Otres Beach – Cambodia – GRANDPAcking Costs

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JUNE 2015:


My costs start in Sihanoukville (“Snooky”) and include:

  • A Tuk Tuk from town centre to Otres 2 Beach
  • 20 nights on Otres 2 Beach

My costs end in Otres 2 (as I embark on my River Adventures). Normally, you would incur a further US$5 Tuk Tuk cost to get back to Sihanoukville.


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Otres 2 GRANDPAcking Costs


Accommodation: My typical accommodation included a cable TV, in-room WiFi, and aircon with breakfast included.

Transport: You need a Cambodian driving license to drive a scooter. If not, the police checkpoints will fine you when they stop you – and, in Snooky, they love to stop you for the fines. As a result, I hardly used any transport because (1) Otres 2 was too far away from anywhere to use a bicycle and (2) the Tuk Tuk to / from town was expensive and (3) I didn’t want to feed the police with daily fines / income. As a result, my transport costs are lower than they should have been when compared to what I have been doing in other GRANDPAcking locations (where I would have rented a scooter).

Food: Typical food for the day would be about US$9.00.

  • Breakfast: Free Buffet Breakfast (including Eggs & Bacon) = average US$0
  • Lunch: A Noodle Dish or Fried Rice or Curry with Rice or Tom Yam Soup with Rice, big bottle of water (swapping the water for a Fruit Juice would have been the same cost) = average US$4.00
  • Dinner: Something for about US$3.50-6.50 like Pizza, Burger, Amok, or Curry (NO Fruit Juice – which would have added another US$1.50) = US$5.00 average

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was NZ$41 / US$29 / €27 / £20. This put a reasonable roof over my head, gave me minimal transport, gave me all of my 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$39 / US$28 / €26 / £18.

I spent most of my time hanging around the beach and got everywhere on foot. As a result, LIVING was almost free except for some beers in the evening and a fare bit of partying.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$50 / US$35 / €33 / £24 per day.


Accommodation: You should be able to get a similar room for US$25 / night.

Transport: There is a budget for Tuk Tuk day trips into town each week. Otherwise, Otres is a small community and walk-able.

Food: I have increased my costs to account for the costs of Fruit Drinks and Juices that I didn’t bother buying.

After making such adjustments, the ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about NZ$67 / US$48 / €45 / £32 per day.

This is about US$9 per day to LIVE on (i.e. 16% of their GRANDPAcking is available for LIVING).

With that money you could:

  • Upgrade your Dinner to a Seafood Platter for 2
  • Drink 18 Happy Hour beers
  • Buy 1 or 2 personal ‘luxuries’ in the local store
  • Rent 2 bicycles or (almost) take a Tuk Tuk into town and back
  • Rent 2 kayaks for 1 hour
  • Save up for 2 days and rent a Hobycat for 1 hour

Having so little available day after day means that you will be living very ‘tightly’.


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

I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do. But, if I had been in Otres 2 on a longer-term basis, the lack of LIVING funds / options would have started to make me a bit ‘stir crazy’.

If I had spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have only been slightly more comfortable (or a lot more intoxicated!). 🙂

Would I recommend Otres 2 to GRANDPAckers? No.

Don’t get me wrong, Otres 2 is a very nice place to be and you will have a good time and meet some great people – it is still worth a visit, but not on a ‘several months per year’ basis.

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