Cambodia. You can’t help but be impressed by the resilience, the smiles, the optimism shown by the locals despite the horrors that they’ve lived through. In a country that is still building and developing for its own people – transport, infrastructure, schools, farms – the provisions for tourists is not quite up to par with it’s neighbours of Thailand and Vietnam. But, Cambodia has come a long way in a short time – what it lacks in facilities it makes up for with genuine warmth and happiness towards all, an incredibly caring culture and a desire to teach and to educate about their culture, their land, their history and their stories.
Sprawling temple complexes, jungles full of wild animals, sparse dry desert landscapes, and charming little towns, Cambodia is a country that you can easily lose track of time in as you explore at a leisurely pace. The constant beads of sweat dripping down your neck, the bumpy bus rides, the often-times dodgy food, the dusty roads and long days are all worth enduring for that moment when you see the famed temples of Angkor Wat peeking through the morning sun…
Cities We’ve Visited To DateSiem Reap, Kompong Cham, Battambang, Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Koh Rong Island
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Cambodia uses the US dollar as its main currency – so, dependant on your own local currency this can be either a good or a bad thing. Prices are often rounded to the nearest dollar, so for smaller items you really need to hunt around as you could be paying more than you should. Overall, Cambodia is a cheap country to visit, and you can spend as little as $30 USD per day by staying in hostels, eating local food and bargaining hard for your transport.
Staying connected in Cambodia is easy, with most accommodation and restaurants and cafes offering free wi-fi. It’s easiest to grab a sim card on arrival at the airport – we grabbed a Smart sim card for just $5 USD which included 5.5GB of data – amazing value!
Cambodia is incredibly easy to communicate in. The locals know that their business is dependant on the ability to sell – therefore getting around on tuk tuk’s, eating out and finding rooms is very easy. As always, make an effort to use local language when you can – at the minimum, for hello, goodbye and thank you!
For short distances in towns, a tuk-tuk is your best option but be sure to bargain hard. For long distance travel, the only option available is buses – large, AC tourist buses are available and the most comfortable, but mini-vans are are also an option for longer trips – they aren’t as comfortable, but get to your destination faster.
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