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What to do in Battambang

With only three weeks to spend in Cambodia, I was having a hard time deciding what to do after leaving Siem Reap and exploring Angkor Wat. Then I came across Here Be Dragons, a Game of Thrones-inspired hostel. My decision was made immediately.

Battambang was a nice change a pace from Siem Reap. It’s not particularly off the beaten path but not as busy as Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. It was the first time I felt like I was in the “real” Cambodia. Battambang has no shortage of activities. Here are some of the major things to do there:

1. Bamboo Train

At 50 km/hour this “norry” (commonly known as the Bamboo Train ) was originally built by the French but was abandoned when the Khmer Rouge shut it down. It’s now a popular tourist attraction. 50 kilometers might sound slow but it sure doesn’t feel tame when you’re sitting cross-legged on a piece of wood with no seatbelt. The train costs $5 USD to ride and is open daily.

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Here be dragons – hostel -battambang, cambodia


I was debating whether or not I should check out Battambang, Cambodia when I saw this hostel pop up in my search. A Game of Thrones inspired hostel? Ummm yes! I had to check it out. I left Phnom Penh the following morning and about three hours later I was dropped off at the hostel. 

Here Be Dragons Hostel is the perfect hostel for solo travelers or for a small group of friends. 

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How to save money on flights with skyscanner

I used to think Google Flights was the end all be all of flight comparison websites. And then I tried using Skyscanner. I’ve been hooked ever since. Here is how you can save some serious cash on your next plane flight.

Compare By Month

The compare by month feature isn’t anything groundbreaking.  But I’ve found it to be $100 to $300 lower on average compared to Google Flights. Try your own search and see what you come up with. Just click on the compare by month in the top left corner.

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How to make beer money

Next time you’re on a long bus ride stop playing Candy Crush and download Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). I’ve wasted countless hours trying every paid survey website out there and none of them compare to Amazon’s Human Intelligence Tasks (HITs).

Have you ever visited a survey site that coerced you into answering five minutes worth of qualifying questions just to be disqualified? That doesn’t happen on Mturk. MTurk tasks can range from surveys to rating songs to playing games on your iPhone. There’s a variety of transcription and translation jobs to choose from and just about any other small assignment you can think of.

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When is the best time to book a flight?

Skyscanner recently analyzed its flight data and the results may not match what you’ve heard in the past. 

According to their data, the best time to book a domestic flight is 30 days in advance and the best time to book an international flight is about four months beforehand.

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