Macau has two sides: the history and the casinos.
Join me as we explore the Ruins of St. Paul’s, look up to the Macau Tower, and appreciate the “Vegas” side of the region.
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Our Hong Kong itinerary comes with a day tour in Macau. So, we grabbed the opportunity and hopped on the Ferry from Hong Kong to Macau.
Our first destination was the iconic Ruins of St. Paul’s.
This church façade and religious museum is the site of St. Paul Church that was considered as the greatest church in Macau. Unfortunately, the church was burned down in 1835.
It still gathers a lot of tourists up to this day considering the fact that all of my shots were half people half the attraction.
Below the famous church is a plaza where you can spend time to eat, shop and roam around the area.
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to explore much of the place because of time constraints.
After the church façade, we stopped over to see the Kun Iam Statue, which was considered to be the ONLY female Buddha in the world. Seeing the statue up close felt sacred and powerful.
Across the statue was the actual city. I’d say that the city itself does feel like Las Vegas and the buildings looked sparkly at night.
Then we went to see the Macau Tower.
We were brought to the convention center and was able to capture the Macau Tower from the very bottom part of the building.
Now, I wouldn’t recommend that spot if you like a whole shot of the tower.
Nonetheless, we were still able to get a decent shot of the tower and the city bay.
For our last stop, we were brought to the most Vegas esc of all, The Venetian.
The whole vibe was similar; with all the shops, restaurants and the unique venetian art and architecture of the hotel and casino place.
The differences that I’ve observed between the Las Vegas and Macau branch were:
First, it was less crowded in Macau.
Second, definitely the food.
Lastly, the Macau branch seemed to be concentrated on casinos and there’s more things to do in Vegas.
Overall, Macau was a good experience. It was definitely a one day visit type of thing, and you shouldn’t spend more time unless you’re into casinos.
So, if you’re from the western side of the world, I would say that Las Vegas is more worth the visit. But if you’re from Asia, then Macau can be a good place to at least feel a little side Vegas.
Have you been or planning a trip to Macau? Let me know in the comments section below! 🙂