Busabout Cambodia Adventure

Busabout Cambodia Adventure

Busabout Cambodia Adventure

The Beauty and the Horror.

 

The Busabout Cambodia Adventure is the perfect fit for Cambodia. Each destination is perfectly timed so you feel you get to see everything and almost become a local before being ready to move on. Discover the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh. Then unwind in Kep, Kampot, Sihanoukville and Battambang before revelling in the iconic Angkor Wat in Siem Reap.

 

Below is the trip details for the Busabout Cambodia Adventure. This trip includes:

  • 8 night’s accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels,
  • 8 breakfasts
  • All transport between destinations (private bus)
  • A boat cruise along the floating villages in Tonle Sap
  • Plus a fantastic Western Busabout guide. It could be me leading you!

 

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Phnom Penh

Start the trip with a bleak but incredibly important day in Phnom Penh. Visit Tuol Sleng Prison, a former high school that was used by the Khmer Rouge to torture prisoners. These were mainly intellectuals and people they believed were traitors. The guards then blindfolded the prisoners and told them they were being led somewhere safe. However they were then taken to Choeung Ek, better known as the Killing Fields. It’s a grim and raw experience that I believe the local officials have maintained well and it will haunt you forever. Outside of the Khmer Rouge sights, the capital city is developing nicely and the nightlife takes off some of the edge.

 

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Kep

Back in the day, Cambodia’s rich and famous made Kep their home away from home. They built a zoo, casinos and water sports activities. The Khmer Rouge destroyed this town as they hated the wealth it epitomised, and the flashy mansions and colonial villas are ruins these days. It’s slowly being rebuilt and regaining popularity with the Cambodian money. See the crab market, white horse statue, crab statue, Coconut Beach, Kep Beach and a palace built for King Sihanouk that he never got to retire to. Check out the fresh seafood markets, squid, sting rays, prawns, restaurants overlooking the water, fish cheese, shrimp paste (prahok). We stop here for the morning and lunch before moving on to Kampot.

 

Kampot

It’s easy to unwind in Kampot. Life moves at the same pace as the blue Kampot river and nobody minds. The streets are wide here, a legacy of the French colonials. They are filled with cafes and lazy bars. It’s quite easy to while away on a meandering fruit shake crawl. During the evening, hop on a boat for a slow boat cruise while you watch the setting sun. Go in for a dip, drink a local Angkor beer then watch the fireflies play along the banks.

 

Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is a relatively new city as it was first settled in 1955 because the government needed access to the sea. Vietnam was growing in power and restricting Cambodia’s access to the Mekong, so to bypass this the deep waters of Sihanoukville were used for an international port. So even though on the face of it Sihanoukville may look like a beach bums paradise, it’s actually a very important economic city.

These days it’s a major tourist destination for locals, foreigners and expats who flock for the chilled out beach lifestyle and great seafood. Be prepared for hoards of tuk tuk drivers, restaurant and street touts. Named after King Sihanouk, the beloved father king of Cambodia. His name means lion jaw, which is pretty badass. Watch out for the pair of lions at the main roundabout.

 

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Battambang

This is the least touristy towns you’ll visit as it’s more like how Cambodia was 10 years ago. Battambang is the capital of Battambang province, the leading rice producing province in Cambodia, and it’s fairly close to the Thai border. It being so close to Thailand is significant because in 1795 the Siamese actually took control of the province for six generations. It was only when the French came to colonise Cambodia that the Thai government ceded Battambang to become part of Indochina. They modernised the city by organising the streets into a grid and building two bridges over the Sangkae river and constructed a railway to Phnom Penh. The town has the pretty French colonial architecture that we love so much and it’s actually one of the best preserved sites in the nation. Go for a wander along the river front to see this or see the Governors Residence, which was built in the early 1900s for the last Thai governor. Visit the inspirational Battambang Circus and the famous Bamboo Railway.

 

Siem Reap

Siem Reap is a weird city of juxtaposition. Every third building will be a fancy hotel resort or Western restaurant. Between these are dirt lots, street markets and reminders of what the quaint town once was before the 4 million tourists a year changed Siem Reaps life forever. There’s over 60 flights landing in Siem Reap daily, including tourists from Korea, China, Thailand, Vietnam. Pub Street is where the action is at, with plenty of restaurants and bars here. It’s the perfect place to escape to after a hard day’s templing at the world famous Angkor Wat.

 

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