Travel Guide: Cambodia
Cambodia is home to the largest temple of the world: Angkor Wat. But it also homes beautiful beaches and lovely people. A place to relax and discover the beauty of ancient civilisations and enjoy its calm beaches.
When to Travel
We were in Cambodia in November, at the beginning of the dry season (October to April) and while we had plenty of hot days it was still manageable. In Siem Reap, the dust is constant, so be aware of it. Best months to travel are around December/January before gets too hot. If you want to beat the crowds however, travelling during monsoon is probably best. The weather is obviously wetter but also lush green.
Everything in Cambodia is relatively cheap. Accommodation for example starts from about AU$9 per couple in a private room. At the beach we even managed to get a room for AU$14 per night.
Food is probably the cheapest in the whole of South East Asia. Local food ranges from AU$3 to AU$5. If you want Western food you’ll have to batter up about AU$7 per meal or more. Beers are also a treat, starting from only US$0.50 (about AU$.70). Cheers to that!
In town, tuk-tuks are the way to go. Cheap, specially if you can bargain a deal. Also, if you are keen for some exercise, grab a bike and save yourself some bucks. The temples are only about 6km from town. To travel around the country, buses are pretty safe and convenient too. Travelling overnight is also a good option and we travelled safe and pretty comfortably with the Giant Ibis company.
Things to Do
Apart from temples, there’s a lot more to Cambodia. Check out our posts about what to do in Siem Reap + Angkor Wat & more…
- 5 Great Things to Do in Siem Reap
- Crossing the Border from Thailand to Cambodia Safely
- The Best Beaches of Sihanoukville
- Cambodia is a very poor country and poverty is rampant amongst local villagers. However, giving money to children or buying from them doesn’t really help the situation and only encourages them to stay out of school. Don’t support this behaviour.
- Also, child exploitation is still very much alive in Cambodia. Please, don’t support this evil scheme and report any suspicious activity to the Child Safe organisation.
- Tuk tuks are probably the most annoying thing you will encounter in Cambodia, just wave away and shout ‘tomorrow’! Both of you will be happy with the outcome of this short conversation.
*Cost breakdown shown below refers to expenses per day for 2 people for Australian & Brazilian passport holders (visa).
- Accomodation: AU$13.91
- Food: AU$25.47 (lots of beers included)
- Entertainment: AU$19.98 (Angkor Wat Temples included)
- Visa: AU$96.44 (US$30 + THB200 each)
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