Start in Phnom Penh – there’s so much to discover in this city!
To visit Cambodia, you’ll need a visa. It costs about €25 and lasts 30 days. You can either buy a physical copy when you arrive at the airport (Visa on arrival) or purchase an electronic copy online (E-Visa). We recommend getting the visa ahead of time as it can save you a lot of time and prevent you from getting denied entry because of missing documents or other reasons.
There’s so much to see in Phnom Penh. Due to its cultural and architectural diversity, Phnom Penh is also known as the Pearl of Asia. Asian traditions mix with modern western influences, which give the city a very special charm. Visit the Royal Palace, Wat Ounalom Monastery, the Central Market, or the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
While exploring Phnom Penh, stay in a hostel downtown. You can get a bed in a 4-person dorm for €5 a night.
Leave the middle of the country and head for the coast. A bus will take you from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville for 10 euros.
This southern city is home to numerous beaches and a colorful underwater world, making it a paradise for diving and snorkeling fans. If you want more than just peace and relaxation, you can head to one of the city’s notoriously wild beach parties.
Stay in a hostel near the beach, where you can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €8.
Koh Rong is one of the most beautiful and popular islands in Cambodia, thanks to its white sand beaches and turquoise blue water
From Sihanoukville, take a ferry for 18 euros to this dreamy island – it’s the perfect place to relax on the beach, take a boat or snorkeling trip, and grill out with friends. If you haven't had enough of partying yet, you’ll also get your money's worth here.
Relax in the chill atmosphere and stay the night at one of the local hostels, where you can get a bed for €5 a night in a 6-person dorm.
Your last stop in Cambodia is Siem Reap. First, travel from Koh Rong to Sihanoukville by ferry, and from there catch the bus to the city, which will cost you about 22 euros.
This city, located in the northwest of Cambodia, is mainly known for the city of temples in the nearby Angkor Archaeological Park, which extends over an area of more than 200 km² and includes over 1000 buildings. The most famous temple, Angkor Wat, is the largest religious monument in the world and an absolute must-see – even for those not really interested in history! We highly recommend visiting Angkor Wat during sunrise and/or sunset for extra spectacular views.
Book a private tour guide who will pick you up at the hostel in Siem Reap and drive you around the site in a tuk-tuk. You can still decide for yourself which buildings you want to see and how much time you want to spend at each temple. A full day tour with a private tour guide, including hostel pick-up and drop-off, is available from 22 euros.
Siem Reap has a lot more to offer besides the temples. Right on the banks of the Siem Reap River is the Old Market, where you can buy almost everything imaginable – from food to clothes, art, and souvenirs. The notorious Pub Street, with its numerous restaurants, bars, and clubs, is also popular with backpackers.
Meet new people in one of the local hostels in downtown Siem Reap. You can get a bed in a 6-person dorm for €8 a night.
It’s time for you to leave Cambodia.
Take a night bus for 24 euros to get to Bangkok (stays of less than 30 days usually don’t require a visa in Thailand). Thailand’s capital city is the travel hub of Southeast Asia and is also known as a backpackers’ epicenter, so there is no better place to finish your trip.
Visit sights like the Grand Palace, Floating Market or Golden Mount and get to know the exciting Thai culture. Try delicious street food, relax while having a Thai massage, or dance into the night at one of the many bucket bars.
Before you head back home, stay at a hostel a few minutes’ walk from the legendary party mile, Kao San Road, for €8 a night in a single room.