Daydream of the Week: Macau

Macau SkylineBring on the bright lights!

Seven years off and on in Sin City, and I never tire of neon. So imagine my excitement when I was able to squeeze in a long weekend in Macau during my most recent Asian adventure. After a week in Hong Kong, where I took in such sites as the Big Buddha, I headed with my mom and two brothers to “Asia’s Las Vegas.” One of my brothers has been a professional poker player in China for years, so has spent “some” time in Macau. And my mom, herself a savvy gambler, had met him there before. Me? I was ecstatic to see if for the first time! Having edited three local Vegas magazines, I’ve written/edited a lot of stories about Macau over the years. (My favorite: Bridging the Gap between Vegas and Macau by Steve Friess.) For Vegas locals, watching Macau explode has been fascinating. It’s no secret that the area’s passion for games of chance fueled mega-winnings for the casinos over there — and helped keep the Vegas outposts afloat during the US recession.

We stayed at Venetian, and it looked so much like the one in Vegas (that I know like the back of my hand) that I often found myself headed to a bathroom or something that didn’t exist. I had been told that Macau was small, and I really needed only a day or two. WRONG! We were there three days, and I wanted even more time! It’s true that there are less restaurants (and only one show!), so some non-gamblers might get bored. But not this one — I wanted to see everything!

Other than that, the biggest difference was the weather. You’ve heard of the smog in some parts of Asia — the skies in Macau were indeed grey, a far cry from the bright sunny dessert weather I’m used to in Vegas.

Next up? Mainland China!

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  1. Hilarious section where you said, “…often found myself headed to a bathroom or something that didn’t exist.” I’ve done that before in friends’ houses after renovations, and can easily see how you’d do it there after Vegas. Even with the occasional “whoops” moments – sounds like a fun getaway. Thanks for the daydream.

  2. Macau seems so interesting! It really does seem to be becoming super popular these days. It really sounds like a fun trip!

  3. Great photo 🙂

  4. What a great introduction to Macau! I had no idea about it being such a gambling hot spot and helped Vegas deal with recent economic woes (can you tell I’m not a gambler.) I also didn’t know that you come from such a multigen family of gamblers/Vegas lovers! Clicked over to that article by Steve Friess too – both yours and his pieces are fabulous! Long live neon!

  5. We really did have a blast. And yes, almost everyone in my family but the one who lived in Vegas (me lol) gambles!

  6. Macau must be perfect for a Vegas girl 🙂

  7. Oh, Macau is just the right deem for me. I can subscribe to that.

  8. It’s great to hear that you had a blast! I’m sure there is a lot to see. Thanks for sharing!

  9. My aunt who often visits Vegas, just came back from there recently. She says she favors this Asian destination in that, “it had more character.” She won some money, though.

  10. Hi Abby I had absolutely no idea on the similarities between Vegas and Macau! I saw your comment on Maria Falvey’s blog about the Golden Retreiver. That’s my boy, Phoenix. Thank you, your commment made my day 🙂

  11. Okay, adding Macau to my list to visit then! I’m not sure if I ever told you, but I used to live in Vegas. If it weren’t for my husband, I’d probably still be calling Vegas home. And I am so excited to be going back to Vegas this June for the first time since 2007!

    China? Can’t wait to follow along and see what you get up to there!

  12. 2007? Yes, you definitely need a trip back. I can’t wait to hear all about it!!

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