Whenever I tell someone I visited Macau its as if a great bolt of lightning hits them in the rear — their excitement level goes through the roof. I didn’t quite get it at first. Perhaps the portrayal in the media paints the impression of a “Rich Man’s paradise.” On the other hand, many people are not familiar with Macau and the ambiguity of the name itself sparks interest.
While in Hong Kong, I had the opportunity to see what all this “hype” was about. I hopped on the Turbo Star Ferry and decided to seize the day and explore Macau.
Depending on your interest, Macau can offer a lot. If your purpose is merely to gamble, party and emulate the life of a high roller, you can easily breeze through several days indulging in the posh Venetian, City of Dreams, or the Sands Macau. I opted for a more historical route to take in the Portuguese influence, sample some local Macanese cuisine, and visit several local sites. However, I did make a pit stop at the Venetian… might as well.
The duration of my stay was only a day, but I was able to get a great snapshot of the island. Below are my top 7 recommendations for a day trip to Macau:
Largo de Senado (Senate Square)
Largo de Senado is the heart of Macau. Here is where you will see the true Portuguese influence with distinctive and colorful colonial architecture. Stroll around and get lost in the cobblestoned alleyways and have a taste of Europe in Asia. Go early to avoid the crowds.
Ruins of St. Paul
The Ruins of St. Paul is one of Macau’s most iconic landmarks located at the end of Senate Square. Take some time to people watch from the stairs before climbing to the top and taking in the view. This is the perfect place to step back into history. After exploring the grounds, head over to Mount Fortress for more views of Macau. Beware, the climb to the top requires a lot of stamina.
These delicious egg tarts are plastered on every corner throughout the city center. For a nominal price, it’s hard not to over indulge with every sighting!
Name Your Price For Meat
There a dozens of vendors selling a variety of meat throughout Senate Square. Similar to a mall food court, you can easily have a full meal from all the free samples without spending a dime. Don’t be afraid – eat away!
Lou Lim Lok Gardens
Lou Lim Lok Gardens is the perfect place to idle away for some personal reflection and relaxation. Escape the busyness of the streets and enjoy the lush green environment and amazing rock formations within one of Macau’s most popular gardens.
Make your way up to the 10th tallest free standing tower in the world to take in the impressive 360 views of Macau.
I was absolutely stunned by the Venetian’s incredibly beautiful atmosphere. You can shop, gamble, wine & dine, and ride a gondola and pretend you’re in Venice. The Venetian is worth a visit, even if you don’t gamble.
Do yourself a favor and seize the day to explore Macau. I promise you it won’t disappoint. Until next time, travel safe, travel well.