Why Cambodia?

Cambodia treats visitors to a wealth of ‘off the beaten path’ locations that unveil the ancient qualities of this rugged country. Emerging as one of Asia’s more compelling capitals, Phnom Penh has transformed itself to gracefully blend a riverfront location with remaining colonial structures and a deeply fascinating history. Phnom Penh is the place to learn about the Cambodia’s recent history has a much darker side, and various museums, memorials and harrowing burial grounds serve as a reminder of the atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1978. However Siem Reap remains the most visited destination and is home to picturesque streets full of boutique shops, busy markets and an immense range of eateries to suit all budgets, and of course, the stunning Angkor Wat complex. No trip to Cambodia is complete without a visit to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor. Images simply can’t do justice to the incredible architecture, intricate carvings, pervasive spiritual atmosphere and sheer scale of the site, where over 100 temples built between the ninth and twelfth centuries are scattered over 3000 square kilometres of forest. It’s easy to spend several days wandering around Angkor, learning about life under different rulers and discovering the stories behind the carvings.

The coastline of Southern Cambodia is noted for its quiet, tranquil atmosphere and pristine beaches that are still largely undeveloped or overcrowded. In addition to the coastline’s unspoiled beaches and idyllic offshore islands – including the immaculate Koh Rong archipelago, the area is also home to lush tropical forests and attractive towns such as Kep, Kampot and Sihanoukville. Rural Cambodia is delightfully mellow, dotted with plantations and rice fields. Virgin forest, waterfalls and lakes provide the opportunity for walking, swimming and nature spotting. A new road has opened up the less-frequented regions of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri, where you can enjoy an unspoilt landscape and learn about the many minority groups who reside here.

The Kingdom Of Cambodia Has All To Offer Whether Delving Into Big City Life In Phnom Penh, Exploring The Ancient Temples Of Siem Reap, Wandering The Idyllic Beaches Of The South Coast Or Trekking In Deep Jungle of The Northern Natural Highland.

Let us guide you through this remarkable Indochina’s lost civilization to uncover story of the rise and the fall of the Khmer Empire in Siem Reap and learn the kingdom’s recent tragic history under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s as you explore the Killing Fields in Phnom Penh, the Cambodia’s capital since French colonization. Explore this hidden civilization “Khmer” is once-in-a-life-time experience.

Capital : Phnom Penh
Time zone : GMT + 7 hours
Airports : Phnom Penh (PNH)
: Siem Reap (REP)
: Sihanoukville (KOS)
Tourist visa : Visa On Arrival Available
Best time to travel
: November to February (Dry season)
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Currency (KHR)
: Riel (USD is widely used)
Health issues
: CDC Information

HIGHLIGHTS OF CAMBODIA

Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap

TEMPLES OF ANGKOR, SIEM REAP | Angkor was once the seat of the Khmer Empire, and is dotted with over 100 temples and pagodas. Be sure to visit Angkor Thom’s magnificent Bayon Temple, which features large, beautifully-carved faces, and magical Ta Prohm, where trees have become entwined in the ruins, their branches winding through doorways and over roofs. If you have time, don’t miss the outer lying temples of the Rolous Group and the beautiful pink sandstone Banteay Srei. To complete your experience, take a boat trip on Tonle Sap Lake – the area’s lifeline – to visit floating villages and bird sanctuaries.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

PHNOM PENH | The city’s colonial charm has managed to survive its tumultuous past, and one can still enjoy the beautiful wide boulevards, colonial architecture and bustling riverfront that made it the ‘Paris of the East’ before 1970. Be sure to explore the Royal Palace, admiring the 5,000 silver tiles covering the floor of the Silver Pagoda, the collection of shiny golden Buddhas and the the massive collections of ancient Cambodian artifacts at National Museum. Whilst here, take time to visit the harrowing S21 and killing fields to learn about the country’s tragic recent history under the Khmer Rouge regime of the 1970s.

Sihanoukville, Song Saa Island

SIHANOUKVILLE | The main port for the country, and arguably the best seaside resort town in Cambodia. A variety of restaurants offer different types of cuisine, including mouth-watering locally caught seafood, and French cafés. Relax on the beach or find peace at one of the sacred Buddhist temples. Sihanoukville is also the gateway to the Koh Rong archipelago – a collection of pristine islands and home to Cambodia’s first private island resort, the supremely stylish and exclusive Song Saa. With just 27 luxury thatched villas the resort is built with the deepest respect for the natural environment making it the ultimate eco-getaway.

Battambang

BATTAMBANG | The riverside location and colonial-era architecture of Cambodia’s second city give it a relaxed, small town feel which many visitors love. Beautiful hilltop temples and pretty villages dot the surrounding countryside.

Kep

KEP | Lined with crumbling old villas, the seaside resort of Kep is popular among Cambodians for its king-sized crabs, but also serves as a springboard for trips to nearby nature reserves and hidden beaches.

4Rivers Eco Floating Lodge, Koh Kong

4RIVERS FLOATING ECO LODGE, KOH KONG | Nestled amongst this virgin rainforest, the 12 African style tented villas rest on the Tatai river with the natural wonders on view from your private sun lounger balcony.

Senmonorom, Mondulkiri

SEN MONOROM | Hub of remote, fascinating Mondulkiri province, Sen Monorom lies close to the spectacular Bou Sra Waterfalls as well as numerous ethnic minority villages – and a heartwarming elephant rescue centre “Elephant Valley Project”.

Volcano Yak Loum Lake, Ratanakiri

BANLUNG, RATANAKIRI | Jungle treks and river trips to their settlements and the superbly picturesque crater lake of Yaek Lom provide the main incentives to make the journey to this far-flung enclave, with the area’s best hotel located in Banlung.

Mekong Dolphin, Kratie

KRATIE | Savour the legendary sunsets over the Mekong from the riverfront of this atmospheric market town, famous for its pod of critically endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins.

CAMBODIA'S SIGNATURE TOURS

We offer plenty of well-crafted tailor made Cambodia tours that represent a series of authentic experiences of this kingdom we highly recommended. Start your Cambodia holiday here!

Elephant Bathing at Elephant Valley

Ultimate Cambodia Adventure

Explore Cambodia’s best sites and experience off-the-beaten-track adventure through jungle and elephant caring in Mondulkiri and discover the tranquility quiet
Kampot, Kep, Mondulkiri, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
16 Days

Students Field Trip in Cambodia

Spend time aside your tours the vibrant capital city of Phnom Penh and the magnificent temples of Angkor in Siem
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
7 Days
Song Saa Island

Ultimate Cambodia Honeymoon Escaped

Leisurely discover Angkor temples, enjoy a sensational massage and spend marvelous days together at Song Saa Private Island are simply
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville
11 Days

Senior Travelers Getaway in Cambodia

Leisurely explore Cambodia’s best heritages, meet a Khmer Rouge survivor and exclusively talk to an Angkor specialist. View full itinerary
Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
11 Days
Sunset at Kep

Cambodian Culinary Adventure

Explore Cambodia’s best sites and get hand-on experience of Khmer culinary classes in making stunning Khmer meals. View full itinerary
Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
9 Days

Angkor Sensational Escape

Leisurely discover the infamous World Heritage site of Angkor, enjoy a lovely couple sensational massage and more. View full itinerary
Siem Reap
4 Days

Treasures of Angkor

Uncover the story of the Khmer Empire, watch beautiful sunrise and sunset over the ruins of Angkor. View full itinerary
Siem Reap
3 Days

Classic Cambodia

HIGHLIGHTS: Spend time getting to know the two intriguing destinations of Siem Reap Angkor and Phnom Penh capital, where the
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
5 Days
Elephants at Elephant Valley Project

Natural & Indigenous Immerse at Mondulkiri

HIGHLIGHTS Travel to the heartland of the Mondulkiri province, home to the Phnong indigenous tribe, beautiful hilly scenery, elephants and
Mondulkiri
4 Days

Cambodia - The Hidden Civilization

HIGHLIGHTS Discover the world famous heritage and UNESCO site of the Angkor temples, the "City of Temples" built to replicate
Battambang, Koh Kong, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville
14 Days

The Best of Cambodia

HIGHLIGHTS Discover the world famous heritage and UNESCO site of the Angkor temples, the "City of Temples" built to replicate
Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville
9 Days
Kayaking at 4Rivers Floating Lodge

Koh Kong - The Beauty of Cardamom

HIGHLIGHTS Reconnect with nature at the Koh Kong's 4Rivers Floating Lodge, unwind and enjoy all that nature has to offer!
Koh Kong
4 Days

Daily Tours and Extraordinary Experiences in Cambodia

Make your holiday more personalized, inspiring and memorable with these Cambodia’s hand-picked daily tours and extraordinary experiences.

Siem Reap's Quad Bike Adventure

All-terrain biking is alive and well in Siem Reap. For those who haven’t tried it, all-terrain biking is serious fun
Siem Reap
5 Hours

After Dark Foodie Vespa Tour

The Cambodian culinary experience can be fun, exotic and divers with abundance of fresh spices and herbs light up the
Siem Reap
5 Hours

Khmer Cooking and Sunset Quad Bike

The Khmer Kitchen “Cooking Class” offers you wonderful opportunity to learn the art of traditional Khmer kitchen "Khmer Cookery" with
Siem Reap
8 Hours

Kampong Khleang and Beng Mealea

It's definitely worth making the journey that little bit further to avoid the crowds and experience the local authenticity. Head
Siem Reap
8 Hours

Highlights of Phnom Penh

Tour the highlights of the city to discover its recent past and present. Begin with Cambodia’s glittering Royal Palace and
Phnom Penh
8 Hours

Siem Reap’s Unique Experience

Although all visitors’ primary goal is to come to Siem Reap for the magnificent temples of Angkor. There is much
Siem Reap
5 Hours

Angkor Biking Adventure

Bicycle can be considered the best green way to discover Angkor temples as bikes allow you to closely access the
Siem Reap
10 Hours

The Legendary of Khmer Empire

A magical day beginning in early morning on a journey to witness a spectacular sunrise over the legendary Angkor Wat
Siem Reap
7 Hours

Sundown Siem Reap’s Angkor

Wandering at the Angkor National Museum for an insightful introduction to the artefacts, monuments and history of the Khmer Empire
Siem Reap
10 Hours

The Authentic Tonle Sap Lake

Today, take a break from temples and enjoy an interesting boat trip to visit a fishing community of Kampong Phluk
Siem Reap
8 Hours

The Holy Kulen and Tonle Sap Lake

Discover the holy Kulen Mountain, widely regarded as the birthplace of the ancient Khmer Empire, and from here that King
Siem Reap
8 Hours

Countryside Tour by Vespa

Take the Countryside Life Tour to discover the authentic Cambodia is an amazing unique experience. This adventure celebrates Cambodian life
Siem Reap
8 Hours

Cambodian Genocide Tour

The tour is for an insight into the horrors suffered by the Cambodian people during that dark period. Although not
Phnom Penh
5 Hours

Rural Charms Outside Phnom Penh

Head to Cambodia’s former capital, Oudong, about 39km from Phnom Penh. Climb the stairs to the top of Oudong Mountain
Phnom Penh
8 Hours

Remote Temples - Jewels in the Jungle

If the temple and town crowds are getting your down, here is one of the best escapes to take you
Siem Reap
8 Hours

The Highlights of Angkor Temples

Today, you will discover Siem Reap’s famous temples which make up the UNESCO World Heritage listed Angkor complex. Angkor is
Siem Reap
10 Hours

Fascinating Corners of Phnom Penh

The tour begins at the spiritual Wat Phnom, a city landmark, for which the capital was named. From here, embrace
Phnom Penh
8 Hours

The Sacred Oudong Mountain

Oudong Mountain, once was a Cambodia's ancient capital called Oudong Meanchey, and literally means “noble victory” for around 200 years
Kampong Speu (Near Phnom Penh)
4 Hours

Takeo Countryside & Wildlife Awareness

Takeo province is often referred to as the cradle of Cambodian civilization with several important pre-Angkorian sites built between the
Takeo (Near Phnom Penh)
8 Hours

Waterbirds Sanctuary At Prek Toal

It’s really an amazing day trip with an overwhelming abundance of birds in Tonle Sap's flooded forest wonderland. This excursion
Siem Reap
10 Hours

VISA

Visa on Arrival service is available for most nationalities on international flights arriving in Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, as well as most land crossings with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. It is VITAL to have your passport (valid at least 6 months with minimum of 2 blank pages), cash of USD 30 per person and 1 passport-size photo. (Note: Tourists to Cambodia can now apply for a visa online via the Ministry’s new e-Visa site located at: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/. For visa exemption & citizens who are not applicable for Visa On Arrival, view here: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

Dialing Code:

+855

Time Zone

Cambodia operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) + 7 hours.
At 9:00 a.m. in Cambodia, it is:

EST 9:00 p.m. the previous day
CST 8:00 p.m. the previous day
MST 7:00 p.m. the previous day
PST 6:00 p.m. the previous day

*Note that Cambodia does not observe daylight savings time, so adjust the above times accordingly.

Electricity

Cambodia uses 220V, and a mixture of flat 2-pin, round 2-pin or 3-pin plugs. It is recommended to bring a universal plug adapter. Power outages are quite common but most hotels have their own generator.

Money

The official currency is the Cambodian Riel (pronounced ‘real’), although US Dollars are accepted everywhere. ATMs distributing US Dollars are found in the main cities and money changers throughout the country. (1USD = 4,000 Riel).

Clothing

Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Cambodia. The dress code is fairly casual. It is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects.

For protection from sun at archaeological sites where you may be exposed outdoors for long periods of time, it is suggested you carry a sunhat or umbrella, sunscreen and sunglasses, as well as a water bottle. Comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes are essential.

  • During Sightseeing: Tourists are suggested to dress modestly during the visits to temples in Siem Reap and the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, especially for WOMEN – No see-through clothes, have to bare shoulders and must be skirts below knee length.
  • Children (under 12 years old) and old ages people are not allowed to climb the Bakan tower of Angkor Wat temple (the highest tower of Angkor Wat located in the middle of the temple). This tower will be closed on the Buddhist Sabbath Days, four days a month in accordance with the Lunar Calendar (it does not fall in any of your days during in Siem Reap).
  • Apsara Authority just recently released the code of conduct for visitors visiting Angkor complex. Read more here: Angkor: Visitor Code of Conduct.

What to Pack

Comfortable, casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Choose versatile styles that can be layered if the weather (or level of air-conditioning) requires. In most areas, long, loose Bermuda-style shorts are becoming increasingly acceptable for both sexes, but women may feel more comfortable in a skirt or long trousers. (Note: Laundry service is available at most hotels; dry cleaning is available in larger cities.)

  • Temples, mosques and other religious sites require conservative dress. Both sexes should cover their arms, legs and shoulders.
  • Somewhat smarter, but still casual, clothing is appropriate for evening dining in big-city or resort restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary.
  • A lightweight (preferably non-plastic) raincoat or poncho.
  • A sweater or lightweight jacket for evenings and fiercely air-conditioned interiors.
  • Comfortable, soft-soled walking shoes with low or no heels. Sandals may not be comfortable for some sightseeing activities i.e Angkor temple sightseeing or taking a walk in the jungle.
  • Sunglasses, sun block and a sunhat.
  • Most of hotels have pools, so you may wish to pack your swimming suit.
  • A small, powerful flashlight in case of a local power failure.
  • Lightweight binoculars, useful for sightseeing.
  • If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, be sure to pack an extra pair(s).
  • Simple first-aid kit.
  • Prescriptions and medications (We recommend you carry these in their original bottles and/or packaging.)
  • Charging cables for electronics and voltage converter and adapter plugs (if required).

Best Time To Go?

  • The nation is warm lasting through the year, however there are a few particular seasons influencing the best time to visit Cambodia. There is little rain in the middle of November and May, the supposed dry season, which itself separates into two particular stages. The cool season (Nov-Feb) is the top time for tourism – sufficiently gentle to investigate the temples in solace yet sufficiently warm to sunbathe by the coast. Moistness and temperatures rise somewhat amid the hot season (March-May), with Phnom Penh and Battambang seeing crest daytime temperatures of 33-40°C. This is a brilliant time to visit the coast, in spite of the fact that Angkor is normally very hot.
  • Going to Cambodia amid the rainy season (generally June-Oct) can display certain down to earth challenges, however it is additionally an intriguing time to see the nation as it changes into a waterlogged spread of tropical green under the day by day rainstorm storms (luckily, the downpours falls primarily toward the evening; mornings are by and large dry).
  • Getting around (especially in September and October) isn’t generally simple: soil streets swing to mud and flooding is ordinary. As anyone might expect it’s additionally the calmest time for tourism (even Angkor is moderately peaceful) and the countryside is at its lushest.
  • Use a website such as weather.com to find average temperatures and rainfall during your travel times.

Tipping Guidelines

If you are traveling on a Private or Tailor Made Journey, we suggest the following gratuities (noted in U.S. dollars):

Local Guides $10-$15 per guide, per day
Drivers $5-$10 per driver, per day
Airport Transfer Drivers $5 per transfer
Hotel Porters $2
Housekeepers $2 per room, per night
Room Service 10-15% unless already added
Restaurants 10-15% unless already added

Baggage Restrictions

  • Domestic flights within Southeast Asia limit Economy Class luggage to 20 kilos (44 pounds) per passenger, and Business Class luggage to 30 kilos (66 pounds) per passenger.
  • Domestic flights within Cambodia and international flights on Bangkok Airways allow 5 kilos (11 pounds) for carry-on bags. All other flights allow 7 kilos (15.5) pounds for carry-on bags.
  • As planes have small overhead bins and limited legroom, it’s advisable to keep carry-on baggage to a minimum.

Public Holidays

Cambodia celebrates a mix of Buddhist,Chinese and international holidays as well as national events.The main festival periods are Khmer New Year (mid-April),Pchum Ben and the Ploughing Ceremony (mid-September) and Boun Om Touk boat racing (Water festival) (early November). Many restaurants and businesses close during these periods,however tourist attractions are still open and there is very little disruption to travel plans.

Language

Cambodia’s national language is Khmer and unlike the other languages of the region is not a tonal language. As in other former French colonies the educated older generation often speaks very good French while the younger generation prefers English. Outside the major centers of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap most people speak only Khmer, but you will always find somebody who speaks English wherever you go.

English / Khmer
– Hello / Sour Sdei
– Thank you / Ors Kun
– Goodbye / Lea Heuy
– How are you? / Teu Nak Sok Sabay Chea Te?
– Please / Sohm Anh Cheunh
– Yes / Baat (for men)/Cha (for woman)
– No / Ort te
– Welcome / Svakum
– How much? or How many? / Pon mann?
– Excuse me / Som Tos

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