When I think of the worlds best and most well known party cities Las Vegas is always on the list, no surprise there. I assumed that Macau would be somewhat similar given that it’s full of big money which usually brings big personalities and big parties. Not so fast. Macau, very simply, is where the Chinese like to go when they want to give away their money on a massive scale. I arrived at Macau on a big night, the last night of the Chinese New Year, expecting big things.
I did see big things. Mainly I saw enormous floors of roulette tables, poker tables, blackjack tables, and literally a million Chinese gamblers stoically watching their money disappear. Not to be too obviously negative about gambling, there are small chances for a small few to make a profit, but the majority of casino games favor the house. It’s the price you pay for the gaming rush I guess.
The streets are, for the most part, empty because everyone is glued to a seat in the casino. The only people outside are the owners of the astonishing number of pawn shops – whole blocks of pawn shops. For me, I lost about $25 over about 30 seconds which was enough for me to reconfirm my dislike of casino games.
The Venetian in Macau is a carbon copy of the Venetian in Las Vegas.
Hong Kong was much better by comparison. I’ll give Macau another shot in a day visit. Macau does have the bungee jumping off the Macau Tower and the old villages to explore. For a non-gambler there’s really no point in going at night. The nightlife is much better back in Hong Kong, as confirmed by most travel websites. Sorry Steve Wynn.