After an amazing five weeks backpacking in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, we now moved on to the next stage of our honeymoon, which meant a lot to Raquel, as we were headed for Macau, home to one of Raquel’s bridesmaids, which could not make it to our wedding. So instead of wondering what could have been, we brought the wedding to her (figuratively speaking of course)!
Macau has quite an interesting history, as it was a territory ceded by the Chinese to the Portuguese in return for a positive economic and trade relationship in the mid 16th century and the territory was only handed returned to China, after several rounds of negotiations in 1999, then flourishing as a gambling mecca in Asia.
The odd thing about Macau is that despite it being a Chinese territory, its laws and legislature is still in Portuguese, which means all signs are in Portuguese and Cantonese, which is slightly weird considering almost none of Macanese do not speak or understand the language. Raquel and I on the other hand enjoyed the fact we could read everything unlike in the previous three countries we had been in.
We arrived in Macau via Hong Kong from Hanoi (from Luang Prabang). Raquel’s friend Jing had given all the instructions we needed to get to Macau from Hong Kong International airport. It actually was quite easy, you just head to the ferry counters; buy a ticket (they even take care of your luggage); and head to the ferry, which only takes one hour.
Macau consists of three three islands, Macau, Taipa and Coloane. Macau is not really on the tourist route unless you love casinos and gambling, which is bringing seven times more money into the city state than Las Vegas, literally making the state the Las Vegas of Asia, keeping in mind most of the casinos are based on those of Vegas!
I will not go into detail about the five days we spent, because it was a much more chilled out than the previous part of the honeymoon. Our awesome hosts, Jing and Li, were absolutely amazing showing us around Macau and taking us out to great restaurants where Raquel and I savoured real and proper Macanese and Chinese food!
Thank you so much Jing and Li for being awesome hosts! Enjoy the photos of this quirky city!
This post was based on our days of 17th to 20th October 2012.