Cambodia Expenses: 2 Weeks

Similar to Vietnam, it was really difficult to keep track of our expenses in Cambodia because most places only operate in cash (especially for food). Here’s what we spent over our 2 weeks (12 days) in Cambodia, with a little bit of guesswork on the details. As usual, the prices include both of us (2 people).

Accommodation

Intercontinental Phnom Penh (3 nights): free on points
Eureka Villa’s Siem Reap (4 nights): $97.52
Saracen Bay Resort (5 nights): $286.15
The Small Hotel (1 night): $17.21

Total: $400.88

Transportation

Bus from Ho Chi Mihn to Phnom Penh: $28
Tuk Tuk from bus station to hotel: $5
Bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: $26
Tuk Tuk from bus station to hotel: $5
Tuk Tuk for small temple tour: $15
Tuk Tuk for big (sunrise) temple tour: $20
Tuk Tuk from Siem Reap to airport: $6
Flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: $55.80
Speed boat from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong Samloem (return ticket): $42
Tuk Tuk from ferry port to hotel: $5

Total: $207.80

Activities/Misc Expenses

3 day Angkor Wat passes: $80
Visa Cost: $60
Shopping (clothes, jewelry): $13

Total: $153.00

Food

Since most places only accepted cash, we do not have exact numbers for food as it was hard to keep track of. This is our best guess for what we spent on food.

Total: $439.00

Summary

Total: $1200.68

Total per person: $600.34

Total per person, per day: $42.88

Thoughts and Tips

Agoda Agoda Agoda! Seriously – Agoda is awesome in saving you money on accommodation. Plus, if you book through the portal TopCashBack, you will get 6% of your money back on your booking. I am still waiting for some pending transactions to finalize, but this will make it so our accommodation in Cambodia was even cheaper.

We decided to splurge on our trip to Koh Rong Samloem and stay at Saracen Bay Resort. Since we knew we wouldn’t have wifi and wouldn’t have much to do, especially since it was rainy season, we wanted to stay somewhere nicer. We could have stayed at other places for much less and saved some money.

If you want a quick way to save money, avoid the booze. Beer is so cheap in Vietnam (and pretty much everywhere in Southeast Asia) that it makes it tempting – large beers for 75 cents? What a steal! What you don’t realize is that it quickly adds up and can easily double your meal costs.

Our cash spend per person per day went up from Vietnam to Cambodia, which is not good. We certainly could have spent less money on accommodation and food/drinks. We also feel that Cambodia was more expensive than Vietnam because they use the US Dollar as currency. This made it so most things were at least a dollar, whereas in Vietnam, we bought plenty of things for less than a dollar.

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