When I told my friends I was invited to Macau, their first reaction was…. “but you are no gambler!”. Yes! Macau is the Vegas of the East and RIGHTLY so… Each and every hotel has one arena better than the other with the much acclaimed Venetian being clearly the best.
An hour’s boat ride from the busy Hong Kong, and there it was. This small independent area which is a part of China and yet uses Hong Kong Dollars as its currency. I could see China from my hotel pool just across the Inner Harbor. Of all the places I’ve been to, Macau didn’t seem like a place for backpackers… it’s all so… umm…. POSH! Buildings and structures full of grandeur and glitter. Every hotel with its own signature style and themes and guest entertainments.
My friends spent hours teaching me various games so I’d able to atleast play the part once I got there… Ummm I gotta be honest.. I’m terrible at keeping a straight face and playing Poker. They had built me up so much that somewhere deep inside I wasn’t even looking forward as my idea of travel was never to spend time inside fancy hotels and casinos.
Little did I know, the Macau Tourism had ensured I saw everything else that the city was, so here’s a list of my top 5 findings.
1. Free Shows: Get yourself a city guide and check the shows at every hotel. Unlike most places I’ve been to, hoteliers in Macau have taken visual delight to the absolute next level. The Wynn Hotel for example has the Dragon of Fortune and the Tree of Prosperity show in their lobby. You can google all you want, nothing will do justice to this light, graphic, props and music show with the globe ceiling and floor opening up… absolute delight! Or the Diamond show at the Galaxy Hotel followed by the peacock dancers. And yes you can just visit these hotels and watch these splendors for free!
2. Macau Science Center: Ok! Fact! When I saw this on my itinerary I wasn’t excited AT ALL! Till I got there! So wish we were taught geography, biology and cool science stuff the way it’s done at the Macau Science Center! Nope! It’s not JUST for kids cause I had a blast and although we just had an hour to see all of it.. I had to be torn away to keep up the deadline! This area had the coolest Dinosaur exhibits, a food and calorie area to teaches us about healthy food and Body Mass Index, coolest exhibit of how the ground moves during earthquakes and many more cool stuff!
Yup! They made science COOL!
3. The Shows and the Dining: With all the leading posh brands of hotels, of course you can expect Michelin star studded chefs and restaurants, however Macau has a Portuguese history hence I’d urge you to spend sensible money on some local restaurants and enjoy the wines and Portuguese food… it’s Yummm!
So when I had shared with my readers that I was heading to Macau, one of them had repeatedly asked me to watch the Dancing Water show, so I did! And again… what a spectacular delight! An absolute feast for all your senses.. and highly recommended! Also there is the Broadway at the Galaxy which is a street market style entertainment zone with insane dances and local food carts!
Shopping: Yes.. You can expect every brand to have its flagship outlets here with the latest collections, however do step outside for the local market scene at the Senado Square.
4. Kids: At the onset of this point… NO.. Macau is not just for men who like to gamble.. it’s a heaven for kids and most hotels have invested dammm well to keep them entertained with the likes of Sheraton who have tied up with Dreamworks to hold various fun events for kids all year round. Or they can visit the Panda Pavillion.. haha! They are SO lazy and SO cute! Or even the Chinese Garden!
5. 3D World: So Macau has the world’s first 4D paintings museum and also gives visitors a chance to play director and take their own 3D pictures.. and gosh it’s so funnnn! To be able to put myself in surreal romantic backdrops to pictures from the old times to being eaten by dinosaurs or being on top of the Macau Tower or even being a dancer with Michael Jackson.
Oh! Before I wind up; ofcourse I went to the Venetian to try my luck… and if you are as unpretentious as me… my only tip is.. stick to the roulette tables and check the numbers which have come in the last few games and gamble accordingly (Wink!)
Thank you to the team of Macao Tourism for this informative and amazing experience.