Guide to Macao - 5 things to do other than being at the tables

Macao (we don’t call it Macau now) is a former Portuguese colony,west of Hong Kong, known for its nightlife, casinos and extravagant display of wealth. But do you know behind all the buzz and glamour lies a quaint city that has much more to offer.

     1. Coloane Island

Coloane lies north of Macao, a countryside with hilly forestation, overlooking China’s Zhuhai. Take a stroll along the beach lined banks which was once a small fishing village or can get the perfect OOTD shot at the pier.

You can find remainents of the past Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, old Portuguese inspired houses and generations old salted fish shops.

Coloane is connected with Taipa Island via Estrada do Istmo Bridge and can be reached by bus 21A from A-Ma Temple or Bus 25 from Portas do Cerco, and yes if you venture within, you might find the famous Lord Stow's Bakery around the corner.

 Lord Stow’s Garden Café
Address: G/F C Houston Court 21 Largo do Matadouro, Coloane Village, Macao
Tel: +853 2888 1851

  2.  Taipa Food Street

Akin to our Bugis Street in Singapore, Taipa Food Street is a must visit for all tourists. This is a good place to get your Macao inspired souvenirs and bring home traditional bakes like the renowned almond cookies from Kok Hei.

Feeling hungry? If you are the explorer, you might get your hands on the famous pork chop buns from Tai Lei Loi Kei (location on my next post).

  3. The House of Dancing Water Show 

Prolly the ONE thing I’d recommend you to do if you are short of time. Located in the City of Dreams, The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water based show incorporating a story with jaw dropping acts all in one – diving, martial arts, motorbike acrobatics and plenty more. 

Its storyline is Chinese inspired bringing audiences though emotions like Anger, Joy, Love Hare and Desire. 

The House of Dancing Water
Dancing Water Theater at City of Dreams,
Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, Macao
Tel: (853) 8868 6688

4.  Pier 16 Macao 3D World

I guess it is now a must for most cities to have its 3D Museum and Macao is no exception. Located at Sofitel at Ponte 16 Hotel, you get to explore through 7 themed 3D zone with over 100 photograph points.

Dance in pictures or Boomerang with Michael Jackson, rummage through the forests in Jurassic World 3D or fall in love all over again with your other half in the Touch of French 3D. 

Pier 16 Macao3DWorld
Ponte 16 Resort, Macao 2F & 3F
Tel: (853) 2895 1011

5. Sky Walk @ Macao Tower or try the Bungee with AJ Hackett

Imagine being perched up at 233 metres above the ground with just a rope holding you as you complete a walk round the top of Macao Tower.

This could probably be the most daring thing I’ve tried all my life. If you know me, I’m no daredevil and after the 40min long walk, I literally died inside. Besides taking a stroll around the top, you get to do daring stunts like leaning over the edge and running while swinging yourself in mid air 233 metres above the ground.

AJ Hackett Macao Tower
Address: Level T2 - Adventure Zone - Macau Tower Macau, SAR

So if you’re stopping over at Macao, visiting during the weekend or thinking of a trip nearby Singapore, Macao is just four hours away from Singapore with daily flights by Tigerair.  The vibrant city will charm you with its centuries old architecture, heart pacing activities and yummy food. 

This post was written in collaboration with Macao Government Tourism Office and MGM Macao.

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