From the mid-16th century to 1999, when it was transferred back to China, Macau was a Portuguese colony. Today, it’s known as the “Monte Carlo of the Orient,” home to many of the world’s largest casinos, including The Venetian Macau, the biggest casino on earth and the 6th largest structure in the world. The complex cost $2.4 billion to construct, including a sports events hall and an incredible 550,000-square-foot gambling area. Impressive inside and out, it features the same quasi-Venetian style as its sister resort in Las Vegas it was modeled after, including replicas of the lagoon city’s canals. There are luxurious, all-suite guest rooms, multiple restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world, a play zone, garden swimming pools and extensive recreational facilities, along with 3,000 slots and 750 table games, with total floor space of nearly 10.8 million square feet.