How Much it Costs to Backpack in Cambodia

If you're coming from a western country, you'll think Cambodia is cheap. However, if you're coming from another country in Southeast Asia, you'll find it surprisingly expensive. While beautiful hotels are super cheap, food and tourism is on the pricey side. I started with a budget of $30 a day, but ended up going over constantly. So, how much did I spend over 18 days in Cambodia? Check it out below...

My Itinerary

4 nights in Siem Reap - Siem Reap is not that...

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Taking a Khmer Cooking Class in Phnom Penh

I think it's good to challenge ourselves every day. For me, cooking is always a challenge, so taking a class in each country I visit is always interesting. I wasn't really sure what Khmer (Cambodian) food was before I got here. Even after being here for a couple of weeks, I'm not entirely sure I understand authentic Khmer food. As far as I can tell, it's got noodles like Thailand, fried rice like China, and soups like Vietnam. It seems to be a wonderful mix of the surrounding...

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Responsible Tourism in Phnom Penh

responsible tourism phnom penh

It's ironic that I had a conversation yesterday about not judging a book by it's cover. This saying is true for Phnom Penh. It's a city that most people see quickly on the way to island paradises. At first, it's easy to see why no one wants to spend time here. Scams are at large and bag snatchers are a serious problem. If you walk down the streets at night, you'll see a plethora of prostitutes waiting for single men. These are the things that make you want to stay in your hotel and never go...

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Everything You Need to Know When Visiting Cambodia

everything to know before visiting cambodia

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - required
  • Visa for Tourism - required
  • Visa for Transit - not required as long as you do not pass through immigration and remain in the airport

* I got an e-visa in advance, but have heard from several other travelers that getting a visa on arrival in the airport was extremely...

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Trying Weird & Exotic Foods in Siem Reap

weird foods in cambodia

Cambodia is like a mecca of weird foods. It's the only place I've ever been where crickets and tarantula make it onto the menu. I've had a lot of people ask me "why?" Why try these very weird delicacies? For starters, I have a when in Rome policy. I like to experience the world the way the locals do. Sometimes that means trekking through the fields of Myanmar until there is no cell service. Sometimes it means sitting in silence for 10 days with monks. Other times, it means eating a giant...

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Biking to Tonle Sap Lake in Siem Reap

Tonle Sap Lake Siem Reap Cambodia Bike Ride

Before arriving in Siem Reap, I'd heard mixed reviews about Tonle Sap Lake. Some said it was beautiful, while others described it as a tourist trap. After talking to a few people, I felt deterred in going. At the same time, I had planned a few extra days in the area and was a little tired of temples. My friend Kam suggested we rent bikes and head toward the lake, but skip the boat rides and tourist attractions that waited at the other end. Sometimes it's the journey and not the destination...

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Visiting the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

Visiting Cambodia Killing Fields S21 Prison

Please note that this post may contain disturbing images and stories. I'd like to mention that I felt very conflicted about taking these photos. Often times I took a photo while tears welled up in my eyes. I'm even having trouble hitting publish on this post. That being said, the people of Cambodia have chosen to display these images and remains so that people can learn their history, and so that history never repeats...

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Angkor Wat Photo Essay

angkor wat siem reap

There are some places in the world that I could write about for days, and there are others that are best seen in photos. Angkor Wat is the latter. Constructed in the 12th century, this once Hindu temple was later converted to a Buddhist temple. It's now a major tourist attraction and the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat is actually the name of the main temple, but the surrounding areas feature over 50 smaller temples. In the western world, this place is most known for...

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Which Travel Vaccines to get for Southeast Asia

I'd like to start by stating that I am by no means a doctor in any way shape or form but thought it might be helpful to provide some info on which travel vaccines I decided to get for a year long trip to 10 countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). I chose the vaccines mentioned below based on my past vaccine history, research done on the CDC website, and consulting my doctor. Each person is...

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Book Review: First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung

I was googling things to do in Cambodia when I came across a webpage featuring a description of what it was like to visit the killing fields while backpacking through the country. My curiosity kicked in, and I began researching the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot, and the genocide in Cambodia. It's a subject I'm embarrassed to say I knew almost nothing about. It wasn't until I began reading First They Killed My Father that I realized, a majority of young...

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