MACAU, also known as the Las Vegas of Asia has rightfully earned this reputation. The city is brimming with lights, colors and goggle eyed people trying their lucks at the 44 odd casinos that this little island boasts of. If you are visiting Macau for the first time, you would totally feel besotted by the glamour and beauty this city has to offer. Its so much more than a Casino city with its East meets West culture, the yummy food it has to offer and also the local sight seeing places.
This summer break I visited two of the most hyped Asian tourist destinations- Hongkong and Macau, with our First stop being MACAU. We took a ferry ride straight from the Airport after landing in Hongkong and in just 45 mins, we were aboard this gorgeous Island city that welcomed us with pleasant rains. The weather throughout our 3 day stay here remained very breezy with rains drenching the city every now and then, making it come alive with vibrant green and blue colors of nature besides the neon lights of its sky scrapers of course. Again, the contrast of natural and man made beauty is a marvel to be marveled at. The weather was A-H-M-A-Z-I-N-G and the humidity didn’t bother much.
We stayed at the rightly hyped VENETIAN CASINOS AND RESORT which totally lived up, rather exceeded our expectations in terms of everything-the grandeur, the sheer size, the utterly over the top beauty and an overall luxury experience of the best kind.
It is the biggest casino resort in the world (bigger than anything in Vegas) and once inside, you’ll find the regions’ premier shopping mall, people strutting past looking so so good (The Venetian had one thing that I truly loved the most- very well dressed people everywhere I looked, a blogger never misses these things !). It is a gigantic 3000 room hotel with gondoliers roaming canals along mock, Italian streets. Many of the visitors are just here to pretend they’re in Venice and so the vibe is just out of this world. It’s the complete package as a resort; there are shows by night, excellent restaurants and you truly feel like you are transported to Vegas.
And My room, Gosh it was perfect!
Well there is more to Macau than the Venetian of course. Here is what else you can do besides the casino and hotel experience-
Located across Sands Macao and near Macau Maritime Terminal, this 111,500 –square meter theme park project that was scrapped midway is divided into three sections: Dynasty Wharf, East Meets West, and Legend Wharf. It also offers a wide array of shopping centers and restaurants, making it the perfect location for your Instagram-worthy photos.
RUINS OF ST PAUL
This is where we started our city tour and the walk through to the ruins was also very picturesque lined with pebble streets and aligned colorful buildings. It is Macau’s architectural icon that was Built in the 17th century by Jesuits and destroyed by fire in 1835. The quasi-triangular – and very photogenic – façade at the top of a broad and lengthy flight of steps is the symbolic heart of the city.
If you’re in search of peace and contemplation, you’re in the wrong place. But despite the hordes of tourists, its great to drop by A-Ma Temple – which is dedicated to seafarers and dates from the 15th century, well before the Portuguese dropped anchor – for its very catholic (lower case) view of religion. The numerous photogenic halls, pavilions and archways are variously dedicated to Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and a number of folk beliefs. Seek the God’s blessings before you try your luck at the Casinos!
THE HOUSE OF DANCING WATER
This is Macau’s longest running and most successful show that has been making a splash in Macau for over six years. It is extremely entertaining and attracts crowds in large numbers for its high-energy, mind-blowing stunts, stunning scenery and featuring some of the world’s greatest acrobats, dancers, divers, actors, and motorcyclists. Created by renowned theatre producer Franco Dragone, the show is 90 minutes of sheer wonder.
THE WORLD’S HIGHEST BUNGEE JUMP FROM MACAU TOWER
If you are an adrenaline junkie, Macau towers is the place for you. It has the Guinness World Record holding Highest Commercial Bungy Jump in the world. Situated at the top of the striking Macau Tower, jumpers leap from a platform 233m (764 ft) above the ground and experience the ultimate free fall experience. This is the ultimate in daredevil thrill-seeking. You can also try the Skywalk and SkyJump activities, that are slightly less terrifying!
That covered the most of my 3 days in this absolutely beautiful destination that I honestly is better than Hongkong. If you have your experiences to share about Macau, I would love to hear them.