Anyone who thinks that Cambodia is no more than two weeks probably did not study enough. After 4 weeks and countless experiences even in the more central places, especially in the less familiar and familiar parts, these are also recommended in my opinion.
Estimated budget: $ 750
Moving from Bangkok to Siem Reap
As everyone always writes but it is important to stress not to let a bus company work on you in transit. The bus stopped us a kilometer from the border, claiming everyone had to pay there for another visa. They would have to go back to Bangkok and ask for $ 43. We were the only ones who refused to do so and when we got to the crossing because the whole bus was delayed because of us, the people from the company moved us as quickly as possible because we had no choice and paid only $ 30.
Siem Reap – 3 nights. Accommodation at “garden villa” $ 7 per night per person with a fan and above the door there is a switch to turn on the air conditioner so you do not really have to pay for it. In principle, there is not much to do there except for the temples that are recommended to arrive one day at sunset and that is how they enter for free and one day at sunrise. And the market is a night where you can bargain with them and download them at least 70% of the original price and there is the pub street that fills most of the night with local people but still nice to walk around.
Battambang – 1 night. We went there for two days to volunteer at an English school that worked on donations. We created a short with the school principal and slept in his parents’ house. The day we arrived he made a tour of the village and brought us motorcycles. A fantastic experience for anyone who wants to see a slightly different side of Cambodia. The family provides you with everything, water and food, and sleeping in a pleasant room. At the end of the volunteer service, it is customary to leave a small sum for the family that hosted you and what contribution to the school.
Koh Rong – 3 nights. It’s a fantastic Island and one of the nicest we have been to, and we were on 4 islands in Thailand. I slept there every night at another guesthouse (up to $ 7 and we were in Sylvester for the rest of the year sure it is possible less) My recommendation not to sleep right on the beach and walk around little alleys There are great guesthouses in good Prices. Do not miss the Long Beach and the Plankton Tour! And the carpaccio stall on the beach was one of the best crepes we ate on a trip.
Chi Phat – 6 nights. Highly recommended for all lovers of nature and hiking. We did a four-day jungle trek and another day of sightseeing and a rest day in the village. The Trek was a crazy experience every night sleeping in hammocks in an improvised camp next to another waterfall, excellent meals, and a great English-speaking guide, The trek costs a bit high but worth every penny. it’s cost us $ 90 per person. When you come to the village to ask to sleep at Home Stay for $ 4 a couple and eat and sleep with the family.
Kampot – 5 nights. We were slept in “banyan tree.” A quiet guest house on the river at $ 4 per person or $ 3 in their lifetime. A town mainly to relax and do a lot of nothing. There is the mountain of bokur that is recommended to devote a whole day there is a crazy landscape and just lovely to walk the hill. Archdeacon Guest House on the river with slides and more nonsense on the river. And Cap that this is a town near which is also recommended to dedicate a day to have there a good fish market and cheaply frenzy and beautiful waterfalls. Besides, there is an escape room (which we did for free because it is still running, highly recommended) and movie rooms for rent.
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Phnom Penh – Night 1. We only went to do Shabbat at the Chabad House and to move from there to another city. I would give it up. There is not much to see, and it is better to spend time in other places. Anyone who wants to spend time there has the S21 and the carnage fields that are mostly historical sites from the Kamer Rose era.
Mondulkiri – 4 nights. Sleeping at the “sakura turn” opposite the intersection where the bus stops at $ 2.5 per person (looks like a luxury hotel but costs nothing money). The least touristy side of Cambodia is a town called Senmonorom in the east of the country. On the second day, we volunteer with elephants, which is a great experience. You go in the morning to take the elephant from the forest, feed it and go into the river with it. There are lots of places to close the way, and it is essential to turn around and check them all prices range from 55 to 80, which of course varies according to the amount. Take into account that in the second the sun sets everything is closed, and there is not too much to do there.
Ratnagiri – 4 nights. A town called Ban Long and slept in “the cortyard gasthose” in a massive room for a price of $ 2.5 per person. Also a less touristy place in Cambodia but indeed there is plenty to see. There are amazing waterfalls and a crazy lake in the mouth of a volcano. Rangiri and Mondulkiri are very remote towns and therefore do not arrive for less than 3 days and are recommended for those who move to Laos or Laos.
Transportation – The buses in Cambodia do not work on schedule but at the driver’s choice. A bus that leaves half an hour later is a good bus. A recommended company is a company called VET Good buses that leave nearest to the original time and do not stop after every hour on the way (most of the buses stop and full) to bargain for bus prices and always check how many ticket agencies before.
Food – we preferred to eat more local food which is cheaper and tastier (the western food on the face here) sometimes it takes a little risk but definitely worth it.
Currency -Usually used in dollars or real. When one dollar is worth 4000 rials no matter when they have no conversion rate in stores but only in banks.
It is advisable not to come up with old bills with tattoos or scribbles because they are cautious about it.
And that’s hoping I helped! Definitely recommends that you stick to the less touristy and familiar part of Cambodia and open up to a completely different side of the country.