Cambodia for the budget traveller!

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Day 1

Angkor Wat! That's the first thing that comes to my mind when I see Cambodia.
There are 2 main places to visit in Cambodia namely Siem Reap and Pnohm Penn(capital).

SIEM REAP

We boarded our Air Asia flight from Bangkok to Siem Reap(as there is no direct flight from India). It costs about 2k one way.
Siem Reap is home to one of the most majestic structures in the world, the Angkor Wat! Angkor Wat is spread over 200-300 acres. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world. Primarily, it is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Exploring the ruins will take an entire day. Ensure that you have a guide with you to explain everything. Without a guide you will not be able to fully appreciate the Angkor experience!
While in Siem Reap, do go for an Apsara dance. One of the finest dance performances I've seen till date! If you love to experience the local Khmer traditions, this is your best bet.
Cambodia brews one of finest beers! I JUST LOVED THE BEER! Priced at a dollar for 2 pints, you can't ask for more! Drink drink drink!
We stayed at this B&B called Rosy Guest house. Really nice rooms for just 30$ a night was a steal!
Tip: Don't shop at Siem Reap as things are expensive. Shop in Pnohm Penn instead.

Pnohm Penh:

You will need around 2 days here. Finish your sightseeing on the first day and keep the second day just for shopping.
There is not much to see here. The city palace is a must see! Built in the traditional Khmer style of architecture, this Palace is one of the iconic buildings of Cambodia. Later you could visit a few temples and take a sunset cruise or just stroll along the Riverside.
When in Pnohm Penh, shop. Just shop! Things here are at throw away prices. You get unbelievable deals. I bought t-shirts for a dollar each. Yes you read it right. 1 DOLLAR!
The quality? Top notch. There are 2 markets namely the Central Market and Russian Market. Go to the central market if you want variety. You will need at least 2 days to cover this market.
From clothes, bags, jewelry to cutlery, you can find everything here! People generally say Bangkok is a shopper's paradise. Trust me, we found Bangkok to be way more expensive than Cambodia. So happy shopping :)
Food is never a problem in Cambodia. Vegetarian food is easily available. There are plenty of Indian restaurants too. Personally I would rather try the unique Khmer cuisine.

So what are you waiting for? Don't think. Just pack and leave. Go have an Adventure of a Lifetime xD

Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
Photo of Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh 12000, Cambodia by Arjun Narayanan
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Hi Praneeth! Glad you liked my post :) You can exchange INR to USD in India itself. The exchange rate is better here. If you fall short of cash, you could draw cash in usd from an atm provided your credit/debit card can be used internationally. Another tip : Water is very expensive in Cambodia. They charge a dollar for half a litre of water. So go to a supermarket to buy water. You will get huge 2L bottles for less than a dollar! Enjoy your trip :)
Tue 07 05 16, 09:03 · Reply · Report
Very informative Arjun ..... Thanks .... I heard Cambodia transact in Dollar .... If that's the case how do we exchange currency .... Please suggest.... I am going there in 1st week August.... Thanks in advance
Mon 07 04 16, 13:56 · Reply · Report