Top areas in Macau
Just like neighboring Hong Kong, Macau is a small region with a high-density population. Macau is probably best known for its casinos, many of which rival Las Vegas casinos in size and scope, but Macau has much more to offer travelers than gambling.
Thanks to former Portuguese occupation, Macau sports an eclectic mix of architecture, with Chinese temples, towering high-rises and 17th-century cathedral ruins to be found between the neon dazzle of casino lights. This mix of cultures manifest in a generous amount of annual events, with both Chinese New Year celebrations and The Procession of the Passion of Our Lord held in the month of February. Macanese cuisine also shows the influence of colonialism, Portuguese and Cantonese ingredients and cooking techniques fused to create heavily spiced dishes like African chicken and chili shrimps.
Just like Vegas, a trip to Macau would be incomplete without exploring the casinos. Most casinos in Macau are full-service resorts with aps facilities, restaurants, shops, entertainment and leisure activities all provided onsite. One such casino is The Venetian Macao, the largest hotel in Asia. Just like its namesakes in Vegas and Italy, The Venetian Macao features gondola rides through canals.
Cotai, south of Macau, is an area of reclaimed land built to keep up with the city's rapid development. Many of Macau's big name casinos are positioned along Cotai Strip, with the aim of recreating the Las Vegas Strip. Macau International Airport on Taipa Island is a short drive from the Cotai Strip.
For an adrenalin rush away from the tables, Macau Tower has a sky jump and a 233-meter bungee jump – the highest in the world. It also houses a cinema, shops and a buffet restaurant, not to mention the best 360-degree views in Macau.
For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Macau, click on the interactive Macau map on the left-hand side of the page.