We decided to take the plunge and use one of our remaining days in Hong Kong to make a daytrip to Macau, but instead of taking the 11 hr organised tour we thought we'd make our own way there and set our own agenda.
After a jet lag induced fuzzy start to the day we made it down to the harbour pier to catch the fast ferry to Macau. $260 secured us two return tickets (or so we thought - more later) and we quickly cleared Hong Kong customs before boarding the madly swaying "TurboJet" ferry. Thankfully, once we were up to speed the catamaran/hydrofoil glid over the choppy seas and made for a smooth 1 hr crossing to our destination.
|Coils of incense at the A-Ma temple.|
Throughout the afternoon and evening we wandered freely through the old town before coming across the piece de la resistance the remains of St. Paul's church, of which only the front wall is left standing.
|The remainbs of St. Paul's in central Macau - busy!|
Walking back out of town we sampled numerous slices of sweet cured pork/beef jerky which was advertised as "the number one souvenir from Macau" before our legs couldn't take anymore and we hopped on a bus back to the ferry terminal. The bus route took us back via many other casino's we'd not seen earlier in the day, confirming that Macau is now the centre of gambling for all of SE Asia before we got back to the ferry pier.
Here, it turned out our return tickets were in fact singles and we were forced to fork out another $260 to get back to Hong Kong, before we eventually arrived back at our hotel a short while before midnight.