Last Friday evening, I had one of my best experiences in Macau to date. Actually, this whole weekend was a fantastic mini-holiday what with family dinner, heated pool twilight swims, and the Clash in Cotai II (see my Interview with Manny Pacquiao here).
Unlike the adrenaline-pumping Macau Tower jump I did a while back, this one was the complete opposite: indulgent and relaxing.
How to get there: (IMPORTANT! There’s a new shortcut from The Venetian)
- Take the free bus to The Venetian from the ferry terminal – or from wherever major hotspot in Macau.
- From the Venetian’s West Lobby, walk towards Galaxy (you’ll see it on the horizon). Before you cross the street, you will see and escalator on your right. Take it.
- There is a moving walkway / travelator system that takes you directly to the Old Taipa Village. Seriously! We took the long way around to get there because the concierge didn’t even know about it. They suggested we take a taxi or bus. Later on we discovered the shortcut – only 5-10 minutes on foot from the West Lobby. Amazing.
Alternatively, you can take a free bus from Galaxy Macau. You can also get a free shuttle to Galaxy Macau from the ferry terminal.
The Taipa Houses-Museum was built in 1921, originally the residences for high superiors and Macanese families. In the 80’s, the Macao Government Tourist Office bought and recovered them. In late 90’s, the government decided to fully remodel them, recognizing its important architectural value, transforming them into museums and renaming the houses as “Macanese House”, “House of the Islands”, “House of the Portugal Regions”, “Exhibition Gallery” and “House for Reception”.
And then the bustle of the old village itself:
I hope this entry helps you enjoy Macau more. Don’t make the same mistake I did, which was to keep coming back to Macau (7 times now) and mostly spend them inside hotels and casinos! Especially when the weather has cooled down, do explore Macau’s “real” side.
Coming up next:
- Hiking in Coloane, Macau
- Clash in Cotai II: Manny Pacquiao vs. Chris Algieri
- Where to eat in Macau