I’m always game for tour guide duties simply because I love travelling! Especially with people I like. So after last year’s stint in Hong Kong, I was totally game for a short weekend getaway in Macau with the in-laws. The plan was to keep the itinerary relaxed but fun. The thing is, everyone had fun but I somehow managed to tire all out. So much so that all four of us fell asleep at the airport IN THE MIDDLE OF THE AFTERNOON while waiting for our flight home. So, mission accomplished, I guess.
I’m a fussypot when it comes to hotels and will be the first to admit that I’m not one of those cool types who can rough it out. I like good service, comfortable rooms and fantastic locations. Which is why I think the StarWorld Hotel deserves a mention. In exchange for S$400 a night, you get very helpful staff (rare in Macau), amazing rooms, a gorgeous bathroom and a kick-ass location. The hotel is located just next door to Wynn and is within walking distance to Sands, MGM and Grand Lisboa. You can also walk from the hotel to tourist spots like Senado Square and the Kun Iam Statue. Highly recommended.
Macau is a gambler’s heaven with casinos at every turn and corner. With the number of Vegas-type luxury resorts popping up all over, how could we resist a bout of casino hopping? We spent time admiring their beautiful architecture and of course, made generous donations. My top picks? The Venetian for its Renaissance theme, Wynn for its spectacular fountain show and unique Golden Tree of Prosperity, MGM for its fairy tale theme and of course the Grand Lisboa for its art pieces including the Qing Dynasty bronze horse head which Stanley Ho bought for a whooping US$8mil.
Macau is however more than just casinos. It is rich in history and culture and is a fun place to explore on foot. As it was once under Portuguese administration, you see the meeting of East and West in its streets, architecture and food. I loved exploring the narrow alleyways and discovering quaint churches and pretty little fountains and buildings.
The highlight of our trip was watching a bunch of dogs chase after a mechanical rabbit. Located at the Canidrome @ Yat Yuen, this is the only greyhound racing in Asia. Each bet is MOP$10 and the staff at the information counter will teach you how to fill out the betting slips. If I didn’t see the dogs live in action, I wouldn’t have believed how incredibly fast they could go. I won MOP$3 by betting on a dog that reminded me of Flyball. Heh.
So we gambled and we explored but what would a trip to Macau be without food? Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves silly and that my friends, deserves a separate post all by itself.