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Hong Kong and Macau: The Plan

Where we’re going: We’re spending 2 nights in Macau, and 1 night in Hong Kong before heading back to Seoul.

What we plan to do in Macau: wander wide-eyed among the fantastic hotels and casinos, pop a few patacas into a slot machine, see the Dragon’s Treasure Show at City of Dreams, lounge by one of the Venetian’s 4 pools, eat egg tarts at Lord Stow’s Cafe and piri-piri chicken at Fernando’s, see Senado Square, the ruins of St. Paul’s, and partake of free beef jerky and cookies. What we won’t be doing: taking a singing gondolier ride through the Venetian’s man-made canals.

What we plan to do in Hong Kong: Take the tram up to the Peak, ride the iconic Star Ferry across Victoria Harbour, feast on dim sum, dim sum, dim sum, observe the terrain from the world’s longest outdoor escalator, see the Symphony of Lights and simply soak up the city vibe.

Where we’re staying: Two nights at the Venetian Macau. Cost: $280. One night at the Bauhinia Central on Hong Kong’s West Island. Cost: $200. We chose the Bauhinia over the highly reviewed YMCA Salisbury, because of it’s proximity to the Macau ferry pier and international airport. Because we only have 1 day and 1 night in Hong Kong, the 10 minute walk from pier to hotel will save us much needed time and money. At the end of our trip, the 10 minute walk to the Airport Express Train will do the same.

How we’re getting there and back: We’re taking the KAL Limousine Bus from the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul to Incheon International Airport. The ride is super comfortable and takes about 80 minutes. Round trip cost: 2 x 28 = $56.

We used our Aeroplan points to book 2 Economy class round trip reward tickets. Our first flight is on Thai Airways and the return portion is on Asiana. Cost: 40,000 Aeroplan points and $92 in taxes/fees.

How we’re getting around: We’re taking TurboJet direct from the HKIA to Macau and clearing customs there. Until the end of 2011, you can get a free upgrade to Super Class by checking in online! Doing this saves us clearing customs twice; once in Hong Kong, and then again in Macau. It also saves us a whole lot of time. The boat takes about 45 minutes to get from HKIA to Macau. Cost: $60.

Once we arrive at the Pier, we’ll take the free Venetian shuttle service to the hotel. Once in Macau, we’ll be utilizing as many free hotel/casino shuttles as possible, public buses and our feet. To get from Macau to Hong Kong, we’ll again take TurboJet. 60 minutes later, we’ll dock at the Central Hong Kong Ferry Terminal in Sheung Wan. A quick walk across the street and we’ll be at our hotel for the night. Cost: $40.

In Hong Kong, we’ll be using public transit, our feet and taxi if required. At the end of our trip, we’ll hop on the Airport Express train for the 24 minute ride back to the airport. Cost: $25

Total Cost for 2: $753 + meals, local transport and sightseeing costs.

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