Our trip in Hong Kong is winding to a close, and before we left we wanted to check out the nearby city of Macau. We had heard that Macau is basically a bigger and cleaner Las Vegas, and that’s pretty much how I would describe it. After we very nearly missed out ferry off the island (who knew we’d need to go through customs?!), we arrived and took a shuttle to the Venetian. It was the most modest of all of the casinos we passed, at least on the outside, but it was still very much over-the-top and every bit as Vegas-y as you might expect. Decorations and gold coloring filled the building, the entire thing was a giant shopping mall for the most expensive brands you can think of (and everything was marked up a solid 2x), and of course the casino itself was massive and occupied the heart of the building. It was a very cool experience to walk around and see everything, and of course the interior recreation of Venice is pretty fun to see.
After the Venetian, we went over to Galaxy, which was a larger and golder casino next-door. Pretty much what you’d expect, again. Extravagant decorations, courteous wait-staff guiding us towards the casino, and restaurants and shops trying to rob you blind.
After walking around and trying our hands at a slot machine (Lexi won a whole $23 HKD…so about $3 USD), we shuttled and ferried back to Hong Kong. It was a pretty crazy city, and I feel like I definitely would have enjoyed a longer stay. Or at least, I enjoy imagining a longer stay. Upon seeing the cost of such a venture, I would likely decide it wasn’t worth it for a trip to adult Disneyland.