Cambodia: A country much more than Angkor Wat!!

Tripoto
30th Mar 2017
Photo of Cambodia: A country much more than Angkor Wat!! by Om Bag

Recently, I'd been to Cambodia on my first solo backpack trip.It was a great experience. I visited 4 cities in span of 12 days. Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, Kampot-kep. In those 12 days, I met many people from different countries, different origins, different cultures etc. I tried variety of delicious food. Got robbed in a bus, lost my way somewhere.

Thrilling experiences. Overall one hell of a trip!!

You can look at some quick glimpses of my trip in the video below.

https://youtu.be/dee2-ALfVuM

This is the 1st city where I was. Its the city of Angkor Temples. Also one of the party hubs in the country. Very much lively city with many hostels for backpackers, night market for shopping, famous Pub Street is for all types food and very cheap drinks.

Daily approximately cost for budget traveler :- $25-30

Mode of transport:- you can get Tuktuk or can hire a bike for $7-10 a day.

Stay options:- number of hostels for backpackers ranging from $4-12 a night. You can stay in private room or in a dorm.

Places to eat:- The pub street area, Night market area, the road near riverside.

Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag

Once you are in Cambodia, you cant miss the Great Angkor Wat and a phenomenal view of sunrise.

There are many temples in the area. So you have to have minimum 1 whole day to explore some important temples. The teples like Angkor wat, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Banteay Srei, Ta samre etc. are big and touristy. You can get 1 day, 3 day or 7 day pass according to your requirement.

Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Angkor Wat, Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag

Apart from the Angkor Temples, the city has so much attractions which travelers should definitely visit on there trip. Some of the famous places ike The War museum, Cultural Centre, Landmines museum, Tonle Sap river trip, Angkor Museum etc.

Also one can just roam around the city on bicycle or on a scuty to get a local feel.

Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of War Museum, Siem Reap, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia by Om Bag

The capital city of the country has lot to offer aprt from party culture. It has vast historical importance. The Pol pot regime was one of the worst period in the history of mankind.

It is also the city where the king stays. The Independence Tower, National Museum, Royal palace, Peace Tower, S21 genocide Centre, Killing fields etc are some of the Major attractions in the city.

Daily approximately cost for budget traveler :- $25-30

Mode of transport:- you can get Tuktuk or can hire a bike for $7-10 a day. Or ride onto moto for $1-3

Stay options:- number of hostels for backpackers ranging from $4-12 a night. You can stay in private room or in a dorm.

Places to eat:- The central market area, area around Independence monument, Royal palace and the road near riverside.

Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag

Tuol Sleng genocide Centre infamously known as S21. In 1976, the Khmer Rouge renamed the high school s21 and turned it into a torture, interrogation and execution centre. Of the 14,000 people known to have entered ,only 7 survived. You can get the details of how the killings had taken place and other info on wikipedia.

On this place the guided tours/audio tours are available so that one can take more time and understand what had happened there.

Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of S21 Museum, Saint 350, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag

This is another horrific place. There are number of killing Fields in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh killing Fields is one of the biggest.these are the sites where collectively more than 1 million people were killed brutally and burried by the Khmer Rouge regime during 1975-1979. The audio tour is a must.

Photo of Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Killing Fields, Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Om Bag

A beach side party town on the southern Cambodia.it is also a gateway for Koh rong and Koh rong Samleom islands. One can try eating snakes and crocodile meat here. Also very famous Otress beach is very calm beach with wonderful blue colored water.

Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Sihanoukville, Cambodia by Om Bag

This place is one of the best countryside town I've been to. The river flows beside this little town, some scenic views of mountains around it. Famous bokor sunset point is just on hours time. You can try your hand on fishing, try some delicious local food like amok. Nice place to be in Cambodia for 3-4 days.

Also you can visit secret lake, salt fields, pepper gardens, and a cave temple in the outskirts of Kampot for a half days trip.

Daily approximately cost for budget traveler :- $25-30

Mode of transport:- you can get Tuktuk or can hire a bike for $5-7 a day.

Stay options:- number of hostels for backpackers ranging from $4-12 a night. You can stay in private room or in a dorm.

Places to eat:- The market area, Riverside area is full of pubs and restaurants.

Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kampot Province, Cambodia by Om Bag

Another small town on the beach side, 40 kms away from Kampot. The Crab market is very famous. You will be thrilled to see the amount of fish catche they get every day. The road to kep is excellent and very well maintained. I loved the road and the blue waters. U also get the view of Phu Quoc islends from there.

The abandoned french colonial homes are another attraction in this beautiful town. U should not miss the sunset near the Crab statue.

Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Kep Province, Cambodia by Om Bag

As the name suggests, the country offers much more than just the Angkor Temples. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of my trip. Got some amazing experiences, met some wonderful people. I guess this is just a brief I can tell, one should experience it with all there mind heart to enjoy.

Last but not the least.. some foood!!!

Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
Photo of Cambodia by Om Bag
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Hey nice details... can u tell at what time u were there. And can you tell how you distributed these 12 days in Cambodia? How many days for what?
Sat 02 17 18, 04:27 · Reply (1) · Report
hey.. I went in March end- April 1st week last year. 4Days Siem reap, 3 days Phnom Penh, 2 days on islands or sihanoukville , 2 days at Kep-Kampot.
Sat 02 17 18, 20:40 · Report