It was a tough day of leisure. Well, we had some chores. Like getting the laundry done and finding an ATM and some toiletries. But overall, it was another day off from touring around. We also fit in haircuts, some foot massage, and pedicures. It seems like we spent money all day long.
What did it cost?
You may be surprised…
Laundry – $1/kg
We started our morning with errands and laundry was our first order of business. We only had to drop the laundry off in the lobby of our hotel. Pick up was the following morning. Wash and fold only. Although there are cheaper options than $1/kg, we prefer our clothes washed in a machine. In Vietnam laundry was $2/kg.
We had 7 kilos of laundry so $7 total.
Colgate Toothpaste 137 grams – $1.20
Sunscreen from France via Thailand – $13.45
Ouch, pretty steep. There were plenty of waaay cheaper brands but this is the only one that didn’t have a ‘skin whitening’ component. And we desperately needed a restock.
Dasani Bottled Water 1.5 Litre – $0.40
Canadia Bank ATM fee – $5
(grr – and that Bank name is not a spelling error)
Haircut – $3 (plus a 33% tip)
For six weeks now Rob has been complaining about his hair. He passed barber shops in Japan, Vietnam and in Phnom Penh without engaging them. Then he would go on again about how he needed a haircut. He was going to pass this one too but at my urging he agreed to check it out. I don’t really blame him for being reluctant. I can imagine what crazy price he would have been offered in Vietnam.
$3 for a haircut!
No haggling. Air conditioning inside! Complimentary filtered water. This is a full service Barber. I was mesmerized by the man getting the ear wax cleaned out of his ears with a long slender metal instrument.
Rob was so pleased that he was able to get the exact same haircut he’s been getting for the last 31 years he tipped a whopping 33% – a whole dollar. And he brought Ben back for a haircut too.
Lunch out at a restaurant catering to tourists – $20.20
Five entrees, two smoothies and fifty cent draft beer!
All the dishes got some serious thumbs up. We even had to go back the next day.
After lunch, the girls decided it was time for a bit of pampering. It was mostly prompted from some clever signage across the street.
The fish spa was closed so we went a few doors down to a proper spa.
30 minute foot massage – $2
OMGosh! I want another. A full hour was $3 but I thought that was a bit decadent (the length, not the price). Pure enjoyment for our over worked feet.
Pedicure – $3 ($4 with polish)
This was the most meticulous pedicure I’ve had. The pleasant staff flattered me as I enjoyed time with my ‘sisters’, Hannah and Emma. Not one of us had a camera to capture our time at the spa.
Dinner out – $25.25
Another exceptional meal at the Hot Stone Seafood restaurant (we were there the previous night). More draft beer at $1 per glass.
After dinner we walked back to our hotel and settled in for the night. It’s pretty cool to have such a decadent day for five people and not have to worry about prices at all.