Most famous for the majestic awe-inspiring ruins of Angkor, undoubtedly an essential highlight, but merely one of many treasures this charming country has on offer. The Kingdom of Cambodia has been recovering for a while now and has risen from its turbulent history into a desired destination on the Southeast Asia loop. Encounter an undiscovered coastline in the south, perfect for escaping the motorbike ruling roads in the city. Or join the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap with its buzzing ‘Pub Street’ a favourite traveller hangout.
The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.
Name: Cambodian Riel (Also use USD)
Time Zone: Cambodia Standard Time (UTC +07:00)
Draft beer, specifically Angkor beer, is cheap and cold all over and is often up for grabs on a happy hour pricing scheme. Bottles of local beer (0.5L) will usually set you back around R25. Cambodians drink beer as well as other local spirits made from sugar cane or rice.
Expect to eat like a king or queen for next to nothing! Lunch or dinner will cost you around R15 and R70 for local cuisine in a market/ basic restaurant. If you're craving the tastes of home, a western meal will cost you more.
The best place for catching some sleep will be in a guesthouse or hostel dorm. This will usually cost between R70 and R240, which is a bargain. Feel like some added comforts? Air-con, TV and rooms with other added bonuses will range from R240-R500.
The most common and easiest way to get around Cambodia is by bus or if you're an experienced rider cruising on a motorbike would be up there for you. A large air-conditioned bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 6-7 hours and will cost around R380. IBIS Night buses are a great way to sleep through a long journey.
Back to living like a king or queen. Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia. Meaning you can live a life of luxury for no more than R630 a night! But if you're wanting a mega fancy, frivolous night of luxe Cambodia's cities and resorts can deliver it from R1,120 - R11,200.
You will need to get your haggling skills out to ensure you bag yourself the lowest fare. Make sure you also agree on the price before you hop in. Motorbike taxis are the cheapest and will cost as low as R20 for 5-10km. Tuk-tuks are a little more expensive but shouldn't be more than R30 for a short trip.