Our Itinerary – Cambodia

We had a bit of a whistle stop tour through Cambodia, stopping to see the major attractions, we started in Siem Reap with a few lazy days before meeting our friend, then we spent a day exploring Angkor Wat.

We flew to Sihnaoukville and boarded a ferry to Koh Rong, we spent 4 wonderful days there before heading back to mainland where we stayed in Sihanoukville for 2 nights.

Our final 2 nights we’re in Phnom Penh, although in hindsight 3 nights would have been better to see everything.

If we were to visit Cambodia again, we’d spend less time in Siem Reap and miss out Sihnaoukville all together, we’d use the time we saved to get off the beaten path and explore rural Cambodia.

If you only have a week in Cambodia we would recommend spending as long as you can on Koh Rong and one day either side to see the killing fields in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

We’ve also written a post with all the information you need to plan your trip, visa requirements, vaccinations, exchange rates etc. Click HERE to read.

Costs & Essential Information – Cambodia

Still technically a third world country, Cambodia will surprise you with its beautiful, modern cities. There are areas that are still fairly un-touristy although they are rapidly becoming fewer and fewer.

With its jaw dropping islands and ancient temples, Cambodia is an absolute must for any Asia itinerary.


General living expenses like food and accommodation are average prices for south east Asia, however if you plan to do all the tourist attractions, museums and temples etc, expect to pay western prices. We spent a huge £87 per day between the two of us.

Getting Around:

We booked bus and ferry tickets online at camboticket.com, although there was no real need to. Wherever you are in Cambodia you will see plenty of shops selling tickets.

If you do book with camboticket.com then you only need your phone as your ticket. Whether you buy online or in person, getting around Cambodia is really cheap and easy.

If your taking any internal flights, expect that they will be delayed and don’t plan anything too soon after your flight is due to land.

Tuk-Tuk’s in Cambodia are the most comfortable in Asia, they can easily take up to 4 people.


Visas for up to 30 days can be bought on arrival, it’s a bit of a faff on and you should expect to spend at least an hour getting through immigration.

Visas cost $30 and you will be fined an extra $2 if you don’t have a passport photo with you. The visa will take up a full page in your passport so make sure you have a spare page.


At the time of writing (February 2018) there are no specific vaccinations required but anti-malaria medication is an absolute must, malaria is present almost everywhere in the country except major cities.


The currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian Rial, although most places prefer US Dollars, even the ATM’s will give you USD. (It’s really expensive to take cash out here, it cost me $6 to take out $500.) Exchange rates in February 2018 below:

£1 (GBP) = R5,556

$1 (USD) = R4,022

€1 (EUR) = R4,945


£1 (GBP) = $1.38

€1 (EUR) = $1.23

Hope you found this useful.

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Phnom Penh – Cambodia

Largely destroyed during the 1970, Cambodia is re-building its capital city as a beautiful place, there is still lots of construction work going on but you can already see the beauty in this fairly new city. The ancient structures that survived give Phnom Penh a wonderful mix of old and new.

Thing To Do:

The Phnom Penh riverfront has been completely re-developed into a beautiful park, it stretches for miles along the river with out door gyms and flower gardens. This is also where you’ll find the majority of bars and restaurants.

The night market is pretty good, located at the north end of the riverside park, you can pick up some great bargains and enjoy cheap food every night of the week.

By the time we got to the royal palace it was closed for the day, and even though we didn’t get a chance to go inside, we were still able to appreciate the beauty of the building through the iron gates.

Independence monument is located in a busy park in central Phnom Penh, locals meet here for exercise classes, music lessons and socialising. As well as independence monument, the park also hosts a number of other beautiful statues.

Wat Phnom is at the northern end of the city, foreign tourists pay $1 to enter the temple, it’s certainly one of the most beautiful and the oldest in the city.

Cambodia’s Dark Past:

I’ve written this part of the blog a few times and keep deleting it, it feels disrespectful to the local people who lost so much for me to repeat a story that isn’t mine to tell. DanFlyingSolo did a pretty good job at summing it up in his post HERE if you want to read more.

S21 Prison – $8/pp

Killing Fields – $6/pp

Both include an audio guide to walk you through. You really shouldn’t miss either when your in Phnom Penh, they are upsetting but very informative and give you a new found respect for the Cambodian people who survived such an awful time.

The killing fields are outside the city, you can hire a driver for the day for $20 (less depending how hard you want to haggle).

Getting There:

Buses run regularly from Siem Reap (about 6 hours) and Sihanoukville (about 5 hours), prices start at around $8.

Alternatively the airport is about 30 minutes from the city centre and costs $10 in a tuk-tuk. AirAsia offer really cheap flights from Phnom Pen to the rest of south east Asia.

Where To Stay:

The Panda Hotel has been recently renovated and costs £26 per night on Hotels.com, that price includes a pretty good breakfast buffet and good wifi. The hotel is a 20 minute walk from the riverfront.

Koh Rong – Cambodia

Just 45 minutes from the mainland, Koh Rong is utter perfection. The white sand is so fine it squeaks when you walk on it. The stars are at their clearest and beach BBQ’s serve whatever they’ve caught that morning. No visit to Cambodia is complete without seeing the beauty of Koh Rong.

Things To Do:

Koh Rong is famous for its abundance of Bioluminescent Plankton, it’s stars in the sea are as bright as its starts in the sky. Daily boat trips leave at 7pm and cost $5. This was our favourite thing to do in Koh Rong, you can swim with the plankton and have your whole body light up like a Christmas tree.

Take a tour of the island, tours vary depending on the company, we did a full day trip with Adventure Adam, it cost $25 which was expensive compared to its competitors but it offered a full day tour from 9am to 8pm and circles the whole island. We really recommend the tour.

Relax on the beach, the area close to the main jetties is busy, but you don’t need to walk too far to find a secluded spot to yourself. The water is some of the warmest and clearest we have seen. If you really want your privacy you can take a taxi boat to one of the more difficult beaches to get to.

Getting There:

First you need to get to Sihanoukville on the south Cambodia coast, the airport is 30 minutes from the town centre and costs $20 in a taxi, there are no tuk-tuks outside the airport.

Or from Phnom Pen you can take a bus which is around 5 hours, maybe longer depending on traffic. The bus companies will advertise a 4 hour trip, but that’s simply not true.

The ferry from Sihanoukville to Koh Rong takes between 45 minutes and just over an hour depending on tide and when on the island your staying etc. There are a few different companies who sail regularly throughout the day.

You can prebook online at camboticket.com but if you miss your booked ferry then you’ll need to pay again at the pier. Most companies offer open returns, just book onto your return boat the day before you plan to leave.

Where To Stay:

The Dragon Den Inn is basic but does the job, the fan is powerful enough to not need A/C and staff were busy installing hot water boilers while we were there. We booked through Booking.com for $30 per night.

Where To Eat:

Bamboo Pizza – their breakfast pancakes are great and every pizza ordered comes with a free drink.

Raw Food – small stall operating out of one of the supermarkets along the beach font, it’s not on google maps, they do great breakfast smoothie bowls for $3 each.

Beach BBQ – there’s quite a few of these along the beach front, all about $5 including main meal and a drink, they all served similar food.

Sihanoukville – Cambodia

A stark contrast from its island neighbours, Sihanoukville was a little bit of a letdown. The beaches were crowded and dirty and there were endless building sites for hotels and casinos, it seems Sihanoukville will soon become the gambling capital of south east Asia.

Though to get to any of Cambodias perfect islands, Sihanoukville is a necessary evil, none of the islands have airports, so unless you charter a helicopter to get you there, then the ferry port in Sihanoukville is your only option.

If you miss the last ferry to any of the islands or if you have an early morning flight home, 1 night in Sihanoukville is enough.

Where To Stay:

The Smile guest house cost $30 for a triple room, you can’t book online so get there early before they sell out for the night. Rooms were basic but clean and have A/C. The food there is amazing too!

Where To Eat:

Mick and Craig’s have a Sunday roast every week for $8 (expensive compared to local dishes but worth every penny). We miss my Mam’s Sunday dinners the most and Mick and Craig’s did a pretty good job, was our first roast in 7 months, yum yum!

Getting There:

Sihanoukville has an international airport, its about 30 minutes outside the city and taxis are fixed price at $20 per trip.

Sorry for the downer post, next up is Koh Rong which is much more cheerful!

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Siem Reap – Cambodia

There aren’t many places left in the world where you can still get a massage for $1, or a fresh fruit smoothie for $1, Siem Reap is still one of this backpacking paradises where you hardly need to think about your budget.

Home to hordes of tourists passing through to visit Angkor Wat (more on that later), Siem Reap is still a pretty little town with lots of character.

Getting There:

The main town in Siem Reap is about 15 minutes from the international airport, the taxi stand is just outside the main exit and also provides motorbikes and tuk-tuks.

There are regular buses from Phnom Pen to Siem Reap. You can book tickets at lots of corner shops in Cambodia or online at camboticket.com.

Where To Stay:

We stayed at the Dechasey Residence for only £23 per night including breakfast and a free shuttle to the airport/city/anywhere you want. The pool area was always peaceful and the rooms were huge. We booked through Hotels.com during one of their regular sales.

Where To Eat:

There is a street called Pub Street where road traffic is banned during the evening, we didn’t eat here because it was expensive and really busy. You can get much better value for money just by walking one or two streets back.

Cambodian Food – Khmer Taste (Sok San Road) super budget friendly and tasty food, we ate here twice, their curries are amazing.

Indian Food – The Indian (2 Thnou Street) authentic Indian food with set menus and combo meals starting from just $5.


The day Market and the night market are both great fun, you can get the all important backpacker elephant trousers for $3 and matching shirt for $1 without even needing to haggle, there are lots of other cool souvenirs worth looking at too. It’s a shame our backpacks are so small!

Angkor Wat:

The main reason anyone visits Siem Reap is Angkor Wat, it’s the first image that comes to mind whenever Cambodia is mentioned, and for good reason. The massive temple complex is one of the most beautiful in the world.

However, there is a severe lack of information when your walking around the temples, its a good idea to do a little bit of research before you go, so that you know what your looking at. YouTube has some really good free documentaries.

Entrance Fee: $37 per person

Driver: $20 per vehicle (tuk-tuk)

Dress Code: Shoulders and knees covered