Chinese Charm in Taipa Village (Macau)

Our first trip to Macau was on a quick stopover from Hong Kong (for a more recent and comprehensive guide check here). At the time expectations were low and our lazy research failed to see past towering casinos. In a way this was a godsend as Macau turned out to be the perfect end to a predictable trip thanks to Taipa Macau.

Arriving at Night, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia


Macau Old Town

Hidden snug below a backdrop of skyscrapers this quiet residential area won me over on Macau. Walking into the central old town brings that authentic Chinese feel which had earlier eluded us in Hong Kong and Macau Peninsula. In the quaint Chinese Taipa Macau old town locals walk, talk, shop and eat with not a tourist in site. It is a great place to sip through a bowl of noodles and watch local life passing by. Note, don’t expect locals to speak English.

Cobbled Streets, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia Quiet Streets, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE AsiaChinese Noodle Soup, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia


Portuguese House Museum

In the quiet streets surrounding the Taipa Macau old town area is a unique mix of Chinese charm and Portuguese colonial architecture. The Portuguese past of Macau is mirrored in street signs and building design. On the lakeside you will pass the famous Taipa Houses-Museum and Our Lady of Carmel Parish.  Also, keep an eye out for a lost dog called “Gimi”.

Taipa Houses Museum, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia Our Lady of Carmel Parish, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area Lost Dog in Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia


A Backdrop of Casinos

The Cotai strip runs parallel to Taipa Macau and is home to many of Macau’s newer casinos A short walk finding the best of them including the Venetian. To find the brash and touristy Macau Peninsula; Taipa sits on an island south and connects by three impressively long bridges. Getting between the two area is quite simple using cheap metered taxis or local buses. There is also the free Casino bus option which leaves the Cotai strip casinos; most notably the World’s Largest Casino, The Venetian. An example of free shuttles is the service between the Venetian (Cotai) and the Sands (Macau Peninsula).

Casino Lisboa, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia Playing Bandits, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia Inside Venetian Casino, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia


Travel to Macau from Hong Kong

Turbojet from Hong Kong –  Boats leave Hong Kong every 15mins between 07:00 – 00:00. Full schedule and booking here.

Sky Shuttle from Hong Kong – Helicopters leave Hong Kong every 30 mins between 09:00 – 23:00. Full schedule and booking here.

Arriving by Plane – There are free shuttle bus services from the airport in Taipa where buses leave every 15 minutes between 11:00 – 21:00 to various casinos around Macau.

Getting Around, Taipa Macau Old Town, Portuguese Colonial Area, SE Asia

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