Cambodia, or officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia is located within a portion of the Indochina Peninsula of Southeast Asia. It has a population of over 15 million people.

It’s Capital and largest city is Phnom Penn. Located at the merging of the Mekong and Tonlé Sap rivers, the city houses 1.5 million civilians. Based on the riverfront, the Royal Palace and the National Museum are based along this area,

Ornate stone-work Angkor Thom

It’s rise as a top backpacking destination, has much to do with the Unesco world heritage site Angkor Wat as it’s main attraction. Bordering Thailand, Vietnam and Laos, there are various routes into the kingdom. With reasonable flights into Siem Reap international airport and a 30 minute transfer to the main town, It’s a great budget destination. It’s main use being a base to explore the temples of Angkor and surrounding area.

Pub Street Siem Reap Cambodia

Pub Street Siem Reap Cambodia

Getting about

There are various cheap onward travel options to Phnom Penh and the coastal town of Sihanoukville either by bus, coach or plane. An abundance of tour operators are on hand to purchase tickets for the next part of your journey.

You will find that Dollars work best here, and you will receive change in local Cambodian Riel for small purchases. All Credit/Debit cards are accepted with plenty of cash-points around town.

Ensure that you barter when in shops, as they will double and triple prices if you’re a westerner.

For further information on Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, feel free to visit these links. You can also find additional info for Tuk Tuk hire and tours of Angkor Here. We used the services of Savuth and he comes highly recommended. He has tours of all the temples and can make up any itinerary to suit your plans. The website address is  Angkor Tuk Tuk.