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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Steven and Ana Rose

Steven and Ana Rose are the loving duo behind Roads and Pages. Inspired by their love of different cultures, languages, and foreign places, together they explore one country at a time.


  • PackYourBaguios

    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.

  • Sam Sparrow

    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!

  • Wendy

    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.

  • Gabriela

    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!

  • bherron80

    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…).

  • Jacqueline

    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!

  • KT Nielsen

    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.

  • wordsandwanderlust_

    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 🙂

  • Sandy N Vyjay

    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.

  • Maaya Legaspi (@ayawillgoplaces)

    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: We pretty much went to the same places. 🙂

  • thechrissycollective

    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

  • Karen Grosz

    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.

  • Mimi

    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!

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    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!

  • Mommy Queenelizabeth

    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

      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. 🙂

  • Gryselle Mae

    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

      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.

  • The Jerny

    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

      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.

  • ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily

    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.

  • aliciaemurphy

    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 🙂

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