Visit Macau: Las Vegas of the East

September 15, 2017

Known as Las Vegas of the East, Macau is a vibrant city rich with history and luxury casino hotels. Macau is located just a short ferry ride away from Hong Kong and is a popular destination for international travelers and deserves a spot on everyone’s bucket list.  I instantly fell in love with its culture and nightlife. The lights are spectacular, the architecture is breathtaking, and it just makes you feel so alive!

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Quick Facts

  1. Local currency is Macau Patacas (MOP) but Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) is widely accepted everywhere.
  2. Macau was ruled by the Portuguese for 447 years.
  3. The official languages of Macau are Portuguese and Chinese. It was so interesting seeing street signs in both languages!
  4. It is the only place in China where gambling is legal.
  5. Macau is warm year-round, the coldest month is January where temperatures will dip to 15 Degrees Celsius/60 Degrees Fahrenheit.
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Must-Sees

Venetian Macao: Largest Casino in the World

My friends and I had the pleasure of staying at the Bella Deluxe Suite at the Venetian Macao. The 10,500,000 square foot Venetian here houses the largest casino in the world and is modeled after its sister hotel in Vegas. It is an impeccable luxury resort; room service was very quick to respond and the staff was incredibly polite and attentive.

The Venetian Macao itself could take a day to explore entirely! Even if you are not a guest I highly recommend walking through and seeing the canals, beautiful decorations, and shops.

Macau Tower

The Macau Tower is a must to see the city streets from above. It has a delicious rotating restaurant 66 floors up where you can see panoramic views of the city! It also is home to the tallest bungee jump off a tower in the world! I wasn’t brave enough to do it myself, but please let me know if you would dare!

Ruins of St. Paul’s

One of Macau’s most famous landmarks, the Ruins of St. Paul’s is the remains of a beautiful old church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle. It was the largest church in Asia at the time and known as the “Vatican of the East,” and burned down in a fire in 1835. What remains is a gorgeous facade, and you can only imagine what it looked like in its glory days!

Largo do Senado (Senado Square)

Part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site, Senado Square is bustling with activities, shops, and beautiful architecture. My first visit was during China’s Mid-Autumn Festival and the streets lit up with decorations.

A-Ma Temple

The A-Ma Temple is a temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu and is one of the oldest in Macau. You will find many people burning incense for good luck, and many come here to pray.

Club Cubic

If you’re looking to explore the nightlife in Macau, go to Club Cubic located in City of Dreams. There are five VIP rooms and international DJs regularly make live appearances. We celebrated here for a friend’s birthday and had such a fun night!

Vibrant Macau, the Asian Las Vegas, deserves a spot on everyone's bucket list!

 

Macau is an underrated Asian city of history, lights, and entertainment. It is just as luxurious, exciting, and alive at night as Vegas, if not more. Try your luck and see which city is better for yourself!

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28 Comments

28 Comments

  1. Sarah

    I didn’t know that Macau was the only place in China where gambling is legal! I certainly want to explore Hong Kong in the near future and between the opulence of the casino and the history and culture, Macau looks like an underrated city to tag on to the trip.

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    • Danielle Hu

      Yes definitely an underrated city that you should consider exploring, even for a day trip!

      Reply
  2. Jess

    I’m not big on the casinos, but I love the history and Portuguese culture of Macau!

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    • Danielle Hu

      Same here I didn’t gamble at all but still had an amazing time. You’d love it!

      Reply
  3. STephanie

    I read about this in a book. So cool to see photos of the Venetian to fill in the gaps.

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    • Danielle Hu

      It’s a fabulous hotel/casino, worth a visit!

      Reply
  4. Val

    Wow I need to go here since I’m a huge fan of Las Vegas !! Fab pics!

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    • Danielle Hu

      Thank you! Yes it’s basically Vegas but grander and with an Asian vibe haha!

      Reply
  5. C-Ludik

    I’ve never been into gambling so I didn’t care much for the casinos, but I’m into food and architecture, two of my favorite things when traveling. Macau looks like a city of blended cultures, served as a port of rich and diverse local culture and heritage that embrace both Chinese and Portuguese roots. I’m sure I would love to visit this incredible city one day 🙂

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    • Danielle Hu

      I hope you get to in the near future, Macau is full of diverse food and intricate architecture!

      Reply
  6. Susanna

    I lived and worked in Vegas for two years, and this totally does look like Vegas, including the Venetian! The older architecture adds something to the atmosphere that Vegas doesn’t have, though. Looks like a blast!

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  7. Emily

    I didn’t even know this place exsisted and now I want to go!! Cool post.

    Reply
  8. Claire

    I didn’t have time to visit Macau when I was in HK, but I found it quite interesting! I’d like to go someday, maybe with a chunk of money!

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    • Danielle Hu

      Going with a chunk of money would be nice, I hope you get to soon!

      Reply
  9. Kristina

    My boyfriend has already been to Macau and I’m dying to visit it! Seems like an amazing city! Great post!

    Reply
  10. Kristen Jauregui

    I had never heard of Macau! I’m definitely putting it down on my places to go list! It seems so interesting and beautiful!

    Reply
    • Danielle Hu

      It’s definitely underrated and deserves a place on your list!

      Reply
  11. Nuriarose

    Omg! I’m in love with Macau just by reading you post, such an astonishing place to explore. The wonderful architecture and historical setting. Thank you for sharing such wonderful post. In my bucket list of places to see.

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  12. Laura (@oystertrend)

    Such a stunning place and casino. It would be nice to visit. Thanks for your tips. Nice post!!

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