Macau is far more than just a casino city, with its rich East meets West history, one of a kind culture, delicious street food, and world record-breaking attractions, there is truly nowhere else quite like it. Here are 10 reasons why Macau needs to be on your top list of places to visit in Asia.
Macau is truly a casino city and is often dubbed “the Las Vegas of the East”. The most popular game of choice here is Baccarat and it dominates every single casino, taking up half or more of all the tables. Unlike Vegas where gambling is associated with a more fun element, the Chinese tend to treat it very seriously. There’s very little, if any, banter to be had and it’s rare to see any of them with a drink in their hands while at the tables. For those looking to bet big, there are VIP rooms as well where bets can start at as much 1 million HKD per hand.
Just a stone’s throw away from Macau’s main casino strip (called The Cotai Strip) lies this quaint, historic village. You will find museums and colonial churches juxtaposed against Chinese temples. Taipa Village is home to the stunning Taipa House Museum. Built in 1921, it once served as a residence for the Portuguese governor and other high-level civil servants and their families. Taipa Village is one of the few areas in Macau where you can step back in time and enjoy quiet strolls along pedestrianised alleys and hidden lanes, browse in cosy shops and visit local bakeries selling the city’s famous almond cookies and peanut candies.