Called the ‘Las Vegas’ of Asia- it’s actually the gambling capital of the world, housing more casino floor space than Las Vegas, it’s truly a gamblers paradise. Luckily, there is a lot of history and other cool sights to see once you grow tired of roaming around the casinos. There’s no need to get pay for a hotel here, as the ferry from HK runs 24 Hours a day.
How To Get There…
Cost: $21USD Roundtrip
Hours: 24 hours
Length Of Trip: 1 Hour
The ferry terminal in HK is located within 15 minutes of walking distance from SOHO (no need to pre-book tickets). After arriving in Macau and clearing customs, follow the signs to the free shuttle buses that take you to the casinos. TIP: Go to the Venetian (15 min).
Where To Stay…
Venetian Macau Resort Hotel:
If you’re going to gamble and you’re going to stay overnight in Macau, this is your place! $184USD/night
Hard Rock Hotel Macau:
The high standard of the Hard Rock in a great location. $129USD/night
Where To Eat…
Lord Stow’s Bakery At Venetian Hotel:
Macau is known for it’s Portuguese egg tarts and Lord Stow’s is THE place to get them. They’re totally delicious and worth the wait in line!
Located inside the JW Marriott, this is the BEST buffet dining in Macau for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Pricey, but worth it if you want a great meal in Macau…it’s voted THE BEST steakhouse in Hong Kong and Macau.
What To Do…
The Venetian is the 7th largest building in the world by floor area and the largest casino in the world. It’s totally gorgeous inside and a MUST see, even if you don’t gamble. There are endless amounts of stores for shopping, gondolas to ride in and LOTS of food to eat!
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this paved town square offers up shopping, Chinese restaurants, firework displays and lion/dragon dances during Chinese Festivals. This was our favorite part of Macau. The cobblestone streets and Portuguese architecture are really apparent throughout the town.
Ruins Of Saint Paul:
Macau’s most famous landmark! This 16th-century cathedral has such a gorgeous facade and is perfect for pictures during the day and at night!
Cost Observation Deck: Adult $135HKD ($17USD), Child 70HKD ($9USD) (ages 3-11), under 3 Free
Cost Skywalk X: $788HDK ($101USD)
Cost Bungee Jump: $3488HKD ($449USD)
Length Of Visit: 2+ Hours
The 10th tallest tower in the world. For the adventurous, you can take a walk on the ‘Skywalk X,’ a walk around the outer rim at a height of 233 meters (764 feet) or bungee jump (the highest commercial bungee jump in the world)!
My Honest Opinion…
If you’re pressed for time in Hong Kong, skip Macau. We were quite disappointed with it as a whole and will most likely never return. We’ve both been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City and it didn’t feel like anything more exciting. The cultural portion (Senado Square, Ruins of St. Paul) were by far the highlight, but still dismal. We LOVE Hong Kong, though, and will definitely go back many more times!