Hi, all! I'm getting increasingly excited for my upcoming trip to Siem Reap and am working on figuring out budget-type stuff. I've looked at FAQs and old threads to get some roundabout figures and wanted to check in regarding what it's looking like so far with people who've been in Siem Reap recently. My husband and I are pretty budget travelers but don't necessarily track every penny. Generally we eat at small, local restaurants and don't get into the bar scene. For reference, we're staying at the Golden Takeo for $14/night.
Excluding hotel, are these costs reasonable?
Tuk-tuk $60 ($15/day, 4 days)
Car + driver $30 (one day for outlying temples)
Food $100 (~$20/day, 5 days)
H20 $15 ($3/day, 5 days)
Angkor Pass $80 (X2, 3 day pass. If we're going to be in Siem Reap 5 days, are there things to do to fill the days without buying the 7 day pass? We'll get the 7 day if needed...)
Does that look okay for the basics? Is there something glaring I'm missing?
I'm on the fence about the following options/items. I'm sure some of them will make it into the final budget, but I'd love to hear strong yea/nay opinions.
Guide for Angkor temples (probably only a day or two)
Guide for outlying temples (to assist with interpretation/navigation, too)
Angkor Center for Conservation of Biodiversity
And finally, since we'll be in Siem Reap from March 16-21, when it'll be an average of 93* F, I'm wondering about pools or other options for swimming. Our hotel doesn't have one. What hotels allow swimming with a meal or a daypass? Is it worth it to stay in a hotel with a pool, even a small one, rather than one without, if we'd use it? How about waterfalls/rivers when we go to explore the outlying temples.
Thanks in advance for all of your help!