There are a number of fantastic casino and gaming meccas in Asia, with Macau probably the most well known globally. However, Southeast Asia is also home to many high-end luxury integrated casino resorts which offer excellent accommodation, dining and entertainment experiences.
We look at some of the best casino destinations in Malaysia, Vietnam and Cambodia. From tropical island getaways, socialising and dining in the finest establishments, and luxury penthouses with extraordinary city views, all of which can also be accessed by charter flights.
Malaysia - Resorts World Genting
Resorts World Genting (“RWG”) is Malaysia’s premier integrated resort destination and offers a range of upscale accommodation, excellent restaurants, attractions and casinos for visitors from across the globe.
RWG is also the only legal land-based casino area in Malaysia and the resort has two casino outlets at the property - Genting Casino in Genting Grand Complex and SkyCasino in SkyAvenue Mall. The massive casino area covers 200,000 square feet and there are exciting and diverse entertainment venues, clubs, and bars.
The resort offers Genting Rewards to members, and the Gold rewards are the highest level; some benefits include priority access to concerts and shows, and an invitation to special membership programmes, parties, and events.
With six hotels at the integrated resort, there is accommodation to suit all tastes and more than 10,000 rooms to choose from!
Crockfords provides suites featuring an in-room private steam bath and luxurious Greek Calacatta marble restroom fixtures. The hotel was the recipient of the prestigious 5-star rating by the Forbes Travel Guide for three consecutive years (2019 – 2021). There are seven suites to select from; the largest and most opulent is the Executive Suite which covers 2,900 sq ft and offers two bedrooms, an in-room steam bath, private gym, full dining room and more.
Crowned with the trademark Genting logo, Genting Grand offers a 5-star stay with elegant rooms and luxury standards. The hotel’s finest rooms are the Club Suites which are 700 sq ft and have all of the comforts needed for a pampered stay.
Other hotels at Resorts World Genting are the Highlands Hotel, Resorts World Awana, Resort Hotel, First World Hotel, and the Genting Skyworld’s Hotel.
All Day & Night Entertainment
There is plenty of shopping to do at the First World Plaza retail malls while a new theme park called Genting SkyWorlds Theme Park has also been announced. The park will feature 9 themed worlds, spread over 26 acres with 26 rides and attractions. Currently, guests can enjoy arcade games, Snow World, and other entertainment venues.
There is endless nighttime entertainment with clubs, karaoke venues and excellent dining. FUHU Restaurant & Bar offers Asian cuisine from world-renowned chefs while the dining takes place within the Sakura garden. Zouk Genting is a 35,000 square feet clubbing experience with five distinctive areas under one roof. There are also Empire, RedTail by Zouk, and RedTail Karaoke.
The resort, like so many across Asia, has seen periods of forced closure or restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic but reports in September 2021, indicate that Resorts World Genting. It is planned to be one of three Malaysian tourism destinations to be included in a tourism bubble.
Resorts World Genting is located about two hours by road from the KLIA/ KLIA2 airports. The operators also own other resorts around Malaysia, including Resorts World Langkawi which is a popular island destination for SEA for private air charters.
Vietnam - Phu Quoc Corona Resort & Casino
The southern Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc (which lies just off the Cambodian coast) hosts one of the only two legally operated casinos that permit Vietnamese citizens to gamble. The luxurious entertainment complex also is home to the Radisson Blu Resort and Hotel, VinOasis Hotel, and Almaz.
The resort is set on Bai Dai (Long Beach) about 30 kilometres north of the airport and The Corona Resort & Casino is serviced by many ferries. It can also be reached by the Phu Quoc International Airport - which only opened in 2012 and due to the growing demand, plans for a second runway and passenger terminal have already been announced.
The casino and resort opened in January 2019 and covers an area of 574 square kilometres and is designed to look like an island-shaped seahorse.
On the casino side, there is a range of 1,000 slots and 100 blackjack tables, Baccarat, Corona Poker, Russian Poker, Blackjack, Dice, Slots, and more gaming options.
Luxury Island Accommodation
Corona boasts a five-star Radisson Blu and the four-star Vin Oasis hotel with more than 1,500 rooms as well as ten luxury villas.
The Radisson Blu Resort Phu Quoc offers activities such as visits to Vinpearl Land, waterslides, and a safari. The 5-star rated Radisson Blu Hotel Phu Quoc provides a selection of accommodation but the two-bedroom Sky Suites (only two are available) are the most exclusive. Guests can also choose to stay at the villas, with a six-room villa the largest available (635m2).
The VinOasis is a world-class multi-utility complex with a hotel, large event space and entertainment destinations. King Ocean View rooms are the most common high-end rooms at the property (a luxurious space with a special sunset view), and there is one Vinsuit room (125m²) with 2 king beds for a high-end luxury stay.
Stay & Play in Phu Quoc
Almaz is the retail and restaurant strip at Corona Resort, with a 500-600 seat theatre and an 18,000 square meter convention centre. The theatre has held live shows from some of Vietnam’s leading artists. Guests can also travel to the Vinpearl Phu Quoc water park and VinWonders Phu Quoc, a large and modern amusement park that has hosted special events such as Miss Vietnam.
In terms of dining, the eclectic options include the Bach Giai (Chinese Style) Restaurant, Ozone seafood restaurant, Bow (Thai Restaurant), Japanese Shinko Restaurant, and the Topaz Ruby Restaurant (European cuisine).
A number of international developments have been announced on the island since the resort opened which include local and international luxury hotel brands. As the island has seen massive development over the past decade, Business Insider reported that close to 30,000 hotel rooms have been built or are under construction. With the added condotels, villas and other residences, there might be as many as 40,000 hotel rooms in Phu Quoc.
In September 2021, the Vietnam government announced that the island of Phu Quoc’s casinos would be allowed to reopen, however a pilot programme to let international tourists arrive without mandatory quarantine was postponed.
Cambodia - Top Casinos
In 2019 it is believed as many as 100 casinos were operating in the Kingdom of Cambodia, most of which were located in the coastal city of Sihanoukville but many have since closed. However, the coastal city is still a popular gaming destination with Chinese visitors in particular.
There are also casinos in nearby Kampot, the border towns of Bavet and Poipet, while NagaWorld is the prime destination in Phnom Penh.
NagaWorld - Phnom Penh
NagaCorp is Cambodia’s largest casino operator and it holds a monopoly on casino gaming within 200 kilometres of Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. It extended its exclusivity agreement with the Cambodian government by 10 years until 2045. But it offers a huge high-end integrated resort for global guests.
NagaWorld is one of the largest 5-star hotels in the country and the only luxury premium casino in Cambodia. There are more than 20 diverse and sumptuous food & beverage outlets as well as clubs and two all-suite luxurious spas. In addition, there is an extensive assortment of live music and entertainment with facilities that accommodates more than 1,000 delegates.
There are two operational complexes on-site; NagaWorld and Naga2, which are connected by the nation’s first underground designer mall (China Duty-Free Group) which specialises in luxurious international brands.
Phnom Penh Luxury Stays
Naga 3 is also under development and the company expects to expand the resort’s total room capacity to about 5,000 rooms by 2025. The combined properties currently offer1658 luxurious rooms and suites.
The properties offer a selection of twin size and king size rooms, but for the most VIP experience, the suites located on the top floors of the property are the only place to stay. The Vimean Penthouse Suite is a 440-square-metre, 3-bedroom penthouse suite that offers a steam room, a premium karaoke sound system, a large dining room, and a private entertainment room.
The NagaWorld 2 Penthouse Suite is an ultra-luxurious private residence (530-square-metres) that encompasses the entire 19th floor. The master bedroom has an en-suite marble bathroom with a bathtub, private Jacuzzi, private gaming room and a state-of-the-art karaoke system.
NagaWorld is home to Cambodia’s largest and most prestigious casino and entertainment complex, offering table games, slot machines, and 24 hour non-stop gaming. There are table games, slot machines, Texas Hold’em Poker, Keno, a Sports Book and more.
There are a number of VIP and private gaming options for premium customers. NagaWorld offers a gaming salon with higher limits, privacy and premium offerings and rewards. Guests can also take advantage of NagaWorld Rewards for special offers and rewards.
Luxury World-Class Dining & Events in Cambodia
NagaWorld celebrates local, regional and Western cuisine with award-winning dishes from a talented team of international chefs. Some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the country is available at the Hall of Golden Chimes restaurant and Fortune Palace. There is also excellent Japanese (The Teppanyaki) and Korean (Korean Grill) with a number of buffet and international variety offerings across the properties.
The site has also hosted international trade, property and business events and several beauty pageants and concerts. The new 2,000-seater NABA Theatre also offers original productions from the talents at NagaWorld.
There is a new international airport being developed in the city which is due to be ready by 2023, but NagaWorld already has a private aircraft hangar at the current international Phnom Penh airport. There are several private charter flights by jet into and from Phnom Penh and helicopter charter experiences in Cambodia.
NagaCorp is also developing a casino resort in Vladivostok, Russia.
Century Entertainment - Koh Kong
Century Entertainment will open its new casino in Dara Sakor in Koh Kong which has been delayed due to the pandemic.
Although little information has been confirmed for the new resort complex, the Hong Kong-listed Century Entertainment location will cover a gross floor area of 10,500 square meters with a variety of gaming options, hotels and restaurants.
Koh Kong has a brand new international airport under development, which will see testing in Q4 2021 before it’s expected to open for international and domestic flights. The international airport will be able to handle long-haul aircraft like the Boeing 777 and Airbus A340 as well as private charter flights and helicopters.
There are expected to be 20 mass gaming tables, niu-niu poker, baccarat, blackjack, sic bo and poker, 25 VIP tables, 50 EGMs and a Chinese restaurant. Century Entertainment said “The new location at Dara Sakor is planned to be surrounded by luxury hotel resorts and a golf course. “
See more in part two of the Top Casino Destinations Across Southeast Asia Part One: Singapore.
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