Cambodia – កម្ពុជា

Cambodia boasts a population of 17 million over 25 provinces. Around 97% of the population practices Buddhism with most speaking Khmer as their first language. Rainy season takes up most of the summer, while the dry season takes up the winter months. Even though the rain can make travel challenging during the summer, Cambodia is still a stunning destination any time of the year.

Check out everything Cambodia has to offer- from top destinations to the hidden gems. Check out a Workaway opportunity and hang out for a while. Maybe learn some Khmer in the process and make a new friend! While most travelers choose to spend around a week in Cambodia, there’s many opportunities to call this small southeastern nation your new home. With burgeoning expat communities in Phnom Penh, Kampot and Siem Reap, long-term visas are starting to gain prominence.

Don’t be afraid to find your own route! Don’t feel like you have to stick to other travelers plans or follow every detail of a backpacker itinerary! There’s tons of opportunities to get local recommendations for places to go or local restaurants to try. Cambodia is an affordable and pretty safe country to get lost in. With that being said, like in any other country you’re traveling in, make sure to keep your wits about you. Anything can happen.

Take advantage of Cambodia’s public transportation through their many buses and trains and make your way around the country. Some travelers will just use Cambodia as a stopover destination on their way to Vietnam, but I would highly recommend taking some time to see how unique Cambodia is!