If you’re short on time in Macau here are some suggestions to make the most of the night.
Macau is a great destination for foodies. As you would expect Chinese food predominates but the old Portuguese influence still lingers in the cooking. Taipa is the best area to sample this sort of food as it has the highest concentration of Portuguese-style restaurants in Macau. Paella, Portuguese wine, freshly baked bread, ports, brandies and Sangiera can be found in restaurants here. It is best to hit Taipa’s restaurants early as they shut early in Macau – around 11pm. Taipa village is not large but it is well worth having a stroll after dinner and soaking up some of the atmosphere and old world charm.
Like its neighbour Hong Kong, Macau has a large horseracing scene and races are held during the week in Taipa from September to June. The first races start at 12.35pm. From June to August races are held in the evening and start around 7pm. The great news is that entrance is free for the ground and first floor stands, and the minimum bet is $10 – perfect if you’re on a budget. For more information visit: www.macauhorse.com
A must see on a trip to Macau is the Venetian. It is the fourth largest building in the world by area and the largest single structure hotel in Asia. The resort is modeled on its sister casino – the Venetian in Las Vegas -and it is truly a sight to behold. An average of 60,000 visitors a day visit the Venetian Macau.
After dinner why not head over to the Venetian and take in its resident Cirque Du Soleil show – Zaia. For those who love the circus it is a must see. Talented circus performers tell the story of a young girl’s journey through another world.
If you are good at planning ahead check out what concerts are happening at the resort before you go. The Venetian is home to many sports and musical events. Their entertainment arena is the largest of any hotel in Asia and has the capacity to hold 15,000 fans. Tennis, basketball and boxing matches have all taken place here. Performers who have visited the resort in the past include The Pussycat Dolls, Rain, The Police, and Linkin Park. See here for a list of up and coming events.
No trip to Macau would be complete without a quick flutter (or at least a quick peak) into the casinos. After the show head to one of the Venetian’s 3400 slot machines or 800 gambling tables. The casino has four themed areas – the Golden Fish, Imperial House, Red Dragon and Phoenix.
The Venetian often hosts pool parties so if late night partying is your thing don’t forget your swimming things! Again, worth checking their website to see what’s on before you go.
The opulence of the Venetian is incredible and well worth seeing, even if it does feel slightly tacky. The artificial sky and “Venice” style canals are extremely bizarre. All sense of time is lost in this place so just surrender and enjoy the experience. There is more than enough to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning – 24 hour casinos help see to this. Just remember to bring your sunglasses to hide your bleary eyes.
If a night of food, shows, partying or gambling is not enough to keep you entertained in true Vegas style you can also get married at the Venetian. But remember, what happens in Macau stays in Macau…
Address: The Venetian® Macao-Resort-Hotel
Estrada da Baía de N. Senhora da Esperança, s/n,
Taipa, Macao SAR, P.R. China
Tel: +853 2882 8888