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Siem Reap Budget Travel Guide 101

  • By on March 20, 2009 | 12 Comments

    Looking for Siem Reap budget travel guide? Before you go for backpack holiday, the first thing you need to do is to draft your budget plan.

    I stay in Siem Reap for 5 Day 4 Night and here’s the list of the information piece you can jot down if you plan to visit Angkor Wat:  –

    USD 10 – Boat Ride fees in Tonle Sap lake per person (USD 1 will be donated for road construction around Tonle Sap village)

    USD 40 – 3 Day Pass to the city of Angkor per person

    USD 25 – Tour guide hiring fees per day (I would recommend you to hire tour guide else it’s like you are visiting the city of Angkor without story). We have 8 people in group, so it was divided to become USD 3.125 per person for 1 day.

    USD 40 – Transportation fees on van. We have 8 people in groups so approximately is USD 5 per person a day. Always negotiate the price with the transporter if you just required half day service, means USD 20 will do 😉

    USD 25 – Departure airport tax fees when you are leaving Siem Reap International airport (you have to pay additional USD15 if you are coming in with Visa)

    USD 15 – Twin sharing room in Bousavy Guest House per night. You can look for lower budget stay (even USD2 per night), but better check for the condition of the Guest House before booking

    Based on the calculation, all the items above will need around USD 130 per person, so you left USD 70 just for your eat and drink if you have USD200 as your budget onion-beggar

    My piece of advice was try to escape from eating in the restaurant near the Angkor Wat or any other temple money-nono

    The food price was slightly expensive, unless you are very hungry at the point of time monkey-eat-1

    Another of my advice is, always negotiate on the price before you going for places that far away from City of Angkor.

    Because there’s should be additional pay in terms of transportation and tour guide fees monkey-yes

    We paid another USD 5 to tour guide and USD 20 for transporter to bring us to Kbal Spean (River thousand Linga) monkey-money

    Sames goes to if you request to watch sunrise in Angkor Wat temple, confirm with your transporter and tour guide if there’s any additional charges for it.

    We paid USD 5 to tour guide and another USD 5 for transporter just to visit the sunrise in Angkor Wat monkey-money

    Some tipping will do, if you feels that the tour guide doing a good job onion-good

    In total, each of us spent around USD 200 during the 5 Day 4 Night stay including souvenir (but excluding the Air Asia ticket price).


    Photo by Marcus Ong from Panasonic DSLR – 9 March 2009

    More photo and blog coming for this Angkor Wat trip. Stay tuned 😉

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  1. #1 Lee
    March 21, 2009 6:39 am

    i think i spent usd 250 😛 err… ending i dunno wat i got. but advice everything must negotiate especially souvenirs.

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  1. #2 giraffe
    March 22, 2009 3:33 am

    For me, I got most of the souvenir from the old market. It might not be the cheapest but just share with you about the price range. Souvenirs bought are:
    – Fridge Magnet (plain) x 3 pieces – 1 USD
    – Fridge Magnet (color) – 0.80 USD
    – Scarf (should not be good quality silk but is ok for normal use) – range from 1.5 USD to 3 USD per piece
    – Cambodia pants – range from 4.5 USD to 5 USD

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  1. #3 ah hong
    March 22, 2009 3:46 am

    Great info Lee & Giraffe…I missed about the details of the food budget.

    If you want to have budget dinner, USD2 will be enough to visit the roadside stall.

    In terms of cleaniness, it was still quite acceptable just like our mamak here :p

    You can have fried rice or fried noodle for USD1 and one Angkor Beer or fruit juice for USD1.

    The other restaurant need higher range of spending, approximate USD3-5 per dishes like Khmer Kitchen.

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  1. #4 haan
    June 20, 2009 9:27 pm

    very helpful info sharing, ah hong!!

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  1. #5 ah hong
    June 20, 2009 10:16 pm

    Hehe…thanks Haan. I am trying to share the info so people can go backpack with better estimation on the travel budget 🙂

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  1. #6 felinn
    September 10, 2009 10:42 am


    I’m felinn planning to go to Siem Reap with family this end of sept 2009, I was wondering if you could give some advice before we go there?

    Where can I purchase or get their service:
    USD 10 – Boat Ride fees in Tonle Sap lake per person
    USD 40 – 3 Day Pass to the city of Angkor per person
    USD 25 – Tour guide hiring fees per day
    USD 40 – Transportation fees on van.

    As a Malaysian, do we need visa to visit Cambodia? If YES, Should I get my visa done in Malaysia or Cambodia?
    USD 25 ???– Departure airport tax fees when you are leaving Siem Reap International airport (you have to pay additional USD15 if you are coming in with Visa)

    Appreciated if you could reply to me as soon as possible.

    Thank you

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  1. #7 ah hong
    September 10, 2009 9:32 pm

    @ Felinn Thanks for dropping by. For the Visa clarification, as a Malaysian you don’t need the Visa to Cambodia and passport will do. But for visitor from other country (not ASEAN) then I believe they do need one.

    When you reach Siem Reap airport they will issue you “visit” pass which is valid for few weeks if not mistaken, keep that with you all the time. Because when you are leaving Cambodia, you need to return back the “visit” pass. If will be good if you attached the “visit” pass in your passport. Don’t lost it 😀

    My advice is, start calling the transport on +855 12857723. His name is Jia An who can speak Mandarin and Cantonese. He will pick you up from the Airport. You can find tour guide by going shop to shop in Pub Street, or you can ask Jia An to look one for you with less hassle.

    This transporter/tour guide will know how to get the ticket pass to Tonle Sap & 3 days city of Angkor. I think you don’t need tour guide in the first day for Tonle Sap visit.

    You didn’t mention about the accommodation and let’s hope you already got one 🙂

    Let me know if you have any further question. Hope you have good time in Siem Reap 😀

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  1. #8 felinn
    September 12, 2009 4:03 am

    HI Ah-Hong

    Thank for your information. Btw may i know where do u usually eat at siem reap, any affordable and delicious recommendation? I booked my hotel at the 6 national road which is 8 min -10 min from the airport, do you hv any idea how much will the tuk tuk charge airport pick up? For the pass to the city of Angkor, do you mean we will need this pass to visit all the temple around siem reap or it is just for Angkor wat only??? Blur!!!

    I really appreciated with your helpful information

    Thank you

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  1. #9 ah hong
    September 12, 2009 12:58 pm

    @felinn Cambodia was famous for its Khmer food. You can check out my food taste section, there were several restaurant in my recommendation. Those restaurant was around Pub Street, check it out 😉

    I did eat those mee goreng and nasi goreng sort of food in road side, it cost around USD1 per plate.

    My time it was our guest house send Tuk Tuk to pick us up and is free, so I can’t advice on this part.

    Looks like you are staying around Pub Street, you might need Tuk Tuk service every night to send you to the most happening street.

    No worry, the 3 pass that you going to buy include the access to all the temple including Angkor Wat.

    Enjoy your trip ya 😀

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  1. #10 apple
    November 11, 2009 9:26 am

    hi there,…. i’m planning to get 1week off. so i’m planning to visit angkorwat. transport will be land type. no budget for flights tho… any recommendation? i’m on backpack alone 😀

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  1. #11 ah hong
    November 12, 2009 12:40 am

    Good to hear that Apple and I recommend you go to Cambodia from Thailand. Maybe you can plan your visit as Thailand become your first entry point of vacation 🙂

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  1. #12 Boon Ee
    November 13, 2009 11:23 pm

    hi all……if you allow me to add….

    you can go in to cambodia via poipet(thai border) or bavet (vietnam border).
    distance from bangkok to poipet are about 330km (road)….and poipet to siem reap is about 180km…
    if you come in via bavet…it would advisable to go to Phnom penh first because that is the nearest city….and then make your way up to Siem reap by bus..

    hope tat can help….

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