How Much Did We Spend in Cambodia?

Overall score (Dan) = B-
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B-

Total days = 8 nights, 9 days
Total cost = $889
Cost per day = $98.78/day
Flight costs = None, took the bus from Bangkok

Cambodia Spending Summary

We didn’t know what to expect from Cambodia, but from the beginning it was always one of the countries we were the most worried about. We didn’t have any real reasons for worrying, but it’s one of those places you never hear much good about and “ending up in a Cambodian prison” just had a certain ring to it!

Cambodia is a country coming back from the brink of destruction after decades under a cruel dictator and a non-supportive world. Much of our time was spent learning about the atrocities that happened under their Dictator, Pol Pot, along with the destruction they received from the Vietnam War and the decades of abandonment by the world after.

Pol Pot was the worst though. In his attempt to create a Socialist Agrarian Society, he celebrated poor rural farmers and used the kids as soldiers against the “urban” people because he saw them as evil. He evacuated the cities and either killed its inhabitants – including anyone with an education or even glasses – or sent them into the fields. Their people have been through hell.

How Much Did We Spend in Malaysia?

How Much Did We Spend in Malaysia?

Overall score (Dan) = A
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 15 nights, 16 days
Total cost = $1,580
Cost per day = $98.75/day
Flight costs = $122 for two flights from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur


We finally got under $100/day for total spending!! As you’ll read in a little bit, this still included more flying than what we wanted, but we were also helped out with free and cheaper hotels thanks to hotel points.

Our first city to visit was Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia which is best known for the tallest twin towers in the world – the Petronas Towers. The city is very large and advanced, but unlike Singapore, it still contains plenty of green space and culture.

The best part of KL was our city guide – my good friend and coworker who’s from there. He spent two full days taking us on tours and showing us things we never would’ve seen on our own; he was even nice enough to take us to dinner with his family where we sampled local cuisine and perused the local talking points! It’s so awesome to get to truly know a place by delving into the issues from politics to immigration.

How much did we spend in Indonesia?

Indonesia Spending Summary

Overall score (Dan) = B
Overall score (Jocelyn) = B

Total days = 7 nights,7 days
Total cost = $825
Cost per day = $118 / day
Flight costs = $913 for two flights from Brisbane


Indonesia was our first dip into our three month journey of Southeastern Asia. We had mixed feelings after our time in French Polynesia, New Zealand, and Australia because we knew things were going to be quite different, but we were excited about what was to come.

Our flight landed late in Bali and it was about 11pm as we rode in our hotel shuttle from the airport. The city was surprisingly alive for that time of night and surprisingly big as we passed nonstop building and people on our way to the hotel. We quickly learned this wouldn’t be the same experience as Julia Roberts had in Eat, Pray, Love! The next morning we headed out to start our journeys in Indonesia. We quickly learned why our friend called Bali the “Cancun” for Australia – as most Aussies use it as a cheap party town, much the same as many Americans do in Cancun.

However, as we ventured away from the beaches and beyond the beaten path on Bali, we started to see much more of sites we expected. The “cultural capital” of Bali is Ubud and is filled with local crafts, culture, and cuisine. If you’ve ever wondered where Pier One buys their wood carved giraffes and other handicrafts – look no further than Bali! The streets were lined with small shops selling their handicrafts made locally.