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HOW MUCH TO BUDGET FOR TRAVELLING CAMBODIA

Welcome to another post in my ‘How Much to Budget…’ series! This time around, I’m talking about Cambodia and any thrifty folk out there will want to listen up for this one. It’s a lovely place to visit with the friendliest people and is also the cheapest country I’ve ever visited. We spent 18 days there and were tempted to stay for even longer! Especially for the sake of this blog (dedication, I know) I kept track of all our spends in order to create a comprehensive guide of how much to budget for travelling Cambodia. So let’s get stuck in…

Note: All figures shown below are based on two people so if you’re travelling solo, just halve the figures shown. The exchange rate at my time of travel was around 1.28 USD : 1 GBP.

Angkor Wat

Accommodation = $127.75 or £99.65

Accommodation in Cambodia is really cheap. Here, we stayed in the cheapest hostels across our entire trip in South East Asia with a double ensuite rooms for less than $8 per night.

Be warned though: unlike other parts of South East Asia, air con and hot water don’t necessarily come as standard in Cambodia. Depending on the time of year, you may want to spend a little more for that extra bit of comfort. I can’t even tell you how uncomfortable those rooms are with just one small fan to keep you cool in 40 degree heat. At least the freezing cold showers came in useful then! Luckily, the guesthouses are so cheap that you can still bag a A/C room with hot water for under $15 per night.

To find the best deals, I searched through sites like Hostelworld, Expedia, Agoda, and Booking.com. We booked accommodation a day or so in advance so it’s likely that we could have found even cheaper prices. In most places, we ended

Average nightly cost per person = $3.76 / £2.94

S21 Prison

Transport = $63 or £53.13

Getting around Cambodia is easy and cheap. Our only major journey was an 8 hour bus ride between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap as in the cities, we could reach everywhere we wanted on foot.

Bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: $26
Tuk Tuk to Killing Fields / S21:
$20
Tuk Tuk around Angkor Archaeological Park:
$17

The only other transport we needed was getting to the Killing Fields and Angkor Wat. The tuk tuk drivers in Cambodia are really patient and much less pushy than in other places we visited in Asia. You can negotiate with a driver to visit a number of attractions in one go and they’ll patiently wait for you while you look around.

I haven’t included our costs for getting in and out of Cambodia in this total, although budget backpackers will be happy to know that the bus network is pretty great. We took the bus from Vietnam to Phnom Penh and then another from Siem Reap to Thailand for a total of $62 – just $13 per journey! While the journeys are fairly long, the visa process is simple and it saves a ton of money on expensive flights.

NB: If you apply for an e-visa, keep hold of your visa for the duration of your trip. Despite having my passport stamped with my entry date, I was asked for a copy of mine before leaving Cambodia and it was only through pure luck that I had a copy scrunched up in my backpack. That’s a stress that I wouldn’t wish on anyone!

Food in Cambodia

Food = $358.12 or £279.78

We spent a lot on eating out in Cambodia – we easily could have eaten for about half the price each day! But after a few months in Asia, we did end up getting a bit sick of eating noodles for most meals and splashed out on delicious meals at great NGO Cafes in Siem Reap. So, while we spent a little more than planned on food, at least our money went to support some good causes. We were also in the mood for relaxation, opting for plenty of Game of Thrones marathons instead of heading out to Pub Street.

Eating out: $307.30
Supermarket snacks and water: $38.82
Alcohol: $12

If you want to slash your food budget in Cambodia, head to the night markets. Here, you can grab a plate of noodles for just $1 and wash it down with a fresh fruit smoothie for the same price. Don’t miss the ice cream rolls – I’d never seen these before visiting Cambodia and we enjoyed quite a few of these sweet treats in the evenings.

Average daily cost per person = $21.07 / £16.46

Ice cream rolls

Activities = $98 or £75.56

While my ideal Cambodian itinerary would involve heading to the coast for some beach time, we were on a serious budget by this part of our trip. Luckily, we both wanted to see the same main sights – the Killing Fields, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and of course, Angkor Wat. While Angkor Wat have almost doubled their entry fees in the last year or so to a hefty $37 each for a one-day pass, the other two museums are a very reasonable $6.

Visiting these places had a real impact on me for very different reasons and I’ll remember those days for the rest of my life. I’ve written more detailed posts about both of them so if you’d like to read more, peruse away…

Cambodia and The Khmer Rouge

Experiencing Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Other = $30.10 or £23.52

As always, this is filled with random bits and bobs that you don’t particularly expect before you go away – for example, replenishing toiletries and laundry. I also had the worst haircut of my life…but then I did pay just $4 so really, should I have been surprised?

Total spent = $676.97 or £545.94

Average daily cost per person = $19.91 or £16.05

It’s the cheapest daily total yet and a seriously impressive one – living on just £16 per day would mean you could spend a month in Cambodia for under £500! Now that’s a budget trip that I can get on board with…

Is Cambodia on your bucket list of places to visit? Or do you have any great tips for travelling on a budget? Let me know!

Laura x

Read more about budget backpacking:

How Much to Budget for Three Weeks in New Zealand

How Much to Budget for a Month in Vietnam

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    rylielane
    October 7, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Hey Laura, I’m heading to Cambodia in a few weeks, so this post was perfect! I find that there aren’t many post out there that break budgeting down for a trip to be this easy to understand!

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I’m so happy it was useful for you! Have an amazing time, I’m dying to go back so v jealous 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Lottie Gibbons
    October 8, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    $8 a night is so good!
    http://www.lottiegibbons.com

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:52 am

      It’s pretty incredible isn’t it!

  • Reply
    snowtoseas
    October 9, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for writing and sharing such a detailed and helpful post about travelling to Cambodia! It’s pretty amazing how cheap accommodation can be even if you want A/C and hot water. And with food looking that delicious, I definitely would have splurged too.

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:53 am

      I’m so glad you liked it – the food was 100% worth the splurge 😉

  • Reply
    C-Ludik
    October 10, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Loved reading your post. I have heard so many people saying that they loved visiting Cambodia. I’ve never been to Cambodia but this country is on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your travel experience ! Your post includes really useful and informative tips.

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

      It’s a really amazing country, I hope you get to visit someday 🙂

  • Reply
    Adrenaline Romance
    October 11, 2017 at 1:45 am

    We converted this into Philippine peso, and it seems very reasonable indeed! Very useful because we’re planning to visit Cambodia next year. For accommodations, as long as it’s clean and comfortable, we’re fine with it. 🙂

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:50 am

      I hope you have a fantastic trip!

  • Reply
    nickymacke
    October 14, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Great article! We also managed to do Cambodia relatively cheaply but didn’t do as well as you. The great thing about Cambodia is there’s just so much choice, you can pick and choose where you want to splurge a little, so for us it was food (like you guys) and some great inexpensive accommodation! Loads of great, relevant info, thank you!

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 14, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thanks very much Nicky, there is definitely a lot of choice which is always a good thing! 🙂 x

  • Reply
    Danielle'sTravels
    October 14, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Great tips, really detailed! The ice cream rolls look amazing, Thankyou for sharing! Also, love your photographs!

  • Reply
    umesh mistry
    August 10, 2018 at 7:38 am

    nice blog and well written enjoyed it…was 18 days in Cambodia enough or would u recommend more time?

    • Reply
      Laura
      October 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      I thought that 18 days was a good amount of time – we actually could have seen a few more places in that time so don’t be afraid to head more off the beaten track (or to the beach!) x

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