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Travel Cost in Cambodia: How Much to Budget for a Cambodia Trip?


Are you planning a trip to Cambodia and wondering how much budget you need for a Cambodia trip? If so, you are on the right page. This article will help you to figure out the cost of traveling to Cambodia and plan a rough budget for your trip to Cambodia. It covers the cost of accommodation, transportation, food, drinking, Cambodian Visa, activities, and entry fees for main attractions.

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Overall Cost of Traveling in Cambodia

On average, the cost for an overnight stay in a 4-star hotel double room is about 80 USD. The double room in comfortable hotels with air conditioning, bathroom, Wi-Fi, and TV will cost about 15-20 USD per day.  

The average cost for meals per day is about 12 USD, blending restaurant lunch, street food, and drinking. You’ll need to budget more if you want to eat Western food more often.

Generally, Cambodia is a very affordable country to travel around. Its major cities and tourist destinations provide options for all kinds of budgets, from economical to high-end.

  • For backpackers, budget about 45 USD per day per person (dorm room, street food, a couple of beers, public transportation), and an additional 37 USD when visiting Angkor Wat.
  • For mid-range travelers, budget about 90 USD per day per person (budget hotel, sit-down meals in restaurants, drink more, Angkor Wat and more activities, bus).
  • For high-end travelers, budget about 160 USD or more per person per day (4 or 5-star hotels, eat and drink anywhere you want, hire a private driver, whatever activities you want to experience).

Good to know:

  • The official currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, USD is also widely used.
  • The approximate exchange rate is 4000 Riels to 1 USD.
  • Menus and accommodation prices are usually quoted in both USD and riel.
  • It’s recommended to prepare some Cambodian Riels (KHR) to pay for purchases under a dollar.
  • For changes less than 10 USD, you might get riels back though paying in USD.
  • Setting aside a little extra money is essential considering the increasing prices.

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Cost of Accommodation in Cambodia

Prices for hotels vary widely in different seasons. Take a 4-star hotel as an example, the price for a double room will reach 80-120 USD in peak tourist seasons (from late September to early April), while in shoulder seasons, the price drops to about 40-100 USD.

For more luxury and lavish accommodation, you’ll need to spend around 150 USD or more.

There are also a variety of beautiful boutique hotels with comfortable rooms in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. The average cost is about 30-50 USD per night.

Cost of Food in Cambodia

Cambodian food is very cheap and shares a lot of similarities with the cuisines of neighboring Thailand, and Vietnam. Most Cambodian dishes, like Khmer fried noodles, Khmer curry, and chicken skewers, don’t cost more than 3 USD.

To eat at a street stall, the cost for one meal is usually about 1-3 USD. A typical meal in a basic restaurant costs about 3-5 USD. Western meals typically cost about 5-10 USD for dishes like pizza, burgers, and pasta.  

For drinks, beer is just around 1 USD, bottled water is about 0.5-1 USD, Cappuccinos and coffees are around 2 USD for a cup, and a mid-range bottle of wine is about 10 USD.

Cost of Transport in Cambodia

By Bus or Minivan

Most people choose to take a bus or minivan to travel from city to city in Cambodia. Buses and minivans are generally comfortable, high-quality, and with air conditioning. A bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is about 10 USD per person. And about 9 USD from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville, it will cost about 17 USD per person.

By Plane

Those who are short on time can hop on a plane to fly from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or Kampot. Flights from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh cost about 90 USD and about 140 USD from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap.

By Boat

Taking ferries to enjoy island-hopping is a can’t-miss for many travelers. On average, the ferries will cost about 12 USD for each way. You can also take a boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh at the expense of 18-25 USD. A boat cruise between Siem Reap and Battambang is about 25 USD for one way.

Short Distance

Taking a tuk-tuk is very popular for short-distance transfers. Usually a five-minute tuk-tuk ride around the town will cost about 1-1.5 USD, and for most rides, the cost is no more than 5 USD (depending on your distance). For taxis, the cost is around 1 USD per kilometer. We recommend downloading a PassApp (the Uber of Cambodia) to avoid being scammed and overcharged. To travel with more flexibility, you can also rent a bike (about 1-2 USD per day) or a motorbike (about 5 USD per day).

Typical Transportation Costs in Cambodia

  • Bus ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 10 USD per person
  • Bus ride from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville: 9 USD per person
  • Bus ride from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville: 17 USD per person
  • Flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 90 USD per person
  • Flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap: 140 USD per person
  • Boat from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh: 18-25 USD per person
  • Boat from Siem Reap to Battambang: 25 USD per person
  • Ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong: 12 USD per person
  • Minivan from Kampot to Kep: 4.5 – 5 USD per person

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Cost of Activities and Entry Fees of Major Attractions in Cambodia

Below is a rough list of activities in Cambodia, aiming to give you a general idea of activities costs and entry fees in Cambodia.

  • Angkor Wat: The entry fee is 37 USD for a 1-day pass, 62 USD for a 3-day pass, and 72 USD for a 7-day pass. Here you can spend about 20-25 USD to hire a tuk-tuk for a full day.
  • Killing Fields: 3 USD to enter. (The tuk-tuk ride from Phnom Penh to Killing Fields is about 15 USD for a round trip.)
  • Museums in Phnom Penh: 2 USD for entry.
  • Visit the Elephant Sanctuary at Sen Monorom: about 140 USD for an overnight stay.
  • Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21): 5 USD for entry, and another 3 USD for an audio guide.
  • Tonle Sap Floating Villages: 15-45 USD

Cost of Cambodian Visa

Except for citizens of some Asian countries, people from the majority of the world will need a visa to enter Cambodia.

A Cambodian tourist visa costs 35 USD and allows travelers to stay in the country for up to 30 days. It is easy to grab the visa online (eVisa) or on arrival. Once you are in the country and want to stay longer for some reasons, you’ll need to spend 45 USD to extend the visa for another 30 days.

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