Situated on the southern coast of China, the city and region of Macau is a wonderfully diverse destination, attracting tourists from around the world.
Not only is the city on the UNESCO World Heritage List due to its unique Portuguese and Chinese architecture, but it’s also known as the Las Vegas of the East because of its vast array of gambling options—among the many other tourist attractions in Macau.
If taking a trip here, you’ll find plenty of things to do, whether it’s exploring the historical sites or enjoying playing on one of the city’s many slots machines.
Make sure you plan your trip in advance to get the most out of your visit. Here are just a few of the top Macau tourist spots to enjoy.
Top tourist attractions in Macau
Venetian Macao Casino
While Las Vegas may be considered the gambling capital in the western world, in Asia, Macau is by far the best place for those looking for a casino experience. Playing games such as poker, blackjack and slots are an increasingly popular form of entertainment and while many play casino games online, Macau’s gambling venues are the place to be for an evening of luxury and indulgence.
Set on the Cotai Strip, the Venetian Macao Casino is currently the largest casino and luxury hotel resort in the world, spread across 10,500,000 square feet of floor space. There are over 800 gambling tables on the floor and thousands of differently themed slot machines.
Opened in 2007, the Venetian is themed around Venice architecture and decor. For VIP guests and high rollers, there is the exclusive Paiza Club which has individual gaming rooms themed around Asian cities and a 24-hour dining space.
In addition, there are countless bars, restaurants and shops to explore inside the resort. A visit to the Venetian Macao should be planned as a day trip or overnight stay, to give yourself enough time to explore this magnificent attraction.
Nam Van Lake Cybernetic Fountain Show
The Cybernetic Fountain is a popular Macau tourist spot and not to be missed. It is the largest water feature in the whole of Asia with 86 waterspouts and the capability to shoot water 80 metres into the air.
Famous for its laser show, people gather to watch over 280 coloured spotlights glow and dance on the water in an astonishing performance. A series of cannons are also strategically placed to spray water in a coordinated rainbow.
The fountain shows are free for the public to watch, and extra special shows are put on at important times of the year, including Chinese New Year.
Another glamorous entertainment resort in Macau can be found at Studio City, which has even more expansion plans underway. The resort has many different entertainment options, including the world’s highest Ferris wheel.
There is also a grand theatre that features The House of Magic, where many of the world’s most talented magicians go to perform. For fans of Batman, there is also the Dark Knight Rises 4D flight simulation ride.
The hotel has over 1,600 upscale rooms and, for guests in Star Tower, there is a private heated indoor pool and health club. One of the resort’s best features is its Tech-Based Entertainment (TBE) Park that centres around virtual reality tech as well as motion tracking and projection mapping.
In terms of dining options, there are a number of restaurants offering a huge range of different cuisines, from traditional Chinese dishes and Portuguese snacks to American style burgers and even a McDonalds.
Temples are popular tourist attractions in Macau. And for visitors hoping to explore historical sites with great cultural significance, the A-Ma Temple is well worth a visit. The temple is the oldest in the city and is said to be the place where Macau’s name is derived from.
It is the temple to the sea goddess Mazu and is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the grounds you will find a memorial arch, gate pavilion, Buddhist pavilion, prayer hall and hall of Guanyin. There is also the hall of benevolence which is thought to be the oldest part of the temple.
Another characterful Macau tourist spot is Taipa village. The village has influences from both Portugal and the Mediterranean, as well as traditional Chinese architecture. While you won’t find gaming venues here, there are a number of unique shops and dining options to explore between tours of the authentic heritage attractions.
Taipa was once known as a fishing village with most residents making their living from the fishing trade, you can find out more about its history at the Museum of Taipa and Coloane History. There is also the Tin Hau Temple and the Pak Tai Temple, both are small but full of rich history and are a place for quiet reflection and tribute offerings.
Taipa is easily accessible from other tourist spots in Macau, with direct walkways from both The Venetian Hotel and Galaxy Macau for your convenience.