Asia’s Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China, which means that it is easier for tourists to visit – there are less strict visa regulations for many nationalities. Close to Hong Kong, Macau is perhaps best known for its thriving gambling scene – indeed, the introduction of several big name casinos has led to Macau being the biggest world earner in gambling terms – pulling in more cash than even the iconic Las Vegas strip! Whilst splashing the cash and placing bets is largely the name of the game in Macau, many visitors are surprised to find that the area has plenty of other things for people to see and do. A former Portuguese colony, there is a wide mix of architectural styles, traditional revered temples, beautiful beaches … and much more too!
Some great things to do in Macau include:
Visit the Casinos
Whether you plan on actually gambling or not, the neon flashing lights, vibrant colours, and lively atmosphere are sure to set your head a-spin. Many casinos have different themes, with the splendid Venetian being amongst the largest casinos in the world and allowing people a glimpse of Italy in the heart of Asia. Seductive canals snake through the casino, and there are numerous statues, pictures and sculptures to add to the overall effect. The Venetian also has a theatre and a mini-golf course. Visitors can enjoy shows at the appropriately names City of Dreams, see a wide selection of aquatic creatures in the aquarium at the MGM, and enjoy the uber-classy atmosphere of the Wynn Macau.
Relax in a Spa
Many hotels feature blissful spas where guests can relax and indulge in absolute luxury. Enjoy a range of delicious massages, have a decadent facial, or perhaps try some traditional Chinese treatments such as acupuncture. There are pools, steam rooms, Jaccuzis, whirl pools, and saunas to recharge your batteries even more.
Sun, Sea, and Sand
Macau’s coastline boasts some lovely beaches, where one can sunbathe, swim, and enjoy a variety of different water sports and beach activities. There are also plenty of beach side restaurants and bars. Hac Sa and Cheoc Van are loved by both locals and visitors. Take some time out to chill out and kick back.
The soaring Macau Tower is not only an impressive sight from afar. You can ride to the top for truly superb views of the island and around. There are also heaps of adventure activities too. Whether you are feeling extra daring and want to do a bungee jump from dizzying heights, walk along the heart stopping sky walk, or try the slightly less nerve-wracking sky jump, there is plenty of fun at the top. At the bottom, you can enjoy climbing.
Stroll the Heritage Walk
This is a perfect way to hit the historic and cultural highlights. You will see a variety of important buildings, including the pretty Sao Paulo Cathedral and the Fort. Macau Museum is also located along the route, where you can learn more about the island and its development through the ages.