The south coast of China is the home of Macau. It can be reached from Hong Kong after crossing the pearl Delta. This is an amazing attraction with a mix of Chinese and Portuguese culture. Macau is known for its lively casinos, malls and the nightlife.
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Why should anyone visit the city?
The best reason for which tourists keep Macau on the top of their travel itinerary is the amazing resorts and gambling places. It is identified as the Vegas of East that provides superb luxury, shopping and entertainment. Most of the places are not limited to one thing whereas they are a complete spectrum of everything from dining to entertainment and business. The other main attraction is the unique festivals, events and culture of Macau. They are visited by huge crowds from all over the world.
Is the city safe? What areas are not safe?
The crime ratio of the city is very low. However, the general rules are applied which are common for every destination like taking care of belongings, passport and money in crowded places.
What’s the weather like?
- Summer season in Macau is the treat for the beach lovers. It is from May to September whereas it remains filled with thunderstorms, extreme rains and visitors.
- March, April, October to December are the most comfortable months of the year. It is autumn and the climate is mildly cool.
- January and February are the coldest months of the year. There is no snowfall but the weather is extremely cold and chilly.
Is the US Dollar widely accepted?
Hong Kong dollar (HKD) and Macau Pataca (MOP) are the currencies used in the Macau. The USD is not accepted directly anywhere in Macau but you can use HKD anywhere in the city. However, some places only accept HKD especially the luxury hotels and casinos. Money exchange places are commonly available.
What are the best areas or districts to stay in the city?
Macau Center is the best option for the people who want to explore history and enjoy shopping. It is located in the heart of the city with the beautiful harbor areas and downtown. There are some amazing casinos, shopping areas and dinning places.
Macau international airport is located in Taipa. It was a rural area that is developed with time and increasing tourism. If you stay in this area, you will be able to explore the Taipa museum, old colonial houses and Coloane History. This area also has hills perfect for cycling, running and hiking.
Cotai has some of the best hotels of the city with superb gambling places, resorts, golf courses, sports facilities and entertainment. This is a modern area with no historical places but a lot of entertainment.
Coloane is best for relaxation, hiking and swimming among clear waters and clean sands. Swimming lovers enjoy staying in this area. You can enjoy stroll in the streets of Coloane Village among the pastel colored houses and small shops.
What’re your top 3 hotels and why?
Grand Coloane Resort
Grand Coloane resort is an amazing five-star resort with the serene views of the South China Sea. The top floor has a golf course. Another best thing about the place is its indoor heated pool, spa, gym and outdoor seasonal pool. Over all interior of the rooms is colonial and Portuguese with minibar and a beautiful balcony.
The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel
It is one of the most famous resorts in Macau that welcomes huge crowds of tourists. There is also the second largest casino of the world in this resort. This is a massive place with a lot of shops, restaurants and swimming pools. The spacious rooms have minibar, bathrobe, hairdryer, slippers and many other complimentary things.
Grandview Hotel Macau
This hotel is located near the Taipa Museum, central park and many other attractions. It is a four-star hotel with spacious rooms, many luxuries like minibar, satellite TV and coffee makers. The hotel offers laundry, dry cleaning, sauna and fitness center facilities to their guests. This is an amazing place to enjoy the luxuries.
How does one get around the city? Taxi, Uber, similar apps, ATVs? Include links to public services
Macau is a wonderful place with a variety of attractions located near each other so it is easier and quicker to be explored on foot. There are different types of transportation available in Macau. Busses are used by most of the locals and visitors. The routes are associated with different destinations and the fare is written on the display near fare box. Most of the taxi drivers do not speak English so passengers have to write the destination in Cantonese. They get the map for the destination. Taxi and cabs fare is not very high. Uber is not available in Macau.
Can you highlight the MUST see sight? Minimum of 5, feel free to share as many as you would like.
Taipa village is a perfect small place to enjoy serenity of a rural area. There are markets, narrow streets, ancient temples, Portuguese style buildings, delicious food and colonial villas. You can spend some amazing time in this area.
Guia hill is the home to the fort and lighthouse that overlooks the city. This historical site belongs to 18th century. It was constructed to defend the city with a barracks, ammunition cache, chapel and water cistern. There is a storage area and commander house as well. You can have a pleasant hike to reach the attraction to explore the site and see amazing views of the sea.
The huge fisherman wharf is a theme park having enormous and amazing shopping complex, exhibition center, nightlife, amphitheater, restaurants and amusement park. It is one of the most relaxing fishing community with superb casinos and shopping. It is in the list of top one stop shopping areas of the world.
Macau Historic Centre
Macau historic center is the amazing place to explore the trade relationships of the city from the 16th century with Europeans and Asians. You can see the Portuguese and Chinese influences on architecture, squares, narrow streets and gardens.
Nam Van Lake Cybernetic fountain
This is the biggest manmade fountain of Asia with 86 water sprouts and the highest range is 80 meters. You can see the wonderful laser show and the glittering spotlights in falling water. Laser show has a specific schedule for the week and it is free to watch.
What’s the best place to take a photo?
Ruins of St. Paul is the most amazing and popular landmark of the city. A typhoon destroyed the church. There is a superb façade to take photos. You can click a variety of photos with different backgrounds.
What is the one thing you MUST eat in the city?
Flaky pastry with the filling of sweet egg custard. This is the most popular dish of Macau that is available everywhere from the luxury eateries to the street stalls. It is served warm with caramel topping to enhance the taste. Best spot to find tart is Lord Stow and Margaret.
What about food markets?
San Ma Lo Market
There is a huge market of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood and different types of meats. It is filled with locals and tourists equally because it is centrally located. You can enjoy some local meals cooked with fresh vegetables and meats at the food court.
Tap Seac Craft Market
This market is arranged on two separate weekends of April. There are hundreds of stalls from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and Malaysia. You will find excellent quality Home décor, Accessories, food, beverages, handicrafts and many more. This is the perfect place to enjoy some international cuisines.
Rua Cinco De Outubro Night market
This is the night market in the heart of the city. You will get every kind of local and international delicacies. Single portions of food are very economical priced. It opens from 6 to 10 pm every night.
It is located in the red colored bricks building so it is easily recognizable and famous. It belongs to the 19th century. You can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats from the market. This market is a mark of cultural heritage and is carefully protected by the government.
Where should one go at night? Any bar/nightlife areas or districts you recommend?
Macau is famous for nightlife and there are a lot of lively bars, clubs and nightlife areas.
City of dreams
It is an enormous and amazing gaming attraction with 350 gambling tables and more than 1000 machines offering three card poker, fan tan, craps, casino war and many more. It is one of the most entertaining nightlife places of Macau.
Pharaohs palace casino
It is a heritage hotel with casino and gambling options. The interior is historical and totally influenced by the Egyptian Pharaoh. There are Egyptian carvings, paintings, sculptures, sphinxes and figurines in the entire building.
Moon walker bar
The music and dance lovers should go straight to the moon walker bar. There is live music and drinks. The menu has a variety of beers, wines, creative cocktails and many other types of drinks.
Nicole fashion club
It is a karaoke place in the fisherman’s wharf. Ladies of Macau get dressed up like divas with trendy fashion statements to enjoy the night out. It is one of the best bars of Macau.
Can you recommend the best shopping areas? Best shopping mall?
The enormous shopping place with thousands of brands offers the perfect Hollywood vibe. You will find almost all the top fashion brands of the world at the Boulevard. It has a very glamorous environment that will make you feel like a star while shopping.
Do you recommend any tours outside the city? Islands? Boat Tours?
With amazing coastline, Macau has many Ferry and cruise tours available which you can book from the ferry terminal and select the time of tour. You can enjoy an amazing Ferry tour of Macau from Shenzhen. It departs from the Macau ferry terminal and provides the amazing sightseeing tour of all the attractions and nearby places. Macau Sky shuttle offers a helicopter tour to see the beautiful destination from the sky.
Are Casinos allowed? Blackjack tables? If so, what’s the best Casino in town?
Macau is famous for its glamorous and huge casinos. There are a lot of them but the best one is the Venetian. It is the second biggest casinos of the world with a huge variety of games like baccarat, blackjack, roulette and many more. Venetian is one of the biggest buildings of Asia with luxury hotel, event spaces, restaurant, shopping and entertainment.
Any last advice for people visiting the city?
- You can buy ferry tickets in advance but if you forget then it is not a big problem Ferries depart every hour from Hong Kong and Macau.
- Ferries are usually overcrowded during festivals so buy the tickets in advance during the peak tourist season. It will make you wait for hours if you do not have advance booking.
- If you have a ticket, then you can board a ferry earlier. However, you have to ask the operator about the availability of the seat.
- Different hotels and casinos have free shuttle service that you have to check so you do not need to worry about the transportation for a hotel and casino. Only small hotels do not have the shuttle service. If you board a hotel shuttle, then they do not care asking. They only focus on providing convenience to their casino guests.
- If your hotel does not have the shuttle service, then you can board a nearby hotel that offers shuttle.