riel (r); US dollars (US$) universally accepted

Daily Costs

Budget: Less than US$50

  • Cheap guesthouse room: US$5–10
  • Local meals and street eats: US$1–3
  • Local buses (per 100km): US$2–3

Midrange: US$50–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$15–50
  • Decent local restaurant meal: US$5–10
  • Local tour guide per day: US$25–35

Top End: More than US$200

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$50–500
  • Gastronomic meal with drinks: US$25–50
  • 4WD rental per day: US$60–120


It's important to haggle in markets in Cambodia, otherwise the stallholder may ‘shave your head’ (local vernacular for ‘rip you off’). As well as in markets, bargaining is the rule when arranging share taxis and pick-ups, and in some guesthouses. The Khmers are not ruthless hagglers, so a persuasive smile and a little friendly quibbling is usually enough to get a price that's acceptable to both you and the seller.


Bring all the cash you think you'll need with you as there are no banks or ATMs on Koh Rong, or any of the other southern islands. If you do run out of money, Vagabonds, Bong's and Green Ocean offer money-lending services for a 10% fee.