Cambodia and Cambodians

My thoughts on Cambodia and Cambodians…

Cambodia is a great country to visit; I highly recommend it to anyone visiting South East Asia. Despite the poverty, people are nice, friendly, and welcoming. I also think they are genuinely honest – of course you will sometimes bargain, but it is not comparable to other countries in South East Asia.

If you visit Cambodia, try to do it all, cities, villages, beach (I didn’t). Travel using buses, taxi, tuk-tuk, and boats if you can, and while exploring the country, try the Khmer cuisine. If you are an adventurer, and you meet the right tuk-tuk driver, you will even get to try real exotic food such as dog meat and local rice wine (2nd and 3rd picture).

Kampuchea as the locals call their country is an amazing place with plenty to do for all tastes.


It is a safe bet if you are looking for a trip with adventure, History, architecture, food, or just looking for an inspirational trip.

Destination Cambodia | Phnom Penh – Day 3

I started my third and last day in Phnom Penh with a Kuy Teav, a typical Cambodian breakfast. The dish is a broth consisting of rice noodles with pork stock and toppings like onions, bean sprouts, and vegetables. I also had an omelet with bread, and a strong coffee. Needless to say, it was delicious.

You can have this sort of breakfast everywhere in the country, but nothing better than having it at the market place stall, or at a roadside vendor like I did. Don’t worry about food poisoning, or anything of the sort. There aren’t many foreigners Continue reading

Destination Cambodia | Phnom Penh – Day 2

I hope you have enjoyed my previous article on my first day in Phnom Penh, the next day was pretty cool a well. A lot of sightseeing, starting with the Central Market.

central-market-phnom-penh-singapbyart.com_.jpgMy hotel was nearby so I went there to check it out. It’s a pretty nice building from the outside, it’s the shape of a dome with four arms branching out into vast hallways with countless stalls of goods. Inside, the market is divided in different sections and you’ll find Continue reading

Travel Tip – Phnom Penh Airport

traveltip-Cambodia-singapbyart.com_.jpgAfter landing at Phnom Penh International airport, exiting the airport is pretty easy. If you already have your visa (through Cambodia e-visa service) go straight to the border control counter. If you do not have a visa, you’ll have to request one at the airport. It is very easy, you have to drop your passport with a picture (if you do not have one they charge you $1) and then wait few minutes to get your visa, it is not free, neither the one online. At the airport is about $20.

Once you pass the border control counter, you’ll see several shops that sell tours, hotel, etc. One thing I recommend is to buy a phone SIM card. I bought a Cellcard week plan for about $6, it included 1.5GB and was pretty useful. I could communicate with my tuk tuk driver, or even just calling a local number to reserved, book, you got it for anything.

One you are all set and exit the airport, the next thing is to get to your hotel, guesthouse, etc. If you do not have a hotel like I did, ask the taxi or tuk tuk driver and tell them your price range. They will find something for you. Once you get to your accommodation, don’t hesitate to refuse to stay and ask the driver to bring you somewhere else.