Macau: the Vegas of Vegas?

Macau isn’t only known for its gambling antics, but was the first European settlement in the Far East. Today, strong roots of the colonial past still remain. The Macanese culture is strongly defined by the amalgamation of its Chinese and Portuguese heritages, resulting in some magnificent European architecture, enchanting fusion of foods and a generally far more relaxed vibe than Hong Kong. Macau’s holds top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the dramatic façade of the Ruins of St. Paul’s, The Senado Square, the soaring heights of the Macau Tower (11th highest tower in the world), The Grand Lisboa, enthralling temples and of course, the major casinos which make 7 times more than Las Vegas.

                                                                   St. Paul’s Ruins



                                                    Site from the Fortaleza Do Monte



                                                                  The Grand Lisboa 



One of the easiest means of getting to Macau is by the Ferry from Hong Kong or China. At the Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal there are many ticket stations to choose from (There are some private sellers but they are not always reliable). You are dropped off in Macau port from where you can easily take one of the shuttle buses to the top destinations. These places offer great entertainment such as the ‘House of Dancing Water’ show at the City of Dreams…


and the Venetian Hotel… 


…with its outstanding casino and late night entertainment on different floors for various social clubs and lounges (Club Cubic is recommended in the Venetian hotel if you enjoy a good)…

With all the crazy showbiz, take the time to also taste the famous Portuguese egg tart…


and delightful pork buns…


They can be found practically everywhere with many other light food offerings such as sweets and meat jerky. Macau is a fantastic place and is definitely worth at least a weekend trip. There is a lot to see and it is certainly a destination of a lifetime.

By Kelvin Lau

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