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Macau has been a gambling Mecca for well over a century now. The former Portuguese colony has seen sustained growth in tourism, especially from mainland China, and is now home to some of the world’s most luxurious casinos. The gaming, tourism and hospitality industries make up 50% of Macau’s economy and the region has surpassed Las Vegas as the world’s top casino market. Needless to say, it’s a gambler’s paradise, but there are plenty of other activities on offer. So what should you do if you’ve only got 24 hours?
Let The Hotel Do The Hard Work
If you’ve only got a day in Macau, you don’t want to be faffing around sorting out an itinerary. The Venetian hotel offers its customers a “discover Macau” package, starting at a very reasonable £140, for one night in a suite including breakfast, airport ferry tickets and a half-day tour of Macau. That way you can see the sights, absorb a little culture and then hit the bars and casinos in the evening. All that time you save can be spent brushing up on your gambling skills at sites like Betsson (https://www.betsson.com/en/).
Go For A Stroll
The best way to see the city is to go on a walking tour. Start off at the A-Ma Temple which opens at 7am daily then head north past the arches of the Moorish Barracks, which formerly housed Goan soldiers in the 1870s. Then pop in to the Mandarin’s House, the erstwhile residence of social reformist ZhengGuanying, before going over to the north-east of the city to visit the Jesuit churches, St Lawrence’s and St Joseph’s. Finish off with the Dom Pedro V Theatre and Senado Square.
A Quick Bite
If you’re planning on getting a lot done during the day, you’ll want to take lunch on the run. Sample some of the famous sweet egg tarts, a favorite of the Macanese, and grab some cured beef or fish balls at the various snack shops near St Paul’s. There are more traditionally Asian dishes such as roast duck and noodle dishes on offer at places like Chan Kong Kei and Hung Pun Kei respectively.
Take in The View
For £7 you can go up to the top of the 338-metre high Macau on the southernmost tip of the peninsula and get an amazing view of Macau. If you’re feeling especially brave you can also fork out the £200 fee for the world’s highest bungee jump while you’re there.
Bungee Jumping at Macau
A prospering tourism industry means there are plenty of malls to check out. Many of them are attached to some of the swankier casinos, so for something more Macanese, visit the Rua da Felicidade and peruse the restored 19th century shops. From jewellery and food, to curios and snakes, there’s plenty to distract you.
Macau at Night
A Cocktail or Two
After a day’s activity, you’ll likely be in need of a good watering hole. Try the delightful 38 Lounge, located on the 38th floor of the Altira hotel, which offers an impressive array of cocktails, cognacs, single malts and wines, as well as an amazing view.
I just mentioned in my previous post that Cebu Pacific will add flights to Brunei and now, they are planning for additional flights but to Vietnam and China.
Cebu Pacific Air (image from aviationnews.eu)
Accordingly, this additional flights is based on the demand of flights going to the said countries. There will be, basically, additional weekly flights to Hanoi, Vietnam which will start this coming October 31, 2013 from Manila and to Guangzhou, China starting November 2, 2013.
Cebu Pacific Air is filing for an application for a re-allocation of one weekly flight as an additional entitlement Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
Cebu Pacific Air (image from aviationnews.eu)
If this application gets approved, the expected available flights will be opened this coming September 2013. In fact, the company is expecting 15 million passengers this year a way higher than last years 13.26 million.
Sometimes, we prefer to travel solo. Isn’t it? With the stresses we inevitably experience every day, it is not unusual we see people traveling solo. This, most often than not, is not because they don’t have someone to accompany them but because being solo is gives them a time to think, decide for something, plan for anything of their own. For some, it’s something like a “me-time” especially wif things seemed flowing out of what it is expected.
Here are the top 4 cities ideal for a solo travel according to Forbes Travel Guide.
- Berlin, Germany. From my knowledge in history way back high school years, Berlin in Germany is a very historical place wherein big universities, museums and research institutes are homing. And when talking about Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is what always popped out in my mind. It is one of the landmarks in Berlin and a highly-visited tourist spot as well. Why ideal for solo travel? For me, Berlin is a safe place and as what some friends who visited the place shared, people are also friendly.
- Sydney, Australia. Aside from the fact that some of my relatives are living in Australia, though not really in Sydney, what I wanted to experience in Sydney myself are the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi Beach. Why ideal for solo travel? Aussies, the people in Australia, are tourists friendly.
- Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The province of Guanacaste in Costa Rica is abundant in natural beaches and a lesser polluted environment than the urban area. Why ideal for solo travel? Guanacaste is located at the border of Costa Rica along the coast of Pacific Ocean. Hence, its scenic and breath-taking picturesque of the calm ocean provides serendipity to the soul and mind of the solo traveler.
- Singapore. Singapore is located in Asia and having a tropical climate. It is also known for its Singapore Botanic Gardens which showcases the country’s natural resources. Why ideal for solo travel? Aside from the fact that Singapore is the nearest city mentioned in this post from the country, Philippines, a solo traveler who wants to learn different languages and culture, Singapore is the best to explore.
Dubbed as “The Shopping Capital of the Middle East,” Dubai is indeed one of the best places in the world to shop. For the world traveller who also loves to shop, he or she (well, it’s commonly the woman who loves to shop more) will enjoy her time in Dubai .
Dubai Shopping Mall (image from shopping.ellamey.com)
It must be noted that the world’s largest shopping mall, Dubai Mall, is also found right there in Dubai . Numerous shopping malls, some sources say, more than 70 are waiting for the excited shopper in Dubai .
While there are malls and shops that await the traveller in Dubai , the traveller might also be happy to learn that one can also have the option to stay in Apartments in Dubai. Yes, one can have this option instead of staying in hotels.
Nevertheless, travellers can also rent Dubai furnished apartments instead. These apartments are great for a family or a group of friends together. Their rates are also great in your budget as well. And having some savings could also mean more travel money. This could mean more opportunities to shop as well as more places to check out in Dubai .
Furthermore, Dubai has 12 hours of sun everyday! How good is that for someone who loves time in the beach under the sun or during daylight? Other than swimming, you can also go snorkelling, scuba diving, paragliding, jet skiing and even fishing! And if you are worried that you don’t have the needed gear, you really shouldn’t. You could rent the gear you need for your beach or sea adventure.
If the beach or sea is what really captures your heart whether in Dubai or elsewhere, then you may want to consider staying near it. And the perfect place for you may just be one of the Dubai beach apartments. Let it be known that renting an apartment in the beach while in Dubai is an option for the traveller. You don’t have to stay in the hotel if you indeed prefer a more “homey” feeling while on your trip.