It is worth looking on the floor when walking around in Cambodia. First we were shocked when we saw a burnt $100 banknote. Then we had a closer look and realized that it was just fake money probably used for card games. Apart from the burnt paper notes, loads of playing cards are scattered around. This lead us to our conclusion that Cambodians like to play cards for money – real or not. Who knows? We already saw the most bizarre regarding food in the Philippines, but Cambodia is a lot alike. Don't feel offended if you see stretched out tongues when walking around the night markets. Together with chicken combs and tarantulas a walk can easily become a horror show.
Cambodia is a cheap country. We read this statement in so many travel blogs. After 1 month in Cambodia, crossing 4 countries, we want to reveal how much we spent on accommodation, transport, food and activities. We wanted to prove it: Is Cambodia really as cheap as many travelers claim? All our expenses refer to our Cambodia Budget Guide where you will find all information based on our travel route. We were surprised about how much less we spent compared to the said travel blogs. However Cambodia was not as cheap as it was apparently a few years ago. Especially in the tourist hot spots Phnom Penh and Siem Reap prices are rising. The provinces, like Kampot and Battambang were more wallet friendly. After breaking down all expenses we're … (Continue reading)
To explore a new place often goes along with some kind of expectations cooked by many different ingredients. The main ingredients for expectations are objective research on the one hand and on the other hand subjective experiences shared by friends, strangers or online. Expectations have two sides. Create hope and encouragement are the good parts whereas a lack of facing the reality belongs to the not so tasty ingredients. The moment we set foot in another country is the moment of truth. All the information and third hand experience which we googled or got told before, will be proved right or wrong by ourselves. In this month we had a closer look at Cambodia, a country we still don't know for sure what to think about it. Maybe … (Continue reading)
Wasteland That was our first impression, when still flying over Cambodia. Rows of yellow and brown fields cover a large area with barely any tree in sight. Just some houses piling up here and there form a village. Cambodia – a rural desolate country Soon, after spending nearly 1 month here, we will leave this country behind with an awkward feeling, questioning us: That was it? That was Cambodia? Why? The first impression didn't deceive us. Cambodia is a barren wasteland. Apart from that, it's shaken by a history of bloodshed. Today it's mainly driven by agriculture and tourism. Our challenge was to travel the country for 1 month in the most inexpensive and frugal way, visiting Phnom Penh, Kampot, Kep, Battambang and Siem Reap. While researching budget tips for Cambodia, so many times we came … (Continue reading)