Cambodia Diary

The flight landed at Siem Reap International Airport on a November morning, which is a good time to visit Cambodia as it’s not rainy or humid or hot. The 30-minute cab ride (cost $20) took us to Onederz Hostel located in the heart of Angkor City. Post a hearty breakfast of fruits, fresh juice, eggs and bread (cost $2.5) at the hostel café, we signed up for the Tonle Sap Lake tour and the Angkor Wat Sunrise tour. We checked into the air-conditioned dorm (2 pm is the usual check-in time for most hostels in this region) and at 2.30 pm boarded the traveler bus for the Tonle Sap tour (cost $18 per person). Carrying beer, snacks, portable speakers, swimming trunks and towels, we reached the ferry point where a waiting double-decker boat took us to our first stop – a Siem Reap floating village where the houses, shops and all its structures are on raised bamboo platforms. Sailing onward, we entered the open expanse of one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia, Tonle Sap, and plunged into its waters from the upper deck. We swam around till it was time to view the spectacular sunset against the canvas of the magnificent lake, which this tour is perfectly timed for.

Back in our hostel, we decided to turn in early for the 4 am sunrise tour. We needn’t have worried as all the excitement and hype of Angkor Wat had us up in an instant the next morning. After a quick breakfast at the hostel (yes, they have fruits, juice and boiled eggs laid out at 4 am), we boarded our traveler (cost $12 per person) for the circuit covering four temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon temple, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, accompanied by an English speaking guide. Our first stop was at the tourist ticket center for the temple ticket (cost $37 per day per person), which interestingly comes with your photo printed on it and makes for a great souvenir. There is also the option of a three days pass (cost $62) and a week-long pass ($72). It might sound exorbitant, but after exploring the fascinating monuments, every dollar will seem worth it.

It was still dark when we arrived at the Angkor Wat premises. Built by Suryavarman II, the 12th-century temple is the largest religious monument in the world. An architectural marvel, its importance can be derived from the fact that it is the symbol on the Cambodian flag. At the main temple, as the swarm of tourists waited for the sun’s rays to light up the 900 years old Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu., we marvelled at the grand scale and exquisite detail that make Angkor Wat a truly awe-inspiring and unforgettable sight.

Travel tip The temple complex is spread across 5.5 km and it is recommended that you wear comfy shoes to walk around.

Angkor Wat

Next, we went to the Bayon temple, a Buddhist temple built in the late 12th century, which has a unique feature of 216 colossal serene and smiling faces etched on its tombs. Post a quick breakfast break and fresh coconut water, we headed to the rooted ruins of the Ta-Prohm temple. Originally called “Rajavihara” (meaning royal monastery), it rose to fame as the location of the final scene of the film ‘Tomb Raider’. The tour culminated with the exquisitely carved red sandstone temple of Banteay Srei dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Bayon Temple

Back in the hostel by lunch, and post a good siesta, we were up for the all-night pub-hopping that was lined up. The evening started at the rooftop pool in the hostel, after which we headed to the famous Pub Street 1.

Travel tip – If you are looking for a group to party with, look for hostels like Mad Monkey where backpackers from all over get together, drink till 10 – 11 pm and then go pub hopping.

The pub streets in cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh attract the party-loving tourist with attractions, such as MMA and midget fight-club parlours; live ice-cream counters; traditional handicraft shops; cafes and restaurants serving delicacies from all over the world. The vibrant lights and party music blaring into the streets makes the passers-by dance to its groove while pub hopping and bringing in the dawn.

The next day, we were off to the white sand islands of Koh Rong, which are further divided into Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samleom islands. We took the internal flight from Siem Reap to Sihanoukville to avoid the road journey that takes 10 to 12 hours. The taxi from the airport to Sihanoukville port (cost $15), and the onward boat ride to Koh Rong Islands (cost $25 per person) took an hour. From Koh Rong Samloem, the Mad Monkey ferry boat took us to the hostel, our home for the next two nights.

Travel tip – Mad Monkey is a famous chain of hostels found in many South Asian countries. So, if backpacking is your thing, check out the Hostel World website/app for bookings as it covers each hostel in every city in great detail.

The Mad Monkey property at Koh Rong Samleom has a huge area and includes a walking bridge leading to its Pier Bar in the middle of beautiful aqua blue water. Special events are held every day and draw people from all over the globe, making it a must for any backpacker. The two days spent there will always rank among the happiest in my life.

Koh Rong

A ferry boat took us to Koh Rong Island, famous for swimming with shining planktons at night. It’s a shade busier and more uptown vis-à-vis Koh Rong Samleom. The Nest Beach Club recommended by fellow backpackers turned out to be a great option. Barely a 20-minute walk from the jetty, it’s secluded from the hustle-bustle and has its own private beach. We checked into the dorm, chugged our welcome beer and headed to the hostel pub, where we got to know about the Police Beach party. Active on most weekends and full/half-moon nights, the Police Beach party (cost $10) is a must-do on every party lover’s list. It starts at midnight and carries on till 8 in the morning with a great beach-side DJ setup playing the latest party music until the beautiful night sky turns into a glorious morning.

The final leg of our trip was to the capital city. We took the ferry to Sihanoukville and boarded a sharing bus to Phnom Penh, which turned out to be a bad decision as we were on the road for almost 9 hours in a stuffed tempo traveler.

Travel tip – Take a flight or in the worst-case scenario, a private cab to save time.

With its skyscrapers and fancy showrooms, Phnom Penh was a complete change of landscape as we checked into the Mad Monkey hostel and slept off, exhausted after the long day. In the morning, our first stop was at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, also known as S-21 (Security Prison 21), once the largest detention and torture center of the country. There are black and white photographs of people being tortured and instruments of torture exhibited in the museum, which are a grim testimony to the crimes of the Khmer dynasty. The tales of horror continue in the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek where more than 20,000 men, women, and children were transported from S-21 for extermination. Seeing the 50 communal graves; fragments of human bones and clothes of prisoners; and 8000 human skulls arranged according to age and gender in glass cabinets, was disturbing as I had expected, but essential as it serves as an important lesson into the excesses human beings commit on their fellow beings in the name belief and affiliation.

Phonm Penh

Later, we went around to the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda, the former residences of the king, and stopped to spend some time at Sisowath Quay’s interesting cafes and local shops. Tired from walking all day, we returned to the hostel to dive right into the pool to cool off and sip on cocktails. Since it was the last night of our holiday, we decided to celebrate the great time we had in Cambodia by pub-hopping before catching our flight back home the next morning.

So, if someone were to ask me, why Cambodia? Well, because it offers a blend of rich history and culture with a slice of white sand islands and a portion of cities that never sleep. It is an off-beat tourist destination, which is affordable and can be explored in a week. The approximate cost breakdown of the trip (per person) given below will further illustrate my point:

Food – $5 per meal – $5 x 3 x 7 = $105
Accommodation – $15 per night – $15 x 7 = $105
Drinks – You won’t spend more than $150 a week
Local commute (including private taxi, tuk-tuk, ferry) – $150
Misc. (including $37 Angkor Wat ticket) – $150
Return airfare (if booked a month or two in advance) – $300
Grand Total – $960 = Rounded off to $1000 = Rs. 71,000/- for a week.

Recommended itinerary:
Siem Reap – 2 nights
Koh Rong Samloem – 2 nights
Koh Rong – 1 night
Phnom Penh – 1-2 nights

Note – If you are not much of a party animal, you can look at any of the following places and replace the islands completely:

Kep – Rabbit Island; Pepper fields; Crab Market; Kep Beach.

Banlung – Boeng Yeak Lom Volcanic Crater Lake; Virachey National Park treks; Waterfalls: Ka Tieng, Ka Chang, and Cha Ong.

Battambang – Wat Banan temple; Bamboo train ride; Architectural walking tours; Killing Caves of Phnom Sampeu.

Kampot – Crab Shuttle between Kampot and Kep; Salt fields; Pepper plantations; Kampot Riverfront; Bokor National Park; Phnom Chhngok Cave temple.

 Raghav Mantry
Raghav Mantry

Raghav was bitten by the travel bug a couple of years ago and life has not been the same ever since. He believes the world is too big and life is too short to repeat places. So, apart from going on his ritual annual treks, he can mostly be found planning sojourns to offbeat destinations. A keen adventure sports enthusiast and an avid percussionist, he’s passionate about cooking and loves dancing. He lives in Pune. 


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167 thoughts on “Cambodia Diary”

    1. Thanks a lot Sidhant.
      Hope you and your people are safe.
      Will look forward to your comments on the upcoming blogs too.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.

    1. Thanks a lot Afzal.
      Shall keep the point about pictures in the coming blog.
      Stay tuned for my upcoming blogs.
      Stay safe.

    1. Thanks a lot sir.
      Your words have really motivated to write even better in my next blog.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.
      Regards.

  1. Interesting travelogue…Raghav….would love to visit..the country.._for its deep rooted hindu traditions…

    1. Thanks a lot.
      It is indeed a beautiful country to visit,
      Hope that you take a trip after the threat is down.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe.
      Regards.

  2. What a refreshing read! Felt like I just visited the place myself. The crisp photos are a bonus. Keep going places, and keep taking us there there through your lens and words. I really appreciate the level of detail you have cared to include. More power to you! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot.
      Means a lot coming from a well read person and someone who has travelled to a lot of places.
      It will be my endeavour to write even better in my upcoming blogs.
      Stay safe and stay tuned.
      Regards.

  3. Very well covered. We actually want such bloggers who can touch upon such minute details so that we can also plan such trips. This traveller has covered each and every thing in a beautiful way especially cost breakdown of the trip 👍

    1. Thanks a lot Pushpendra.
      Hope I have inspired you to take a trip to this beautiful country once the Corona threat is over.
      Take care of yourself and your family.
      Stay safe and stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Cheers.

    1. Thanks a lot Avinash.
      Means a lot coming from you.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Hope you have an amazing trip to Cambodia once the virus threat is over, I am right here for any assistance with the itenary.
      Stay safe and stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Regards

    1. Thanks a lot Sudhir.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Let us plan a trip together after this Corona threat is over.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.

  4. Live with no excuses and travel with no regrets…Raghav has covered each n everything in a beautiful way. I just love this blog.. U could add more pics… I would love to c more n more… Ur blog is very informative and interesting.. Very well explained.. Thanks for sharing 😊🤗

    1. Thanks a lot Priyanka.
      Your kind words mean a lot.
      Will surely keep the point about more pictures in my upcoming blogs.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Take care.

  5. I just had an encore, relived my entire trip to this beautiful country! And seriously would have been in a much better place before visiting Cambodia had this blog been published two months earlier. Better luck to me next time, will look forward to planning my itinerary to some other beautiful place some other time soon, please keep posting.

    1. Brother, you know that I am always there to plan an exhaustive itenary for you anytime.
      For now, let us pray for this Corona threat to vanish so that I can visit the beautiful country you are currently in.
      Stay safe and stay tuned.
      Our backpacking trip is due 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot Avantika.
      Means a lot coming from you.
      Hope my blog inspired you to explore Cambodia whenever the virus threat goes away.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.
      Take care.

  6. Way to go Raghav – Very well written & very informative. Will await for more blogs from your travel experiences.

    1. Thanks a lot sir.
      It all comes down to what are Alma Mater has taught us and I shall be grateful to the school and seniors like you for being the guiding light always.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Shall look forward to your comments on the upcoming blogs.
      Take care and cheers.

  7. What most travel blogs fail to put across are the actual costs involved. Which you over here have explained in such detail. Also, instead of doing cliche things, a chance to mingle with the locals or fellow tourists to explore the unexplored.
    Superb account of your travels, Raghav!

    1. The travel bug bit me after looking at your Har ki Dun trek photos.
      So I shall always grant it to you for introducing me to travelling.
      Thanks a ton for your kind words.
      Shall always look upto you for impromptu trips and that habit of travelling.
      Take care.

    1. Thanks a lot for the kind words.
      Would love to plan the itenary for you people.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Stay safe and stay tuned.
      take care.

  8. Kudos to you Raghav
    It’s a well written comprehensive write up dealing with both the minute intricacies & niceties of a well planned and executed trip.
    Surely a way forward for everyone planning a trip ahead to Cambodia.
    Keep feeding us with more such itineraries and travel expeditions.

    1. Thanks a lot sir for your kind words.
      Hope my blog inspired you to take a trip to Cambodia with your better half.
      Your words have definitely pushed me to write better in my upcoming blogs.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.

    1. Thanks a lot Kartik.
      Will definitely take care about the point regarding more photos in the coming blogs.
      Stay safe and stay tuned.
      All the best.

    1. Thanks a lot sir.
      It all comes down to the Alma Mater and seniors like you when I seek the guiding light.
      Will be more than grateful to plan a trip for you.
      Stay safe and stay tuned.
      Sincere regards,

  9. Amazing…. was feeling the excitement you would had as reading it had made me excited….
    Keep posting such informative tour blogs……
    Cheers

    1. Thank you sir.
      Such kind words from you mean a lot.
      Hope to write such blogs in times to come.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Stay safe and stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Regards.

    1. Thanks a lot bro!
      Hope I have inspired you to visit this beautiful country once the virus threat is over.
      Take care
      Stay safe
      All the best

  10. I have never read a trip review more explanatory than this one.

    I think after reading this a travel bug bit me real bad.
    Onto my trip planning right in the moment.

    Great work sir, keep it up.
    Had I been a party animal this would have been my fav destination.

    1. Thanks a lot Bharat.
      Hope this blog has left you motivated to go to this beautiful country.
      Would love to make an itenary for you anytime.
      Take care and stay safe.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.

  11. A fantastic and vivid description of the itinerary that Raghav has undertaken! The detailed travelogue surely makes Combodia a must travel destination.

    1. Thanks a lot sir.
      Means a lot coming from a well read person like you.
      Looking forward to your comments/suggestions in my upcoming blogs too.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.
      Regards.

    1. Thanks a lot Venkatesh.
      Very grateful for your comment.
      Please keep reading the upcoming posts.
      Stay safe.

    1. Thanks a lot shubham.
      Grateful for your comment.
      Will definitely post more photos in the upcoming blog.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.
      Take care.

    1. Thank a lot.
      Hope it inspired you to visit this beautiful country post the virus threat.
      Stay tuned for upcoming travel blogs.
      Stay safe.

    1. Thanks a ton.
      Your comment has really pushed me into writing better in my upcoming blog.
      Stay tuned for more such reads.
      Stay safe.

    1. Thanks a lot Mamaji.
      Hope that you read my upcoming blogs and get inspired to visit such places after Corona departs.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.
      Sincere regards.

  12. Very informative and detailed for planning a trip. Great insights. The travel tips are snippets that make it interesting 🙂

    1. Thanks a ton Navita.
      Waiting for you people to head to this beautiful country after the Corona threat vanishes.
      Hope to keep getting your inputs and suggestions on my upcoming blogs too.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.

  13. The description of Cambodia in so vivid form makes the craving for this place …much more than ever before
    Will visit this place soon with loved ones

    1. Thanks a lot.
      Cambodia is indeed a beautiful country to visit. You should definitely plan a trip there.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe and take care.

    1. Thanks a lot Anna.
      Means a lot coming from an avid traveler like you.
      Will be writing a piece on Philippines soon.
      Waiting for you to plan your trip to India so that you visit all the beautiful places here and eat some really delicious vegan food.
      Stay tuned for more such blog.
      Hope you and your family are safe.
      Take care.

  14. Dear Raghav,
    What an amazing read, an exceptionally well written travel report…. Thank you for this, will surely visit Combodia soon…

    1. Thanks brother.
      Waiting for you people to take a trip soon.
      Would be more than glad to make a detailed itinerary for you guys.
      Hoping your feedback on my upcoming blogs too.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.

  15. I am intrigued to see it all and do a relaxed trip to Cambodia! Seems like a budget and fun back-packing trip! Thanks for the info! 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot didi.
      Means a lot coming from you.
      Hope to write more such blogs in times to come.
      Stay tuned and stay safe.

  16. Thank you Raghav for giving the complete insight of the trip. Looks very exciting and fun. Very well written and described.
    Love the way you have given travel tips for every place and also the break down of your complete trip. The itinerary which you have recommended in the end seems quite helpful for everyone who is planning to visit this beautiful place. You have actually gone deep while writing this blog. Bravos. Keep enlightening us more with your blogs. Way to go.

    1. Thanks a lot Sanjay.
      I am delighted and very grateful that you loved the way how I have gone about with my journey through Cambodia through this blog.
      I am hoping to live upto your expectations and write even better in my upcoming blogs.
      Stay tuned for more such trips.
      Stay safe.

  17. Good one bro… the trip described pretty well and would be quite helpful for others planning a visit.
    Keep posting such experiences

    1. Thanks a lot sir.
      Meas a lot coming from you.
      Hope my blog helps you to plan a trip to Cambodia after the virus threat vanishes.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe.

  18. Beautiful Blog Raghav.
    I loved the part of cost breakdown because that will help us a lot.. Very few blog you will find with such a great explanation..
    Keep roaming.
    Keep writing… Way to go Man.

    1. Thanks a lot Tentmate.
      From someone who is a travel addict himself, such appreciation has made my day.
      Waiting for the next trek/trip with you bhai.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe.

  19. Amazingly written..!!
    Sparing this much time to recollect and more importantly writing every bit of the trip and the experience is really commendable.
    Very informative and exhaustive explanation of every destination.

    1. Thanks a lot Vaibhav.
      Nice to know that you liked the blog.
      Would love to make an itinerary for you and maam.
      Stay tuned for more such blog.
      All the best.
      Stay safe.

  20. A very informative and crisp blog! This is going to be reference when I travel to Cambodia. Angkor Wat is one of dream destinations.
    Amazing work Raghav! Keep it up!

    1. Thanks a lot Shaily for your comments.
      Appreciation from a backpacker and travel enthusiast like you really means a lot to me.
      I am definitely motivated to write even better in my upcoming blogs.
      Stay tuned.
      Stay safe.

    1. Thanks a ton Bhai.
      Would love to make an itinerary whenever you wish to go.
      Also, would be a privilege to go on a trip with you.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe.

  21. Awesome brother, just through your blog I got the glimpse of how it would be being in Cambodia.
    Keep updated us with your coming trips

    1. Thanks a lot Bro!
      Would love to go on a trip with you as soon as this virus exits our planet.
      Stay tuned for more such blogs.
      Stay safe.

  22. Feeling Jealous about not being able to explore the places u visit & enjoy the uniqueness of each place and to add to that detailing and sharing the travel virus !
    The best part is u saved $1000 with your travel blog.Seems like I was enjoying the early mrng morning breakfasts ,the Mad Monkey Pools, the pubbing without even visiting Cambodia 🙂
    Keep travelling & keep taking us to known / off beat destinations 🚣..
    Good Work & Best Luck Raghav 💯

    1. Thanks a lot Bhaiyaa.
      Such descriptive appreciation has boosted me to the next level to write much better in my upcoming blog.
      High time you start travelling to such unexplored places with bachaa party and bhabhi. Would love to make a customized itinerary for you people.
      Thanks again
      Stay tuned for more such virtual experiences.
      Stay safe

  23. It was a very helpful and nicely explained blog and specially the tips are very handy.
    Continue the great work

  24. Very well written ! I just want to fly and do exactly what you have told ! Your ‘travel tips’will be quite helpful .. I am so admired by all the trips you make , next time , count me in !
    Way to go , bro !

  25. Loved the attention to detail!!
    Very informative, will definitely come in handy.
    Looking forward to more such blogs to help us in framing our travel plans.

  26. A very descriptive and and informative travel blog for us all. Beautifully written with an exact break up on how to plan your trip. Will definitely help many to shape their journey into that country.
    Regards.

  27. Very informative. I have been following your Instagram stories and it is always so exciting to watch them. Looking forward to more such blogs and travel pictures so it is easy for me to plan my next trip.

  28. Well, this a perfect example of what a travel blogger must do. The detailed descriptions and the simplicity of the tour makes it such an enviable journey for the rest. Kudos to your homework before the journey and this i formative piece of writing sir. One thing is for certain, I have loads and loads to learn from you, be it professionally or even personally.
    Cheers

  29. This is really intricate and amazing, feels like I was travelling. It’s a beautiful experience and surely makes one yearn to travel.

  30. My eyes were pealed throughout the read! How well written and expressed. Looking forward to read more about your travels and keeping this as an informal itinerary for my Cambodia trip!

  31. Very informative, good pictures, great suggestions for amateur travellers like me.

    Nicely written, keep wandering and keep writing.

    Good luck Mantri.

  32. Awesome brother. I could feel myself in the destination after reading the article. Way to go Bhaihttps://www.tenor.co/0JLW.gif

  33. Your efforts on this blog are definitely going to help me and other travellers who are planning to visit Cambodia. Keep up the good work!

  34. The journey looks incredible . What a piece Manta . Going to be very useful for all the travelers . Keep traveling , keep writing , keep growing..
    ♥️

  35. It was very nice to read,a clear standby map& travel guide to Cambodia, a pocket friendly trip how can arrange, that it was.Thank you for sharing your experience. Now we have more assurance to visit Cambodia.thamks

  36. I like that you actually immersed yourself in the local culture and the history of the place, something I rarely ever find in travel accounts. Loved it! Keep exploring and keep writing! 👏🏽

  37. Awesome sir. It is going to help everyone who is travel freak and especially those who are planning to go abroad for persons like me. Thank you for sharing your experience.

  38. Motivating article…I’m sure lot of us who were double minded of going back pack have now made a positive decision….all inputs were close to military precision and valuable…thanks raghav and by the time I complete my trip u be ready with ur next destination….cheers

  39. Hi great and informative read couldn’t have asked for more. But just for nitpicking sake what about a trip which is not a backpack sojourn but a family trip. What modifications to accommodation and itinerary would you recommend. The blog would have been more holistic. Cheers

  40. Very well written and a lucid account of a trip and apart from the places you have covered travel tips as well as expenses, which a new traveler looks for. A great account which makes you plan your next holiday to Cambodia. Cheers

  41. Very informative. It very well depicts what travel means to you. A great read though and hoping to see many more such blogs from you in the future. 👌🙂

  42. Raghav you have written this travel blog so well, infact it would surely help furure travellers….. Combodia is on my to do list now….

  43. Very beautifully crafted account of trip. The healthy expenses motivates to travel to this beautiful country very soon.

  44. Grt buddy I enjoyed reading your well articulated thought s on traveling combodia…many more trips around the world … cheers

  45. A very well written blog.The interesting part is the way he has covered even minuscule portions is really commendable.
    Good work brother.
    More power to you

  46. Hi Raghav!!!! I met you while you were visiting Cambodia!!! I mean… thsi trip!!! So, I visited many of this places in the same time!! Beatiful places, but your texts and the PICTURES you took are more beatiful!!!

  47. Raghav, An excellent detailed writeup which reads as if you are travelling with the author. Options have been given for non party goers. The travel tips make it a good handy read for any prospective Combodia visitor. Ankor Wat has been on my bucket list, now you have motivated me to give it the due priority. Thankyou. Wish you safe travel and looking forward to your next blog. Happy travelling.

  48. Amazing post Mantry. You have actually tempted me to visit this place in no time. It’s definitely on my list now.🤩😍

  49. Sir, what a work well explained post with relevant pictures. You’ve beautifully put up your thoughts and your experience you went through. I could live a story of my own where I could imagine myself.
    Good work sir.👍👍✌️✌️

  50. Raghav, reading about your trip makes one’s foot itch to just push everything else on the back burner and take off! Your love for travelling is evident in the way you’ve written this piece. Looking forward to hearing about your next adventure soon.

  51. The things that you expect from a travel blog are well-presented facts and an articulate gift of expression. This is one of those blogs and I would really commend Mantry for this piece.

  52. What a fantastically written travel blog! Cambodia was never on my travel list but just the way you have described it makes me want to go there soon. Also I agree with your assessment of mad monkey hostels. Having stayed with them in Boracay, I know it’s THE place if you’re a party person and like to mingle with like minded people.
    Where next?

  53. Very well articulated, and quite informative. In particular, the cost of each event/meal/ride makes for good inputs for travellers to plan their own sojourn. Thank you and do keep posting about your travels around the globe.
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  54. That’s a very informative travel blog Mantry, great read for anyone planning a trip to Cambodia.
    Keep writing. Cheers !

  55. Wow that’s one of the best travel blog and that too well covered with the minute details… Could visualize the trip and the Happy moments… And thanks for helping me out with my itenary sir ! 😀

  56. Very informative and amazing write up. You have successfully motivated us to travel in time of corona threat 🤣🤣. Cambodia I m coming 🕺🏻🕺🏻

  57. Extremely insightful and well thought out! I’ll definitely plan a trip to Cambodia as soon as the COVID-19 situation improves. Look forward to reading more of your interesting experiences.

  58. An amazing article written by Raghav Mantry. The article is very informative. As a reader, what I liked the most about his article is each and every detail that he has included in his blog. Whether it is the history of monuments or the cost of the meal, accommodation, markets etc even the small travel tips are very helpful while you plan your trip. So next time anyone has to plan a trip to Cambodia, they must read his blog as it is ready made itinerary with the budget.

  59. What an extraordinary narration Mantry sir, I hv become fan of yours, now that travel bug has bitten me too, will plan a trip shortly and seek your guidance, please keep on writing and sharing your travel experiences…good luck..best regards

  60. Good one bro… I think its a fantastic way to describe one’s travel… when I plan a trip to Cambodia next I am sure I will simply follow your blog for the places to visit or food or even the cost of the trip… cheers buddy 👍.

  61. First reaction –>> wow!
    The way you’ve gone about the travel diary is really amazing. Fluidic. Easy to read. Engrossing. Covering the essentials and the must know for a worthwhile trip…!!
    Good one sir!!

  62. Raghav Sir,
    Such detailed notes on the trip left me with no second thoughts for the beautiful place.
    It was really worth the read.

    Your blog made me include ‘Combodia’ in my ‘Places To Vist Before I Die’ list !

    PS: The Images were a Cherry On The Cake !

  63. Raghav sir Hats off 😎

    The detailed elaboration and description of every small thing to be considered while traveling has been done.

    This makes my next travel plan to Vietnam without any doubt and I am sure i will be replicating the same 😋

    Nice photos as well sir

  64. Hey Raghav !!!
    Went through your journey which you penned down here… It actually made me feel that I’m travelling through the streets of Cambodia…This blog is for all age gps from all walks of the society… Have known you for a decade or so now, could absorb every detail. Keep travelling… keep writing brother… Even I went to a couple of countries but then I feel I should have spoken to you prior to my trip… You seem to have had quadruple the amount of fun…and yeah wishing you the happiest birthday ever… have a blast… you are one helluva backpacker to look out for…. proud of you!!! Wish to meet you soon in person and also travel along with you if I get a chance… You get into every detail buddy… that’s one great quality to have…Really sorry to have not reviewed then …. but what big a moment than your birthday 🎂. Keep doing well professionally & keep in touch… hope I didn’t miss out on anything!!! And yeah keep guiding us.

  65. Sir, it was written in such a lucid and organised way. It was quite interesting too read your blogs.
    Regards

  66. Very accurate and detailed tour trip! I can verify all what he described since I mostly shared the first part of this amazing country ❤️

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