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Macau

Insider’s Guide To Macau

As the owner and designer of cult label Exhibit and ambassador of L’Officiel Singapore, Yoyo Cao travels to the world’s fashion capitals in search of inspiration for her next collection. However, one of her favorite stops is actually close to home. “Macau is always where my heart is”, says the Macau-born, Singapore-based entrepreneur. "My favorite time to go to Macau is in the springtime. Flowers begin to bloom across the city. It’s a beautiful sight to wake up to every morning."

Discover Yoyo Cao’s Personal Guide To Macau


VIVA MACAU

Slots ringing, lights beaming and fountains flowing. These are the sights and sounds of Macau, Asia’s answer to Las Vegas. While the tourist hub is packed with high rollers, the Sino-Portuguese destination still boasts threads of genuine authenticity amongst the flash. Experience exotic dishes, bustling local markets and sights that speak to the land's origins—just minutes away from the busy Cotai strip.

WHAT TO PACK

Evening Attire: Leave the flip-flops for the pool and opt for casual yet proper attire for nights out on the town. Dress code is in effect.

Watch The Clock: Clock-free casinos may quickly zip your time away. Latch on your favorite timepiece and be sure to enjoy the light of day. 

Make A Splash: Pack a swimsuit or two for days when lying by the pool feels mandatory. Take a dip under the beating sun and be sure to lather on some waterproof sunblock.

FIVE ESSENTIAL PHRASES

M̀m goi: Excuse me and thank you. The Macanese are a polite folk and appreciative of those who know a phrase or two.

M̀m sai hak hei: You’re welcome or don’t worry about it. A phrase most used to express appreciation for one’s generosity and courtesy.

Mai daan, mm goi!: Check please! A phrase that you will frequently use while dining through some of Macau’s top restos. 

Yámbūi!: Cheers and drink up! The louder, the better. 

Jūk néih hóuwahn: Wish your friends and fellow gamblers good luck.

TIPS ONLY A LOCAL WOULD KNOW

Getting There: There are two ferry services running between Hong Kong and Macau, one running to the old terminal downtown and the other along the Cotai Strip where many of the new casinos are located. For a quicker commute, hop aboard the frequent helicopter services. Macau International Airport (MAC) has flights arriving from all over Asia.

Common Currency: The official currency is the Macanese Pacata (MOP), but the Hong Kong Dollar is also accepted on an equivalent exchange rate. However, Pacatas are not likewise accepted in Hong Kong, so make sure you change (or spend) your Pacatas before leaving.

Golden Week: A seven-day holiday honored by the Chinese that encourages travel, spending and time with family. Perhaps not the best time to visit as hotels will be booked and the streets will be overflowing with foot traffic.

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