Instagram is one of the social networking apps that inexorably influences the way people capture memories and share the square format images which take pride in the social media life especially for those who love to travel or explore in this new generation. Arguably, if you didn’t update photos of your travels on Instagram frequently, one may wonder (yourself included) and say, “Were you even truly there?”
We all know it’s easy to fill our feed with selfies but that is not what I meant. No disrespect and not to offend to selfies, but the thought I began writing about before I came to a realization that probably when you spend time checking on your phones and social media profiles, I could make you feel more inspired and give other people’s mind a beautiful break away from work.
That being so, allow me to share my top picks on my travel in Macau. Also known as Asia’s Gambling Mecca, Macau houses the biggest and most opulent casinos in the world which have overtaken the Sin City— Las Vegas. Even if you wouldn’t be here to play roulettes, cards, and dices, Macau is ready to delight your senses with their Instagrammable spots that will surely bring you to a competition of who has the most commendable feed.
My stay in Macau wasn’t a long interval, but I have discovered quite a few picture-perfect places that are really Instagram-worthy. By checking out this guide, I devoutly hope that on your next visit to Macau you could capture the best Instagrammable places on your own and fire the imagination of all your social media friends and followers.
1City of Dreams
When you get a chance to visit Macau, it is ideal to walk on the bustling Cotai Strip at night when everything is lit up. Experience the true beauty of the strip as it unfolds when the sun goes down. There are plenty of multicolored lights and outdoor shows unveiling.
The first site on my list is the City of Dreams. It is a resort and casino which is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment. The City of Dreams is deemed the second mega-sized property of Melco in Macau.
Though for me it kinda looks luxurious, this vicinity in Cotai Strip can also be wandered without hurting your wallet. There is no need to pay for entrance fees to roam inside and take pictures. Just prepare to build your stamina to walk around the entire 17,000 square meters retail expansion.
- Location: Estr. do Istmo, Macau (view map)
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
The Venetian Macao is a 980,000 square meters casino hotel that is deemed as the largest casino in the world. This immense single structure in Asia is a comrade casino resort of The Venetian Las Vegas and is located just steps away from City of Dreams in Cotai Strip.
I discovered that almost every single thing in Venetian is “Insta-worthy” and ideal for creative photo sessions. When you head towards Venetian, there and then you will notice the Venice-inspired romantic streets and canals as well as the false sky lightings. This casino hotel is less of a hotel at first glance but rather a huge luxury shopping mall incorporated with casino and theaters.
- Address: Estrada da Baia de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Macau (view map)
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
3The Parisian Macau
Here’s more! A great addition to Macau attractions is the iconic Eiffel Tower at The Parisian Macao. If you haven’t been to Paris, this is the closest you can have in Asia.
Its size is half and has the most ornamental touches equivalent with that in Paris. You shouldn’t miss the breathtaking views of the bustling Cotai Strip and the city from its 7th and 37th floor observation decks. You may acquire tickets for observation decks at MOP/HKD 100.
- Address: Lote 3, Strip, SAR, P.R. China, Estr. do Istmo, Macau (view map)
- Opening Hours: 24 hours
4The Ruins of St Paul
But for anyone who loves vintage, I thought of The Ruins of St. Paul as a visually appealing site. It is a 16th century old cathedral which history is said to be destroyed by fire. The huge remains of frontal facade is the famous landmark in Macau which sits on top of the hill. One need to climb the 60 plus steps in order to reach the beautiful spot.
The well-maintained unique facade became the most famous “photo opp” for every tourist. Snap some photos and get ready to gain thousands of likes on your feed.
- Address: Santo António, Macau, China (view map)
- Opening Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
5Rua de São Paulo
The last site on my list is the Ruins of St. Paul. As I walked towards the scene, I stumbled a beautiful architecture at R. de São Paulo. One can rarely see a quiet spot of the streets of São Paulo as this place is expected to be busy throughout the day that causes shoulder-to-shoulder foot traffic.
The fun “Food Street” of Rua de São Paulo offers wide array of macanese delights from famous shops like Koi Kei Bakeries and Choi Heung Yuen Bakeries. I’ve tried the Portuguese egg tarts, coolers and beef dish.
- Address: (view map)
- Opening Hours: 24 hours (Food Street)
On the surface, you might think that arranging an itinerary for all Macau destinations would be a tough process. After all, once you tried visiting Macau, you’ll soon realize that it is truly an East-meets-West culture and there’s a lot to unearth the place.