Macau Travel Story from Ednewschina Editor Ricardo Mendoza
Macau is a city that holds so many amazing wonders. I have heard so much about this great city, from the history of gambling to the amazing delicacies and so many other interesting places to visit in Macau. It has always been my wish to have a first-hand experience of this city, but I no idea it was going to happen really soon.
I normally have a very busy schedule with very little opportunity to enjoy life in even the very little ways. It was as serious as you can imagine. A ray of hope presented itself to me in August 2020, and I got a work leave. This was my opportunity to visit places I’ve always wanted to go to, and the top of my list was Macau. So I started making arrangements on how I was going to move from Bangkok to Macau. The process wasn’t as stressful as I thought it would be, which gave me a huge relief.
Bangkok to Macau is a 30h journey by road, and I wasn’t ready to go through that type of stress, so I decided to go to take a flight instead. I have always heard so many things about this city, and I was so eager to set foot in it. Now I am sharing my experience with you so that you will know that Macau is indeed a city of so many wonders.
As soon as we arrived at the Macau International Airport, I could feel the city’s nice atmosphere, which made me even happier the more. I was finally in my dream city, and there’s nothing that could ever beat that. From a distance, I was able to see some of the tall buildings I’ve been hearing about for so many years, and I knew that I was going to enter these buildings during the period of my stay.
Settling down wasn’t a big issue because I had already made arrangements for that, and within a very short time, I was at the place where I stayed during my visit. It was a short flight, but considering how exhausted I was, I decided to rest and start my exploration the next day.
Can you guess the first place I visited? You’re right; it was a casino.
The Venetian Macao
Whenever you hear of Macau, the first thing that comes to mind is gambling. A visit to this city without a tour of the Venetian will be an incomplete visit. There are about 3,000 suites in this mega resort, and the inspiration for the design of this resort was from Marco Polo, an explorer from Italy.
Have you ever heard of or been to the Venetian Las Vegas before? All the features you’ll find in that of Las Vegas are included in Venetian Macau. This includes the amazing gaming experience, the restaurants, themed retail outlets, exhibition centers, and a showroom. The structure is not big for no reason.
I toured around every part of the Venetian Macao first, and to this very day, I haven’t recovered from the amusement and the details of this hotel. The entire building was covered in gold, and I could see so many elaborate paintings all over the ceilings and the walls. It was a sight to behold. There were so many boutiques beside each other in this building, and I also tried the Venetian’s food court, of which I had a great meal.
At the casino, I’ve never enjoyed playing casino games as I did in this casino. Everything was so organized and conducted professionally. The other players were properly dresses and looking responsible, so I had nothing to worry about or be scared of. I spent a couple of hours gambling in the casino before moving onto the next thing on my bucket list.
Battle of Egg Tarts
Before I came to Macau, I heard of an egg tart battle between the Margaret Café e Nata and the Lord Stow’s Bakery. To my greatest surprise, the owners of both bakeries were married to each other at some point. It made the whole thing interesting. Interestingly, I saw a branch of Lord Stow’s Bakery at the Venetian, so I decided to buy egg tarts there. From there, I took a bus that was going to Senado Square. On getting there, I headed to Margaret Café e Nata to also buy egg-tarts. I needed to know who the winner of the battle would be.
I had both egg-tarts in my hands and was ready to devour them. The first bite into Margaret’s egg tarts tasted heavenly. Never have I ever tastes something like that. I decided to take a bit of the Lord Stow’s tart, and it was equally tasty. It was then I knew that the battle between the two bakeries was an intense one, but I had to declare a winner, and for, it was the Margaret Café e Nata.
Ruins of St. Paul
This is another place I’ve always heard of in Macau, and it was the next thing on my list. There’s so much to see in Macau, and I needed to maximize all the time I had. The distance between Senado Square and Macau is a walkable distance, so I could get there within a short time. The architecture of the buildings in Macau felt like I was in Portugal, and that’s understandable because the place used to be a Portuguese Colony.
The picturesque at the Ruins of St. Paul made it feel like I was in a European painting. It made me want to visit Europe, but that would be a journey for another time.
My journey to Macau was an interesting one, and there was no time where I didn’t have a place to visit or a new thing to try out. Walking through the streets itself was an adventure. The people of this city are welcoming and friendly. There are so many other spectacular places I visited before my return back to Bangkok.
I still miss those times I spent in Macau, and I know I would visit the city again. If you ever plan to visit, always make sure you know the right things to do in this city. That should be the first thing that you should do in order to make your journey worthwhile and eventful. Another interesting part of my whole experience was when I decided to return. I had already made a few friends in this city, and they didn’t want me to leave. I also miss them so much, and even though we still communicate, another visit to see them would come in handy.
So there you have it. My travel story to Macau. I hope you enjoyed it.
Macau is one of the most amazing places to visit in Asia. Here’s the travel story from Ednewschina editor Ricardo Mendoza as he shares his experience of his journey to Macau in August 2020.