Macau was a Portuguese territory for a long time until its recent turnover to China, and it still acts independently in many ways, similarly to nearby Hong Kong. It’s now known mostly as the gambling capital of the world, and a major destination for Hong Kong and China locals.
Before the recent casino boom Macau was known for its unique Portuguese colonial influences, and most of that remains even though it’s overshadowed by huge hotels. It’s still easy enough to stay in one of those older sections and keep your budget under control.
Casino hotels in Macau can be pricey, especially on weekends, but budget accommodation does exist as well. Food from traditional stand-alone restaurants and street stalls can be quite cheap, while restaurants in the fancy hotels is anything but.
Macau has its own currency, but we’ve used Hong Kong dollars here since they are essentially the same value.