If I had to pick one last meal on earth, it will most likely be from here.
Their Curry Crab is just incredible and I keep thinking about it from time-to-time.
They are well-known for their fresh hand-made noodles with Shrimp Roe (you can buy the Shrimp Roe by the bottle but I'm not sure how immigration will feel about you exporting some though). Their Crab Congee is popular and excellent.
I can close my eyes and taste the inherent sweetness in their Dungeness crab.
Wong Kun Sio Kun is actually a Bib Gourmand pick in the Michelin guide (2015). It is constantly featured in Chinese media so I first heard of it from my sister-in-law.
The following review is from my 2 separate visits to the restaurant.
I chose this restaurant as I read that you could see the yearly Macau Fireworks competition from here (which is what I planned our trip around), yet information about it online was limited (especially in English).
It's kind of hard to imagine that only 10 years ago, Mount Fortress along with many other places within the Historic Centre of Macau were designated as an UNESCO world heritage site.
Taking the Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau is one of the most convenient and economical way of traveling between the two areas.
There are two Ferry operators that can get
TurboJET and CotaiJET.
Cotai JET only goes to Cotai
(where the Venetian, Conrad, Galaxy, and
City of Dreams is located) though some people prefer it over TurboJET.
I think overall, TurboJET is ok. I had the pleasure (and displeasure) of riding it several times on
both the Economy and SuperClass.
Pricing for the tickets varies depending on where you are coming from or going to, and level of cabin service.
There are several TurboJET terminals:
1) Hong Kong International Airport -- most convenient for when you want to go straight to Macau Outer Ferry terminal without going through HK customs. BAD for when your flight lands at HKIA airport very early or very late as operational hours are limited. First ferry is at noon, last is at 10pm-- (there's only about 6-7 ferries a day going back and forth the airport and Macau Ferry terminal).
ECONOMY vs. SUPER CLASS?
So, is it worth it to upgrade your ferry ride and pay an extra 100-155 HKD | $15-$20 USD?
Macau is a special administrative region of China. But it has it's own charms, history, and government system. I am really drawn to it's food, unique Portuguese architecture, UNESCO sites, and it's glitz (casinos).
A lot of tourists visiting Hong Kong usually hop on a Jetfoil on a day trip to experience Macau's glitzy casinos and historic sights. It is easily accessible via a 1-hour ferry ride ($159-$350 HKD depending on where you are coming from and the class of service | $21-$45) , or a 15 mins helicopter ride from HK Shun Tak Center or at the Macau Maritime Ferry station to HK (about $2900 HKD | $375 USD ) each way.
**Please note if you are going to the Venetian Macau, you should be taking Cotai Jet instead of TurboJet.
For the longest time, I mistakenly thought that Macau was not accessible since my Chinese is now very rusty. It was quite the opposite! There's English almost everywhere, from the hotel employees, to signage on the street.
The location of this hotel is perfect as a base for walking to a lot of the nearby attractions (the historic centre of Macau is only about 15-20 mins away), with the Guia Chapel and Lighthouse behind the hotel. Theres a 7-11 a few steps away as well as a eatery "Red Forest" serving affordable and tasty food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Royal Hotel Macau also has their own Michelin star Cantonese restaurant, but I was not able to try it-- perhaps next visit.
*Photos of the hotel above are from an earlier visit in May, 2014.* I didn't take new photos on the second visit as the room layout was exactly the same the second time around later in the year. But the room wasn't as well maintained as the first one and it was on a lower floor.
I complied an info sheet from the Hotel's various pages for personal use with the nearby sites and free shuttle times (from Macau Maritime Ferry to Hotel, and from Hotel to the Venetian Macau). Feel free to use it if you find it useful.
The hotel is rated as 4-stars. I feel that generally the staff is very nice. Sometimes they have a door man, but sometimes not. There's usually someone at the check-in counter that can speak English, however not all of the concierges do (though they really try their best to help). Although not the best rates, I do appreciate that they offer currency exchange from other currencies into Macau Patacas. However, they won't do an exchange for China RMB). The shuttle and taxi stand is right outside but the only challenge I had was sometimes Taxi drivers would refuse to go to the hotel since it is a little out of the way (up the hill).
Room rates on the other hand are pretty good, however both times there was one night that was doubled the standard rate. There is a refundable deposit of 500 HKD or Patacas at check-in.
If you are looking for a good hotel that's away from the main casinos, I feel that this is a good choice. I only hope that they work on maintaining it better.
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