Inside Macau: What It's Like to Visit Asia's Gambling Capital

Fancy yourself to be a bit of a gambler? Why not visit the gambling centre of the world, where you will find games that you haven’t even heard of? Macau, China, is located on China's southern coast, 60 km (37 mi) west of Hong Kong, on the western side of the Pearl River estuary. Macau is bustling with lights, but if you were just to consider gambling and casinos, it is still second to none. From the range of games to top the Slots, every Casino in the gambling city is full of entertainment and surprises.

Where Is Macau? 🗺️

Neighbors to Hong Kong, Macau is located approximately 40 miles (64 km) from the city, which is the Chinese Administrative Centre. Macau is made up of four areas,  the Macau Peninsula (which is home to the Historic Centre of Macao), the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are now connected by landfill forming the fourth area of Cotai (home to the Cotai Strip and most of the new casino resorts). A totally unique destination in which some locations highlight how the east really does meet the west.
Macau, China

Casinos & More? 🎰👀

Macau is a gambler’s dream. It is called Asia’s Las Vegas, and given that it is in Asia, it has been a motivation for many countries to legalize the casino industry. Las Vegas is big, but Macau is even bigger in the gambling world! More than 70% of its revenue is generated by gambling and gaming activities, so, sometimes, its hard to know whether or not if there is more to this destination other than its strip of 41 casinos.
It is truly one of the most unique places that you could hope to visit. It’s the only place in the world where you have such a distinct mix of Eastern and Western culture and a unique combination of rich Chinese culture and Portuguese heritage.
Other than the glitz and glam of the casinos, Macau is home to a number of beautiful Portuguese Catholic churches, still standing from 400 years of being a Portuguese colony as well as a plethora of ancient Chinese temples that stand only a few feet away, creating the ultimate contrast of culture making this location so uniquely beautiful.
In addition to these traditional buildings that stand here, tourists can enjoy the charming Mediterranean-style architecture and quaint European-style villages in this Chinese location.
Streets of Macau, China
Macau, China

The Largest Casino 🎰💰

Macau is the home to the largest Casino in the world. It’s called the Venetian. It has the world’s largest floor space for gaming, around 376,000 square feet and has 640 gaming tables. Games here include; baccarat, sands stud poker, blackjack, sic bo, and roulette. Gamblers travel from all across the globe to experience the lights and the buzz of these infamous casinos, especially this one. Even non-gamblers visit to gaze at the scale of these money-making spots and to enjoy the luxury culinary options here.
Venetian Hotel & Casino in Macau, China
Venetian Macau, China

Climb The Macau Tower 🧗

After a day of exploring the city, enjoying the thrill of gambling or just staring in disbelief, why not get your adrenaline pumping with a fabulous adventure?! Macau has a range of adrenaline-pumping activities. You can climb up to the Macau tower, which stands at 338m and challenge yourself to a bungee jump. Enjoy a dive from 200m above ground and take in the city's best views from high up in the sky!
Macau Tower, Skyline Macau, China

When To Visit Macau? 🇲🇴

The best time to visit is between October and December when the weather and temperature are more comfortable. Like most other locations in China, the summer months are extremely hot and leave most tourists feeling uncomfortable. from the stifling temperatures. Macau has a moderate to hot climate, and humidity is generally high. Typhoons are possible from May to September.
Bustling streets at night in Macau
Starting from Skratch? Here are some tips to help you get started:

China - Facts before you go


🇨🇳 Mandarin


💸 Renminbi (RMB)

Time Zone

China Standard Time


Tipping in Mainland China is not expected or required, and in some places it is even frowned upon.

Known for

🥟 Delicious food

🐼 Pandas

🐉 Chinese New Year

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Imogen Kemp
August 30, 2023
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