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Cambodia On A Budget: Detailed Cambodia Travel Budget

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Cambodia is a fascinating country in Southeast Asia and a very affordable place to visit. In this post, you can read how to travel Cambodia on a budget.

This Cambodia travel budget is based upon a one-week trip to Cambodia and includes detailed information on how much you can expect to spend on accommodation, transport, food, and activities.

Cambodia on a budget

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Everything you need to know about the cost of travel in Cambodia, a detailed budget breakdown with info about accommodation, transport, food and activities!

Cambodia travel budget: important facts and figures

  • I traveled to Cambodia with my husband, and all expenses mentioned are for the two of us together.
  • We spent 8 days in Cambodia, entering the country in the Southeast from Ha Tien, Vietnam, and leaving for Thailand via the border at Poipet.
  • I quote prices in $ as this is the currency that is used most in Cambodia. For payments smaller than $1 you’ll get change in Cambodian Riel, $1 is about 4000 riel. Unfortunately for everybody from Europe, including myself, the € has been decreasing steadily and €1 is worth only slightly more than $1. Therefore I don’t quote prices in €, it’s now pretty much the same as the $ ;-).
  • In total, we spent $585 in 8 days, which comes down to an average of $73 a day.
  • All expenses in Cambodia are included, plus the transportation costs for the trip from Siem Reap to Bangkok.

Cost of travel in Cambodia

Our Cambodia expenses are divided into four categories:

  1. Accommodation: 16% of our daily travel costs
  2. Transportation: 14% of our daily travel costs
  3. Food & Drinks: 39% of our daily travel costs
  4. Paid activities: 19% of our daily travel costs

These categories add up to 88%, and the other 12% is attributed to the $35 1-month single entry visa that we bought to enter Cambodia. Officially the Cambodian Visa costs $30 (read more Cambodia travel tips and information here)…

But there is a $5 corruption fee levied at the border. Yes, I am firmly against corruption, bribery, etc. But I paid the $5 per visa extra anyway because I did want to enter Cambodia…

The total for two people was $70, which comes down to $9 a day. When you are only looking at the costs, it’s actually better to stay in a country a bit longer, to spread the visa costs over more days;-).

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Cambodia travel cost

1. Cost of accommodation in Cambodia

In total we stayed at three hotels and spent $96 in 8 days, the average price per night was $12.

In the table below you can find the hotels I stayed at. You can read more about these hotels in my Cambodia itinerary.

LocationHotel namePrice per nightAgodaBooking
KampotBohemiaz resort€12,30/$13,50Click hereClick here
Phnom PenhDiamond Palace II€14,50/$16Click hereClick here
Siem ReapHak Boutique Hotel€13,20/$14,50Click hereClick here
Bohemiaz resort best budget accommodation in Cambodia

2. Cost of transport in Cambodia

Our total transportation costs were $80, so $10 on an average travel day.

Check out our complete Cambodia itinerary to read more about getting around and which places you can’t miss on your Cambodia trip!

In general: the faster you travel, the higher your average daily transportation costs. It’s better to stay put every once in a while if you want to stick to your budget;-).

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3. Cost of food in Cambodia

We spent $224 on food and drinks, on average $28 a day. I think 90% was spent on Amok, a delicious traditional Khmer dish that is one of my favorite dishes of all time!

I actually cook Amok on a regular basis now that I am back in the Netherlands. It tastes pretty good, though never as good as in Cambodia…

Noodle soup Cambodia

Nope, the dish pictured above is not Amok! I cannot believe I do not have one single picture of my favorite dish!

Probably because I ate it all before I could get my camera out. This noodle soup was pretty tasty as well though!

The other 10% was probably spent on fresh smoothies… Hmm, smoothies are so yummy!

Smoothies Cambodia

4. Cost of paid activities in Cambodia

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Total costs for paid activities came to $112, a daily average of $14. As you can see from the table we did a lot of activities for this amount of money.

We rented a scooter and went exploring around Bokor, Kampot, and Kep. We watched the movie ‘The Killing Fields’ in the Ecran Movie House in Kampot. A private cinema!

Well, it was actually a room with a big TV, but the movie is a must-see when you are in or going to Cambodia no matter how and where you watch it.

In Phnom Penh we went to the Tuol Sleng Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields, I found it impossible to find the right words to write about these visits and haven’t gone into detail on the blog.

However, these two places should be on any Cambodia itinerary as they played such a terrible but important role in the history of the country.

In Siem Reap, we went to the magical and ancient ruins of Angkor Wat. We only spend one day in Angkor but you can easily spend longer, there are so many beautiful temples to see.

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Cambodia trip budget: in conclusion

That’s pretty much it, all our Cambodia travel expenses! Cambodia was a little more expensive for us than the other countries in Southeast Asia we visited.

You can compare our Cambodia travel costs with my budget breakdown posts for the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The main reason for these slightly higher costs is that we only spent a week in Cambodia. Plus Euro isn’t putting up a good fight against the Dollar which also did not help our travel budget.

Still, Cambodia is a very budget-friendly country. Let its history and people impress you and eat loads of Amok!

This post was updated in December 2020.

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Z

Tuesday 5th of July 2016

Thank you for this post and loving some of your other SE Asia posts. It's hard to find newer information and hard to find info on costs :)

I am heading to Cambodia and a few other places next week and can't wait!!!

Lotte

Wednesday 6th of July 2016

I am really happy to hear that, thanks:-). Have a great trip in Cambodia and the other places you are going to visit!

Jessics

Saturday 2nd of July 2016

Hello, Me, my sister and boyfriends are looking at either traveling Vietnam and Cambodia in one go or Japan. And i wondered if you could help? We are torn on what to do. Did you have a preference? is there a big budget difference between Vietnam, cambodia and japan? How long would you suggest in each country? Any information would be great! Thank you, Jess.

Lotte

Sunday 3rd of July 2016

Hey Jessica, thanks for your comment! Awesome you have plans to travel to Vietnam, Cambodia or Japan. Each country was very different and it's hard to pick a favorite...

Japan is definitely the most expensive, I am currently working on a budget post for our 1 month trip but I guess our expenses were between 100-120 euro a day (mind you, I had a sponsored car for Hokkaido so that definitely saved us a lot of money). Both Cambodia as well as Vietnam are very affordable, you can check my budget breakdown for Vietnam for more info.

Japan was the most varied I suppose, we experienced 4 seasons in 1 month (snow, sakura, sun and some rainy days as well) and the nature is so different across the various regions. Vietnam is very easy to travel and the food is fresh, cheap and delicious. Cambodia made a deep impression upon me because of it's terrible history. But each country is worth a visit. I spent a month in both Japan and Vietnam and think you need at least that amount of time (though more would be better;-). I was in Cambodia for only 8 days but 2 weeks would be perfect I suppose (you would have time to visit Kampot, Phnom Penh, Siem Riep and Koh Rong).

Long story short, you can't really make the wrong decision. I would mostly look at your budget to decide where to go. Please let me know if there is anything else you would like to know!

Yvon

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

Cambodia! It's been on my list since 2010, but something else always came up... I expected it to be a bit cheaper, to be honest. But I guess 8 days isn't too long for Cambodia, so you could possibly do if for cheaper.

Lotte

Tuesday 29th of December 2015

Nope, I agree, it wasn't the cheapest country in Southeast Asia. Two reasons:

1 => The euro-dollar exchange rate. 2 => The short period of time I spent in Cambodia. It can be done cheaper, if you travel more slowly;-)

Hope you get opportunity to visit the country soon!

Aniek

Monday 28th of December 2015

So much to see.... looks like you could use a week or two. Thanks for your reply!

Lotte

Monday 28th of December 2015

Yes I think 2 weeks would be better. Have a great trip:-)

Aniek

Sunday 27th of December 2015

I would really like to visit Angkor Wat, but always thought it would be expensive travelling there. So this blog turned out to be really useful :) Do you think spending one week in Cambodia is enough? Or would you recommend a longer trip?

Lotte

Sunday 27th of December 2015

Happy to hear you find the post helpful:-) Angkor is actually not that expensive and so amazing to visit! There were more places I wanted to visit in Cambodia, like Koh Rong in the South and the Mekong Delta near the Cambodian-Lao border in the North, so if you have more time...