Holidays to Macau, Hong Kong

Gambling has been legal in Macau for more than 150 years. However, it’s only since this former Portuguese colony was handed back to China that its taste for the tables and a sweet spot for the slots exploded. Now, Macau has overtaken Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the world. In fact, Las Vegas brings in less than a third of the gambling revenue of its Chinese counterpart.

It may be considered the Monte Carlo of the East, but there’s more to Macau than its casinos. The Macau Peninsula is the historic centre of the city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s ripe for exploration. On one side of the casino-filled Cotai Strip, you’ll find the island of Taipa with its beautiful Macanese houses and boutiques. On the other side, the charming villages on the island of Coloane are a blast from the past and the island scenery tempts travellers with lazy hours at the beach and hiking in the hills.

Thanks to its Portuguese heritage, the colonial architecture is quite astonishing. Lose yourself in the excellent Lisbonesque shops of Senado Square, and you’ll be forgiven for forgetting you’re not in the Mediterranean. The food scene blurs the lines between Chinese and Portuguese too, and is really rather special. Where else can you eat the finest dim sum and follow it up with a truly traditional pastel de nata?

Whether you want to brush shoulders with the high rollers or simply fancy a flutter with some pocket change, Macau is an excellent excursion for anyone staying in Hong Kong. With ferries running every fifteen minutes, and the trip taking just an hour, it’s hard to argue with how convenient it is to visit the only place in China where gambling is legal. If you want to see Macau at it most bustling, visit during the Grand Prix in November, or the Golden Week public holiday at the beginning of October.


  • Visit the gambling capital of the world

  • Just an hour’s ferry from Hong Kong

  • One of the finest food scenes in Asia

  • Explore the sleepy beach villages of Coloane

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Macau trip ideas

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