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1. Posted by ashley66 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

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Hi all,

just a quick question, i plan to head to Angwor wat and Phnom Penh, spending probaly 10 days in cambodia during my 3 month backpacking trip to thailand. How much USD would you suggest i bring with me for Cambodia? Im on a budget so that gives you an idea as the way im travelling and I also plan to visit the killing feilds when in PP. Im just trying to plan out my costs and exchange money at the moment so any info would be greatly appreciated.

thanks and happy travels

2. Posted by travelfish (Full Member 75 posts) 11y

A typical budget in Cambodia is around US$15-20 a day. You can get by on less or a lot more, but for $20 you'll get a decent room and three meals with some left over for transport. If you are planning on travelling a lot, then $20 probably will not cut it as the cost of transportation will push it up. Likewise if you going to very few places, or if you choose to stay is very cheap places, you can get away with less.

Just about the most expensive single purchase will be your Angkor Wat pass -- admission costs otherwise are fairly low.

3. Posted by viaturati3 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I remember paying 3 dollars for a room in both siem reap and p.p. private bathroom. cold shower though.
usually a meal is like 2 dollars. i dont know if your budget is as tight as ours was, we did starve a bit and no snacks at all.
the biggest spense is the ticket for angkor wat, 20 usd for a one day ticket, 40 for 2 days and 60 for a week. then you have to pay 7-10 for a tuk tuk or a motorbike to do the angkor tour. bus from siem reap to p.p. is 4 usd. daily killing fields tour is 5 usd i think.
and DO NOT change money in cambodia. everybody accept us dollars, even the price is in cambodia riel, you can still pay us dollars at a rate of 1 usd = 4000 riel. but at exchangers the rate is like 1 usd = 3500-3900 riel.


4. Posted by jgow (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

I agree with travelfish's input. We lived there for 2 years and our budget per fortnight for food was something like $30USD (two adults and kid) but this is going basic and making your own. $20USD per day is more than reasonable and you wont starve and you'll get great accom.
Re exchanging money. We found that if you keep your money in US that you stood out as a rip off person a mile away. If you change to riel and only deal in their money the prices come down a lot quicker. Found this in the typical foreign markets - but be ready to stick to your guns. Choose a price on something and dont budge. This is the same for your 'travel guides' to Angkor - anymore than the equivalent of $5 USD per day is too much. These guys are used to getting approx $20-$30USD PER MONTH, so be prepared.

Hope this helps


5. Posted by jgow (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

One more thing - exchange in country and shop around a bit. Go into the markets to find an exchange - the guys on the outside might be all the same, the ones inside are keen for business and might have a higher rate.

6. Posted by KitCat (Full Member 65 posts) 11y

Just a reminder to say there are no ATM machines, so it is visa card, cash or travellers cheque (buy US dollars cheque) I had sterling cheques and got really shit rates. If you are gonna get cash advance on the visa go the Union Commercial Bank PLC, as there is no charge for the service where everywhere else charge a good 4-6%
Addresses for UCB
UCB Bldg No.61 130 Road, Psa Chas Quarter, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom PENH

Mondol 1, Khum Svay Dangkom, Srok Siem Reap, Siem Reap
Have a good trip.

7. Posted by ashley66 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

Thanks so much for all the useful info everyone!!!

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I did a Mastercard cash advance at a bank in Siem Reap. Mastercard seemed to be more widely accepted than Visa for this purpose

9. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

I did a Mastercard cash advance at a bank in Siem Reap. Mastercard seemed to be more widely accepted than Visa for this purpose

Crap! All I have is VISA and Amex... Hopefully I will have no need for money there...that is, unless I get robbed.

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

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