How To Live With 10USD A Day in Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia was a very special place to me, it is where my courage was actually been forced to come out. It is where my dreams started in becoming a reality, a place where I first opened my eyes that I should not be afraid of anything if my intentions are always good and if I always think positively about people, places, and everything that comes my way.
Not only that, the place is remarkable for simple living and yet you feel the happiness of locals who influenced their visitors to become happy, at least while they are there. I stayed there for 8 days, trying to live as cheap as possible without compromising what I should experience in that place. Let’s break down how I managed to live for less than $10USD/day.
(My home for 8 days)
Living Less Than $10
Basic accommodation. I thought Cambodia gets the best deal for accommodation at the cheapest price of $1USD, but you get what you pay for. I stayed in a $2USD/night against the dollar a night just because I wanted to be indoors. It was very basic with just 7-8 mattresses lying side by side on the floor with a huge ceiling fan. The dollar place is similar to the indoor dorm except it was in an open air big hut without a fan and leaving you with a mosquito net instead.
Go Vego! Yes, fruits and vegetables are cheap in Southeast Asia. You can get a plate of fresh fruit salad for a dollar or a vegetable fried rice or noodles for $.75 USD. It is not just good for your budget, it is also good for your health. Also, if you think the place isn’t that sanitary at least fruits and vegetables are easy to eliminate from the backdoor, if you know what I mean!
No beverage outage. Drinks are amazing, from a $.50 cent draft beers to healthy fruit shakes, this is the place to go. Most restaurants have huge projector screen showing different sports channel(soccer games are the most popular). Nice to chill out, relax and meet new friends too. I love their Watermelon shakes and Mango shakes!
Engage in eco-friendly tours. I rented a bicycle for $2 USD/day and just pedalled my way exploring the little town of Siem Reap. It is good for the environment, good exercise, and most importantly, good for your pocket!
(Photo credit: Miguel Cusirramos; Miguel after his falling over stunt)
It was awesome to live so simple over there and made some friends by just chilling out at the dormitory’s common balcony. They immediately became my dining buddies, balcony philosophical group talking about almost anything we could think of, and travel buddies as well. I went out with Miguel and Jenz to the lake for a swim one time we were bored. We had a blast swimming, analyzing life, playing cards with the locals in that long common hut, and laughing at the funny stunts of my new friends at that time.
Let’s put it all in a black in white computation, here were my expenses:
$2 – accommodation
$6 /day on average meal with drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and occasional snacks)
$2 – bicycle rent
$10 = Budget per day
In most days, I would just fruit or vegetable meal and some days just 2 glasses of refreshing Mango shakes made me happy, that made me spend less than $10 a day when I splurge on my healthy greens.
(At the back of Angkor Wat)
What About Angkor Wat Fee?
Well, on my 3rd day, I went to the Angkor Wat paying the $20 for a day’s visit, you can also avail the $40/3day visit if you wish but you have to pay it on the first day. There is no upgrading from $20/day to $40/3day ticket so decide what ticket you would want to get before doing it. You don’t want to miss Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia but you don’t want to get ripped off either.