Traveling solo is really more expensive than traveling with a group. Unless you find other travelers to share the cost, you’ll be paying big money for the guide and transportation. When I was doing a rough draft of my travel budget, I knew Cambodia would be the most expensive destination, that’s why I made it my first country to visit.
I managed to keep my expenses lower than my estimate, but it’s still quite high, in my opinion. But in the end it’s a pretty good investment, as the Angkor Wat is really worth the visit.
All the costs listed in here are those that I inccured within Cambodian borders, including the plane fare.
|June 2 – 5, 2009|
|Exchange Rate:||US$1 = Php 48|
|In US$||In PhP|
|Singapore – Siem Reap||$ 61.97||PHP 2,974.56|
|Madalay Inn||$ 21.00||PHP 1,008.00|
|Single fan room – US$7/night|
|Tuktuk – US$13 per day||$ 19.00||PHP 912.00||1|
|Taxi to border||$ 30.00||PHP 1,440.00|
|Meals and snacks||$ 30.45||PHP 1,461.60||2|
|Angkor admission fee||$ 20.00||PHP 960.00||3|
|Angkor tour guide||$ 25.00||PHP 1,200.00||4|
|Souvenirs||$ 8.75||PHP 420.00||5|
|Tip||$ 6.00||PHP 288.00|
|Total||$ 222.17||PHP 10,664.16|
|1 The rate is $13 per day, but since I only used the tuktuk for half a day during my first day, I only got charged $6 for that.|
|2 Food in Siem Reap is quite expensive. A plate of fried rice with meat and veggies usually cost US$ 3. Drinks start at US$ 1.|
|3 If you just want to see the temples in the Angkor complex, one day is enough. If you’d like to see the other temples, better get the 3-day pass for $40. If you’re hardcore, get the 1-week pass for $60, but you might get templed-out.|
|4 Getting a tour guide is optional, but it’s worth the money.|
|5 Souvenirs I bought include different spices, postcards, keychain and magnets.|