Cheap backpackers don’t normally have the chance to sit on a rooftop overlooking the river running through Bangkok without extremely breaking their budget. Then again, cheap backpackers don’t always try too hard to find a comfortable place to rest their heads.
Ankor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia is well known as being a must-see on the Southeast Asian travel plan. With its splendid temples, draped across hundreds of kilometers, visitors won’t be disappointed after paying their $20 entry fee. Though many things can be said about the history and which temples to see, those avenues are saturated. A simple Google search will render you the necessary results.
The route from Siem Reap to Bangkok isn’t exactly off the beaten path. In fact, with Southeast Asia being such a popular place for young backpackers, heading from the temples of Ankor Wat, to the cultural smorgasbord known as Bangkok is a pretty standard route.
I’ve written about it before, but Thailand is a really weird place for me. There have been few places I’ve traveled to that I disliked, and it’s not that I actually dislike Thailand, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. For some reason, I just don’t have the immediate fondness for it that many of its visitors do.
While some of us are cheap (and I mean real cheap) and others just on a strict budget, saving a buck here or there is a common thing among backpackers. Even while some down beers and eat western food, while they could be saving a ton by eating local, backpackers are always talking about how poor they are.
Located in the southeast region of Cambodia, Kampot is a small town used as a jumping off point for national forests and beach vacations. It is often overlooked by tourists, but offers some quaint places to stay and some fantastic food.
Traveling to a new town can be exciting, but it can be trying as well. This is when you should know some information about the towns you plan on traveling to and then you can have a great time without any issues.
Whenever I go on vacation, I tend to keep everything in my suitcases. Regardless of how nice the hotel looks and feels, I just can never get myself to feel comfortable about placing my clothes into the various drawers in the hotel room.
Bokor Hill, found just outside of Kampot City in southern Cambodia, is a historical hot bed for interested travelers. Located in Bokor National Park, the hill itself is home to ruins from as early as 1917, during French colonial time, as well as from the early 1960s during the Khmer Rouge regime.
Ah, the beach life. Isn’t it great? Doesn’t it just warm your heart, and make you never want to return to the “real world?” Well, for this guy, it definitely makes the idea of sitting behind a desk seem really difficult. But like any journey, visiting a certain destination comes with the small responsibility of having a must-see or must-do list.
To continue in beach week fashion, as much as I would have liked to lived the rest of my life watching days melt into weeks, months, then years on Koh Russei, I decided to visit another island in the southern portion of Cambodia.
Take a minute to imagine paradise on a beautiful island. Does it consist of white, sandy beaches? How about beautifully clear water, turquoise in color? Does the beach only have a few bamboo bungalows, and is secluded from the rest of the world?
While traveling in Cambodia can be filled with trekking, sitting on beautiful islands in the Gulf of Thailand or the Mekong River, or visiting the ancient temples in of Angor Wat, it is important for tourists to learn about the not so distant history of the Khmer Rouge.
While not one of the most visited sites in Cambodia, the northeastern region, known as the Ratakari province, is home to beautiful, lush forests. Visitors can escape the hustle and bustle of the cities like Sihanookville and Phnom Penh, and spend their days lounging at waterfalls, trekking in the jungle, or even seeing true and authentic Cambodian Markets.
The capital city of the province is a small town known as Banlung. The city isn’t too large, but with a few streets of commerce, a relatively large central market, and some really cheap, while also really accommodating, guest houses, it is a great place to start your trip. For those looking for a guest house with a backpacker feel, try out the Lakeside Bungalows just west of town.
While the town itself is sleepy and fun, the most interesting sight in Banlung is the 700,000 year-old volcanic lake known as Yeak Loam. The shimmering blue lake is believed by locals to be a spiritual and holy sight, as well as the home to a monster (or magic creature) living in the nearly 100 foot depths in the center. The lake itself is around 1K long, and is completely surrounded by dense jungle.
Sometimes, when two people are in love, they make a very important, and hopefully, well-planned decision to shed their independence and move in with one another. Individual dwellings become a joint humble abode, and people see the good, the bad and the ugly of their spouse. This can be a make or break moment for many relationships.