The old adage “the early bird catches the worm” applies to Macau as there is much to see, do and experience in this compact Asian centre – from morning 'till well after dark. Sightseeing, chatting, shopping, dining, clubbing, even a Vegas-style show to be seen – that’s Macau.

7:00am

Start the day early with a stroll through one of the Macau peninsula parks and join the locals in a bit of tai chi or even some general exercise.

8:00am

If you are feeling a little peckish, head to a local’s favourite noodle street-side eatery for a traditional Chinese breakfast - without burning a hole in the pocket.

9:00am

Set out on a walk to Senado Square and meander along the pedestrian street to the iconic Ruins of St Paul’s before the tourist crowds arrive.

10:00am

For a little less than $3, learn about Macau’s five centuries of history on a stroll through the Museum of Macau before exploring the Mount Fortress.

11:00am

It’s now time to explore the shops, art galleries, historic churches and temples, perhaps a small tea house or Chinese medicine pharmacy.

1:00pm

By now the stomach is crying out for food, so head to restaurant that specialises in Macanese fusion cuisine, Litoral or A Lorcha.

3:00pm

Take the elevator to the 233nd level of Macau Tower for a spectacular view, perhaps an AJ Hackett bungee jump or more gentile outdoors SkyWalk.

4:00pm

Hail a cab for a 20-minute drive to sleepy Coloane to sample a Macanese egg tart piping hot from the Lord Stow Bakery oven followed by a village stroll.

5:00pm

Prepare to take in a Vegas-style show, whether it’s the new Franz Harary House of Magic or the longer established The House of the Dancing Water.

7:00pm

Take an evening stroll near the Taipa Houses to watch the lighting of the Cotai Strip before exploring the narrow lanes of Taipa Village.

8:00pm

Settle in for a Portuguese feast in one of Taipa Village’s many restaurants, Antonio’s or O Manel’s, to name just two favourites.

10:00pm

Grab a night cap or dance into the wee hours at one of a host of bars and clubs, MGM’s Lions Bar or China Rouge within the Galaxy.

Midnight

Perhaps it’s time for a final flutter on the blackjack table or roulette wheel before returning to the hotel room. The choice of casinos is almost endless.