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Cambodia Travel Guide

This backpacker hotspot is a firm favourite for us

Most famous for the majestic awe-inspiring ruins of Angkor, undoubtedly an essential highlight, but merely one of many treasures this charming country has on offer. The Kingdom of Cambodia has been recovering for a while now and has risen from its turbulent history into a desired destination on the Southeast Asia loop. Encounter an undiscovered coastline in the south, perfect for escaping the motorbike ruling roads in the city. Or join the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap with its buzzing ‘Pub Street’ a favourite traveller hangout.
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The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.
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Cambodian Riel (KHR)
Symbol: ៛
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Cambodia Standard Time
(UTC +07:00)

Top places to visit in Cambodia

A past tainted with the traumas of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is a country still finding its feet. But with ancient overgrown temples like Angkor, glowing phosphorus in the waters surrounding coastal Sihanoukville (think the Beach), bustling markets, vibrant bars and riverside cafes in Siem Reap you won't struggle to find a reason to fall in love with it!
ancient and traditional monuments are lined up in Angkor

Siem Reap & Angkor Wat

Siem Reap is easily the most visited city in Cambodia and for a well worthy reason. As it homes the largest religious monument in the world – Angkor Wat. Although it is unlikely that you will look as flawless and sweat-free as Angelina Jolie did in Tomb Raider, exploring this enthralling complex of ancient temples will fascinate all who visit. Siem Reap is also a great place to call base and has a decent selection of bars, restaurants and museums worth a visit.
a grand temple decorated in gold and white trimmings standing tall in Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

Serving as Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh offers visitors the chance to see the more real and raw side to Cambodia away from the tourism of Siem Reap. Educate yourself on the country’s tragic recent past with Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the nearby Killing Fields. It’s safe to say, neither is for the faint hearted but are still important reminders of the country’s upsetting history to understand the Kingdom of Cambodia today.
a woman performing yoga poses as she looks out at a pristine ocean

Sihanoukville & The Coast

Cambodia’s hotspot beach hangout, Sihanoukville is loved by backpackers from all over for its chilled-out atmosphere and tropical coastline. It’s also I good place to shuttle across to some of Cambodia’s more southern islands, such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. So, expect to endure a pristine paradise with these breath-taking coastal views and an Angkor Beer in hand.
a scenic lake in Battambang featuring a colourful boat and sheds in the backdrop

Battambang

Battambang is a new must-do on the Cambodian travel scene for its super chilled, laid-back yet local feel. Enjoy some lunch in one of the riverside cafes, marvel at impressive temples and beautiful architecture. Or even take a ride on the city’s bamboo train!

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a stunning view of temples in Cambodia with the sunset in the backdrop

Cambodia on a Shoestring

A small country with a wealth of history and blessed with some of the world’s most enigmatic temples. Cambodia on a Shoestring kicks off in the bright lights of Bangkok and will weave you through colourful Cambodia, witnessing the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the historic yet sombre site of the Killing Fields, Sihanoukville’s glittering turquoise waters, the incredible Mekong Delta and rounds it all off with the charm and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.
a small child wearing traditional orange attire and looking out at the waters in Cambodia

Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere in Cambodia; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, or exploring the Irrawaddy in search of river dolphins, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land.


 

a local man facing the camera and wearing a traditional hat in Phnom Penh

Cambodia Experience

Stand in awe of the architectural achievement of Angkor Wat and contemplate the horrors of the Killing Fields at Phnom Penh. This nine-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture, and history of this incredible region. Its natural beauty coupled with tumultuous history make Cambodia a truly fascinating destination.
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Cambodia Volunteering Projects

We support over 50 projects in more than 30 countries, whether you're looking to teach English, work with communities, animals or clean up our planet, there's something for everyone in our wide range of volunteer and voluntour programmes.
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Cambodia Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

Take the hassle out of travelling around on your Cambodia adventure with a flexible hop-on hop-off pass. Travel from backpacker hot-spots to more remote sights and see all that this fascinating country has to offer.

FAQ - Travel in Cambodia

When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

Cambodia boasts a warm-climate all year round making it a popular destination for tropical-climate seekers (less layers to pack too). The busiest season runs from Nov-Feb when the temperature is slightly cooler and there is little rain. From Mar-May humidity and temperatures rise and can hit 40°C. An ideal time to check Cambodia's coast line but the cities and Angkor can be pretty sweltering! Rainy Season spans from Jun-Oct, where afternoon heavy downpours transform the landscape into a lush green. Monsoons can make the country tricky to travel around due to flooding, so consider this when choosing your route and mode of transport. 

Do I need a visa to visit Cambodia?

Although you do need a visa to enter Cambodia it has now become an effortless process that can be now completed online. The Cambodia E-visa is ideal for international travellers from all over however there are some restrictions depending on where you are from. Ensure you take the time to go through all the details of the E-Visa process so that you are meeting all the desired requirements, (this means being super organised and doing your research on time). Once you have completed the application you will be asked to pay a fee and then your stay in Cambodia will be granted. The visa is valid for three months after issuance and available for those who intend to stay in Cambodia for no more than 30 days.

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