Nomads on a Budget: Siem Reap, Cambodia, week 2

This week we said screw budgets, and had a beautiful time visiting Angkor Wat and the rest of the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia! We adore this place and these people. This is just our brief budget update -- check out One Week in Siem Reap for details (coming soon, subscribe to emails to get a notification).

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Our goal: $50 per day total, including transportation, accommodation, visas, and bills back home. For two people.

In every budget update I will add a prorated estimate of our bills back home (loans, phone plan, etc. which may vary slightly by month), to include in our $50/day travel budget. I am not including travel insurance -- this would add about $5.75 per day to our total.
  • Days: 7
  • Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Weekly spending: $533.48
  • Avg. spending per day: $76.21
  • Avg. spending per day incl. bills back home: $79.41
  • Avg. spending per day overall in Asia: $46.11 
Angkor Wat
So what are our living expenses in Cambodia this week? 
  • Conversion rate: 4,000 Cambodian Riel (KHR) = US$1.00
  • Accommodation: $138.55 
    • In Siem Reap we are in a gorgeous homestay called the Natural Homestay, and we are with a family with two rambunctious young girls, a cat with three brand new kittens, and an adorable wonky-eyed dog. It's about $20 per night and we have a balcony area, A/C, comfy bed, nice shower, and free breakfast. We also have bicycles we can take around town for free!
Click the picture to book the Natural Homestay!

  • Food and drinks: $175.69
    • Siem Reap has amazing Cambodian food and I LOVE fish amok, and $0.50 beers! We also befriended multiple children, like this little girl who loved to stab Warren with small pieces of plastic and watch him fake die:

  • Transportation: $70
    • As you may already know, walking is our preferred method of transportation. We get to see cows and stuff.
Cows and stuff

    • We grabbed a couple of $2-$3 tuk tuks, plus paid a private tuk tuk driver and tipped him for our three days around Angkor. 
  • Entertainment/miscellaneous: $149.24
    • We celebrated the Khmer New Year with our homestay hosts, over dinner and many drinks with the family and fellow guests. Free, and incredibly fun!
    • We headed to the Angkor National Museum one day ($12 per person), and the Angkor Archaeological Park for three days ($62 per person entry). Again, check out One Week in Siem Reap (coming soon!) for details.
Twin crazy lions at the museum
Angkor Warren

Angkor monkey (there were lots!)

One of the sites was carved into a riverbed, and took about a mile hike to get to it. On the way we ran into this beautiful Blue Forest Agama!

...and at the top there were wild pink pineapples.
Other Cambodia posts coming soon (subscribe for updates when they're posted!)
  • Phnom Penh city review
  • The Killing Fields and Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh
  • One Week in Siem Reap
  • The Angkor Archaeological Complex
  • The Natural Homestay review

Siem Reap quickly became one of our favorite destinations, worthy of much more than the nine days we gave it. The people, the culture, the history, and of course the Angkor Archaeological Complex all make it a wonderful place to visit. We went well over budget, but it was worth it to truly allow Cambodia to shine.


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