How much do you need to explore Siem Reap, Cambodia?

My best friend and I had a 4 days and 3 nights girls trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is true that you NEED to travel with your best friends at least ONCE in your life because we had so much fun traveling together! More to come in the future (hopefully)! Read on to know more about

how much do you need to explore Siem Reap, Cambodia?



The country’s currency is Cambodian Riel but USD is widely use throughout the country. Even the local prefers USD over Cambodian Riel. However, you need to make sure you brought small change which is 1/2/5 USD. When they need to give you coins as a change, they will give you Cambodian Riel.




Flights : MYR 450

Aleyh and I had to flew all the way to Kuala Lumpur the day before our flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia. So we had to purchase our tickets going to and fro Kota Kinabalu to Kuala Lumpur then Kuala Lumpur to Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Hotels : MYR 380.00

We stayed in Siem Reap Pub Hostel for 2 nights since it is closer to the Pub Street and Night Markets. We spent our last night in Udaya Residence. It is farther away from the city so it is quieter. We enjoyed our time relaxing and swimming while we were there. It was a great way to end our trip.

Pool Time at Udaya Residence!


Plunge Pool in our Presidential Suite! Yes, we spoil ourselves!


Love them so much!



A tuk-tuk ride from the aiport to our hotel cost 9usd(3usd per person). A ride within the city cost us 2usd. However, they will charge you 1usd for 2 person or if you’re traveling solo.

On another note, our tuk-tuk ride to the temple (which we booked through our hostel) cost us 25usd for 3 person. It includes a ride to purchase the temple pass, getting into the temple to watch sunset as well as bringing us around the temple for half of the day (next day).


Food is quite expensive in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Nonetheless, it depends on the area you’re staying. A pineapple fried rice cost 2.5usd at a small restaurant in pub street area. A grilled chicken with rice cost 1usd at a small convenient store cafe a little farther from town area. Shakes cost 1usd per cup and an ice cream cost 1.6usd a cone.

In the temple, food cost way expensive. Since we went to the temple early in the morning for sunrise, we had breakfast in the area. A baguette with scrambled eggs cost 5usd and water is 1usd in the temple area. I would suggest you to bring your own water and if your hotel includes breakfast, you might want to ask them if they can pack your breakfast for you.

Temple Visit

If you are only planning to buy a one day temple pass, then you surely have to make the most out of it. The Angkor Wat pass cost 37usd per person. The cost increases since Feb 2017 (We were shocked since it is so expensive! We thought it only cost 20usd). I would recommend you to do what we did. We bought the pass a day before (you will need to buy it in the evening around 5.45pm) and watch sunset for free. The next day, we went there early in the morning for sunrise and visited all of the temple.

The temple we visited for sunset is Phnom Bakheng. The next day, we visited Angkor Wat to watch sunrise. Then, we went to Bayon Temple, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srey. Once we’re done going through all of the temples we went back and gave a little tips to our tuk-tuk driver.















Siem Reap is full of lights as the sun sets. A glass of Cambodian beer cost 0.50usd/1usd. We went bar hopping, hopped 5/6 bars that night and spent 8usd per person.  Which is quite cheap compare to our hometown.


Beside that, before the trip Aleyh and I had this crazy idea of eating insects in Cambodia (which we did! check out the vlog!) and Hazel didn’t want to be a part of it. After 3 bars, we saw an uncle selling insects and we bought from him. He offered us 2usd per insect and we haggle to get 1usd per insect. We ate crickets, tarantula and scorpion (again, check out the vlog!).


Let’s get the party started!






We did a little bit of shopping and a little bit of spoiling ourselves while we were there. We went for a foot massage which cost us 2usd per person and we did henna tattoo which cost me 5usd (each of us have a different price). I bought key chains which cost me 3usd for 6, 5 bracelets for 3usd, another bracelet for 1usd, a normal scarf for 2.5usd, 2 cambodian silk scarves for 5usd each and 1 lace scarf which cost 5usd as well. Not forgetting the dress that I wore to the temple which cost me 5usd. Each of us bought different items but these is all that I bought. You might get a lower price if your haggling skill is 💯


How much did I spent?


I brought 150usd with me and at the end of the trip I’m left with 8usd. The exchange rate was MYR 4.26 x 142usd = MYR 604.92. Overall including flights and hotels is MYR 1,434.92.

Hope this helps!

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lifeofjohnanddora is owned by John Roy and Dora Magdelena. A couple who love adventures and aims to fully experience life.