Backpacking in Cambodia? Find out more about this popular country in Asia with our Cambodia backpacking guide which will give you useful advice and tips about popular cities to visit, hostel accommodation, solo travel in Cambodia, the food, visa information and more. Written by fellow travellers our Cambodia backpacking guide will help you make the most out of your time away – you can even post your own travel experiences and share useful information with our community.
Backpacking in Cambodia
Sandwiched between Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is an essential stop for those exploring South-East Asia. Cambodia is popular with gap year students, first time travellers and seasoned backpackers on adventures in Asia. Backpackers flock to Cambodia 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 but that doesn't stop it welcoming travellers from around the globe. The Cambodian economy is based on farming, tourism and garment production.
Cambodia’s Main Cities
When backpacking in Cambodia there are a few places that are very popular amongst travellers such as Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and the impressive Angor Wat. 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
Backpackers head to Cambodia's coastline on the Gulf of Thailand in droves to enjoy the 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.
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