Macau provides the largest number of casinos and gambling in Asia with revenues that supposedly surpass those of Las Vegas. However, the two cities are drastically different. Probably the most popular game in Macau is Baccarat, iconic as James Bond's favorite game, however, you may want to learn the rules before arriving unless you know Cantonese. A smaller percentage of locals speak Mandarin or Portuguese, and English is far less common beyond the hotel concierges.
The mixture of East and West into something Macanese is evident in the European architecture alongside Chinese characters. The street signs are oftentimes Portuguese while many tourists and employees are Chinese. Macanese food is also an interesting combination of Portuguese and Chinese. If you can find a good restaurant, you will not be disappointed by the dishes, though some may find a menu with baby pigeon unsettling.
If you get weary from all the casinos and high-rise, head down to Coloane Island, with its faded colonial villa's, some beaches and a bit of green.
Highlights from Macau
- Catch the most expensive and best-selling show ”House of Dancing Water" at the City of Dreams Casino.
- Enjoy Macau's unique architecture and history by visiting Senado Square, A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul.
- See or gamble at some of the more impressively lit hotel casinos such as the Venetian, Grand Lisboa, Wynn Resorts or Sands.
- Try various foods: Portuguese, Chinese, Macanese. If you're sticking to hotels, they all have different buffets available at different hours.
- Relax and wind down at sleepy Coloane Village on Coloane Island
- Stroll around Taipa Village