China is a large nation divided into many provinces, including Macao. But there are still two provinces in China that have an independent government with its own flag and the whole package, where Macao is one, and Hong Kong the other. This has been the case since 1999, when Macao was declared independent after being a Portuguese colony since the 17th century. This has naturally characterized the Chinese province, which today is one of the most western places and cities you can visit in all of Asia and China.
In Macao, more than 650,000 people live in a relatively small area, which means that Macao is among the country / region in the world with the largest number of inhabitants in the least possible space. In other words, you can not expect a spacious and quiet holiday here, in what is one of the busiest port provinces in China. Macao has also emerged as a solid gambling destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every single year.
Recommended hotels in Macau
- Four Seasons Hotel Macao at Cotai Strip-Wherever you are in the world, the Four Seasons hotel chain is synonymous with high standard and luxury hotels, Four Seasons Macao at Cotai Strip is no exception. The hotel has five stars and a very high standard at an affordable price, seen through Norwegian eyes. Here you can expect very nice, modern and spacious hotel rooms, first-class service and friendly staff. The hotel has five outdoor swimming pools, its own spa, 4 restaurants and two bars, a 24-hour health club and a free shuttle to nearby areas.
- Wynn Palace- Wynn Palace takes luxury to a new level. Raw delicious hotel with five stars, here you live simply like a king (or queen). The hotel is massive, with 13 restaurants, its own spa, outdoor pool, gym and its own casino under one roof. Simply and an extraordinary hotel that costs a bit, but which is well worth the price if you want to stay stately.
- MGM Macau- Five Star Waterfront Hotel. High standard with a number of facilities, including its own casino. Friendly staff and large rooms.
Travel to Macao
According to DigoPaul, Macao is almost on the other side of the globe if you travel from Norway, and you must therefore expect a long journey with several stopovers or flight changes. It will usually also cost a lot with the flight, and you have to count on almost a day of travel with a flight time of around 17 hours. You should also not travel there in the middle of summer, as there can be extreme warm periods with subsequent rainstorms, thunderstorms and typhoons. The best time to visit Macao is in March to May or October to December.
The official currency of Macao is not the same as in the rest of China, and it is called Macau pataca. A pataca is not so different from a Norwegian krone in value, but fluctuations will of course occur. In general, Norwegians will thrive financially in Macao, but it is a modern city that with its gambling industry has contributed to good living conditions for the inhabitants. Consequently, the price level is somewhat different than both in China and the rest of Asia.
Hotels and restaurants in Macau
Accommodation in Macao is relatively cheap, even in the most luxurious hotels that also offer their own casino. There are many large hotel chains here, and you can get a very good accommodation for less than a thousand kroner a night. Macao is not a very big city either, so no matter where you live you will live close to most attractions and sights.
Asian and Chinese food is very exciting, and in Macao you can enjoy the best of the eastern continent. Of course, there are many Chinese restaurants here, but also American fast food chains and both Indian and European restaurants. In general, most restaurants are of a very high standard, and you will be able to pamper yourself on a holiday in Macao.
Attractions in Macau
After independence in 1999 and beyond the 2000s, Macao has emerged as a huge gambling city. Many have already claimed that the city has passed Las Vegas as the gambling capital of the whole world, and some of the casinos in Macao bring in more money than the city of Nevada does. Pack your wallet, in other words!
Most Norwegians who travel to Macao have one purpose with the trip, and that is gambling, partying and entertainment. It is such a city Macao has become, and there are plenty of casinos, nightclubs, restaurants and shows here. Most were built in the 2000s and beyond, and consequently all casinos maintain a very modern standard and many of the buildings are in themselves quite powerful. In the picture you see The Venetian Macao, which is also the largest casino in Macao.
A special building you should bring to Macao is the Macau Tower. It is probably the most famous building in the city, also the tallest. From the observation tower on the 58th floor, you can enjoy an insanely good view of Macao and the nearby provinces. At the top there is also a restaurant / café, and you will definitely want to get here.
Grand Prix Museum
Probably the only museum that can be recommended in Macao. It is a car and motor museum with a very extensive exhibition, with historically rich cars from the very first vehicles to the most beautiful sports cars today. And with the name Grand Prix comes of course a lot of faster cars from F1 and the like.
The Cotai Strip is a comprehensive new area in Macao that has been limited to new casino construction. It is a project that will be similar to The Strip in Las Vegas, and will offer a lot of luxury hotels and casinos, as well as a giant amusement park. Well-known American casinos such as MGM and The Venetian have established themselves here, in what is the most modern area in Macao.