I caught a MiniBus from Phnom Penh directly to Kampot.
I spent the whole 15 nights in the central area of Kampot (in and around the Old Market).
For more information, read my post on Kampot.
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
Please Note: I include transport costs in and out of Kampot under LIVING costs.
Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Double Room with hot water en suite, cable TV, in-room WiFi, and aircon in a guesthouse / hostel with a pool.
Food: Typical food for the day would be about US$9.50.
- Breakfast: Baguette and 2 Fried Eggs (US$1.25), 3 black coffee (40c each), 1 large 1.5L water refill (free) = average US$2.50
- Lunch: A Noodle Soup or Fried Rice or Curry with Rice or a Kg of local fruit from the day market (US$1-2), iced water or tea (free) = average US$2.50
- Dinner: Something for about US$3.50-5.50 like Tom Kha Gai, Small Pizza, or Chicken & Kampot Peppers and something like a fresh coconut drink = US$4.50 average
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was NZ$30 / US$21 / €20 / £14. This put a reasonable roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘reasonably priced’ restaurant, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were NZ$50 / US$36 / €33 / £24.
I spent time hanging around the pool and got everywhere on foot. As a result, LIVING was almost free except for some beers in the evening.
I had a major cost of US$89 for a 3 month Visa Renewal. Over 15 days, this averages out at US$6 / day – which paints a much more negative picture of my resultant LIVING costs.
Even with the Visa, I easily managed to keep within budget.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$46 / US$33 / €30 / £22 per day.
If I exclude the cost of the 3 month Visa Extension, these figures drop to NZ$42 / US$30 / €28 / £20 per day.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: US$12.50 should easily get you a nice Double room in a nice guesthouse with a pool and / or a restaurant; you may even be able to get aircon, in-room WiFi and / or cable TV.
Transport: As everything in the old market area is within walking distance, you would not need transport very often.
Communications & Fees: GRANDPAckers would get by on a US$5 / month plan.
Food & Beverages: You would have your breakfast down somewhere like Uncle Chim’s. There aren’t many roadside hawkers in this area but there are enough places to choose from to get meals at these prices..
After making such adjustments, the ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers would have been about NZ$46 / US$32 / €30 / £22 per day.
This will give you NZ$34 / US$25 / €23 / £16 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 43% of your GRANDPAcking budget is available for LIVING).
With that money you could:
- Eat the most expensive Dinner for 2 that you can find and have money left
- Drink another 60 draft beers or 12 ‘2 for 1’ cocktails or 10 glasses of wine in Happy Hour
- Rent 25 ‘basket’ bicycles or 13 mountain bicycles
- Go on 2 Firefly Cruises to watch the sunset and have money left
- Take a day trip for 2 to Rabbit Island and have money left
- Have 25Kgs of your clothes laundered
- Buy lots of personal ‘luxuries’ in the Supermarket
Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a fantastic day.
I was ‘sensible’ with my expenditure without ever being ‘too frugal’.
I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do.
If I had spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have been living very very comfortably.
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