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Cambodia Travel Guide

“Be careful because Cambodia is the most dangerous place you will ever visit. You will fall in love with it, and eventually it will break your heart.”

– Joel Brinkley

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The Kingdom of Wonder

Oh Cambodia. My love affair with this little country started on my first backpacking trip around Southeast Asia in 2012. A few years later, I moved to Phnom Penh and worked with a local NGO for a year. It was a life-changing experience. As much as I try to resist her charms, I always find myself being drawn back into this complicated, devastatingly beautiful place.

Unlike most travellers, I’ve peeked behind the curtain. For me, Cambodia’s flaws only serve to sharpen the edges of its subtle beauty and the grace of its people. The nation’s recent history is something every traveller should take the time to learn about.

From the bright lights of Phnom Penh, a perpetual construction site, to the silent rice paddies of the middle country; from the charming back roads of smaller cities like Kampong Cham, Kampot and Battambang all the way to Siem Reap’s roaring Pub Street. I’ll take it all.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, dusk on the Northern Mekong (home to the most majestic light shows in the world, by the way), and hours upon hours of soul-affirming, heart-string-tugging, eye-opening experiences in between. If you give Cambodia just a little bit of your time, she’ll reward you with a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and perspective. Trust me, you’ll be back for more.

Cambodia Travel Essentials

when to go

Sep/Oct (green season) or Nov-Jan (winter high season).

how long?

3 full days for Phnom Penh; 7-14 days for the highlights; 4 weeks for a good overview.

getting there

Fly into Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, or bus from Bangkok or Saigon.

Cambodia visa

eVisa or visa on arrival (single entry; 30 days). Check your visa requirements for Cambodia.

Getting around

Intercity bus/minibus or shared/private taxi. Use PassApp for tuk tuks.

Daily budget

30-45 USD per person per day (mid-range hotel; restaurant meals; taxis; museum tickets).

Hike

Lake Yeak Laom, Ratanakiri.

meal

Beef Loc Lac with Kampot pepper and a fried egg on the side.

local experience

Breakfast at a local market in the early hours.

souvenir

A hand-woven krama scarf.

Onward Travel

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