Your Complete Guide to Backpacking Cambodia

Cambodia is one impressive country, however, there is more to the country than the iconic Angkor Wat temple. It is often a common question of what the best route is when travelling around there, or how safe it is for backpackers. So, here's a little bit of travel inspo on backpacking in Cambodia.


Currency: Cambodian Riel is their official currency, however, they do often use US dollars so it’s worth having some as a backup.

Visa: a 30-day tourist visa is required for all tourists which you can get on arrival for $30 at Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Preah Sihanouk. Alternatively, if you are super organised you can buy an e-visa online.

Safety: Cambodia is generally a safe country, the locals are friendly and welcoming to tourists. However, as with all places, it’s important to be cautious. Keep your belongings safe and try not to wander on your own in rural areas. It’s better to be safe than sorry, hey!


Group photo jumping, Angkor Wat


 When planning how to to get around Cambodia, a common route is to travel Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam altogether, as they are all on each other's doorstep. If you are starting your trip in a neighbouring country, there are plenty of options to get yourself around when backpacking Cambodia. Check out a few ideas below:

1. You can get a bus from Bangkok (Mo Chit) to Siem Reap which costs approximately 750 Baht (around £20) and takes 6-7 hours.

2. The quickest way is to fly. If you are in Thailand you can fly from Bangkok to Siem Reap or Phnom Penh which will take around 1 hour and costs approximately £100. Alternatively, from Hanoi to Siem Reap it costs around £50-£100.

3. If you are in Vietnam the cheapest option would be to get an overnight bus from Ho Chi Minh city to Phnom Phen which costs £15 and takes around 6.5 hours.


Group photo on boat



Siem Reap

Touch down in Siem Reap and learn to make your own authentic Khmer food & even better you can feast on it after! The perfect way to indulge yourself in their culture to kick start your travels there.
Afterwards, get an early night to catch the sunrise at the famous Angkor wat temple, you can’t miss this experience if you are travelling to Cambodia! Spend the evening at the famous Pub Street - a real backpackers hub & perfect to meet lots of other like-minded travellers.

Floating Villages

A super cultural & fascinating experience especially if you are looking for something different on your travels. There are a few floating villages in Cambodia; Chong Khneas is close by to Siem Reap and Kampong Khleang which is 50km from Siem Reap. Take a boat trip to get a hands-on experience and immerse yourself within the handmade houses that will fill you with a mix of heartfelt emotions.

backpacking Cambodia - Kampot


Hop on a bus from Phnom Penh to take a short ride to Kampot. Arrive at this cool little town where you can take a boat trip along the river surrounded by lush green tree’s. A great destination for a spot of activities. From rope swings to pontoons & tubes, the place to get your adrenaline pumping!

Koh Rong

If you are looking for paradise then look no further! Arguably the most beautiful place in Cambodia, where you can relax on the beach, cool off in the crystal clear waters & get your idyllic photos on the sea hammocks.

Koh Rong, crystal clear waters

So there you have a few ideas to give you an idea of the best route to travel in Cambodia! If you are still on stuck where to go, pop us a message or check out our Cambodia trip here, for a stress-free adventure!


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