Ever since the pandemic has started, most businesses have operated to a halt. Most establishments cease to operate due to the fear of contacting someone with the virus.
Traveling has also been frozen due to the same reason and people think that it’s still dangerous to go outside. But a vaccine is in the works and hopefully, we could come to the day the pandemic will end.
When travel is again allowed, you must have a taste of what it’s like to be in Macau.
Here are the best things to do in Macau especially for first-timers.
#1 Visit Casinos
When you hear Macau, what comes to your mind? Is it the buildings? the surroundings? the scenery? No, you also hear, casinos.
Casinos are one big reason why Macau has been a popular spot not just for locals but for foreigners, ex-pats, and travelers as well. Almost every big hotel name in Macau also resonates casinos.
Online gaming and live casino games are also a popular way nowadays to enjoy these without going out and without the fear of contracting the virus.
#2 Visit The Venetian Macau
The Venetian Macau is probably a spot you wouldn’t want to miss when visiting Macau. Aside from the gorgeous architecture the building has, inside of it also has different plenty of activities to choose from.
One of which is riding a gondola. Riding one feels like you are in Venice Canal while being serenaded by a boatman or lady who also happened to be the captain of your small boat.
Shopping definitely is of the other activities you can do while in The Venetian Macau. Plenty of shops are scattered across all floors, from branded expensive shops to cheap finds, you’ll get it there.
#3 Visiting Ruins of St. Paul’s
Most pictures you’ll see from visitors in Macau is located in one of the most famous landmarks in the country, the Ruins of St. Paul’s or also known as St. Paul’s Ruins.
The Ruins of Saint Paul’s are the ruins of a 17th-century Catholic religious complex in Santo António, Macau, China. They include what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul also known as “Mater Dei“, a 17th-century Portuguese church dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.
Today, the ruins are one of Macau’s best-known landmarks and one of the Seven Wonders of Portuguese Origin in the World. In 2005, they were officially listed as part of the Historic Centre of Macau, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
#4 Visiting the Senado Square
This spot is popular with tourists as shops are lined-up and are definitely willing and ready to serve customers. Aside from that, the structures surrounding Senado Square are all inspired from when the Portuguese tried to acquire the land.
This is also where the night market is coming to life. Lots of cheap finds and unique shops are sprouting during the day through the night so accommodate consumers. A favorite place for people to hang-out and eat at a reasonable price.
#5 Visiting the Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center
The Macau Tower Convention and Entertainment Center, also known as Macau Tower, measures about 338m in height.
Its observation deck features views, restaurants, theaters, shopping malls, and the Skywalk X, a walking tour around the outer rim. It offers the best view of Macau and in recent years has been used for a variety of adventurous activities.
One can definitely dine within the revolving restaurant at specific times, enjoying a buffet served during lunch or dinner while watching the whole of Macau.
#6 Visiting A-Ma Temple
The A-Ma Temple is a temple to the Chinese sea-goddess Mazu located in São Lourenço, Macau, China.
The temple was constructed in the year of 1488 of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) to commemorate Mazu, the sacred sea goddess who blesses the fishermen.
The A-Ma Temple is a destination offering silence and spectacular views. It contains six main parts, all of which make up a series of classical Chinese architectural treasures, and this is all guarded by stone lions.
#7 Visiting The Macau Fisherman’s Wharf
The Macau Fisherman’s Wharf is an integrated waterfront, hotel, convention, dining, retail, and supposedly an entertainment complex in Sé, Macau, China.
What it lacks in entertainment, it makes up for its architecture. It is a great place to take a walk in the morning or in the evening, and take photos of the European-inspired buildings.
#8 Riding the Golden Reel
Situated between the twin hotel towers of Studio City at a height of 130 meters, the Golden Reel is the world’s first and Asia’s highest figure-8 Ferris wheel.
It features 17 Steampunk-themed cabins, each accommodating up to 10 passengers on a ride around the uniquely-shaped figure-8 track.
Once aboard, you can admire the breathtaking views of the city of Macau from different angles.
#9 Visiting the Eiffel Tower at The Parisian Macau
If you think Venetian Macau is the only one that attracts tourists, the Parisian Macau is definitely of those that would really catch your eyes.
With its replica of The Eiffel Tower, The Parisian Macau is one of the most sought-after places and must-do activities during the night when the light shines the brightest.
Can’t go to Paris yet? Then Macau is one of the best options you have to get a glimpse of the original Eiffel Tower in Paris.
#10 Visiting the Monte Fort
Fortaleza do Monte is a fort in Santo António in Macau SAR, China. It is the historical military center of Macau.
The fort forms part of the “Historic Centre of Macau” and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The fort was built between 1617 and 1626 on the 52 meters tall Mount Hill, located directly east of the Ruins of St. Paul’s. It was constructed to protect the properties of the Jesuits in Macau, especially from pirates.
Later, the fort was taken over by the Portuguese colonial governor and the relevant authorities for the defense of Macau. 32 muzzle-loading cannons were placed around the fort’s walls and the two corners of the southeastern fort wall have small watchtowers.