Sunday, March 25, 2012

Travel Diaries: A Taste of Las Vegas in Asia

My first day in Hong Kong was almost a blast. I already enjoyed the few places we have visited.With less than 4 hours of sleep and aching legs, we went to our second destination. Welcome to the Las Vegas of Asia: Macau!

Macau is under the special administrative region of China, similar to Hong Kong. Being a special administrative region means having a degree of autonomy, separate political system, and its own capitalist economy. Macau used to be a colony of Portugal, while Hong Kong was under the Great Britain. Having been influenced by these two European countries, the systems and the economy of these two regions are somehow different from China.

If you are visiting Hong Kong, I highly suggest a day in your itinerary for Macau. It's a must see place for an Asian tour.

So how do you reach Macau from Hong Kong? Take the MTR or the train
 Take the Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau
Don't forget to bring your passport when traveling to Macau from Hong Kong. As I have mentioned, it's considered as another territory.

I fell in love with the road and bridges in Macau. Everything looks so wide, clean, organized and most of all, no trace of traffic.

You can see the best and the grandest hotels in Asia in Macau. For my Asian friends who cannot afford a plane ticket to Vegas, Macau can serve as the next best substitute.

Hotel hopping is the one of the main activities you can do in Macau. As soon as you move out of the Ferry Port, free shuttle buses to the different hotels are provided. You can take your pick among Hard Rock Hotel, MGM Grand Hotel, Regency Hotel, Grand Lisboa, Wynn Macau and the famous Venetian Macau Resort and Hotel.

We chose to explore the Venetian Macau Resort and Hotel.

I was totally mesmerized. Venetian is so far the grandest hotel I've ever seen.

Here are more jaw dropping pictures from the hotel

The Venetian in Macau was modeled from its sister branch in Las Vegas. Both are owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation together with The Palazzo and Sands Casino Resort in US. It boasts more than 40 floors, 3,000 suites, 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables. Staying at The Venetian is obviously as expensive as gold. If you have the luxury of financial resources, I would recommend a stay here. However, for budget travelers like us, exploring The Venetian for a day would be enough. Except for the suites, visitors are allowed to explore the magnificence of the place.

Aside from sight seeing, you can also enjoy shopping at The Venetian. The shopping area is called as The Grand Canal Shoppes where you can find branded to signature items such as Zara, Mango, Lacoste, Esprit, Giordano, Adidas, Fila, Bossini, Victoria's Secret, Nine West  and the Nuance Watson Duty Free. You can find the complete list of shops here.    
You can also try a gondola ride to achieve that total Italian experience.

In case you get hungry, The Grand Canal Shoppes offers a relatively cheaper choices in their food court.

The painted clouds, lamp posts and the Italian inspired structures made me want to stay here forever. 

After satisfying our eyes with the great Venetian, we went out and explored the real city of Macau. A day to explore Macau may not be enough especially if you have to figure out directions and locations. Our last stop was the ruins of St. Paul Cathedral.

The ruins of St. Paul serves as the facade of the Church of Mater Dei built between 1602 to 1640. The place was destroyed by fire in 1835 leaving the facade as its mains surviving structure. Ever since the place was listed in UNESCO's world heritage sites, it has become a major tourist destination.

A view of the city from the cathedral

After taking pictures of the Cathedral, don't forget to try the egg tart, Chinese ham and other local delicacies downtown.

That's it for my Macau trip!

This is only Day 2 of my Asian tour. On my third post, I will share my experience about the land of happiness and fantasy.

Gabby of The Late Young Family gave me this badge

Thank you Gabby!

The badge originated from Germany and it is given to "up and coming" blogs who have less than 200 followers. According to Gabby, Liebster is a German word which means dearest or beloved.

I am passing this badge to five other blog friends who deserve it. They are
1. Amanda of Life Since Then ~
3.  Jen of Sadie Inspired


  1. I had a very memorable experience in Macau. Since the trip involved a lot of walking, my flats 'retired' and I had no choice but to buy a pair in Venetian. Ginintuang sapatos. Dahil wala naman atang mura don. Hahaha

  2. Wow, what an experience. I can't believe how much some of those scenes look like Las Vegas. This looks like a wonderful place to visit. Love the picture of the St. Paul ruins and of course, you look so cute too:-)

  3. Hi Diane,

    Oh, how exciting. Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures of Hong Kong and Macau! Funny, it looks less crowded than I used to remember it ;-) Last time I visited was 2009.
    I remember having the best fish ever in a restaurant in Macau!
    Looks like you had a fabulous time there with your colleagues :)

  4. Amazzzzing! I'd love to visit there! And seriously... I thought some of these pictures were taken in Vegas! Ah! I want to go :)
    Beautiful photos!

  5. Your pictures are awesome! Thanks for sharing. I can't help noticing, you're wearing your new Anthology shoes too, what lucky shoes! Hehe...

    And I'm so thankful for the badge, thanks for thinking that I deserve it too. :) You made me so happy! :)

  6. I was here visiting and looking at your amazing photos when your comment came in to my blog! How fun is that? You look very pretty in the photo at the top! Looks like a trip of a lifetime! I wonder what that gorgeous bag is that you have on your shoulder! I LOVE it! ♥

  7. This was a very interesting post. I am amazed that Las Vegas is considered so beautiful by other countries with their own amazing heritages that Las Vegas is created elsewhere. The Venetian certainly is a beautiful establishment. The remains of the church are so striking. I would have enjoyed knowing what it once looked like. Thank you for telling us about your journey to Macau. Beautiful.

  8. Wow! All the pictures are gorgeous. What camera did you use?

  9. What a great job you did as tour guide...your pictures are beautiful and I had no idea that Macau would be such a lovely and fun place.

  10. Beautiful post! I wonder how much it cost for an airfare from Philippines to Macau. Where to stay in there is there a package deal?
    Peach Blossoms

  11. Oh thank you Diane!! I am honored to have received this badge! :) These pictures are gorgeous... since Macau is a far trip for me and Vegas is close, I will go there, because I have GOT to see this Venetian hotel and resort! That is SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I hope that when I go see it, I can also tour it here. I love your pictures. Hey, what kind of camera do you use?? I've been looking for a new camera and your pictures are always so nice, so I'm just curious. :) I need to actually take my digital camera with me when I go places, instead of relying on my phone for pictures, since it dies quickly! :) I can't wait to see day three! This is so beautiful!!!! I hope you've had a great day!!

    1. Hi Amanda! Thanks :) I'm using a point and shoot camera. Most of the pictures in my blog were captured by my Sony Cybershot W510.


  12. Wow, Diane, what an experience. I'm so glad you are having such a wonderful time. I'm amazed at how sleek that ferry is. I haven't been to Las Vegas in years, but I'm thinking the Macau Venetian is probably more grand than the original. Keep having fun!

  13. Bakasyon engrande! Love your photos. And of course, I noticed you were wearing your new shoes :D Kaya naman pala kailangan ng new shoes e... for jetsetting :)

    1. Natawa ako sa comment mo Janelle! Bakasyon grande pag-uwi pulubi na :D

  14. Diane, what a great place to visit. I have seen the Venetian in Las Vegas and the two places do look like twins. I would like the ruins. Thanks for taking me on this lovely tour. Your photos are awesome. Have a great week!

  15. Wow!!! This place is amazing Diane!! I am sooo happy that you are able to do all these travels!! :) Can't wait to read more about your next adventure! :)

  16. Hi Diane, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  17. Thank you SO much for the award, it was a week since my last post but I just talked about it in my blog today. Thanks a lot Diane!


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