Gap Years and Backpacking in Cambodia

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Gap Years in Cambodia

Cambodia is a charming and mystifying gap year experience. This country in South East Asia has a dark but fascinating history, enduring a colonial past and a brutal civil war.

But Cambodia has survived and flourished, and is now becoming increasingly popular as backpackers are drawn to its incredible temples and beautiful beaches; it's a nation rich in culture and history, with an incredible story for anyone who is willing to listen. With much of the population living on as little as US$1 a day, it's also a great value travel destination.

The main draws for travellers are the chaotic, colourful capital Phnom Penh; increasingly popular beach destination Sihanoukville; but most importantly Siem Reap and its incredible temples - Angkor Wat being the most spectacular temple, harnessing spirituality and history.

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 Asian 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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