Tips and advice Cambodia and Philippines backpack trip

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1. Posted by TravelAsiaZoe (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

I'm Zoë , I am from Belgium, love nature and have a bit experience with backpacking
last time I went 20 days traveling through Malaysia on myself , and I LOVED it!
This year I want to go to Cambodia and Philippines :)) Off course again on myself..

I want to know how long I will need to go through them both and see the best nature AND culture spots? What are the must see's and do's?
Also when is the best period to do this in 2018 ? How is the food, how are the people and where can I best learn scuba Dive??

I love nature, relaxing, adventuring, doing crazy stuff and offcourse TRAVELING.
But Most off all I DONT want to go to places where it is to crowded with tourism. In contrast, I prefer to go to places with (a lot) backpackers (and sun) .
I want to see special places and like to do new stuff.

I hope to hear something of u guys!
And Oh , before I forget... If there is someone on the right time and on the right place I would love to meet and maybe we can explore something together

Greetz Zoë

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 514 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

How long will you need to be there depends on you.
The Philippines has over 1,000 islands.
Do you want to see them all? :)
You should probably check some nature/wildlife forums to work out what you want to see, what you must see and what's not worth seeing.
I understand some of the better known see/swim with the basking/whale sharks tourist places are now becoming too crowded and rather circus like (although I don't have 1st hand experience of this), so you may prefer some of the less popular places.
You do need to be a bit cautious in parts of PH as they do have some internal issues with ISIS (although some are just bandits using a political flag to justify themselves), especially on the southern Island of Mindanao.
I believe Puerto Galera (on Mindoro) has a very big diving community, but the PH has quite a few scuba resorts as it still has relatively undiscovered waters with a history of merchant ships sinking on reefs/in rough weather. Check some diving forums.

3. Posted by king_golo (Respected Member 113 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Zoe,

Going to Cambodia without seeing Angkor is like going to New York and not leaving your hotel (or the darkest corner of the hotel) - you'd miss one of the most impressive places in the world. Angkor is full of tourists, granted, but in Siem Reap, the base for pretty much any activity in Angkor, you can also find a thriving backpacker life. Most tourists only visit Angkor, some include Phnom Penh, the country's capital which is also worth seeing. Other places I've been to are Battambang and the loving scenery around. Cambodia is a great place to meet other backpackers, so wherever you go, you can't go. Grab a Lonely Planet and work your way through the tips to see what's going on where.

Have fun planning your trip!

4. Posted by LiamandSamantha (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hi Zoe,
We went to the Philippines in May last year which was the perfect time of the year - Plenty of sun but not TOO hot.
We landed in Manila, took an overnight ferry to Coron which was great (they have a bar & restaurants on board, the tickets are good value and the views as the sun sets are beautiful!). In Coron there are plenty of opportunities to dive (We stayed in a hotel which had a dive school next door), there is also a great hike to do in Coron and Hot Springs.
From Coron we went to El Nido by boat (long boat) - El Nido is really beautiful! You can rent kayaks, take tours to the lagoons, etc - It really was one of the most stunning places I have ever been to.
We also went to Puerto Princesa & Cebu (A lot of people take a trip from Cebu to Moalboal to swim with the whale sharks) - Cebu is also where most domestic flights go from.
We spent our last 2 weeks in Boracay which is a tourist destination but if you stay near to Station 1 it is much quieter & is a real treat after a few weeks of travelling around (White Beach which is the main place in Boracay is divided up into three 'Stations'... 3 has the cheapest accommodation & the beach isn't as nice there - more of a backpacker place. Station 2 is the busiest part and where you will find more restaurants and entertainment at night and Station 1 has the higher end hotels, a beautiful part of the beach and much quieter).
The people are amongst the nicest people in the world in the Philippines - They are really helpful, always smiling & most people can speak a good level of English.
The food is also amazing - Pancit is their famous noodle dish!

One month was plenty of time for this route with time to do tours and to relax & sunbathe too :)

I hope you have a great time, Zoe :)

5. Posted by luxurytravel456 (Inactive 4 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

Besides the world famous Angor Wat, there are a lot to explore in Cambodia. As you love sun and beaches, Cambodia can be a great destination for you because of its extended coastline. Try to spend few days in Koh Rong beaches, Koh Tonsoy, Koh Totang as these becahes are not like the busy tourist destinations.