When people visit South East Asia, most travellers decide to check out Thailand or Vietnam. For whatever reason, many people overlook the idea of going to Cambodia. Maybe it’s because they heard terrible stories about the government during the early 1980s? Who knows? Cambodia is a nation of people who have recently experienced a great tragedy. More than half of the country’s population was killed during the reign of a communist government under the instruction of Pol Pot. You can research him yourself. However the country is seeing somewhat of a resurgence and today, we’re taking a look at why Cambodia is set to become the next big backpacking destination.
It is cheap to travel in Cambodia
Getting around in Cambodia as a backpacker is easy thanks to the public transport system. Buses from one side of the country to the other are not going to break the bank. There are also some trains, but the network isn’t very reliable. Getting taxis in Cambodia is much cheaper than you might expect to pay in Thailand, even though Thailand is a pretty affordable place to visit in the first place! decent Accommodation can easily be found for the equivalent of £3 per night and food can be found for pennies! If you’re looking for somewhere you can visit without taking out a loan or spending all your savings, Cambodia is the place to be this summer.
There are some amazing sights in Cambodia
Most people think of the Killing Fields when their friends mention Cambodia. Of course, that is an important historical site that everyone should visit during their trip. However, there are lots of other stunning religious attractions you won’t want to miss. Angkor Wat is perhaps the most well-known of those places. You can get a taxi driver to take you there, or you could take part in one of the many trek challenges. Take a trip to Tonle Sap which contains lakes and rivers from which you can fish and observe the traditional, rustic way of life. Beach paradise you are looing for? Koh Rong is a picture perfect island in the Gulf of Thailand that has all the white beaches and turquoise seas that Thailand offers but without the development and mass tourism. It all comes down to how much you can afford to spend, and what you want to get from the experience.
The country is now as safe as any other
The dark years of Cambodian society are firmly in the past these days. That means visitors have little to worry about when it comes to safety. Crime rates are relatively low, and the country wants to move on from the genocide committed there. Recreational drugs in many forms are legal in Cambodia. There are even places that sell “Happy Pizza” if you’re willing to take the risk of trying it. Due to the legal status of drugs, there isn’t much gang activity in the country.
If you haven’t done so already, watch some Cambodian backpacking videos on YouTube or another video streaming site. They should help to highlight how popular this country is becoming for people who want a different experience. Cambodia is quiet and reserved, but there’s still a decent nightlife in most towns and cities. Visitors are often welcomed by local people with open arms, and cultural exchanges have begun to take place. If you don’t want to follow the other backpackers to Australia this summer, Cambodia could be the perfect solution. I hope you build up enough courage to visit.