Cambodia is always one of our all-time favorite destinations. The country may not be as modern as its surrounding neighbours, but it’s filled friendliness of the locals, rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastlines, and a lively nightlife that once you encountered, you will never forget.
Peaceful Village - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
With the huge devastation with too much losses of about 1.5-3 million Cambodian people were killed during the horrifying genocide, which was carried out by the Khmer Rogue regime (led by Pol Pot) between 1975 and 1979, Cambodia is a nation which is still trying to find its way to recover. 35-40 years has passed from such regime, but the consequences and affection are still raw and easy to see through local on a daily basis. Development has been carried out but hasn’t been great since, but perhaps the ancient look, the horrify past, and all its beauties in culinary, scenery and locals are the greatest charm that easy make tourist to madly in love with the place and can’t recommend it enough to everyone they meet.
Other Things to See and Do:
1. The Killing Fields
Phnom Penh - The Killing Tree - Vietnam Travel Group
2. Visit Kep
Kep - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
3. Bokor National Park
Bokor - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
4. Prasat Preah Vihear
Prasat Preah Vihear - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
5. Visit a river village
Tonle Sap - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
6. Visit the pepper farms of Kampot
Pepper farms of Kampot - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
7. Koh Kong
Koh Kong Island - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
8. Kampong Cham
Kampong Cham - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
9. Visit Kampot
Salt field in Kampot - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
10. Relax, Unpack, and Meditate in Kep
Relax in Kep - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
Note: Cambodia uses USD. There’s no real need to carry the local currency, Cambodian Riels (KHR), unless you paying for really small things on the street, but for the most part, use USD.
1. Accommodation – Dorm rooms in hostels start at around $3.50 USD per night. Private rooms in hostels and guesthouses generally go for $5-10 USD per night, depending on where you are in the country.
Siem Reap hostel - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
Free WiFi is the norm for hostels these days, and a few will also include free breakfast. You can get comfortable guesthouse rooms for $15-20 USD with air con, TV, and other amenities. Airbnb is available in the major cities, with prices starting around $10 USD per night for shared accommodation.
2. Food – Food is very cheap in Cambodia. Local street vendors will cost you about $1-2 USD per meal, and basic restaurant meals will cost between $3-5 USD.
Street food in Kep - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
Western meals at nice restaurants go between $5-15 USD per person. If you want to splurge, you can get some really world-class food in Phnom Phen these days for around $8-10 USD. If you plan on buying your own groceries and cooking your own meals expect to pay between $20-25 USD per week, depending on your diet. Stick to local markets for the cheapest produce.
3. Transportation – Local city transportation is cheap, costing only a few dollars. Tuk-tuks can be found on every corner in the big cities, though be sure to negotiate a price in advance (usually not more than $5 USD depending on the distance).
Tuk tuk - Cambodia - Vietnam Travel Group
Renting a driver for the day will set you back between $15-20 USD, and most hostels can help you arrange finding one. Generally speaking, you can get a bus anywhere in the country for under $18 USD. For example, buses depart regularly from Siem Reap into Thailand for as little as $13 USD each way. Both buses and mini-buses also make the journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh daily for $10 USD per person. Activities – Those planning on visiting Angkor Wat (and you should be!) should factor in the cost of the entrance fee, which is around $37 USD per day. Also, be sure to factor in the cost to travel there. Other tours, hikes, and entrance fees are between $10-20 USD depending on the length and popularity of the activity.
Money Saving Tips
Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia. There really aren’t any big money saving tips here because just by being here, you are saving money. Food, accommodation, and transportation are all dirt cheap so you don’t need to do much to save money (for more city specific money–saving tips, see the city destination guides), but here are a few tips:
1. Minimize your drinks – Every drink is a dollar and before you know it, you’ve spent more money on beer than on food and accommodation. There’s no reason this country should cost you more than $20 USD per day but if you drink a lot, you’ll need a slightly higher budget.
2. Stay put – You can usually negotiate a discount at a hostel if you stay for a week or longer. Book tours and day trips as a group – You have more negotiation power when you’re with a group of people buying multiple things.
3. Traveling alone? Meet a friend at a hostel and see if they want to join the same tour as you.
Vietnam Travel Group hope that this information will provide you with enough and useful information if you plan to visit Cambodia next.
Vietnam Travel Group's Team