Macau is a very small place, if you are visiting Macau for four days or more you can practically visit all of its tourist spots and you can do pretty much everything that you wanted to do. But if you are only here for a day or two or just a side trip from your Hong Kong tour, below are top 10 things you ought to do in Macau.
1. Visit the Ruins of St. Paul’s
Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the famous landmarks in Macau and is listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It now consists of the southern stone facade and the crypts of the Jesuits located inside. The ruined church is located on top of a small hill with sixty-eight stone steps leading up to it. Many locals have said that if you’ve never seen the Ruins, you’ve never been to Macau.
2. Take a Romantic Gondola Ride
The closest you can get in visiting Venice on an affordable tour is to visit the Venetian Macau Resort Hotel and the best thing to do here is to take the gondola ride. Gondoliers will serenade you while you take the ride that will last for 12-15 minutes. What is amazing is that the Grand Canal where you take the gondola ride is located at the third level of the hotel. Take the ride for HKD/MOP128 per adult or HKD/MOP 98 per child.
3. Bungy Jump in Macau Tower
Macau tower is one of the highest towers in Asia measuring at 338m(1,109ft) in height from the highest point to the ground. It has an observation deck where you can have a panoramic view of the city. It also has restaurants, shops and of course, to what it is famous for, bungy jump. If you are into extreme sports then you don’t want to miss jumping from the highest commercial skyjump in the world. For prices and other information, just click on this link: https://www.macautower.com.mo/adventure/bungy-jump
House of Dancing Water Show is 90-min water acrobatic show. This is the world’s largest water extravaganza brought by Franco Dragone Entertainment group. They dubbed it as “the show like no other on Earth.” If there is one show you’ll have to watch in Macau, let this be the show because it is breathtaking and worth every penny. The shows are everyday 5pm and 8pm except Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Macau is not only famous for its casinos and tourist attractions but it is also famous for their local street foods. You have to try the authentic Portuguese egg tart, because its a killer! Pork bun, especially the one sold in Tai Lei Loi Kei chains are a must and as you walk your way up to the Ruins try the local street food, from the local vendors.
7. Visit an old temple
It is just customary that when you visit China, Hong Kong, Thailand you include on your itinerary a visit at a temple, visiting Macau is no different. There are quite a number of temples in Macau, and if you have to visit one let it be the oldest temple, A-Ma Temple. It was constructed in the year of 1488 of the Ming Dynasty to commemorate Mazu, the sea goddess who blesses the fishermen.
8. Dine at a Local Restaurant
If you are wondering what cuisine is the local cuisine, it is the Portuguese cuisine. There are lots of Cantonese restaurants and Chinese restaurants, but tourists and locals alike ultimately go for a Portuguese restaurant.
9. Experience the Night Life
People in Macau also know how to party, and when they party, they party hard. There are disco clubs like Club Cubic and Pacha. Or you can head straight at the pub street near Kuan Iam Statue.
10. Gamble a little
Of course, it is ridiculous to not include this on the list as Macau is known as “Last Vegas of Asia.” Try your luck in any casinos, you can play baccarat, poker, sic bo, roulette and many more. This is something you can do any time of the day as casinos are open 24 hours.