Which is better for partying: Las Vegas or Macau? In the early 1980s, the wonderful singer Prince published a song, “1999” with its iconic line “Let’s party like It’s 1999”. For those of my wonderful readers below the age of 40, the date and the concept may be old-fashioned but some people thought the world would end at the turn of the Millennium in 2000 so the best thing to do was party wildly at the end of 1999. As it so happens, 1999 was also the year that the Portuguese government turned over political control of Macau to the Peoples Republic of China. For adult fun and excitement, both Las Vegas and Macau are in a league all to their own. There are no other two cities in the world dedicated quite so much to relaxation, fun, wild partying and decadent living. But which one holds the top spot in Isabella’s heart?
Las Vegas and Macau are both shiny and new. They both have wonderfully iconic architecture that invites the world to relax and have fun. Vegas has casinos that celebrate Ancient Egypt, New York City, Paris, Venice and even the Stratosphere. Its age and background are manufactured. Las Vegas was incorporated in 1905 and was not developed extensively until after World War II and only really took off in the 1980s.
Eiffel wonderful when I’m in Las Vegas!
Las Vegas is built in the middle of a desert. This means that the weather is hot and dry. Through much of the year, late mornings and early afternoons are spent lounging by the myriad of hotel pools recovering from the previous night’s fun.
Meanwhile, Macau is in the tropics and so tends to be warm and sticky. While you will still see guests by the pools, the beaches of Macau are a real attraction as well. The surroundings of Las Vegas have a plethora of thrilling natural sites. Las Vegas is surrounded by the picturesque Mojave Desert, including the iconic Death Valley. A bus ride or short helicopter trip delivers you to the Grand Canyon with its spectacular natural beauty.
This church is just a shell of its former self!
Both Las Vegas and Macau offer incredible scenery but I’d have to give Las Vegas the edge over Macau. The weather is generally more comfortable in Las Vegas compared to steamy Macau and there is no denying the beauty of the American Southwest. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give Las Vegas an 8 (it’s way too hot in the summer) and Macau a 7 (I’m not a fan of sauna).
Restaurants and Food
As you might guess, both resort cities offer incredible cuisine options that fit the dietary requirements of anyone. What you might not expect is that both locations also offer good value for their food as the owners of the hotels would rather have their patrons spend their money at the gaming tables instead of the restaurants.
Las Vegas offers every range of food from comfort food at the diner “Denny’s” to high-end eateries like Spago’s, Cipriani’s and Capital Grille. Macau has similar high-end food outlets but Macau also offers the scenic Taipa Village where street food is fresh, spicy and wonderful! Both cities have their celebrity chefs and sometimes those chefs have outlets in both resorts.
Take your (tooth) pick!
The attraction of both cities are their spectacular casinos. After all, this is the reason for the prominence of both locations. Apart from casinos, however, both resorts boast incredible entertainment in the form of shows.
Bars that are themed to appeal to any interest are available in both locations and both offer exciting nightclubs for celebrating the winnings that so rarely accrue to guests. So, on the surface, both Las Vegas and Macau are relatively close on the nightlife comparison.
Talk about extreme yoga moves!
For bars, however, I prefer Macau. Bars in Macau have a class and style that Las Vegas often lacks. Las Vegas offers themed bars designed to entertain like the Skyfall Lounge and the Ice Bar. Meanwhile, Macau offers upscale and trendy venues like China Rouge; one of my favourite bars in the entire world!
“Ground control to Major Tom”!
Choosing a winner on the nightlife front is difficult but I’d have to give Las Vegas the edge because of its shows. I prefer the bars of Macau but Las Vegas offers it all! I’d rate Las Vegas as a 10 out of 10 for nightlife and Macau a 9 out of 10. You can’t go wrong with either location!
Both Las Vegas and Macau offer outstanding hotels that are great value. Las Vegas offers big resorts and “statement” hotels that surround the casinos. Macau offers similar resorts – often under the same name and management as Las Vegas. However, Macau also offers incredible properties that are traditional and intimate in a city with the highest population density in the world.
Fans of Las Vegas will profess that hotels don’t need to be too nice because, “sleep is overrated”. It is certainly true that sleep deprivation is a common trait of most visitors!
Have mo’ of the Mojave!
Meanwhile, my favourite properties in Macau are much more luxurious like the Altira Macau and the Four Seasons Macau. Both provide excellent service but Macau offers the impeccable hospitality and style of the Orient.
If you are looking for value with accommodation, then Las Vegas is a steal! If you plan on sleeping more than a few hours a night, though, I prefer Macau. This is a hard choice, but I’d rate Las Vegas a 9 out of 10 for accommodation (all properties are huge and lack personal service) but I’d also rate Macau a 9 out of 10 (nicer hotels can be expensive).
So, how do the two locations stack up for me? On an arithmetic basis, both locations score an equal and high 8.5 out of 10. That makes selecting a winner difficult. I’d have to choose Macau simply because it is more exotic than Las Vegas. Visiting Las Vegas is easy for a long weekend from most of the West whereas more time and effort is required to visit Macau.
Both locations are truly excellent and are worth a visit. So, my recommendation is to visit each one as often as possible!