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Macau/Cotai

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Cotai, also known as the Cotai Strip, (路氹 - Lou Tam in Cantonese, Lu Tan in Mandarin) is in the rather unimaginative name given to the reclaimed land between what used to be Taipa and Coloane islands in China's Special Administrative Region of Macau, coined out of the contraction of Coloane and Taipa.

The area is being developed into the Las Vegas Strip of the East and will also house several hotels, sports facilities, golf courses and other facilities.

Get in[edit]

  • By ferry - See the Macau guide for ferry services to Macau. The Taipa Ferry Terminal is close to Cotai, and there is a shuttle to the Venetian. Cotai Jet [1], which already runs HK-Macau ferries 24h/day, will move its Macau terminal into Cotai as soon as the new terminal is ready.
  • By bus - the AP1 bus from Macau airport stops a short distance from the Venetian a couple of stops after leaving the airport. 3.30 for the bus, and 3 per bag, and also services the Macau Ferry wharf.
  • By shuttle - The Venetian has free shuttles that run to the ferry wharf and the border gate frequently from early until late.

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gambling

Gambling[edit]

  • The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, [2] Cotai Strip. +853 2882-8888. Email: inquiries@venetian.com.mo - With the grand opening in the last week of August 2007, the Venetian is touted as the largest casino in the world by floor footage (and fourth largest building in the world by floor footage). At a cost of nearly $2.4bn, it is hardly a surprise. There are close to 3,000 suites, 16,000 staff members, 840 gaming tables and 3,400 slot machines. In addition it has a 15,000 seat sports arena. The concept is Venice meets China and there are even indoor canals replete with gondola and sampan rides, as well as a shopping mall, and indoor Venetian styled squares.
The Venetian

Go Karting[edit]

  • The go-kart track on the southern end of Cotai. You can reach it by bus from Macau and Taipa on route 21, 21A, 25, 26 and 26A, and from Taipa on route 15. Casual rates (as of Jan 2007) 100/180MOP for 10/20 min. You can also book the track for a private event but they require 7 days notice. The track itself is quite good taking about a minute to navigate, at a leisurely pace.

Bowling[edit]

  • Macau Dome (澳門蛋) is a bowling centre of international standard, constructed in 2005 for the East Asian Games. There are 24 lanes, the first four of which may be used by children as these lanes are equipped with raisable borders. A lane costs MOP20 per person a game during the day, MOP30 in the evening. The Macau Dome can be reached from Macau and Taipa by bus 21, 21A, 25, 26, or 26A, or from Taipa by bus 15 (get off at Rotunda Flor de Lotus).

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  • 888 Gourmet Place, 203 Largo de Monte Carlo , Sands Macau Hotel Macau, Macau, +85328883388. M-Th 11:30-14:30 & 17:30-22:30 F-Su 11:00-23:00. is a food court based restaurant on the second floor. 888 Gourmet Place offers a variety of meals and buffets with variations of Japanese, Thai, and Chinese options. It's one of Macau's popular dining outlets. With a casual setting, it's a great eatery with loads of variety for a delicious quick meal.  edit

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  • Blue Frog Bar and Grill, Shop 1037, The Venetian (Opposite the Cotai Arena), +853 2882-8281. 7AM to 2AM. Outlet of the famous Shanghai joint, with large portions of American food plus one of the widest selections of shots, cocktails, liquor and wines in Macau. HK$500-1,000.  edit

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Splurge[edit]

  • Galaxy Hotel, +853 2888-0888 (fax: +853 8883-3988), [4].  edit
  • Grand Hyatt Macau, City of Dreams, Estrada do Istmo, Cotai, +853 8868-1234 (), [5]. A 5 star hotel with 791 rooms and suites looking over Pearl River. Facilities include: 2 restaurants, a lounge, spa, fitness centre, outdoor infinity pool and 8,990 sq m in event space.  edit
  • Grand Waldo Hotel, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus, Cotai, +853 2888-6888 (fax: +853 2888-6889), [6].  edit
  • Holiday Inn, Cotai Central, Sands Cotai Central, Cotai Strip, Taipa, +853 8113-9000 (), [7]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Facilities include 1159 guestrooms, 69 suites, a pool, fitness centre, a pool cafe, and lobby lounge.  edit
  • Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, +853 2880-2000 (, fax: +853 2880-2111), [10]. checkin: 15:00; checkout: 11:00. Opened in September 2012, this is the largest hotel in Macau and the largest Sheraton in the world. The hotel has 3,896 rooms, two towers, three restaurants, a lounge, spa, fitness centre, three pools, and a Sheraton Club. From HK$1,388.  edit

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