Comparing a particular country to another one may not be the best way to describe it, but because of its significant similarity in terms of its high rise dazzling hotels and casinos, MACAU is definitely the “Las Vegas of Asia.”
The vibrant light shows of its towering skyscrapers that illuminates the skyline of Macau at night is truly a symbol of its dynamic night life in and out of hotel casinos, clubs and bars, cafe’s and restaurants.
The Portuguese influence is evident through its European architecture standing side by side with that of Chinese culture. This is because Macau was under Portuguese rule for 442 years. However on December 20, 1999, Macau returned to China as a Special Administrative Region.
The best place to experience the Portuguese people’s impact is to visit the SENADO SQUARE. The architecture is truly impressive, though it gets really busy with tourist from all over the world it is still one of the best place to go around, hear some historical facts, people watch and soaked yourself with great street food.
The Senado Square, or Senate Square, is a public square in Macau, and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. For someone like me who is not into gambling haha! it is a way better place than the casinos of Macau.
St. Dominic Church was constructed by three Spanish Dominican priests in 1587 for worshiping Our Lady of the Rosary, is a late 16th-century Baroque-style church that serves within the Cathedral Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Macau. This is a very old church and has a lot of colonial characteristics worth visiting even just for a few minutes to get away from the crowds. Place of serenity in the midst of hustle and bustle.
Ruins of St. Paul’s Church is a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best known landmarks. The facade is well preserved with some intricate designs and there was an interesting crypt underneath with relics and martyr bones that is worth seeing.
Another must do is to taste the Portuguese Egg Tarts in Macau. Honestly, it can be one of the best tasting egg tarts you’ll ever had, unrivalled in their deliciousness. Truly appetizing!
Macau is a good choice as a side trip from Hong Kong that is just an hour away by ferry. But I recommend to at least stay overnight to experience the glitz and glamour of Macau. Try to stay in one of its best hotels and resorts if you have the budget. It’s not bad to splurge a bit to relax, enjoy and experience such luxury… well staying in a hotel like “The Venetian Hotel” is a luxury for a budget traveler like me haha!
One of the best Hotels and Resorts in the area. Has one of the biggest and busiest Casino. The lobby is massive and truly spectacular.
The Venetian Hotel itself is a place to stay, dine, shop, gamble, watch shows, relax… name it haha! everything seems inside this enormous hotel and resort casino. As the name itself says Venetian, replicates the Canals of Italy and the Gondola rides in the man made pond.
Not to mention the hotel room that is enormously spacious just for me is indeed awesome! And the hotel service is excellent from the minute I checked in.
There is more to Macau than just casinos and gambling. Try to watch one of the shows in any of the hotel resorts are offering. One reason I visited Macau is to watch “The House of Dancing Water” in a state-of-the-art theater at City of Dreams Macau.
A water show unlike no other that features a high-tech stage that transforms seamlessly between dry and wet scenes, allowing for highlights such as breathtaking dives into a 7 meters deep pool and show stopping dancing water scene with numerous colorfully lit water jets that blast up to 18 meters high in synchronize with the music. It is said that the stage holds a pool with 3.7 million gallons of water, a size equivalent to 5 Olympic swimming pools.
It tells the story of Coloane, a fisherman whose small boat becomes caught in a whirlpool, transporting him into a world of pirates, princesses, an evil step mother and romance. The action-filled tale unfolds with an impressive mix of special effects, acrobatics, aerial stunts, classical dance and theater elements that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire 85 minutes of performance. Excellent show!
Macau is more than just casinos and gambling. There’s a lot of history and beautiful architecture that you’ll definitely enjoy. It has something to suit your vacation taste. Try your luck at the many casinos, or take in a spectacular show. Just wandering the Strip is enough to get your heart pumping and get excited.