This month it happened to be my 25th birthday and I wanted to celebrate it with doing something special. I was brainstorming ideas what to do in and around Hong Kong. But like most holiday periods, the flights were extortionate prices. I checked for Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, but all were out of reach. So we decided to go to China’s version of Las Vegas, Macau! I absolutely adore Macau. The reason why I fell so in love with this place was because its spacious (unlike Hong Kong), exciting and most of all like another world away from the busy Hong Kong. It’s all about having fun, fun, fun! Something that we lack back on dry land. With work stress and bills to pay, Macau is the perfect weekend getaway.
Firstly we caught the boat at Sheung Wan Ferry pier. Tickets are priced 174.00 dollars each way. Sometimes you’ll find you have to wait in line for a while for tickets. A little word of advice, walk around and someone else will be selling the tickets ten dollars cheaper and also you get to skip the horrendous cues! We managed to make the 12.30pm boat ride, leaving Hong Kong and arriving into Macau at 1.35pm. It’s a steady journey on the way and the seats are very comfortable for you to sleep.
Now one of the best things about Macau is the free transportation. I’m not saying buses are free but the hotel shuttle buses are. Anyone who is staying at the hotel or not even staying at the hotel can hop a ride to the chosen destination. We always manage to not spend much money on transport in Macau, as there are so many free shuttles in and around it.
The first place we decided to go to was the Hard Rock Cafe.
The food in the hard rock always looks homely and luxurious. The chips were to die for but the cheese burger unfortunately wasn’t anything to write home about. It was a little stodgy and the meat was dry. I’m glad we decided to share the meals, as the portion sizes are humongous. The second dish we ordered was the Nacho’s, a sharer dish. I was really impressed with them but sadly they didn’t come with gucamole, which is a little bit stingy of Hard Rock! All in all though the food was eadable and its a nice relaxing place to sit and listen to the live music.
We then decided to look around the Venetian hotel. For those who are not aware of this hot spot, it’s an absolute masterpiece! It has it’s own river on the second floor of the hotel! You are actually made to feel you are in fact in Venice, Italy. I have never seen such a cool place to look around and explore. Inside it’s like a mini city. It has it’s own shopping arcade, casino’s, food court, restaurants, convention rooms, gondola rides and the list goes on. Honestly this is one of the best places I have ever visited in my life. And every time I visit Macau, I have to go back again and again. It’s almost like a museum. It has so much space and stuff to do, you could easily spend a day looking around it.
Another big reason why people love to holiday in Macau is for the Casino’s. Not one to gamble myself, well maybe a few cheeky games here and there on black jack, but nothing too serious. You can have just as much fun inside the casinos as you can out of them. The drinks are very cheap, food is a great quality and you can enjoy the entertainment including dance shows, magic shows and plays. You can appreciate the atmosphere and this is what makes Macau so unique. Although you don’t have to join in and gamble, you can sit down relax and take in the ambiance.
Another reason why I love Macau is for the decorations. They really enjoy decorating the city for the holidays. MGM hotel in particular have taken the time to celebrate this year. They have chosen an underwater theme and brought in an aquarium for the lobby. The perfect spot for budding photographers to take a few snaps.
This is a wonderful place to enjoy a few drinks at night time with loved ones. I recommend everyone go to stay in Macau for a weekend or too. Its the kind of place that will leave you wanting to visit again and again. I am even considering moving away from Hong Kong and living there permanently! Let me know your thoughts on Macau and share your experiences. Thank you for reading!