While travelling, I’ve been jotting down all of my expenditure. I’m not the best at managing money, so this practice has been really worthwhile and 7 months into my trip I think I’m much more financially savvy. In the past, I have broken down my expenditure across a month in one country, but this time, my Budget Diaries are a little different. For the last couple of months, I have been living in Phnom Penh, and instead of telling you how much it would cost to backpack around a country, I’m going to describe the expat cost of living across one month in this hella awesome city.

I’ve broken my spending into the following categories: accommodation, transport, food and drink (including alcohol in restaurants), bars and clubs, other entertainment (museums, massages, temples etc…), essentials (haircuts, shampoo, laundry etc…) and miscellaneous (things like mobile phone top-up and computer repairs).

Week 1

Accommodation: £38.22; $58.10

Transport: £0.33; $0.50

Food and Drink: £56.53; $85.92

Bars and Clubs: £13.98; $21.25

Other Entertainment: £0; $0

Essentials: £1.48; $2.25

Miscellaneous: £0; $0

Total: £110.54; $168.02

Week 2

Accommodation: £38.22; $58.10

Transport: £0; $0

Food and Drink: £36.87; $56.04

Bars and Clubs: £2.83; $4.30

Other Entertainment: £0; $0

Essentials: £7.57; $11.50

Miscellaneous: $21.73; £33.03

Total: £107.22; $162.97

Week 3

Accommodation: £40.07; $60.90

Transport: £0; $0

Food and Drink: £40.01; $60.81

Bars and Clubs: £7.04; $10.70

Other Entertainment: £3.29; $5

Essentials: £3.78; $5.75

Miscellaneous: £21.05; $32.00

Total: £115.24; $175.16

Week 4

Accommodation: £41.45; $63

Transport: £1.97; $3

Food and Drink: £40.66; $61.80

Bars and Clubs: £7.57; $11.50

Other Entertainment: £2.30; $3.50

Essentials: £2.30; $3.50

Miscellaneous: £7.89; $12

Total: £104.14; $158.30

My complete 4 week total is: £437.14; $664.45

That is an astonishingly cheap month considering that I didn’t even really feel like I was budgeting. Within this month I bought clothes, I had to have my laptop’s keyboard replaced, and I got proper drunk – the cost of living here is just so ridiculously inexpensive that those things didn’t add up to much. You can see that my transport costs are next to nothing, and one way I have definitely saved money is by walking around Phnom Penh instead of taking tuk tuks and motos. Otherwise, it’s just common sense stuff like eating where local people eat and making the most of happy hour.

Here are a few pictures from my time in Phnom Penh…

phnom penh skyline

The Phnom Penh skylinephnom penh drag 5

 

 

Drag queens, of course.shadow puppets phnom penh

Fun with shadow puppets.dessert alma cafe
Dessert at my favourite cafe in the city.russian market phnom penh

Lunch at the Russian Market.

 

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