10 Days in Cambodia

12/02/2018 – 23/02/2018

In Vietnam Tết is a holiday everyone looks forward to, Vietnamese people and foreigners alike. It’s one of the only extended periods of time we get off. I decided to make the most of it and go to Cambodia, mainly because the flights were cheap. Also, I knew I could see a good amount of what I wanted to see in the time that I had. I still want to explore more of Vietnam, but as Tết is a time for family a lot of things are closed here in Vietnam which makes travel a little more difficult. So for something a little bit different I thought I’d write a bit of an overview of my trip to Cambodia, before I get started on writing more in depth posts on each place.

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If you look closely you can see tears in my eyes from that 3.30 am start…

Where did I go?

With ten days in Cambodia I knew I wanted a mixture of culture and beaches so I went to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem. I don’t normally pack so many places into such a short space of time but I knew I wasn’t planning on revisiting Cambodia anytime soon so wanted to see as much as I could.

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I love finding unexpected temples

What was my favourite place?

I fell in love with Koh Rong Samloem and I just wish I could have spent more time there. The place was so nice and unspoiled and waaay better than the main island of Koh Rong. My second favourite place was Siem Reap, another place I could have stayed longer, it’s just so pretty.

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I’ve never seen water so clear and blue

What was my least favourite place?

My least favourite place was Koh Rong, which I was surprised about as I’d heard so many amazing things about it, but it wasn’t for me. The beaches are lovely but it’s expensive and crowded and really big so a boat is needed to go from place to place. A close contender is definitely Phnom Penh as I did not like the city at all, but I’m really glad I went to the killing fields and S21.

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Phnom Penh wasn’t my favourite but the street art was amazing

How much did I spend? How expensive is Cambodia?

I like knowing how much people spend when they’re travelling; it helps you decide how much you need so here we are. I spent roughly $600 for everything in country including visa, transport, accommodation, food and activities. Overall, I could have spent less but I could have spent way more; I stayed in the cheapest dorm rooms but didn’t particularly scrimp on doing things.  It wasn’t expensive but more expensive than what I thought. I had done my research beforehand and thought Cambodia was super cheap, but maybe it was years ago.

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Sunset at Long Beach, Koh Rong

What did I think? Would I visit again? 

I enjoyed it a lot more than expected! Cambodia was never originally top on my list of places to go. However, I probably won’t be going again anytime soon. I feel like I managed to see enough for me when I was there and there are just so many other places to see!

Have you ever been to Cambodia? Where was your favourite place?

Individual posts on each place coming up next, but If you want to see more photos of my travels you can go look at my Flickr

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