The two times I’ve been to Macau were for work – the Macau Grand Prix in 2010 and the Macau Kart Prix last year. This time, I went to Macau entirely for leisure purposes but it was just for a brief weekend – in on Friday night and out on Monday morning. You could say that effectively left me with only about 48 hours to see Macau.
Putting up at The Venetian Macau’s Rialto Suite, my stay for that weekend in Macau was really comfortable.
The Venetian Macau is a hotel and casino complex owned by Las Vegas Sands (the same owners of Marina Bay Sands) and it is pretty huge, sitting on 980,000 sqm.
Its retail areas are situated around the canal with ‘fake’ daytime skies.
You could just spend a whole weekend within The Venetian without needing to get out of it as there are enough things to do there, even if you do not gamble, but I think it’s a pity to stay inside and not go out at all. I found a Hello Kitty store in The Venetian but surprisingly I didn’t go back to it every day.
Opposite The Venetian is Sands Cotai Central, a newly-built casino resort also owned by Las Vegas Sands. At the moment it has Sheraton, Conrad and Holiday Inn hotel brands and I read somewhere that St. Regis is coming in too.
If you want to explore more, you can just walk to The Galaxy Macau, yet another casino complex, within walking distance from The Venetian.
These casino resorts can get a tad overwhelming and I had a purpose for coming to Macau this time.. it was to GO BUNGY JUMPING! First thing in the morning on Saturday I was off to Macau Tower…
Remember when I did the SkyJump and SkyWalk at the Auckland Sky Tower? This bungy jump at the Macau Tower is operated by the same people from AJ Hackett.
While the jump at the Sky Tower at Auckland was 192 metres high, the bungy jump at Macau Tower was from 233 metres!
I came all the way to Macau just for this so I was all pumped up and ready to go!
But as they buckled me up, I couldn’t help feeling a little scared.
When they told me to look straight ahead at the horizon, I couldn’t help looking around and looking straight down… THAT WAS SCARY.
My heart started pumping faster and just before I took the leap, I could see a crowd gathering behind the glass and getting their cameras ready. I couldn’t hear them when I jumped, but they would usually gasp really loudly when someone takes off.
The hardest part about this whole thing was taking the plunge and the trick is just to not think and JUST JUMP!
You should have heard me scream the moment I took off. It was so loud and I screamed all the way down until the rebound. Everything happened very quickly, in about six seconds of free fall at a max of 200km/h, before you feel some ground rush and then get rebounded up about 30 metres from the ground.
The SkyJump at Auckland’s Sky Tower was scary but this bungy jump was scarier because you plunge headfirst. Still, I would do it again! Maybe off some bridge or mountain next time…
The Macau Tower also has a SkyJump and SkyWalk just like Auckland’s Sky Tower, except that it is higher. I tried the SkyJump after the bungy jump and it felt like nothing because it was much slower. I should have done the SkyJump first. Anyway, you can also attempt these jumps AT NIGHT.
Yes the Macau Tower is open seven days a week, every day of the year and you can go for the bungy jump, SkyJump or SkyWalk as long as the weather conditions are permitting. Here are the opening hours:
September to June -
Mon – Thurs 11.00 am – 7:30 pm
Fri 11.00 am – 9.00 pm
Sat – Sun 10.00 am – 9.00 pm
July to August -
10.00 am – 9.00 pm everyday
Pricing for the bungy jump is about USD 319 which includes a t-shirt and a certificate. You can then pay extra for your video and photos in a thumbdrive. Do check their website for the prices that might change from time to time. There is no age restriction and you must weight at least 40kg.
YEAH! Ticked off my bucket list:)
Done with the adrenalin-rushing activities, I spent the rest of the afternoon walking the sights of Macau. I went to see the Ruins of the Church of St Paul amd also the Guia Fort, but please be prepared for the crowds.
I kept seeing queues for this pork cutlet burger so I had to try it for myself. It isn’t like the Ramly burger of Malaysia and it was quite dry, but yet the queues for it were snaking.
I spent the rest of Saturday searching for the sights of Macau and then went back to one of the casino complex for dinner. On Sunday I went to Coloane, to visit Lord Stow’s Bakery for the renowned egg tarts. This is a MUST-TRY when you come to Macau. If you don’t have time to go to Coloane, there is a cafe in The Venetian.
Munching on the yummy piping hot Portugese egg tarts, I went walking around Coloane, in and out of their alleys.
It was a quiet town with some bustle where the restaurants and eateries are, but it was a breath of fresh air, literally, from the crazy noisy crowds of the casino complexes.
Wrapping up my Macau trip was a visit to the China Macau Automobile Expo (see my photos here) that was held at the Cotai Arena of The Venetian. I know – I was there to escape work but it seems like I can’t run away from it! I was presented free tickets for the Auto Expo upon check-in!
The air was quite bad when I was there and it gave a rather dull feel to the bright lights of Macau. I don’t gamble so the gaming tables are of no interest to me, but I managed to seek out thrill and adventure from Macau. I’m smiling now as I recall the crazy rush when I leapt off the platform at 233 metres high!
View more of my Macau photos here.