The Cotai Strip is Macau’s answer to the Las Vegas Strip. This glittering stretch of casinos and hotels is the most prominent gambling destination in Asia and draws international visitors from all over the globe. Known also as the Macau Strip, the gambling district boasts famous names such as the Venetian, the MGM Grand, and the Wynn.
The most visible, and the largest casino in the Cotai Strip is The Sands Casino, which greets visitors right as they step off the ferry at Fisherman’s Wharf from Hong Kong. Owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, which also owns the Venetian, The Sands casino is devoted to serious gamblers, and casual visitors will find little to see here. For more glitz and glamour, head to the Venetian, which is as splendid as its Vegas counterpart. The Cotai Strip version of the Venetian is newer, and includes a huge mall with all the brand name products you can buy, several restaurants, and of course, a ride down the Venetian canals on a gondola.
A visit to the Wynn Hotel and Casino is a must for the classiest gambling experience on the Macau Strip. This beautiful 5-star hotel incorporates pools, restaurants, bars, and casinos into a seamless and luxurious resort experience. It doesn’t hurt that it is located in a prominent location right across from the venerable Lisboa Casino, one of Macau’s oldest and most historically significant casinos. Finally, be sure to check out the Macau strip’s version of the MGM Grand, which boasts the signature MGM lion in the front—although it lacks the Las Vegas casino’s impressive fountain, it is still a luxurious hotel casino and well worth seeing.