Having a short time frame of leave yet a small budget? It is still possible to go for a holiday and have a complete vacation. Why go to luxury country when you can explore a third world country and have a taste on how the locals live their life.
Airport to City Center (Bus Station)
Standard price to get to the centre of phnom penh / bus station is USD7/SGD9.40 by a tuk tuk.
Phnom Penh to Kampot (Mini-Bus Ride)
It was a long bus ride journey of 6hrs to get directly to Kampot from Phnom Penh. With several pit stops, a bus ride that went through Kep (another small state).The ride cost USD7/SGD9.40 for one way.
Luxury hostel lodge overlooking the Kampot River with its own pool, The Mad Monkey Kampot is highly rated by backpackers and has great reviews on TripAdvisor. The Mad Monkey Kampot has its own massage service, and it is just a short walk to the local shops and markets. Kampot is a great place to check in and chill out when you need a break from sightseeing.
We have light-filled rooms looking out over the Kampot River, a chilled pool for the scorching days, a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in our pool side restaurant. Maps are available at reception to help you navigate the town. Tours to Kep and the islands are available at the travel desk!
A great place to stay in kampot, I stayed in a 6-bed dorm. The mad monkey is one of the well known stay across Cambodia like Siem Riep and Phnom Penh. Paid USD10 / SGD13.40 for 2 nights for the stay which is relatively cheap with the facilities provided are top class for the price. The toilet are above expectation in terms of cleanliness and spacious but the only problems lies where there isn’t enough privacy as the bed are too open. Just take note to bring your own lock as they don’t provide them. Overall, it’s the best cheap stay in Cambodia.
Exploring Cambodia’s natural inner wonders safely, Amazing caves and cool-air adorned rock formations are the settings for an adventurous mix of climbing, via ferrata, abseiling and caving. No previous experience is required. Sponsored by Petzl. The recommended length of of visit is more than 3 hours.
A must do for nature and adventure lovers! Totally ok for beginners too! The experience is quite complete, with caving, climbing & via ferrata (outdoor and inside the caves), abseiling and real toprope climbing (during 4 hours) ! All in an amazing scenery and in a protected historical site your guide will tell you about. Perfect for activity in Kampot and keep you exhausted for even a half day trip.It is quite safe if you follow the instructions and importantly the local guides are great bunch of young guys, highly professional, well run and most of all great fun. I chose program 1 which cost me USD35/SGD47.20
*All bookings are made at least 1 day in advance. A deposit of $20 per person confirms the reservation.
Daily movie program at 7.30pm (on 4m screen, air-conditioned)
Private movie room rentals: you choose the time and the movie. Watch on 4m screen (min 4 people) or on 51’’plasma screen (min. 2 people)
Daily 4pm (+ 7pm on Wednesday) show of Killing Fields and other Cambodia-related movies.
It is allowed to eat and drink in Ecran’s movie rooms (smoking is allowed in our small private room but not inside the big movie theater)
Ecran also houses a fresh pulled noodle & home-made dumpling shop
Open 11am – 9pm
Honestly, it was a surprised when I stepped in, I underestimated the Cambodian cinema. The cinema was so spacious, comfy with cool furniture like sofa, and even bed. It is AC room and you will feel just like home. It’s my very first time in a different cinema setting and I hope, this brilliant concept could be brought forward to the other parts of Southeast Asia. Paid USD2.50 / SGD3.30 for a movie.
Headed back to Phnom Penh the next morning, paid another USD7/SGD9.40.
Hired a tuktuk driver for USD5/SGD6.70 to tour around Phnom Penh for the whole day. (Depends on how you bargain)
- KILLING FIELD
These are the execution grounds for the Khmer Rouge.
The site was well laid out and explained through the audio guide. I found I was able to take my time and walk along the river path while I listened to the personal reflections of survivors of the horrific Khmer Rouge regime. The journey to Choeung Ek was through one of the most impoverished areas of Phnom Penh so the trip itself was a challenge. Plenty of kids will beg you for money, but my advice is never give it to any as plenty more kids will approach you. But the site certainly deserves a visit when you are at Phnom Penh. Paid USD6/SGD8 for the entrance fee.
- THE INDEPENDENCE MONUMENT
The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, was built in 1958 for Cambodia’s independence from France in 1953. It stands on the intersection of Norodom Boulevard and Sihanouk Boulevard in the centre of the city.
- WAT OUNALUM
Wat Ounalom is a wat located on Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, near the Royal Palace of Cambodia. As the seat of Cambodia’s Mohanikay order, it is the most important wat of Phnom Penh, and the center of Cambodian Buddhism.
- ROYAL PALACE
The Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a complex of buildings which serves as the royal residence of the king of Cambodia. Its full name in the Khmer language is Preah Barum Reachea Veang Chaktomuk Serei Mongkol.
|Transport from Airport||USD7|
|Transport to Kampot from Phnom Penh||USD7|
|Ecran Movie House||USD2.50|
|Transport back to Phnom Penh from Kampot||USD7|
|Transportation for tour around Phnom Penh||USD5|
|Entrance Fee for Killing Fields||USD6|
|Extras (another 1 night stay in Phnom Penh/ souvenirs/other transportation)||USD38|
So the total money I spent in Cambodia was USD147.50 which rounds up to SGD200.
It is possible to spend just SGD200 for 4-5nights in Cambodia complete with a good stay, activities and able to shop for souvenirs as well. Just remember to split SGD20-50 for their local currency (riels) and have plenty of small USD notes as some are not able to provide you with change.
What are you waiting for? Don’t let excuses of budget and time for not to travel. I managed to do it in Cambodia, and I believe, you can too!