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1. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hi

iv just been looking on some sights for cambodia and im not sure if its just that i am looking in the wrong place but it seems alot more expencive that thailand....is this so ?
for thailand i budgeted around £40/50 per day or 2000bhat but cambodia seems much more....

how much should i expect to be paying out per day in cambodia to live reasonably.

thanks all the best for 2009

colin

2. Posted by paul j (Respected Member 217 posts) 7y

Cambodia is cheaper than Thailand , but you can spend more in the likes of Siem Reap visiting the temples which are expensive .I think when i was there it was $20 a day ticket , but you will need a driver also which is about $10 for the day and he will take you too prob 3 temples for the $10 . You can get 3 day tickets and 2 day tickets also , which work out cheaper than buying 3 one day tickets , but if you not really into temples 1 day is enough to see the main ones .
I was paying about 5 - 8 dollars for a room which where clean and tidy . You dont pay pay your bill in Cambodia till you leave you guest house and a lot have bars in them , so you can forget how much you are spending somtimes , then you get the bill for all the beer you drank ..

3. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting colinmc

hi

iv just been looking on some sights for cambodia and im not sure if its just that i am looking in the wrong place but it seems alot more expencive that thailand....is this so ?
for thailand i budgeted around £40/50 per day or 2000bhat but cambodia seems much more....

how much should i expect to be paying out per day in cambodia to live reasonably.

thanks all the best for 2009

colin

My Cambodia travels are a little too far in the past, but it depends on where you are and what places you are staying at if it is quite a bit more than Thailand or just a little bit more.

US dollars is also used in Cambodia. Some Thai baht can be used on the border areas with Cambodia. You will need need some small denomination US dollars and riel when paying for simple things.

http://www.holiday-in-angkor-wat.com/cambodian-currency.html

DON'T leave Cambodia with their money! No one wants Cambodian money once you leave that place!

I started in Phnom Penh and took the ferry up to Siem Reap. It was an interesting boat ride. You go through a lake that has some of the biggest catfish in the world. Siem Reap has started charging more for hotels and stuff compared to when I was there last. But you can also go overland to Cambodia too! Bus travel in Thailand is cheap and efficient!

In Thailand you can find cheaper accommodation at 1000 baht or even less that includes air, hot water, private toilet/shower and TV! So, cheap down in Thailand and conserve cash. Smaller cities like Pattaya have even cheaper hotels, restaurants and local transportation.

Thailand has lots and lots of good cheaper accommodation, save money there for your hotels in Cambodia. Spend one or two nights in a Thai hotel and look around. You may find an even cheaper place to move to if you want.

http://www.sawasdee-hotels.com/index.html
http://www.theatlantahotel.bizland.com/
http://www.suk11.com/
http://www.fortunabangkok.com/
http://www.thaiwebsites.com/hotels-sukhumvit-bangkok.asp
http://www.maximinn.com/rooms.html

Get a hotel near the Skytrain and use that overhead rail service to get you around town.

For Cambodia I came across these links with hotel info a while ago:

http://www.earthwalkers.no/index.html

http://talesofasia.com/cambodia-overland.htm

You can use debit cards in ATM's in Thailand without much problem. Tell your bank or credit union that you will be overseas or the ATM withdrawal will be denied. Some ATM's may have high fees and there are banks and credit unions that pay those fees for you. Set up your financial arrangements before you leave on your trip. In the US I use a credit union debit card account and that CU pays for any fees up to 5 or 6 transactions and after that only $2 each.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 1, 2009, at 8:02 AM by karazyal ]

4. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

thanks alot for the advice, still abit hazed tho...if im going to spend $20 a night tho on a room how much am i going to need for food extra what would be a likely budget.....

5. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hi

also what should i do about money in cambodia i am going on the assumption that i wont be able to use an atm there....do thy have any ??

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1596 posts) 7y

Quoting colinmc

hi

also what should i do about money in cambodia i am going on the assumption that i wont be able to use an atm there....do thy have any ??


http://www.travelfish.org/faq_answer.php?qID=84

http://www.frizz-restaurant.com/cambodia-travel-guide/cambodia-practical.html

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=43831

thanks alot for the advice, still abit hazed tho...if im going to spend $20 a night tho on a room how much am i going to need for food extra what would be a likely budget.....

Here are a few links you can look over for budget travel in Cambodia.

You can get friend rice pretty cheap. You can buy drinking water in small stores. I am a cheap traveler and I like eating - it has been a few years since I was in Cambodia but I don't remember starving there! I found hotel in Phnom Penh which had a family run hotel in Siem Reap. Both places were pretty cheap.. I did a deal with a restaurant next to the hotel in Siem Reap and ate 3 meals a day there for a flat fee. Paid too much but I had several steaks, pork chops and lots of chicken, plus bread and butter along with my rice plus coffee and ice cream. Think it was around $2.50 - $3.50 a meal. I could have eaten cheaper but I was lazy and I get sick of only Asian food every day.

http://travelhappy.info/thailand/how-much-money-do-i-need-for-cambodia/

http://www.passplanet.com/Cambodia/

http://travelhappy.info/thailand/how-much-money-do-i-need-for-cambodia/

http://www.passplanet.com/Cambodia/

http://www.solotravel.org/cambodia-backpacker.htm

If you think you are going through your money too fast in Cambodia head back to Thailand or into Laos. I think you will be okay though.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 1, 2009, at 7:38 PM by karazyal ]

7. Posted by MaD_Online (Budding Member 14 posts) 7y

Colin

Unless you want to waste money then $100 a day is way too much as an ave daily spend.

To give you some ideas...

Use and bring US$. You can withdraw cash in US$ from ATMs here easily.

Riel are only used in the rural areas and for transactions of less than $1. 1,000R is = to .25c

Typically you can stay in a NICE guest house close to town from $10 a night.

Beer - local draught can be found most places from 50c a pint or 2 for $1.

Khmer food is the cheapest and a quality meal in a restaurant will cost you $5 but you can buy from a street food stall for $1.50 as well so up to you!

We get volunteers here all the time and we advise $25 a day unless you want to travel everywhere by air conditioned taxi etc. is plenty.

To be safe double it to allow for the odd excursion or two!!!

Cambodia is cheap, Siem Reap tends to be a bit pricey due to it being the #1 tourist city of Cambodia but when compared to Scotland I bet it is way cheaper and warmer! LOL!

Anything else PM me.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 7y

Quoting colinmc

hi also what should i do about money in cambodia i am going on the assumption that i wont be able to use an atm there....do thy have any ??

Colin,
I found Cambodia cheaper than most of Thailand. There are rooms under $10/nite in most places you will visit. That is getting harder to do in Thailand. Meals were between $2-3, that will not break your budget. If you read my blog, you will see that many locals in PP spend $1 for dinner. Not for me, but at least that option is available.

There are ATMs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville. You will be charged a fee to use them, but they are available. I use travel checks and cash. I take a couple hundred in dollars, and the rest in travel checks. Every bank and exchange booth will get you into dollars or riel, your choice. There is a fee to change money of course, but I feel it is better to pay the fee than carry thousands of dollars in cash. Good luck and send me a PM if you have questions.

9. Posted by netdb (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

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