Cambodia Travel Guides for Backpackers

Ways to Save On Your Budget in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Have you watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? Did you know that it was filmed in a little known place called Cambodia? Cambodia, also known as Kampuchea, is a country located in the southern part of the Indochina peninsula. This country is an ancient place that was formerly known as the Khmer Empire which used to dominate much of Southeast Asia. Now many temples from its glorious past still stand and are being conserved until now. Why not be a tomb raider too in this magnificent country that is rich in culture, diverse range of food and wonderful people? You can start […]
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The Best Spots To Visit in Siem Reap, Cambodia

When people think about travel in Asia, maybe they imagine the overwhelming sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling metropolises. In Cambodia, motorbikes travel the roads with three, four, even five people on one Honda Dream. Sidewalks are used as secondary parking spots, making navigating the streets tricky for the first-time visitor. Yet when you dive just below the surface, you can find plenty of great spots for a relaxing day on even a backpacker’s budget. Head to these six best spots for a relaxing, off-the-beaten path day in Siem Reap– perfect for the backpacker, the digital nomad, or the […]
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A Guide to Art and Culture in Battambang

The beautiful and historic country that is Cambodia undoubtedly has a LOT to offer to travellers. History buffs and adventure seekers alike could be entertained for weeks roaming around this stimulating country. From the bright lights and nightlife of Phnom Penh to the devastating site of the killing fields, from the tranquil beaches of Koh Rong to the breath-taking word heritage site Angkor Wat, there really is something for every type of holidaymaker. However, there is one more essential piece to the Cambodian puzzle: Battambang. Sometimes forgotten by tourists on a time limit, Battambang is a sleepy French colonial town […]
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Things you need to know before visiting Angkor Wat in Cambodia

“The Kingdom of Wonder”. Cambodia. Located in South East Asia, next to Vietnam and Thailand with the beach of the Gulf of Thailand. Their pride and honour is the Angkor Wat temple, even represented on the flag. Located right next to city Siem Reap it is the most visited place by tourists in Cambodia. Largest religious monument in the world, Angkor was built in 12thcentury by King Suryavarman II. More than 2,5 million tourists per year visit the site – and the numbers are still growing as the years pass by. Entry for Cambodians are for free, but foreigners have […]
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Visit Siem Reap: What to Do and See

Cambodia is becoming one of the most popular tourist and expat locations in the world and it’s easy to see why: low cost, balmy weather, and friendly locals. Expats especially flock to the capital city of Phnom Penh, but Siem Reap is best for culture, beauty, and history! The Tourist Must-Do Angkor Archaeological Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and contains some of the most visited temple ruins in the world. In fact, the Angkor complex was the #1 landmark to see in 2018, according to TripAdvisor. I usually shun typical tourist activities and recommend that others do as […]
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Cambodia: Exploring Ratanakiri, home of glorious nature

Well, Angkor Wat would pop up in your mind if you hear about Cambodia, but there are a lot more to expect from this developing country. Rattankiri, a province located in the northeastern edge of Cambodia and a home to the splendid green field, breathtaking forest view and glorious waterfall from the mother earth. Whoever wishes for a great hideout, away from the crowd, and reconnect with nature, this can be an option. There is no great facility like the heavy tourist destination, there is no fancy supermarket due to the limits of development, yet it allows visitors to sense […]
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Cambodia: Getting the Best from Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat (Khmer for Temple City) is a world heritage site located in Cambodia’s Siem Reap province. Known as the largest religious site in the world, Angkor Wat was originally built as a Hindu temple, it is now a Buddhist site. One can see orange clad Buddhist monks around the temples and statues of Buddha scattered all over the complex, from which you can ask for prayers and blessings. Taken at the main temple The largest of these temples is known as Angkor Wat, which is also the most popular and arguably one of the most crowded temples, especially in the morning. […]
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Cambodia's Authentic Charm in Battambang

For a real look at Cambodia visit the small city of Battambang. Not the crazy busyness of Phnom Penh, the tourist catering Siem Reap or the party oriented coast, Battambang shows you the Khmer people with all their warmth and what it’s really like day to day in Cambodia. Cambodia’s second city, Battambang’s riverside location and French architectural influence, is perfect for the laid back traveller who wants to experience authenticity and the humbling personalities of Asia. What to do Visit the Bat Cave: I can guarantee you have never seen so many bats at one time than this never […]
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Kampot: Cambodia's Sleepy, Riverside Heaven

Many people who travel through Cambodia make the terrible mistake of going from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and then crossing over into either Thailand or Vietnam. Let me tell you guys something: YOU MESSED UP! Whenever I asked travellers about their plans in Cambodia, they’d shrug and tell me that they’d skipped over everything except for Phnom Penh’s Killing Fields and the Angkor temples because everyone that had traveled through before had told them “nothing else is worth seeing.” Big mistake. Some of the country’s most interesting landscapes are to the south, close to or bordering the ocean. Kampot, for […]
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Battambang; Cambodia's Second Largest City and Why You Should Go

Cambodia has a place on many destination bucket lists and is home to the worlds largest temple, a great and cheap nightlife, rich jungles and to the south, some of Asia’s nicest islands but the place which left the biggest impression on me here was Battambang, an often overlooked city on many travel itineraries. When you think of Cambodia, you think of Phnom Penh, Koh Rong, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, rightly so too, these places are all incredible and definitely worth a visit but I would like to raise more awareness for Battambang, the second largest city in the […]
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Best Vegetarian Places to Eat in Cambodia

If you are like me, you love your greens. But not just your greens, you love your reds, whites, purples, oranges and your yellows. Basically, a rainbow on your plate! Traveling while living a meat free, dairy free, gluten free or even organic lifestyle isn’t always easy nor is it cheap. But fear not! I, myself, live this foodie lifestyle and have found the greatest places to eat while traveling through Cambodia! Most of my suggestions are within the Siem Reap Province, as I was living there for 2 months… Also would like to mention that it is very easy […]
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Tourism and trends in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Sun going down after the rain in Siem Reap Cambodia Cambodia has started to be attractive for tourists about a decade ago. In terms of popularity and GDP it is still far from its neighbor countries Thailand or Vietnam but tourism has grown a lot in the last past years. The Kingdom of Cambodia welcomes a lot of Chinese and Corean groups but is also part of South East Asian touristic routes designed for Western travellers. Siem Reap provides with a wide touristic offer. From groups interested in the local heritage, especially the Angkor temples, to individual backpackers, the second […]
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Getting Around Phnom Penh

Navigating the City Transportation is an important topic when traveling. We all know the struggles of finding that perfect Uber driver in a crowded city. Well, Phnom Penh is no different. Well, maybe a little different. Getting from point A to point B can be a daunting task, that is overwhelming to the fresh-faced westerner. At times you may feel like you are in the live-action game of Frogger. The streets are crowded with vendors and businesses flowing out into the curb. Oh yeah, not to mention the thousands of scooters with four grown men stacked on them, or an […]
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Kampot, Cambodia: Hanging out near the Main Downtown Area

Kampot Sunset Riverside Town Cambodia has some of my FAVORITE places. One of those places is Kampot. It is a small riverside town that somehow seemed to have everything I needed to be happy and only that. There were great international restaurants along with people from all over the world, a little movie theater, fair rides, bars, natural attractions, and a beach a few minutes away. I stayed there for two weeks while waiting for a visa to process (I stupidly decided to apply during the Chinese New Year). They even have a cool light-up bridge. I believe the best […]
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Getting off the beaten path in Siem Reap: see the real Cambodia

‘Cambodia is nice’, they said. ‘But two weeks will be more than enough’, they said. Big mistake! And I will explain you why. A lot of backpackers quickly cruise their way through this country, while going from Vietnam to Thailand or the other way around. They drink a few beers in the bubbly bars of Siem Reap to wake up early next morning and tick off their checklists. In groups, they do their mandatory temple tour, and that’s that. But there is so much more. It’s not all about Angkor Wat Ok, I am not going to lie: Angkor Wat […]
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Koh Rong and island life.

When I pictured my trip to Cambodia, I imagined lots of temples and ruins, and small villages where life was simple.  Upon my arrival in Thailand, I began talking to some girls who had just come from Cambodia.  They insisted that I should go to Koh Rong and the little sister island Koh Rong Samloem.  Immediately after they left, I was on the internet, getting a feel for what Koh Rong was, and whether or not it would be my kind of adventure.  The only problem was, there wasn't a lot of information to go off of.  I went ahead […]
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Angkor Wat: The City of Temples

Angkor … What? If you haven’t heard of Angkor Wat, it is one of the most iconic temples in the Angkor complex located in Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is by far one of the most famous places to visit if you are every in Cambodia. As a bit of a back story, Angkor is a complex of over 50 temples spanning a region of 400km2. For some of these temples, barely a wall remains; but others are structural masterpieces that are still intact after 1000 years. It is without a doubt, a must see if you are are travelling through Cambodia. […]
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A Little Life: Koh Rong Island

“How long have you been on the island?” My story is unoriginal and told before by every other enamoured foreigner who has come to visit and subsequently settle on Koh Rong Island, Cambodia. I was only supposed to stay here for a few days …   FIRST IMPRESSIONS In the nine months that I spent travelling Asia, the idyllic white beaches and energetic nightlife of Koh Rong Island were a dreamy little holiday in my extended time of holidaying, and I imagined cruising out after a few days, rejuvenated and pleasantly salty, ready for my next adventure. But true to the […]
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The dreamy island of Koh Ta Kiev

     The dreamy island of Koh Ta Kiev Cambodia is a country of bustling cities, big jungles, beautiful beaches and almost many islands. Most people travelling to Cambodia go here for the beaches around Sihanoukville, and of course Angkor Wat. This time I want to take you to Sihanoukville and the beautiful island Koh Ta Kiev. There are many islands around, and it's hard to decide which island to go to, when you have so many to choose from. There is one perfect island for you, you just have to find it. We were looking for an island that could give […]
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Sin City – Cambodia Dirty South

I was not a seasoned traveller I visited Cambodia twice. Beginning with a cumbersome suitcase, so not cool among the backpacker community, I spent three weeks in the country arriving from Thailand via air, again frowned upon as a totally unnecessary waste of time and money when a couple of buses to make my way across the border was all that was required. It would certainly have been cheaper and faster than the two flights I took, one across the gulf to Singapore then after a long layover a second one back across the gulf to arrive in Cambodia’s capital […]
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Ten things to know about Cambodia before visiting

Cambodian Proverb: Negotiate a river by following its bends, enter a country by following its customs. Hello from wherever you are in the world. If you’re reading this article, I suspect you are going, or thinking about travelling to Cambodia. My first piece of advice is; You absolutely should visit. Angkor Wat at 5am Cambodia is a popular tourist destination because it really does have it all. Decadent drinking culture, affordable shopping, and worth-while historical sites. This mix of both free-spirit and class is hard to find in many places (Koh Samui anyone?).   Two: Choose […]
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Street food and Cocktails – the Weird and Wonderful things to eat in Cambodia

Cambodia is a fascinating country. From the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, to the grisly graves of the Killing Fields, it is a place full of new experiences. And this includes the adventurous eaters out there! The street food in the major cities ranges from fresh exotic foods, to creepy crawlies, while the fantastic drink prices means you can try a new cocktail each night! Cambodian street food – The Sweet It is easy to find fresh fruit for sale, and it is a whole different experience from the imported fruit you may be used to back home. Fruit is […]
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Cambodian island life

Cambodia's tourism has increased considerably in the past years, with scores of backpackers and tour groups flocking to see what is undoubtedly it's most famous attraction: Angkor Wat. And although it is indeed an awe-inspiring sight to behold, Cambodia has so much more to offer, including pristine beaches on it's two most popular islands, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. Koh Rong, which is Cambodia's biggest island, has built up a reputation as the “party island” and is, therefore more popular with the young backpackers. However if that's not your scene , or you just need a break from the constant […]
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Cambodia: From Ancient Temples to Lazy Beaches

Long off-limits from the traveler's map, Cambodia has established itself as a popular tourist destination in Southeast Asia. It has become an interesting spot to visit for various kinds of travelers ranging from luxury tourists to independent backpackers and adventure seekers. We lined in between the latter two and commenced on a great journey to explore this country so rich in history and culture. We did a small round-trip and visited the following places: Siem Reap and the ancient city of Angkor Wat The bustling capital city of Phnom Penh The active coastal town of Sihanoukville The beautiful island of […]
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