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Cheap flights to Macau

Whether you know her as Macau or Macao, this Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is the world’s most densely populated region with over 620,000 people living in an area that’s just a little over 31km². Equally for travellers, Macau packs quite a punch and with historical attractions, fun entertainment, and good food to be had, this former Portuguese colony is sure to leave you lusting for more.

Getting around

Most flights into Macau land at Macau International Airport, which is situated on Taipa Island. There is also the option of getting to Macau via Hong Kong or Mainland China.

Moving around Macau itself is a cinch, with taxis being one of the most convenient ways to get around. Prefer to hop on a public bus? Look out for TRANSMAC and TCM buses, whose routes cover most of Macau’s major hotels and attractions, as well as the outlying islands of Taipa and Coloane.

Want to get around in true traveller style? Look out for Macau’s special tourist vehicles: pedicabs and a replica of a vintage English bus.

Macau’s major attractions

Macau’s growth stems back to 16th century colonial rule and today, historical vestiges of Portuguese times can be found in major landmarks such as the Ruins of St Paul – the 16th century ruins of St. Paul’s College and the Cathedral of St. Paul. Also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik, the facade of the original cathedral is a magnificent display of Baroque style and the ruins lie at the top of the list of must-sees in Macau.

Want good views of the ruins for those postcard-worthy snaps? Take in the splendour from Fortaleza do Monte (Fortress of Our Lady of the Mount of St. Paul), which lies east to the ruins. And, be sure to visit the Museum of Macau while you’re there.

A mere ten-minute walk away is the ever popular Senado Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s also got a number of other attractions in its vicinity, such as the Holy House of Mercy (Santa Casa de Misericórdia), St. Dominic’s Church (Igreja de São Domingos), and the Macau Business Tourism Centre. While here, don’t miss sampling some of Macau’s best culinary delights. Delicious noodles and congee can be found at the infamous Wong Chi Kei, and Margaret’s Café e Nata bakes the best Portuguese egg tarts around.

If your time in Macau extends to more than a couple of days, also consider other attractions like Dom Pedro V Theatre (located at Largo de Santo Agostinho) and Macau’s Chinese temples like Na Tcha Temple and the Ah Ma Temple. Keen to explore a quieter side of Macau? Head to Taipa Village, a quaint area that houses rustic Chinese and Portuguese restaurants and shops.

Modern Macau

Macau Tower and the Grand Prix Museum are some of the evidences that Macau isn’t just about history. And, there isn’t a clearer expression of Macau’s embracement of modernity than her casinos. Many of Las Vegas’ finest have set up shop here alongside local giants. Sands Macao, MGM Macau, The Venetian Macao, City of Dreams, and Wynn Macau are just some of the casinos where you can check-in to luxurious settings and try your luck, and with other forms of entertainment on site, time at these spots isn’t just for the adults. A shopping spree and gondola ride at the Marco Polo Canal at Venetian Macau, for instance, promises quite an experience!

It’s also fun for all at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, a sprawling theme park with over 150 stores and restaurants in different areas named after major cities like Cape Town, Amsterdam, and Venice. There’s also a 72-room hotel and casino here, and for birds-eye views of Macau, take an 80-second ride via Cable Guia to the top of Guia Hill.

Day-trips and explorations

Curious to explore Macau’s periphery? Hong Kong is just a 55-minute ferry-ride away with TurboJET or Cotai Water Jet. And, it’s also possible to cross the border by foot to explore Zhuhai in China, although weekend crossings can be busy.

 

Did you know?

Gambling is a big money-maker for Macau and this small territory generates seven times more revenue from this activity than ‘The Strip’ in Las Vegas! Another curious fact about Macau, is that Portuguese rule did not end until 1999, making Macau one of the last European colonies in the world. This heritage can still be seen in many aspects of the country, especially her food, which is often an amalgamation of Cantonese and Portuguese flavours.

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