Travel to Cambodia – Episode 512

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Travel to Cambodia - the highlights, surprises and difficulties. What to see, do and eat.


This episode of the Amateur Traveler talks about the recent Amateur Traveler trip to Cambodia. 7 of the 9 people who joined me on this trip also join me for the podcast to share the highlights, surprises and challenges of the trip..

We did an overland tour of Cambodia starting in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, traveling to Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang in Cambodia and then ending in Thailand. This was a trip done with Intrepid Travel, their “Cambodian Traveller” tour.

Angkor Wat and the other temples and ancient ruins from the 800s to the 1400s was the main focus of this trip but there were a lot of other experiences from a Cyclo tour of Phnom Penh to a visit to a Floating Village. We road in tuk tuks and on a ricky bamboo train. We sampled amok and fresh mango smoothies but also nibbled (some of us) on tarantulas and rats.

We visited the killing fields of Cambodia and the Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh as we tried to understand Cambodia’s recent tragic history.

Some of the members of the group had a chance to visit and participate in a water project drilling wells in villages to provide access to fresh drinking water.

We trekked, sweated, and ate our way through this sometimes beautiful and sometimes challenging country.

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Show Notes

Amateur Traveler Cambodia Trip
Chris’s Photos of Cambodia
Two-wheel tractor (Iron Buffalo)
Khmer Rouge
Killing Fields
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Visiting The Killing Fields of Cambodia
Angkor Wat
Angkor Thom
Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider Temple)
Amok (dish)
Battambang Bamboo Train (tripadvisor)
Intrepid Travel Cambodia – Review: Cambodian Traveler

Travel to Cambodia - the highlights, surprises and difficulties. What to see, do and eat.

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

One Response to “Travel to Cambodia – Episode 512”

Sam Oppenheim


Agree completely with everything! I went in 2008, Loved it! Really well done episode, I like how everyone got edited in with comments. I’m jealous and would love to go on a trip (but I know it will be years before I either leave my kids home or can afford 4 travelers on a guided tour). Nothing to add to the itinerary, just that backpackers should know you can go to Cambodia by air or land from Thailand, Vietnam, or Laos, and when I went Laos and Vietnam needed special permits, but Cambodia and Thailand were Visa on arrival for USA Passport holders. Also, I haven’t been but some guidebooks are hawking Island / beach getaways on the south of Cambodia.

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