Interesting Short Day trip to the Historical and Luxurious Macau

Interesting Short Day Trip to the Historical and Luxurious Macau

Oftentimes, when a person says that Hongkong will be his destination, there would be someone who would suggest visiting Macau too. Apparently, Hongkong and Macau are sister islands. Macau is just one hour away from Hongkong by jet ferry.

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

We opted to ride Cotai Water Jet ferry in going to Macau. I was nervous not having brought Bonamine chewable tablet that day. I slightly felt nauseous because of the up and down, side to side motions of the catamaran. Thank God when I found out I had a candy inside my pocket.  Those candies saved the day.

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

We arrived in about an hour, cleared Macau customs and caught the blue shuttle bus to the Venetian Hotel. There was no need to worry about transportation.  Hotels and casinos offer free rides to tourists.

Visiting the Glamorous Venetian Hotel

The luxury five-star hotel and casino resort in the Venetian Hotel were absolutely spectacular. A grand hallway which was beautifully decorated with paintings and lightings that perfectly complemented each other welcomed us. It was almost like a place where everything glitters in gold. I fell in love with Venetian Hotel the moment Steven and I walked in its splendid hallway.

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

Ceilings decorated with paintings and with gold

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

A dazzling masterpiece in the hotel lobby

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

A lavishly ornate hall of the Venetian Hotel

Steven and I skipped the casino and proceeded straight to the 3rd floor which the Grand Canal Shoppes was located. There we had observed fashion-conscious shoppers who walked leisurely around with their designer clothing and fancy bags.

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

The buildings, the canals, and the plaza were all patterned after Venice.  Another thing that surprised me was the sky. At a glance, someone would think that it was a real sky, but it wasn’t. It was just a thick blue canvas with small holes. It was an artificial blue sky controlled by a computer.

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

Our Macau trip wouldn’t be complete without riding the romantic gondola which would make someone feel being in Venice, Italy. Trying it out was something irresistible most especially once seeing the authentic Venetian gondola with gondoliers rendering a sweet melody while gliding down the Grand Canal. It would be even more special if you were with someone that you love.

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

Steven and I boarded the gondola along with two other Korean ladies that made Brigitta, our gondolier to think that we were all Koreans. Brigitta was half-Filipina and half-Italian. The experience of the gondola ride became more wonderful because of her jolly spirit. She sang beautifully two songs. One was entitled “Moon River” which was popularized  by the Korean telenovela “Lovers in Paris.” The other one was an Italian song.

Unesco Heritage Site

We spent so much time at the Venetian Hotel that we just decided to hail a cab up to the Senado Square (Largo de Senado) which was listed as one of the sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in order to save time. It was another place in Macau we would not like to miss.

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

The Leal Senado (Loyal Senate) Building

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

The fountain in the middle of the Senado Square

Our eager eyes worked overtime as they adjusted to the new environment unfolded before us: a beautiful town square surrounded by neo-classical buildings and wave-patterned mosaic colored stone. All around us was an air of the exotic combination of Portuguese and Chinese culture.

A Whirlwind Trip to Macau : The Gambling Capital of the World

The Ruins of St. Paul’s Church

The Ruins of St. Paul stood out like a proud monument as tourist flocked to this great site. Behind this ruin was a great history having survived two fires: 1595 and 1601. On 1835, another raging typhoon hit Macau and the St. Paul Church was once again caught on fire. It has been left in ruin ever since.

Before we left Senado Square, we tried its well-known Portuguese egg tarts. I was not hungry at all but Steven insisted for me to try this well-known food which I remembered was also suggested by another friend of mine. I was glad that I listened because if not, I wouldn’t be able to know how heavenly its taste was. Soft and sweet with a buttery flaky pastry shell and rich custard filling.

From the Senado Square, we walked toward the Grand Lisboa. We crossed the opposite side of the road to catch the City of Dreams free shuttle bus from outside the Sintra Hotel. I asked Steven for us to return inside the Venetian Hotel to buy some souvenirs before we went back to Hongkong.

A Whirlwind Trip to MAcau : The Gambling Capital of the World

Macau at night

One day does not suffice to explore this thriving island. While we were on our way back to the ferry terminal, we saw the advertisements of Parisian Macao. While writing this post, I was thinking that at this time around, the Parisian Macao has already been standing proudly attracting tourists to experience its magnificent beauty.

 

 

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

44 Comments to Interesting Short Day Trip to the Historical and Luxurious Macau

  1. Nicole P says:

    macau looks so beautiful… I wish natuloy yung flight namin going there.. You see, by mistake we were booked to go to macau but the airport is in clark pampanga which is so far from manila… eh nakabook na so tinry na lang ituloy but we got there late.. . is the pork belly there heavenly as well? 😊

  2. Great guide! I’ve been to Macau before and had a great time with my friends. It’s also a great place to get some evening shots of the casinos. I agree about the egg tart – nothing compares after you’ve tasted it. The ferry is a joy to ride for me though, I never get seasick. Just ride with the waves 🙂

  3. PackYourBaguios says:

    I’d never heard of Macau, but it looks like an exciting island. Those city lights are amazing. I can see why you’d really need more than one day to see all of the major sites.

  4. I would love to visit if I were close by. I have a friend currently in Beijing who will also be travelling to Hong Kong so I should share this with her. I love how there is so much to see and do!

  5. Looks like you had a fun packed day – I had never realised Macau and HK were sister islands! The Venetian Hotel looks incredible – so over the top and opulent but somewhere I’d love to peek inside. Thanks for showing me Macau, I think I’d like to travel there now!

  6. Looks a bit like Vegas to me! But the hotel is pretty impressive I have to say.

  7. Carola says:

    Thank you for this – I didn’t know you could simply take the boat from Hong Kong to Macau. I’ll sure do that now.

    Happy continued travels,
    C

  8. gokulr27 says:

    Ohh yea….the Las Vegas of the east. I do have a plan to visit this place.

  9. Wendy says:

    I only nex Macau from the St Pauls ruins, so I thought it was not really worth the trip. But your post convinced me to visit it whenever I am in Hong Kong.

  10. Gabriela says:

    I was about to visit Macau as well when I was in Hong Kong. As a bungee jump addict I was interested in their highest jump in the world but then I didn’t go there. I’m actually not that interested in jumping off high buildings. I like to jump somewhere in the nature like the world’s third highest bungy I did in in South Africa!

  11. bherron80 says:

    Hmm.. interesting that all of these buildings and areas look like they are mimicking a different country’s architecture. Hard to tell what the actual style is of this city-sort of like a manufactured city (a la Las Vegas…).

  12. Macau looks beautiful. Never been there, hopefully one day I will make it there. On my bucket list to visit one day… thanks for sharing..

  13. Wow! What a unique and fun trip. I’m trying tie get better at planning short day and weekend trip. You can get so much done in a day.

  14. Beautiful! Your pictures are gorgeous! Never heard of Macau but it is definitely a must visit. Great post!

  15. Jacqueline says:

    I had no idea Macau was such a hybrid of cultures! I never really considered visiting Macau but now I want to see it for myself. At first I thought you made a mistake because the first few images really did look like Venice, but then I read on further only to realise the hotel was built in inspiration of Venice. Incredible find!

  16. Amy & Tots says:

    The hotel lobby is gorgeous. The gondola certainly does look very romantic, lovely place to snuggle with your partner.

  17. KT Nielsen says:

    I really enjoyed our trip to Macau many years ago albeit really short. Macau will be unforgettable for me though because we got lost and took a shuttle that goes to the border of China instead of the port going back to Hong Kong. Good thing we still have ample time to spare but my friend and I were really scared to bits because of the experience. We just laugh it off now. We absolutely loved the grand hotels in Macau. You would feel literally small under the elaborate ceilings and extravagantly- adorned walls. Even the restrooms are grand inside the hotels. I can’t wait to go back.

  18. I love Macau! While my bestfriend enjoyed HK during our first HK-Macau trip, I enjoyed Macau. It made feel that I am in Europen country while I am in Asia. I love Venetian and the egg tarts lol!

  19. Agree on all fronts! Whilst Macau is mostly considered as a side trip in HK trips, it could easily become the highlight like how it was in mine. The glitz of Cotai Strip and the charm of old Macau were like Yin and Yang.

    I liked Venetian least amongst the big hotels in Cotai though. 🙁 But this is a good, useful read! well-done 🙂

  20. Macau is indeed an enchanting place. We had a great time when we were there last year. The opulence of the Venetian and other hotels and casinos is really dazzling. We loved the old European town ruins as well. Macau is beautiful and at the same time has a rich heritage and culture.

  21. Venetian hotel is so posh and grand, right? How I wish I could be able to stay there but I’m pretty much sure the rates too expensive. I love how it transport us to Italy with their own version of grand canal. And lucky you, you were able to taste those tarts. When we were in Macau, I was thinking what kind of food are those and end up not trying it. Sad.

    Here’s our visit to Macau: http://www.maayalegaspi.com/2016/08/macau-senado-square-st-paul-ruins.html. We pretty much went to the same places. 🙂

  22. I’m not a gambler but I would still enjoy seeing this.
    I wonder if the slot machines are in every store that is open…
    Enjoyed your post quite a bit…..

  23. thechrissycollective says:

    Macau has been on my travel list for as long as I can remember. After reading this, I want to go even more! Also, great pictures! I love it! x

  24. Oh my that looks like a fabulous trip. The venetian hotel looks so lovely. I would love to see that hotel ceiling. I am not a huge water fan, but riding a gondola is on my bucket list. So happy you have a wonderful trip and vacation.

  25. Hailey says:

    This looks amazing! Somewhere I’d definitely like to visit some day

  26. Mimi says:

    There are pretty sights that are worth visiting in Macau! When I hear of HK, I always associate it with Macau. For me, I think I’d prefer the latter more. The architecture from those Venetian buildings are quite breathtaking, too – and pretty quaint ones!

  27. I LOVEEEEE Hong Kong – but I really wanted to get over to Macau when I was over there… However, I didn’t! Darn it because that 15 hour flight can be BRUTAL….. But one day, ONE DAY I will tack going to Macau on to another trip back out to Asia… But I won’t be going to Asia for awhile now. Next destination for me: AFRICA!

  28. Wow!! I have not heard of Macao before, and I was missing out. I am blown away by the stunning architecture. The colours are vibrant and breathtaking! What an amazing place!

  29. Oh! This is very timely! I just booked a trip to Macau with my husband next month. We’ll be staying for 3days and 2nights. We really opted not visit it when we were in HK because we wanted to spend longer days in Macau. Did you have a tourist guide for this trip? And for the Gondola ride how long did it took? Is there a long queue for the tickets and the ride? Were planning to visit Venetian on a weekend! Im excited! 🙂

    • anarose says:

      Hi Mommy Queenelizabeth,

      It was just a DIY and actually we were not able to explore much of Macau because we were both busy finishing our tasks with our jobs those times. I would be glad to go back there once more to visit the other attractions and enjoy their egg tarts. The Gondola ride just took around 15 minutes and yes, there was a long queue that time. 🙂

  30. It’s been quite a while since I last been to Macau. The last time I went to Macau, Venetian wasn’t something everyone knows yet. I personally haven’t been to Venetian hotel yet, but I have been to the local areas of Macau. I suggest the next time you travel to Macau, visit the local areas. There are a lot of delicious street foods and historical things you can see along the street as they have preserved them. 🙂

    • anarose says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. I would like to once again visit Macau and have a taste of their delicacies. One place that we were not able to visit was the Fisherman’s Wharf.

  31. The Jerny says:

    Macau, where the gamblers are gathering. Lol, jk. My friend went here and said the exact same thing. The Venetian Macau was really spectacular according to her. She, I think, had 2 days on her trip. Gondola was wow! How much was it for a ride?

    • anarose says:

      Yes, Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal. The gondola ride cost MOP 128.00. You will surely enjoy it and the gondoliers have their own way to make your ride more unforgettable.

  32. It’s January and here I am finding myself fuelling my wanderlust with your posts. I really have to stop and get back to my coursework! Thank you for visiting me on http://www.igaberry.com Best Wishes and a Happy New Year, Iga x

  33. Bhushavali says:

    I’ve read a lot about Macau. Its in my wishlist. You’re tempting me so much! I love visiting UNESCO sites too. The venetian hotel looks palatial!

  34. Whenever I hear of the place Macau, one thought comes to mind. The Venetian and all its extravagance. I agree that it is nice and if I do visit, I would drop in just to see. But I am more of a nature kind of guy. Another thing that comes to mind is the ruins. Imagine, how in the Philippines, we have a lot of churches build from the same period – A LOT. Somehow, we just take it for granted here.

  35. An interesting trip, I know many who work in China and go to Macau to play, that mall looks like one in Doha, thanks for sharing 🙂

  36. I love how the world can be so different, yet so similar. I’ve never heard of Macau but based on your article & pictures it reminds me of Las Vegas! Adding it to my bucket list 🙂

  37. Jewels says:

    I never heard about Macau until this article. I’ll add this to my list of places to explore!

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