Cambodia is a beautiful country, and one that we were pleasantly surprised by. Here’s a run down of our three week Cambodia itinerary, covering most of the main locations from north to south. We hope you like it as much as we did!
3 nights in Phnom Penh
Kicking off with Phnom Penh. Busy, noisy, and overwhelming, we weren’t initially taken by the capital city. The main streets in town feel somewhat seedy, but if you push past that, you can discover a wealth of cool cafes to relax in. The central market was great for a morning bowl of noodles, and trendy Bassac Lane was a trendy spot to treat ourselves to cocktails!
4 nights in Kampot
We booked a Giant Ibis down to Kampot, and settled in for four nights of relaxing. When we hit this riverside paradise, we found ourselves feeling burned out, so took some much needed time to relax. With a wealth of tasty restaurants at our fingertips, and a sunset cruise, we were more than satisfied! Kampot is a sleepy town with plenty going for it, we highly recommend staying for a night or two.
4 nights on Otres Beach
After Kampot, it was time to relax a little more, but this time with a view! It had been two months without being on a beach and safe to say, we were craving some sun, sea and sand. We stayed at the chilled out Mushroom Point, sleeping in a tiny hut on the beach. Hearing the waves crash as we drifted off to sleep every night was incredible.
Our days were spent doing some quality relaxing on the sun loungers, and our nights enjoying BBQ literally metres from the water. The quiz night over at Pappa Pippo proved to be a huge hit, and winning a round of drinks didn’t hurt either! What can we say, we love a pub quiz.
3 nights in Battambang
It was a bit of a trek to get to Battambang directly from Otres Beach, and so we ended up splitting our journey in two. We took the earliest morning bus from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh, and then hopped on an afternoon service to Battambang. The bus rolled up in the evening to a sleepy town and we instantly knew we would fall in love with it.
The Phare Ponleu Selpak circus was a definite highlight, the performers were so incredibly talented! Our tour with Mr. Blue was also another great afternoon. Less touristy than Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Battambang is a hidden gem definitely worth adding to your itinerary.
6 nights in Siem Reap
Our final stop in Cambodia was Siem Reap. It’s much more built up than Kampot or Battambang, but there are activities around every corner. We decided to stay a little longer, as there was time in our schedule, and we found that we loved the lazy and laid back feel of town. The Two Dragons guesthouse was comfy, cosy and the perfect spot to relax!
The food and drink in Siem Reap was a highlight for us. We highly recommend tapas night at The Ivy, and if you’re looking to let your hair down and party a little, Pub Street is the place! I think that we’ll probably treasure our well earned Angkor What? t-shirt until the end of time.
We loved our time in Cambodia and look back on it fondly. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, the food was excellent, and there were no shortage of things to do. If you’re looking for somewhere that’s not as built up as Thailand or Vietnam, consider Cambodia. It’s beautiful!