Often referred to as the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is an autonomous region on the south coast of China. A tiny speck of land that has quite fashionably marked it's spot on the world map today. What's even more amazing is that as an Indian traveler you don't really need a visa to enjoy a quick getaway here. Macau can be classified into 3 areas - The Macau Peninsula, Taipa (where Cotai strip is at) and Coloane. Most people prefer to stay at hotels on the Cotai Strip as that's where all the action is.
While it's cousin Vegas is far more hedonistic in it's approach, Macau as of today hasn't really reached that peak. Don't get me wrong the casinos here are beyond excellent and the stakes are strong...stronger than even Vegas, but it's relatively new and the famed Cotai Strip is more about some of the best hotels clustered together with in-house shopping complexes, restaurants, bars, clubs and ofcourse casinos. Don't expect a lively atmosphere outside, the action happens indoors, and I have the perfect itinerary for you to enjoy a weekend here.
Day 1: Arrival, exploring The Venetian, Lord Stow's Bakery, Authentic Chinese Dinner
After a long-ish flight to Hong Kong we went directly to the Sky Pier ferry terminal at the airport to catch our ferry to Macau. It's important to note here that one must not head towards immigration at the Hong Kong airport if you are traveling to Macau immediately. Just hand over your boarding pass with the luggage stickers at the Ferry reception and they will get your bags on board the ferry for you. I had booked my tickets on the Cotai Water Jet and was pretty pleased with the service.
A one hour ferry ride later, we reached Macau at 3.00 pm only to be greeted by a thunderstorm. It was unbelievably dark and I wondered if my vacation was over even before it began. Nevertheless after collecting the suitcases we made our way to the pick-up point where the buses of all the hotels were waiting to take their guests to the hotel. We immediately spotted the Venetian Bus and in less than 10 minutes were on our way to an indulgent weekend ahead.
The check-in was swift and you are provided a map of the resort on check-in. It is much needed, only by the end of the 2nd day was I able to figure out all the nooks and corners of the place. We checked-in to our uh-mazing suites and eager to explore what else the resort had to offer we stepped out of our rooms after an hour of rest, I mean who wouldn't want to immediately sleep on these beds!