Adventures in East Asia

Angkor Temple Ruins Excursion Costs and Summary

I went to Cambodia with little expectation, partly helped by the minimal planning required after choosing to book a tour guide. Visiting during peak season meant that it was the coolest part of the year in December, though still hot, and without risk of a monsoon. Linh and I found the people to be friendly and the whole experience in Cambodia to be superb.


The people in Cambodia seemed to face a wide gulf in wealth compared to tourists that visit. However, they were always friendly and polite and we were hardly ever bothered for money. There were plenty of children out selling their souvenirs to tourists and they could be persistent, but I admired the fact that they were at least working for their money.

In contrast to Morocco for instance, which we visited a few years ago, we were always pestered for money, given "help" when we didn't want it followed by more requests for money. A thorough turn off that deters me from ever wanting to visit that part of the world again.


Costs in Cambodia

Most things in Cambodia were cheap, especially when choosing to eat at *local* restaurants. Our chosen guesthouse, the Two Dragons was inexpensive. We stayed in one of their "pricier" double rooms, costing us US$22 per night.


Walking around the temple ruins, the vendors selling canned drinks, coconuts, and sliced fruit appear to be cheap too. Mostly offering items at a dollar apiece. Though the expenditure is ephemeral, a US dollar for a can of coke is quite expensive, until you realise that you can negotiate down to two cans for a dollar.

The only thing which wasn't cheap for us were the flights - considering we were just crossing over from Bangkok, and having to pay for visas and then another US$25 service charge each to leave the country!


Costs for visiting the temple ruins

To visit the two main circuits of temples near Siem Reap, we also had to pay entrance fees. Our driver took us to get the tickets on the first morning and they amounted to US$20 per person for one day or US$40 for two or three days. However, you get an early morning photo taken of yourself and printed onto a souvenir ticket...


Costs for Tuk-tuk Driver and Tour Guide

A tuk-tuk driver cost us US$15 per day for trips around the nearby circuits but a little more for our third day trip further away. Our tour guide cost us US$25 per day and we only booked him for the first three days. Our fourth day cost us a whopping US$80 by comparison (including the driver) but this was a trip taking an hour and a half each way to visit a floating village and the distant Beng Melea Temple.



We spent our four days touring in Cambodia doing the following things. Places are listed chronologically and linked to the relevant post containing photographs. I hope this information is useful for anyone planning to visit this amazing country!

Day 1 - Monday

Angkor Wat for the sunrise
Angkor Thom South Gate
Bayon Temple
Baphuon Temple
Terrace of the Elephants and The Terrace of the Leper King
Chau Say Tevoda Temple
Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat

Day 2 - Tuesday

Kbal Spean
Cambodian Land Mine Museum
Banteay Srei
Pre Rup

Day 3 - Wednesday

Preah Khan
Neak Pean
Ta Som
East Mebon
Banteay Kdei
Phnom Bakheng

Day 4 - Thursday

Tonle Sap Freshwater lake and a Floating Village
Beng Mealea Temple


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