VEGAS MAYBE? TRY MACAU, BABY
The Vegas of China, Macau has as much to offer, attracting high rolling tourists from across Asia and beyond to its Cotai Strip. On the culture front the former Portuguese port colony’s historic downtown is a Unesco World Heritage-listed site, and southern European influences are still very much in evidence. The area is also home to the 17th century Guia Fortress and China’s oldest lighthouse. Las Vegasstyle entertainment comes in the form of the Wynn Macau’s Pleasure Lake musical fountain and stage shows like the long-running Singing in the Rain-meets-Chinese tale spectacular, House of Dancing Water. This cultural juxtaposition really comes to life in Macau’s food scene, which fuses Chinese, Portuguese, Brazilian and Goan influences. Eat at António’s, a backstreet culinary institution famed for its Macanese and Portuguese food and plug in a visit to the original Lord Stow’s Bakery on Coloane island for a traditional egg tart. Stay at the highly recommended Pousada de Mong-Há, a converted military barracks and training hotel for students of the Institute of Tourism Studies (from Dh330 B&B), or play the Vegas card with a suite at the Venetian (from Dh550). Getting there: Fly to Macau via Bangkok with Emirates or Thai Airways, or via Manila with Philippine Airways. However the easiest way is to arrive by ferry from Hong Kong without going through Hong Kong customs.
Las Vegas, America’s entertainment capital (above), and the Venetian hotel in Asia’s answer, Macau. 65