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Thinking about going for a month to Asia. Recommendations for Cambodia?

- bagpack style

- reduced budget

- travelling with a friend


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  • Mathilde Baillet

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    Hola Carla! You should definitely spend a couple of days in Phnom Penh, it's a great historical spot. The city reminded me of Bangkok for it's lively all the time, but it's less polluted & with a much nicer climate (=dry). The hotel we stayed at was not great so I won't recommend but we had breakfast at Oknha ChhunThe 240& lunch at Friends the Restaurant and both were delicious :) As for things to do, we enjoyed walking by the Mekong River, visit the National Museum and the terrible Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.

    On top of that, you should definitely go to Siem Reap. I hated the city itself but the surroundings & temples are amazing. You can take a 8-hours long bus from Phnom Penh, landscapes are wonderful along the way. (Bring your scarf & coat to cope with the ice-AC bus :)) We stayed at My Home Tropical Garden Villa Siem Reap and it was cheap, clean & quite central. Approx US$20 a night. I recommend you to rent bicycle at the hotel (US$1 per day!) and organize your own trip to the temples. Temples are just amazing!!

    If you need additional info, you can have a look at my blog post here (this one's in French :)): http://mathildebaillet.tumblr.com/post/92278612683/kampuchea

    Have fun in Cambodia!!

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      Great Mathilde! Sounds really good!!! :) Can't wait to see all those amazing places!! · (1 likelikes)

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      Btw... I would really recommend you to visit Indonesia on your SEA trip, and I am happy to share everythin I know !! :) · (1 likelikes)

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  • cao tan

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    1 month in Asia is great. In my personal opinion ,this is the list of city to visit setting in priority, up to you to set your holidays: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Rangoon, Bangkok, Hoi An , Ho Chi Minh City.

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    1 month in Cambodia should allow you to see most of it. On top of the classic ( absolute must) Siem Reap, I would add Phnom Penh(capital city but very quiet, interesting on the history side, Khmer rouges), Battambang(nice town) and Sihanoukville(beach). If you are more adventurous, you can visit the north east and go for Elephants. It's not easy to reach but there are buses going there (get ready for 8hours or so on the road). Easier to reach, ou can also add Kep (old abandonned colonial houses) or go up the Bokor Hill Station(weird abandonned resort) although I would say these last 2 are less impressive than the rest.

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    One thing I wish I had when I bagpacked Southeast Asia, was a bag, which zipped open on the side. A lot of backpackers had it, and I would highly recommend it. That way you don't have to pull everything out of your bag, everytime you need to get something out of the bottom! It's super easy to travel Cambodia on the cheap as long as you take buses, boats, and stay in hostels. Having a friend along with you will cut already inexpensive hostel room prices in half. I haven't been to Cambodia in about 5 years, but back then I paid about $5-10 for hostel rooms (max $20) and also less than $10 for bus tickets to Siam Reap and the coast. Taking motos around Phnom Penh as opposed to tuk-tuks is also a way to cut costs. The most up-to-date Lonely Planet for Cambodia will have the latest cost breakdowns and great hostel recs. Stay at the Top Banana guesthouse in Phnom Penh and ask the owner Sovi for tips -- he'll take excellent care of you! Hands down the best hostel in Phnom Penh!

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    We didn't do Cambodia on the back-packer budget, but it is very inexpensive in general. You should have no problem finding lodging and food within your range. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time in Siem Reap, not only to visit all the temples (not just the main ones like Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm Kel Temple, The Bayon and Angkor Thom) but to enjoy the city itself. The center area is a blast! Take multiple nights to enjoy Pub St too.

    We used a tour guide to visit the temples, solely to help navigate and share knowledge (little tidbits that were amazing!). Would highly recommend Sun Same or his brother. I felt the price for the full day was very reasonable, $55 last summer. (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g297390-d2048574-Reviews-Sun_Same_Private_Tour_Guide_Day_Tours-Siem_Reap_Siem_Reap_Province.html

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      Thank youu!! Great advices ;) · (0 likelikes)

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