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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: $30–40
  • Double room in a budget hotel: $70–100
  • Hot chicken plate: $6–12
  • Glass of local beer: $5
  • B-Cycle: $5
  • Double room in a hotel: $120–200
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: $30–55
  • Ticket for a local band: $5–25
  • Short taxi trip: $7–20
Top end (more than)
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: from $175
  • Fine dining and cocktails: $50–150
  • Big-name concert: $35–140
  • Rental car per day: $52–78

ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.

The currency is the US dollar. Most locals do not carry large amounts of cash for everyday transactions, relying instead on debit and credit cards, and ATMs. Small businesses may refuse to accept bills larger than $20. Prices in our listings exclude taxes, unless otherwise noted.


Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in the case of outrageously bad service.

  • Airport and Hotel Porters $2 per bag, minimum per cart $5.

  • Bartenders 15% to 20% per round, minimum per drink $1.

  • Hotel maids $2 to $4 per night, left under the card provided or on your pillow.

  • Restaurant servers 15% to 20%, unless a gratuity is already included on the bill.

  • Taxi drivers 10% to 15% rounded up to the next dollar.

  • Valet parking attendants At least $2 when handed back the keys.