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How To Travel In Siem Reap On A Budget

A couple of years ago, entrance fees to visit Angkor Wat (Cambodia’s most-visited attraction) went up to almost twice as much. A one-day pass went up from USD20 to USD37, while a three-day pass will set you back USD60 from the previous USD40, and a week-long pass at USD72, which is a jump from USD62.

While the increase is indeed significant, it shouldn’t put you off from visiting Angkor Wat. The amazing temple complex has more than 100 ancient structures, so it will still be worth every penny if you take the time to explore. Besides, you can make sure that the entrance fee would be the largest purchase you make during your stay in Siem Reap, the main base for visitors to Angkor Wat.

1. Budget Stays in Siem Reap

There’s nothing more important than a good night’s sleep, so your choice of accommodation is very important. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to find budget lodging that suit your style in Siem Reap, especially if you don’t mind staying in a dorm with shared bathrooms.

Uncles’s House & Aunty’s House

Price: Budget for approx. USD2.75 per night

Address: Group 2, Vihear Chen, Khum Svay Dongkum, 616 Pash Kraoum Rd, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia


Siem Reap Pub Hostel

Price: Budget for approx. USD3.50 per night

Address: House # 169, Group 4, Steung Thmey Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia


Garden Village Guesthouse & Pool Bar

Price: Budget for approx. USD3.50 per night

Address: #434 Sok San Street, Steng Thmey Village, Svaydangkum Commune, 17252, Cambodia


2. Budget Eats in Siem Reap

If you want affordable food, you need to peel yourself away from the tourist streets. Find stalls where you can find plastic chairs and local customers, and you will find out that one takeaway can cost you less than USD1. If you prefer a proper sit-down establishments, here are some recommendations for you.

Onlyou Restaurant

Price: Budget for approx. USD2 per meal

Address: Street 22 Stations, Wat Bo Rd, 17254, Cambodia


Lilypop Restaurant

Price: Budget for approx. USD3 per meal

Address: 020 Taphul Rd, Krong Siem Reap 17259, Cambodia


Little Kroma Restaurant

Price: Budget for approx. USD4 per meal

Address: Wat Damnak Village, Wat Damnak, Sangkat Salakamrouk, 17254, Cambodia


Sinn Sisamouth Cafe (The Hut)

Price: Budget for approx. USD3 per meal

Address: 3423423, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia


3. Budget Transportation in Siem Reap

If you’re fit enough, there’s no reason for you not to rent a bicycle. With prices as low as USD1, you get to explore Siem Reap without having to worry about haggling. But sometimes you can’t escape taking a tuktuk (or remorque moto, as the locals call it), and it’s good to know that you will have to pay around USD1.50 to USD2 for short trips, USD3 if you want to go across the town, USD6 to go to the airport, and USD15 for a day trip to Angkor Wat.

4. Affordable Things To Do in Siem Reap

Done with Angkor Wat, but running low on money? Don’t worry, there are things to do around Siem Reap which won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Markets

Even if you’re not planning on buying any souvenirs, walking around Psar Chaa (The Old Market) is always an experience, especially the wet market where you can see an authentic side of the local life. If, for whatever reason, you miss the hipster neighborhood you frequent back home, then take a stroll around Kandal Village where you can find fashionable boutiques and trendy cafes.

Temples

Want the escape the chaotic tourist areas? Drop by Wat Preah Prom Rath, a working temple where you can take a breather and be lulled by Buddhist chants and the overall serenity. Another temple you can visit for free is Wat Polanka with its ancient history.

Natural Attractions

Kulen Mountain or Phnom Kulen is a great place if you just want to get in touch with Mother Nature. Take a hike to the mountaintop and enjoy the lush foliage and refreshing waterfalls.

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