Previously, I blogged about some activities worth checking out when you visit Macau. Anna Mae Lamentillo, writing for GMA News, lists her own 10 things to do in Macau besides gambling, and she kindly cites a gondola ride at the Venetian Macao as number one (although, to be honest, I don’t think her list is actually ordered by rank, much as I’d like to think it is). She writes:

It was my first time Macau, and despite its reputation, I never gambled during my stay. The closest thing to the casino scene that I did was to have my picture taken in front of a slot machine. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t have anything against a clean, healthy game of chance. But I thought it would be really nice to explore the place apart from the usual gambling frenzy…. Here’s how to enjoy Macau without playing the blackjack or the roulette.

1. Ride the gondola

The gondola might have originated in Venice, but you don’t have to wait for a trip to Europe to ride the traditional, flat-bottomed row boat. The Venetian Macau offers Italian gondolas with serenading gondoliers gliding through the San Loco, Marco Polo, or Grand Canals.

While the whole thing may seem like a romantic adventure, it can be a fun family activity or a friendly one. Just forget about the smooch under the bridge.