Experience in Cambodia

Cambodia

Publication date: 14 Jun 2019
  • Experiences USD 146
  • Accommodation USD 26
  • Transport USD 35
  • Total experience USD 1380
SUMMARY

Know the destination

Ancient temples in ruins, beautiful nature and a tough history.

Cambodia is a beautiful country of Asia surrounded by nature, green fields and mountains. It is mainly known for Angkor Wat, a large complex of Buddhist and Hindu temples that is visited by a large number of tourists every year. As most people concentrate on Angkor Wat, you can easily find less crowded places to explore and immerse yourself into the local culture. For example, one thing I recommended to do, is to go to the street food markets. There you will try their enormous and delicious variety of local food that is wonderful.

On this trip you will also know how the country has suffered a harsh history in the 70s, better known as the Cambodian genocide, which practically the country had to be rebuilt from scratch. To get ahead, Cambodia depends a lot on tourism for its development. Thats why it the people is very kind and helpful with foreigners. Definitely a country from the Far East that will remain in your memory if you decide to really know it.

DAY TO DAY Itinerary day by day

The prices that appear per day are referential and correspond to the sum of activities that were made that day

    DAY 1 USD 13

    Arrival in the capital city of Phnom Penh in the morning. You can walk around the city visiting the most emblematic places. First go to the National Museum of Cambodia to learn about its history and culture. Then head to the Independence Monument, to the parks around the area with Cambodian architecture, to the Silver Pagoda and the Royal Palace. Stop for lunch at a local street food market. After lunch, venture inside a Wat (place of Buddhist worship) and the Palace of Justice.

    DAY 2 USD 29

    This day, give a hop on hop off tour to the extermination camps of Choeung Ek, one of the many sites where the Genocide of Cambodia took place. Then, head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S21 Prison) to learn more about the tragic events this country went through. The last two places are emotionally exhausting, but I highly recommend them (rent the self-guide). In the afternoon, make a quick visit to the Wat Phnom Buddhist complex in the city. In the evening, take a night bus to Siem Reap.

    DAY 3 USD 102

    You will arrive in Siem Reap early in the morning. Register at your hotel and hire a Tuk-Tuk to take to the Angkor Wat temple complex. You will have to buy the 3 day pass, which is USD 62, but I think two days gives you a good amount of time to visit most of the temples without hurry. You can do the Short Circuit this day and visit Ta Prohm, Ta Keo, the Terrace of the Elephants, Bayon and Angkor Wat (approximately 5 hours). The Tuk-Tuk for 2 days will charge about USD 40.

    DAY 4 USD

    Having coordinated with your Tuk-Tuk and with the hotel the day before, start the route early (around 4:30 to 5 am) to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. Then, you can continue visiting the rest of the temples in the Long Circuit to continue admiring the variety of the rich architecture of the complex. You can visit Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Banteay Kdei and Srah Srang (approximately 7 hours). At night head to Pub Street for dinner and a drink.

    DAY 5 USD 10

    Take a bus to Battambang in the morning (3.5 hours). In the afternoon, rent a motorbike to go to Pnomh Sampov (30 minutes from Battambang). You can visit the Caves of Extermination (Killing Caves) or simply see the beautiful views while waiting for the “main event”. At dusk, thousands of bats leave a cave for 10-20 minutes without stopping. It’s an amazing show and there are local shops next to it, so you can have some food or drink while you wait for them to come out.

    DAY 6 USD 5

    In the morning, with the motorbike, head to the train station of Norry (Bamboo Train), which is on the outskirts of the city. In addition to the experience of driving such a particular vehicle (the bamboo train), the 30-minute trip has beautiful views of the countryside and reaches a small town where you can buy souvenirs to support the locals. Then return to Battambang and walk to explore local commerce and street markets. Finally take a bus back to Siem Reap.

ACCOMMODATION Lodging per night

The lodging that is shown in the list of each night is recommended by the traveler, you can find more similar options. The cost is per person in a double bed room.

Night City Recommended accommodation Type of lodging Cost of the person
Night 1 Phnom Penh The Happy House Hostel USD 5
Night 2 Phnom Penh Durante el Viaje Bus
Night 3 Siem Reap Garden Village Guesthouse & Pool Bar Guesthouse USD 6
Night 4 Siem Reap Garden Village Guesthouse & Pool Bar Guesthouse USD 6
Night 5 Battamang Seasons Guesthouse Guesthouse USD 3
Lucky Hostel Hostel
Por chey Guesthouse
Star Hotel Hotel
Night 6 Siem Reap Garden Village Guesthouse & Pool Bar Guesthouse USD 6

TRANSPORT Transportation per day

The prices that appear by transport are referential and correspond to what the traveler paid at that moment

Nº Day Origin Destination Link web Type of transport Cost
Day 1 Arpt. Phnom Penh (PNH) Phnom Penh Center https://pnh.cambodia-airports.aero/en/access-parking/airport-city Taxi USD 6
Day 2 Phnom Penh Siemp Reap https://www.camboticket.com/ Bus USD 12
Day 5 Siemp Reap Battamang https://www.camboticket.com/ Bus USD 6
Day 6 Battamang Siemp Reap https://www.camboticket.com/ Bus USD 6
Day 7 Siemp Reap Arpt. Siemp Reap (REP) Taxi USD 5



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RECOMMENDATIONS Tips for your trip

The entrance fee for the Angkor Wat complex depends on how many days you want to visit. You only can get a pass for 1, 3 or 7 days. I recommend a visit for two days. Enough to know it well so buy the 3 day ticket.

Asia is well known for its street food and Cambodia is not the exception. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture is to visit and try the places where local people eat. Try it! You will not regret!

In Siem Reap, you can not miss have dinner and a drink at The Red Piano on Pub Street. This place has a wide variety of international and local dishes at good prices.

In addition to the street food at the local markets, a very nice place to eat and rest a bit in Battambang is the Café Eden, which also has a boutique with local art, clothing and jewelry.

Important information:

You have to apply for a visa before arriving in the country. The cost is USD 69. Apply at least 3 days in advance to avoid additional costs for urgent issuance. To apply here.

Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, so it is important to bring cash.

Remember that the price of taxis and hotel rooms are divided between two people.

The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to April because it is the dry season. The rainy season is from May to October.

When you visit Angkot Wat, it is better to hire a Tuk-Tuk or book a tour directly with your hotel because there are many scams everywhere. Also, I do not recommend renting a bicycle for the temples because they are not so close to each other and it can get very hot. Tuk tuk is your best choice.

When visiting Angkor Wat or any temple, you should dress appropriately, cover the shoulder and wear long pants and skirts below the knees.

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