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Macau Casino Guide

Venetian Casino in Macau China
Venetian Casino in Macau China

Macau is the biggest casino gaming center in Asia. Casino gaming here is operated by legal entities that have been given gaming “concessions” by the local government. At the time of writing this article, there were only six entities having gaming concessions in Macau: S.J.M., Galaxy Casino, Melco Crown, Wynn, Venetian, and MGM. The number of casinos in Macau is a lot more than that which means that each concessionaire operates multiple casinos directly or in partnership arrangements.
Also read: Macau Travel Guide

Free Shuttle Buses in Macau

Wynn Macau Shuttle Bus
Wynn Macau Shuttle Bus

The one thing I love about Macau is its vast network of free shuttle buses that are operated by the city’s major hotel and casino resorts. The shuttle buses pick-up visitors from the airport, the ferry terminals, Border Gate, and Lotus Port and take them to their hotels anywhere in Macau. Later, at the end of their visit, the tourists can take another free shuttle to go to their respective transit points. Additionally, free shuttle buses take passengers from one casino belonging to a business group to another casino of that same group. That is not the end. When in Taipa, you will see another shuttle bus service called ‘Cotai Connection’. This service takes a circular route to connect all the major casino resorts in Cotai Taipa so that tourists can go from one casino to the other without walking too much.

Best Slot Machine Casino In Macau

MGM Cotai Casino in Macau
MGM Cotai Casino in Macau

Generally speaking, playing slot machines in any casino in Macau is a bad idea. Words like “95% payout” or “Loose Slots” are foreign to Macau in every sense. Consider this: the Chinese name for slot machines in Macau translates to “Hungry Tigers.” And actually, they are more like greedy tigers who keep eating our money even when they have been eating all day. Slot machines in Macau are not a priority either, for the casinos or for the players. Everyone wants to play Baccarat, so much so that approximately 90% of all gaming revenue for Macau’s casinos comes from this one game. The remaining 10% is contributed by slot machines along with all of the table games except Baccarat. Let us compare this with the US figures. In October 2018, the US State of Nevada recorded a combined gaming revenue of USD 1.062 billion. Out of that, slot machines had contributed USD 693 million, or 65.25%. That was a massive share. People in the US love to play slots. Why? Because slot machines in the US let the players win. In Macau, they don’t, well, at least most of the time. (Also read: Macau Casino Guide)

Genting Highlands Travel Guide

First World Hotel - Photo by Yjfstorehouse via Wikimedia Commons

Genting Highlands is a hill resort located at an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur and made famous internationally by Resorts World Genting, the integrated hotel & casino resort. This is the only place in Malaysia that has a licensed casino, and that is the main draw of the resort. It is a family destination too, because of the outdoor (now under renovation) and indoor theme parks, shopping malls, attractions for kids such as Ripley’s, and the world’s largest hotel – First World Hotel. It is very popular among tourists from Malaysia and Singapore, and because of the casino, from China and Thailand as well.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Genting Highlands: Attractions and Ticket Prices

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Adventureland Genting Highlands
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Adventureland Genting Highlands

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Adventureland is one group of attractions in Genting Highlands Malaysia that everyone in a family – young or old – can enjoy. It has got train and Dino rides for very little kids, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium and 4D Trick Art Museum for young children and early teens, and scary attractions like Jurassic Research Center and Zombie Outbreak for teenagers and adults. For the adventure loving, there is Eagle Landing ZipLine. And to complete the experience, there are souvenirs, food & drinks, and your own photos to take the memories with you. In total there are five attractions for which one can buy an all-in-one combo ticket for RM 125 for adults and RM 105 for children. Tickets for individual attractions and combo tickets for fewer attractions are also available. Rides and candies for little kids are sold separately for which one needs to buy tokens. Minimum 5 tokens need to be purchased (non-refundable) for RM 25. Ripley’s is located on Level 4 Sky Avenue, close to the Awana Skyway. It opens from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Sunday to Thursday, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm on Friday & Saturday, and 10:00 am to Midnight on School and Public holidays.

Anusarn Market at Night Bazaar Chiang Mai

Anusarn Market Night Bazaar Chiang Mai
Anusarn Market Night Bazaar Chiang Mai

The Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai is an area with shopping and more shopping on either side of Chang Klan Road. Now Chang Klan Road extends beyond this area but if you see McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, and Burger King around you, you are in the middle of the Night Bazaar of Chiang Mai. There is the original Night Bazaar Building, the Kalare Night Bazaar Building, a few other establishments calling themselves Night Bazaar, and of course the Anusarn Market. If you do not want to get confused going from one so-called Night Bazaar to the other, just head to Anusarn Market. This partly open and partly covered market area is really huge and certainly has the best of everything that you can find anywhere else in the Night Bazaar area. If you are standing facing McDonald’s, Anusarn Market is to your right on the same side of the road as McDonald’s. Inside Anusarn, a riot of color awaits you in the form of food stalls, pizza joints, seafood restaurants, Indian & Arabic food, bars with loud music, road-side & proper shops, and even massage shops too. All these attractions come to life after sundown (6.30pm) and remain open up to midnight.

Macau Travel Guide

Ruins St. Paul's Church in Macau
Ruins St. Paul's Church in Macau

Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China and is located very close to Hong Kong. It was once a colony of the Portuguese empire and later was transferred to China. As of now, Macau is Asia’s biggest casino gambling center. Casino gaming is so important to Macau that in the year 2017, the weight of casino gaming in Macau’s economy was as much as 49.1%. During the last few years, Macau has been in the midst of a transformation from a mere gambling town to a complete family tourism destination. The new integrated casino resorts that opened in Taipa Macau, in an area called ‘Cotai Strip’, have helped cement Macau’s claim to family tourism.

Phuket & Krabi Travel Blog

Long Tail Boat in Krabi Thailand
Long Tail Boat in Krabi Thailand

Phuket has some of the most popular beaches in Thailand and also famous islands such as the ‘James Bond Island’ and Phi Phi Island. Solo as well as family tourists from all over the world are drawn to Phuket. Its main nightlife resort town – Patong, rivals and perhaps outshines Pattaya and as such is the most popular place of stay for tourists. The other two prominent resort towns of Phuket are Kata and Karon. For the first time visitor, Patong is the safest because it provides almost everything that people come to Phuket for. I have been to Phuket a few times and stayed at Patong everytime.

Krabi in comparison to Phuket is a destination more suited for a family holiday. The wild ways of Phuket are totally missing here. One still gets to visit all the famous islands – James Bond Island, Phi Phi Island, etc., that one can visit from Phuket. The prices of everything, including for the island tours, are lower in Krabi as compared to Phuket. And there is less cheating by travel agents. The main recommended place to stay in Krabi is Ao Nang.

These are my articles on Phuket and Krabi:

Best Tourist Road Map for Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Tourist Map
Chiang Mai Tourist Map

If you are going to Chiang Mai as a tourist, particularly for the first time, then you are most probably looking for a road and attractions map of the city. You will find several such Chiang Mai maps starting with the airport itself. Your hotel will have some too. But what I found at the tour desk of my hotel – Suriwongse Hotel at Night Bazaar – is that hotels mostly keep sponsored tourist maps. The problem with sponsored tourist maps is that they contain more advertising than information. Suriwongse Hotel gave me a map sponsored by a certain Gems Gallery and it had very little information of use. Later when I visited the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Chiang Mai Office, they gave me a map free of cost that I found to be a real gem of a tourist map. This gem is called “Sawasdee Chiang Mai City Guide and Easy Walking Map with taxi Directions in Thai”. The Sawasdee Chiang Mai map has a price of 40 THB when it is sold to you, otherwise it is also given out free of cost at many good places in the city. In fact, the company distributes 1000 free copies of the map each week. It is regularly updated was last updated in February 2019.