What To Budget For Cambodia
What To Budget for Cambodia
In our fourth post in our ongoing series “What to Budget” we detail our spending during our 30 nights in Cambodia. In the following category breakdown we provide per day costs, major influencing expenses, and our best advice to stay under budget. After reading through this post you will know exactly what to budget for upcoming Cambodian adventure!
Not unlike the other mainland Southeast Asian countries, Cambodia is dirt cheap. Food, accommodations and pretty much everything else is very inexpensive and other than investing a bit of money for temple hopping in Angkor there won’t be too much else that should drain your bank account in this country.
If you have any specific questions regarding these numbers or anything else related to budgeting for Cambodia, feel free to leave us a comment.
Make sure to check out our fantastic sample itinerary for 2 weeks in Cambodia.
This section includes anything spent on accommodation while in the country.
Spending Per Day: $4 USD per person
Digging Deeper: We stayed in hostels and guesthouses throughout Cambodia, staying only in private rooms. Expect to pay roughly $8 USD for a private room throughout Cambodia.
Budget Advice: You will save a lot of money on accommodations in Cambodia if you negotiate the rate face-to-face instead of booking online. Don’t be afraid to try haggling with a few different places you like until you find a price that works for your budget. If you need some quick tips on how to barter while in Cambodia check out our post, “How to Haggle Like a Pro”.
This section includes any meals, drinks and groceries.
Spending Per Day: $10 USD per person
Digging Deeper: In Cambodia we ate as much like locals as possible but also shared beers with friends at night and splurged for a nice meal at Haven in Siem Reap.
Budget Advice: Do what the locals do and you’ll save money. Eat where the locals eat and you will save a ton of money on your trip as you can find cheap curries and rice for only a couple of dollars.
Inner Country Transport
This section includes any transport taken to travel within the country such as: buses, trains, flights, rental car/motorbikes (plus gas).
Spending Per Day: $2 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to overland bus trips between cities in the country.
Budget Advice: Buses in Cambodia are cheap and as far as Southeast Asia goes, they are comfortable and safe. If you have the time, try and overland as much as possible as flying will kill your budget.
Inner City Transport
This section includes any transport taken to travel within a city such as: tuk-tuks, subways, taxis, & buses
Spending Per Day: $1 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to motorcycle hire with petrol and tuk-tuks/taxis within cities.
Budget Advice: Tuk-tuks and taxis are negotiable and always negotiate the rate up front before getting in. As in every country, if you are going to get scammed or ripped off it’ll probably be by a taxi driver so just be prepared. Check out our post on “The Most Common Scams in Southeast Asia” before leaving on your trip.
This section includes things such as: temples, museums, shows, sporting events, etc.
Spending Per Day: $3 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed mostly to our 5 day temple exploring pass at Angkor and to a lesser extent museums and entrance fees around the country. Check out our Guide to the Temples of Angkor for information on pricing.
Budget Advice: Entertainment is obviously an area that you have a lot of control over. If you are somebody who must go to every one of the “must see” attractions make sure to consider this when budgeting.
This section includes anything spent on laundry, gifts, and miscellaneous items.
Spending Per Day: $1 USD per person
Digging Deeper: The cost per day was attributed to laundry and a few misc. items.
Budget Advice: Of course you have to do laundry as no one likes the stinky kid but of course souvenirs and gifts for those back home are things you have complete control over.
$23 USD per person for one month (for Canadians)
The Numbers: Cambodia
Total Nights: 30
Total Spent Per Person Per Day: $22 USD
We hope you are now feeling confident that you can accurately plan your adventure now that you know what to budget for Cambodia. As well, make sure to also check out our popular post on sample itineraries for 2 weeks in Cambodia to help you further plan your travels.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out our epic guide to the temples of Angkor post before you head to Cambodia.
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Ross & Alyse