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Since arriving in Siem Reap, Cambodia last September I've been itching to get out and explore. I'm also keen to share what this beautiful country has to offer aside from the Angkor Temples and The Killing Fields. Whilst these are absolute musts, there's a whole lot more to Cambodia, much of it off the beaten track, away from the tourist hoards. With that in mind, this series was born. Andy and I will endeavour to visit and write about one off the beaten track place here every month. The aim being to encourage people to stay longer in Cambodia and see some of it's less touristy offerings. First up is a Kulen Mountain day trip, where a group of us went on a day trip from Siem Reap in January. Siem Reap is as being as flat as a pancake, but 40 km to the North East of Angkor Wat, in Svay Leu District is Phnom Kulen National Park. The small regular shaped plateau of the Phnom Kulen mountain range protrudes from the landscape, nestled amongst thick jungle. Locals consider Kulen Mountain or 'Mountain of Lychees' to b the most sacred mountain in Cambodia. It's frequently visited by Buddhists and Hindus's in pilgrimage. On top of the plateau is a sacred hilltop with about 30 ruined temples. Much of the land is yet to be de-mined, which means currently, the public can't visit many of the temples, and definitely not without an expert guide. What to See and Do
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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 :- $25-30Mode of transport:- you can get Tuktuk or can hire a bike for $7-10 a day. Or ride onto moto for $1-3Stay 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.
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Continue your Cambodia travel guide from Siem Reap as you head to Battambang, also situated in the northwest. It's a sleepy town with a relaxed attitude and the region is Cambodia's major rice producer. If you want a break from bus journeys, why not take a boat? It will be slow but crowded but will give you a feel of rural Cambodia.