Tight Arsed Travels to Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China, across the Pearl River Delta from Hong Kong. A Portuguese territory until 1999, it reflects a mix of cultural influences. Its giant casinos and malls on the Cotai Strip, which joins the islands of Taipa and Coloane, have earned it the nickname, “Las Vegas of Asia.” One of its more striking landmarks is the tall Macau Tower, with sweeping city views.

Visa Stuff

MACAU grants visa free entry to over 50 countries or territories 4 Reference Number Q5658611 Comments for a stay of 30 to 90 days. If a visa is required, it can be obtained upon arrival in Macau, issued by the Immigration Department for a period of 30 days. For more information about visa free countries, please view Macau Government Tourist Office website:
With effect from 1 Sept 2008, Mainland residents travelling on ‘Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to Hong Kong and Macau’ without an exit endorsement for Macau will not be permitted to
enter Macau from Hong Kong by the Macau Authorities. Please contact the Macau Government Tourist Office at 2857 2287 or visit their web site at for details.

Macau V Las Vegas

In my opinion i found Macau boring and hot, but it was a lot less tacky and plastic than Las Vegas. The hard rock Hotel in Macau had awesome live bands and cheap drinks.

In the United States most people who gamble tend to think of it as a recreational sport.  You set aside $500 each time you go to Vegas that you expect to lose.  The casual gamer will throw $20 in a slot machine more for the free drinks than anything else.

Not gonna find that in Macau.  You see many of the people who come here, come to gamble. One of the biggest differences between Vegas and Macau is that in Vegas it’s entertainment, here it’s an investment.  That’s really how many people here view it, and as such everything is geared towards that market.

Macau is more expensive than Las Vegas.  One of my favorite things about Sin City is the fact that you can make it as cheap or expensive as you want. One night you can blow it out on a five star restaurant, some craps, and a nightcap at Tao, and the next you can drink free margaritas and walk the strip (which is very much an attraction in itself).

The people who come to Macau generally have money.  The minimums are in many instances double or triple what you’ll find in Vegas.  I love the $3 minimum craps at O’Sheas, and thought I might be able to find something similar in Macau.  Yeah right.  At any major hotel you were looking at a 300MOP minimum for a hand of blackjack (about $38).  If you head to some of the older or lesser known Casinos (such as the Lisboa) you might find 100 MOP but you aren’t going any lower than that.

There’s also no drinking at most of the casinos in Macau.  Instead they’ll bring you tea or coca cola. This proved to be frustrating for my buddy Ryan and I when all we wanted was a beer after our 2 and a half hour adventure through customs in 90 degree weather with 90% humidity (it was just as bad as it sounds).


Macau food and drink prices AUD
Food type Price
Budget breakfast Eat like the locals and you’ll be filled up for cheap. 5-8
Budget lunch The small restaurants in the city can offer great deals, and big casinos have inexpensive food courts. 7-10

Getting there 

Cotai Jet: Hong Kong Macau FerrySheung Wan Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal Shop 310-312, Shun Tak Centre, 200 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong. A former Portuguese colony, Macau is only a 60-70 minute ferry journey away from Hong Kong. Enjoy a high-speed ferry service between Hong Kong and Macau’s Taipa ferry terminal, which is only 15-minutes away from the Cotai Strip. Fast, efficient and hassle-free with 86 sailings per day, the Cotai Jet ferry is the best way to travel between Hong Kong and Macau.

The ferry leaves every 30 minutes and costs about $35 ticket prices and timetable Here


Things to do in Macau

The Ruins of St. Paul’s are the ruins of a 17th-century complex in Santo António, Macau, China. It includes 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

The Venetian Macau

The Venetian is a luxury hotel and casino resort in Macau owned by the American Las Vegas Sands company. Macao Venetian is a 39-story casino hotel on the Cotai Strip in Macau. The 10,500,000-square-foot (980,000 m2) Venetian Macao is modeled on its sister casino resort The Venetian Las Vegas. The Venetian Macao is the largest casino in the world, the largest single structure hotel building in Asia, and also the seventh-largest building in the world by floor area. Casinos main hotel tower was finished in July 2007 and the resort officially opened on 28 August 2007. The resort has 3,000 suites, 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of convention space, 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) of retail, 550,000 square feet (51,000 m2) of casino space – with 3,400 slot machines and 800 gambling tables and the 15,000-seat Cotai Arena for entertainment and sports events.

The Macau Tower

Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre, also known as Macau Tower, is a tower located in Sé, Macau. The tower measures 338 m in height from ground level to the highest point.

Price List

Tower observation deck admission tickets include Level 58 Observation Lounge and Level 61 Adventure Deck.

Buy tickets HERE for $20.00

  • Walk the 360-degree observation deck for unobstructed views across Macau – and see even as far as Hong Kong!
  • Feel your stomach lurch as you step onto the 233m height glass floor windows – but only if you dare!
  • Watch as daredevils bungy jump from the top of the tower and free-fall past observation deck windows
  • Challenge yourself to an exciting experience in Macau Tower: Bungy JumpSkyjumpSkywalk X and Tower Climb
  • Watch fascinating views of Macau city while enjoying your lunchafternoon tea or dinner buffet at Macau Tower
Operating Hours:
Weekdays 10 am – 9 pm
Weekends 9 am – 9 pm

Galaxy Macau

Fortune Diamond

Every 20 minutes, the Diamond Lobby’s main attraction, the fountain displays a giant Fortune Diamond, accompanied with music. This show spans 5 minutes. At the start of the show, the accompanying music begins and the fountain exteriors are raised with the above chandeliers raising as well, to cover for the diamond rising. Then, the exterior fountain drops to reveal a large diamond spinning around with overhead lamps shining across it, displaying several colours. After its spin, the fountain exteriors raise again to hide the diamond and the fountain exteriors drop to its normal positions, thus ending the show.

Wave pool and artificial beach

Above the gaming area there is a 52,000 square metres (560,000 sq ft) resort, with gardens, six swimming pools (including a wave pool) and an artificial 2,000 square meters beach with white sand. The grand resort deck offers scheduled all-day water activities

Grand Lisboa Macau

Comprised of an ultramodern tower rising from a striking geodesic dome, this iconic casino hotel is a 7-minute walk from the Wynn Macau’s pyrotechnic performing fountain. It’s also 10 km from the luxury boutiques of the Venetian Macau.

The modern, fashionable rooms and suites have designer furniture, flat-screen TVs, and a mix of chandeliers and precision LED lighting. They also have marble bathrooms with cascade showers, whirlpool tubs and personal saunas.

There are 8 high-end restaurants and bars, as well as a betting floor and a long-running live dance show. There’s also a beauty salon, a gym and an outdoor heated pool.

MGM Macau

Located at the heart of Grande Praça, the breathtaking 8-meter tall cylindrical MGM Aquarium gives a 360-degree unobstructed view of the aquatic lives. Visitors can appreciate the beauty of each fish and immerse themselves in magnificence where the water meets the sky. At MGM MACAU, visitors can witness a wide array of exotic fish such as Panther Grouper, Blue Moon Angelfish, Clown Triggerfish as well as Cownose Stingrays being fed by qualified divers at selected times. Marvel at how the fish interact with each other and with their environment inside the MGM Aquarium.

Wynn Macau

Wynn Macau is a luxury hotel and casino resort in the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China with two iconic towers featuring a total of 1,008 rooms and suites, approximately 273,000 square feet (25,400 m2) square feet of casino space, over 59,000 square feet (5,500 m2) square feet of retail space, eight casual and fine dining restaurants, two spas, a salon and a pool The resort boasts three entertainment experiences, including Macau’s only choreographed Performance Lake.

Hard Rock Hotel

Macau’s outpost of the Hard Rock Hotel is a 322-room, high-end property occupying a shimmering tower in the ritzy City of Dreams casino and entertainment complex. Those hoping for the Hard Rock experience won’t be disappointed, as there are plenty of music memorabilia and rock ‘n’ roll details throughout — though guests expecting wild parties might not find what they’re looking for. Rooms are sleek and spacious with impressive in-room tech and loaner Fender guitars. Surrounded by lounge chairs, the outdoor pool with swim-up bar is a genuine hang-out and the hotel hub. This property also has a fitness center and spa. Guests looking for even more sophistication should check out the neighboring Grand Hyatt Macau — though rates are generally higher.

Is it Nice?

  • Sleek and glitzy interiors stuffed with music memorabilia
  • Set in upscale entertainment and retail complex
  • Swish rooms with high-end tech and floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Rockstar Suites feature circular beds and in one, a mechanical bull
  • Choice of Fender guitars or DJ desks available in-room
  • Large outdoor pool with swim-up bar and hot tub
  • Free shuttle service from Macau Airport
  • Fitness center and spa with a couple’s room on-site
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout

Senado Square

The Senado Square, or Senate Square, is a paved town square in Sé, Macau, China and part of the UNESCO Historic Centre of Macau World Heritage Site. It is an elongated triangular shaped square and connects Largo do São Domingos at one end and Avenida de Almeida Ribeiro on the other.


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