Monkey Abroad

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia: Traveling for 20 Dollars a Day – Ep 10


We visit Phnom Penh, Cambodia and eat a ton of Cambodian food and street food. We get a room in a Phnom Penh hostel, ride tuk-tuks and cyclos around the city, visit Central Market and Kandal Market, exercise by the Mekong River, visit the Grand Palace, hang out with locals, and eat HAPPY PIZZA – all for less than 20 bucks!

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Total cost to travel Phnom Penh for a full day:

Sugarcane juice – $0.50
Four doughy cakes – $0.50
Sticky rice – $0.50
Egg and meat – $0.50
Baguette sandwich – $1
Cyclo ride – $0.50
Water – $0.50
Fish soup with rice – $2.50
Tuk-tuk ride $1
Balut – $0.37
Hostel dorm bed – $5
Happy pizza – $6

TOTAL: $18.37

Currency in Cambodia

One thing that’s good to know before visiting Phnom Penh, or Cambodia in general, is that the primary currency is the U.S. dollar. But day-to-day commerce is a mixture of both the USD and the Cambodian riel, so you’ll be given the equivalent of your change back in Cambodia’s currency.

One U.S. dollar = 4,000 Cambodian riel

Ex: if you buy a cup of sugarcane juice priced at 2,000 riel and you pay using a US dollar, you’ll receive 2,000 riel as your change.

How we travel from city to city:

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We stayed at the 19 Happy House Hostel

This hostel is a five minute walk from the riverside and a 20 minute walk to the Grand Palace. Great location, friendly staff, and a dormitory bed costs only 5 bucks for the night!

Click here to book a room at this hostel. When you arrive, tell them KEVIN SENT YOU to receive a 10% discount!

Address: អាសយដ្ឋាន៖ #59 street 13, Street 13, Phnom Penh

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Happy Pizza

We visited the Happy Herb Pizza shop on the riverside and I indulged in a medium sized happy margherita pizza! It was most herbalicious. Cost: six dollars.

Happy Margherita Pizza from Happy Herb Pizza

Happy Margherita Pizza from Happy Herb Pizza. Cost = $6 for a medium

Balut – fertilized duck egg

On the Mekong Riverside outside of the Grand Palace, vendors sell balut, a boiled duck embryo served with lime, salt and pepper.


Author: Kevin Cook

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  1. The egg….the horror the horror!!

  2. One slice of Happy Pizza, please!

  3. Another great video! Keep them coming. Wow man whats with the duck egg, where they out of scorpions? Lov you guys!

  4. Another outstanding video, Kevin:
    Keep up the great work ( and fun).

  5. I wonder why he is laughing hard 30 mins after he ate the pizza Wonderin why it’s called happy pizza something to do with the herb

  6. I’ll take a slice of Happy Pizza but you can have the egg!

  7. The egg the egg make my saliva coming out . Here have different kind to cook it. my favourite one in Cambodia

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