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Nestled between it’s more popular siblings, Thailand and Vietnam, and just below Laos, you’ll find many similarities amongst them and yet you will never see a temple quite like the ones in Cambodia, in particular, Angkor Wat. But Angkor Wat is not the only attraction in Cambodia, in fact, it holds so much more than the magic of the large temple. Cambodian people are kind and beautiful with beautiful personalities.

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Hostels: Hostels can be found for as low as $2 in Siem Reap. Choosing a hostel depends on what you are interested in, though. Whether it’s a party, relaxing by the pool or jumping into a lake, there’s a hostel for everyone.

Hotels: Depending on which city you are in, you can find a hotel room with twin single beds or a large double bed with a private bathroom for as low as $18.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of local food stalls to choose from and all extremely cheap. A plate of noodles and vegetables will cost you about $1. An Angkor beer is about $1, but a joss shot on Koh Rong will cost about $5. 

Recommended Eats

khmer noodles– thin rice noodles topped with fresh veggies, herbs and a green curry sauce.

Bai sach chrouk– thinly sliced sweet pork, sometimes marinated in garlic or coconut milk, on top of a bed of rice.

How to get there

The main international airports are Phnom Penh (PNH) and Siem Reap-Angkor (REP). If coming from Vietnam, the bus takes about 6 hours for $12. If coming from Thailand, you can take the train to the border of Aranyaprathet- Poipet where you will then walk across the border to the other side and find a shuttle bus that will take you to the city.

Getting around

Cambodian tuk-tuks, similar to the tuk-tuks in Thailand, are the most popular form of transportation to get around in. However, if you are in the islands, walking or boat travel are the best ways to travel.

City-to-city travel

Flights between cities are pretty steep especially if you are a budget backpacker without a plan. The cheapest way to travel between cities is by bus. From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville it takes about 12 hours with a stop in Phnom Penh and will cost about $25.

Phrases to Know

Hello= sustei pronounced soh-su-tai

Thank you= saum arkoun or arkoun pronounced some ar-koon or ar-koon