Siem Reap would probably be one of my favourites among the places that I’ve been to. I’m diggin’ the laidback vibe and the abundance of cheap options for food and accommodation. I’m even considering Siem Reap to be my nomadic base but I’m still not sure though.
We stayed in Siem Reap for a total of 19 days and transited via Phnom Penh en route to Nha Trang (via Ho Chi Minh).
Anyway, here’s my expenses report for Siem Reap.
Bear in mind that this cost does not cover my transit cost from Chiang Mai to Poipet because I already included that in my Chiang Mai expenses report.
We got very lucky with accommodation, we stayed with Garden Village Guesthouse which offers very cheap rooms. The room originally cost $4 but we were able to bargain it down for $3 since we almost stayed with them for three weeks. If you’re travelling solo they also have $1 bunk beds which are usually full though.
Food and Drinks
Food usually were rice meals and sandwiches. We’re just a stone throw away from pubstreet which means we always dine in at one of the restaurants there. My personal favourite dish would be the Chicken Curry soup which was really tasty. Draft beers cost $0.50 per glass. A 1.5 Liter of bottled water cost between $0.50-$0.65.
We usually just walk around the area to kill time or hangout in pubstreet. Transportation cost in this report was when we transferred from one city to another.
We booked a Tonle Sap half day tour which was definitely worth the money we paid for.
Only item purchase in Siem Reap was a water heater and a few toiletries. The water heater is saving us tons of money because we now can make our own coffee and cereal drinks.
Cambodia seems to be still one of the cheapest place to travel in mainland Southeast Asia.
“Travelling does not need to be expensive.”