As more and more tourists come to Cambodia for their holidays every year one of the most asked questions is: How much will my holiday cost? Cambodia is no longer a destination reserved exclusively for the budget traveller, with a whole range of luxury offerings blooming across the country.
2 Day Holiday
If your time in Cambodia is limited to just a couple of days, then it is likely you’ll be spending it in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Luckily for you, both these destinations are packed full of great value options.
Dormitories can be picked up for as little as $4 a night, while a private room with a shared bathroom starts from about $7 in either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Private rooms with ensuite bathrooms can be found for as little as $10, and, thanks to mounting competition in the hospitality market, will most probably come with air conditioning and a hot shower.
If you enjoy trying the local delicacies then you can save yourself lots of cash when dining. Street food will set you back $1.50 to $2 for a meal while eating in a local restaurant will be at least a couple of dollars more.
For the best value food, drink and accommodation, head to the main backpacker areas around Riverside, Street 278 and Street 172 in Phnom Penh, and the Pub Street area in Siem Reap. Here you will find great value bites, long lasting happy hours with $0.50 beer and many dorms/private rooms available to rest your head.
Phnom Penh and Siem Reap are relatively small in size and can be navigated on foot if you’re not planning on straying too far. Alternatively, motodops or motorbike taxis – are your cheapest options, costing about $2 to get to pretty much anywhere in either city! In addition, both cities now have uber style tuk-tuk apps which can be downloaded on your smartphone as long as you have a Cambodian phone number. The prices are as low as $0.30 per kilometre.
Throwing in a bit of extra cash to buy some souvenirs and do a bit of sightseeing, $50 will be more than enough to see you through two days in Cambodia.
1 Week Holiday
Given that you have a little more time in Cambodia then it is likely you’ll be travelling between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. In Cambodia, you will find transport is cheap with a bus between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap costing as little as $8. The quality and safety of buses vary a lot, so it’s worth spending a little more. A reliable company called Giant Ibis charge $15 for the trip but offer reliable wifi, power points, a secondary driver to change half way and water with a snack.
Flights between the two cities are regular daily with several different airlines. Prices vary but if you book in advance the cost can be as little as $35.
If you plan on adding Angkor Wat into your itinerary, then this will set you back $37 for a one-day pass, with a tuk-tuk costing between $15 and $30 to taxi you around and give you some basic information.
If you add in a bit more fun time and cash for shopping at the many markets you will encounter then $150 will happily see you through a week.
2 Week Holiday
A two week holiday in Cambodia is going to involve more travelling, perhaps to explore the beach, hit the islands or head deep into the jungle.
Accommodation prices are virtually the same across the country so you will always be able to find a budget option. Because you have more time, book your first couple of nights and then book your remaining accommodation as you travel. Most places take walk-in bookings, with some offering discounts.
Again, buses are cheap so getting around the country isn’t going to cost you the earth. If you’re getting tired of rice, noodles and street food, there are many eateries serving food from across the globe littered throughout the tourist hotspots. The cost of these western luxuries come at a price as many ingredients have to be imported, but you can still pick up a decent Western meal for about $5.
Over two weeks you will bound to want to socialise and shop more so with $250-$300 in your pocket, you’ll be fine.
3 Week Holiday
If you stay in one location throughout the entire time then you may be able to bring down the price of accommodation for a three-week holiday, especially if it’s during low season. Alternatively, you can check into an Airbnb place with its own kitchen so you can save money on eating out.
You can keep your transport costs low by hiring a motorbike a bicycle and look to travel with groups of other travellers and locals on longer journeys to explore other parts of the country.
If you come to Cambodia for three weeks then $400-$450 is the minimum you should bring.