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How far will $1 get you in Cambodia, Thailand & Vietnam

Published September 20th, 2017

Asia has so much to offer up from taking in the sights and sounds of Ho Chi Minh City; winding along the Mekong Delta; travelling via bus through small villages in Cambodia; exploring the energetic city of Phnom Penh and so much more. Intrepid Travel’s tours are for travellers looking to do more than just scratch the surface of their destinations and instead put a magnifying glass to the world to experience genuine travel moments.

Such magical moments are achieved via a range of factors; they only operate small group tours (their average size is just 10 people), they provide as much freedom as possible, they incorporate all the weird and wonderful transport options each country has to offer and they stay at a wide range of accommodation from hilltop monasteries to family-run hotels.


In Cambodia - $1 will get you:

3 Fried tarantulas

2 Glasses of draught Angkor beer at happy hour

1 Ginger-stuffed barbecued frog

1 Krama, traditional scarf worn around head

20 minutes experiencing a bizarrely relaxing fish pedicure

1 kilogram of clean laundry - a wonderful luxury if you’re backpacking


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In Thailand - $1 will get you:

1 Ya Dong (a local version of moonshine) - look for small secluded bars for an authentic experience

1 Visit to the Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat, Wat Pathum Wanaram and the Wat Intharawihan temples in Bangkok which are actually free!

1 Plate of Thai green curry with rice

8 Stops on Bangkok’s super quick Skytrain

1 Silk scarf from a local market


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In Vietnam - $1 will get you:

4 Bia Hoi (local draught beer)

1 breakfast of pho bo and tea

1.25 Litres of petrol - jump on a scooter and see how far you can get (before filling up again)

1 Day bicycle hire - get those legs moving after all of the bai hoi!

2 Tickets to Hanoi’s Temple of Literature

4 kilos of dragon fruit in Ninh Thuan

2 Vietnamese coffees - so delish as they’re made with sweet condensed milk

1 Non La (a Vietnamese conical hat)


Exploring with my Sa Pa mama #mamashushu

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.