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Cambodia travel guide

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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.

Cambodia fast facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.

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Currency

Name: Cambodian Riel (Also use USD)
Code: KHR
Symbol: ៛

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Time Zones

Time Zone: Cambodia Standard Time (UTC +07:00)

Top cities 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!
Siem Reap
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.
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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.
Sihanoukville & The Coast
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.
Battambang
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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Beers

Draft beer, specifically Angkor beer, is cheap and cold all over and is often up for grabs on a happy hour pricing scheme. Bottles of local beer (0.5L) will usually set you back around $1.70. Cambodians drink beer as well as other local spirits made from sugar cane or rice.

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Meals

Expect to eat like a king or queen for next to nothing! Lunch or dinner will cost you around $1 and ‎$5 for local cuisine in a market/ basic restaurant. If you're craving the tastes of home, a western meal will cost you more.

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Taxi Ride

The best place for catching some sleep will be in a guesthouse or hostel dorm. This will usually cost between ‎$5 and ‎$17, which is a bargain. Feel like some added comforts? Air-con, TV and rooms with other added bonuses will range from $17-$35.

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Transport

The most common and easiest way to get around Cambodia is by bus or if you're an experienced rider cruising on a motorbike would be up there for you. A large air-conditioned bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 6-7 hours and will cost around $27. IBIS Night buses are a great way to sleep through a long journey.

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Guesthouses

Back to living like a king or queen. Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia. Meaning you can live a life of luxury for no more than $45 a night! But if you're wanting a mega fancy, frivolous night of luxe Cambodia's cities and resorts can deliver it from $80-$800.

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Hotels

You will need to get your haggling skills out to ensure you bag yourself the lowest fare. Make sure you also agree on the price before you hop in. Motorbike taxis are the cheapest and will cost as low as $1.5 for 5-10km. Tuk-tuks are a little more expensive but shouldn't be more than $2 for a short trip.

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Top things to do in Cambodia

 

 

 

 

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Angkor Wat

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Water Festival 

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Tuol Sleng Prison

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Teach Cambodia

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Cambodia Adventure Tours

Cambodia Shoestring
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.
10 days | From $779
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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.


 

14 days | From $1,255
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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.
9 days | From $1,199
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Your tailor made trip, your rules

However you want to explore Cambodia, make sure you're doing it exactly how you want to. That's easy with INDI tailor made, which gives you control of creating your ideal itinerary with the help of our Travel Experts. From picking your own dates and budget, through to picking the local transport options and experiences - do it your way. 
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What is the weather like in Cambodia?

Cambodia boasts a warm-climate throughout the entire year, making it a top destination for tropical-climate seekers (plus fewer layers to pack too). The high season runs from Nov-Feb when the temperature is slightly cooler and there is little rain so perfect for exploring and relaxing on the beach. From Mar-May humidity and temperatures rise and can hit 104°F. Which means city life will consist of lots of water, cold showers and clothes washing but it’s an ideal time to check Cambodia's coastline. Rainy Season spans from Jun-Oct, where you may get caught up in an afternoon heavy downpour. But fear not, this transforms 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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