I went to Macau as a side trip from my Hong Kong visit. Macau is a city of contrast. The city has the fortresses, churches and food of its former colonial master Portugal and on the other, Macau is unashamedly and popularly known as the Las Vegas of the East. It took an hour ferry ride to get to Macau. As soon as we got off the ferry, the poorer infrastructure and facilities were evident by the stench around the wharf and unhygienic toilet facilities. We were greeted by many overbearing overseas Filipino workers desperately moonlighting as tourist guides.
The Portuguese influence is evident in the main part of the city. They have cobbled back streets, baroque churches, stone fortresses, Art Deco buildings and restful parks and gardens. The fusion of East and West in culture and architecture is interestingly unique. The architecture of the casinos were mostly Las Vegas copies. Given that I have been to Las Vegas myself and have seen the real deal, the sight of the casinos in Macau made me feel that they were almost like fake designer copies. It’s not a city I would recommend as a must-see But if you are in Hong Kong. Macau is another city to see to add to your travel tally.
TIP: You can use the free casino transports to go around the town. You can take them from the Port and from the casinos.