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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.