Cambodia is very firmly on the backpacker's Asia circuit. They were coming to Cambodia years ago, when the war was still raging and better-heeled tourists stayed away. As a result there is a plethora of guesthouses, restaurants, bars, and travel agents catering specifically to this market. Now with so many open borders across what was the Bamboo Curtain, the enterprising budget traveler can wander at will all across Southeast Asia in pretty much any direction. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh both have a thriving backpacker scene, and Sihanoukville is fast catching up as it begins to rival the beaches of Thailand as a beach for chilling out. Kampot is the kind of relaxed hammock-swinging venue beloved of the budget traveler and Battambang is in the throes of being discovered. While traveling on a budget in Cambodia, you will inevitably run into many like-minded souls.

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