My expenses in Cambodia

15 nights travelling Siem Reap, Battambang, Phnom Penh & Kampot

I’ve been tracking my expenses from the day I boarded my flight to Bangkok to start my 9 week trip across IndoChina.

I keep a running list on Wunderlist where I write everything I’ve spent money on that day. This information I later add to a Google Sheet I use to keep track of my expenses. They fall under either one of the 6 categories: Accommodation, Food, Transportation, Sightseeing & Activities, Supermarket or Personal.

Cambodia’s unofficial currency is American Dollars so the numbers used in calculation are in USD.
Here’s an overview of what my Cambodian expenses were like:

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I spent the most on Food (What was I eating?). I could’ve avoided all the expenses under Personal (things like paper fan, book, mani/pedi, etc.) but those little indulgences keep me sane. If I’m travelling long-term, I have to take care of myself once in a while.

Let’s break it down

Inward flight from Vientiane to Phnom Penh = $150
Visa on Arrival = $30

FOOD = $180.80
Most expensive
Arrabbiata and a glass of wine at Aperitivo in Phnom Penh for $11.50
Cheapest
Chocolate brownies for $2

ACCOMMODATION = $134.64
Most expensive
The single room in Angkor International Hotel, Phnom Penh for $17.64/night
Cheapest
Angkor Comfort Hotel in Battambang (splitting a triple room three-ways) for $6.65/person/night

SIGHTSEEING & ACTIVITIES = $115
Most expensive
1-day pass to Angkor Archaeological Park for $20pp
Boat ride to Tonle Sap Floating village for $20pp
Cheapest
Entrance to cave near Kampot for $1
Occasional bicycle rental at $1

TRANSPORTATION = $84
Most expensive
Tuktuk for the day in Siem Reap for $10
Cheapest
Tuktuk to hotel in Battambang for $1 (he’d asked for 0.50 but we were feeling generous).

PERSONAL = $45
Most expensive
Book about the Khmer Rouge survivors for $10
Cheapest
Paper fan at Siem Reap night market for $1

SUPERMARKET = $32.20
Most expensive
Chips, bread, drinks & ice cream $6
Cheapest
Water bought mid-stop during a long bus ride for $0.50

15 nights in Cambodia
$771.64

AED 2,834.35

You could get that number down easy. I was with friends so it was cheaper for us to get a triple room and split costs each way. If I were travelling alone, I’d book myself in to a hostel or a cheaper private room.
My super-brown-passport requires me to show proof of onward journey for pretty much every country I travel to. If you’re one of the lucky many, you can take a bus/taxi across land borders in IndoChina for less than 10% of what the flight would cost you.

I hope this cost breakdown and my trip diaries help you make that decision to go visit Cambodia. It’s a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.

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