Macau – the Las Vegas of Asia
Just like its Western counterpart, visiting Macau is a fast and furious affair of culture, adrenaline, history and food that you can conquer in just 24 hours or less! More than just a day trip from Hong Kong and definitely more than its casinos, Macau boasts a handful of attractions that provide a perfect mix of culture and history. And here’s how you fall in love with Macau in 24 hours!
1. Try the first egg tarts ever introduced to Macau
The Portugese egg tart is everywhere in Macau, with multiple imposters professing theirs is the original, but it doesn’t get more authentic than the landing site of these delicious flaky pastries at Macau’s very own Lord Stow’s Bakery.
It might interest some to know that the creator of the egg tarts Macau is so famous for is neither Portuguese nor from Macau! Englishman Andrew Stow derived inspiration from the popular Portuguese Pasteis de Nata (looks pretty much like a smaller version of egg tarts as we know it) and came up with his own version that turned out to be a hit among the local community. Known for its decadent filling and light, fluffy pastry, this egg tart promises to put all other egg tarts to shame.
Priced at just S$1.50 per piece, gastronomic heaven doesn’t have to come at a price in Macau.
Pro-Tip: The locals know Lord Stow’s Bakery as Andrew’s Egg Tarts instead, so you’ll stand a better chance asking for the latter if you’re asking for directions or taking a local taxi.
|Lord Stow’s Bakery (Original Shop)
Address: 1 Rua do Tassara, Coloane, Macau
Tel: +853 2888 2534
Opening Hours: 7am to 10pm Daily
2. Leap off the world’s highest commercial bungy
Imagine standing at the top of the Macau tower, with nothing separating you from a 223 meter free fall into Macau City below. The moment you step off that platform, you’re firstly out of your mind and secondly, also part of a Guinness World Record!
The Macau tower bungy jump has a tall reputation (pun intended) for being the world’s highest commercial bungy AND the 10th tallest freestanding building in the world. It’ll take a whole lot of courage to walk off that platform, but it will all be worth it (we hope)!
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3. Or maybe just walk around it
If you can’t bear to throw yourself off the top of the Macau Tower, you can still get your fair share of adrenaline by walking on it! Thrill-seekers don’t scoff just yet – the platform is only 1.8 meters wide with no rails whatsoever and the only thing stopping you from a 200 metre plunge to the bottom is a single cable.
The Travel Intern hanging off the edge of the Macau Tower!
So be the adventurous traveller that you always are at this Guinness World Record-holding tower now! Also, after the 20-minute walk, you’ll receive a certificate as a form of a pat on the back for your bravery!
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4. Have a pork chop bun with a recipe unchanged for 50 years
If you only have 24 hours in Macau you’ll need to make a beeline straight for the best, and when I mean best I mean pork chop buns made from a 50 year-old recipe out of a dodgy looking shop front.
Tai Lei Lok Kei is known for their succulent pork buns marinated a secret sauce from a recipe that hasn’t changed since it opened for business. Choose from a variety of buns including Each bun typically costs around S$5.80.
|Tai Lei Loi Kei
Address: 35 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Village, Macau
Tel: +853 2882 7150
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm Daily
5. Visit the Colosseum’s Asian cousin
With striking similarity to the Coliseum in Rome, this main attraction of Fisherman’s Wharf boasts every European feature that you can find in a typical Europe attraction, from the historical architecture to the al fresco dining options.
And of course, this place is absolutely Insta-worthy.
In fact, a trip to Fisherman’s Wharf makes you feel as if you’re experiencing all there is to Europe (almost!) without having to even step out of Macau!
|Location: Macau Fisherman's Wharf, Avenida da Amizade, Macau
6. Figure 8 Ferris Wheel
Of course Macau, a Chinese country known for its casinos, is going to have an attraction that symbolises the number 8. In case you don’t know, the number 8 symbolises luck to the Chinese and here in Macau, suspended between the twin hotel towers of Studio City at 130 metres high lies the Figure 8 Ferris Wheel.
It’s like every other ferris wheel except it rotates in the shape of the number 8. Once on board any of the 17 cabins, you get to enjoy breathtaking views of the city that include the South China Sea at different points and angles of your journey!
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7. Go casino hopping
Macau is after all, the Las Vegas of Asia, right? With countless tourists flocking in from all over the world, it’s obvious that the casinos in Macau are here to stay. And of course, just like everything else on this list, what is visiting Macau without paying a trip to at least one of their casinos?
Also, Macau is home to the biggest casino in the world, housed in Venetian Macau, so it’s safe to say that Macau is on par, if not better, than Las Vegas on this one!
Even if you’re not looking to gamble, the atmosphere from these casinos is enough! From the cheers and roars to the sounds of clinking coins from the jackpot machines, a visit to any of Macau’s casinos is a must to be included in your itinerary!
8. Experience the Macanese Colonial era
Also referred to at Tam Chia in Cantonese, Tapai Village in Macau, although not a village anymore, is often overlooked as a must-visit place when you’re in Macau. But visiting this place during your day trip won’t hurt and is definitely worth it.
Donned with Europe-themed architecture, this lesser-than-known attraction houses a bunch of temples as well as two museums. Although the temples here don’t feature anything out of the ordinary, the museums here are definitely worth the visit.
For one, the Taipa Houses Museum consists of a full row of houses from the early 20th century that have been preserved and restored, while still exhibiting the original living conditions of its initial owners!
|Location: Avenida da Praia, Macau
Operating hours: 10 am - 6pm daily
Contact: +853 2882 7103
Price: MOP 5 (~ SGD 1)
9. Burn off all the calories from the egg tarts by going hiking
Of course, it’s impossible to forgo egg tarts when visiting Macau, even if you’re an award-winning fitness expert of some sort. So instead of feeling guilty indulging in this delicacy throughout your whole trip, we suggest dedicating a few hours of your itinerary to a scenic hike, right here in Macau!
For a small country, there are actually a few different trails that you can choose from, and all of them feature breathtaking views of the city as you go along. For one, the 4,000m Taipa Grande Trail offers views of the city at 159.2 metres above sea level, and don’t worry, because of its low incline, this hike is suitable for whether you’re 23 or 73!
The best time to hike would probably be towards the golden hour, so yes, you might want to wake up early for this one!
For the full details of the different trails, click here.
10. Cover all of Macau in a day trip from Hong Kong
If you aren’t much of an itinerary expert and absolutely hate planning trips on your own, gravitating towards a day tour has always been a safe choice. Nothing beats a well-planned day not planned by you, right?
And because Macau is a small country in its own, covering some of its major attractions in a day isn’t all that difficult! From UNESCO World Heritage Sites of A-Ma Temple and the Ruins of St. Paul’s to the iconic Macau Tower and even a visit to a local restaurant, you’re bound to fall in love with Macau in no time!
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It only takes 24 hours!
You don’t need long to fall in love with a city like Macau! Take the day off and explore some hidden gems – you won’t regret it!