Asia’s incredible cultural heritage, centuries of vivid history, and a multitude of various influences from all over the globe make it the prime destination for avid travelers. However, the spotlight-thieves such as Hong Kong and Singapore are finally starting to make room for other, equally astounding destinations – and Macau is at the very top of that list!
Packed with Portuguese influence, still deeply Chinese, this Las Vegas of Asia remains a mystery and a bucket-list destination for all who strive to experience something bold and something new. Macau has somehow managed to marry humility with glamour, the ancient with the futuristic, and the spiritual with the sinful. Let’s take a look at the top five reasons for you to book a flight to Macau and enjoy this impressive region!
1. The beaches, oh, the beaches
Macau has its own stunning island, by the name of Coloane Island, and it’s home to two breathtaking beaches that will take you far, far away from tourist crowds rushing to see the Macau Tower and lose some cash at the roulette table. The largest of the two notable Macau beaches is called Hac Sa Beach (黑沙), meaning black sand in Chinese. It may seem slightly dirty, but rest assured, it’s just the minerals, so it’s safe for bathing.
The smaller beach by the name of Cheoc Van is famous for its honey-hued sand, making it a perfect escape spot for avid beach loungers. If you’re up for some action, you can take one of many hiking trails that are truly picturesque, and head to the Giant Panda Park nearby!
2. Visit Europe in Asia
On one hand, Macau is often compared to Hong Kong, and its Asian look and feel is present around every corner. However, since the Portuguese visitors of yore have left their own influences, you can also feel as if you’re strolling around the streets of Lisbon if you find yourself in the historic center of Macau.
Some of the most notable examples of Portuguese architecture include Senado Square, while the hotel, Grand Lisboa blends the European heritage through the name with the grandiose Macau architecture. However, you can take a look at every available Macau Hotels recommendation (澳門酒店推介) to choose among many beautiful accommodation options with equally stunning views. Wherever you decide to stay, you’ll be well-connected with public transportation to explore the entire region with ease.
3. Don’t skip the gambling and shopping hotspots
Have you ever been to Vegas? It would make for a nice frame of reference once you go to Macau, considering the glitz and the absolutely over-the-top experience you’ll have in Macau’s finest gambling establishments – which is why this region is considered the world’s mecca of gambling.
A great way to have another hop over to Europe is to visit the Parisian, a hotel and a casino that is designed in the spirit of the city after which it was named. Then you have the majestic Venetian, together with gondolas and an enormous shopping center attached to the canal. Of course, even if you’re not staying at Grand Lisboa (新葡京), visit it at least for one fun gambling sessions to absorb the impeccable glory of this monument of a building!
4. Foodie haven
Would you expect any less from an Asian destination with such a vivid heritage? The spirit of abundance reigns supreme in the entire Macau region, and you’ll feel no less of the very same vibe when you visit some of its best foodie courts.
Whether you come across a street corner food stall or you make a reservation in a five-star restaurant, the food will be equally delicious – from the Portuguese chourico and sweet egg custard tarts, all the way to famed Macanese dishes such as minchi (澳門式免治), a mixture of minced meat and stir-fried potatoes. When you’re in the mood for a true Macanese experience, head over to Albergue 1601, one of those rare restaurants that manage to perfectly sum Macanese and European influences into a unified menu.
5. A zest for adventure
Finally, now that you know that Macau is a gambling heaven and a must-see for nature lovers as well, you will not be surprised to know that adrenaline-seekers will also find Macau exhilarating. The highest commercial sky jump the world has ever seen is located precisely here, and you can take the leap off one of their most memorable landmarks – the Macau Tower.
Considering that the distance from your jump spot to the ground is astounding 764 ft, you’ll get to experience the feeling of a free fall for as long as 17 seconds. Let’s say that this may be one of the best views in town, so make sure to put it on your bucket list the next time you’re in Macau!
While Asia is still blossoming in terms of popular places to visit, and the love for Hong Kong and Singapore will never fade, we can still expand our horizons enough to give other regions such as Macau a fair chance. In this particular instance, you will be many things, but disappointed will not be one of them!