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Glamorous Gambling & Shiny Skylines in Macau

Just across the bay from Hong Kong, the "Vegas of Asia" is one of the world's most densely populated playgrounds.

By Gi Gi O'Brien   |   May 07, 2021

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Macau’s glittering Cotai Strip now outshines the city’s original downtown gaming market, much like the rise of the Las Vegas Strip in the late-1960s.

Overview: In a fight to capture your attention, Macau is lit to extremes. But while everything appears flashy, a closer look reveals the normality—the tucked-away street-food vendors and cultural hints of a city that earned UNESCO World Heritage status with more than 20 historical sites.

Crowd: This place is buzzing with high-rollers, a cultural mix of Chinese and Portuguese natives, and a handful of Westerners. 

Agenda: Recline in your poolside cabana, casino-hop on the Cotai Strip, admire the 105,000-square-feet of painted sky at the Venetian, or nip into the Wynn Macau to catch the spectacular water and light show at Performance Lake.

Essential: The Macau Tower has a dizzying observation deck at 233 metres. This is where you can buckle into the second highest bungee jump in the world and earn some bragging rights.

Timing: October to December is the perfect time to avoid the extreme humidity of summer and the monsoons; a great post-summer pre-winter trip.

Gi Gi O'Brien

Gi Gi is a global social entrepreneur, inspired author and director of strategic marketing at Travelier. She spends much of her time writing in iconic destinations, including her bases—Barbados, Bali, Los Angeles and Australia.

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