They say money doesn’t buy you happiness. But it buys me plane tickets, bed and breakfast stays and tour entrance fees – and boy do I go giddy with happiness for these!
So after months of saving up like crazy, the day finally came when I happily parted from my money for all things Siem Reap.
I tabulated below my expenses, but to get a better understanding please take note that:
- This is a 7 days trip during peak season in Siem Reap (end of November). We managed to get some airfare promos but our dates were non negotiable; the Siem Reap to Manila flight was especially painful.
- We didn’t want to waste money but we didn’t want to limit our budget too much as well.
- We weren’t averse to spending money on a comfortable room and lots of delicious meals.
- We maximized every hour we were there even if sometimes if we had to spend more.
DISCLAIMER #1: The budget below is meant only as a guide. If it looks too expensive for you, please don’t let that dishearten you from going to Siem Reap. There are so many ways to save money, including off-peak travel and sacrificing a bit of accommodation comfort in favor of sight seeing. There are also many cheap eats in the city if food trip is not something you’re into.
DISCLAIMER #2: The costs below will be affected by exchange rates and market inflation. So please double check before finalizing your own budget.
SUMMARY of my Siem Reap, Cambodia Expenses:
- Airfare Costs — US$ 294.42 ====== Php 13,162.00
- International Travel Tax — US$ 36.24 ====== Php 1,620.00
- Airport Terminal Fee — US$ 12.30 ====== Php 550.00
- Ground Expenses — US$ 357.35 ====== Php 15,979.00
- GRAND TOTAL —US$ 700.00 ====== Php 31,300.00
- Shopping — optional and budget is entirely up to you
For the details, please check out the table below.
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Value for Money in Siem Reap
All in all, I believe I got great value for money spent. I especially think we got a sweet deal from Ta Som Guesthouse. For only Php 9,200 we got:
– 7 nights stay in Ta Som Guesthouse in air conditioned rooms, private en-suite bathroom with cold/hot water, minibar, Sat TV– Pick up from airport and transfer to Ta Som Guesthouse– Daily Breakfast– Tropical fruit basket in room upon arrival
– Mineral water (1 bottle per person per day)
– Transportation by remorque (Cambodian equivalent to Thailand’s tuktuk) for the whole duration of the first day tour to Roluos and along “Grand circuit”– Transportation by remorque for the whole duration of the second day tour along “Small circuit”
– Transportation by air conditioned car to Banteay Srei and Kobal Spean on the third day– Transportation by air conditioned car to Koh Ker and Beng Mealea on the fourth day– Transportation by air conditioned car to Tonle Sap Lake on the fifth day– Experienced English speaking driver
– Experienced English speaking, licensed tour guide for the first, second, third and fourth day tours
– Walking tour inside Angkor Thom (about one hour)
– Walking tour through “jungle temples” Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm (about two hours)
– Boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake on the fifth day (about two hours)
– Entrance fee to ACCB, USD 3.50. (The entrance fee is used as a donation for wildlife protection and research of this non-profit organization.)
– Entrance fee for Koh Ker
– Entrance fee for Beng Mealea
– Apsara dance show with dinner buffet (on day 3)
– Lunch box on day 4 (picnic in Beng Mealea)
– Transfer to airport / bus- / boat station.
If this isn’t a great deal, I don’t know what is!
I hope this budget / expenses guide to Siem Reap, Cambodia has been helpful to you. Do leave me a comment if you found this post useful. Feel free to ask questions too.
This article is part of a series. You might want to read the other parts too 🙂
- Budget Guide
- Day 01 – Arrival
- Day 02 pt. 01 – Buying the Siem Reap Temple Pass
- Day 02 pt. 02 – Roluos Group Temples
- Day 02 pt. 03 – The Grand Circuit Temples
- Day 02 pt. 04 – Pub Street and Night Market
- Day 03 pt. 01 – Sunrise at Angkor Wat
- Day 03 pt. 02 – Tomb Raider Time at Ta Prohm
- Day 03 pt. 03 – Amazing Angkor Wat
- Day 03 pt. 04 – Astounding Angkor Thom
- Day 04
- Day 05
- Day 06
- Day 07
Oh, and is Siem Reap worth a visit? DEFINITELY!