Macau, the Last Vegas of Asia!


During my trip in Hong Kong I decided to spend an afternoon and evening in Macau. Macau is only a boat ride across the Pearl River Delta and is the Las Vegas of Asia. It is famous for its casino’s hotels and shopping malls. Macau used to be a colony of Portugal and was actually the last Colony in Asia. Macau was used by the Portuguese as a trading port and the Portuguese influence can still be seen in the city. Macau’s economy mostly depends on gambling and its tourism and is a city with very high purchasing power parity.

While walking through downtown Macau, it amazed me that not too far from here I would find the extravagant casino’s and hotels.

Senado Square in Downtown Macau

Senado Square in Downtown Macau, near the Ruins of St Pauls

I decided to start off with some history first and went to see the Ruins of St Pauls. The runis consists of both the ruins of St Pauls Church and St Pauls College which was from the 17th Century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the historic center of Macau. The Church was one of the largest catholic churches at the time in Asia ( 1600’s) and was eventually destroyed by a fire during a typhoon in 1835. What remains is the southern stone façade and some crypts, they really stand out and are worth visiting.

The Ruins of St Pauls Church in Macau

The Ruins of St Paul’s Church in Macau

After the ruins I walked around a bit more before heading towards the glitz and glamour.

A bit more of Macau

A bit more of Macau away from the Casino’s and hotels

The first hotel I stopped by to have a look was at the Venetian, I had simply heard so much about it.

The Venetian Hotel Macau

The Venetian Hotel Macau

The hotel is majestic and transports me to another place! And this is only one of the hotel’s in this area.

Inside the Venetian Hotel in Macau

Inside the Venetian Hotel in Macau

This is a definite must-see when in Macau! By far my favorite hotel based on décor and at the center of all what is happening in the area.

Seriously, I feel like I am in Venice!

Seriously, I feel like I am in Venice!

Other than the Venetian there are several other famous hotels including the Grand Hotel Lisboa. This seems to me like a destination you visit with a group of friends and stay one or two nights to visit casino’s and simply experience it. Other than a few more sites that can be visited in the city such as: The Monte Fortress which also is the location of the Macau museum and the place to go in order to understand the city’s history. There are also a few shops in Senado square near the ruins of St. Pauls, it is worth a visit if you are in Hong Kong and even a night would suffice as long as it is enjoyed thoroughly. If you are a gambler and looking for exciting nightlife- this is the place for you!

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About Sophie

Sophie is Luxury Hotels Group’s Creative PR & Marketing Executive. Unfortunately, she will be pursuing her master’s degree in The Netherlands after the summer, so her time with us is limited. Not only is she half Dutch and Panamanian, but she is an authentic child of the world after having lived in Indonesia, Paraguay, Mexico, Ghana, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. To fulfill her insatiable wanderlust, Sophie obtained her bachelor’s degree from the world-renowned École hôtelière de Lausanne. Although her favourite hobbies include indulging in books and modern dance, Sophie’s dream is to visit every country on the planet!