"Ancient temples and smiling Khmers" Cambodia by AndreSTGT

Cambodia Travel Guide: 8,727 reviews and 24,488 photos

Note : This introduction and most of my tips were written in the summer of 2000 when Cambodia only started to become one of South-East Asia's hottest destinations and when it was still possible to visit Angkor with hardly a soul in sight. This means that some of my off-the-beaten path tips might not be so off-the-beaten track anymore and some road journeys might be more comfortable in the meantime. -------------------------------------------------
Even though the country does not possess the diversity of Vietnam or tropical paradises like Thailand, Cambodia has so far been my most fascinating destination in South-East Asia.
The country is very poor and the tourist industry is still in its infancy.
The infrastructure defies description and after two weeks on the road i didn' t have a single bone in my body that didn't ache.
But it is easy to forget the pain when you're in a country where you can still experience real adventures. And apart from that, the Khmers confront the few tourists with an incredible cordiality, which makes you forget that traveling in Cambodia is still risky.
The country's highlight is without a doubt Angkor, one of the most impressive sights in the whole world. But this does't mean that the rest of the country should be overlooked.

The prices for accommodation in Cambodia are roughly similar to those in Thailand, even though there are no dirt cheap rooms. Most of the guesthouses charge around 5$ and are usually good value.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The Khmer people and, of course, Angkor
  • Cons:The roads were built in hell!
  • In a nutshell:A fascinating country i immediately fell in love with.
  • Last visit to Cambodia: Sep 2009
  • Intro Updated Oct 1, 2009
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  • lostinparadies's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Still can rent a room at the beach-huts, but no longer is it allowed to rent a motorbike. You can rent one with driver anyway.

  • Myndo's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2006 at 6:25 AM

    Reading your pages I really would like to visit Cambodia - and especially the temples. Very good page here, I like the updates you made on your tips. Sometimes it is hard to see how things change. Made the same experience in Thailand.

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2005 at 1:03 AM

    Danke fuer die schoenen Tips und den coolen neuen travelogue. Kambodscha steht auch auf meiner Liste zukuenftiger Reiseziele :-) Gruss aus Dubai! Jess

  • Minstrelette's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 7:56 AM

    Thanks for the tip on Ponlok Restaurant. Just went and it was great.

  • Apr 18, 2005 at 8:04 AM

    Enjoyed your page - Cambodia is yet another place I'd love to explore! ~Mette~

  • mad4travel's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2005 at 10:11 AM

    Good page. I was there a few weeks ago, it's a really interesting place. The Royal Palace was great and there sure is a lot of life happening along the mekong river!

  • Jan 14, 2005 at 7:19 AM

    Hi AndreSTGT - great, informative and even funny tips! I will be leaving the Schwabenländle in March for a short visit to Cambodia. Your tips (hopefully!) helped me a lot. Danke schön.

  • smyturn's Profile Photo
    Jun 13, 2004 at 4:48 PM

    Amazing...intelligent, helpful and amusing!

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Apr 21, 2004 at 6:58 AM

    Very helpful tips. I glad you remind us that there is more to Cambodia than Angkor.

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2003 at 7:44 AM

    Andre! What to say about your Bokor National Park trip, I think without being rude i would say " No pain No gain. Excellent page.

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