Where ancient meets modern and where religious buildings cast a spell on their visitors. A story of the past like no other.
Best time to visit
Best time to visit Cambodia is from November to April. May to October brings the rainy season, humidity and strong winds.
Money saving tips
My best saving tips are to bring USD in cash with you, bargain for everything, don’t eat at hot spots and visit Angkor Wat at 5 PM the day before your full-day visit.
The daily suggested budget for Cambodia is $15-25 USD, assuming you stay in a mid-range hotel and eat out for moderate prices.
Favourite thing to do
Besides the visit to the amazing Angkor Wat, visiting as many bars on Pub Street was the most fun thing we did in Cambodia.
Cambodia was definitely one of the most interesting and culturally rich countries we have visited in Southeast Asia. While it might be mostly known for Angkor Wat, it’s becoming increasingly popular to travel around the country and also visit its beautiful temples, islands and beaches. The true magic of Cambodia lies outside the bigger cities, so there are definitely many corners left to explore. Cambodia is very popular among the backpackers discovering Southeast Asia and has gained a lot of popularity of the past few years. Cambodia is bordered to the west and northwest by Thailand, to the northeast by Laos, to the east and southeast by Vietnam, and to the southwest by the Gulf of Thailand. Hence, its location makes it the perfect addition to your South East Asia travels. We visited Cambodia and Vietnam on the same trip, but I’d highly recommend adding Laos to the itinerary as well.
Accomodation - You can definitely live on the cheap in Cambodia, as dorm rooms in hostels start at around $4 USD per night. The good thing about cheap accommodation is that you can also stay in a luxury hotel for as little as $40 USD per night. You will find something for any budget, especially if you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Siem Reap. You won’t have to break the bank to be comfortable!
Food - Food is very cheap in Cambodia. Local street vendors will charge about $1-2 USD per meal, and mid-range restaurant meals will cost between $3-5 USD. Western meals at nice restaurants will cost you between $5-15 USD per person. A cocktail on Pub Street will cost you $1.5 USD and tap beer $0.50 USD.
Transportation - The only mode of transportation we used were the tuktuks and I can safely say it’s the most convenient mode of transport in Cambodia. The price will depend on your negotiating skills, but expect to pay around $15-20 USD for a full day with a tuktuk driver.