How to spend 10 days in Cambodia

Rutted, dusty roads and new high-rise hotels. Dirt-cheap, delicious beef lok lak and a 2 USD Snickers bar. Cambodia is all about contrasts, making it one of the most fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) places to travel in South-East Asia. A country torn apart by the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 70’s and 80’s, Cambodia still bears it’s inedible scars but with pride as it emerges from it’s past to be one of the leading destinations in the region. So, the question is: how should you spend 10 days in Cambodia?

We’ve put together this guide based on our own experience, skipping over a few places that we felt didn’t qualify for a 10 day jaunt. However, you’ll find them at the bottom of this article, so you can change up your itinerary as you see fit.

Also, as with anything, the quality of your trip depends on your budget. If you’re flying between places and staying in high-end hotels, you’ll find Cambodia quite easy to manage. But if you’re on a budget, you might need to suffer a few long bus journeys and more questionable shuttles or transfers between spots.

Finally, people also ask: Is 10 days enough in Cambodia? And the easy answer is yes. You obviously won’t be able to spend a huge amount of time in each place, but it really does give you a flavour of what this amazing country is about. And of course leaves you the opportunity to one day return to explore further.

Why choose Cambodia?

You might already be convinced to travel there. Or, like me, you needed a bit of a nudge to visit this magnificent kingdom. Here are a few reasons why you might want visit the land of Khmer:

  • The people are all smiles. South East Asia is always known for it’s friendly faces but Cambodia really is a nation that thrives on tourism and, as such, most locals are particularly friendly to any travellers that pass through.
  • It’s still relatively affordable. It might not be as cheap as neighbouring Vietnam, but Cambodia still packs a punch when it comes to a daily budget. Because most merchants prefer the US dollar, you do see inflated prices, like the infamous Snickers bar which costs 2 USD (and less than 1 dollar in Thailand or Vietnam). However, generally you’re able to find affordable options for accommodation and food.
  • It has pockets of untouched beauty. It’s true that Cambodia is seeing a development boom (more on that below around Sihanoukville) and there are a few places where the natural beauty has been marred by a bit of corporate greed. That said, if you go a little off the beaten track or are willing to suffer a long (and sometimes uncomfortable) bus journey, you can find incredible places to visit.
  • The Angkor temple complex in Siem Reap is a must on anyone’s bucket list, the stuff you ‘have to see before you die’. Temple hopping in Siem Reap is an unforgettable experience and the surrounding town is pretty cool too!
  • For most nationalities, its very easy to get a Cambodian visa on arrival, making entry to the country quite painless.

Our 10 days in Cambodia itinerary

  • Day 1- Phnom Penh | Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, The Royal Palace
  • Day 2 – Phnom Penh | The Killing Fields
  • Day 3 – Sihanoukville | Transfer Day
  • Day 4 & 5 – Koh Rong | Beaches and bars
  • Day 6 & 7 – Koh Rong Sanloem | Swimming with Bioluminescent Plankton
  • Day 8 – Siem Reap | Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom & Food Heaven
  • Day 9 – Siem Reap | Angkor complex Big Tour
  • Day 10 – Siem Reap | Apopo Herorats, Kandel Village

Phnom Penh – 2 days

The capital city of the country is the perfect place to start your 10 days in Cambodia, especially given that it has the best transport links into the country. The city has a very unique feel to it – with wide French style boulevards and a number of old French colonial buildings. Phnom Penh has been the capital of Cambodia since the mid-1800s, and is the largest city in the country.

Although not the most attractive city in Southeast Asia it has so much fascinating history – and be warned a lot of it is very hard hitting.

Where to stay

Budget: One of our favourite hostel chains in Cambodia, the Onederz Phnom Penh gets great reviews.

Mid-range: A short walk from the Mekong and with an infinity pool with view to rival many, the Hotel Emion is a great mid-range option.

Luxury: If you’re looking for real French colonial charm, the Palace Gate Hotel and Resort has it in spades. Close to many attractions, this hotel offers pure luxury.

Day 1

Visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum

So first up, we’d recommend that you head to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S21. The museum is actually a school that was converted into a prison during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. It has been left much the same as it was found and provides an insight into the horrific crimes that were committed during the period.

The prison housed over 14,000 people, with all but 8 being tortured and killed here or at the notorious Killing Fields. Although it is a really tough place to visit, it’s really the only way to start to understand what the country has been through relatively recently. The cost for entrance is 3 USD (2.5 GBP) and we’d also really recommend getting the audio guide tour, else it can be a little difficult to follow along.

To get to the museum, and also anywhere around Phnom Penh we found the easiest way was to book a Grab tuk tuk.

Location: Street 113, Boeng Keng Kang 3, Chamkar Morn

Open: Daily 8.00am to 5.00pm

The Royal Palace

Constructed in the 19th century, the Royal Palace has stood the test of time, surprisingly unscathed during the Khmer Rouge regime. The grounds, which are the official residence of the King of Cambodia, includes four main compounds: The Silver Pagoda, the Khemarin Palace, The Throne Hall and the Inner Court. The Silver Pagoda is the main attraction and includes a royal temple that has a number of gold and bejewelled Buddha statues, most notably the ‘Emerald Buddha’ and the almost lifesized Maitreya Buddha.

It’s worth heading here in the afternoon when it starts to cool down. Keep in mind that no photography is allowed inside the buildings and, like most temple visits, you need to dress appropriately. This means covering your shoulders and ensured your legs are covered until at least past your knees. Cover-ups and sarongs are available to rent when you purchase your ticket, which costs 7 USD (5.75 GBP)

Location: Samdach Sothearos Blvd (3), Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Open: Daily 8.00 – 10.30am; 2.00 – 5.00pm

Day 2

The Killing Fields

It’s your second day in Cambodia and time to delve even deeper into the history of the country by visiting The Killing Fields aka Choeung Ek. Catch a tuk tuk out there (remember to haggle!) and ensure you discuss with the driver that they should wait for your return.

This complex is probably the most affecting, devastating place we visited in all of South East Asia. The Killing Fields is the site of a former Chinese cemetery and was where the Khmer Rouge sent thousands of innocent people to die during their four year reign. As with the S21 visit you really must take the audio guide, which will narrate the atrocities that took place here. You’ll wander the grounds, visiting unearthed mass graves, listening to sombre poems and music and see the main ‘attraction’ – a newer stupa which includes over 8, 000 human skulls.

There are no rules about dress code but we suggest you dress modestly. At time of writing, it cost 6 USD / 5 GBP (including the audio guide).

Location: Cheung Ek commune, Dankoar district, Phnom Penh

O­pen: 7.30am – 5.30pm daily

If you are a bit more pushed for time, you can combine both the Killing Fields and S21 into a half day tour which gets really good reviews.

Getting to Phnom Penh

Most people will fly into Phnom Penh International Airport, which is about 10km west of the city. The easiest way to get into town is by a Grab, and should cost around 8 USD (6.5 GBP). It’s works out about half the price to just jumping into a taxi!

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However, many of you will be coming over the land border from Ho Chi Minh City. It’s really easy to book a transfer in a bus – the journey takes about 6 hrs and costs about 18 USD (14.75 GBP). Don’t forget you’ll need USD cash for the visa at the border – check out some more info on visa’s at the bottom of this article.

Sihanoukville – 1 day

Now, if we were going to recommend somewhere that you should definitely not spend any time, it would be Sihanoukville. It is easily our least favourite place in Cambodia, if not all of Asia. So you’re probably a little confused as to why this is in our 10 days in Cambodia itinerary, right? The answer to that is easy: you have to go to Sihanoukville to get to the stunning Koh Rong islands.

Sihanoukville was a beautiful small seaside town only a few years ago, but recently it has become what we can only term a ‘casino-ridden hell-hole’. Trust us, we aren’t exaggerating when we say you want to spend as little time as possible here. Over the past few years over 30 casinos have been built in this formerly cosy little seaside town, with just as many more in the works. The town has virtually no infrastructure which means there is a huge amount of rubbish floating about, the roads are absolutely choked with trucks and traffic, and you won’t find a proper coffee shop or restaurant in sight. And the situation will only get worse…

However, we think that the small discomfort of staying one night in Sihanoukville is worth it for the beauty of the islands…

Where to stay

There are very limited accommodation options in Sihanoukville, however, just outside Sihanoukville you’ll find Otres Beach, which for a long time was a backpacker haven. Although many of the old hostels have now shut down, or been bought out by larger hotel chains, there are some really good options here. Our advice would definitely be to book something – you don’t want to be stuck in Sihanoukville without a passable place to stay!

Budget: Check out Onederz Sihanoukville, in the centre of what’s left of the backpacking area

Mid-range: We stayed at the Sahaa Beach resort earlier this year and really enjoyed how helpful the concierge was. It had lovely rooms, a wonderful outdoor bathroom and a fabulous on-site restaurant.

Luxury: Looking for a private beach in Otres, check out White Boutique Hotel and Residences.

Getting to Sihanoukville

You can either look at getting one of the minivan services or the slightly more reliable bus from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville. We’ve heard some real horror stories about the minivans (crazy driving, detours etc…) so would recommend using Giant Ibis, who were great. But as mentioned above, expect to be delayed, the journey times take much longer than advertised. Check out the latest options here.

Koh Rong – 2 days

Known for it’s white sandy beaches and breath-taking coral reefs, Koh Rong is an incredible island off the coast of Cambodia. Inland the island has waterfalls, palms and jungles you can explore for hours and it even has a suspension rope park fitted with zip lines and rope walks! The appeal of Koh Rong is getting ‘off the map’ a little, and enjoying some down-time on a quiet beach – we’ve budgeted two days here for you.

There are still entirely deserted beaches on Koh Rong – we spent an entire morning without seeing a single person on what felt like our own personal island! The better known ones are Long Set Beach, Lonely Beach and Palm Beach.

It is the busier of the two Koh Rong islands and if you’re keen on a party, you can find these near Koh Touch harbour and beach. Notable bars are the Dragon Den Pub, the Police Beach Party Zone, Nest Beach Club, Sky Bar and Monkey Island.

Where to stay

Budget: Super cheap bungalows overlooking the beach, why not try out Coconutbeach Bungalows.

Mid-range: One of our favourite island places – Ariya Resort – have built their own beach, and have access to untouched beaches in the lagoon only 10 minutes away by kayak – which you can use for free. And there is a great tree house to watch sunset.

Luxury: For pure luxury, a private beach, a great view and stunning rooms, we would suggest The Royal Sands.

Getting to Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem

When you book your transfer to Koh Rong or Koh Rong Sanloem from Phnom Penh, you’ll likely be told that there isn’t an issue in getting to Sihanoukville in time for the ferries. As of writing this, there is little to no chance – nearly everyone we met ended up staying a night in Sihanoukville because it takes about 3 hrs to go the final 5 km into Sihanoukville. And none of the buses leave early enough to make it…

There are a number of ferry options departing from Sihanoukville to the Koh Rong islands, but it’s good to know that the information is difficult to come by and expect yourself to be in for a bit of a ride! We have a whole article on our experience of the ferry companies. Who to take. What to expect. And the scams to avoid.

If you aren’t too keen to read our experience and just want to know the advice. Take GTVC speed boat – they are the most reliable – if you’d like to book click here.

Koh Rong Sanloem – 2 days

Also wrongly written as Samloem, Koh Rong Sanloem is the quieter, more chilled cousin to Koh Rong. There isn’t much to do on the island, which is part of it’s appeal! Actually, until recently, the island didn’t even have electricity and most parts still don’t have Wifi.

Chill in your hammock, take a stand up paddle board out into the sea or spend a few hours snorkelling. You can also traverse the island on the back of your bicycle and visit some of the other incredible beaches it has to offer: M’Pay Bay, Lazy Beach and Sunset Beach being the best of the bunch.

What made Sanloem special for us, however, was seeing the bioluminescent plankton at night. Essentially this is a magnificent natural phenomenon where the plankton literally glow bright blue at night. You wait until midnight (ideally when the moon is low), swim out into the sea and you have thousands of electric blue specks surrounding you. It’s hard to describe but a magical experience: we felt as if we were creating blue electricity from our fingertips as we waded through the water.

We were able to experience this just off the beach at our hostel, Mad Monkey, but it’s possible at a few resorts on the island. Triple points at the bar if you go skinny dipping while you do it, by the way…

Where to stay

Budget: Looking for a great hostel to enjoy the beautiful beaches, meet people and have some fun – then Onderz Koh Rong Sanloem is a great option.

Mid-range: The Tube Resort is a tranquil beach front resort with great rooms.

Luxury: An infinity pool overlooking a white sandy beach? Yes please… well The One Resort, is the one for you on Koh Rong Sanloem.

Siem Reap – 3 days

Siem Reap = Angkor Wat. That seems to be the truth of the matter for most people that visit this gorgeous town, as they focus on the Angkor Temple Complex. And, it’s understandable – the Angkor Temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world and Angkor Wat itself is the prime attraction in Cambodia, if not most of South East Asia.

But there is so much more to Siem Reap than just temples… so you need three days to find out why!

One thing to note is that you need to purchase your ticket for the temple complex near Siem Reap itself at the official ticket centre – there are no counters or kiosks near the temples. So make sure you factor time in for this (unlike us!) and head there either the evening before, or a few hours before your first temple visit. It’s open from 4.30am until 5.30pm every day and offers three options: a one, three and seven day pass. At time of writing, these cost 37 USD (30 GBP), 62 USD (50 GBP) and 72 USD (59 GBP) respectively.

We roamed all the temples without a guide but, of course, you can book one for your temple-hopping. Instead of a guide, we enlisted a Grab driver (who had taken us to our accommodation), bargained a rate for two days and had him drive us between the different temples for a few days. This was great since he told us about his favourite, off the beaten track temples and we could go at our own pace. Talk to your hotel if you prefer to book a guide or go solo like we did.

Where to stay

Budget: If you want to be in the hustle and bustle of Pub Street, we’ve heard great things about the One Stop Hostel.

Mid-range: We stayed for 5 nights at The Grand Venus La Residence and wish we could have stayed more. Set halfway between the temples and town, with it’s own little oasis, this place combines the best of everything at a very affordable price.

Luxury: There are a host of excellent 5* resorts in Siem Reap, but we particularly like the award winning Golden Temple Residence.

Day 8

Angkor Wat

The best way to see Angkor Wat, the shining beacon in the entire complex, is undoubtedly at sunrise. There is something spectacular about arriving in the dark, armed with your torch (or just light from your mobile!) and joining a few hundred people making a pilgrimage of sorts to see the sun rise from behind the temple. It’s touristy – yes – and there are a lot of people, but we still found it worth our while.

If you’re feeling a bit more energetic than we did (we took tuk tuks) you can also do a sunrise and temple cycling tour!

Ask your hotel or hostel to book you an early tuk tuk and get there at least 30 minutes before sunrise. Head into the temple complex and perch yourself at the front of the ‘pond’ on either side of the temple, and wait for the sky to change around you.

Once the sun is up, the temple will open and you can spend a few hours walking around it. Originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, Angkor Wat was changed into a Buddhist temple near the end of the 12th century. It’s an absolute marvel: combining architecture that nods to Hindu mythology, a moat that is more than 5 kilometres long and yet is also home to resident monks, who can give you a blessing on-site for a small donation.

Angkor Thom

The second largest temple compound in Angkor, the Angkor Thom area is another must-visit in Siem Reap. Established in the late twelfth century, this complex covers an area of nine square km, so there is quite a lot to see! The biggest attraction is Bayon, the ‘state temple’ but usually an itinerary for Angkor Thom would include Baphoun, Bayon, the Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King.

It should take a few hours to go around those temples or, if you’re like us, you’ll get a little lost and find a whole heap of ‘unknown’ temples covered in jungle brush and without another soul to be seen…!

Indulge in a food tour

If there is one thing that we learned while in Siem Reap, it’s that it has a burgeoning art scene, wonderful street food and a plethora of great restaurants and cocktail bars. The best way to experience it all is undoubtedly on a food tour, and we’d highly recommend doing one with Taste Siem Reap on your first evening in the city. These private tuk-tuk tours offer different options: a fine dining tour, hidden gems, art and cocktails, and even one which focusses on sustainable, community dining initiatives.

We love the latter since you’ll visit gorgeous little eateries like Footprint Café, a literary-inspired location which donates all of it’s profits back to the community. Plus it has delicious food to boot!

Tours usually start at 59 USD (49 GBP) and include your meals, a drink, private tuk tuk driver and a welcome pack.

Wonderful Footprints Cafe in Siem Reap. Perfect place to refuel and work.

Day 9

Your second day in Siem Reap has to be about temples again, since there are so many to explore! Usually a driver or a tour guide has their favourites that they will want to include, and most of these itineraries are perfect to follow. That said, we had a few highlights from our temple jaunts, and thought we’d list them here for you.

Tomb Raider Temple (Ta Prohm) – made famous by Lara Croft, it might be worth going to this famous temple first in the morning, before the crowds arrive. It’s quite cool since while it’s collapsed in places, it has very interesting trees growing out of the building itself.

Pre Rup – we really loved this ‘mountain temple’ which has very different architecture to the Angkor complexes, including a stepped pyramid. There are great views if you take the steps to the top.

East Mebon – very similar to Pre Rup, but very nearby and definitely worth the visit.

Ta Som – what makes this temple unusual is a huge fig tree that has entirely ‘strangled’ it’s eastern gopura; it’s quite special and usually relatively quiet to visit.

Preah Khan – it’s a hop, skip and a jump from Ta Som. This ‘Holy Sword’ temple is a good way to end your day.

By now it’s been a big day out and you’re probably relatively tired. However, if you’re keen to get out for the evening, we’d recommend the food at Wild, the drinks and contemporary art at Tribe, or cocktails and snacks at the very trendy Village Café (they serve absolutely delicious tapas and have a wonderful wine list too!). You might also want to try some of the weird and wonderful insect treats that abound in the city.

Day 10

Visit Apopo Hero Rats

Cambodia’s history is not just linked to the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge but also suffered during the Vietnam war, as bombs were dropped on the country. Today there are still between 1.9 – 5.9 million unexploded munitions across Cambodia and unfortunately 64, 000 people have died from explosive remnants in the last 30 years.

One of the more innovative ways that Cambodia is dealing with the unexploded landmines and ordinance is through the use of specially-trained rats, and you can see these critters in action at the Apopo Hero Rats centre. It’s a 45 minute tour which explores the history of the issue and then provides a live demonstration of how the ‘hero rats’ work to clear the mines. These guys undergo 9 months of training and then work 8 hours a day, clearing a tennis field-sized area every 30 minutes. We loved this activity and really hope you add it into your tour.

The tour is only 5 USD (4 GBP), which goes towards further rat training.

Location: Trapeang Ses Village, Kouk Chauk Commune, Siem Reap

Open: Monday to Saturday, 08.00am – 12.00pm; 01.00 – 05.00pm

Check out Kandal Village

As we said before, Siem Reap has a great up-and-coming art scene, and is becoming quite a trendy, hipster destination. The epicentre of this is undoubtedly Kandal Village, which equates itself to being like London’s ‘Hackney’ area. This area is jam-packed with street art, quirky little boutiques and concept stores. Stop in at Little Red Fox Espresso Café or check out the wares at cool concept store, Trunkh.

Location: The area is located between the Old Market and the French Quarter, the street to head to is Hup Guan Street (the one behind ANZ bank).

Open: Opening hours vary but generally 09.00 – 18.00

Getting to Siem Reap

Once you’re back off the island, we’d suggest taking the overnight sleeper bus with Giant Ibis from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap. It departs from Sihanoukville at 8.00pm and the journey takes about 10 hrs. We were actually quite surprised at how comfortable it was and got a pretty good nights sleep. For the latest prices and availability, click here.

If you’re a bit more pushed for time, you might want to look into flight options instead. See the latest deals with Skyscanner.

So that wraps up our suggestion of what to do with 10 days in Cambodia! But if you have any thoughts of how we can make this itinerary for Cambodia better, if you have any questions or if you’d like some advice, let us know in the comments below or send us a note here.

Bonus: More places to visit in Cambodia

Have more than ten days or want to change up this Cambodia itinerary? Here are a few other options you could add into your itinerary!

Kampot

Less than an hour (depending on traffic, of course!) from the seedy Sihanoukville is the cosy little town of Kampot. This colonial hill station was where the occupying French used to holiday and, in recent years, has become quite a fashionable place for backpackers to spend a few days relaxing, or couples to take a short romantic break.

Known for its pepper plantations, the lazy, winding river and its old-school architecture, Kampot is a great place to chill out. Most of your time would be spent on the riverside, taking in life going by but Kampot also boasts a few activities. This includes cycling or trekking in the hills, ox-cart tours, firefly boat tours and a trip to the Preah Monivong Bokor National Park, a cool oasis with waterfalls and wildlife including tigers!

There are murmurings that Kampot is the ‘next Sihanoukville’ as there are plans for new hotels, casinos and even a theme park but, at time of writing, it’s still a great place to add to your Cambodia tour.

Kep

More keen on sandy shores than riverside views? Kep is the beach lover’s version of Kampot and only 30 minutes drive away! Also previously a hangout for the French elite, it’s known as the ‘St Tropez of South-East Asia’ for its golden beaches but laid-back atmosphere. It hasn’t fully been restored to its ‘glory days’ of the 50’s and 60’s but is still a great place to laze on the beach for a few days. Kep retains its small town charm and doesn’t have much of a ‘party scene’ but does offer a host of cheap but great accommodation options – from those fit for the budget backpacker to more luxurious villas.

It’s also renowned for its seafood – tuck into some prawns at one of the beachfront restaurants or go to the bustling Crab Market and choose your own shellfish for the night!

Battambang

About three hours from sexy Siem Reap is Battambang, the country’s second largest city. It’s hard to describe the city – it doesn’t have that much to do, it doesn’t have heaps of temples and it isn’t known for anything specific. That said, Battambang is a wonderful place to spend a few days.

It’s the best place in Cambodia to taste it’s local cuisine with a glut of great restaurants on offer, plus wonderful cooking classes if you’re keen to leave the country with a new bunch of recipes in hand. You can get out into the countryside on your bicycle, winding your way through rice fields (Battambang produces most of Cambodia’s rice) and visiting local villages; or you can head to Phnom Sampeu. This day trip from Battambang exposes more of the history of the Khmer Rouge, as the buildings here housed prisons and interrogation centres and ‘killing caves’.

But the biggest ‘must-do’ in Battambang is the bamboo train. Much-lauded on social media and chronicled in series like Travels with my Father, there is a strange little railway called the ‘norry’, which is essentially a wooden platform on top of which sits a wheeled metal carriage. Take this trip for 8 km (about 30 minutes) and you’ll share it with locals, livestock and a few bags of rice for sure. The fun also comes in when you meet a ‘train’ travelling towards you on the single-lane track since the rules are that the one with the fewest passengers has to be dismantled entirely!

Travel tips

Here are our most important travel tips for visiting Cambodia:

  • Currency: Cambodia is a dual currency nation, using Cambodian Riel and the US dollar. Most things will be priced in US dollars and you are best-placed to carry these at all times. Usually you’ll get riel as change when paying for goods.
  • Visa: Everyone needs a 30 day tourist visa for Cambodia, usually obtained on arrival at the major airports or border crossings (cost depends on your country). You are supposed to have a passport-sized photo with you but on our last entry this wasn’t needed. The Cambodian government website also offers e-visas, so you can apply beforehand.
  • Safety: As with any country, you need to make smart decisions. Cambodia is quite a safe country to visit and is a well-known part of the Southeast Asia tourist trail. That said, bigger cities like Phnom Penh have their share of pickpockets, so be on the lookout. Also, remember that Cambodia is still full of unexploded landmines and ordinance – never go outside of the city or tourist attractions without a guide!
  • Budget: We’d recommend spending approx. 100 USD a day, including all travel, food and accommodation. You can definitely travel around Cambodia for cheaper, but this is a comfortable budget.
  • What to pack: Make sure you pack lots of lightweight clothes, it’s tropical. Comfortable shoes are a must. Don’t forget your sunscreen, bug spray and a raincoat if travelling in the rainy season. Long sleeves, trousers and skirts for visiting temples. Don’t forget your medication, or a travel adapter!

When to go?

Cambodia has two real seasons: the wet season between May to October, and the dry season between November to March. The latter is generally when most tourists visit so you can expect hot, dry days but with quite a number of other visitors and higher prices on food and accommodation. We prefer travelling in the wet season since it’s quieter and generally only has one or two downpours in the afternoon. That said, keep in mind there IS a risk of seriously bad weather – we did experience terrible storms during our last trip since there was a typhoon moving through the region.

What camera equipment and other gear do we use?

We’re living proof that you don’t need the most expensive gear to travel the world and take good photos. Here are some of our must have items that make it into the packing list for all our travels.

Basic Khmer Phrases

The official language of Cambodia is Khmer, and although you’re likely to get by with English in the touristy areas, we always like to learn some of the more simple phrases.

  • Hello –  sous-dey
  • Goodbye – leah sin houwy
  • How are you? – sokh sabbay chea teh?
  • Fine, thank you. –  chah (f.)/baht (m.) khñom sokh sabbay. ahkun.
  • Yes – Baht (m.)/ Chah (f.)
  • No – Dteh
  • Please – Suom mehta
  • Thank you – Or-koon
  • Sorry/excuse me – Sohm dtoh

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