How to Travel Cambodia à la Kate Hudson

By Irvin Hanni

How to Travel Cambodia à la Kate Hudson

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From Hollywood to Angkor Wat, here is how you can do Cambodia like a movie star.

Thanks to Instagram, we got to follow Kate Hudson’s lovely travels in Cambodia. Best known for her leading roles in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Bride Wars, the Golden Globe winner recently paid a visit to the old kingdom of Khmer in partnership with the United Nation’s World Food Programme.

1. Get your camera ready

Cambodia is rich with snap-worthy scenery, like the lively bursts of green around Phnom Bokor National Park, or the tranquility-inducing golden shores of Sihanoukville. Even the streets offer a kaleidoscope of raw and authentic subjects if you make time to observe. Whilst Kate went with her ultra chic Leica M, there’s a variety of gadgets you can use to capture moments – a DSLR for the perfectionist, a GoPro for the adventurous, an Instax for the retro soul, or a smartphone for the one who goes for the simplicity in everything.

2. Visit its most famous attraction

An iconic symbol proudly imprinted on the national flag, such is the importance and grandeur of Angkor Wat, one of the most famous ancient temples in history. This masterpiece in temple design is ensconced within the Angkor Archaeological Park that also includes Angkor Thom and Bayon. Originally built during the early 12th century as a Hindu temple, Angkor Wat gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the century, making it a truly unique evolution of architecture that tells a lot about the past.

Angkor Wat ?

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3. Walk around the local market

The splash of colours and vibrant atmosphere of the night market in Siem Reap make it a great place to unwind and shop for souvenirs after a long day of touring the ancient temples of Angkor. But fun and shopping aside, another great way to see the real Cambodia is to wander around the local market that sells goods and produce, which is also a great place to sample some local delicacies.

Wandering the market ???? #Cambodia ❤️#LeicaM

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4. Talk to the locals

Cambodian people are known to be friendly and gracious with travellers, so don’t be afraid to throw in basic Khmer like “Sues-day” for hello and “Orkun” for thank you in your chitchats. By conversing with the locals, you not only get to know the people, but also learn a lot more about the country and its culture than by just taking photographs.

5. Explore off the beaten paths

Try to spare some time in your itinerary to venture outside the main towns like Phnom Penh or Sihanoukville. Located just an hour’s drive away from Siem Reap is Phnom Khulen, a mountainous range richly veiled with greenery. Not only was it the birthplace of the Khmer empire back in 804 C.E., but it is also believed to be a sacred destination for Hindus and Buddhists, including our Almost Famous actress.

6. Rock the local fashion

Seen here with the Khmer scarf a.k.a krama on her head, Kate was not afraid to really rock the local style. Krama is an eminent part Cambodia’s identity just as much as it unofficial favourite breakfast num banh chok (Khmer noodles). Traditionally a checked pattern in a variety of colours, it’s also easy to find plain-coloured ones. It’s the one scarf to rule them all, to help protect from heat and dust, culturally worn as a belt, or used to carry stuff. Also makes for an authentic touch of Cambodia to bring back to your family and friends!

Taking rest from the rain in the jungle with @swimswammyslippyslappy and Vy! ❤️??❤️

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7. Travel for a good cause

Kate travelled to Cambodia in partnership with the United Nations’ World Food Programme, which provides food assistance to 80 million people in 75 countries each year. Okay, maybe you don’t have 7.5 million Instagram followers like our superstar to help raise awareness for a good cause, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact on the world around you. You too, can inspire people with your travel anecdotes. Or perhaps, join one of the many volunteering programmes for your next travel? Just remember to spend some quality time for yourself too!

GETTING THERE: AirAsia flies to Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanoukville from Kuala Lumpur. For lowest fares and flight info, visit


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Irvin Hanni

She is happiest when cycling in a foreign destination, rubbing noses with a cat, or napping by a lake. Her goal is to touch every owl, monkey, puppy, tiger, and turtle that she meets on her travels.

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