Cambodia Travel Guide

All you need to know about Cambodia, which lies in the Southern parts of Southeast Asia in Indochina Peninsula, and borders Thailand to the North and Vietnam to the east.

Be one of the millions of tourists who visit Cambodia each year and find out what all the fuss is about! But don't forget to read our article first plenty of valuable information.

What's in store for you in this article?

  • Best times of the year to travel to Cambodia
  • What's in store for you in this great country
  • Useful contact information
Best places to visit in Cambodia - the Cambodia travel guide
National Museum of Cambodia ─ Cambodia is one of the best places to visit in Asia.

There is never a wrong or right time to take a vacation somewhere which will not only generate great memories but will also give you a good life feeling. One of those places that you can consider visiting is Cambodia, which has become one of the busiest tourist attraction areas in South East Asia.

Although associated with a painful history, it became a vacation area after the end of Khmer Rouge, who was the former president of the country in the late nineties. However, peace was soon restored, and these days it is much safer for not only the residences, but those wishing to visit for a vacation. 

Today, there are about two million people worldwide who come to Cambodia to enjoy the exotic weather, sandy beaches, good food, and interact with happy people.

On the other hand, there are beautiful monuments that mark its history. Anyone taking a vacation to this beautiful place will undoubtedly leave at the end of their stay without any regrets, but take with them cherished memories that will last forever.

The best time to visit Cambodia

Some monsoons dominate the area, so the climate can sometimes be dry and wet. The majority of people prefer to come between November to March, although during this period it can be incredibly crowded, and the price is much higher.

Low season is April till October - this time of year is called the rainy season, however, it is less crowded and also a great deal cheaper.

The ideal time to visit is May to October, when the weather is fair (below 30 degrees). The hottest and driest period is January to April (April temperatures can be over 40 degrees). So, for those who are not sun lovers, it is best to avoid this period.

Why should people visit Cambodia?

All a person needs is five minutes of their life in Cambodia to understand the reasons why they made the right choice to visit it. Millions of tourists are attracted by a variety of things, depending on their tastes and preferences. Among some of the more unusual reasons to visit Cambodia is the fascinating history that is presented in the form of monuments across the country.

Angkor Wat is a tourist sites considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Region. It not only attracts religious individuals from around the world but historians and anthropologists who wish to understand more about the Cambodian people.

At the same time, the exotic Asian weather is one of the more obvious reasons that attracts a person to the country. Western tourists who are seeking the sun and the opportunity to watch it disappear over the horizon in the evening have the perfect chance to do this in Cambodia. Another motive for visiting is the level of friendliness among the locals.

Anyone who is in search of a peaceful area surrounded by caring people should head to Cambodia. The Cambodians are born happy, which is a culture they have instilled across society. They are not only warm and welcoming, but they love visitors whom they meet daily.

Things to do while in Cambodia

There are many things that a person can do while visiting Cambodia:

1) Floating villages

The floating villages, located on the Tonle Sap Lake, is a great place to visit. It is the ultimate way to experience the old lifestyle - only found in Cambodia. At the same time, the beautiful beaches are a must-see for any trip here.

2) Fantastic beaches

The shores of the beaches are stunning, with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. For example, Sihanoukville, which is not overcrowded and offers solitude for that perfect beach experience.

The isolated beaches will enable an individual to forget their problems by enjoying the sun, the sand at the beach and also bathing in the clear waters. However, things will seem even better at the beach when served with a helping of fresh seafood, bringing an experience that one has never felt before in their life. There are shacks where you can sit and listen to the ocean waves lapping the shore while savoring a tasty regional meal.

Cambodia beaches - the best of places

Some of the best beaches in Cambodia include Koh-Rong, Otres Beach, and KohTonsay. They are not overcrowded enabling tourists to enjoy spending some quality time away from all the noise.

At the same time, hawkers are forbidden from these shores, making them safe and friendly for those who wish for a little quiet time without any disturbances at all. The beaches are also known for their sandy nature and clear waters which are just two key factors that visitors look for when considering a vacation region.

3) Khmer Apsara

A further option is to experience the rich Cambodian culture such as the Khmer Apsara spiritual dance or perhaps sampling their cuisine which is affordable and tasty.

The best food to try is the fresh fish obtained from the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers that costs about $15.

On the other hand, don't miss out on the rice wine which is not only sweet but also has medicinal purposes - around $10.

Various hotels and bars provide some exciting evenings out - especially try the snake whiskey which is unique - local Cambodians also join together and perform as live bands.

4) Local markets

It is worth spending a little of your time in one or two of the markets. They are the ideal place to interact with the friendly local people and you'll also get the chance to sample delicious regional cuisine on offer.

5) Angkor Wat

Lastly, Angkor Wat should be on your 'must-see' list, as it is the ultimate symbolism of this country. It is a beautiful area that boasts some historical masterpieces such as monuments.

Angkor Wat - must visit in Cambodia
Angkor Wat - a must visit in Cambodia

6) Museums

The museums are also astounding places to visit because they display historical pieces that enable you to gain a clearer understanding of Cambodian history.

Some examples of museums include Angkor National Museum, National Museum of Cambodia, and the Cambodian Landmine Museum.

7) Fantastic nature and forest

Koh Tonsay is among one of the untouched and secluded areas to see. After a 20-minute boat ride, you'll get a real sense of getting away from civilization. There are rustic open-air restaurants and bungalows, plus a dense forest of trees as you walk along the beach.

Where to stay in Cambodia?

1) Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh has one of the most lovely colonial buildings and riverside promenades in the city. The place was reinvented and made to look more like a glittering Royal Palace. There are sophisticated restaurants and bars built in a contemporary way which are attractive to tourists.

Check out these nice hotels in Phnom Penh

2) Siem Reap

The vacation rentals in Siem Reap are perfectly suited for tourists, particularly those who are hoping for a complete city vacation. Situated with restaurants and bars close-by, it offers a safe and secure environment for a great night out. It is also important to note that there are romantic hotels which charge about $45 per day.

Examples of some of the finer resorts include Belmond La Residence d’ Angkor and Cambodian Vacation Rental which charge $75 per night. We thoroughly recommend this excellent deal, and you can check it at Vacation Rental in Siem Reap website.

Or here you can check out hotels in the whole Siem Reap

Cambodia transportation: How to get there

There are several ways to reach Cambodia. A person can fly into Phnom Penh, which is the capital city of Cambodia, and stay in one of the exotic hotels in the town area.

At the same time, one can fly to Siem Reap which is considered as the safest city in Cambodia.

Will I need a visa for Cambodia?

The process of getting a visa to enter Cambodia is straightforward, so getting into the country shouldn't be a problem. The major airports in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh offer permits, or you can apply for them online. There are no hidden charges, and the basic cost of a permit is approximately $30.00 which allows you to stay in Cambodia for up to one month.

Transportation

There are buses in the area making travel from one place to another part of the country simple. Buses and also car rides charge lower fares enabling tourists to reach some of the popular destinations like the beaches, safely. For instance, they range from $11 - $15 from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

There are bus companies such as Mekong Express, which you can book online or directly at the relevant bus station where you can also jump on the appropriate bus. Their daily timetables are are fairly accurate, and the average price is $10 - $13 across the country.

The People of Cambodia

The citizens of Cambodia are known as Cambodians, and ninety percent of the population speaks the official Khmer language. There are other ethnic minority groups in the country such as Chinese, Chams, and Vietnamese.

Cambodians - the people of Cambodia
Cambodians - the people of Cambodia

Cambodians are some of the friendliest people around the world. One thing that a tourist needs to respect while in Cambodia is their culture, notably Buddhism and Hinduism, plus their mode of dress which is more reserved compared to that of Western countries.

Other Amenities

There are good hospitals around like Angkor Hospital for Children and Royal Angkor International Hospital which, in case of an emergency, you will need to call 117, 118 or 119 to obtain services from the police.

Some other vital numbers include 023 723 555 which is a 24-hour police helpline.

There are a variety of embassies such as the United States of America which is found on Christopher Howes Street, and they can be contacted by calling (96) +855 2 728 000. There is also the Australian Embassy which is situated on National Assembly Street and the number to call is +855 23 213 470.

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