Part 17: Day Trip to Macau

Part 1: When You Wake Up at 3 AM for a 6 AM Flight…
Part 2: Only 18 Hours to Go
Part 3: How to See Angkor Wat
Part 4: The Many Faces of Bayon
Part 5: Trees Galore!
Part 6: Cambodia’s Floating Villages
Part 7: View from the Top
Part 8: The Children of Cambodia
Part 9: When Politics Ruins Your Plans
Part 10: Biking with Monkeys in Thailand
Part 11: Welcome to Hong Kong!
Part 12: Exploring Hong Kong by Day
Part 13: Exploring Hong Kong by Night
Part 14: Climbing the Mid-Levels
Part 15: View from the Top of Lantau Island
Part 16: Oh Tai O!

Note: This is the final Asia post, just in time for my trip to Peru tonight. It’s only taken me six months to finish this trip report. Go me.

We debated whether to go to Macua. Macau is a former Portuguese colony about an hour from Hong Kong by ferry. Known for it’s gambling, it’s often called the Las Vegas of the East, but not as fun. Since we had already been to Vegas, we wondered if there was really what to see. But we had explored much of Hong Kong Island and we were open to something new.

Macau is an independent territory. So you must show your passport and go through customs both ways.




Macau is a mix of modern new hotels and vestiges of its colonial past. Both are pretty in their own right.






Like the water show at the Bellagio in Vegas, the Wynn Macau has its own version. It’s not worth a trip to Macau just for this but it certainly is pretty.








And then of course, you have the requisite sunset picture.


Verdict: Macau was a pleasant day trip, but while I would go back to Hong Kong in a heartbeat, I have no desire to go back to Macau. I’m not a huge gambling fan, and Las Vegas has everything Macau has and more — plus it’s in English!

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