That’s right. The BEST guidebook in Cambodia is FREE! At my guesthouse, I picked up the Siem Reap Angkor Visitors Guide and didn’t know how valuable that magazine was at the time. Eventually, I found it to be the all-around the best guide for travelers to Siem Reap and Cambodia.
Why would you like Cambodia? Well, aside from being one of the best budget destinations in Southeast Asia, here’s some things you might want to know about.
Located 17 km outside of Siem Reap is the Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake of Southeast Asia. The biggest attraction for tourists however, is that it harbors communities of floating villages— boat houses to houses raised upon stilts up to 10 meters high!
When I stepped foot onto Angkor Wat Archeological Park and stared at the crumbles of time, I thought one thing~
This is it?
As a tourist and traveler, I find it occasionally frustrating to view the inner antics and life of city from a bus or tuk-tuk enroute to another destination. I may see something culturally peculiar or fascinating, but only get a fly-by record of it. But before I can raise my camera, the event is gone… [...]
Although it’s much cheaper, easier and quicker to hire a motodop for ($1-$2/ride), it can be worthwhile to stroll the city on foot. Phnom Penh has a hidden style, interesting neighborhoods and disarming life stashed away in its streets. You’ll find yourself stumbling upon some surprising gems when you take to the pavement.
When you’re backpacking solo, it’s easy to let your feminine wiles go to pot. I’ve given in to regimen of cold water baths (due to a lack of hot water), hoisted my pants up over my ankles for squat toilets, doused myself in a citron perfume of mosquito repellent and I’ve often dug the dirt out from under my nails with anything, well,… pointed.
Marketplaces can be interesting places to explore. I’m talking of the markets, that locals go to for grocery shopping, commonplace items, food and the daily jaunt. Not the ones tourists go for souvenirs.
A marketplace can have layers. It can hold secret clues to a culture’s sensibilities and household heart.
Sometimes as a solo traveler, I resent having to make decisions for myself.
With endless options of things to do and places to see, there’s no one to bounce your ideas off of and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with having to choose. Take day trips, for instance.