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How much money to bring

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How much money to bring

I'll be in Macau over the Chinese New Year 2009 for 5 days. As the banks will be closed, I'd like to bring adequate money for my holiday. My accommodation is already paid for. How much should I budget for food (BB, L, D) per day? I'm talking about budget to mid-range priced food.

Your comments is much appreciated. Thanks.

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1. Re: How much money to bring

Banks may be closed, but ATMs will be open. There are ATMs in every casino as well as the city centre. Also, most places accept the major credit cards.

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2. Re: How much money to bring

Thanks for the info, HK71.

I'll get charge A$5 or more by my bank each time I use the ATM. I'll be using credit card if I purchase any souvenirs.

Would like still to have an idea roughly how much to budget for food per day.

Cheers.

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Yeah, I know - Australian banks charge like wounded bulls for using foreign ATM machines :-( A cheaper alternative, and safer than carrying wads of cash, would be a Cash Passport card (available through your local post office).

As it will be Chinese New Year, most of the small local eateries will be closed, so eating won't be at its cheapest. I would suggest MOP / HK$100 - 150 a day. It would be possible to get by on one third of that if you were content with cup noodles and McDonalds :-P

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Thanks, oisaan.

It seems I can't get away from McDonalds everywhere I travel. Definitely, I have to try the Portuguese egg tarts. Would you know if Margaret's will be open around the time I'm there (Jan. 23 - 27)?

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5. Re: How much money to bring

I can't answer your last question but can warn you that very few "souvenir shops" will accept credit cards. (most popular souvenirs are foods especially peanut toffee, egg rolls & sticky meat jerky). Some of the high end Chinese "antique" shops might.

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6. Re: How much money to bring

It would depend on what you want to spend your money one. Also there are lots of high end and low end eateries, but typically I would also say about 150+ per person. If you tend to eat more expensive food then go about 300+. Hey...sometimes a steamed fish at a high end restaurant can be more than 300! (almost 700 some times)

Souvenirs: for food, here are some things people like:

Almond biscuit (very very popular!)

Jerky (many shops)

Ginger candy

pineapple cake

old wife cake

portuguese egg tarts (YUM...get one that is warm. Obviously warm is better than cold for egg tarts! You get more flavor this way)

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Thanks so much to all who replied to my post. Wow! the list of food mentioned sure makes me hungry :)

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8. Re: How much money to bring

Relax, you definitely won't HAVE to eat at Maccas!

Cash Passport can be used in ATMs. It's true that most places in Macau haven't yet caught on to using credit cards.

I don't know how long Margaret's will be closed, but don't imagine it would be any longer than 3 days. THE other place for egg tarts is Lord Stow's, and I can't see them taking more than one day off.

BSA, you forgot the serradura - and we haven't even got on to the and the double-boiled milk puddings ... and that's only some of the sweet stuff ... (I honestly gained more than 20kg while living in Macau!)

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Yes...I agree. There's a ton of other stuff too! What we ate is just a sampling. After all our trip was planned under less than 12 hours. Our friend did bring us to many places though!

I remember someone saying about the puddings on a food blog that I read. Those are good!

There's also some food blogs which talk about Macau, or at least about their trip to Macau. I think those are pretty interesting...but then I think you would start to get really hungry and want to eat it :).

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10. Re: How much money to bring

Okay, okay! Dieting is out of the window. No more talk about food, he, he!

On a different topic, would there be taxis that take 5 passengers from the airport to our hotel (Ole London Hotel)? From what I know, there's a maximum of 4 passengers only per taxi.

A TA post mentioned that one can take Sofitel Ponte 16's free shuttle bus from the airport, then walk from Ponte 16 to Ole London hotel. Is this indeed doable?

You all have been a great help. Many thanks again.

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