Three Dollars

April 6th, 2007

Three .. is the magic number .. yes it is, its the magic number.

Greetings from Cambodia – Shayna and I are in Phnom Penh, the capital, and its great. We’ve spent about 2 weeks in Cambodia, first seeing Angkor Wat, then by boat to Battambang, a city most tourists don’t hit, then by bus down to the beaches of Sihanoukville. Our cooking class in Battambang was great, as was the countryside – seeing how most of Cambodians live. But the beach was my favorite – we stayed at a very nice guesthouse 50 meters from the beach, everything we needed was right there – white soft sand, clear ocean waters, cold beverages, Asian and western food, and lots of kids – both annoying by when selling but fun when they played with us. Shayna wrote more on her blog.

So what about 3 dollars? Well, lemme tell ya. Cambodia is cheap. Cheaper than Thailand and prolly anywhere else in the world. Here’s what you can get for 3 bucks:

  • Bus from the beach (Sihanoukville) to Phenom Penh (4 hours, actually $3.50)
  • Hotel room in one of the many lakeside guesthouses in Phnom Penh ($2-$4 a night)
  • Good Asian meal ($2) and a cold beer ($1) anywhere in Cambodia
  • Tuk-Tuk (taxi) to anywhere in any city ($1-$3)
  • 1-hour massage in Phnom Penh.
  • Most any book from street vendors
  • 2 CDs (albums) downloaded to your iPod from Boom Boom Room
  • 2 T-shirts from the Russian market (one Tiger beer, one Angkor beer)
  • many more …

So ya see, not a bad spot to live. Sadly, we leave in 2 days to goto Vietnam. But i hear they have great Pho!