We had so much fun in Cambodia.
Though our travel budget for Cambodia came in at almost $50 per person/per day–quite a chunk of change for the area–we don’t feel like we blew our budget the same way that we did in Laos. Though we spent slightly more, we also loved almost everything we did, and got great value for it.
While the Sok San Beach Resort that we stayed at on Koh Rong for a week was pricey, it was also a wonderful place to unwind.
And, while the $72.34/night cost was much higher than we were used to paying in Southeast Asia–there’s no doubt that it was still a virtual bargain compared to US prices.
Trip length: 17 full days
Total cost: $1682.35 — $98.96 per day, $49.48 per person/per day
Lodging: $817.24 for 17 nights, average $48.07/night
If you take off our Koh Rong resort splurge, our per night cost drops significantly–we only paid between $19-$37/night for the rest of our hotels.
Cambodia’s hotels offered a great value–both properties we stayed at in Phnom Penh and our property in Siem Reap had pools, were extremely clean, and were centrally located. We would stay at any of them again–though, we would return to Kolab Sor Phnom Penh Hotel before Home Feel CS Hotel in Phnom Penh, just because they offered a lower price for what we thought to be similar value.
Where We Stayed in Cambodia:
HomeFeel CS Hotel — Our first stop in Phnom Penh! The most memorable things about this hotel (as all of our Cambodia hotels felt clean, safe, and accessible) was the breakfast–it was delicious, and served across the street in a restaurant! On the day we left for Sihanoukville, the staff was happy to get us a takeaway breakfast to go with us.
Sok San Beach Resort — This resort is beautiful, and located on the “quiet” side of Koh Rong–only a small fishing village was nearby. The pluses included staying directly on 7 Kilometer Beach, delicious food, and the perfect place to relax. The minuses included isolation, and the resulting lack of competition–most of the small restaurants in the fishing village were closed for the season, so we were stuck with resort food at resort prices for the duration of our stay. If you want to “get away from it all”–this is the place to do it.
Kolab Sor Phnom Penh Hotel — A huge room, a varied and delicious breakfast, and a great location in the heart of town–we were very satisfied with our second stop in Phnom Penh! This hotel also has a reasonably priced rooftop bar with a very relaxed atmosphere–we loved watching the sunset over the city from here.
Angkor Boutique Villa — We adored our guesthouse in Siem Reap, and would return here in a heartbeat. This small, family-run guesthouse is on a very quiet road and also less than a 10 minute walk from Pub Street–who can beat that combination? The family running it was incredibly kind, and treated us to a wonderful meal our final night there. The pool was beautiful and the perfect place to head after getting overheated at the temples, and the room was extremely clean with plenty of space.
Our biggest transportation expense, by far, was the $80 we paid to take Sok San Beach Resort’s private ferry to Koh Rong and back to Sihanoukville–$20 per person/per way. Bit of a rip off in my opinion, but that’s resort life for you.
The (clean, air conditioned) buses that we took from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville and back, and to Siem Reap from Phnom Penh, were great value–about $15/person, give or take, for a several hour ride. We used Great Ibis and were very satisfied with them as a company.
Here’s a hint that I read too late: if you’re taking Great Ibis’ country bus, do not book seats 1A and 1B. Those seats rest on a ledge, so your legs sit straight out in front of you rather than having a place to rest of the ground. That made for a much less comfortable ride to Sihanoukville than needed.
Restaurant Food: $426.64
We went a little expensive on the food side in Cambodia–we ate lots of sit down meals, and during our week on Koh Rong, the resort food was really the only accessible food in the area.
Overall, the damage wasn’t bad–we averaged $13.31 per person/per day in food costs, including the grocery category.
“Groceries” in Cambodia consisted of about what it did in Thailand and Laos–water and the occasional snack item. Virtually all of our meals were eaten out, with the exception of the owners of our guesthouse in Siem Reap making us a delicious thank you dinner by the pool one night.
Tours & Excursions: $146.00
Considering how much we did in Cambodia, I’m thrilled with this number!
The fish spa was bizarre, and I mostly laughed through the entire thing (I’m completely ticklish), but it did start to feel good after awhile!
We had very few miscellaneous expenses in Cambodia, and this category mostly consisted of replacing some toiletries that we were running low on.
This number does include our last round of completely inexpensive laundry–I miss $3.00 loads of laundry in Southeast Asia that included washing, drying, and folding!
Though we spent more than we initially planned for our travel budget for Cambodia, I’m still entirely happy with our budget there. Our decision to splurge on nicer accommodation in Koh Rong definitely edged our numbers upward, but it was worth it–we were ready for something slower-paced at that point.
While food also ate into the budget, transportation and excursions were both incredibly affordable in Cambodia. With the exception of maybe a couple of meals that we could have done more cheaply, I wouldn’t change anything about how we managed our travel budget for Cambodia.
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