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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Visiting Bali GEO Coffee Plantation in Ubud

The second someone mentioned a coffee plantation in Bali, I knew I’d be going. I’d previously had a blast learning everything there was to know about tea in India, so I would not pass up a chance to learn about my other favorite beverage.

We arrived at Bali GEO where we were greeted by a woman who walked us up a small path while pointing out a few of the plants. This was similar to the spice tour I went on in India, which I found a little underwhelming. Soon we arrived at a cage with...

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Nusa Lembongan: The Best Beaches to Sunbathe, Snorkel & Chill

Nusa Lembongan Best Beaches Dream Beach

Whenever I told someone I was going to Bali, they'd say the beaches were kind of meh, and that I should just head to the Gili's. Over and over I heard the same thing, but I felt like everyone who didn't like Bali had been to the wrong places. *cough* Kuta *cough* Now, I know I was right.

Off the coast of Bali lies three small islands. Most people don't even realize they're there, but by some chance, my mom and I found them. I can honestly describe them as paradise. Still...

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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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What to Expect from the 3 Day & 2 Night Mt. Rinjani Trek

Three day two night mt rinjani trek indonesia

I decided to rearrange my schedule and trek Mt. Rinjani after hearing several people say it was their favorite part of Indonesia. When everyone agrees that one thing was his or her favorite, it’s a no brainer. I chose to go with Rinjani Trek Centre after reading pages of good reviews on Trip Advisor. It was so easy to arrange with them, that I was sure it was too good to be true. I got off my plane expecting there to be a mix up, but as I exited the airport, I saw a little sign with my...

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Snorkeling in Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Penida

snorkeling in nusa lembongan cenigan penida

The boat hits a wave, and suddenly, we're airborne. Everyone gasps in unison, grasping for whatever they can hold onto. The boat tips to the right, and finally, lands back on the water evening itself out. We all brace ourselves for the next wave, and when it comes, it's even bigger than the last. This is not what I signed up for. I look at my mom, who hates the water, and she looks miserable. We'd expected a nice calm...

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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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Surviving the Mt. Rinjani Summit in Indonesia

Mt Rinjani Summit Trek Indonesia Lombok

It’s 2:00am and the clatter of groggy people moving around half asleep fills the air. The word coffee is whispered multiple times, and a bright flashlight shines into my cozy tent. It’s time to get up. I’m wearing as many clothes as I have with me, and it’s still freezing. With my headlamp on, I look around. Today, me and about a hundred other tourists will try to summit Mt. Rinjani.

Mt. Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. It stands at 12,224 feet....

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