Backpacking Cambodia? Find out more about this popular country for travellers to South East Asia. Our Cambodia backpacker guides will give you useful advice and tips about the popular cities to visit, hostel accommodation, travelling safely in Cambodia, the food to expect, visa information and much more. Written by fellow travellers our Cambodia backpacking information will help you make the most out of your time away – you can even post your own experiences and share useful information with fellow travellers.
Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is an essential stop for those exploring South-East Asia. Visitors flock from far and wide to enjoy the laid back pace of life, affordable cost of travelling and of course the magnificent temple complex of Angkor Wat. Once a mighty empire, Cambodia has seen better days, and is now one of the poorest countries in the world. The Cambodian economy is based on farming, tourism and garment production.
Cambodia’s Main Cities
The capital city, Phnom Penh, is relatively compact compared to other Asian metropolises, but offers a wide range of drinking and dining options, and a few sights to see. The second city, temple town Siem Reap, is the main tourist hub and nightlife centre of Cambodia. As well as access to a multitude of temples, it has bustling night markets and plenty of options for day trips in the surrounding countryside.
Cambodia’s Beaches and Mountains
Cambodia's coastline on the Gulf of Thailand boasts some idyllic beaches, both on the mainland in the Sihanoukville area and the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem which are a short boat ride away. Just a little up the coast are the sleepy towns of Kampot and Kep, famous for their pepper production and crab market respectively. Cambodia also offers some opportunities to get off the beaten track for some jungle trekking, in the cooler climes of Mondolkiri and Ratanakiri, and the Cardamom Mountains.