Macao — a city only slightly larger than one-tenth of Kuala Lumpur — punches above its own weight. Home to the one of Asia’s largest fully integrated convention and exhibition centre, its recent infrastructure update makes it one of the choicest destinations in Asia for business and leisure travellers alike.
Visitors can select from the myriad of accommodation options, from 2-star apartment hotels to luxurious 5-star hotels, and are also spoiled for choice when it comes to shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
If you are travelling in a group of more than 25 with a minimum stay of two nights, you may even be eligible for travel perks under the Travel Stimulation Program organised by Macao the Government Tourism Office (MGTO). Read on to find out if you qualify and how to apply.
Here are five compelling reasons to visit Macao:
1. It’s only less than four hours away from Malaysia
Macao is easily accessible via direct flights from Malaysia, taking approximately three hours and 45 minutes. The best part is that Malaysians can enter into Macao visa-free, staying up to 30 days at a time.
Upon arrival, Macao International Airport is only a 15-minute drive to most hotels. To top it off, Hong Kong is easily accessible by ferry services and air-to-sea transfer is a breeze via the SkyPier at Hong Kong International Airport.
2. Taste authentic Macanese cuisine and gourmet food from all over the world
Macao lives up to its latest credential as the UNESCO Creative City in the field of gastronomy. The cosmopolitan city hosts a wide variety of internationally acclaimed establishments and also offers authentic Macanese cuisine.
Macanese cuisine reflects its history of being under Portuguese administration for 400 years. It is a unique mish-mash of Chinese food, European spice blends, influences from Africa and South-east Asia, prepared with a combination of Chinese and Portuguese cooking techniques.
Go beyond the iconic Portuguese egg tarts to try signature Macanese dishes such as the minchi (minced beef or pork with diced potatoes, stir-fried with onions and Worcestershire sauce) and tacho (a winter stew made with cuts of pork, ham and sausage).
For fine dining, saunter into three-Michelin-starred Robuchon Au Dôme for some French contemporary cuisine, or try premium Chinese delicacies at the one-Michelin-starred Pearl Dragon. You can truly sample different tastes of the world in one place at Macao.
3. Have a European experience not far away from home
Portuguese influence is still strong and visible in Macao. The city’s east-meets-west blend of cultures can be seen in its architecture, festivities, cuisines and its residents’ lifestyles.
The Venetian Macao is testament to this. Singing gondoliers ferry visitors along little canals in the hotel, transporting you to the island city of Venice.
In the historic centre of Macao, the beautiful Senado Square of old Macao links the popular Ruins of St. Paul’s to Holy House of Mercy and other heritage sites — both Chinese and European. In fact, Macao is home to 25 UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites that pay tribute to its past of being under Portuguese administration — an impressive number for a city its size.
4. Thrilling entertainment all day long
Macao offers a smorgasbord of entertainment options all year round, including festivals and world class shows.
Highlights include “The House of Dancing Water”, touted as the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show directed by Franco Dragone, at the City of Dreams and the Performance Lake show that features a fascinating display of water, light, colour and pyrotechnics dancing to popular tunes.
Thrill seekers can scale up Macao Tower and walk around its periphery at a height of 219m at Skywalk, or base-jump from the 233m-high platform of SkyJump.
Find out what Macao offers at the time of your visit to plan your itinerary.
Also, shopping districts, multi-brand shopping centres, fashion boutiques and flea markets offer unlimited options for the shopaholic at heart.
5. Choose the best accommodation option for you
There are plenty of accommodation options when you visit Macao. Apart from five-star luxury hotels, there are also fully integrated resorts, serviced apartments and boutique hotels. You may plan your incentive trip based on your budget and group size.
Travel Stimulation Programme
If you are traveling as a group of 25 or more non-Macao participants and are staying for at least two consecutive nights in the city, your group may be eligible for the Travel Stimulation Program, which will entitle you to perks like free souvenirs, cultural performances and tours.
- To qualify, your reason for travel should fall under the below categories:
- Corporate events, such as team-building activities
- Taking part in educational activities in Macao as part of a university or college programme
- Attending or organising a wedding in Macao
- Incentive travel
So if you are planning for an incentive trip, an educational trip or are travelling for a wedding, do not hesitate to make full use of the Travel Stimulation Programme. Macao awaits!
Contact MGTO for more information
Macao Government Tourism Office (MGTO) Representative in Malaysia
- Tel: +603 2144 2500
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MGTO website: www.macaotourism.gov.mo
- Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/MacaoTourismMalaysia
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/MacaoTourismMalaysia
- Youtube: MY Macao TV
This article was sponsored by Macao Government Tourism.