7 Tips You Should Know For Traveling to Cambodia (Updated!)

Cambodia is one of Asia’s most magnificent early civilizations which attracts millions of tourists every year. It may be a flawed and corrupt country, but it’s filled with faded colonial architecture and old-fashioned charm, a host of memorable landscapes in the countryside, long history, good foods and some of the friendliest people in the world. Development hasn’t been great in this country, but it seems to be the reason for a refreshing throwback to an older and simpler era which moves the hearts of numerous people coming here.

1. Typical Costs

Note: Cambodia uses USD. There’s no need to carry the local currency. However, exchange some Cambodian Riels (KHR) is necessary when you pay for some really small things. For almost everything, use USD.

2. Accommodation: 

Accommodation is various and quite easy to access. The following are some references: 
  • Double fan room for two: around $4 – $5
  • Double air con rooms: $6 – $8
  • Step up to medium range accommodation: $10 – $20
  • Dorm rooms in hostels start at around $3.5
  • Comfortable guesthouse rooms with air con, TV, and other facilities: $15 - $20 
  • Entire home or apartment: around $27 per night.

3. Cambodia Cuisine:

Food is very cheap in Cambodia, especially street vendors which cost only $1 - $2 per meal. Basic restaurant meals will cost between $3 - $5. Western meals are more expensive at around $5 - $15 per person. If you prefer your meal t be cooked on your own, you are expected to pay between $20 and $25 per week, depending on your diet. Local markets are the places for cheap and fresh groceries.
Amok Trey - one of traditional foods of Cambodia.
Amok Trey - one of traditional foods of Cambodia.

4. Transportation 

Local city transportation is cheap in Cambodia. There are several means of transport that you can choose. 
  • Motorcycle taxis: is a popular transport through the cities of Cambodia which cost around $1 for a 5 – 10 km ride.
  • Tuk-tuks can be found on every corner in the big cities, but remember to negotiate a price in advance normally lower than $5 per ride, depending on the distance.
  • Renting a driver for the day will cost you from $15 to $20, and most hotels provide this service or will help you to find one.
  • A bus can be caught anywhere in the country for under $18 per way.

Tuk Tuk is very popular vehicle to visit Cambodia, especially in the big cities as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap.
Tuk Tuk is very popular vehicle to visit Cambodia, especially in the big cities as Phnom Penh, Siem Reap.

5. Activities For Your Trips:

Entrance fees for some attractions and activities in Cambodia are not high but depend on the length and popularity of the activity, ranging from $10 - $20 per day.

6. Suggested daily budget 

The low cost of food and accommodation in Cambodia makes it a great budget travel destination. The expected number might be anywhere from $15 – $30 per day. Some tips below can help you to minimize your travel budget. However, If you stay in a fancier accommodation or eat out more often, the number can be higher. 

7. Money Saving Tips

Visiting Cambodia is itself a tip of saving money as food, accommodation, and transportation are all dirt cheap. Thus, you don’t need to do much to save money but here are a few tips:
  • Book tours as a group – when you are buying things, you will have more negotiation power when you’re in a group.  
  • Minimize your drinks – Every drink is a dollar. Without knowing it, you may spend more money on beer than on food and accommodation. In Cambodia, if you drink a lot, you’ll need a slightly higher budget.
  • Negotiate – You can bargain for discount or a lower price for accommodation if you plan to stay there for a week or longer.

Don't forget to bargain when buying in the markets of Cambodian.
Don't forget to bargain when buying in the markets of Cambodian.
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