March 19, 2018

Macau is Like the Las Vegas of the East


When many people in the West think of gaming, they think of Vegas. But over in the East, it is Macau that often comes to mind. In fact, Macau is now the largest gaming city in the world, not just the East. There’s a good reason for it, and the atmosphere is different.

Vegas has a reputation for parties and debauchery while Macau is known as being a stylish destination where people focus on the cards and the games. The Vegas Strip sounds exciting, but with so many hen and stag parties and people getting wasted, can it offer anything like what Macau can? Macau is the better option, in my opinion, for those who want to enjoy the casinos. But be aware that the main game here is baccarat, accounting for around 90 percent of all bets wagered, so you might want to brush up on your skills.
Gaming has been allowed in Macau since the 1850s, but its only in recent years that the casinos and gaming have become exquisite and luxurious, attracting 30 million visitors a year, most of who come from mainland China. Gamers in Macau wagered $28 billion in 2016 compared to $6.3 billion in Vegas. It has taken over as the world’s biggest gaming destination.
The architecture of Macau casinos is fascinating because although some are done in a Vegas-style, most make use of Feng shui, an eastern art that uses elements like wind and water in the design, layout and d├ęcor. Most casinos also offer free shuttle buses, so you can hop on and off at different mega-casinos around the city. There are over 40 casinos in Macau, and you can find most of them in Taipa.
The most famous casino in Macau is probably The Venetian, as it is the biggest gaming floor in the world. A massive dome lobby entrance is the first thing you see along with the Venice-inspired art on the walls and ceilings. Within the complex are luxury shopping, restaurants, a 3,000-room hotel, golf courses and swimming pools. But the main draw is the replica Venetian canals within the building, which even have gondolas floating about!
Most people come here to pretend that they are in Venice, but the Galaxy Macau casino complex within the Venetian is also impressive. If you can’t get enough of Macau’s replica indoor cities, check out the Parisian Casino complex, too, which even has its own Eiffel Tower.
If you would rather focus more on the gaming, and you want to play at high stakes with other players, check out the City of Dreams casino, another one of the best casinos in Macau. No Venetian canals here, but this place is stylish and exclusive. The Wynn Macau is another good choice for high rollers. The minimum bets here are high, so only play if you can afford it. You'll also want to check out the exciting water show that takes place every night over the eight-acre man-made lake outside the Wynn.
If you want a more relaxed place to play and somewhere with games that are more affordable, go to the Sands in Macau, one of the first Vegas-style imports to hit the city. Here you can listen to live bands, enjoy free drinks and play a range of games that are reasonably priced. The Sands is an easy place for the casual gamer to enjoy.
No list of Macau casino recommendations would be complete without mentioning the Grand Lisboa, an original Macau-style venue with less glitz and glamor and more gaming. The golden building is inspired by Chinese design and offers a more authentic eastern place to play.
There are plenty of other sights and activities in Macau, so make sure you don’t spend all your time there at the casinos. Head to Macau Tower for breathtaking views of the city, and the Ruins of St. Paul’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Check out all the delicious food that Macau has on offer as well, from Portuguese to Cantonese to Chinese. Enjoy your visit!