Macau-called the ‘Las Vegas’ of Asia- is actually the gambling capital of the world, housing more casino floor space than Las Vegas, it’s truly a gamblers paradise.
It’s so amazing that you can hop on a high speed ferry from Hong Kong and, in less than an hour, arrive in Macau. There is NO need to spend the money to stay at a hotel in Macau, unless you’re dying to, because there is a ferry always running, 24 hours a day, almost every 15 minutes, so you can come/go whenever you please. We walked the 15 minutes from SOHO to the ferry terminal and purchased our tickets for TurboJet Macau. The ferry was smooth, clean and fast.
Upon arrival at the ferry terminal in Macau, after clearing customs, simply go outside and follow the signs to the free shuttle buses that take you to the casinos. We hopped on the bus traveling to The Venetian, which is located across the bridge in Taipa, and were there in less than 15 minutes.
I have to be honest, I really didn’t care for Macau. Of all the cities we’ve traveled to thus far, it was probably my least favorite. There really isn’t much to do there, besides casinos and a small historical region. Plus, there is VERY LITTLE DRINKING and restaurants! As an American, I’ve been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City where gambling goes hand in hand with drinking. Free drinks are served while gambling in the USA. There are bars inside the casinos. It’s a perfect marriage. Then I came to Macau…
We literally had to SEARCH and SEARCH and SEARCH for a bar inside the Venetian. And, after walking around forever, we finally found THE ONLY pub. So, if sober gambling is your thing, then Macau is totally for you!
Don’t get me wrong, the Venetian was beautiful on the inside, but it is almost SO large that it’s difficult to navigate. It’s actually the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area. It’s also the largest casino in the world, and the largest single structure hotel building in Asia. We played roulette for an hour and roamed around for a few hours to get some souvenirs, see the gondolas and of course try a Portuguese Egg Tart (which was totally overrated).
After The Venetian, we walked across the street to the ever so beautiful Galaxy. Take my advice, once you’ve seen one casino, you’ve seen them all. We made it about 15 minutes inside and then decided we were officially done with the casino portion of Macau. We hopped another free shuttle from The Galaxy to the historical part of Macau, Senado Square.
I have to say that Senado Square was my favorite part of Macau. The streets are made of cobblestone and the Portuguese architecture is really apparent throughout this part of town. It really is beautiful, especially at night. After roaming around the streets for a while, we finally came to the #1 site to see, The Ruins of St. Paul. We snapped a few photos and then realized that we’d much rather spend our last few hours in Hong Kong because there really wasn’t much left to do in Macau, so we hopped back on the ferry to complete our last night out on the town in HK.
Overall it was an awesome, unforgettable trip to Hong Kong and Macau! Stay tuned…next up is Siem Reap, Cambodia in September! Drop me a message or comment if you like what you’ve read or have any questions! 🙂