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help w/ macau trip

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    ctrbabe1 is offline Registered User
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    help w/ macau trip

    We are thinking about going to macau for a short trip next month. (4 days 3 nights). We've never been there before, and are wondering what there is to do besides the casinos? We don't gamble, so most likely won't go to any casinos. We have 2 young kids (3 and 6) that will be with us as well.

    What are good hotels to consider that aren't terribly expensive? What is there to do for the whole family? What are your favorite restaurants?
    All the best,
    Katie

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    It should be fun. Look at the Pousada de Mong Ha (it's a training hotel for the tourist college) but everything is really high standard and people try really hard- you get a lot for your money and it's in an older residential area away from the casinos. There are nice parks and the old buildings are really pretty and a change from HK

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    I don't think you can kill that many days in Macau. Even at the toddler-pace. Two, tops.

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    Yes, I agree with Sleuth--that's a long time to spend in Macau--it's a small place and not much to do (especially if you aren't going to gamble and do the nightlife thing). I do recommend going to Cirque du Soliel at the Venetian Hotel if you can get tickets. We went there with our 2-year-old and he loved the show. Macau has a lot of great food actually so check out some of the older restaurants downtown. Other than that, there are historic sites to walk around but it gets crowded on the weekends so keep that in mind. Last November we went and stayed only one night and that was PLENTY in Macau. The ferry trip might be interesting for your child but that depends on how into boats they are.

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    Well, I disagree a little. We've had several 3-4 day trips and really loved the change of pace. We always stayed down in Coloane, and just enjoyed playing on the beach, eating Portuguese at Fernando's, getting THE BEST egg tarts every day ... There are nice little squares, with different architecture, and it's just fun to wander around. If you get a hotel with a pool and are happy to hang out we think it's a great escape.

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    agree with thanka and sleuth. we felt just 1 night was plenty in macau!! haha! we were there when my son was 1.5 yrs old. he spent the day just walking around the casinos, going on a gondola at the venetian and eating. i think it's actually kind of boring for a toddler as it's just a lot of walking and just looking around....

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    Where's good to stay in Coloane, Monte? We're thinking about a 3 day trip ourselves, maybe closer to Easter. But I guess better book now! Thanks.

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    thanks for the ideas. We're still debating between Macau or just going to the Hollywood Hotel (disneyland) for a few days. I'd love to really get away from HK for a few days, but unfortunately bali and Thailand are out of our price range at the moment.
    All the best,
    Katie

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