand Prix and Wine Museums are closed on Tuesdays, so make sure your "Day 5" lands on a Wednesday through Sunday.)

 

Five days in Macau travel itinerary Day 5 Macau tourist map Five days in Macau travel itinerary Day 5 Macau Museum tourist map
 

One of my favorite parts of Macau is the area around Mong Ha Hill.  Quite neglected by tour groups and casual travellers this is an area for hard core Macau enthusiasts only.  Your day begins a little bit to the South though at the foot of Guia Hill.
 

8:30 am - 9:30 am:  The easiest way to get to Guia Hill is via Estrada S. Francisco or Estrada de Vitoria.  If you're staying somewhere South of the Hill, like at the Sands or the Grand Lapa, don't look at your map, immediately think "The hill is so close!" then make a beeline straight for it.  It can't be done!  Guia Hill is a large hill, quite elevated, and there's no way to get onto it without winding West towards the Lisboa and the Military Club first, and then getting onto Estrada S. Francisco.  In other words, approach Guia Hill from the North or West, or don't approach it at all.

 

exterior of Guia Chapel wall mural inside Guia Chapel depicting a King covering his eyes wall mural inside Guia Chapel depicting a boy in brown clothes 
Guia Fortress, the 25th and final UNESCO heritage site, is home to Guia Chapel and Guia Lighthouse, the first modern lighthouse in China.  There's also an air raid shelter on top of the hill.  After having a look at the lighthouse and the chapel, take a nice walk through Guia Hill Municipal Park towards Flora Garden, where you'll find a small zoo and aviary.
 

9:45 am - 10:15 am:  Head over to the nearby Sun Iat Sen Memorial House, dedicated to the legendary Chinese revolutionary leader who spent a year in Macau from 1892 to 1893.  Interestingly, he was the first Chinese to practice western medicine in the city. 
 

10:25 am - 10:45 am:  Proceed north up Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida for Kun Iam Temple, one of Macau's two oldest temples, that predates the arrival of the Portuguese in 1555.
 

11:05 am - 11:30 am:  From Kun Iam walk west along Coronel Mesquita to Mong Ha Park.  This is where you'll find one of Macau's best hotels (the Pousada de Mong Ha) and one of its best restaurants, the highly acclaimed (but oh so poorly named) Educational Restaurant.  Take a little stroll to the top of Mong Ha Hill for the ruins of an abandoned fortress that dates from 1841.

 

exterior of the Educational Restaurant on Mong Ha hill cannon at Mong Ha Park ruins of an abandoned fort on top of Mong Ha Hill
 

11:40 am - 12:10 pm:  Head out the East gate of the park to Est. de Areia Preta.  Follow this road until you reach Lin Fung Temple.  Spend a good half hour there checking out the temple as well as the adjoining Lin Ze Xu Museum of Opium Trade.
 

exterior of the Ox Warehouse in Northern Macau12:15 pm - 12:35 pm:  Head back South for the Ox Warehouse, a contemporary arthouse, located on the corner of Almirante Lacerda and Colonel Mesquita.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch suggestion:  Go to the Red Market for Long Wa, Macau's last standing original teahouse.  Enjoy a long leisurely lunch there sipping tea and helping yourself to the delicious dim sum.  The teahouse is a blast to just be in, like being in a living museum.  They have more space allocated to the storage of all their antiques and art than to actual seating.  Highly recommended!

  

2:30 pm - 2:50 pm:  After lunch wind South for one of Macau's hidden treasures, the green and serene Bamboo Temple, located on Estrada de Coelho do Amaral.  

 

Cab it over to the Sands and spend the rest of the day there visiting four museums: the Art Museum, the Handover Gifts Museum, the Grand Prix Museum, and the Wine Museum.  Seeing all of them might take around 3 hours, but don't feel the need to rush anything, since closing time isn't until 7 or 8 pm.
 

Renoir's The Swing at Macau's Museum of Art traditional Chinese pagoda at the Handover Gifts Museum red racing car at Macau's Grand Prix Museum wine racks inside a wine cellar at Macau's Wine Museum 

 

Dinner Suggestion: There's not much in the way of great dining in this neighbourhood, so let me suggest three centrally located restaurants.
 

1. Golden Flower.  Located in the Wynn, Golden Flower does fantastic Chinese cuisine from all regions of the country.
 

2. Tou Tou Koi.  Near the Street of Happiness, Tou Tou Koi is renowned by the locals, since it serves traditional Cantonese food no longer found in other restaurants.
 

3. Solmar.  A true Macau classic, Solmar has been doing great African Chicken and Macau Sole for over 40 years.  You can find it on the Praia Grande opposite the Metropole Hotel.

 

Some of these itineraries are very similar to days I've actually spent in Macau and wrote about in my three Trip Reports.  Feel free to take a look through them to get an idea of the kind of excellent fun you're in store for.
 

Remember, only prepared travellers get the most out of their trips!

 

And if you're a little short of cash, that's okay too!  Here's all you need to know about how to spend 3 days in Macau on less than $60 US a day: Budget Trip Itinerary.

 

 

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