How to visit Cambodia on a budget?

How to visit Cambodia on a budget?

Are you planning to visit Cambodia on a limited budget soon? The Kingdom of Cambodia is a country located on the Indochinese peninsula. Cambodia is sharing its frontiers with Vietnam to the East, Thailand to the Northwest and Laos to the Northeast. Tourism in Cambodia is one of the most important sectors in its economy. Last year, 5.6 million have visited Cambodia. It represents an impressive increase of 17.5% compared to the previous year! Plan your visit soon as the country is becoming more and more popular! But how to plan a trip to Cambodia when you have a tiny budget? We will guide you to find cheap accommodations and visit ideas to make the most out of your trip!

How to get to Cambodia?

If you are coming from Europe, flying directly to Cambodia is the easiest way. There are 3 international airports in Cambodia that you can see on the map below. Siem Reap is very convenient if you plan to visit Angkor Wat, the majestic temples. Phnom Penh is the capital city and offers a very rich history and culture. Sihanoukville is located on the Gulf of Thailand and provides access to fantastic beaches. If you are flexible with your dates, you can easily find return tickets for £350 from the UK. Once you are in the country, a tuk-tuk from the airport to the city center will cost you between $5 and $10. Cambodia has its own currency, the Cambodian Riel, but almost everyone accepts USD.

Cambodia map - European Health Card

Where to stay in Cambodia?

Wherever you arrive in Cambodia, you will be happy to know that the accommodation is very cheap. A private room in a decent hotel will probably cost you $10 a night. However, if you are ready to leave the back-pack adventure to the fullest, chose a dormitory. In the southern part of the country, you can find some for $2 a night. The atmosphere in hostels is truly special, and you get to meet people from all over the world.

Our good addresses:
Garden Village Hotel, Siem Reap, $
Mad Monkey Hostels, different locations, $
The One Resort, Koh Rong Samloem, $$$

What to do in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s culture is incredibly rich and the landscapes of the country are breathtaking. You will love the beaches and the islands of the South where there is a true feeling of being on a desert island. Some hostels do not have electricity and you will have a chance to 100% disconnect! The capital city Phnom Penh is vibrant and has a very unique architecture. Two amazing examples are the Royal Palace and the Central Market. The first one displays very classical Cambodia architecture. The second one is Art Deco and was built by French architect Louis Chauchon. We also recommend you to visit the Genocide Museum. Indeed, Cambodia has suffered a horrific genocide between 1975 and 1979 where more than 20% of the population has been killed.

In the Northern part of the country, you will find the amazing temples of Angkor Wat. This stunning site is close to Siem Reap and is extremely popular. Last year more than 1 million tourists went there.

The beaches of Sihanoukville are disappointing as they are crowded and quite dirty. Also, the city is very loud and is known as a party place for Westerners. We recommend you to head to Koh Rong Islands to discover stunning white sand beaches and jungle.

How to visit Cambodia on a budget

Let’s go! Try for yourself!

We hope you will enjoy your visit to Cambodia and meet extraordinary people! The country is changing very quickly and opening to the world. Each year more and more tourists come to Cambodia. Plan a visit soon as you will discover a culture not mended yet by the tourism industry. Before travelling, make sure your passport is valid and you bring your Global Health Insurance Card. Apply For Your Global Health Insurance Card Here > 

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