100 USD in Cambodia

Kingdom of Cambodia

100 USD in Cambodia

I just had a short yet amazing trip in this beautiful Kingdom called Cambodia. It is located in Southeast Asia bordered by the countries of Vietnam to the East, Thailand to the northwest and Laos to the northeast. I spent 2 nights in the northern part of it which is the Siem Reap. I’ll show you a draft of my expenses for this trip at the end of this article. Without further ado, here are my experiences and how possible to spend less than 100 USD in Cambodia for 2 nights and 1 ½ day trip.

 

Visa

Well, before you can enter Cambodia it is required to have a valid passport and a visa. Travelers may acquire the visa valid for a month at the International airports (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh) upon arrival or you can get an e-Visa online before your actual date of entry. And don’t forget to prepare a recent passport-sized photo.

Usually, the visa application forms will be given to you during flight. Just fill it out and then you can go straight to the “visa application lane”. In my case, Filipinos (People from the Philippines) can stay up to 21 days visa-free. So if you’re a Filipino, you’re lucky, and you can go directly to the immigration lane without going to the visa application lane. 🙂

 

How much does it cost to live/travel in Siem Reap, Cambodia?

Actually, you can travel and live as cheap as you want in Cambodia. In terms of food, you can get a decent meal for only 1.00-3.00 USD, transportation for 2.00-5.00 USD depends on the distance, accommodations for 3.00-20.00 USD per night depends on your preferences, name it, these are all cheap. By the way, you can use either U.S. dollars or their local currency Cambodian Riel (KHR) in most of the stores, hotels and even in transportation. I think they prefer USD than KHR, but whatever it is they would definitely accept it. Don’t worry. 🙂

 

Accommodation

I usually stayed in hostels and I don’t really care that much with other facilities and stuff as long as I have a good bed to sleep. There are a lot of hostels around the city center of Siem Reap. If you’re planning to stay for a couple of days or even weeks, it will be easy for you to get one. I booked for 2 nights and I got it for only 3 USD per night. Always read the reviews and recommendations when booking a place to sleep. In my case, the ventilation of the rooms was good and the bed was comfortable. I had relaxing nights during my stay plus I had a chance to meet other travelers too.

(Bunk bed in a mixed dormitory room)

Food

I’ve tried some of the local foods like Samlor Kakor (Vegetables and Khmer herbs) and Brohok Ktis (Chopped pork in coconut milk) partnered with garlic fried rice. It was really delicious and flavorful. Local restaurants and eatery are everywhere. You can just walk towards the Pub Street and you can find a lot of eatery and food stalls. So if you’re hungry, go outside your hotel and I assure you, you can find one. It will only cost you around 1.00-3.00 USD.

Transportation

TUK TUK (a three-or-four-wheeled motorize vehicle used as a taxi) is the main means of transport here in Cambodia. Good for me because I’m just a few minutes walk to the city center, market, Pub Street and convenience stores. Though, I’ve used one during my day tour to the temples and going to the airport. So if you’re going somewhere, Tuk tuks, taxis and motorcycle taxis are available anywhere and any time of the day.

 

Tips

I would like to give some advice to you before you go on tour. First, wear your most comfortable rubber or trekking shoes and clothes. Second, if your skin is sensitive or you’re afraid of getting dark (which I really don’t care that much :)), apply a sunscreen/sunblock remember it is a whole day tour so you will be under the sun for long hours. Third, bring bottles of water, though it’s provided in my tour, I just found it not enough for the whole day tour. Fourth, bring a power bank, a charger or extra batteries for your cameras and phones.

Sadly, in my case, I ran out of battery and forgot my power bank so I need to go back to the hotel around 12nn, in which it cost me for an additional 5 USD. So it’s not a good idea at all going on a tour without those things because it will only cost you more. Lastly, enjoy the tour! Take a lot of pictures and make a lot of good memories.

 

Tour

The majestic Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world and the main attraction here in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was originally built for the Khmer Empire and dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu then later on transformed to a Buddhist temple. It was really stunning and the architecture was striking, from the whole façade of it even up to the small details like the stone carvings that tell about their lives.

There are actually two types of Angkor tour, the small and grand circuit. I tried the small-circuit loop for this trip, visiting 8 temples for the whole day (Angkor Wat, Bakheng Temple, Bayon Temple, Chau Say Tevoda, Thommanon, Ta Keo, Ta Prohm, and Banteay Kdei). But here are some of the photos of my best picks.

 

Angkor Small Circuit

(1. Angkor Wat, 2. Bakheng Temple, 3. Bayon Temple, 4. Chau Say Tevoda, 5. Thommanon, 6. Ta Keo, 7. Ta Prohm and 8. Banteay Kdei)

 

Bayon Temple

 

East side of Bayon Temple

 

Ta Prohm Temple (featured in Tomb Raider the movie)

 

Phnom Bakheng

 

Ta Keo Temple

 

Banteay Kdei Temple

Overall budget-trip expenses for 2 nights and 1 ½ days

Accommodation

–          2 nights in a budget hostel.

3 USD per night for a bunk bed in a dorm.

 

6 USD

Food

–          Budget meals for 2 nights and 1 ½ days.

 

15 USD

Transportation

–          Fortunately, my airport pick-up was free (included in my hotel reservation).

–          Airport drop during my departure and the additional fee for going back to my hostel while on tour.

10 USD

Tour

–          Siem Reap tour (37 USD) and Tuk Tuk service

(15 USD)

*For the tour, they accept cash and major credit cards.

52 USD

Souvenir

–          2 shirts, ref. magnets, a scarf

10 USD

 

 

TOTAL

 

93 USD

 

Just in case you might be asking about my flight, well I didn’t include it here since it varies on where you are coming from. In my case, I came from Hanoi, Vietnam, I spent more or less 100-120 USD. It’s quite expensive because I only book it a week before I discovered that there will be a long holiday here in Vietnam. And because of that my airfare suffered. 🙁 As I always advise you when traveling/backpacking, always book your flight 3 to 4 weeks or months in advance for you to get the best price.

(Read the article: Solo Backpacking for more tips about backpacking)

Overall, Cambodia is really a good place to visit. It is a place for photo enthusiasts and for the people who love architecture. I had fun meeting the locals (Khmers) who happened to be very friendly. I’ve missed a lot of things and places on this trip. But it’s completely a well spent holiday and would definitely go back. 🙂

If you have questions about my trip, please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time of the day and I’ll try to get back to you as soon as possible. (facebook, instagram, twitter, and email: juanjourneybyjk@gmail.com )

That’s it for today! Saying “Go somewhere, Be inspired and enjoy the journey!”

16 thoughts on “100 USD in Cambodia

  1. sam says:

    I am really happy to say it’s an interesting post to read . I learn new information from your article , you are doing a great job .

  2. Michelle says:

    Wow that’s really good to know, it almost sounds cheaper than some parts of manila! I’ve always wanted to Suss out Cambodia but piggy back it off one of my PH trips so it’s cheaper flights. Certainly going to have to look into going to some of those sights they look amazing!

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