Located in South East Asia, Cambodia is a must-see stop on trips through the region. From the charismatic capital Phnom Penh to the beaches of Sihanoukville, from the Mekong River Delta to Battambang and the surrounding mountains, not to mention the architectural masterpiece of the temples of Angkor Wat and the nearby city of Siem Reap, trips to Cambodia allow an immersion in rich and fascinating cultures, contact with Buddhism and Buddhist monks and encounters with a suffering but hospitable people.
Are you preparing your trip to Cambodia and don’t know how much money you will spend? We already told you that it is not an expensive country, so if you manage it well you can travel through it without too much expense. However, we are going to give you a glimpse of the most important and essential expenses so that you can get a general idea and get some numbers.
- Visa: To enter Cambodia you need a visa, the good thing is that you get it as soon as you enter by air in the airport, although you can avoid unnecessary queues if you arrange it previously online. We leave you the subject with more detail in visa for Cambodia.
- Travel insurance: You don’t have to say the important thing of travelling with a good insurance. There are many types and colours, prices and coverage, but we always go with the company IATI. We were also the first to offer a 5% discount to readers. You can find more information in the IATI insurance article, with opinions and advice.
- Accommodation: As in all countries, accommodation will depend on the amenities you want to have. In our case the hotels have always cost us between 10 and 15$ a night in a double room, most with a/c and some with a swimming pool, like in Battambang or Siem Reap. Needless to say, you can find cheaper and of course more expensive hotels, depending on your pocket or preference.
- Food: In Cambodia you can find different types of restaurants, such as Indian, Thai, Khmer, Italian, vegetarian, etc, for which you will pay an average of $10-20 for two people, which is what we have spent on average. On the other hand, there are the cheaper street stalls or local restaurants, where the meals have cost about $5-10 for both of us.
- Drink: The star drink on our trip has been Angkor Beer, which has always cost us around $1 per can and a little more for the 330cl bottle. The 640cl was around $3. The Cambodia Beer came to cost practically the same, but the one that caught us with its taste was the Kingdom… The prices of these last two do not vary much from the Angkor beer.
- Activities: If you want to see the temples of Angkor you will have to pass by the box; if you are going to make some excursion you can negotiate with the driver of tuk-tuk that takes you. In this last case it will depend on your power of negotiation if it costs you more or less. As a guideline, and for 2 people, you will spend about $30 in the floating villages of Kampong Chhnang, $20 for the excursion around Battambang, $80 for the 3 days of the Angkor temples, entrance to S-21 $6, etc…
- Transport: Getting around Cambodia by bus or minivan will cost you between $8-15 each way, depending on the route and distance.
You can find all our detailed budget, point by point, in the article of the budget of the trip to Cambodia.