50 Tips for Backpacking Southeast Asia

50 Tips for Backpacking Southeast Asia

We’ve gone through many rounds of trial and error while traveling, especially during the time we spent in SE Asia. If you’re headed to this part of the world, check out our top 50 take aways from five months in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

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Best of Cambodia

A breakdown of our favorites!


Best Experiences to Do for Free

  • Siem Reap Night Market (if you spend $3 on a pedicure, you can watch the drag show)

  • Wandering Central Market, Phnom Penh

  • Watching the boats in Kampot


Best Experiences to Splurge On


Best Instagram-Worthy Spots

  • Sunrise at Angkor Wat

  • Golden hour at the Bayon, Angkor



  • Neak Pean lake in the morning, Angkor

  • Fig trees overgrowing Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider temple), Angkor

  • Phnom Penh's creepy crawly night markets

  • Wat Phnom, Phnom Penh

  • Phnom Penh Post Office

  • Salt fields and pepper farms of Kampot



  • Rabbit Island, Kep

  • Crabbing Market, Kep



Best Restaurants & Bars

  • Siem Reap Beer Street

  • Green Dragon Restaurant, Siem Reap

  • VIBE Asia, Phnom Penh



  • Mexicano Restaurant, Phnom Penh

  • Club Love, Phnom Penh

  • Brown Riverside Cafe, Phnom Penh

  • Epic Arts Cafe, Kampot

  • Simple Things, Kampot

  • KAMA (Kampot Arts & Music Association), Kampot


Best Places to Stay on a Budget

  • Eighty8 Backpackers, Phnom Penh

  • Mad Monkey, Kampot

  • Monkey Republic, Kampot


Things We Didn’t Get To, but Wish We Did

  • Sihanouk

  • Phu Quoc

  • Any other Cambodian beaches