Cambodia

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This post is going to be a bit unique because it is a combined post written by myself and my perfect housemate, Josefin. I only got the chance to visit Siem Reap for a few nights and therefore cannot provide a lot of intel; however Josefine just got home from a lovely trip and spent 14 days in Cambodia.

Siem Reap – 3 nights

Getting there:

I came from Bangkok over the Thailand/Cambodian border by Tuk Tuk and it took around 6 hours (not including the border crossing). PS I remember this border crossing being a bit confusing as we had to also purchase visas upon entrance.

Accommodation:

We stayed in a Angkor Wat guesthouse II but per my experience at Mad Monkey in Boracay and Josefin’s recent visit, I highly recommend staying at this hostel in Siem Reap. Note accommodation with a pool here is crucial as Siem Reap was so hot. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Mad-Monkey-Siem-Reap/Siem-Reap/60254?dateFrom=2017-08-19&dateTo=2017-08-22&number_of_guests=2

Things to do:

–See Angkor Wat Temples at Sunrise and hire a Tuk Tuk driver to take you

-Party on pub street

-Get a Cambodian massage (I should mention get a massage everywhere in SE Asia)

-Rent bikes and go around Siem Reap

What I wish I knew/did:

There is a floating village that could’ve been checked out but happy with our time spent in Siem Reap. Unfortunately I didn’t get to visit anywhere other than Siem Reap so here on out is all of Josefin’s recos.

Phnom Penh – 2 nights

Getting there:

Josefin travelled via mini bus booked out of Mad Monkey from Siem Reap and it took approximately 5-6 hours. Another bus that is more luxurious and has air condition can be booked through Ibis. See link www.giantibis.com

Accommodation:

She recommends staying at Happy House Zone Hostel which was a bit quieter and great location. See link: www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/The-Happy-House-Zone/Phnom-Penh/102404

Things to do:

– Visit the killing fields & the museums

What I wish I knew/did:

The killing fields were very sad (I can’t imagine) but still worth visiting.

Sihanoukville   – 3 nights

Getting there:

From Phnom Penh, travelled for approximately 4 hours via mini bus.

Accommodation:

If you want to party and stay at the biggest party hostel stay at The Big Easy on Serendipity Beach. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/The-Big-Easy/Sihanoukville/266814 

If you want to stay at a quieter hostel and a nicer beach stay on Ostres beach.

Things to do:

-Do the pub crawl

-Visit the different beaches (Serendipity & Otres)

What I wish I knew/did:

The locals along the beach try to thread your hair on Serendipity Beach haha. They also have the best pickup/selling lines to get you to buy their bracelets. Beach and relax is what Sihanoukville is all about.

Koh Rong – 4 nights

Getting there:

Catch the fast ferry for 30 minutes to Koh Rong Island for $12 return.

Accommodation:

The hostels aren’t pretty here. It is recommended to and walk around to the guest houses as its the same price for a private room as the hostels.

Things to do:

-Scuba dive and snorkel

-Swim with the plankton at night

-Do a boat trip visiting the surrounding islands. Activities include: fishing, BBQ, snorkelling, watch the sunset, and swimming with the plankton

-Jungle trek to Long Beach and watch the sunset then take a boat back

-Walk to 4K beach (beach is 4k long)

-Go paddle boarding / rent kayaks

What I wish I knew/did:

Do not eat meat and do not drink water – everyone gets sick here. It is hard to avoid so be prepared.

Kampot – 2 nights

Getting there:

Mini bus from Sihanoukville to Kampot (2.5 hours) – this was the worse bus ride of the trip as it was really hot without air conditioning and crammed seating.

Accommodation:

Stay at Arcadia backpackers. See link: http://arcadiabackpackers.com/ . The hostel has a waterpark along the river attached to the hostel. Or staying at mad monkey is always a solid party option. See link: http://www.hostelworld.com/hosteldetails.php/Mad-Monkey-Kampot/Kampot/85707?dateFrom=2017-08-19&dateTo=2017-08-22&number_of_guests=2

Things to do: 

-Rent scooters and go up Bokor Mountain

-Play at the water park

-Go rockclimbing

-Go hiking to the waterfalls

-Day trip to Kep and visit a pepper farm (which sells the best pepper in the world)

What I wish I knew/did:

Josefin  wishes she had more time in Kampot (isn’t that always the case). There were tons of the activities she missed. She recommends also staying one night in the city of Kampot as Arcadia backpackers is situated on the river which is 6-7KM away from the city.

Overall Recommendations:

-Visa is completed upon arrival.

-Cambodia also takes USD.

-Be careful on Koh Rong Island as it is known for people to get ill.

-Photos by @nilsonjosefin

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