What type(s) of travellers would you recommend to visit Cambodia?
Backpackers and those who seek adventures should definitely visit Cambodia.
How long would you recommend for one to spend in Cambodia?
What are the top activities/must-sees in Cambodia that you would recommend?
1. Angkor Wat in Siem Reap
– A UNESCO world heritage ancient city consisting of MANY temples
– There are 1-day and 3-day passes available, depending on how much you want to cover. We took the 1-day pass and managed to cover the main temples.
– Beautiful sunrise as captured in the image above.
– How we caught the Angkor Wat sunrise at the image above:
1) Booked a Tuk Tuk with our hotel the day before
2) The Tuk Tuk picked us up at 4 am and dropped us at the ticket counters
3) We joined the queue for tickets (the counters opened at around 4.45am)
4) The Tuk Tuk then brought us to the entrance of the Angkor Wat temple
5) We followed the crowd and walked across the bridge, entered the temple compound and headed towards a small pond (there are two ponds on each side of the concrete bridge, this image was taken from the one on the right) and waited for the sunrise
– Tomb Raiders was filmed in one of the temples, Ta Prohm!
Location of ticket office: View on Google Maps
2. Choeung Ek Genocidal Center (The Killing Fields) in Phnom Penh
– A mass grave site of the victims of the Khmer Rouge
– Entrance fee is USD6 which includes an audio guide that gives a very good recount of the sufferings and killings during the Khmer Rouge period in the late 1970’s
– Learnt a piece about the history of Cambodia that I never knew
Location: View on Google Maps
3. Night Market in Siem Reap
– Here you can find (clean) massage parlours, bars, restaurants, street stalls
– Massages can start from USD1 per hour for foot massage (tip: if you walk further away from the main area, the prices for massages go lower. We found out that this Temple Massage outlet is cheaper than the one found within the main Pub Street Market)
– You can get beers from USD0.50
– Street stalls sell alcohol, snacks (deep fried tarantulas and other creepy crawlers), crepes, etc.
Location: View on Google Maps
What are the top food places/must-eats that you would recommend in Cambodia?
1. Romdeng Restaurant in Phnom Penh
– This is a not-for-profit restaurant which trains former street children and marginalised youths
– Food is delicious and can be somewhat adventurous – Try the Creepy Crawly Tarantulas with Black Pepper Lime Sauce and Fish Amok in Banana Leaf
– Slightly pricier than local restaurants, at about USD7 per dish
– They have a sister restaurant called Marum in Siem Reap, that serves delicious food as well, but with a different menu
Address: 74 Oknha Ket St. (174), Phnom Penh, Cambodia (View on Google Maps)
2. Pleng Chan Cafe in Phnom Penh
– An off-the-beaten-track cafe that we stumbled upon near the Russian Market
– Food and coffee were both good, nice interior decor
– Serves All Day Breakfast which costs around USD3-4
Address: Phnom Penh, Cambodia (View on Google Maps)
3. Fresh Fruit Factory in Siem Reap
– Run by friendly Japanese
– Has graffiti walls which you can let your creative juices flow
– As the name of the cafe implies, they serve refreshing fresh fruit items!
– Apart from fruits, their cold carbonara was delicious – creamy but light (I personally dislike creamy carbonara usually)
Address: Siem Reap, Cambodia (View on Google Maps)
Any recommendations on where to stay in Cambodia?
When is a good time of the year to visit Cambodia?
I went during the off-peak season (June) and we got a free upgrade to a bigger room in our hotel in Siem Reap!
How should one get around in Cambodia?
Taxi or Tuk Tuk. Tuk Tuk within the city usually costs about USD2-5.
Are there any local norms / cultures that a tourist should be aware of in Cambodia?
Not that I know of.
What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes in Cambodia?
You can pay with a combination of US dollars and Cambodian riel. Just bring US dollars as you will usually get Cambodian riel as change. This applies to almost all transactions, ranging from restaurants to street stalls, taxis to Tuk Tuk.
How should one stay connected to the internet in Cambodia?
I bought a pre-paid sim card from one of the telco booths at the arrival hall of the Phnom Penh international airport. It costs about USD2 for 2GB of 4G data.
Cost of Trip
Airfare – Silkair from Singapore to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap to Singapore at a promotional fare of SGD200.
Food – Beers start from USD0.50, food at good restaurants are about USD10-15 per pax.
Transport – Tuk Tuk rides from USD2-5
Any other tips?
– You can practise your negotiating skills for a cheaper deal for Tuk Tuk or purchases of items from the night markets, for the fun of it!
– Getting from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap: We made arrangements with our accommodation – a mini van came to pick us from our accommodation and brought us to the bus terminal where we took a coach to Siem Reap. It was about 12 USD.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I love exploring places, learning new things, creating experiences, capturing moments and sharing these with others. As such, I am currently building a travel application with my team at Away Nation, which aims to help travellers plan and book their trips based on recommendations from friends and locals.