Inquiry Submission By 2Bob

?> Ian/Angkorlad

As suggested a new thread. Previous related info for context.

10. Re: Tip for tour guides?

Nov 19, 2019, 3:44 PM

Let’s try and put this in to context as far as earnings in Cambodia are concerned.

A tour guide, if any good, earns circa $30 to $45 or more per day which puts them in the highest earnings group in Cambodia.

A good ophthalmologist in Cambodia, after seven years of medical school, post graduate medical experience as a General Practitioner, followed by a further minimum of four year demanding post-graduate medical specialist study to become an ophthalmologist/eye surgeon earns $1, 500 per month. ie US$50 per day.

In relative terms, the tour guides are very much over paid. Under educated. And totally free of any responsibility.

Most Cambodians I know are earning circa $4 to $6 per day with some with double degrees earning up to $1,000. per month but working very long and demanding hours to do so.

And to further put this in to perspective, the Cambodian GDP per capita for year 2018 was US$1,205

= $23 -17 per week or $3-31 per day.

So, by any measure, tour guides are very well remunerated.

Best regards. Ian/Angkorlad

12. Re: Tip for tour guides?

Nov 20, 2019, 11:04 AM


Thank you for the great insights and context.

What is your take on the young kids selling fridge magnets and other tat around the temples? Our tour guide suggested in the city the kids wouldn?t see the money but in the countryside they might if parents were putting them through school. One young kid of 8 or 9 years walked alongside us offering one magnet for a dollar or three for two dollars. We gave the young girl a dollar and told her to keep the magnet. As we walked away we turned around and saw the girl jumping for joy with a big smile and a big wave. In that instance you wish you had given $10 not just $1 if it made that much difference. I?ll never know if she got to keep her dollar, but the reaction was priceless.

14. Re: Tip for tour guides?

Nov 20, 2019, 4:17 PM

Hello 2Bob

There is no simple “one size fits all” answer to your question, as to answer the question would both totally derail/corrupt this thread, which I would prefer not to do, and requires an understanding of how schooling in Cambodia is structured and works, which I have, but would also add to the derailing of this thread.

Your question (and related examples) is an important one and raises socio-economic issues that need to be understood by thinking visitors to Cambodia. Accordingly, I would suggest that much could be gained by you posting your question as a new topic question to forum. I, for one, am more than happy to contribute to the responses to your important question should you chose to do this. But it would bring about a somewhat lengthy response.

Best regards. Ian/Angkorlad