Civil unrest and a lack of infrastructure kept many tourists out of Cambodia until relatively recently. Those intrepid backpackers who walked the streets of Phnom Penh a decade or two ago would hardly recognize the Cambodian capital today. The same goes for many other parts of the country as well. Development is rife, but Cambodia's trademark exotic vibe can still be felt here. Dollar beers, meals for 50 cents, and $5 rooms make this a cheap country in which to spend time.
For $10 to $20 you can get you some very respectable accommodations. If you can brave the sometimes-bumpy roads, you won't have to pay more than $10 to $15 to get anywhere in the country by bus. Things are slightly more expensive at Angkor Wat, an ancient temple complex that is Cambodia’s undisputed main attraction. However, the beach destination of Kep is one of many examples of places in Cambodia that still have the kind of old-fashioned backpacker scene that has disappeared in the rest of Southeast Asia. This sleepy beach town still offers dirt-cheap rooms, cheaper food and a lazy atmosphere.