Siem Reap – Cambodia – GRANDPAcking Costs

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APRIL 2015:

OVERVIEW:

I flew directly to Siem Reap, Cambodia from Bangkok.

I spent the whole 14 nights in the central area of Siem Reap and visited the temples of Angkor.


CROSS REFERENCES:

For more information, read my post on Siem Reap.

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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.


SPREADSHEET SUMMARY:

Siem Reap GRANDPAcking Costs


ACTUAL COSTS:

Accommodation: My accommodation included in-room WiFi and a free breakfast in a guesthouse / hostel with a pool and a restaurant / bar.

Food: Typical food for the day would be about US$9.25.

  • Breakfast: Baguette and 2 Fried Eggs (US$1), 2 black coffee (US$0.5 each), 1 large 1.5L water (US$0.25) = average US$2.25
  • Lunch: A Noodle Soup or Fried Rice or Curry with Rice (US$1-3), iced water or tea (free) = average US$2.00
  • Dinner: Something for about US$4-6 like Tom Kha Gai, Bangers & Mash, or Chicken Cordon Bleu = US$5.00 average

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was NZ$33 / US$24 / €23 / £16. 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$47 / US$34 / €31 / £22.

I spent time hanging around the pool and got everywhere on my US$1 / day bicycle. As a result, LIVING was almost free except for some beers in the evening and a one-off trip to Angkor. I easily managed to keep within budget.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$53 / US$39 / €36 / £25 per day.


WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:

Accommodation: If you shop around, US$15 should easily get you a GRANDPAcking Double. You may even be able to include in-room WiFi and/or Cable TV in a nice guesthouse with a pool and restaurant. You should be able to get a free breakfast each at that price.

Transport: GRANDPAckers could easily get around by hiring either 2 bicycles for US$1 / day (each) as and when required or by catching a Tuk Tuk (US$1 each way).

Communications & Fees: GRANDPAckers would get by on a US$5 / month plan.

Food: There were no significant savings to be made.

After making such adjustments, the ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about NZ$42 / US$31 / €29 / £20 per day.

This is NZ$38/ US$27 / €26 / £18 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 47% of your GRANDPAcking budget is available for LIVING).

With that money you could:

  • Eat Dinner for 2 in one of the best Restaurants and have money left
  • Drink another 54 draft beers or 25 ‘2 for 1’ cocktails in Happy Hour or 17 Jager Bombs
  • Rent 27 ‘basket’ bicycles or 13 mountain bicycles for the day
  • Save up for 2 days and go on a 1 Day Big Tour of Angkor in a Tuk Tuk
  • Have 27Kgs 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.


CONCLUSION:

I was ‘sensible’ with my expenditure without ever being ‘too frugal’.

I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do – including a couple of ‘big nights out’ with friends.

If I had spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have been living very very comfortably.


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