Macau is east of our usual focus, but as a tourist destination that seems to grow more popular by the year, it’s still worth exploring. Macau has really come to rival Singapore as a top Southeast Asian destination for hotel resorts and major attractions – though it has a lot to offer aside from it glitzy hotels also.
This is our quick look at some of the best places to see and visit if you get the chance to visit this small but fascinating region.
House Of Dancing Water
Given Macau’s intense focus on entertainment, it’s all the more impressive that the House Of Dancing Water has become internationally recognized as the best show in the area. Having cost $250 million to put together, it’s a sensational show famous for magical special effects and a general sense of wonder that they inspire. The best way to describe it is that it’s a theatrical performance largely based on the use of water – something like Cirque du Soleil, only a little bit more intimate. It’s unlike any other show you’ve seen and should absolutely be a top priority in Macau no matter what kind of vacation you’re aiming for.
Ruins Of St. Paul’s
If you explore Senado Square you’re almost definitely going to visit the Ruins of St. Paul’s as well. This is an extraordinary structure – the front face of the Church of St. Paul, which was built in the 1600s by the Portuguese. Though the bulk of the church is gone, its face is astonishingly well preserved, and is situated on a small hill in the Historic Centre of Macau. Largely thanks to this ruin, that same area is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You can basically take your pick of incredible resorts to visit in Macau, whether you’re looking for a place to stay, seeking out pool or spa attractions, or even looking for a casino (Macau’s main resort district is often compared to Las Vegas). The Sands Macau might be the very best casino resort the area has to offer, however. It has all the usual attractions and amenities, and is sure to keep you busy for an evening or weekend. The resort has even been recommended as an ideal spot for a destination wedding, with the recommendation pointing out that the 229,000 square feet and 289 rooms in the casino make it one of the largest in the world
While much of the area’s history belongs to the Portuguese, A-Ma Temple speaks to the more complex nature of Macau’s background. It was constructed in the year 1488 by the Chinese, and is still in fairly good condition for a visit today. Interestingly enough, the name of the temple (Ma Ge, to the Chinese) is the source of the name Macau. Portuguese settlers asked locals what the name of the peninsula was, and were given the name of the temple instead – which eventually translated to Macau.