Travel Guide: Cambodia

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Overview of Cambodia

Cambodia is a central attraction of Indo-China other than the backpacking heaven, Bangkok. This is due to the magnificent architecture of Angkor Wat located near Siem Reap. It is undeniable that the tourism activity in Cambodia is increasing rapidly and it’s all because of the popular Angkor Wat. Not only that, the historic brutal regime during the Khmer Rogue era has left a history behind for all people especially tourists to wonder what happened during the past 5 years.

Budget and Suggested Itinerary

Budget: As usual, it depends on personal preferences and interests. The must-go-place, Angkor Park is definitely on a everyone’s radar. As of 2011, the entrance fee for a whole day ticket in Angkor Park cost USD 20 per person. As for other places, it is slightly cheaper or affordable. Expect all tourist attractions in Cambodia has high entrance fee.

Suggested Itinerary: Most people started their journey either from Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap is the two most visited places in Cambodia. However, there are tourists who prefer off-track routes like Battambang or the rising destination of Sihanoukville.

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Cost of Accommodation

In accommodation wise, I would say every places in Southeast Asia is cheap and affordable. You’re still able to get a dorm at a price of less than USD 5 per night. It all depends on how comfortable and the preferences of your accommodation. As for Cambodia, I would say they’re still behind Bangkok and Vietnam in terms of pricing. 

For others who seeks for a more adventure style of traveling, you can try Couchsurfing (an app) in searching for places to get in touch and stay with locals. Cambodia has numbers of active couchsurfers. All you need to do is research and get to know them before you even meet them.

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Food and Drinks

Cambodian cuisine is not as famous as its neighbours, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. However, Cambodian cuisine is still not bad. All Asians have no problem in adapting their cuisine. Cambodian eats lots of rice and even can be found in street-side snacks such as deep-fried rice cakes with chives. Plain white rice is served with nearly every family meal, typically served with grilled freshwater fish, a samlor or soup, and an assortment of seasonal herbs, salad leaves and vegetables.

If you’re an exotic food seeker, do not forget to try their fried spider. It is available everywhere in major tourist stops.

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Transportation – In / Out and Around Cambodia

The easiest transportation available to travel in and out or around Cambodia is tourist bus. Tourists will able to find buses to go to one place to another. You will not face any difficulties in finding buses to tourist places like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or even to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Although the bus is a pretty good option if you’re on a budget, but many people tend to have motion sickness particularly the road from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. According to TripAdvisor, it seems like Mekong Express is one of the many reliable bus services in Cambodia.

Another option would be flying. So far, only Cambodian Angkor Air operates flying domestically and internationally. Although it is the fastest available transportation, however, it comes with a price. Expect to pay a huge sum of money to fly for an hour flight.

Unfortunately, I don’t think Cambodia has a train service as of 2012. Not sure for now! If you have any information about the train service in future, feel free to help me on updating this.

Getting around: There are no problems in finding tuk-tuk or motorbike to travel around in Cambodia.

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Notable Attractions (Must-Visit-Places)

Siem Reap: Angkor Wat (Angkor Park)
Phnom Penh: S-21 Prison, Genocide Museum, Royal Palace

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