Gap Years and Backpacking in Cambodia

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Gap Years in Cambodia

Cambodia is climbing up the ranks as one of the best backpacker destinations in South East Asia. The country is filled with a fascinating history, tales of its dark past, and of course the famous lost city of Angkor Wat.

The History

Discovering the temples of Cambodia is usually the first port of call for most travellers. As mentioned above, the biggest and most impressive is Angkor Wat. Standing as the world’s religious monument in the world, once Hindu, the now Buddhist temple was built in the 12 century, and was once the capital of the Khmer Empire. The best way to see this ancient city is by hiring a bike in Siem Reap and cycling around. If you can get there before sunrise you’ll be in for some awesome photographs.  The weather Bayon Temple shouldn’t be missed either.

A very sobering trip to The Killing Fields in Phnom Pehn offers outsiders the chance to understand the horror that Cambodia was put through not long ago.  The memorial offers a place of remembrance to those who died in the mass genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime.

Kompong Thom temples

The Cities and Towns

Phnom Penh is Cambodia’s capital city. Here you can visit reflect in the sacred Silver Pagoda, wander around the King’s Palace, haggle at the Flea markets, and walk alongside the river. Although this city may feel hectic, there is definitely a lot of charm and culture to keep you distracted.

Siem Reap is the town of temples. Here you can find Angkor Wat, and many other surrounding temples such as Banteay Srei, Preah Khan, Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. In the Kulen Hills you can visit the waterfalls of Kbal Spean.  The forests, and hiking trails make this place beautiful, but the intriguing rock carvings that can be seen along the way make it much more unique.

Battambang is the second largest town in Cambodia. Explore the eerie Battambang bat caves; take a ride on a bamboo train, and the ancient ruins of Prasat Sneung.

The beautiful seaside town of Sihanoukville is where you can get relax and cool down. Sun bath on the long stretches of white sands of Bamboo Island and discover marine life on a scuba diving trip. 

Backpacking in Cambodia

Cambodia is a beautiful and rewarding travelling destination, and brilliant as a single stop or multi-country trip.

Backpacker Tours

Backpacker Tours

Short Gaps

Short Gaps

Volunteering

Cambodia is still recovering from a devastating period when most of the country's intelligentsia were wiped out, meaning that most people are still farmers and extremely poor. There's also a huge shortage of teachers, doctors and skilled workers so with these projects you can not only make a big difference, but also really gain some valuable, unique experience.

Volunteering in Cambodia

Care Work & Childcare

Care Work & Childcare

Career Development

Career Development

Community Projects

Community Projects

Teaching

Teaching

Advice

Cambodia doesn't have the same tourist presence that Thailand has, but we like that about it. You'll really get to experience true South East Asia hospitality and culture in this beautiful and comparatively untouched country. Here's our advice on things to do, travelling around within Cambodia and Khmer food.

Travel Advice for Cambodia

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

Getting Around

Getting Around

Louise's Guide to Cambodia

Louise's Guide to Cambodia

Building an Orphanage

Building an Orphanage

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