5 Day Macau Trip Plan

(Last updated: November 22, 2023)

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

5 Day Macau Trip Plan: 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.)

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 MacauSoul 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 almost any wine from the Douro Valley and you can’t go wrong.  As for food, everything they have there is phenomenal.  I particularly enjoy the Parma Ham, Spianata, Char Shu Special Salad, Sardine Pate, Pork Liver Pate and Hummus while the Japanese Kyoto cake is to die for.  If you’re one of those weird people who likes cheese, their Cheese Board is hands down the best in town.

MacauSoul cheese board
Cheese Board

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

5 Day Macau Trip Plan: 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.

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

Grande Praca MGM Macau

Yeah, I’d totally say that it’s Instagram worthy.

Dinner Suggestion: End your day by eating at Lei Hong Kei on the Street of Happiness, one of Macau’s 10 Iconic Restaurants.

5 Day Macau Trip Plan: 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.”

5 Day Macau Trip Plan: Day 4

Poi Tai Un Monastery—Taipa Village—Cotai Strip

(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.  

9:30 am – 9:50 am:  Begin your day at Pou Tai Un Monastery, one of Macau’s largest and most beautiful temple complexes.

Pou Tai Un Monestery gate

Visitor traffic is always very slow, so you should have the whole grounds to yourself.

Pou Tai Un Monestery large plant vase

Afterwards, make the 20 minute walk down to Taipa Village, walking South down Rua de Braganca until you hit Rua de Cunha.  

10:10 am – 2:00 pm:  Taipa 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.

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

After eating and finishing up at Taipa Village, walk over to the Taipa Grande Hill Inclined Lift.  It’s right beside the Ecological Trail opposite the Taipa Houses Museum on the left hand side.

Taipa Grande Hill Inclined Lift

You’ll be heading up for scintillating views of the Cotai Strip, which are perhaps even better at night.

view of Cotai Strip from Taipa Grande Hill

2:00 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 section.

DINNER SUGGESTION: There are a ton of restaurants on the Cotai Strip, but if you want to go for some high end Chinese, try Jade Dragon at the City of Dreams Nuwa hotel.  If you prefer buffet, try the Galaxy’s Urban Kitchen, while avoiding the Four Seasons overpriced and overrated Belcancao at all costs!

5 Day Macau Trip Plan: Day 5

Guia Fortress—Flora Garden—Memorial of Dr. Sun Yat Sen—Xian Xinghai Museum—Kun Iam Temple—Mong Ha Hill—Lin Fung Temple—Lin Ze Xu Museum—Temple of Bamboo—Art Museum—Handover Gifts Museum—Grand Prix Museum (for racing fans only)

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

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 – 9:15 am: 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.

9:20 am – 9:45 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. 

9:50 am – 10:15 am:  Proceed north up Rua de Silva Mendes for the Xian Xinghai Museum, which delves into the life of one of China’s most famous classical music composers.  While I know that doesn’t sound very interesting, I found most of his life to be exactly that, not to mention inspirational as well. 

Xian Xinghai and friends in Paris
Xian Xinghai in Paris with friends. Looks like a bad ass jazz band!

10:20 am – 11:00 am:  Proceed along 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

IFT Educational Restaurant Macau

Take a little stroll to the top of Mong Ha Hill for the ruins of an abandoned fortress that dates from 1841.

Mong Ha Park fort

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

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!

2:00 pm – 2:20 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.  

Afterwards, get on Av. de Horta Costa and walk back in the direction of Flora Garden.  Find the pedestrian tunnel that goes underneath Guia Hill, and take that until you re-emerge on the other side, close to Casa Real Hotel.  Afterwards, continue walking until you hit the Art Museum.  I’d imagine the whole trip would take around 40 minutes. 

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Spend the rest of the day visiting the Art Museum, and Handover Gifts Museum.  If you’re super into auto racing, then the Grand Prix Museum cannot be missed.  (And it should also be the first one you visit, since it closes the earliest, at 6 pm.)

Grand Prix Museum race car

Dinner Suggestion: Vic’s Restaurant at the Rocks Hotel is a great place to end your day at, considering you’re basically already there!  The duck rice is just to die for! 

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!  Follow the link below to learn how to spend 3 days in Macau on less than $60 US a day.

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