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Macau Travel Guide: Top Things to Do and See in Macau

Let's travel to: Macau

Formally known as the “Las Vegas of the East”, Macau has undergone a complete make-over and is now the number 1 gambling destination in the world. But a visit to Macau is never complete to visit the old heritage spots in the old town which makes you feel like you're strolling around in Portugal.

USEFUL INFORMATION

  • Most casinos have shuttle busses. They run to/from the border, the ferry terminals and the airport. But also in between casino's or to the old town. The best thing is.... they are FREE!
  • Macau can be hot in summer... very hot!
  • Most nationalities get a free 30-day visa on arrival. EU citizens even get 90 days.
  • In Macau you can pay with Hong Kong Dollars everywhere. But you can not use Macau Pataca's in Hong Kong.
  • Always bring your id-card when entering a casino.
  • All casino's have wardrobes where you can store your bags. Usually these are free of charge.
  • While gambling water, coffee and tea are free. But you can just pretend to gamble to get some free drinks as well.

WHAT TO DO

  • Visit the biggest casinos in the world. For example The Venetian where you can do endless shopping and feel like you are in Venice.
  • Watch the uncountable led-light decorations at The New Lisboa at night for a spectacular light show.
  • Get a European feeling at Senado Square and walk through the old town to climb the stairs to the ruins of St. Pauls cathedral.
  • Want to learn about the history of Macau? Go up to the Fortaleze do Monte to visit Macau Museum.
  • Be a daredevil and climb up Macau Tower to get adrenaline by walking on the glass floor, do a skywalk or World's highest bungee jump of 233 meters! The views are amazing!
  • The most important temple of the city is called A Ma temple. Ask the goddess for good luck when you decide to go gambling.
  • Cool down and escape the crowds at Hac Sa Beach on Coloane. Literally it means “black sand beach” but nowadays it's an artificial yellow sand beach.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Every big casino in town has massive food courts where you can eat dishes from all over the world.
  • For traditional Portuguese dishes head to Taipa to find Xiolas O Castiuço or Antonio Restaurant Macau.
  • A local specialty is the Macau egg tart. You'll find it all across town.
  • Another specialty is the dried beef. In the old town local shop owners give you free samples to taste. Don't be scared of the smell because the taste is soooo good!

WHERE TO SHOP

  • Casino's like Venetian, Parisien or The Galaxy are great places for luxury shopping.
  • In the old town you can shop till you drop for clothes, cosmetics and souvenirs. 

DID YOU KNOW

  • Macau was a Portuguese colony until 1999? Nowadays they are a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China. Long story short: it's 1 country with 2 systems. Makes sense huh?
  • Most street signs are in Chinese and Portuguese which are the official languages. But most people only speak Cantonese and English.
  • It is the only place in China where gambling is legal. That's why it's home to world's biggest casino's nowadays.
  • Macau is the most densely populated country in the world. With almost 600.000 people living on just 11 square miles!
  • All hospitals in Macau combined only have about 500 hospital beds. All the casino's combined have over 6000 gambling tables!
  • Macau consists of 4 parts. The Macau peninsula, Taipa (the first island with 3 connecting bridges to the peninsula, Cotai Strip (a new developed area on artificial land which is now home to most casinos) and Coloane (once an island on it's own is full of nature, beaches and luxury resorts).

List by: Thijs van den Tillart

An old friend once told me your age should be at least similar to the amount of countries you've visited. I'm 34 now but have visited over 45 countries which means I could lean back for over 10 years but that's not my plan. After living in Holland, Spain, China & Thailand traveling became a real addiction to me! Can't wait to explore more and share my experiences with you!

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