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It's not by chance that Cambodia has become highly popular among eclectic travelers of all sensibilities, whether they're seeking lush jungles spotted with dusty temple ruins, idyllic beaches with an air of luxury, artsy boutique hotels, exciting nouvelle cuisine, or ethical shopping, among numerous other vibrant options. Its rich—some may say loaded—history has peeled away to reveal the admirably dynamic, positive, and creative ability of its people to pull through and launch into new beginnings, bringing Cambodia to the world stage as a destination that stands on its unique cultural identity.

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An interesting trend with which tourists are met when exploring Cambodia is the staunch support given to local communities by NGOs, the creation of which blossomed in the early 1990s. In the aftermath of Cambodia's grueling civil war, foreign aid groups and governments have poured billions of dollars into the country, but not without coming under scrutiny. Around half of them have faced criticism for lack of structure, profiteering, and the commercialization of humanitarian efforts. Nonprofit organizations—in most cases working toward a better Cambodia—address a wide range of humanitarian, cultural, and environmental issues. Today there are about 3,500 registered NGOs in Cambodia, which has the second-highest number of NGOs per capita in the world, after Rwanda. Many nonprofits now run accommodations, restaurants, and travel agencies that provide the visitor with more than they expect to receive on vacation—the chance to help, and an education. But it's worth checking out the legitimacy of an organization before parting with your money. Do-good travel options are noted in this chapter's listings.

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The Cambodia Travel Guide will help you discover one of Southeast Asia’s most enjoyable destinations. Visit Cambodia, and you’ll find plentiful attractions ranging from unspoilt beaches and colonial townscapes through to dense forests and majestic rivers and lakes. The legendary temples of Angkor continue to attract millions of visitors each year. Away from the temples, Cambodia is refreshingly untouristy. Cambodia remains largely unexplored in many places. New roads now bring once remote destinations within easy reach.

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Phnom Penh is the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. The city is an alluring attraction in its own right. The centre has broad appeal, and its French influence is evident in the open-fronted colonial shophouses that line the streets. There are a mind-boggling number of restaurants, bars and cafes to try. Many tourists that travel to Cambodia linger here for the culinary experience. You can also take a boat trip from Phnom Penh along the mighty Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers.

Siem Reap is Cambodia’s principal tourist town. This city offers a gateway to the temples of Angkor. More than one hundred Angkorian monuments lie spread over some 3000 square kilometres of the countryside around the town. Siem Reap retains its small-town charm despite its popularity. It’s a lively city with many activities and attractions including lively Psar Chas Market, buzzing cafes, bars, boutique shops and plentiful nightlife. It’s also a good spot from which to visit the nearby floating villages on the Tonle Sap.

Laidback Battambang is Cambodia’s second biggest city. It is worlds apart from Phnom Penh’s urban bustle. It has a growing number of ex-pats fuelling the growth of arty cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s also home to impressive colonial architecture. You can take a countryside ride on its quirky bamboo railway.

Kompong Cham is Eastern Cambodia’s largest city. The waterfront is particularly attractive, with a string of colonial buildings lined up along the Mekong.

Temples of Angkor

For most tourists that choose to come here, their Cambodia trip is not complete without a visit to the unforgettable temples of Angkor. Understandably, this is high on the list for many who travel Cambodia as it is one of the most important archaeological sites of Southeast Asia. The awe-inspiring Angkor Wat is the most famous of the temples dominated by five corncob towers. Visit early in the morning to avoid some of the crowds. The temples attract some two million visitors per year. Visit How to see Angkor Wat without the crowds for more tips.

Southwest Cambodia & The Southern Islands

Visit the Southwest to discover miles of unspoilt beaches, hidden coves and idyllic Cambodian islands. Sihanoukville is the most popular beach resort. Ochheuteal Beach and Serendipity Beach Road justify their party town reputation. There are quieter spots too, particularly around Otres, 6km away. Sihanoukville is also the entry point to the islands of Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem and Koh Ta Kiev. Koh Rong has a buzzing backpacker strip at Koh Toch. The beaches at Long Set and Long Beach along the west coast are more laidback. Peaceful Koh Ta Tiev retains a real castaway vibe. Remember to take cash as there are no ATM’s on the islands.

Ream National Park is 18km east of Sihanoukville. It’s a great place to explore Cambodia’s unspoilt natural environment. The park is evergreen with mangrove forests, sandy beaches, coral reefs, and offshore islands. The riverside town of Kampot with the backdrop of misty Bokor mountains is one of Cambodia’s most appealing towns to add to your Cambodia trip itinerary. 25km southeast of Kampot, Kep is a favourite with ex-pats and Cambodians who descend at the weekend. They are attracted by its delicious, inexpensive seafood, freshly plucked from the ocean.

Eastern Cambodia

If you travel to Cambodia and you like nature and wildlife, the east is the place to be. There are patches of dense, unspoilt rainforest that remain in Eastern Cambodia . The riverside town of Kratie is an excellent base for exploring the nearby countryside. Just over 20km from Kratie is Kampie which provides the best riverside vantage point to view a pod of rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins . It’s thought that only around eighty remain in the entire Mekong river.

Tucked away in the forest near the sleepy capital of Banlung in the Rattanakiri province, there is a trio of impressive nearby waterfalls Ka Chhang, Katieng and Chha Ong.

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Figuring out the best time to travel Cambodia depends on what you plan to do when you arrive. Cambodia is warm all year round, but it has a rainy season too.

If you visit Cambodia between March and May, the temperatures and humidity are higher. Visiting at this time can still be a good choice if you are hitting the coast. If you are travelling Cambodia to explore the temples, the season between November and February is cool enough for sightseeing. December and January can be the most popular time for tourists.

Travel Cambodia in the rainy season, and you’ll find the countryside at its lushest. Travelling around Cambodia during this season can present some practical challenges and flooding is commonplace. However, the mornings are usually dry as the rain mainly falls in the afternoon. If you do choose to go visit in the rainy season, you’ll avoid the crowds too.

The busiest International Airports are Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There aren’t any direct flights from Europe to Cambodia. You can reach Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap via Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City and several other destinations. Take a look at Skyscanner for more options.

It’s also possible to travel overland into Cambodia from neighbouring countries. You can cross the border at several spots in Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

Find out more Cambodia travel information in Getting to Cambodia .

When planning how to travel around Cambodia, consider the transport as part of the adventure.

Roads have seen massive improvements in the past five years, so getting around the country is much easier than it once was. The bus system provides connections between all major towns. The bus offers the cheapest and usually the most convenient way to travel.

Minibuses and ‘share taxis’ are also other options to travel by road. Share taxis are faster than taking the bus, but they do get absurdly packed. You can ask to pay roughly double the standard fare to have a front seat to yourself. You could also pay to hire the entire taxi.

For short local trips, you can hire a motorcycle or ‘moto’ for the day or a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is a passenger carriage pulled by a motorbike. It’s virtually impossible to rent a self-drive car in Cambodia, but you can hire a car with a driver. Three-wheeled cycle rickshaws called cyclos are also available in Phnom Penh for short trips.

You may also end up travelling Cambodia by boat. Boat trips run between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and between Siem Reap and Battambang. In the south, regular ferries and fast catamarans run between Sihanoukville and Koh Rong. Find out more about how to travel to Cambodia in our Cambodia guide to “ Getting Around ”.

Why travel to Cambodia? Here are 10 of the best places to travel in Cambodia. These highlights are sure to convince any traveller to include Cambodia on their itinerary when taking a trip to Southeast Asia.

  • The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh: The Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh are the city’s finest example of twentieth-century Khmer influenced architecture. The Royal Palace is set back from the riverbank on Sothearos Boulevard. You can stroll this complex of regal structures and perfectly manicured grounds. While there, you will gain an insight into Cambodia’s past and present. A blue flag flies when the King is in residence. While the palace itself is off-limits, it’s possible to visit several buildings within the grounds. The Silver Pagoda is named for its floor which is covered in gleaming silver.
  • Temples of Angkor: The Temples of Angkor are world-renowned and house some of the country’s finest monuments. More than one hundred Angkorian monuments lie spread over some 3000 square kilometres of the countryside. The best-known monuments are the vast temple of Angkor Wat and the walled city of Angkor Thom. During the Angkorian period, the ruling god-kings built imposing temples as a way of asserting their divinity. They left a legacy of more than one hundred temples constructed between the ninth and fifteenth centuries. The full magnificence of Angkor Wat represents the height of Khmer art. The pretty tenth-century temple of Banteay Srei is unique, made from unusual pink sandstone and with intricate ornamentation.
  • Koh Ta Tiev: Peaceful Koh Ta Tiev is one of the southern islands, and it’s a tropical paradise retaining a real castaway vibe. There are several types of accommodation to choose from, and you can even camp or sleep in a hammock between two trees over the sand. There is limited electricity on the island and no wifi. Spend your days’ jungle trekking, snorkelling, or experiencing authentic Khmer cooking.
  • Battambang: Battambang is Cambodia’s second largest city, but it’s often overlooked. It’s a bustling city that is both welcoming and laidback. Its lush surrounding countryside is ideal for bike rides, and it’s easy to get out on the water by kayak. You can whizz past rice paddies and rattle over bridges when you ride the quirky bamboo railway too.
  • Kampot: The riverside Kampot is one of Cambodia’s most appealing towns with the backdrop of misty Bokor Mountains. At Kampot, you can potter along the river for a swim or sunset cruise. You could also head into the mountains to explore caves. Kampot is also a base from which to explore the region’s famed pepper plantations. Bokor National Park is home to an abandoned 1920s hotel and casino. Kampot has a friendly but low key nightlife.
  • Kep: Kep is renowned throughout Cambodia for its delicious, inexpensive seafood. It’s heaven for seafood connoisseurs. You can get fresh crab straight from the sea at the crab market on the western seafront. It’s also a good base from which to go on an island boat tour. Head over to the palm-fringed beach of Rabbit Island or Koh Tonsay.
  • Floating villages on Tonle Sap: Tonle Sap lake is home to dozens of picturesque floating villages. Explore the fascinating houses built from bamboo and raised on stilts; they are mainly inhabited by Vietnamese fisherman. You’ll pass floating markets, schools and pagodas and learn more about local life.
  • Irrawaddy Dolphins: Around 20km north of Kratie is Kampie. It offers the best riverside vantage point to spot the rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins. It is expected that only around eighty remain in the entire Mekong. The Irrawaddy dolphins look very much like porpoises. The Irrawaddy dolphin has been added to the IUCN Red List as a critically endangered species. The dolphin-watching site is now run as an ecotourism project by the local community.
  • Ream National Park: Ream National Park is one of Cambodia’s most accessible national parks. Here you can explore Cambodia’s unspoilt natural environment with mangrove forests, sandy beaches and rich diversity of flora and fauna. You are likely to see kingfishers, eagles and monkeys.
  • Trekking in Rattanakiri: Trek into the forest of Rattanakiri, the capital Banlung is surrounded by peaceful countryside. It is dotted with waterfalls and lakes, and it’s also home to the indigenous chunchiet hill tribes. You may spot gibbons, rare birdlife and endangered species in the Virachey National Park.

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The carefully-curated itineraries in our Cambodia travel guide will inspire you to make the most of your trip. These itineraries take in the most popular destinations for those that travel Cambodia including the cities and infamous Temples of Angkor. You can also take the opportunity to go off the beaten track and take in Cambodia’s natural attractions. There is an itinerary to suit anyboth your interests and your timeframes.

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The Ultimate Southeast Asia Grand Tour

The Ultimate Southeast Asia Grand Tour

Explore the highlights of four countries in a bit over 3 weeks: Halong Bay & the Mekong Delta in Vietnam combined with the cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Proceed to Cambodia with Angkor Wat before watching the monks in Luang Prabang/Laos. Your trip ends in Thailand with elephants and Bangkok.

Impressions of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Impressions of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Start and end your trip in Ho Chi Minh City and visit highlights such as the Mekong Delta, Phnom Penh with the Killing Fields, Angkor Wat, the historic city of Luang Prabang in Laos before heading back to Vietnam - Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hoi An await.

Siem Reap Family Adventure

Siem Reap Family Adventure

Traditional ox and carts, sprawling rice fields, majestic temples, glorious food and breath-taking countryside – this is Cambodia. Take some time out in Siem Reap with its Old Market and boutiques, savour local cuisine and be prepared for the trip of a lifetime. Perfect for groups and families.

Cambodia’s Beaches and Temples

Cambodia’s Beaches and Temples

See the best of beautiful Cambodia on this amazing tour. Explore the busy capital Phnom Penh, laze on the golden sands of the south coast beaches, discover local villages and Cambodian cuisine before you lose yourself among the mystical temples of Angkor.

Cambodia Explorer

Cambodia Explorer

This is a trip to Cambodia for the adventurer. This trip takes you from the glorious temples and rolling countryside of Siem Reap to the attractive riverside capital of Phnom Penh where you can explore the city’s broad boulevards, new restaurants and myriad sights.

A Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Adventure

A Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos Adventure

Make the most of your time in South East Asia and discover not 1 but 3 exciting countries. From Vietnam to Cambodia and Laos you will get the know the locals, visit ancient temples, relax on a cruise, get a taste of Buddhism and so much more. This itinerary will show you the wonders of Asia.

Cambodia cultural discovery tour takes in Phnom Penh, with its romantic cafes and haute cuisine, ancient, awe-inspiring temples, stunning countryside and one of the greatest wonders of the world.

Cambodia Explorer travel tour takes you from the glorious temples and rolling countryside of Siem Reap to the attractive riverside capital of Phnom Penh where you can explore the city’s broad boulevards, new restaurants and myriad sights.

Combining remote locations that are as yet not overrun with tourists is the aim of the Unseen Cambodia itinerary , which includes trips to quiet tucked away townships and villages.

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When you plan your Cambodia trip, make sure you have the latest Cambodia travel advice.

Check out the travel essentials section with all the travel advice you need before you go. It will help you to make sure your trip runs smoothly. It covers tips on travelling Cambodia, including keeping healthy, staying safe, money and insurance. Cambodia travel essentials also includes festival and public holiday dates, tips on travelling with children and more.

All foreign nationals except those from certain Southeast Asian countries need a visa to enter Cambodia. Tourist visas are valid for thirty days. The tourist visas are issued on arrival at all border crossings and airports. You will need two passport photos to get your visa. You can also take care of your tourist visa online in advance evisa.gov.kh. The e-visas are only valid at airports and the Poipet, Koh Kong and Bavet land crossings. Check the website for full details. E-visas take three days to process, and you still need to provide a digital photograph.

A tourist visa can be extended once for one month. Many travel agents and guesthouses can help you extend your visa for a commission. You can also buy a business visa, and this can be extended in a variety of ways, and they allow multiple entries. Find out more in the Cambodia guide to travel essentials.

The main cities in Cambodia have several accommodation options and finding something is rarely a problem. There are basic hotels in every provincial town too. The budget accommodation can be very cheap at around $7 to 8$ per night. Most hotel rooms have a double bed as standard. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville also offer tourist-orientated budget guesthouses and hostels. Hostels can be priced as little as $2 per night. Camping is theoretically illegal in Cambodia, but is a possibility in some places – for example, on the beaches and islands of the south coast.

Mid-range and luxury accommodation is usually only found around the tourist hotspots and major towns. Luxury accommodation is widely available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, Sihanoukville and Kep. There are choices of five-star chain hotels, chic boutiques and idyllic resorts constructed in traditional Khmer style.

Find out more in the Cambodia guide to accommodation .

Cambodian food has influences from many other countries in Asia and French influence too. Cambodian food is milder than Thai food and often herbs, spices and chilli are served on the side rather than blended into the dish. Dishes are delicately enhanced with flavours like lemongrass and coriander. Cambodia’s national dish is bamboo-leaf infused fish amok. Stir-fries feature on most menus alongside delicious coconut milk curry dishes and rice.

Local variations of typical Vietnamese dishes can also be found too. French influences can also be found on the menus here with endless coffee options and French-style baguettes. You can find Khmer street food at markets and on street stalls. You can fill up on noodle dishes, filled baguettes and stir-fries.

Cambodians drink plenty of green tea and fruit shakes. Stalls are set up in towns all over the country from late afternoon. Also available is iced sugar-cane juice and the juice of green coconuts - all very refreshing. Cambodia’s national beer is Angkor, brewed by an Australian and Cambodian joint venture in Sihanoukville. Find out more about food and drink in Cambodia .

Cambodia has an increasing number of activities and sports. In the northeast, particularly in Banlung and Sen Monorom, local guides can lead groups or individuals on treks into the surrounding jungle and Virachey National Park. Treks can last anything from a day to a week. There is also good trekking in the forested hills around Koh Kong.

Diving in Cambodia

There are excellent opportunities to snorkel and dive in and around Cambodia. There are several PADI dive shops in Sihanoukville and nearby islands offering both certification and fun day trips.

Cycling and kayaking are available in the northeast around the Mekong River. Bike trips can be organised at Kratie, Stung Treng and around Angkor’s temples or the Cardamom Mountains.

Those that travel Cambodia will gain more respect from locals if they are well dressed. Both men and women dress conservatively. It’s best to avoid skimpy clothes and shorts unless you are at a beach resort. When visiting temples, it’s best to have both shoulders and legs covered. Remove your shoes before entering a Cambodian temple or Cambodian home. Cambodians themselves are conservative and do their best to keep clean and well presented.

It’s advisable to avoid any displays of public affection between men and women. Even visitors holding hands can be embarrassing for Cambodians.

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a view of Cambodia's Angkor Wat temple, with two monks in orange robes walking inside

Backpacking Cambodia was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

When I first visited Cambodia in 2006, I had low expectations for the country as I hadn’t heard much about it as a travel destination. I knew a little about its violent and tumultuous past but that was it.

But, as I traveled around Cambodia, I was blown away by the friendliness of the people, the beauty of the country, and all the great things there are to see and do. The country fast became one of my all-time favorite travel destinations; I think it’s one of the most underrated countries in the world. I can’t recommend it enough!

Since that first visit, I’ve been back dozens of times — I even spent over a month there writing a book. After all these visits and my subsequent travels elsewhere, the country remains a favorite.

Cambodia is still trying to find its footing after the horrifying genocide carried out by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime between 1975 and 1979, which saw upwards of 3 million Cambodians killed. This conflict left a deep, deep wound on the country that very much exists to this day.

Despite this, Cambodia is filled with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever encountered, a rich history, delicious food, beautiful coastlines, and a lively nightlife.

This guide to Cambodia travel guide can help you plan your trip, save money, and ensure you make the most of your visit to one of the best countries in the region.

Table of Contents

  • Things to See and Do
  • Typical Costs
  • Suggested Budget
  • Money-Saving Tips
  • Where to Stay
  • How to Get Around
  • How to Stay Safe
  • Best Places to Book Your Trip
  • Related Blogs on Cambodia

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Top 5 things to see and do in cambodia.

Man driving a boat down a waterway in front of brightly colored houses on stilts in Tonle Sap, Cambodia

1. Explore Angkor Wat

The Angkor Wat temple ruins are massive and you’ll need a few days to satisfy your inner Tomb Raider. If you’re not a history buff, just purchase a single-day ticket ($37 USD). Everyone else may want to consider the 3-day ticket ($72 USD) as there is a ton to see here! You can also take a guided tour if you want to really learn about this epic site!

2. Hang out in Sihanoukville

White sand beaches, nearby deserted islands, great diving, seafood, and a lively nightlife filled with cheap booze make Sihanoukville a favorite among backpackers. It’s not a quiet place to hang out, but it’s a good place to drink or use as a base to visit the nearby islands, which are quiet and serene.

3. See Phnom Penh

As the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh has a wild west ambiance. But it’s an up-and-coming foodie hub with lots to see and do so you can easily spend a few days here playing tourist. Don’t miss the sobering but important Killing Fields outside the city.

4. Visit Tonle Sap

Sailing down this river and around the lake highlights just how closely Cambodian life is tied to this major waterway. You can take a boat all the way downriver or just cruise around on a day trip. Tours start around $20 USD per person.

5. Discover Battambang

Other things to see and do in cambodia, 1. see the killing fields.

You can’t mention Cambodia without people drawing a connection to the country’s bloody genocide. Although a visit to Choeung Ek, also known as the Killing Fields, may not be the most cheerful way to spend an afternoon, it makes for a hallowing and memorable experience, a testament to the dangers of uncontested power. You can’t understand modern Cambodia without learning about Pol Pot and the violence of the Khmer Rouge, which was responsible for killing millions of people during their reign of terror. Admission is $6 USD, though you’ll need to arrange a ride to the area, as the site is located 10 miles from Phnom Penh. Expect to pay at least $15 USD for a return trip via tuk-tuk .

2. Visit Kep

This quaint beach town, located three hours east of Sihanoukville, is the quiet version of Sihanoukville. It’s a nice place to relax near the ocean without the party atmosphere. This town is famous for its pepper crab and empty beaches. It’s quite sleepy and there’s not a lot to do here, making it a good place to come for some downtime. Nearby Kep National Park, which spans almost 70 square kilometers (26 square miles), is a great place for mountain hikes with incredible views over the water and surrounding jungle.

3. Hike in Bokor National Park

Visit this national park as a full day trip from Sihanoukville or nearby Kampot. Here you can wander among the atmospheric French ruins while hiking around the rainforest. Bokor was a big destination for the French aristocracy in the early 20th century and Bokor Hill Station has the remains of an abandoned luxury resort and casino that was later used as a hideout by the Khmer Rouge. Admission to the park is free. Group day tours from Sihanoukville start from about $20 USD, while a private guide for the day is $40 USD.

4. Enjoy the views at Prasat Preah Vihear

This breathtaking mountain temple was built in the 11th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its exceptional carved stonework and overall preservation. Today, it’s the source of conflict with neighboring Thailand, which also claims ownership of the temple. As it is quite remote, the trip here is not easy so not a lot of foreigners visit. Expect a $10 USD entrance fee and a long and steep hike (you can hire a 4×4 for $25 USD or a motorbike taxi for $5 USD to take you to the top if you don’t want the trek).

5. Visit a river village

There are three major floating villages in Cambodia. At these villages, the houses are built on bamboo stilts, and there are always boats filled with people selling trinkets, food, and hanging out. The Chong Khneas is the most visited in the country, but its popularity has made it a bit of a tourist trap. It’s interesting to visit but you won’t have a whole lot of interaction with the locals. Most tours cost at least $15 USD per person. The other floating villages are Kampong Khleang and Kampong Phluk, which you can access from nearby Siem Reap.

6. Visit the pepper farms of Kampot

Outside the city of Kampot and on the way to Kep are vast pepper fields. This southern region of Cambodia is filled with pepper farms where you can learn about the history of the spice, see how it is grown, and pick up what is considered some of the finest pepper in the world. Tours are usually free, though you need to arrange transportation. Half-day tours are around $25 USD. Don’t miss the nearby mangroves and national park too.

7. Trek Koh Kong

An island near the Thai border in the Cardamom Mountain district, the Koh Kong region offers excellent jungle trekking opportunities, as well as a chance to relax on the white-sand beaches. Koh Kong is the biggest island in the country and is considered one of the best beach spots in Southeast Asia. It’s illegal to spend the night there, but there are plenty of operators offering day trips to the island. Keep an eye out for monkeys, boars, and all kinds of indigenous birds while visiting.

8. Tour Kampong Cham

Though it’s the third-largest city in Cambodia, most travelers overlook Kampong Cham. The city has retained a lot of its old French colonial feel and is a great place to really get to know Cambodia. While the city in itself is something to explore, don’t miss the ruins at Nokor Wat, a 10th-century temple built by Jayavarman VII. One of the temple’s highlights is a detailed series of murals that depict religious torture scenes.

9. Relax, Unpack, and Meditate in Kep

Take a break from traveling and sign-up to stay at Vagabond Temple for a while. Prices begin at $275 USD for a 5-day retreat, which includes accommodation, meals, and full days of yoga and meditation classes from incredible teachers. If you’d like to commit to staying for longer, you can pay around $43 USD per day for a two-month retreat. This is a great place to take a break and gather your thoughts, especially if you’re on a long trip. No previous yoga or meditation training is required either.

10. Visit the Landmine Museum

Landmines have devastated Cambodia, maiming and killing thousands over the decades. The remaining mines from the Vietnam War (which spilled over to Cambodia) are still discovered every year. Located in Siem Reap, the Landmine Museum is an eye-opening museum that will broaden your perspective on the war and the horrific impact of landmines. Admission for foreign visitors, including a guided tour in English, is $5 USD per person. I can’t recommend this museum enough.

11. Shop at the markets

Exploring the street, indoor, and night markets is a quintessential part of traveling through Southeast Asia , and Cambodia is no different. Every major city has sprawling markets offering all manner of stalls, from prepared street food and produce to clothing and household items that make great souvenirs. Haggling is commonplace, so don’t be afraid to do so.

12. Learn to cook Cambodian dishes

Learning how to cook Cambodian food is one of the best souvenirs you can bring home. Dive into Cambodian cooking with a class where you’ll learn to cook 3-4 different dishes — and eat them at the end! You’ll usually get to go to a market to shop for produce too and you’ll also get a recipe card so you can recreate the recipes at home. Class sizes tend to be around 6 people, take around 3 hours, and cost around $20 USD per person.

13. Take a food tour

Traditional Khmer food is often overlooked compared to other Asian foods, so a food tour is the best way to sample this culture’s amazing noodle dishes, fresh seafood, sweets, and street food while learning about the history and culture behind the cuisine. Siem Reap Food Tours offers several tours, including morning tours into the market and evening tours perusing food stalls. Tours start from $75 USD and include all food, drinks, and transportation.

14. Hike in Phnom Kulen National Park

Located just 1.5 hours from Siem Reap, this national park is the perfect place to spend a day hiking in the rainforest, with majestic waterfalls, epic viewpoints, and hidden temples in the jungle. Don’t miss Kbal Spean, an archaeological site in a riverbed with intricate rock carvings representing Hindu gods. The entire park area holds tremendous national significance as it was on this mountain range that King Jayavarman II founded the Khmer Empire in 802 CE. The park entrance fee is $20 USD.

  For more information on specific cities in Cambodia, check out these guides:

  • Angkor Wat Travel Guide
  • Phnom Penh Travel Guide
  • Siem Reap Travel Guide
  • Sihanoukville Travel Guide

Cambodia Travel Costs

Woman walking down a path with cows next to hear in the ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Note: Cambodia uses USD. There’s no real need to carry the local currency, Cambodian Riels (KHR), unless you’re paying for really small things on the street. In a growing number of places, especially in the countryside, you might start getting riels back when paying in USD but you can essentially get by using mostly USD here.

Accommodation – Dorm rooms in hostels with 6-8 beds start at around $6-8 USD per night. Private double rooms generally go for $10-20 USD per night, depending on where you are in the country. Free Wi-Fi is standard and many hostels also have outdoor swimming pools and air-conditioning. Free breakfast and kitchen facilities are rare.

A double room with an ensuite bathroom in a comfortable guesthouse or hotel costs $15-20 USD. Most places have air conditioning, TV, and Wi-Fi. Nicer hotels in the $25-35 range have swimming pools and restaurants on-site.

Airbnb is available in the major cities, with prices starting around $25-35 USD per night for an entire home or apartment.

Food – Cambodian food is similar to Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. Vietnam and Cambodia especially have many dishes in common due to the countries’ shared history of French colonization. For example, the baguette sandwich known as bánh mì in Vietnam is called num pang pâté in Cambodia. Popular Cambodian dishes include num banhchok , a lightly fermented rice noodle dish served for breakfast; amok trei , a fish curry dish; and samlar kako , a hearty soup filled with vegetables, roasted ground rice, and catfish or pork. In general, Cambodian cuisine includes a huge variety of noodle soups, stir-fries, curries, fried rice, and sweets.

Rice and freshwater fish are present in nearly every Cambodian meal. Lemongrass, galangal, turmeric, tamarind, ginger, chili pepper, and kaffir lime are all commonly used spices. Fermented fish paste is another widely used ingredient that adds saltiness and flavor.

Common vegetables include leaf and root vegetables as well as melon, long beans, snow peas, bean sprouts, and eggplant. Dozens of types of fruit are native to Cambodia, with durian being the most infamous. However, there are plenty of less pungent fruits to try, including mangosteen, passionfruit, dragonfruit, and mangoes. Fruit is a popular dessert and snack, either eaten alone or made into a variety of sweets.

Overall, food is very cheap in Cambodia. A meal from local street vendors costs about $1-3 USD per meal, while street snacks are even less. Basic restaurant meals cost between $3-5 USD for a typical dish like curry or fish and rice.

Western meals generally cost $5-10 USD. Pizza costs $4-6 USD, a burger costs $7-8 USD, and a pasta dish costs $6-8 USD.

For drinks, a beer costs less than $1 USD, a glass of wine is $3 USD, and a cocktail is $3-5 USD. A cappuccino is $1.75 USD.

If you want to splurge, you can get world-class food in Phnom Penh for around $8-10 USD.

If you plan on buying your own groceries and cooking your own meals expect to pay between $15-20 USD per week for basic groceries like rice, produce, and some meat or fish. Stick to local markets for the cheapest produce. However, given that hostels and hotels don’t have kitchens and the street food is so cheap, I wouldn’t advise cooking your meals while here.

Backpacking Cambodia Suggested Budgets

If you’re backpacking Cambodia, expect to spend around $45 USD per day. On this budget, you can stay in a dorm room, eat food from the street stalls, have a couple of beers here and there, and take public transportation to get around. If you’re visiting Angkor Wat (you likely are), you’ll need an additional $37 USD plus the cost of a bike or driver.

On a mid-range budget of $90 USD, you can stay in a budget hotel with air conditioning, have some sit-down meals at nicer restaurants, drink more, take buses between cities, visit Angkor Wat, and do more tours and activities like seeing the Killing Fields and taking a cooking class.

On a “luxury” budget of $160 USD or more a day, the sky is the limit! You can stay at hotels, eat out anywhere you want, drink as much as you want, hire a driver, and do whatever tours and activities you want (including a multi-day visit to Angkor Wat).

You can use the chart below to get some idea of how much you need to budget daily, depending on your travel style. Keep in mind these are daily averages – some days you’ll spend more, some days you’ll spend less (you might spend less every day). We just want to give you a general idea of how to make your budget. Prices are in USD.

Cambodia Travel Guide: Money-Saving Tips

Cambodia is one of the cheapest countries in Southeast Asia . There really aren’t any big money-saving tips here unless you go out of your way to find the most expensive things to see or do. But if you really want to pinch some pennies, here are a few tips on how to save extra money in Cambodia:

  • Minimize your drinks – Every drink is a dollar and before you know it, you’ve spent more money on beer than on food and accommodation. Limit your drinking to save your budget.
  • Work for your room – You can usually negotiate a discount at a hostel if you stay for a week or longer and offer to volunteer. Usually, this means just a few hours per day helping out in exchange for free accommodation.
  • Book tours and day trips as a group – You have more negotiation power when you’re with a group of people buying multiple tickets. Traveling alone? Meet a friend at a hostel and see if they want to join the same tour as you. You can likely get a better price this way.
  • Don’t book in advance – Don’t book any tours or activities before you get to your destination. They’ll be much cheaper when you arrive as you can to negotiate a lower price. Anything you see online is going to be more expensive than you need to pay!
  • Eat on the street – You can pick up tasty local fare for cheap in Cambodia. Eat cheap at the stalls and avoid Western food.
  • Pack a water bottle – A water bottle with a purifier comes particularly in handy in Cambodia since you can’t drink the tap water. Save money and thousands of plastic bottles by getting a bottle that can purify the tap water. My preferred bottle is LifeStraw since it has a filter that ensures your water is always safe and clean.

Where to Stay in Cambodia

Accommodations in Cambodia are incredibly cheap. Here’s a list of budget-friendly places to stay in Cambodia:

  • The Siem Reap Pub Hostel (Siem Reap)
  • Lub D Cambodia Siem Reap (Siem Reap)
  • Onederz Hostel (Siem Reap)
  • Onederz Sihanoukville (Sihanoukville)
  • Next Beach Club (Koh Rong)
  • Mad Monkey Koh Rong Samloem (Koh Rong Samloem)
  • Mad Monkey (Phnom Penh)
  • Onederz (Phnom Penh)
  • Sla Boutique Hostel (Phnom Penh)
  • The Magic Sponge (Kampot)

How to Get Around Cambodia

Mopeds, motorbikes, and tuk tuks driving along a street lit up at night in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia

Public transportation – Local city transportation is cheap in Cambodia. Phnom Penh is the only city with any public transportation network to speak of, with a small bus network of 17 routes. Tickets cost just $0.40 USD per ride, paid in cash each time you board the bus.

Taxi – Taxis are normally double to triple the local transportation cost, and you often must haggle for the price. They start high, and you work towards something you are willing to pay. Shared taxis for long-distance travel are a good idea if you have a group of 3-4 people. When in doubt, ask your hotel/hostel staff for a price estimate so you know you’re not getting ripped off.

Renting a driver for the day costs $15-20 USD, and most hostels can help you arrange finding one.

Tuk-tuks can be found on every corner in the big cities, though be sure to negotiate a price in advance (usually not more than $5 USD depending on the distance).

Bus and minibus – The easiest and cheapest way to travel around Cambodia is by bus, a network that has improved quite a bit in recent years. The backpacker trail is so worn that there is a very well-established tourist bus system to take you anywhere. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville are the main hubs.

Generally, you can get a bus anywhere in the country for under $20 USD. Buses depart regularly from Siem Reap to Bangkok for $20 USD each way, a journey that takes around 9 hours. Both buses and mini-buses also make the 6-hour journey from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh daily for $10 USD per person. The 5-hour ride from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville starts from $9 USD, while Siem Reap to Sihanoukville takes 10 hours and costs $17 USD.

To find bus routes and prices, use BusBud .

Train – Trains are not common in Cambodia. There is one route that runs between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville, and one that runs from Phnom Penh to Poipet. Tickets cost $5-7 USD though departures are not very common so you’ll need to plan ahead. While improvements are being made, due to the lack of upkeep of the rail infrastructure, trains are in bad shape. I’d stick to the buses.

Boat – You can take a boat between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap and between Siem Reap and Battambang. This isn’t the most efficient or cost-effective way to travel, but it can be a scenic and fun journey. The 6-hour ferry ride from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh costs $18-25 USD, and it’s $25 USD between Siem Reap and Battambang.

Flying – There are only a few domestic routes in Cambodia, between the major destinations of Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Siem Reap. The main airline carrier is Cambodia Angkor Air. Flights are generally quite expensive and have infrequent schedules. The one-hour flight from Sihanoukville to Siem Reap costs $140 USD, while the 45-minute flight from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is $90 USD. These prices can increase significantly when booking last-minute.

Car rental – Car rentals are expensive here and the roads are far from excellent. Since accidents are common, I suggest skipping the car rental here.

When to Go to Cambodia

The high season in Cambodia is from November to April when temperatures are milder. This more or less coincides with the dry season, which is from November-May. November-February are the busiest months, with temperatures rarely dipping below 20°C (68°F). Temperatures can go as high as 38°C (100°F), especially in April and May, so if you visit during these months be prepared for the heat and dress accordingly.

If you’d rather avoid peak tourist season, visit from May to the beginning of October. Although this overlaps with the rainy season, generally that just means getting hit with brief heavy rainfall in the afternoons. You can still see and do a lot during this time, just bring a rain jacket.

How to Stay Safe in Cambodia

Cambodia is a safe place to backpack and travel — even if you’re traveling solo, and even as a solo female traveler. Violent attacks against tourists are rare here, though petty theft can occur so always guard your possessions.

Unfortunately, theft is frequent on the beaches and in crowded streets. Always keep an eye on your belongings when out and about and never flash your valuables. Keep your wallet and phone secure and out of reach and don’t leave anything unattended on the beach either.

There are some common scams around that you’ll want to be aware of, such as the motorbike scam. This is where vendors try to charge you for damage to your bike rental. To avoid this, take pictures and video of your bike when you rent so that you can’t be charged for existing damage.

There is also a common tuk-tuk scam where the driver takes you miles from your destination and then pressures you to stay and spend money at the shop or restaurant where he dropped you off (the driver works under commission for a particular restaurant, hotel, or shop). If this happens, firmly decline and demand to go back or find another tuk-tuk driver.

Another common scam involves shady or fake police officers who demand to see your passport. Chances are, you’ll be asked to pay a “fine” to get it back. Simply deny the request and tell them the passport is back at your hotel in a safety deposit box.

For more information on travel scams, read about common travel scams to avoid here .

The people who usually get in trouble in Cambodia tend to be involved with drugs or sex tourism. Stay away from that stuff and you’ll likely be fine.

Avoid dehydration in the heat by making sure you bring lots of water to keep hydrated. Remember that tap water isn’t safe to drink, so bring a water bottle with a built-in filter.

If you experience an emergency, dial 119 for assistance.

Always trust your gut instinct. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID. Forward your itinerary along to loved ones so they’ll know where you are.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to purchase good travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past.

Cambodia Travel Guide: The Best Booking Resources

These are my favorite companies to use when I travel. They consistently have the best deals, offer world-class customer service and great value, and overall, are better than their competitors. They are the companies I use the most and are always the starting point in my search for travel deals.

  • Skyscanner – Skyscanner is my favorite flight search engine. They search small websites and budget airlines that larger search sites tend to miss. They are hands down the number one place to start.
  • Hostelworld – This is the best hostel accommodation site out there with the largest inventory, best search interface, and widest availability.
  • Agoda – Other than Hostelworld, Agoda is the best hotel accommodation site for Asia.
  • Booking.com – The best all around booking site that constantly provides the cheapest and lowest rates. They have the widest selection of budget accommodation. In all my tests, they’ve always had the cheapest rates out of all the booking websites.
  • Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide is a huge online marketplace for tours and excursions. They have tons of tour options available in cities all around the world, including everything from cooking classes, walking tours, street art lessons, and more!
  • SafetyWing – Safety Wing offers convenient and affordable plans tailored to digital nomads and long-term travelers. They have cheap monthly plans, great customer service, and an easy-to-use claims process that makes it perfect for those on the road.
  • LifeStraw – My go-to company for reusable water bottles with built-in filters so you can ensure your drinking water is always clean and safe.
  • Unbound Merino – They make lightweight, durable, easy-to-clean travel clothing.

Cambodia Travel Guide: Related Articles

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Cambodia is really a hidden gem in Southeast Asia with world famous ancient temple complexes, deserted pristine beaches and islands, and rich cultural heritage. Cambodia is a relatively easy and safe place to travel, as long as you have good planning and preparation before the trip. Our Cambodia Travel Guide will give you the latest travel advice and most comprehensive information you need to make your trip to Cambodia run more smoothly.

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Cambodia Travel Guide

Apsara dancers in beautiful Khmer traditional costumes.

  • Country Name: – Conventional form: The Kingdom of Cambodia. – Local form: Preahreacheanacha Kampuchea (short form: Kampuchea).
  • Government Type: Multiparty Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy.
  • Capital:  Phnom Penh
  • Location: Southeast Asia, bordered by Vietnam, Thailand and Laos and the Gulf of Thailand.
  • Land Area: 68,154 sq mi (176,519 sq km);
  • Total Area: 69,900 sq mi (181,040 sq km).
  • Land Boundaries: Laos – 555 km, Thailand – 817 km, Vietnam – 1,158 km.
  • Coastline: 443 km.
  • Climate: tropical; rainy & monsoon season – May to October; dry season – November to April.
  • Natural hazards: monsoonal rains (June to September); flooding; occasional droughts.
  • Terrain:  mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north.
  • Population: 15.28 million (March 2019 estimate)
  • Language: Khmer (official) 97%, other 3% (2013 estimate)
  • Religion:  Theravada Buddhist (official) 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8% (2013 estimate)
  • Ethnic Groups:  Khmer (97.6%), Cham (1.2%), Chinese (0.1%), Vietnamese (0.1%), and several ethnic minority groups (0.9%), most located in the northeastern section of the country (groups include: Kuy, Mnong, Stieng, Brao, Tampuan, Pear, Jarai, Radee, Brao, Krung and Kavet.)
  • Currency: US dollar (USD) officially used, Khmer riel (KHR) is only for small transactions.
  • Voltage:  220v/50Hz; European plugs are most common, British less so.
  • Country Calling Code:  855
  • Time Zone:  GMT +7 hours

Map of Cambodia

Cambodia region distribution map.

  • 1- Cardamom & Elephant Mountains (Battambang, Kampot, Koh Kong, Pailin, Pursat, Sihanoukville, Bokor National Park, Kep) – the western mountain ranges, gulf coast beaches and offshore islands.
  • 2- North-western Cambodia (Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Sisophon, Koh Ker, Poipet, Tonle Sap Lake, Preah Vihear) – the main reason most visitors come to Cambodia, plus a huge lake and the northern mountains.
  • 3- Mekong Lowlands & Central Plains (Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kompong Thom, Krek, Kampong Chhnang) – the capital city and the central flatlands.
  • 4- Eastern Cambodia  (Banlung, Kratie, Sen Monorom, Stung Treng, Chlong) – remote rural areas and national parks east of the mighty Mekong.
  • Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s bustling capital, at the confluence of the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap.
  • Siem Reap – the gateway for UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Complex.
  • Sihanoukville – coastal town in country’s southwest, main access to pristine offshore islands.
  • Battambang – the country’s second largest city, leading rice-producing province of Cambodia.
  • Kampot  – tranquil gateway to the abundant green Elephant Mountains & Bokor National Park.
  • Kratie  – charming riverside town in the north-east on the Mekong, home to endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.
  • Koh Kong – near the Thai border, embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains – the biggest coherent rainforest of Southeast Asia.
  • Kompong Thom – riverside town & home to less well known but less crowded Sambor Prei Kuk Temple & other ancient sites.
  • Mondulkiri – home to several tribal minorities, wildlife sanctuary, great waterfalls. Did you know that Bousra Waterfall, Mondulkiri is one of the biggest waterfalls in Cambodia

Visa to Cambodia

Visa to Cambodia.

A 30-day tourist visa is required for all visitors coming to Cambodia, except for nationals from the following countries:

  • Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam (30 days).
  • Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Seychelles (14 days).
  • Philippines (21 days).

Visas to Cambodia can be obtained upon arrival international airports or land border checkpoints with visa fee 30 – 33 USD in cash only. You are required to show your passport-size photos and valid passport to Immigration Office and then fill in application form.

In case you want to avoid long queue at the airports or land borders, Cambodia E-Visa is also available to apply with the fee 36 USD per person. It will take about 3 working days to process your application. At this moment, there are 220 countries eligible for Cambodia E-visa. You can check out more details about Cambodia Visa requirements and procedures on Cambodia Visa .

III. Hotels in Cambodia

Looking for accommodation to stay in Cambodia? In recent years, accommodation for tourists in Cambodia has significantly improved in standards and service quality. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanouk Ville offer plenty of hotels and lodgings in all categories to meet all budgets and demands. Even in smaller towns, tourists still can find a reasonable choice of guesthouses, mid-range hotels or quirkier accommodations in off-the-beaten-track regions, such as floating river lodges, jungle bungalows or luxurious resorts in private islands.

1. Hotels in Siem Reap

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor offers a peaceful oasis perfect for a luxury Cambodian holiday.

Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor offers a peaceful oasis perfect for a luxury Cambodian holiday.

– Location: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located right in the heart of Siem Reap, 5 minute drive to the central market, and 10 minute drive to both Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Airport.

– Style & Character:

  • + Opened in 1932 – a truly heritage landmark itself;
  • + The unique blend of old-world charm and modern necessities;
  • + Beautiful prints of Cambodian life in 19 th century in the marble floored hallways;
  • + Original wooden elevator, John McDermott’s seminal photographs of the Angkor ruins.
  • + Hosted great celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, the Clintons and Michelle Obama

– Service & Facilities:

  • + 60,000sqm garden, 33 meters long outdoor swimming pool;
  • + Well-equipped gym, top of the range spa.
  • + Cambodian buffet dinner combined with the classic dance Apsara performances;

– Rooms:

  • + Dark-wood floors, historic prints on the walls, immaculate faux-antique furnishings.
  • + Modern necessities: air-conditioning, smart ceiling lighting, minibar and coffee machine.
  • + Bathrooms tiled with Italian marble, large walk-in shower.

– Food & Drinks:

  • + 1932 Restaurant – Royal Khmer cuisine;
  • + Café d’Angkor – lunch & dinner with Asian & Continental dishes.
  • + The Conservatory – colonial atmosphere with pool & garden views.
  • + Elephant Bar – extensive wine list and humidor.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap possesses prominent location, within walking distance to Siem Reap's shopping & nightlife areas.

Park Hyatt Siem Reap possesses prominent location, within walking distance to Siem Reap’s shopping & nightlife areas.

– Location: Sivutha Boulevard Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Within walking distance of the city’s shopping and nightlife area: Old Market, Angkor Night Market, Pub Street.

  • + Exterior: ancient Khmer combines über modern aesthetics;
  • + Large sculptures like silent guards in the corridors, interior’s minimalist, contemporary décor;
  • + Strong identity by legendary designer and architect Bill Bensley, John McDermott’s iconic black and white images of the Angkor monuments, art works by local artist Lim Muy Theam.
  • + Free traditional Apsara dance in central courtyard with dinner or drink in high season.
  • + 2 swimming pools: smaller saltwater pool, larger one consists of interconnecting pools connected by small bridge;
  • + Small but well-equipped gym; 7 spa rooms.
  • + 104 spacious, bright and elegant rooms including 13 suites;
  • + Amenities: air-con, television, a safe, a minibar, a docking port for iPads and other tablets and a Nespresso coffee machine;
  • + Spotless large bathroom.
  • + The Dining Room: buffet breakfast, Khmer set-menus as well as French cuisine classics;
  • + The Living Room: Khmer and Western cuisines, fine wines, tempting cocktail concoctions;
  • + The Glasshouse Deli. Patisserie: delectable light fare, fresh pastries, indulgent cakes and a grand selection of homemade ice cream and sorbets.

Jaya House River Park is a boutique hideaway situated on Siem Reap's tranquil riverfront.

Jaya House River Park is a boutique hideaway situated on Siem Reap’s tranquil riverfront.

– Location: Street 30, Krong, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Situated on a tranquil riverfront, complimentary nine-minute ride to the centre, and similar distance to Angkor Archaeological Park.

  • + A boutique hideaway mixes style and a social conscience with unique design inspired by 1960s Cambodian Modernism;
  • + Interiors crafted from sustainably sourced wood and local stone;
  • + The first plastic-free hotel in Cambodia.
  • + Welcoming & attentive staffs;
  • + Two swimming pools;
  • + Smalls spa with a steam room
  • + 36 spacious rooms & suites with balcony or terrace overlooking garden;
  • + 4 Junior Pool Suites with alfresco plunge pools;
  • + Neutral tones and tactile fabrics, comfortable pillow-top mattress & premium bedding & linens;
  • + Vintage telephones, Bluetooth connectivity;
  • + Well-stocked complimentary minibar with soft drinks and Angkor beer, a Malongo espresso coffee machine.
  • + Tror Kuon: all day dining, mentored by renowned British chef Neil Wager;
  • + Breakfast: part-buffet, part à la carte;
  • + Sky Bar at rooftop.

Shinta Mani Shack is a spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort.

Shinta Mani Shack is a spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort.

– Location: Junction of 3rd and 14th Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located in the junction between Royal Gardens and Old Market, 15 minute drive from Angkor Wat.

  • + A spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort;
  • + Impressive high-ceilinged lobby which sports an extraordinary psychedelic Apsara mural;
  • + Long dark corridors around the garden, contrast to the pool;
  • + Large pool in central garden to get sun all day;
  • + Plastic free hotel with refill stations around the resort;
  • + Mirrored featured wall, custom designed iron bed and hand crafted light fittings.
  • + A wall-mounted LCD TV/soundbar, BlueTooth, complimentary wireless internet access;
  • + Artwork exclusively created for Shinta Mani by Bensley Design Studios, Bangkok.
  • + Small bathroom but in immaculate condition.
  • + Baitong: all day seasonal menus; reasonably pricey comfort food;
  • + Kroya: blends local products and international recipe;
  • + The Steakhouse: American steakhouse;
  • + Bensley’s Bar: over 30 Gins from all corners of the world.

COURTYARD Marriott Siem Reap features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor.

COURTYARD Marriott Siem Reap features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor.

– Location: No 0609 Road 6A, Phum Chongkoesou Khum Slor Kram Siem Reap, Cambodia. Strategically access to Angkor Wat, 15 minute drive to Angkor Golf Course, 20 minute drive to Siem Reap Airport.

  • + Features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor;
  • + Quan Spa in serene Angkorian architectural vestige;
  • + State of the art fitness center;
  • + Saltwater lagoon pool & whirlpool.
  • + Spacious rooms with locally inspired décor, sleek marble bathrooms, private balconies and signature amenities.
  • + Bluetooth speaker, complimentary WiFi and a 43-inch flat-screen TV.
  • + Lok Lak: all day dining, authentic Khmer food and international favorites;
  • + The Upper Deck: chic rooftop bar with breathtaking sunset views to the west;

Lynnaya Urban River Resort offers perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.

Lynnaya Urban River Resort offers perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.

– Location: Street 20, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Riverfront location, 800m from Pub Street, 6 km from Angkor Wat, 8 km to Siem Reap Airport.

  • + Offers modern and contemporary style promoting a real sense of luxury and class;
  • + Perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.
  • + An outdoor dark-blue swimming pool;
  • + Experience relaxing treatments in Nirvana Spa & Wellness.
  • + Each room features fine linens and classic Cambodian-style furnishings;
  • + Flat-screen cable TV, an electric kettle, comfortable seating area and air conditioning;
  • + Stylish en suite bathrooms.
  • + Palate Restaurant: indoor main restaurant, retains the history and charm of the 1950’s building style.
  • + Palate Skybar: enjoying sunset over the river; live music on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday;
  • + Pool Bar: located at the pool, open from 10:00 to 19:00.

Tara Angkor Hotel is a spacious full-service hotel close to the entrance of Angkor Wat.

Tara Angkor Hotel is a spacious full-service hotel close to the entrance of Angkor Wat.

– Location: Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located just 500 m from Angkor National Museum, 2.3 km to the lively Pub Street and Old Market, iconic Angkor Wat is 5.4 km away and 9.1 km from Siem Reap International Airport. – Service & Facilities:

  • + An outdoor pool, a spa and a gym, a sauna, a hot tub and cooking classes.
  • + Feature wooden flooring and garden or city views;
  • + Each room has flat-screen TV, minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities;
  • + Private bathroom provides bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers.
  • + Suites add separate living areas, dining tables and whirlpool tub.
  • + Tong Tara Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day international dining;
  • + Frangipani Restaurant: European & Asian menu;
  • + Lily Lounge: serves cocktails.

Central Boutique Angkor Hotel is a perfect choice for mid-range budgeted travelers.

Central Boutique Angkor Hotel is a perfect choice for mid-range budgeted travelers.

– Location: Tapoul Road, Tapoul Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Located in the heart of the Siem Reap City with easy access to the Pub Street, the Old Market & Angkor Night Market. – Style & Character:

  • Well decorated with Cambodian art décor style furnishing.
  • + All rooms are in boutique style; 20 bungalows located around one swimming pool and 34 rooms are facing to another swimming pool and surrounding garden;
  • + Air conditioning, hot and cold water, bathtub with shower, stock mini-bar, safety box, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facility, Cable TV, IDD telephone, full bath room amenities and wireless internet access;
  • + Most of the hotel rooms face the swimming pool, all rooms attached with terrace or balcony.
  • + Bamboo Restaurant: casual & open air restaurant, offer a wide choice of other Asian and European dishes;
  • + Bamboo Bar: offer all kind of drinks, cocktails and snack;
  • + Poolside Terrace: a relaxing atmosphere in the tropical garden.

2. Hotels in Phnom Penh

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh.

Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh.

– Location: 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh Sangkat Wat Phnom Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated among embassies, government buildings and the National Library, 5 minute walk to Wat Phnom, 10 minutes to the riverfront, short drive to the National Museum, Royal Palace and Russian Market. – Style & Character:

  • + First opened in 1929, the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh;
  • + Presents a wonderful fusion of colonial, Khmer and Art Deco styles;
  • + Chosen as a regular staying place for famous writers, royalty and celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Onassis, André Malraux, and W. Somerset Maugham, Jackie Kennedy.
  • + Walls are lined with historical black-and-white photographs;
  • + Newer wing was only built in 1997, but contains many original interiors: polished tiles and restored staircase, bookcases and bureaus lining the elegant corridors;
  • + Two sublime outdoor pools surrounded by loungers, frangipani trees and tropical shrubs;
  • + Raffles Spa offers a range of traditional Khmer and modern treatments.
  • + Consists of 175 rooms, almost are State Rooms in newer wing with blend of colonial charm & modern comfort, private balconies, marble bathroom has separate shower/bath, and traditional décor;
  • + The original 1929 building has Landmark Rooms; original claw-foot baths, antiques and high ceilings;
  • + Rooms are equipped with silk bathrobes, signature toiletries, TV, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.
  • + Le Phnom 1929: a casual, Parisian brasserie-style atmosphere, open kitchen, great cocktails and the “Around the World in 80 wines” wine program;
  • + Restaurant Le Royal: the only restaurant serving Royal Khmer cuisine in Phnom Penh;
  • + Elephant Bar: popular spot for afternoon tea, signature Femme Fatale cocktail created Jackie Kennedy in 1967;
  • + Poolside Terrace: relax in the afternoon sun on in the shared of the fragrant frangipani trees.

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel offers breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace

Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel offers breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace, and the untouched greenery rural beauty opposite of Phnom Penh capital.

– Location: Street KeoChenda, Phum 1, Sangkat Chroy Changvar, Khan Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Sokha Phnom Penh is strategically located on the bank of Mekong River, opposite to the Royal Palace, approximately 13 km from Phnom Penh International Airport, 5.6 km to both Old Market and Central Market. – Style & Character:

  • + Offering breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace, Chaktomuk River and a wide sweeping view of the untouched greenery rural beauty opposite of Phnom Penh capital, Sokha Phnom Penh provides the peaceful, less busy side of the congested capital.
  • + Staff here are able to communicate in Chinese, Thai, Khmer and English.
  • + Large outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Great Mekong, Bassac River and the riverside ambience of the charming city of Phnom Penh;
  • + Fitness Center with world-class gym equipment;
  • + Jasmine Spa with 17 treatment rooms.
  • + Spacious room with a spectacular view of Tonle Sap River, Royal Palace and serene greenery;
  • + Each air-conditioned room and suite is soundproof. The seating area is equipped with an electric kettle, tea/coffee maker, minibar, flat-screen cable TV and safe;
  • + Private bathrooms include a bathtub, hairdryer, toothbrushes, slippers and free toiletries. Ironing facilities are also available.

7 restaurants & 4 bars

  • + Lotus Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day dining;
  • + The China House: offers regional Chinese specialties;
  • + Takezono Restaurant: on the 19 th floor, provides authentic Japanese cuisine;
  • + The Bel Cibo: ultimate Italian dining experiences with excellent view of the river and city;
  • + Thansur Restaurant: offers a global blended menu featuring East meet West.

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort is the luxury accommodation in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia.

Palace Gate Hotel & Resort is the luxury accommodation in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia.

– Location: #44B, Street Sothearos Blvd (corner of street 240), Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Adjacent to the Royal Palace, 550m to the National Museum, 1.8km to Independence Monument and 11km away from Phnom Penh International Airport. – Style & Character:

+ Luxury hotel in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia; + Restored French colonial villa, ornate columns and wonderful examples of Cambodian tile making.

  • + An outdoor swimming pool and surrounding garden;
  • + Senses Spa: blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes.
  • + Carefully decorated in Angkorian style with tasteful interior design to reflect the country’s history and traditions;
  • + Higher room category offers wonderful views of either the Royal Palace or the river;
  • + Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet.
  • + Mealea Restaurant: buffet breakfast with extensive menu offering a range of Asian and Western options which changes on a 6 day cycle;
  • + Organic Skybar: chance to sip cocktails and enjoy sunset at rooftop bar surrounded by the unique organic herb and vegetable garden.

White Mansion Boutique Hotel was set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence.

White Mansion Boutique Hotel was set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence.

– Location: #26 Street 240 (corner street 51), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Close to Independence Monument Park, the Royal Palace and other Phnom Penh tourist spots. – Style & Character:

  • + A boutique set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence;
  • + Elegance, genuine comfort and casual chic reign supreme.
  • + 20m long saltwater swimming pool;
  • + In-room massages and spa treatments available.
  • + 33 suites and rooms, some with balcony or terrace with city view;
  • + Locally made furniture, marble floor;
  • + Bathroom equipped with custom Italian marble, designed cabinetry, double washbasin, large shower and/or bath, faucets.
  • + Le Café: room service breakfast or in the gardens; offers snacks, degustation platters, Asian and international dishes.

Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort is well-known for its glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop.

Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort is well-known for its glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop.

– Location: No 5, St 240, Sangkat Chakto Mukh, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated in the city’s main shopping and dining area-the street 240; a few minutes’ walk to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Independence Monument. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop;
  • + Petal Spa: tranquil traditional Khmer massage;
  • + Art Exhibition: gallery of Phnom Penh’s famous emerging local and international artist.
  • + Rooms are tastefully enhanced with the indulgence of contemporary industrial design and dynamic Cambodian tradition and culture;
  • + Most of the rooms and suites have either stunning city view, river view or a private balcony;
  • + Open air Slla Sky bar & restaurant; river view rooftop, serves enthralling Western and Asian Fusion cuisines;

Villa Langka's pool is surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard.

Villa Langka’s pool is surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard.

– Location: 14, Street 282, Sangkat Beung Keng Kang I (BKK1), Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Situated in a small & quiet alley, opposite to Wat Langka Pagoda, and just around the corner from the Independence Monument and street 278 with popular shops, bars and restaurants. – Service & Facilities:

  • + A shady pool surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard;
  • + Minispace spa.
  • + Boutique style rooms blending contemporary elegance with Cambodian traditions;
  • + 24 rooms in a traditional Khmer villa and 24 rooms in a contemporary building;
  • + Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast
  • + Poolside Restaurant: menu combines the flavour and freshness of Phnom Penh’s daily markets with the culinary skills of our Chef;
  • + Poolside Bar: enjoy fresh fruit juices and exotic cocktails.

3 star Queen Grand Boutique Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Independence Monument.

3 star Queen Grand Boutique Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Independence Monument.

– Location: No 14-16, Street 258, Sangkat Chak Tomuk, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The hotel is about 25-minute drive from Phnom Penh International Airport and Royal Palace is a brief stroll away, within walking distance to the Independence Monument, University of Cambodia and the National Museum of Cambodia. – Service & Facilities:

  • + The La Grand Spa: combines international and rich of Khmer style massage;
  • + Rooftop Jacuzzi: enjoy sunbath and overlook the significant Mekong River and Royal Palace.
  • + Modern design with a touch of Khmer style;
  • + Air-conditioned rooms are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views and allow plenty of natural light;
  • + Equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar and desk;
  • + En suite bathrooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries.
  • + Restaurant & Bar: serves up a variety of Khmer and Western dishes daily;
  • + Sky Bar: over view the picturesque Riverside and dazzling city center Nagaworld Casino.

3. Hotels in Battambang

Maisons Wat Kor is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor.

Maisons Wat Kor is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor.

– Location: St 800, Wat Kor Village, Battambang, Cambodia. This boutique style hotel is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor. It is a 5-minute walk from Wat Kor Pagoda, 2km to Battambang Town Centre and Central Market. – Service & Facilities:

  • + A salt water swimming pool;
  • + Khmer cooking classes;
  • + Classic Khmer massage services.
  • + Includes 15 guestrooms within 3 wooden houses, decorated with local furniture and ecofriendly materials;
  • + Some rooms at garden level with balconies offering stunning views to the lotus pond and pool.
  • + La Terrasse De Lotus Restaurant serves Cambodian cuisine and Western dishes.

Design in Bambu Hotel combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles.

Design in Bambu Hotel combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles.

– Location: Phum Romchek 5, Sangkat Rottanak, KO Street, Battambang, Cambodia. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Salt water swimming pool (14m x 6) is available exclusively to staying guests.
  • + 16 bedrooms arranged in 4 traditionally inspired buildings;
  • + Design combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles;
  • + Equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, telephone, flat screen cable TV, DVD player with access to our DVD library, iPod docker, mini bar, room safe and private terrace or balcony.
  • + Russey Restaurant: all day dining, serves snacks, mains and desserts from local and international cuisine;
  • + Pool bar: draught and bottled beers, a comprehensive wine list, a selection of local fruit juices and shakes, a range of cocktails, teas, coffees and other soft drinks.

Classy Hotel situated in the heart of East River Bank - an ideal place from which to discover Battambang center.

Classy Hotel situated in the heart of East River Bank – an ideal place from which to discover Battambang center.

– Location: 159 D, Street 207, Phnum Romcheck 4, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, Cambodia. Situated in the heart of East River Bank, Classy Hotel is an ideal place from which to discover Battambang: 200m from Colonial Buildings, 300m to Battambang Museum, 400m away from riverside night market. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Large outdoor swimming pool;
  • + Spa and well equipped wellness centre.
  • + Spacious rooms, basic decoration in modern hotel building
  • + Cooled with air conditioning, feature a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a personal safe and a wardrobe;
  • + En suite bathrooms offer a hot/cold showers and free amenities.
  • + Java Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day dining, direct access to swimming pool;
  • + Dine Panorama: outdoor seating, spectacular view to river and pagoda at sunset

4. Hotels in Kep

Luxury boutique resort Knai Bang Chatt is located on the South Coast of Cambodia.

Luxury boutique resort Knai Bang Chatt is located on the South Coast of Cambodia.

– Location: Phum Thmey, Sangkat Prey Thom, Kep City, Cambodia. Situated on the waterfront, a 10-minute walk to the centre of town, the famous crab market, cafés, bars and restaurants. – Style & Character:

  • + Ground-breaking New Khmer architecture, inspired by the iconic Cambodian architect Van Molyvan, who studied under Le Corbusier.
  • + Showpiece baby blue villa once belonged to the governor of Kep; the entrance and reception building was owned by the King’s relative; and a tomato-red two-storey building with zig-zagging columns was owned by the Head of Customs.
  • + Private white sand beach;
  • + Long wooden sea jetty with breathtaking view;
  • + A substantial outdoor swimming pool embedded in the lawn;
  • + Rental services: bicycle, scooter, kayak, paddle boat;
  • + First Sailing Club in Cambodia with catamaran service;
  • + Small but private and intimate spa services;
  • + 18 rooms at six architecturally striking buildings;
  • + Room interiors: minimalist style and inviting – earthy tones, polished stone walls, fluid wooden furnishings and mosquito nets strung above beds;
  • + Bathrooms: spacious, shower only, locally made soap & shampoo.
  • + The Strand: high-end & open-air restaurant; mixing elements from a range of global cuisines and palettes; serves inventive Khmer, international and vegan dishes;
  • + The Sailing Club Restaurant & Bar: a restored traditional wooden fisherman’s cottage directly over the sea; serves small plates, sandwiches, seafood throughout the day;
  • + The Lounge: open & airy space, Kep’s premier cocktail and wine bar.

Private dinner arrangement on the beach in Samanea Beach Resort.

Private dinner arrangement on the beach in Samanea Beach Resort.

– Location: Kep Road 33A, Kep, Cambodia. Set along Kep’s seashore and next to a protected mangrove forest. – Style & Character:

  • + Renovated from the ruins of seaside cottage by suing the same materials: bricks, stone, cement tiles.
  • + 300 square meters salt water infinity pool with integrated Jacuzzi jets and a safe shallow area for kids;
  • + Private artificial white sand beach;
  • + Mangrove forest with wooden boardwalk meandering through it;
  • + Samathe Spa & Salon: unique concept of bio-treatments.
  • + 12 well adorned Khmer style villas built set on 20 hectares, set around botanical garden, each villa has private terrace with sea, garden or pool views;
  • + Decoration combines regional materials & innovation;
  • + Almost rooms have 4 poster beds, a living area with sofa, 1 big size Flat-screen televisions 32″, a DVD player, and an antique desk;
  • + Bathrooms: outdoor, laden with tropical plants, deep oval shaped bathtub.
  • + Chankiri Restaurant: all day dining, serves international & Khmer specialties;
  • + Panoramic Rooftop Bar: enjoy cocktails and tapas on 360 o bar with sea & mountain views.

Raingsey Bungalow's swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants.

Raingsey Bungalow’s swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants.

– Location: Thmey Village, Prey Thom Commune, Crab Market, Kep, Cambodia. Located a stone’s throw away from the famous Kep Crab Market, 5 minute walk to Kep National Park Entrance, and 1km to Kep Beach. – Service & Facilities:

  • + A clear swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants;
  • + 9 private bungalows scattered in a 2,500m² lush garden;
  • + Each bungalow cottage has large windows, a private terrace opening out to the greenery;
  • + Room amenities: aircon, ceiling fan, a desk, a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom.
  • + Combine both modern-creative and traditional Asian styles;
  • + Serve a tasty cocktail, Craft Beer, Local Commercial beers.

Almost rooms in Kep Bay Hotel offer spectacular views to ocean and greenery landscapes.

Almost rooms in Kep Bay Hotel offer spectacular views to ocean and greenery landscapes.

– Location: No.23100, Kep, Cambodia. Located 400m from Kep Beach, 1.8km from Crab Market, 1.6km from Kep Jetty and 2.7km to Kep Market. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Huge & clean swimming pool – the highlight of the hotel.
  • + Free bikes;
  • + Spa & massage services.
  • + Spacious rooms feature private balconies with sea view, several rooms with mountain view;
  • + Room amenities: air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, a desk;
  • + Bathroom: combined bathtub & standing shower.
  • + The Bay Dining Restaurant: outdoor seating, buffet breakfast, all day dining;
  • + The Bay Sky Bar: spectacular sunset view overlooking the ocean.

5. Hotels in Kampot

Stylish room decorations in Rikitikitavi Hotel.

Stylish room decorations in Rikitikitavi Hotel.

– Location: Riverside Road, Corner Street 728 Kampot, Cambodia. A prime location on the riverfront, within few minutes’ walk from many of Kampot’s bars and restaurants. – Style & Character:

  • + Undergone various identities – 1920s wooden rice barn, theatre, home to an ex-governor of Kampot – before converted into a boutique hotel in 2006 by a British couple.
  • + Small, stylish rooms in renovated wooden framed rice barn .
  • + Only 8 rooms but in cozy settings, equipped with all luxuries such as air conditioning, fan and en-suite bathroom.
  • + Restaurant: beautifully designed terrace restaurant overlooking the river, mountains and Kampot’s stunning sunsets.
  • + Balcony Bar: views over Kampot River and the Elephant Mountains

The Columns Hotel was originally built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony.

The Columns Hotel was originally built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony.

– Location: 37 Phoum 1 Ouksophear, Kampot, Cambodia. Located at a quietly tree-lined street, few minutes’ walk to the riverfront and two streets from the old Market. – Style & Character:

  • + Built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony;
  • + Restored & renovated into the modern boutique hotel;
  • + Retained original features: wooden beams, pretty tilework, blue French Colonial shutters.
  • + 17 rooms designed in a subtle and understated style;
  • + Hard wood furnishings, colorful silk cushions and décor created by local craftsmen;
  • + Some rooms at the back with no view but super-quiet, top-floor attic-style rooms with balconies, second-floor rooms with big windows and French Colonial blue shutters cost a little more.
  • + Green Café: serves breakfast, freshly baked pastries, great coffee and cooling smoothies during the daytime.

6. Hotels in Koh Kong

4 Rivers Floating Lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting.

4 Rivers Floating Lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting.

– Location: Koh Andet Island, 20 km from Koh Kong City, southwest Cambodia’s jungle-fringed Tatai River and at the steps of the Cardamom Mountains. – Style & Character:

  • + Floating white tented lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting;
  • + Minimise the use of wood, use solar power where possible, and also support community projects.
  • + A small library with books and DVDs to borrow, and reception sit on the central pontoon;
  • + Shaded seating on riverfront deck on other side;
  • + No WI-FI, no pool but the river awaits;
  • + Free kayak to use, waterfall trips, firefly & sunset cruises, forest hikes & village excursions.
  • + 12 luxury floating tents on tranquil Tatai River and on-land tents for family with kids;
  • + Each 45 sqm spacious tent is fully equipped with modern amenities, handcrafted furniture by local materials.
  • + Tents are roomy enough to include a lounge area with chaise longue;
  • + The spacious bathroom has twin sinks and an innovative wooden shower barrel containing a hot-water power shower.
  • + 4 Rivers Restaurant: combines the best of the local Cambodia cuisine and global influences, also serves a mix of Western and Southeast Asian food.

7. Hotels in Sihanouk Ville

All villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style and has private pool.

All villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style and has private pool.

– Location: Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. Spanning over Koh Ouen and Koh Bong islands in Sihanouk Ville, accessible by a 25-minute drive with a 40-minute boat ride from Sihanouk Ville International Airport. – Style & Character:

  • + Dotted across two tiny rainforests isles, ringed by calm clear waters;
  • + Classic look blends nature & modernity;
  • + Almost every furniture item has been upcycled from wood collected in the local area.
  • + Resort staffs are locals from nearby area, trained in house to an exemplary standard;
  • + Lists of activities to enhance your private island experience: snorkeling & scuba diving, sea kayaking, yoga & meditation, island safari, Buddhist ceremonies;
  • + Spa: spa with no walls – it’s actually made up of little ‘sanctuaries’ dotted across the island, where treatments take place nestled in nature.
  • + 24 vast thatched roof villas are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style, with cool stone walls and four-poster beds wrapped in blousy muslin;
  • + Dreamy indoor/outdoor bathrooms with tealights;
  • + TV & internet are provided but kept to a minimum;
  • + Private pool in each villa (from 26sqm to 33sqm).
  • + Restaurant: at the end of a wooden walkway to catch both sunrises and sunsets, à la carte breakfast between 7am and 11am..

Natural stone pool in White Boutique Resort.

Natural stone pool in White Boutique Resort.

– Location: Marina Road, Otres 2, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. It is a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride to the Sihanouk Ville city centre, 25 km drive to Ream National Park and 16 km to Sihanouk Ville Airport. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Fitness center with all basic equipment;
  • + Spa with experienced Khmer master of massage;
  • + Natural stone pool
  • + 19 spacious rooms & suites in combination with Cambodian culture & natural surroundings;
  • + All rooms are air-conditioned and feature beds with orthopedic mattresses, minibar and a flat-screen TV;
  • + A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms;
  • + Duo Restaurant & Bar: combine Western cuisine & Cambodian flavors; offers stunning ocean views.

In Naia Resort, 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age is blended with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.

In Naia Resort, 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age is blended with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.

– Location: Marina Road, Otres 2, Village 6, Sangkat 4, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. It’s located in quiet Otres Beach, 8km away from Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, 25 minutes to Sihanoukville airport. And it’s easy to Kbal Chhay waterfalls and Ream National Park from here. – Style & Character:

  • + Designed by Spanish architect: wavy-design balconies, porthole windows, white exterior and soft hues of greens, blues and browns exude a calm, natural beach vibe;
  • + Blends 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.
  • + 32 rooms with perfect balance between comfort & style;
  • + Almost room open onto the sea, private balcony or terrace ;
  • + 1950s-style designer furniture in soft colors ;
  • + En suite bathroom with a shower, a bidet and terry dressing gowns.
  • + Breakfast restaurant inside the hotel;
  • + Beach Bar & Restaurant with cool blue design, wooden deck and sunset views, serves snacks, lunch, dinner and happy-hour cocktails;
  • + Bar near reception area with beautiful 1950s design.

8. Hotels in Koh Rong

Freestanding villas in The Royal Sands Resort with tropical & uncluttered décor.

Freestanding villas in The Royal Sands Resort with tropical & uncluttered décor.

– Location: Sok San Village, Koh Rong (Island), Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. Located an hour by own catamaran boat west of Sihanouk Ville in the Gulf of Thailand. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Dramatic black swimming pool, in front of the two Jacuzzis;
  • + SensesSpa: includes a semi open-air ‘sala’ for foot and Khmer massages, an outdoor yoga ‘sala’ dedicated to the art of breathing & stretching and private rooms for more specialised therapies;
  • + Fitness center in front of the spa area, overlooking the mountains of Koh Rong;
  • + Other services: island hopping, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, SUP, fishing, mountain biking, trekking, plankton experience.
  • + 67 freestanding villas, 30 of them have personal pools;
  • + Spacious bedrooms; tropical & uncluttered décor;
  • + Bathroom includes indoor & outdoor rain showers;
  • + The Chill: open-air restaurant for lunch with BBQ seafood & dinner with refined Asian dishes;
  • + Ocean Restaurant: serves up Cambodia’s finest buffet breakfast.

Romantic dinner set-up on Secret Garden Koh Rong's private beach.

Romantic dinner set-up on Secret Garden Koh Rong’s private beach.

– Location: Pagoda Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia. There is direct speed ferry from Sihanouk Ville to Pagoda Beach Pier within 40 minutes. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Outdoor swimming pool & kid’s pool.
  • + Luxury bungalows with sea views, private balcony in lush garden setting;
  • + Combine local architecture style & Scandinavian influenced contemporary decor;
  • + Beachfront restaurant provides stunning sea view; an exciting menu of western, Asian and fusion cuisine.

Secluded and relaxing beachfront in Sok San Beach Resort.

Secluded and relaxing beachfront in Sok San Beach Resort.

– Location: Sok San Village, Koh Rong (Island), Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Private speedboat services transfer guests from its mainland lounge in Sihanouk Ville to Sok San Beach Resort;
  • + Other services: island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, wakeboarding, fishing, horse riding, beach volleyball, sunset cruises, plankton experience.
  • + 16 thatched roof rooms located in five pavilion buildings with sea view or surrounding forest;
  • + 20 chalets have 2 connecting rooms; like private traditional Cambodian cottages;
  • + Sundeck Beach Bar: perfect spot to watch the sun go down over the horizon;
  • + La Terrasse Restaurant: serves a delicious mix of Khmer and International cuisine;
  • + Coco Beach Bar & Grill: offers snacks and a range of local and international drinks.

9. Hotels in Koh Rong Sanloem

Khmer-style villas with direct access to the beach in Sol Beach Resort.

Khmer-style villas with direct access to the beach in Sol Beach Resort.

– Location: Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia. Conveniently located at the heart of Saracen Bay, the main pier for several speed ferry from Sihanouk Ville’s mainland to Koh Rong Samloem within 40 minutes. – Service & Facilities:

  • + The Soul Spa: can arrange a massage directly on the beach, or a more personal setting in private spa room.
  • + Beautifully designed Khmer-style villas;
  • + Include large soft beds, air-conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi;
  • + Modern bathrooms (with a shower, a bath, and hot water),
  • + Bar & restaurant right on the beach, all day dining with a focus on classic Khmer dishes and well-known western foods.

– Location: Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia. A beachfront Resort located on Saracen Bay on the beautiful Koh Rong Sanloem Island, forty-five minutes from the mainland Sihanouk Ville by speed boat. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Khmer, English, French and Chinese speaking staffs;
  • + Two Jacuzzi pools with direct access to the beach;
  • + Excursions to the white untamed beaches and surrounding local fisherman’s villages, offering guided fishing trips, snorkeling , diving, and more.
  • + Dome rooms with king sized bed places under a round skylight;
  • + Deluxe rooms with balcony, garden view, open air shower;
  • + All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a television with movie selection, minibar, and hot water shower.
  • + Blue Moon Restaurant: Asian European style fusion cuisine.

10. Hotels in Kratie

Rajabori Villas nestles in tranquil Koh Trong Island – only 10 minute boat ride from Kratie town.

Rajabori Villas nestles in tranquil Koh Trong Island – only 10 minute boat ride from Kratie town.

– Location: Phum Kbal Koh, Sangkat Koh Trong 1, Kratie, Cambodia. Located on Koh Trong Island, 10 minute boat ride from Kratie’s mainland, 10-minute walk from Wat Chong Koh Wat Kbal Koh Pagodas. – Service & Facilities:

  • + 180 sqm swimming pool;
  • + Free bicycles, rental tuk tuk or horse cart, kayak to visit surrounding villages and nearby hot spots.
  • + 13 small natural wooden Khmer-style buildings, built by well-trained local craftsmen to preserve Cambodian architectural heritage;
  • + Limited electricity with only one fan per room, no TV or internet;
  • + Water is heated by solar panels & need few minutes to reach the tap.
  • + Restaurant: serves mainly Cambodian rural cuisines using fresh season’s products from local suppliers;
  • + Bar: overlooks to swimming pool, well stocked in various alcohols.

11. Hotels in Mondulkiri

Mayura Hill Resort is the best accommodation in Mondulkiri.

Mayura Hill Resort is the best accommodation in Mondulkiri.

– Location: Phum Derm Srol, Sen Monorom City, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. Situated on a verdant hillsides, 1.6km from the downtown Sen Monorom, a perfect base to explore surrounding must-see destinations. – Service & Facilities:

  • + Outdoor swimming pool;
  • + Children’s playground area;
  • + Fitness centre & yoga class.
  • + 11 private villas embodying the natural environment;
  • + Interiors: fresh, light and airy with wooden handmade furniture;
  • + Private balcony in each room overlooking lush green garden or swimming pool;
  • + Room amenities: air conditioner, in room safe, cable channels TV, DVD player, free WIFI, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities.
  • + Pkha Cha Restaurant: indoor & outdoor seating, offers casual all day dining with both European & Khmer cuisine.

IV. Places to Visit in Cambodia

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Siem Reap

Buddhist monks enjoy the views of Bayon Temple from distance.

Undoubtedly, Siem Reap stands in the first position of the must-visited list in Cambodia. It serves as the linking bridge to the ancient ruins and temples of Angkor Complex . Being defined as one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia by UNESCO, Angkor Archaeological Park spreads over 400km 2 , with remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9 th to the 15 th century. The most highlighted temples can be listed as Angkor Wat , Angkor Thom , Ta Prohm .

To meet the continuously increasing demand to visit magnificent Angkor, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub. It’s a vibrant town with many activities and attractions including lively Psar Chas Market , buzzing cafes, bars, traditional craft shops and plentiful nightlife. Siem Reap is also a good point to access the nearby floating villages, bird sanctuaries on the Tonle Sap Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

In Siem Reap, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose, ranging from luxury or 5 star standard hotels, resorts to hundreds of guesthouses to meet every budget. There are lots of other things to do in Siem Reap that we recommend doing while you are here.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Phnom Penh

Leisure stroll along the facade of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace.

Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Despite recent rapid changes, the city exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. The city is conveniently located at the conjunction of three grand rivers – the Tonle Sap, the Mekong and the Bassac river. Therefore, tourists are highly recommended to take the scenic cruise to witness the golden colors of Phnom Penh’s skyline at sunset. Or just simply take the leisure stroll to Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area where stands lots of restaurants, art galleries and silk shops.

City tour in Phnom Penh can’t be completed without Royal Palace and adjacent Silver Pagoda , which provide gorgeous examples of traditional artistry and offer intriguing insight into both Cambodia’s ancient and modern history. While  Tuol Sleng Museum and Choeung Ek   Killing Field are the evidence for the horror and brutality the people of this country suffered under Khmer Rouge rule. Shopaholics can’t miss the visit to the distinctive Central Market where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Battambang

Wat Sampov Pram – the monastery is situated on almost top of Bokor Mountain.

Even being Cambodia’s second biggest city, Battambang itself is a laidback place compared to the bustling of the capital. If Phnom Penh’s hectic buzz is a bit too much to handle, tourists can take 6-hour drive from Phnom Penh to Battambang to find quieter atmosphere.

Battambang was established as a trading center in the 18th century. Later it became part of French Indochina, with some colonial buildings still in existence until now and scattered through the city’s boulevards. History lovers can take day trip to visit several Angkor-style temples and Buddhist shrines, like the temples of  Phnom Sampeau ,  Phnom Banan , and  Wat Ek Phnom . Among them, Phnom Sampeau (also known as Bat Cave) is the top site because tourists are eager to come there to witness thousands of bats making their way out of caves in the hillside to feed before returning at dawn.

Taking a slow 30-minute ride on the Bamboo Train is another popular activity which only can be experienced in Battambang. It is a single-line rail track where “carriages” made from a platform of wood and bamboo travel between Battambang’s east bank and the nearby tiny village. Famed among some of the most tranquil rural scenery in Cambodia, Battambang is an ideal place to take biking trip along rice fields, visit Cambodian families and taste rice paper, dried bananas, and bamboo sticky rice which are made in traditional methods.

Your night in this town will not be boring if you pay the visit to ‘ Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus’ , where all traditional Cambodian dances and circus music are performed live by students and young locals from nearby poor community. Here is our detailed guides for things to do in Battambang .

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Sihanouk Ville

Beautiful secluded and deserted beach in Sihanouk Ville.

Being known as the most popular beach destination of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanouk Ville was named after a former king – Norodom Sihanouk. In Sihanouk Ville, Ochheuteal Beach  and the  Serendipity Beach have emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s backpacker areas with party reputation. For a much quieter scene, just take 6 km to the south around  Otres Beach , with huts or bungalows on the beach, a sprinkling of classy boutique hotels, and a number of up-and-coming restaurants.

Sihanouk Ville is also the main entry point to offshore islands of Koh Rong , Koh Rong Samloem , where are ideal places for snorkeling and thoroughly relaxing beach vacation. Blessed with pristine, wild and beautiful islands, these islands are where tourists go to enjoy the nature and stay away from the world. If water activities are not in your list, just take a ride to pretty and pristine Ream National Park , which is an easy day trip from Sihanouk Ville and home to more than 200 different bird species, including a few threatened species.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kampot

Spectacular views from Bokor Hill Station.

Located about 3 hour drive from Phnom Penh, Kampot is often chosen as a break spot on the way to access Sihanouk Ville from Cambodia’s capital. Kampot is famous for its black peppercorns around the world because of their unique flavor. A visit at pepper plantation will help you to observe the work of local community living there, as well as taste local dishes using this special ingredient.

Besides being the land of black peppercorns, Kampot is a laid-back riverine town that has a number of colonial structures, some of which has been painstakingly restored. Many travelers stay here longer than they expected, having succumbed to its easygoing pace and chilled-out atmosphere. For the more active tourists, they will not feel boring because Kampot is also an excellent base for discovering the surrounding sights of the south. In this idyllic location, visitors can go boating and rafting on the river, as well as take in glistening waterfalls along the route.

Day trip can be taken from the town to Bokor National Park, which is famous for the old French summer getaway of Bokor Hill Station , with its abandoned church and eerie, empty shell of a once-grand hotel. Bokor National Park is a lush primary forest with pleasant climate.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kep

Kep used to be a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908.

Lying 25km southeast of Kampot, Kep is a favourite among Cambodians for weekend getaways and foreign travelers who want to get away from the tourist crowds at Sihanouk Ville. They are attracted by its convenient location (3h30m drive from Phnom Penh), quiet beaches and friendly people. Founded as a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908, the town is still full of ruined shells of old villas, destroyed in the Khmer Rouge days.

Tourists can take a lazy stroll along the shiny white shores of the Kep Beach, and enjoy some delicious, inexpensive seafood, freshly plucked from the ocean at the well-known Crab Market. Day trips to nearby Rabbit Island can be arranged for snorkelers to enjoy viewing lots of colorful fishes on the bottom of the shallow sea. A visit to the  Kep National Park is also recommended for nature lovers. The park is filled with waterfalls, elusive monkeys, the Stone House and Little Buddha.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kratie

Stunning sunset over the mighty Mekong River in Kratie.

Kratie is a small town spreading along the banks of the mighty Mekong River. The town itself is dominated by a central marketplace surrounded by old, French colonial buildings. Even there’s no large scale tourism in this town, plenty of backpackers pour through here during the peak season. The main reason tourists come to Kratie because it’s an excellent base for dolphin-watching tours. Kampie , over 20km north of Kratie, provides the best riverside vantage point to view a pod of rare freshwater  Irrawaddy dolphins .

These dolphins are endemic to the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. It is thought that there are between 66 and 86 dolphins left in the upper Cambodian Mekong area. Therefore, local authority puts environmental measures in place to try and help their dwindling numbers. If you are willing to spend more time in this tranquil town, check out our guide on other things to do in Kratie .

Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri offers excellent chances for tourists to interact with elephant in an ethical way.

Mondulkiri, 7 hour drive north east of Phnom Penh, is the largest but most sparsely populated in Cambodia. It is also home to the majority of country’s tribal minorities, including the Cham and Phnong people, who have maintained their way of living for centuries in the region’s forests and hills. One of the largest and easiest to access is the Phlung village inhabited by Phnong people , where their curious huts have woven, wooden walls and thatched roofs that slope almost to the floor.

Mondulkiri is also an interesting place to visit in Cambodia for adventures due to its wildlife and natural beauty, with thickly forested mountains, powerful waterfalls and the lush green rolling hills of the western side. Don’t miss the chance to visit the impressive, two-tiered Bou Sraa Waterfall , the highest in Cambodia.

Being known for a number of projects and sanctuaries in the region for rescuing and protecting elephants, Mondulkiri offers excellent chances for tourists to interact with elephant in an ethical way. The most popular project is included in our itinerary is The Elephant Valley Project , where helps elephants and their mahouts, as well as educate visitors about the importance of protecting these wonderful creatures.

V. Where and What to Eat in Cambodia

Khmer cuisine is profoundly influenced by water, rice and freshwater fish due to Cambodian geographical location and climate. Indeed, Cambodian food shares many commonalities with that of its neighbors – Thailand and Vietnam. However, Khmer food is full of distinct flavors and spices and really a must-try when you’re in the country.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Where and What to Eat in Cambodia

The trip to Cambodia won’t be completed without trying fish amok and Angkor beer.

Being known as one of the most popular and signature dish of Cambodia, fish amok can be easily found on menus in tourist hubs all over the country. Diced fillets of freshwater fish are smothered in creamy curry like sauce. When done properly, the fish is silky smooth and melting in your mouth with each bite.

* Where to eat?

  • Khmer Kitchen Restaurant – Street 2 Thnou the corner of Street 9, Old Market, Siem Reap.
  • Amok Restaurant – Street 9, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Viroth’s Restaurant – #99 Wat Bo Street Corner Wat Bo St and Tep Vong St, Siem Reap.
  • Frizz Restaurant
  • Malis Restaurant – No. 136 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh.
  • Eleven One Kitchen – #37 Street 123 (corner of 460), Tuol Tom Poung, Phnom Penh.
  • Romdeng Restaurant – # 74 Oknha Ket St. (174), Phnom Penh .

Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Cuisine

Locals voted samlor korkor as the true national dish of Cambodia.

While amok is sometimes called the country’s signature dish, and very familiar to tourists, locals voted samlor korkor as the true national dish of Cambodia. It has been eaten by Cambodians for hundreds of years and can be found in restaurants, roadside stands and family homes alike. This type of soup is rich in both flavors and nutrition. * Where to eat?

  • Mie Café – #0085, Phum Treng Khum Slorgram, Siem Reap.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Food

Nom banh chok is served as typical breakfast food in Cambodia.

Nom banh chok is simply called in English as “Khmer noodles”. It’s a typical breakfast food, consists of fresh and thin rice noodles, topped with a fish-based green curry. * Where to eat?

  • David’s Restaurant – Homemade Noodles – 13, #166 Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh.
  • Boat Noodles – Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh Center, Phnom Penh.
  • Tbal Khmer Restaurant – 40 Street 432, Phnom Penh.
  • Khmer Fungus Noodles – House 15 200, Phnom Penh.

Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Culinary

Kep’s freshest and finest crabs are best matched with Kampot pepper.

If you make a plan to visit the coastal town of Kep, you surely know that this place is famous for freshest and finest crabs. The freshest of catches are fried, quickly cooked and simply flavored with immature green peppercorns from Kampot and garlic chives, which turn out to be one of the best dishes in Cambodia. * Where to eat?  Seafood Restaurants in Crab Market in Kep Town: So Kheang, Diamond Jasmine, Holy Crab, La Mouette, La Baraka, Kimly Seafood Restaurant.

Cambodia Fried Insects

Deep fried insects are widely sold in Cambodian public markets as a popular snack among locals.

In Cambodia’s public markets, tourists can easily see local peddlers selling fried insects like: tarantulas, crickets, cockroaches, locusts. They are an excellent source of protein and often go well with a cold glass of beer. More than a popular snack among locals, these creepy crawlies are advertised as a culinary delicacy for tourists, and can be found in markets and on restaurant menus all around the country. If you want to explore more about Cambodia gastronomy, check out our detailed article on what to eat in Cambodia .

VI. Suggested Cambodia Itinerary

1.1. Spirit of Angkor 3 days

Cambodia Travel Guide - Suggested Cambodia Itinerary

Bayon Temple is one of the highlight in 3 day tour Spirit of Angkor.

– Destinations: the most highlighted temples in Angkor Park (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Rolous Group) and Tonle Sap Lake. – Overview: Immerse yourself in the magic and history of Cambodia’s famous Angkor temples on this three-day tour of the ancient Khmer Kingdom. With Cambodia Travel to explore ancient monuments, cruise through Tonle Sap Lake’s charming floating villages and watch the sunset from the foot of Phnom Krohm Mountain. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/spirit-of-angkor/

1.2. Colors of Cambodia 7 days

Colors of Cambodia 7 days

National Museum in Phnom Penh is an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art and civilization.

– Destinations: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap. – Overview: Enjoy a weeklong holiday to explore our bustling capital Phnom Penh and peaceful Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park. Colors of Cambodia package is a perfect blend of Cambodia’s finest elements: combining historical temple visits with cultural immersion and urban exploration. Experience the country’s natural beauty along with the subtleties of Khmer culture on this journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/colors-of-cambodia/ 1.3. Cambodia In Style 10 days

Cambodia In Style 10 days

Banteay Srei is home to Angkor’s finest stone carvings.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh. – Overview: This 10-day package takes visitors to travel across the country from Siem Reap to Kratie – one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces then travel along the bank of Mekong River to Phnom Penh Capital. Cambodia In Style package gives you a closer look in to the countryside of Cambodia Kingdom, meet locals at their villages and experience some of local daily life. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-in-style/

2.1. Biking Through Angkor 5 days

Biking Through Angkor 5 days.

Exploring Angkor by bike is the best way to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and ancient history of the region.

– Destinations: the most highlighted temples in Angkor Park (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Rolous Group), Kulen Mountain and Tonle Sap Lake. – Overview: Spice up your visit to the ancient Khmer Kingdom on a bike tour through Cambodia’s legendary temples. Exploring Angkor by bike is the best way to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and ancient history of the region. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/biking-through-angkor/

2.2. Explore Preah Vihear Temple 2 days

Explore Preah Vihear Temple 2 days

Preah Vihear Temple – an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear. – Overview: Cambodia Travel arranges the 2 day trip to discover the famous Hindu temple located on the top of mountain by northern border of Cambodia Kingdom. The journey brings you to the less traveled area of Angkor – Beng Mealea with thousands of great hands carving on ancient sandstone and explore Preah Vihear and border area. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/explore-preah-vihear-temple/

2.3. Explore Cambodia 13 days

Explore Cambodia 13 days

Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace is an excellent introduction of the ancient Khmer art and civilization.

– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake. – Overview: For 13 days Explore Cambodia’s rich culture and history on a tour that takes you deep into the heart of the Khmer Kingdom. Discover the ancient Angkor temples and enjoy a rustic homestay; see the endangered freshwater dolphins that inhabit the Mekong and visit Cambodia’s bustling capital city. This vacation includes all of Cambodia’s highlights, offering something for everyone. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/explore-cambodia/

2.4. Absolute Cambodia 15 days

Absolute Cambodia 15 days

Ancient temple ruins in Cambodia.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong. – Overview: No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, exploring the Mekong in search of river dolphins, trekking in Mondulkiri or relax on the beach in south of Cambodia, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/absolute-cambodia/

3.1. Luxury Cambodia & Song Saa Island 7 days

Luxury Cambodia Tours & Holiday Packages

Overwater villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort.

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville, Song Saa Island, Phnom Penh. – Overview: A week long journey to visit top attractions of Cambodia: Angkor Temples and experience world-class services at luxurious Song Saa Private Island. Cambodia Travel invites you to experience the best of Cambodia on this package. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/luxury-cambodia-song-saa-island/

3.2. Cambodia Luxury Holiday 7 days

Cambodia Luxury Holiday 7 days

Khmer professional hospitality ensures your stay in Cambodia to be private and comfortable.

– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville. – Overview: Cambodia Travel creates this luxury adventure for those who would like to take in all the main highlights of this fascinating country within a week long holiday. The combination of history, culture, architecture, countryside and coastal relaxation provides the opportunity for travelers to get under the skin of the country. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-luxury-holidays/  

4.1. Truly Cambodia 11 days

– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Koh Rong Samloem. – Overview: A perfect journey through the ancient and modern Cambodia for 11 days exploring capital city of Phnom Penh to the wonders of the temples of Angkor, some of the most iconic places around Siem Reap as well as being witness the rural Cambodian lifestyle at Battambang. The trip includes couple of relaxing days on the white sand beach in Koh Rong Samloem before driving to Phnom Penh for departure. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/truly-cambodia/

Truly Cambodia 11 days.

Sunrise hunting moments in front of magnificent Angkor Wat.

4.2. Cambodia Cities & Southern Coast 12 days

– Destinations: Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kep, Kampot, Sihanouk Ville. – Overview: This package is perfect for those who want to explore the main sights of Cambodia at a leisurely pace, allowing for plenty of time to get under the skin of the country. The trip start in bustling city of Siem Reap – home of amazing Angkor temples. Spend 12 days to explore the most famous temples some of our favorite temples away from the tourists. Our journey continues to Cambodia ‘s capital- Phnom Penh before going to countryside of Khmer people and end up on the laid-back coast in the southern of Cambodia, wake up the sleeping beauty of Kep and beautiful nearby islands. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-cities-southern-coast/

Cambodia Cities & Southern Coast 12 days.

Sihanouk Ville’s white sand beaches and warm waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway.

4.3. Sihanouk Ville Beach Break 4 days

– Destinations: Phnom Penh, Sihanouk Ville. – Overview: Sihanouk Ville is Cambodia’s premier beach town. Sihanouk Ville’s white sand beaches and warm waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway. Sihanouk Ville is an ideal place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkeling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out. Cambodia Travel arranges the package of Sihanouk Ville Beach Break with pick up and transfer from Phnom Penh Capital. – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/sihanoulk-ville-beach-break/

VII. Best Time to Travel to Cambodia

Cambodia Travel Guide - Overview of Climate in Cambodia

Sunset over Angkor Wat.

Cambodia has the simpler weather system in Southeast Asia with two distinct seasons: dry and wet season. The dry season in Cambodia runs from October to April/ early May, when hot wind caused by the dry north-east monsoon blowing across the whole country. With the average temperature at around 24°C-26°C, November to January are the coolest months of the year. Characterized by dry and sunny weather, low humidity and relatively cool temperatures, it is no surprise that dry season is when the number of tourists coming to Cambodia reaches its peak.

From May to early October is the wet season in Cambodia. During these months, southwest monsoon brings almost 75% of annual rainfall to Cambodia. During this rainy season, daytime temperature still remains high between 25°C and 27°C. May, June and July are the hottest months and rainfalls comes infrequently in the form of short downpours. Toward the latter months of the wet season (late July – September), rains tend to be more intense and can be heaviest along the south coast.

When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

Angkor is suitable destination for families travelling with kids.

The high season for travel in Cambodia is from November until April, with dry and favorable weather conditions throughout almost main tourism destinations. Consequently, that is also when the cost of travelling tends to increase. The travel expenses are particularly acute during special occasions, like Christmas and New Year Eve, Khmer New Year Celebration in mid-April. If traveling during this period, tourists are suggested to reserve travel services as early as possible to avoid fully booked situations.

During November – April, Cambodia has comfortable conditions with brilliant sunshine and extremely low chance of raining. Beach and island lovers can enjoy relaxing sunny days in pristine white sand coastlines and islands, such as Sihanouk Ville – Koh Rong – Koh Rong Samloem. In north east regions of Cambodia, journey time to Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri is shorter thanks to good road conditions in dry season. Sunny daytimes and cooler temperatures make adventure activities like trekking into jungles or interact with wildlife in these places are much more pleasant.

Although November to January are quite cool, April is one of the hottest months in Cambodia with average temperatures of 35°C. Rather than all day visits to Angkor Temples , tourists are recommended to take early morning or late afternoon tours, and have short break by the hotel swimming pool or at air-condition restaurants or tourist venues at midday. On the other hand, the summer heat somehow helps to lower the crowd numbers at the main temples in specific time of the day.

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Coming to Cambodia between May and early October, tourists can experience a quieter holiday. Actually, wet season is not as bad as the label implies because it depends on what you want to do in these countries. And sometimes, tourist numbers may be taken into consideration rather than the weather factor. Visitors can still come to Cambodia during monsoon season when the dust is gone and the countryside returns to its lush greenery thanks to downpours. The iconic tourism site – Angkor Temples , gets a severe decrease in visitor numbers. In some extends, these spectacular temples are more stunning in wet season with fully watered moats surrounding, which provides perfect chances to snap shots of temple reflections in the water.

Rainy season is also the perfect time of the year to visit floating villages in Tonle Sap Lake by boat. During wet season, the lake swells to six or seven times its normal size of approximately 2,600 square kilometres.

On the downside, heavy rainfalls make travelling to north east regions ( Kratie , Mondulkiri , Ratanakiri ) and southern coastal destinations ( Sihanouk Ville , Kampot , Kep ) fairly difficult. “Off the beaten path” travel should be avoided, particularly in August. Remote tracks can become unpassable due to flooding of road system there. For those who are planning some relaxing days on the beach should forget Cambodia’s south coast during these months.

Overall, the best time to visit Cambodia falls between November and January because the weather in these months are cooler by Cambodia’s standards ( around 20 °C ) and there’s not much possibility of raining.

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Cambodia due to an increase in petty crime.

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Petty crime

Petty crime, such as phone and bag snatching, occurs frequently. Thieves, sometimes on motorcycles, grab bags and other valuables, including passports. Theft targeting foreigners is frequent on sidewalks, on motorcycles and tuktuks (rickshaws) in:

  • Phnom Penh, particularly the riverfronts and the Boeung Keng Kang areas
  • Sihanoukville

Personal belongings have been stolen from locked rooms, particularly in low-cost accommodations. Items have been removed from luggage stored in the luggage compartments of buses, especially on the journey between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

These crimes occur any time of day or night.

During your stay in Cambodia:

  • ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and your other travel documents are secure at all times
  • do not leave your belongings unattended
  • if you are robbed, hand over cash, electronic devices and valuables without resistance

Violent crime

Violent crimes, such as stabbings, sometimes occur. Foreigners have encountered difficulties when reporting crimes to police and military personnel lacking discipline.

Organized crime

There are reports of criminal operations in the seaside resort of Sihanoukville and the Special Economic Zone. The criminal activity includes employment scams, drug and human trafficking.

During your trip:

  • exercise a high degree of caution at all times
  • avoid walking alone after dark
  • report any criminal incidents to the local police of the jurisdiction, before leaving Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the most heavily mined countries in the world. Landmines pose a threat to the safety of travellers.

There are still reports of landmines in the following areas:

  • the Preah Vihear Phnom Kulen temple areas
  • the border areas, including with Thailand
  • the River of a Thousand Lingas

There are also landmines in rural areas, especially in the following provinces:

  • Banteay Meanchey
  • Kampong Thom
  • Siem Reap except in the town of Siem Reap and the Angkor temples, which are considered clear by the Cambodian government

If you are travelling through the affected areas:

  • be especially vigilant in remote areas, near small bridges and secondary roads
  • do not walk in forested areas, fields or in dry rice paddies without a local guide
  • don't handle suspicious items and report them to local authorities
  • pay attention to signs indicating the possible presence of landmines
  • stay on paved and main roads and avoid roadside ditches, shoulders and unmarked trails
  • cross only at official border crossings

Although there have been no recent reports of terrorist activity, the global risk of terrorism should not be ruled out.

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations take place and even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Credit card and ATM fraud

There is bank and ATM fraud. When using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention if other people are handling your cards
  • use ATMs located in public areas or inside a bank or business
  • count and examine your cash at the ATM or with your teller
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Scams targeting tourists occur, including card games. The criminals sometimes take travellers to ATMs and force them to withdraw money.

Travellers have been the victim of scams and extortion at border crossings. Some have reported that border officials demanded they pay extra charges before they can enter Cambodia.

Carefully consider accepting assistance from individuals offering to help with documentation or transportation.

Reports of scam operations have increased, especially in the city of Sihanoukville and Poipet.

  • Be wary of fake job offers on social media, through agencies, or from unknown employers.
  • Verify the business's legitimacy before making the decision.

Telephone scams

Foreigners have received calls from scammers claiming to be local authorities or financial institutions. The caller may try to collect personal information or request a fund transfer to resolve administrative or customs issues.

Do not send any money or personal information in this type of situation.

Romance scams

Romance scams through dating sites or social media have occurred. Be alert to attempts at fraud by persons who profess friendship or romantic interest over the internet. It may be an attempt to get you to send money to pay off fake debts.

  • Beware of people who show a keen interest online
  • Keep in mind that you may be the victim of a scam if you go to Cambodia to meet someone that you met online
  • Always meet new acquaintances in a secure and familiar location
  • Be mindful of the risk of inviting new acquaintances in your hotel room or apartment

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Women's safety

Sexual assault has been committed, including against foreign women, in Cambodia. Some of the reported incidents happened in hostels.

  • Be cautious of strangers who are helpful and friendly
  • Do not accept offers of transportation from strangers
  • Avoid dark alleys and isolated areas
  • Avoid unattended beaches
  • Keep your hotel or hostel doors and windows locked

If you are victim of a sexual assault, you should seek medical attention and report the situation immediately to local authorities and the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate.

Advice for women travellers

Road safety

Driving habits.

Road safety can vary considerably across the country. Drivers do not drive safely or respect traffic laws.

Drinking and driving is common, and frequently the cause of accidents, especially around major holidays. Some vehicles, especially motorcycles, may drive against the flow of traffic and on the sidewalks.

  • Exercise caution when driving or walking
  • Be particularly vigilant when driving during the holiday periods

In the event of a car accident:

  • remain at the scene
  • report the accident to the police and your insurance company as soon as possible
  • if you are found to be at fault, you may be detained until all fines are paid

Road conditions

The road system outside of major cities is in poor condition. Main roads are paved but secondary roads may not be. Narrow and unpaved roads affect rural driving. Conditions may be more hazardous during the rainy season.

Travel by road during daylight hours.

Travel by motorcycle

Motorcycles are a common in urban areas. Motorcycle accidents kill or maim several Canadians in Cambodia each year.

Riding motorcycles in Cambodia as it is dangerous, even for experienced motorcyclists.

Rental agencies often request passports as a guarantee when renting motorcycles.

You should not use your Canadian passport as collateral or assurance for debts or rental of motorcycles. If your passport is inaccessible or stolen because of such misuse, you may be subject to investigation by Passport Canada and may receive limited passport services.

Checkpoints

Expect checkpoints and have your up-to-date documents ready for traffic police to inspect.

Public transportation

Exercise caution when taking buses in Cambodia.

  • Only use reputable transportation companies
  • Contact your travel agency for a list of recommended intercity bus companies

Taxis and ridesharing services

Taxis are available in major cities and are easy to obtain at hotels or taxi stands. Self-drive (rental), chauffeur-driven cars and ridesharing services are also available in major cities.

Confirm fares before entering a taxi, and/or request that the taxi driver use the meter.

Travel can be affected by the poor track maintenance and drivers trying to beat the train at crossings.

Boats are often overcrowded and lack adequate safety equipment. Boat owners do not accept liability for accidents.

Each year, illicit drug use leads to the death of several Canadians in Cambodia. Seek medical assistance if you begin to feel sick after using drugs.

More information on how to avoid difficult and dangerous situations related to illegal drugs

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report – International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Centre

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Cambodian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of entry into Cambodia. If you wish to extend your stay in Cambodia, make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the extension period.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: required Business visa: required Student visa: required

Tourist and business visas allow entry to Cambodia for 30 days only, counting from the date of entry.

Travellers must pay a fee in cash of US$30 for tourist visas or US$35 for business visas and provide two passport-sized photos. The photos can be purchased at the airport for US$3 each.

Make sure Cambodian officials stamp your passport when you arrive. Keep your immigration card intact in your passport or put it in a safe place. You will have to contact Cambodian immigration officials if you lose your immigration card before you can leave the country.

You can request a single-entry tourist visa online through Cambodia's e-Visa service.

Apply for an e-visa – Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

Visa expiry date

When issued outside Cambodia, visas have an expiry date, which refers to the date by which the visa must be used, not the length of time allowed in the country. Visas must be renewed for stays over 30 days and may only be extended once.

Where to get a visa

Tourist and business visas can be obtained at:

  • a Cambodian embassy abroad
  • upon arrival at the airports in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
  • certain land borders as e-visas

For more information, contact the nearest Cambodian embassy or consulate.

Other entry requirements

In January 2024, the Government of Cambodia introduced the Cambodia e-Arrival application (CeA). As of July 1, 2024, the electronic form in the app will replace the standard immigration, customs and health forms.

Travellers can try the CeA app until June 30, 2024, after which time it becomes a mandatory requirement. You must complete your e-Arrival forms within 7 days of your scheduled arrival.

Cambodia e-Arrival (CeA) application – Government of Cambodia

An onward or return ticket and proof of sufficient funds are required to visit Cambodia.

Foreigners Presence in Cambodia System (FPCS)

Cambodian immigration has required that foreign nationals in Cambodia be registered on the FPCS – an online registration system aiming to protect foreigners' safety and security in case of an emergency while living or staying in Cambodia. If you don't register, you may be denied a visa extension. Verify with your accommodation staff or owners if they have registered your information on the system. If you own your accommodation, you can self-register by downloading the mobile app.

  • Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Dengue: Advice for travellers - 6 May, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a country   where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination is not recommended.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

Japanese encephalitis is a viral infection that can cause swelling of the brain.  It is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Risk is very low for most travellers. Travellers at relatively higher risk may want to consider vaccination for JE prior to travelling.

Travellers are at higher risk if they will be:

  • travelling long term (e.g. more than 30 days)
  • making multiple trips to endemic areas
  • staying for extended periods in rural areas
  • visiting an area suffering a JE outbreak
  • engaging in activities involving high contact with mosquitos (e.g., entomologists)

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.  

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

There is a risk of schistosomiasis in this destination. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by tiny worms (blood flukes) which can be found in freshwater (lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands). The worms can break the skin, and their eggs can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or urinary problems. Schistosomiasis mostly affects underdeveloped and r ural communities, particularly agricultural and fishing communities.

Most travellers are at low risk. Travellers should avoid contact with untreated freshwater such as lakes, rivers, and ponds (e.g., swimming, bathing, wading, ingesting). There is no vaccine or medication available to prevent infection.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus is a risk in this country. 

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause serious birth defects.

  • Prevent mosquito bites at all times.
  • Use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact, particularly if you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should discuss the potential risks of travelling to this destination with your health care provider. You may choose to avoid or postpone travel. 

For more information, see Zika virus: Pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Human cases of avian influenza have been reported in this destination. Avian influenza   is a viral infection that can spread quickly and easily among birds and in rare cases it can infect mammals, including people. The risk is low for most travellers.

Avoid contact with birds, including wild, farm, and backyard birds (alive or dead) and surfaces that may have bird droppings on them. Ensure all poultry dishes, including eggs and wild game, are properly cooked.

Travellers with a higher risk of exposure include those: 

  • visiting live bird/animal markets or poultry farms
  • working with poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks)
  • hunting, de-feathering, field dressing and butchering wild birds and wild mammals
  • working with wild birds for activities such as research, conservation, or rehabilitation
  • working with wild mammals, especially those that eat wild birds (e.g., foxes)

All eligible people are encouraged to get the seasonal influenza shot, which will protect them against human influenza viruses. While the seasonal influenza shot does not prevent infection with avian influenza, it can reduce the chance of getting sick with human and avian influenza viruses at the same time.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)   is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are poor and very limited throughout Cambodia, except some foreign hospitals in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Doctors and hospitals may require cash payment or written guarantees from insurance providers in advance for health services.

Medical evacuation to Thailand or Singapore is often required to obtain adequate treatment. You should seek immediate assistance in Phnom Penh or Siem Reap and consider leaving the country if you experience medical problems.

Psychiatric or psychological facilities and services in Cambodia are almost non-existent.

Some prescription medication may not be available in Cambodia. Pharmacies only carry a limited selection compared to Canada. There have been reports of expired and fake medicines being sold in some pharmacies.

If you take prescription medications, you're responsible for determining their legality in Cambodia.

  • Bring sufficient quantities of your medication with you
  • Always keep your medication in the original container
  • Pack them in your carry-on luggage
  • Carry a copy of your prescriptions

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

There are severe penalties for the possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs. If you are convicted, you can expect lengthy jail sentences and steep fines.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Expulsion, deportation and limitation of visit

Cambodian authorities can expel, deport or limit a traveller's visit if you are accused, or suspected of:

  • violating local laws, which include possession of invalid entry documents and requirements
  • having a criminal record
  • being involved in criminal activities
  • suffering from mental illness or serious transmitted diseases

Legal process

Detention during the investigative period is commo and can exceed 6 months before charges are laid.

Illegal or restricted activities

Overstaying a visa.

Immigration regulations are strict. You could face fines, detention and deportation if you overstay your visa. There is a daily fine for overstaying the validity of your visa. There is no limit to this fine. If you overstay more than 30 days, you will need to leave Cambodia in addition to paying the fine.

Exploitation of minors

There are harsh penalties for sexual exploitation of minors. It is a serious offence in Cambodia.

Canadians may also be subject to criminal proceedings in Canada for acts of this nature committed while abroad.

Child Sex Tourism: It’s a Crime

All forms of commercial surrogacy are illegal in Cambodia. Penalties for surrogates, as well as operators of clinics and hospitals providing surrogacy services, may include imprisonment and/or fines. If you have already entered into a surrogacy agreement, you should seek advice from a local lawyer on how these guidelines, including its exit requirements, apply to your situation.

Cultural heritage and antiquities

A permit is required to purchase, export or possess cultural or archaeological artefacts.

To avoid any difficulties, make sure you obtain and carry the required legal paperwork to purchase or export antiquities.

2SLGBTQI+ persons

Cambodian law doesn't prohibit sexual acts between individuals of the same sex.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Cambodia.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Cambodia, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Cambodia.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Cambodia by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Cambodia to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children's Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country's judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abductions: A guide for affected parents
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Request emergency assistance

You must have and carry a Cambodian driver's licence.

Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle riders, but many helmets do not meet international safety standards. Ensure your medical insurance will cover you when riding as a driver or passenger.

Dress and behaviour

There are reports of local authorities cracking down on events such as pub crawls, raves, booze cruises and pool parties, as well as other events where recreational drugs may be present. Avoid these types of events.

Behaviour that is deemed scandalous, drunken or disorderly is considered highly disrespectful to the local culture and population, especially near the Angkor temples.

To avoid offending local sensitivities:

  • dress conservatively
  • behave discreetly
  • respect religious and social traditions
  • do not photograph airports or military installations
  • ask permission before photographing individuals, including Buddhist monks

The currency is the riel (KHR).

U.S. dollars are also widely used. Only newer, undamaged notes are accepted. Notes with the slightest tear will not be accepted.

Credit cards are not widely accepted outside major cities. Some banks in Phnom Penh accept certain credit cards for cash advances. There are many ATMs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville but fewer in smaller cities.

The rainy (or monsoon) season extends from May to November. Severe rainstorms can cause flooding and landslides, resulting in loss of life and extensive damage to infrastructure. They can also hamper the provision of essential services. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged. Flooding can affect wide areas in numerous provinces, including certain parts of Phnom Penh.

  • Keep informed of regional weather forecasts
  • Avoid disaster areas
  • Follow the advice of local authorities
  • Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons
  • Mekong River conditions  –  Mekong River Commission

Forest fires

The dry season lasts from November to April. Forest fires can start and spread very quickly during this period.

  • Stay clear of active fires
  • Always verify local conditions with relevant authorities before travelling near forested areas, particularly during the dry seasons

National Committee for Disaster Management – Government of Cambodia

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 117
  • medical assistance: 119
  • firefighters: 118 or 666

Consular assistance

Siem Reap, Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, and Preah Vihear

Thailand, Cambodia, Laos

For emergency consular assistance, call the Office of the Embassy of Canada in Phnom Penh and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

Traveling to Cambodia: Essentials to Know

What You Need to Know Before Visiting Cambodia

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TripSavvy / Lauren Breedlove

Traveling to Cambodia is easy, but knowing a few essentials before arrival will help you navigate the tangles and traps that often snare tourists on their first visits.

Tourism in Cambodia is on the rise. With double-digit growth in recent years, over 6 million tourists visited Cambodia in 2018. Not bad, especially considering Cambodia's population was estimated to be 16.2 million in 2018. Many of those international tourists proceed directly to Angkor Wat near Siem Reap .

But along with practical information for visiting Cambodia, you should know a little about Cambodia's struggle to recover after decades of war and bloodshed. Grab a copy of the book First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung for a moving, firsthand account of the atrocities Cambodia faced not too long ago. Instead of comparing the infrastructure to that in Thailand—a bigger, never-colonized neighbor— be amazed at what Cambodia has accomplished .

Cambodia Travel Essentials to Know

  • Official Name: Kingdom of Cambodia
  • Other Names: Kampuchea (Cambodge in French)
  • Population: 16.2 million (per 2018 census)
  • Time: UTC + 7 (12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time)
  • Country Phone Code: +855
  • Capital City: Phnom Penh (also the largest city)
  • Primary Religion: Theravada Buddhism

Cambodia's Difficult Past

Cambodia, home to the once-powerful Khmer Empire, has literally taken a beating in the last 500 years. Despite being the most dominant power in the region for centuries, Cambodia fell to Ayutthaya (modern-day Thailand) in the 15th century. Since then, a number of conflicts were fought in or around Cambodia, leaving far too many orphans, land mines, and unexploded ordinance behind.

Cambodia was made a protectorate of France between 1863 and 1953; further suffering was brought on by the Vietnam War. Pol Pot and his bloody Khmer Rouge are attributed with the deaths of over two million people between 1975 and 1979.

Along with war, a mending economy and extreme poverty gave rise to a real problem of corruption. Tourists who begin their Southeast Asia travels in Thailand often make the mistake of comparing Cambodia's infrastructure, cuisine, and other aspects of culture to what they experienced in Thailand.

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Although there is much more to see when traveling in Cambodia, the ancient ruins of Angkor temples dating back to the 12th century are the crown jewel for tourism. Angkor Wat is considered the largest religious monument in the world and even appears on Cambodia's flag.

Located near modern-day Siem Reap, Angkor was the seat of the mighty Khmer Empire that peaked between the 9th and 15th centuries until the city was sacked in 1431. Today, Angkor Wat is protected as one of Southeast Asia's most impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Containing both Hindu and Buddhist temples spread over many miles of jungle, the bas-reliefs and statues depict scenes from mythology, providing a small glimpse of the ancient Khmer civilization. Although the main site is impressive, it is also perpetually busy—especially during high season between November and April. Fortunately, intrepid travelers still have the option to visit the many unrestored temples located away from the main site.

Getting to Cambodia

Cambodia has around a dozen overland border crossings with neighboring Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. But the easiest way to reach Cambodia with the least amount of hassle is via a budget flight to Siem Reap or the capital, Phnom Penh. Plenty of inexpensive flights are available from Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur .

If your primary plan is to see Angkor Wat, flying into Siem Reap is easiest, although flights tend to be more expensive relative to the short time spent in the air. Phnom Penh is connected to Siem Reap via bus (5–6 hours) and speedboat.

Cambodia Visa and Entry Requirements

A visa for Cambodia can be arranged online before travel via the Cambodian e-visa website . Citizens from many approved countries can also get a 30-day visa on arrival at the airport in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. Visa on arrival is available at some of the major land border crossings but not all.

Two passport-sized photos are required as well as the application fee. The official price for a visa should be around US $30–35. Officials prefer if you pay the application fee in U.S. dollars. You may be charged more for paying in Thai baht.

Tip: Some of the oldest scams in Southeast Asia happen to travelers crossing into Cambodia. Border officials have been known to change the visa application fees on a whim; all prefer if you pay with U.S. dollars. If paying with Thai baht, be mindful of the exchange rate you are given and hold out for the official entry fee. Your change will be returned in Cambodian riels and subject to the exchange rate in an official's head. It's better to pay the exact fee if you can.

Money in Cambodia

The official currency in Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (KHR), but U.S. dollars are widely accepted and circulated. Both are accepted interchangeably, however, dollars are preferred in many cases. You'll see prices in urban and tourist areas quoted in dollars. Thai baht is used in some places, particularly nearer the borders.

Try to carry smaller denominations of Cambodian riel and U.S. dollars at all times. Horde your small change! Your U.S. dollars should be in relatively good condition without tears or excessive damage. Instead of U.S. coins, you'll usually be given change back in riel, meaning you'll have to keep an eye on whatever exchange rate is worked out for each transaction.

Western-networked ATMs are widespread throughout Cambodia; the most common networks are Cirrus, Maestro, and Plus. Expect to pay a fee between of up to $5 per transaction on top of whatever your bank charges. Credit cards are only accepted in large hotels and at some tour agencies. It's always safer to use cash (card skimming can be a problem in Cambodia) and stick to using ATMs in public places, ideally those attached to bank branches.

Like most of Asia, Cambodia has a culture of haggling . Prices for everything from souvenirs to hotel rooms can generally be negotiated. Plan to use up your Cambodian riel before leaving the country because it cannot be exchanged. The riel is practically useless outside of Cambodia.

Vaccinations for Cambodia

Although there are not any officially required vaccinations to enter Cambodia, you should have the usual, recommended vaccinations for Asia . Hep A, Hep B, typhoid, and tetanus (often combined with others into a Tdap vaccination) are generally recommended.

Mosquito-borne dengue fever is a serious problem in Cambodia. The vaccine for dengue fever is currently only recommended for people who have already had a bout of the fever. You should protect yourself by learning how to avoid mosquito bites.

When to Visit Cambodia

For the most part, Cambodia has two dominant seasons: wet and dry. Unless air conditioning is to blame, rarely will you ever be cold while in Cambodia. The dry season and peak months for visiting are between November and April. Temperatures in April can exceed 103 degrees Fahrenheit! The rain begins sometime in May or June after the hottest months to cool things down. Heavy monsoon rains make a lot of mud, shut down roads, and greatly contribute to the mosquito problem.

The best months for visiting Angkor Wat are also the busiest because of the number of sunny days. January typically has the least number of rainy days.

Cambodia Travel Tips

  • Avoid mentioning or asking questions that may cause locals to become uncomfortable. Controversial topics include: war, politics, the Khmer Rouge, the problem of land mines, and other subjects that could trigger dark memories.
  • Avoid supporting unsustainable practices such as child begging or the many children selling souvenirs to tourists. Don't buy souvenirs made from insects, shells, or wildlife; these cause further damage to the environment. Practicing sustainable travel is especially important in Cambodia.
  • The water in Cambodia is unsafe to drink. Bottled water can be purchased everywhere; always check the seal before drinking.
  • Although marijuana is very easy to find (you can order it on pizzas in Siem Reap), all drugs are illegal in Cambodia just as they are in Thailand.
  • Petty theft (most often in the form of motorbike-based bag snatching) can be a nuisance in Cambodia. Don't keep your smartphone sticking out of your pocket, and watch out for your purse or daybag while riding in tuk-tuks.
  • Although busy with tourism, Angkor Wat is still a religious monument used by worshippers. You will encounter many monks there. Dress appropriately and follow the usual rules of temple etiquette .
  • The entrance fees for Angkor Wat increased significantly in 2017. You can now pay for passes by credit card at the ticketing counter (hours: 05:30–5 p.m.). You'll need a single passport photo.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 119 in Phnom Penh or go to a hospital. Outside of Phnom Penh you will need to contact a hospital directly.

Call police on 117 or contact the tourist police

Advice levels

Exercise normal safety precautions in Cambodia.

  • Street crimes, particularly phone and bag snatchings, occur regularly. Thieves often travel on motorbikes and target pedestrians or people in open taxis. Be prepared to surrender your valuables rather than risk injury in a struggle. Significant celebrations often attract large crowds and can lead to petty crime and more serious threats. 
  • Sexual assault occurs in tourist areas. Travellers have been assaulted after having their drinks spiked. Stick with people you trust, don't leave your drinks unattended in nightclubs and bars. 
  • Many people in Cambodia own guns, and gun crime and shootouts are common. Explosions have also occurred. These incidents usually arise from commercial, personal or other disputes. They can and have occurred at a wide range of locations, including at popular tourist destinations.
  • Scams, credit card fraud and ATM fraud are common. Check for card-skimming devices before using ATMs.
  • Protests may turn violent. Avoid large public gatherings. Officials may arrest and deport foreigners involved in protests. 
  • Be wary of invitations from strangers. Never carry parcels or luggage for others.
  • Be careful when visiting regions near the border with Thailand. Landmines and unexploded remnants of war are a risk. Stay on marked roads if you're travelling in the north and northwest (see 'Travel').
  • Fatal road accidents, particularly on provincial highways, are common. Be alert at all times on the roads and avoid travelling at night (see 'Travel'). 
  • Severe storms and flooding can occur during the wet season (July to November). These can disrupt services and travel, including on the Mekong River. Check with your tour operator for updates.

Full travel advice:  Safety

  • Take care buying medication in Cambodia. Local pharmacies may sell fake medication. Carry enough medication from Australia for your trip.
  • Don't drink homemade or unlabelled alcohol. It may contain harmful substances, particularly methanol. Get medical help if you have symptoms of methanol poisoning, including fatigue, headaches, nausea and vision problems.
  • Insect-borne diseases present in Cambodia include Dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, and Malaria. Use insect repellent, wear appropriate clothing, and ensure your accommodation is insect-proof. For longer stays, consider taking anti-malarial medication and getting pre-travel vaccinations for Japanese encephalitis, particularly when travelling to remote areas.
  • Animals in Cambodia can carry rabies. Rabies is fatal without immediate treatment. Consider getting pre-travel vaccination for rabies. Get medical attention straight away if an animal scratches or bites you, even if you have received the pre-travel vaccination. 
  • Outbreaks of hand, foot and mouth disease are common, and other foodborne, waterborne, parasitic and infectious diseases include hepatitis, tuberculosis and typhoid. Drink only boiled or bottled water. Avoid raw or undercooked food. Don't swim in freshwater.
  • Medical facilities in Cambodia's public hospitals are often poor in quality and below international standards. Hospital stays can be expensive. Costs often increase to thousands of dollars. The hospital might keep your passport until you pay.

Full travel advice:  Health

  • Don’t use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include long prison sentences, even for small amounts.
  • Understand and follow local laws and customs. It's illegal to criticise or insult the King or monarchy. Lying to police, flying drones without a permit in certain areas, public nudity, and possessing or producing pornography is illegal.
  • Child sex offences are punishable under both Cambodian and Australian law.
  • Cambodian authorities enforce 'modesty' laws at religious sites, such as Angkor Wat. Wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulders.
  • Be careful when taking photos. Don’t photograph people, including monks, without permission. Don’t take photos near sensitive sites, such as military areas, transport hubs or government buildings.
  • Be aware of business and employment offers that appear 'too good to be true'. Foreign nationals have been trafficked into Cambodia and forced to work in fraudulent activity.

Full travel advice:  Local laws

  • You need a visa to enter Cambodia. You can  apply for an e-visa online  or get a tourist visa on arrival. These are valid for 30 days. For longer stays or other situations, apply for a visa through an  embassy or consulate of Cambodia . Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Cambodia for the latest details.
  • If you overstay your visa, Cambodian immigration officials may stop you from leaving Cambodia. For excessive overstays, you could be arrested for violating immigration laws and detained until your overstay fines are paid. 

The Cambodian General Department of Immigration requires all foreigners to be registered in the  Foreigner Present in Cambodia System  (FPCS). Registrations are completed by hotel/guesthouse staff or residence owners. Make sure they register you. Foreigners in self-owned accommodation are required to self-register.

Full travel advice:  Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  details what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.
  • For consular help, contact the  Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh .
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the Embassy’s social media accounts.

Full travel advice:  Local contacts

Full advice

Petty crime.

'Snatch-and-grab' crimes against travellers are common. Thieves often travel on motorcycles and steal from people who are:

  • walking along footpaths
  • using motorcycle taxis
  • travelling on tuk-tuks or rickshaws

Foreigners have been injured in these thefts. Be prepared to surrender your valuables rather than risk injury in a struggle. 

Some thieves use knives to cut bags as they snatch them.

Significant celebrations often attract large crowds and can lead to petty crime and more serious threats.

Australians have had valuables stolen from locked hotel and guesthouse rooms, often in cheaper accommodation.

Theft from luggage on buses is common.

To help protect yourself from theft:

  • avoid carrying bags or carry only what you need and leave other valuables in a secure location
  • walk on footpaths (where available), away from the curb, with your bag on the opposite side to the traffic
  • if travelling by tuk-tuk, use those with barriers (curtains or netting) covering the passenger sides
  • always keep an eye on your belongings, particularly easy-to-grab items
  • avoid using ATMs on the street — use ATMs inside hotels, banks and shopping centres if possible

Sexual assault and other violent crime

Foreigners have been the target of  sexual assault , particularly in tourist areas.

Criminals often target victims:

  • when intoxicated
  • when travelling alone

Reports of groping and other sexual assaults are rising.

Drink spiking occurs. Foreigners have been sexually assaulted after having spiked drinks at nightclubs.  

To protect yourself from drink spiking:

  • only drink alcohol at reputable places
  • pay attention when your alcoholic drinks are being mixed
  • stay with people you trust in bars and nightclubs

Get urgent medical attention if you think your drink has been spiked.

Parties, including organised dance parties on islands off the coast of Sihanoukville, can be risky. They may place you at greater risk of sexual assault.

Coastal islands are often isolated. Access to medical or emergency assistance may be limited or not exist.

To help keep safe at parties:

  • pre-arrange transport with your hotel when heading out at night
  • stick with people you trust, and never leave your drinks unattended at parties, bars, and nightclubs.

See a doctor quickly if you're involved in a violent crime, especially rape. There is a risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and other sexually transmitted diseases in Cambodia. 

More information:

  • Reducing the risk of sexual assault overseas
  • Advice for women
  • Partying safely

Many people in Cambodia own guns, and gun crime and shootouts are common. Explosions have also occurred. These incidents usually arise from commercial, personal or other disputes. They can and have occurred at a wide range of locations, including at popular tourist destinations.  

Traffic disputes have also resulted in violence involving weapons. Bystanders can get caught up in these disputes.

Armed  robberies  and home invasions targeting businesses or business owners happen across Cambodia.

Criminals have seriously injured or killed foreigners.

Motorcycle and taxi drivers sometimes  assault  and rob foreigners late at night. Areas popular with tourists and expats are particular targets.

To help keep yourself safe from assault:

  • consider using a ride-hailing App such as Grab or Passap
  • be alert to danger at all times, especially after dark
  • avoid travelling alone at night
  • limit night-time travel to well-lit public areas, especially around Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap
  • travel in groups wherever possible
  • don't travel by motorcycle taxi at night.

At night, car travel is often safer than travel by motorbike or tuktuk.

Ridesharing services are common in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville, and Kampot and are often safer than a flagged down taxi, motorbike or tuktuk. Prices are often cheaper than those you'll negotiate on the spot.

Criminal rings operate in Cambodia, particularly in Phnom Penh, and often use an apparently friendly person to approach travellers. They use ploys and stories to invite travellers to private homes.

Travellers are talked into playing card games, where they lose large amounts of money. Some are forced to withdraw money from an ATM or shop, often at gunpoint.

Online relationships and friendship  scams  also happen. Australians involved in these scams have been asked to take items with hidden drugs out of Cambodia or may be asked to send large sums of money to assist with fake problems.

Be aware of business and employment offers that appear 'too good to be true'. Foreign nationals have been trafficked into Cambodia and forced to work in fraudulent activity, with poor pay and living conditions, restrictions on movement, and severe mistreatment. There are reports of 'scam centres' operated by organised crime organisations, where foreign victims are tricked into coming to Cambodia and other destinations in Southeast Asia and forced to work in online scamming . You can also learn more about  business and employment scams  on ScamWatch.

Credit card and ATM fraud occur. This includes using skimming machines to store card data.

To help protect yourself against scams:

  • be wary of invitations from strangers, including to visit private homes
  • never carry parcels or luggage for others
  • check for skimming machines before using ATMs and check your transaction statements

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth. 

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media. 

More information:  

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas  

Kidnapping 

Kidnapping can happen anywhere, anytime, including in destinations that are typically at lower risk.  

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers. 

More information: 

  • Kidnapping  

Civil unrest and political tension

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people may turn violent. Local police and security forces have occasionally responded with force and may not distinguish between demonstrators and bystanders.

Authorities may arrest and deport foreigners involved in protests, filming or taking photos of demonstrations, the military or the police. 

In Phnom Penh, possible sites for rallies include:

  • political party offices and court buildings
  • Wat Phnom 
  • Freedom Park
  • the Prime Minister's home
  • government and military buildings or compounds

Roadblocks can be set up with little warning, restricting access through the city. Armed security personnel on the streets can increase around the time of local political events such as elections.

Land and border disputes along Cambodia's borders with Vietnam and Thailand have resulted in:

  • demonstrations
  • increased presence of armed forces
  • cross-border fighting

Tourist attractions and border crossing points in these areas close with little or no notice.

To protect yourself during periods of unrest:

  • avoid demonstrations, political events, protests, large-scale public gatherings and roadblocks
  • monitor the media about possible unrest, protest locations and roadblocks
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • don't film or photograph protests, political rallies or armed security personnel
  • be particularly alert and careful in the lead-up to and during days of national significance, such as elections, commemorations, and religious events. 
  • show respect, especially in areas where royal family or religious activities are taking place
  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

In the last decade, Cambodian authorities have stopped planned bomb attacks.

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Climate and natural disasters

Severe weather  can happen without warning in Cambodia. In the wet season from July to November, beware of:

  • severe storms
  • widespread seasonal flooding
  • localised flash flooding

Floods may disrupt travel to some provinces. The  Mekong River Commission  provides news on flood levels for the Mekong River.

To stay informed and safe:

  • monitor the media, weather and flood level reports, especially during the wet season
  • check with your tour operator for the latest news on disruptions
  • take official warnings seriously
  • don't enter areas affected by flooding without advice from local authorities

If there's a  natural disaster , follow the advice above and:

  • keep your passport and phone in a safe, waterproof place
  • stay in touch with friends and family
  • register with the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation: the Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least eight weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

Mental health support and counselling

Mental health services in Cambodia are extremely limited and expensive. Certain medications can be difficult to purchase and be less effective due to the heat or stomach issues travellers may experience. Consider your personal mental health needs carefully before travelling.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Medications

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Cambodia. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Local pharmacies may sell fake medication. It can be difficult to tell real medication from fake.

Health risks

Methanol poisoning.

Don't drink homemade or unlabelled alcohol. It may contain harmful substances, particularly methanol, which can cause:

  • serious illness
  • brain injury

Symptoms of methanol poisoning include fatigue, headaches and nausea.

The effects are similar to excessive drinking but with vision problems, such as:

  • blurred or 'snowfield' vision
  • flashes of light and tunnel vision
  • changes in how you see colour
  • dilated pupils
  • difficulty looking at bright lights

Get medical advice if you think you, or anyone you're travelling with, has been poisoned. This could be vital to avoiding permanent disability or death.

Report methanol poisoning to local police.

Insect-borne diseases

Insect-borne diseases are widespread in Cambodia, such as  Dengue ,  Chikungunya and  Japanese Encephalitis .

Malaria  is also common in some regions, especially along the borders in mountain regions.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is mosquito-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • consider taking medicine to prevent malaria
  • get vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis before you travel

Discuss your travel plans and other vaccination needs with your doctor before you travel.

  • Infectious diseases

HIV/AIDS  infection is a risk in Cambodia.

Take precautions if engaging in sex or activities that expose you to risk of infection.

Rabies  is fatal if you don't get vaccinated or receive quick treatment. Animals across Cambodia carry rabies.

Rabies is found in infected dogs, cats, monkeys, bats and other mammals.

To reduce your risk of rabies, don't go near, or pat, dogs and other mammals.

If you're bitten or scratched, seek medical help straight away.

Rabies vaccinations and post-exposure treatments are often available at larger medical facilities in tourist and expat areas. Treatment in Phnom Penh is usually available at:

Institute Pasteur Rabies Clinic No.5, Monivong Boulevard 12201 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Bird flu (avian influenza)

Human cases of  avian influenza  are reported in Cambodia.

Hand, foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD)  is common. Sometimes serious outbreaks occur.

HFMD mostly affects children under the age of 10 years. However, adult cases (especially young adults) do occur.

To reduce the risk of getting or passing on HFMD, practise good hygiene. Wash your hands well and often.

Other health risks

Waterborne, foodborne, parasitic and other infectious diseases are common. They include:

  • tuberculosis

Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.

Isolated outbreaks of  cholera  occur in some rural areas.

Freshwater sources, such as rivers and lakes, carry parasitic diseases like  bilharzia (schistosomiasis) .

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid block ice
  • avoid uncooked and undercooked food
  • don't swim in fresh water

Get urgent medical attention if you suspect food poisoning, have a fever or diarrhoea.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

Public medical facilities in Cambodia are generally poor in quality. The services they can provide are limited.

Foreign private medical clinics are available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville. 

Outside Phnom Penh there are almost no medical facilities that can deal with medical emergencies.

Hospitals and doctors generally require cash up-front before they'll treat you, even in an emergency. Sometimes they'll accept proof of your medical insurance.

Hospital stays can be expensive. Costs often increase to thousands of dollars. The hospital might keep your passport until you pay.

If you become seriously ill or injured, you'll need to be evacuated to a place with better facilities. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

  • Medical service providers in Cambodia

Medical tourism

Medical tourism  is growing in many countries in Asia, including Cambodia. However, medical care in Cambodia doesn't generally meet international standards. 

Elective and cosmetic surgery in Cambodia is unregulated. Operations by unqualified surgeons can lead to life-threatening complications. 

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter , but we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include long jail terms for even small amounts.

  • Carrying or using drugs

Surrogacy and adoption laws

Commercial surrogacy  is illegal in Cambodia.

Australia doesn't have an intercountry adoption program with Cambodia. This means the Australian Government can't process adoption requests.

The Attorney-General's Department is watching to see if Cambodia will accept intercountry adoption. The department is also waiting to see if Cambodia will comply with the  Hague Convention .

  • Going overseas for international surrogacy
  • Going overseas to adopt a child

Marriage laws

If you intend to marry a Cambodian citizen, you'll need approval from the  Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation . This doesn't apply if you're also a Cambodian citizen.

  • Getting married

In Cambodia, it's illegal to:

  • criticise or insult the King or the monarchy, including online and via social media
  • lie to police, including in relation to an insurance claim such as reporting a crime that didn't happen or lying about the circumstances of an incident
  • be topless or naked in public places or at sacred sites, including Angkor Wat
  • have or produce pornographic material, including on mobile phones, cameras or computers for personal use

It's also illegal to:

  • buy or possess cultural or ancient artefacts without a permit
  • fly drones in certain areas without a permit. These include areas of Phnom Penh, Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap or other sensitive areas. Seek prior approval from the local municipality
  • hunt wildlife without permission
  • traffic wildlife
  • work without a valid work permit — see  Travel

Australian and Cambodian authorities are committed to combating child sex offences. Penalties are severe under both Australian and Cambodian law.

You can be punished either in Cambodia or at home under Australian law. Penalties for having sex with anyone younger than 18 years include long jail terms.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

  • Staying within the law and respecting customs

Local customs

Cambodian authorities enforce 'modesty' laws at sites of religious significance, such as Angkor Wat. Dress respectfully, including covering your knees and shoulders. You can't enter if you don't.

Don't take photos of people without their permission, especially monks and other religious figures. It's culturally inappropriate.

Avoid taking photographs near sensitive sites, such as:

  • military areas, assets or military personnel
  • transport facilities
  • government buildings

Dual citizenship

Under Cambodian law, you can't give up Cambodian citizenship. This includes even if a Cambodian citizen becomes a nationality of another country.

Always travel on your  Australian passport .

Cambodian dual nationals aged 18 to 30 years who live in Cambodia may have to enrol in military service. Military service for female citizens is voluntary.

If you're a dual national, contact the nearest  embassy or consulate of Cambodia  before you travel.

  • Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

You need a visa to visit Cambodia. Tourists and business travellers can  apply for an e-visa online  or get a tourist visa on arrival. These are valid for 30 days. For longer stays or other situations, apply for a visa through an  embassy or consulate of Cambodia .

Don’t overstay your visa. This is a serious offence (see below).

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest  embassy or consulate of Cambodia  for the most current visa information. 

Visa overstays

You can only stay for 30 days from the date of your arrival on a tourist visa. Other visa types will list the date by which you must have left Cambodia or extended your visa. Overstaying your visa is a serious offence. Authorities may stop you from leaving Cambodia until you pay a fine or serve a prison sentence. Fines increase daily.

If you overstay your visa by more than one month, you risk penalties such as:

  • deportation
  • being banned from returning to Cambodia

Check your visa and the dates carefully. If it was issued outside Cambodia, the expiry date is not how long you can stay. It's the final date you can use it to enter. 

If you want to stay in Cambodia for more than 30 days, you must renew your visa. Tourist visas can only be renewed once.

Staying in Cambodia

Renew your visa at a:

  • travel agency
  • vehicle rental company

You can also visit the Department of Immigration office opposite the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Land border crossings

If you plan to enter or exit via a land border crossing, first confirm it's open to foreigners. Check you can get a visa when you arrive. Day trips are not permitted at land border crossings.

Be alert to the security status of border regions and land crossings between countries.

Monitor local media for updates. Follow advice from local authorities. See  Safety .

Cambodia–Thailand border

There's an ongoing dispute over the Thailand–Cambodia border.

If you visit this border area, landmines and unexploded military weapons are a risk. The risk is higher in and around:

  • the Preah Vihear temple (known as Khao Pra Viharn temple in Thailand), between Sisaket Province in Thailand and Preah Vihear Province in Cambodia
  • the Ta Krabei (known as Ta Kwai temple in Thailand) and Ta Moan Thom (known as Ta Muen temple in Thailand) temples, in Oddar Meanchey province in Cambodia

Tourist attractions and border crossing points in this area can close with little or no notice.

Working in Cambodia

If you plan to work in Cambodia, you need the correct visa and a work permit. Your employment status isn't relevant.

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issues work permits.

  • Living or working overseas

Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than six months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you’re overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

If your passport is lost or stolen in Cambodia, you'll also need to:

  • get a police report from the tourist police station closest to where the incident happened
  • get a replacement passport — contact the  Australian Embassy in Phnom Penh
  • get an exit visa from the Cambodian Department of Immigration

Exit visas take around 3 working days from when you submit your police report, passport and exit visa request. In some individual cases it may take longer to obtain an exit visa.

Allow enough time to get a new passport and exit visa before you plan to leave. If you don't have a valid visa in your passport, this will delay your departure. You may be fined or detained.

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTQIA+ travellers

The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel (KHR). US dollars are also legal tender.

ATM facilities are available in:

  • Sihanoukville

In other areas, ATM facilities are limited and may be unreliable.

Card skimming happens throughout Cambodia. 

Cashing services for credit card cash advances and traveller's cheques are available for a fee at banks in:

Take enough US dollars to cover basic travelling expenses.

Ensure your US currency is in good condition. Sellers may not accept:

  • dirty notes
  • high value notes

Fake money is common in Cambodia, check received notes carefully, particularly high value notes.

Local travel

Landmines are a danger in many parts of Cambodia, especially along the border with Thailand.

Large areas of rural Cambodia still have live landmines.

If you visit the north and north-west of Cambodia, stay on marked pathways.

Take extra care if travelling away from the Angkor Wat temple complex to other temples in the Siem Reap area.

Driving permits

If you want to drive a car or ride a motorcycle larger than 125cc, you need a Cambodian driver's (or motorcycle) licence, or your Australian licence and International Driving Permit.

You can apply for a Cambodian licence equivalent to your Australian licence in person at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's main Phnom Penh office or at their outlets located inside Aeon Mall 1 and Aeon Mall 2 in Phnom Penh and at the Heritage Walk mall in Siem Reap. If you do not have a valid foreign licence you will need to undergo testing at their main office to receive a Cambodian licence.

If using an Australian licence and International Driving Permit you can only operate the vehicles listed. You must carry both documents when operating a vehicle and comply with all Cambodian traffic law.

Under Cambodian law, you can ride a motorcycle with an engine capacity of up to 125cc without a licence. However, check with your insurer. Some travel insurers may not cover you for riding a motorcycle at all, even if you're fully licensed. Others won't cover riders unless they hold an Australian motorcycle licence, even if riding a motorcycle with capacity less than 125cc.

Road travel

Travel by road, especially at night outside major cities, is dangerous because of:

  • poor road conditions
  • drunk drivers
  • wandering livestock
  • the risk of crime

Be alert at all times on the roads and avoid travelling at night.

Driving standards are often poor. Vehicles and roads are often not well maintained.

Streets are crowded in major cities. Drivers often ignore road rules.

Serious injuries from road accidents happen every day in Cambodia. Motorcycles, buses and coaches have high accident rates.

Large crowds can form quickly after road accidents. If you're in an accident, people might try to take advantage of you.

Speed limits for motorcycle drivers are:

  • 30km per hour in towns
  • 60km per hour on the outskirts

Other vehicle drivers can't go over:

  • 40km per hour in towns
  • 80km per hour outside towns

You must wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

If you get a speeding ticket, you need to pay the fine at a payment centre within 30 days. Always ask for a receipt.

If you plan to drive:

  • learn about local traffic laws
  • avoid driving at night outside major cities
  • Driving or riding

Motorcycles

Motorcycles are a common form of public transport in cities. Check your insurance policy covers you for motorcycles, either as a driver or passenger.

Always wear a helmet.

Most helmets in Cambodia don't meet Australian standards. Bring a helmet and protective clothing with you if you're:

  • visiting Cambodia for a motorcycle tour
  • expecting to travel a lot by motorcycle

Taxis and Tuk-tuks

Official, metered taxis are generally safe and convenient. However, be alert to possible scams and safety risks.

Registered drivers with ridesharing services are available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville. Limited services operate in Kampot and Battambang.

Flagged-down motorcycle taxis (moto), tuk-tuks and rickshaws are often used for short trips.

Many drivers do not use metered fares and may charge according to:

  • distance travelled
  • number of passengers
  • time of day

Drivers sometimes take passengers without understanding their destination. Destinations are often identified by common landmarks, such as the nearest pagoda.

Before using a moto, tuk-tuk or rickshaw, you should agree on the fare with the driver, have some idea of the best route to take, or use ride-hailing apps such as Grab and Passapp.

Rail travel

Rail services are unreliable and limited. Expect frequent changes and interruptions to schedules with little notice.

  • Transport and getting around safely

Sea/River travel

Travel by boat can be dangerous.

Boats taking passengers to islands off the coast of Sihanoukville have sunk.

Even modern boats may be overcrowded and lack basic safety gear.

To help keep yourself safe on the water:

  • ensure any boat you plan to board has suitable safety gear, including life jackets for all passengers
  • always wear your life jacket, even if others don't
  • check with your tour operator or boat manager that safety standards are in place, including passenger and weight limits

If safety standards are not in place, find another boat.

  • Travelling by boat

The safety and upkeep standards of local aircraft may be low.

Local airlines often cancel or reschedule flights at short notice.

DFAT doesn’t provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. 

Check  Cambodia's air safety profile  with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Call police on 117 or contact the tourist police (see below).

The police may not have the resources to help you in an emergency. They may not have time to look into crimes.

Police stations and emergency numbers might not be available 24 hours a day. Phone operators may not speak English.

The tourist police have booths in tourist areas and most cities.

In other towns, contact the nearest police station. You may need an interpreter.

Be wary of putting your fingerprint or signature on a police document if you can't read it.

Always get a police report when reporting a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Check the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can’t do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, contact the Australian Embassy in Cambodia.

Australian Embassy, Phnom Penh

No. 16B, National Assembly Street Sangkat Tonle Bassac Khan Chamkamon Phnom Penh, Cambodia Phone: (+855 0) 23 266 500 Fax: (+855 0) 23 266 588  Email:  [email protected] Website:  cambodia.embassy.gov.au Facebook: @AustralianEmbassyPhnomPenh  X: @AusEmbPP

Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Traveling in Cambodia is the ultimate South East Asian experience.

Beneath the Cardamom Mountains and on the banks of the Mekong, Khmer village life goes on pretty much as it always has (give or take the odd iPhone). And when you’re watching the sunrise over Angkor Wat or the ruins of Tha Promh, the modern world feels pretty far away. While progress was dampened for years by a tragic history, Cambodia is now a country on the move. With riverside boulevards and art galleries popping up in Phnom Penh, and Siem Riep's growing reputation for hip cafes and top-notch dining , Cambodia tours aren’t just about the temple-gazing (although we have to admit, the gazing is pretty darn good!).

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Best time to visit cambodia.

Any time of the year is a good time to holiday in Cambodia, with each season having its advantages.

The climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures stay in the 80s (fahrenheit) most of the year, dropping back to the 60s at night.

There are officially two seasons in Cambodia – wet and dry. From November to May you can expect dry conditions, while June to October will have wetter weather.

Read more about the best time to visit Cambodia

Culture and customs

The Khmer culture has lasted for centuries, and is based on tradition, honoring ancestors, respecting elders, and living a life of honesty, humility, and kindness. This is probably why Cambodians are known for being some of the warmest, most hospitable, and humble people in the world.

As with other neighboring nations like Thailand, the concept of “saving face” is important. Displaying control and keeping a peaceful nature in public is paramount, as is not losing your temper or ridiculing others.

Most Khmer people are Buddhist. Monks are highly regarded and respected in society, and religious festivals and ceremonies are important parts of daily life. When visiting Cambodia, expect to see orange-robed monks and many displays of faith - from people visiting large, elaborate temples to them praying over small, humble shrines.

Despite the infiltration of modern ideas and concepts, Khmer customs and traditions are kept alive with traditional dance, art, festivals, and costume enduring alongside modern pop music and dance.

Eating and drinking

Like most other Asian countries, rice, noodle soups and stir fries are common in Cambodia. Drawing on Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines, Cambodian food is strong in flavor but usually not as spicy as food from neighboring countries.

Foods to try in Cambodia

1. Fish amok

Fish amok is fish that’s been baked in creamy coconut, ginger, lemongrass, and turmeric curry sauce and wrapped in banana leaves. This silky national dish will melt in your mouth. You can also get amok with chicken, tofu or veggies.

2. Nom banh chok

A popular breakfast meal, nom banh chok is a rice noodle soup made with green fish gravy, beansprouts, banana flowers, cucumbers, and lots of green veggies.

3. Lap Khmer

Not your typical cold salad, this Khmer specialty is made with lightly seared, thinly sliced marinated beef, dressed with lemongrass, shallots, garlic, fish sauce, herbs, greens, and lots of red chilies. 

4. Ongkrong saek koo 

One of the more palatable insect options you’ll find on a Cambodian menu, this dish is a stir fry of beef, basil, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and lots of ants, topped with chili and served on a bed of rice.

5. Baguettes

A remnant of Cambodia’s French-colonial past, fresh, crunchy baguettes are sold from street stalls and at markets - and make a great, low-cost breakfast or snack.

6. Tropical fruit

Jackfruit, mangoes, bananas, pineapple, dragon fruit, and watermelon are all plentiful in Cambodian. Get a street vendor to mix up a fresh juice or smoothie for a refreshing treat.

7. Iced coffee

Sweetened with condensed milk, the beloved iced coffee is the drink to try in Cambodia. If the caffeine gets too much, you can always switch to fresh coconuts to quench your thirst.

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Geography and environment

Bordered by Vietnam , Thailand, and Laos , much of Cambodia is covered by forested areas, although sadly, this is rapidly changing due to the growth of agriculture, logging, and deforestation. Home to the largest lake in South East Asia, Tonle Sap (Great Lake) connects to the Mekong River and swells to four times its normal size during the monsoon season. 

Most of the country is low-lying, except for pockets of mountains. Large cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are typically built-up, busy, and filled with modern conveniences like nightclubs, bars, public transport, and restaurants. Smaller towns and rural areas enjoy more peace and space, with low-density, simple housing and a reliance on agriculture for income.

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History and government

Early history.

Evidence of early life in Cambodia dates back to 1500BC, and further evidence suggests that by the 1st Century, rice cultivation, fishing, and animal husbandry were the basis of organized society in Cambodia. Various empires arose in the early stages of Cambodian history, with the Funan and Chenla Kingdoms reigning before the rise of the Khmer civilization.

Regarded as one of the most powerful empires in the world, the Khmer Empire prospered from the 9th to the 13th centuries. This was a time of growth and expansion, and many of the artistic treasures and archaeological monuments that Cambodia is known for come from this era. The world-famous temples of Angkor were built during this period, and hold important clues to how life was lived back then. Temple inscriptions depicting daily life, religious ceremonies, and military exploits give us important insights into this fascinating civilization.

There are many theories that speculate on the decline of the Khmer Empire. It’s more than likely that a combination of factors including drought, the arrival of the Plague, and the rise of neighboring Thai superpower Ayutthaya resulted in the loss of momentum for a once-powerful empire. A period of decline followed, with the 15th to the 19th centuries marking a time when Cambodia had a lower profile in international affairs, until coming under French Colonial rule in 1863.

Recent history

The events that have shaped Cambodia’s recent history began with the Communist Party of Kampuchea overpowering the Khmer Republic after more than 100 days of fierce fighting. What followed was a radical change in society, with Pol Pot leading the country now known as Kampuchea. This brutal regime soon set about restructuring society and was responsible for committing awful atrocities against the civilian population. Religion and education were repressed, currency and banking were abolished and people were sent to work in the fields. Business people, educators, scholars, and other high-ranking members of society were hunted down and murdered by the Khmer Rouge. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of people (possibly millions) were murdered between 1975 and 1979. In addition to this, many more died of starvation and disease due to a lack of medical care and nourishment.

This nationalistic, murderous regime was finally overcome by the Vietnamese Army in 1979, signaling the beginning of the peace process and the establishment of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea. In 1993, millions of Cambodians voted to elect a new government, which then ratified a new constitution, and in 2004 a tribunal was established to serve justice to the people who committed atrocities during the Khmer Rouge era.

Today, Cambodia is rebuilding and moving on from its tragic past. Many NGOs have set up programs that empower and support Cambodians with education, health care, training, and counseling. While wide-scale poverty and other social problems remain, Cambodia continues to gain strength from its burgeoning tourism industry and has recently been successful in increasing access to education and health care as well as improving overall living standards.

7 must-visit places in Cambodia

1. phnom penh.

Cambodia’s capital may be chaotic but there are moments of peace to be found. Relax in a riverfront bar, find serenity in a local temple or soak up the grand atmosphere of the Royal Palace.

2. Battambang

Beautiful Battambang is home to wonderful examples of French-Colonial architecture, ornate temples, peaceful pagodas, and scenic villages. Choose to day trip here or stay longer to be immersed in this place of authenticity.

3. Siem Reap

With vibrant markets, cool bars, excellent restaurants, and superb street food - fun times, culinary adventures, and a healthy dose of retail therapy are guaranteed in sensational Siem Reap.

4. Kompong Cham

Full of old-world charm and quiet beauty, Kompong Cham is a great place to switch gears and go slow. Wander the streets to admire decaying colonial buildings, visit a Wat for a quiet moment of reflection or sit on the riverbanks and watch fishermen glide by.

The sprawling ruins of ever-impressive Angkor are not to be underestimated. From the smiling faces of the Bayon and the twisted trees of Ta Prohm, to the magnetic aura of mighty Angkor Wat, this archaeological site is both intriguing and inspiring.

Riverside Kampot is a blissful place to unwind. Acting as a gateway to nearby mountains, waterfalls, caves, ruins, and national parks, this little haven of tranquility has a great range of quaint guesthouses and cute cafes to keep travelers comfortable.

Home to rare river-dwelling dolphins, amber sunsets, and a gorgeous riverfront, Kratie may be small in size but is still a great spot to stop and get away from it all for a few days.

Highlights of Cambodia

1. angkor wat.

After watching in awe as the sun rises over the incredible Angkor Wat temple, join a local guide to uncover the history and mysteries of this incredible 12th-century temple complex. You may also like to visit a monastery to experience an ancient ritual where you’ll be sprinkled with holy water and blessed with good luck for the rest of your travels.

Get in touch with your spiritual side on our 3 day Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor tour , or our 9 day Cambodia Express tour .

2. Tonlé Sap

Known as the Great Lake of Cambodia, Tonle Sap Lake is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and is an essential food source for many Cambodians. Hop in a boat and cruise through floating villages where people live in silted houses, study in floating schools, pray in floating churches and temples, and eat in floating restaurants.

Cruise along the Tonle Sap Lake waters on our 9 day Cambodian Traveller tour .

3. Kompong Cham

Brimming with vibrant shops, Art Deco buildings, lazy streets and wide riverside boulevards, Kampong Cham oozes old-world charm. Cycle across the famous bamboo bridge, climb the pink French Tower for impressive cityscapes, explore the 11th-century Wat Nokor complex, or tuck into tasty street eats at the market.

Shop 'til you drop in Kompong Cham on our 12 day Cambodia Adventure, on our 12 day Cambodia Discovery tour , on our 12 day Real Cambodia tour or on our 26 day Cambodia & Vietnam Experience .

Kampot’s delicious pepper is known by international chefs as the world’s best. Visit the Pepper Project to learn about (and taste!) why it's so famous, explore the ghostly (but beautiful) buildings near Kep’s waterfront, or enjoy a massage by a blind masseur or masseuse while supporting the local charity, Seeing Hands.

Eat your way through Kampot on our 9 day Cambodia Real Food Adventure .

5. Phnom Penh

Welcome to Cambodia’s bustling capital. There’s lots to see and do in Phnom Penh, whether you want to marvel at the grandeur of the Royal Palace, eat local specialties at the night market, people watch with a cocktail, or learn about Cambodia’s sobering history.

Navigate your way through busy Phnom Penh on our 13 day Cambodia & Vietnam Discovery or on our 20 day Classic Cambodia & Vietnam tour .

6. Krong Battambang

Discover the beautifully preserved architecture and friendly Khmer people of Battambang – Cambodia's second-largest city – and its surrounding countryside. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride through rural villages, join locals for early morning yoga or folk dancing, or learn how to make amok and spicy fried chicken at a cooking class.

Unwind in Krong Battambang on our 8 day Cambodia Family Holiday With Teenagers.

7. Siem Reap

Experience a traditional shadow puppetry show, peruse the old market for silks, silver, and sarongs, or get to know other travelers and locals over a cold beer on Pub Street. When you’re in Siem Reap, don’t forget to try amok – a Cambodian curry dish served in a banana leaf.

Soak up the energy of Siem Reap on our 6 day Classic Cambodia tour or on our 6 day Premium Cambodia tour .

Markets are plentiful in Cambodia - from the large markets like the Central and Russian Markets in Phnom Penh, to the smaller, local markets in regional areas. As with most markets in Asia , bargaining for a good price is commonplace. It's also a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. The United States and Canada generally have strict quarantine laws.

Local groups and NGOs have worked to provide training in textile production and help disadvantaged families earn an income. If you are looking to take home a piece of Cambodia, consider purchasing a traditional item from a social enterprise.  

Things to buy in Cambodia

  • Silver jewelry
  • Stone and wood carvings
  • Traditional Cambodian scarves (known as ‘kramas’)
  • Hand-woven baskets
  • Silk clothing and sarongs

Festivals and events

Most of Cambodia’s festivals stem from Theravada Buddhist rituals. Though they are meant to be spiritual in nature, Cambodians always find a way to inject a lot of fun into them. Here are some of the most important festivals in Cambodia.

1. Water Festival

This three-day festival, which marks the end of the monsoon season and the start of harvest, is a national holiday. Cities across Cambodia flock to the water each November to celebrate, but the festivities in Phnom Penh are by far the biggest. Featuring colorful boat races, illuminated ornamental boats, fireworks, concerts, and plenty of food and drink.

2. Khmer New Year (Chaul Chnam Thmey)

An important celebration in the Khmer calendar, the Cambodian New Year sees three days of people taking part in rituals, playing traditional games, performing gestures of goodwill towards others and enjoying feasts. Most Cambodians return to their homes to spend time with their families during this time.

3. Pchum Ben (Ancestors Day)

“Ancestors’ Day” involves Cambodians visiting pagodas bearing food, flowers, rice and gifts, which are given to monks to offer to the afterlife. Cambodian beliefs are steeped in superstition. The reason for the offerings is not only to commemorate lost loved ones but so the dead do not return to haunt the living. 

Read more about festivals in Cambodia

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

  • Victory Day

Meak Bochea Day

Cambodian New Year

King Sihamoni’s Birthday

Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony

Birth of Buddha

Former Queen’s Birthday

Pchum Ben Day

Constitution Day

Coronation Day

Water Festival

Independence Day

International Human Rights Day

Please note Cambodia's public holidays may vary.

Similar destinations

We have a variety of similar destinations, trips and routes that you could consider! Tie another trip into your holiday, or, see how we can help you get from A to B.

We have tours departing from a variety of locations within Cambodia. The options below may be of interest:

  • Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City
  • Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok
  • Phnom Penh to Hanoi
  • Phnom Penh to Siem Reap
  • Tours from Phnom Penh
  • Tours to Siem Reap
  • Hanoi to Siem Reap

Country comparisons

Figuring out which country to travel to can be hard, especially when there are countries right next to each other that seem so similar! So you don't have to roll the dice or pick your next destination out of a hat, we've put together a comparative guide on all things culture, cuisine, and cities (among other things) to make your decision a bit easier.

  • Cambodia or Vietnam?
  • Thailand or Vietnam?
  • Cambodia or Laos?

Further reading

Cambodia travel faqs, do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Do you need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

Most tourist visitors to   Cambodia will need a tourist (T) visa for entry. This includes travelers from Australia, the UK, Canada, South Africa, the USA and Ireland. This visa costs USD $36 (subject to change) and is valid for 30 days.

E-Visa Depending on your nationality, you can apply for an E-visa through the official website . Please note there have been reports of fraudulent e-visa websites that mimic the official site. Intrepid recommends only using the official website listed above or arranging your visa through your booking agent.

Visa on arrival Visa on arrival is available for most nationalities at airports and some land border crossings. You will need a passport photo for your visa.

The page is for general information only and may be subject to change. It is your responsibility to obtain relevant visa and travel information required for entry, departure and travel to each country or region you visit on your trip. You should confirm these with the relevant embassies and/or consulates. 

Last updated: 2 June 2023 

Is tipping customary in Cambodia?

Tipping isn’t expected in Cambodia, but it's always appreciated. Feel free to tip drivers and restaurant staff if you feel the service has been good.

What is the internet access like in Cambodia?

Internet access is growing in Cambodia. Internet cafes are easily found in large cities, but the speed may be slower than what you’re used to.

Can I use my mobile phone while in Cambodia?

Cellphone coverage is generally good in Cambodia’s urban areas, but may not be available in rural areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

What are the toilets like in Cambodia?

Squat toilets are the most common in Cambodia, but western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and in tourist areas. Be prepared to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets, and always carry your own toilet paper and soap as they are usually not provided. 

Can I drink the water in Cambodia?

It isn't recommended to drink the tap water in Cambodia. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Your leader or hotel will tell you where to find filtered water.

Are credit cards accepted widely in Cambodia?

Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, large retailers, and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller shops, cafes, and market stalls in rural areas. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

What is ATM access like in Cambodia?

ATMs are widely available in larger cities, like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

Is it safe to travel to Cambodia?

Cambodia is a relatively safe destination to visit, however, like other popular travel destinations, there are times when visitors should be more cautious. Petty crime and scams can occur in tourist hotspots and in some regional areas, there may be safety advisories to stick to marked paths.

There can also be severe weather in Cambodia, especially during the wet season (July to November).

Is Cambodia a safe destination for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

Everyone should feel comfortable when they travel with Intrepid and we know that many of our travelers are part of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s important for our travelers to be aware of the local laws and customs in the destinations we visit, as some countries have laws that discriminate against LGBTQIA+ people. We recommend you visit  Equaldex  and/or ILGA before you choose your trip for up-to-date advice and information about LGBTQIA+ related laws. 

On the whole, Cambodia is a hassle-free destination for LGBTQIA+ travelers. The former King was a keen supporter of equal rights for same-sex partners, and as a result, most of the population is fairly accepting. Both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have small gay scenes, though they are decidedly more low-key compared to some parts of Asia. Be aware that Cambodian people typically do not engage in public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation.

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travelers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Cambodia accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Cambodia is not always an easy country to travel to for people with mobility or vision disabilities, due to uneven and often broken footpaths, bumpy and potholed roads, crowded public transport, and steps galore at temples. In saying this, local people are extremely hospitable and are likely to help out any travelers in need. The country’s biggest drawcard, the temples of Angkor, has had some ramps added in recent years but the paths are generally uneven and stairs challenging even for travelers without disabilities. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports have had recent upgrades in terms of wheelchair ramps and some higher-end hotels may have accessible rooms. Many guesthouses and hotels have ground-floor rooms although may not have other accessible facilities. Taxi and remorks can be easily and affordably hired to get around for city tours.

What's the weather like in Cambodia?

Cambodia's temperatures stay pretty constant all year round with a distinct wet and dry season. The north generally experiences slightly colder winters (dry seasons) than the south. The dry season is the most popular season to travel by far, as showers usually only occur in the late afternoon and for a matter of minutes before passing over.

What to wear in Cambodia

Cambodia has two types of weather: hot, and hot and wet. Loose, breathable clothing will be appropriate year-round, and if you’re traveling from June through to the beginning of November, you’ll want to pack a raincoat.

What's the transport like in Cambodia?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Cambodia, you may find yourself traveling by Cyclo.

Take the slow road and see Cambodia from the ground level while being pedaled through the streets by a friendly cyclo rider.

Remork, the Cambodian version of the tuk tuk, is a fun way to get around and perfect for short trips.

Get to know the countryside of Cambodia while riding a bicycle. Glide past fields of rice and wave hello to passing locals.

What's the accommodation like in Cambodia?

Traveling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavor to provide travelers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When traveling with us in Cambodia you may find yourself staying in a Homestay.

Experience rural life while staying with a local family. Make new friends, eat traditional, home-cooked meals and explore the Cambodian countryside.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

From Australia?

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Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my trip to Cambodia support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. In fact, we make a donation on behalf of every traveler. Trips to Cambodia directly support our foundation partner, Cambodia Rural Students Trust (CRST).  

CRST are helping to break the cycle of poverty by inspiring and empowering children in Cambodia with education opportunities. Donations help them provide their students with the best available education, leadership mentoring and life skills. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

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CAMBODIA. The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

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When you think of Cambodia, the things that immediately come to mind are Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, and Tomb Raider (if you were old enough to watch the movies Angelina Jolie was in).

The country has a rich history that spans centuries as exemplified by its ancient temples. It’s also an affordable and accessible destination for Filipinos.

Getting a visa

Cambodia is part of ASEAN which means Filipinos can enter the country and stay for 30 days without applying for a visa.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Riel is Cambodia’s local currency. The US Dollar is another currency you can use during your trip. Conversion as of this writing: $US1 = KHR 4,114

Get into Cambodia

Cebu Pacific used to have direct flights from Manila to Siem Reap. However, they discontinued this route. You can purchase tickets for a direct flight from Manila to Phnom Penh via Philippine Airlines.

Check their website and social media profiles regularly to get discounted airfares. You can also combine Cambodia with a trip to nearby countries such as Thailand and Vietnam.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Many Filipinos go on a multi-day trip to visit all three countries in Indochina. You’ll most likely arrive late at night, an official taxi to your accommodation in the city from the airport costs around US$12 for up to four persons.

Getting around

The most convenient way to go sightseeing is to rent a tuk tuk and driver. You’ll pay up to around US$25 for the whole day including wait times.

*This itinerary assumes you start with one full day.

For this itinerary, you’ll start your trip in Phnom Penh.

Start early for sightseeing to maximize your day.

Make the Royal Palace your first stop. Try to visit the palace early so that you have enough time to see more attractions in the afternoon. The Royal Palace is a massive complex. It is the residence of Cambodia’s royal family. It’s not as old as the Angkor ruins found in Siem Reap, but just as culturally important to the country.

Travel guide to Cambodia, Cambodian Royal Palace

The Throne Hall and Silver Pagoda are the main draws of the palace. The pagoda has a revered Emerald Buddha statue. The king uses the Throne Hall to meet guests. It’s also a venue for religious and royal functions. FYI: You’ll need to follow a dress code when you go to the Royal Palace. I would recommend wearing at least a shirt and pants.

Photography is prohibited in some areas of the palace complex.

After an early lunch, hire a tuk tuk driver to take you to the Killing Fields or also known as the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center and the Tuol Sleng S-21 Prison. You can pay the driver around US$20 for both destinations and includes wait times. The one-way trip takes approximately an hour. You’ll save money if you travel with others.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Pol Pot is an infamous dictator that massacred his own people. His Khmer Rouge committed millions of summary executions during its reign of terror.

The Killing Fields was the mass burial site for the civilians and alleged traitors. S-21 Prison was where the Khmer Rouge tortured their captives until they confessed to crimes they were innocent of. After torturing the prisoners, they were taken to the Killing Fields to be executed. You’ll find vestiges of the torture rooms and photos of the innocent people killed during your visit.

After a day of sightseeing, head back to the city for some free time.

  • Royal Palace fee US$10
  • Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (Killing Fields) fee and audio guide US$6
  • Tuol Sleng S-21 Prison fee US$5 (extra US$3 for audio guide)

Check out of your accommodation and get something to eat before sightseeing. Take the night bus to Siem Reap to save some money on accommodation.

You can visit the Independence Monument located at the center of the city. It’s a symbol of the country’s liberation from France. Not too far from the Royal Palace is Wat Ounalom. The latter is regarded as the center of Buddhism in the country and is one of the oldest pagodas. It also dates to the mid-15th century.

Wat Phnom is perched on a hill towering over the city. Here you’ll find locals praying and leaving offerings. It’s also a nice quiet place to take leisurely walks in. You can drop by the Central Market to go window shopping or buy souvenirs early.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening along Sisowath Quay. This bustling district has plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops catering to locals and tourists alike.

I would recommend booking your overnight bus tickets in advance through https://12go.asia/en. You can book a luxurious bus or a standard one for your overnight journey to Siem Reap.

Upon arrival from Phnom Penh, go to your hotel/guesthouse/hostel/Airbnb. You might have to wait later in the day to check in, but you can at least leave your bags, rest and get something to eat before seeing the temples. You can hire a tuk tuk with a driver (the affordable option) or a car with a driver.

You pay extra for a guide. A tuk tuk costs around US$15-$US20. You save more money if you’re traveling with a group. Before you start, your driver will take you to the ticket office to buy your Angkor Pass.

Travel guide to Cambodia

The first batch of temples you’ll visit are in the Grand Circuit (you can save Angkor Wat for the next day). The temples here are some of the lesser-known ones but still historically and cultural significant to Cambodians.

The places in your itinerary include East Mebon, Neak Pean, Ta Som, Pre Rup, and Preah Khan. For me the highlights of this trip are Pre Rup, Ta Som, and Preah Khan.

Travel guide to Cambodia. Ta Som

Ta Som has tree roots growing around its ruins. It dates to the 12 th century. King Jayavarman VII had Preah Khan built to pay tribute to his father. It also has a history dating to the 12 th century. Pre Rup is a 10 th century temple that King Rajendravarman II built. It provides overlooking views of the surroundings and is a popular spot to view the sunset.

You can wait or return to Pre Rup to watch the sunset or call it a day. You can hang out and get something to eat at Pub Street.

  • US$62 3-day Angkor Pass

On your second day of temple hopping, get an early start to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat and explore the Small Circuit.

Angkor Wat is the main attraction for many tourists. The centuries old complex is massive with various structures and statues that provide you with a glimpse of the country’s storied past.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Ta Prohm is another temple included in this circuit. It became a famous stop because of Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. The roots enveloping the ruined temple will immediately grab your attention.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Other than Angkor Wat, many visitors (including myself) name Angkor Thom as a highlight of a trip to Cambodia. Angkor Thom dates to the 12th century and its main draw is the many stone faces you’ll see while exploring. Other attractions you’ll visit include:

  • Terrace of the Elephants
  • Baphuon Temple
  • Phimeanakas
  • Terrace of the Leper King.

After a day of temple hopping, go to your favorite hang out spot in the city.

Travel guide to Cambodia

Check out of your accommodation and prepare for a long return trip to and from Beng Mealea. You’ll be taking the overnight bus again back to Phnom Penh. Bring food and drinks with you for the trip.

I’m interested in visiting archaeological and ancient sites whenever I travel. So, if you share the same interests, I recommend a trip to Beng Mealea. You can book a tour that combines it with other sites, or you can hire a tuk tuk with a driver to take you. The tuk tuk is your budget option.

Travel guide to Cambodia

King Suryavarman II had Beng Mealea built during his reign. It dates to the 12th century. It’s over 70km from Siem Reap. The temple complex is massive and impressive. Its degraded and jungle-like state adds to its mystique. Nature and time contributed to its current ruinous appearance. It has Naga statues, galleries, and depictions of deities. Take your time walking around the complex and imagine what it looked like centuries ago.

Travel guide to Cambodia

After exploring Beng Mealea, make your way back to Siem Reap and get something to eat before your overnight trip. You can buy your bus tickets here https://12go.asia/en or from an agency in town.

Day 6 When you arrive in the morning from Siem Reap, you still have more than enough time to go shopping if you have the budget. Philippine Airlines’ flight bound for Manila leaves just after midnight. I would recommend booking at least one more night in Phnom Penh so you can rest and hang out in your favorite spots in the city before leaving for the airport.

How much will you spend?

Your biggest expense for Cambodia is the Angkor Pass. For the itinerary mentioned above, you’ll need the 3-day pass which costs US$62.

A budget of anywhere between P15,000 and P20,000 per person for a group of at least two gets you a bed in a hostel dorm or a budget room, budget meals, tuk tuk transfers for tours, an English-speaking guide (optional), entrance fees, 3-day Angkor Pass, and overnight buses.

Travel guide to Cambodia

This covers the itinerary mentioned above. It doesn’t include shopping and flights.

Overall, Cambodia is an affordable country. You can splurge on nice accommodation or nice meals throughout your stay. You can also hire a car with a driver if you have the budget. –  Rappler.com

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How to Plan a Trip to Thailand and Cambodia (2024/2025)

Thailand and Cambodia are neighboring countries. Many visitors who make the journey to Southeast Asia plan a combined trip and visit both countries.

In this guide, we are going to look at how to plan a travel itinerary for a tour of Thailand and Cambodia.

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A well-rounded trip to Thailand and Cambodia typically requires a minimum of 10 days, although 2 weeks is recommended for a more relaxed and enriching experience.

Given Thailand 's larger size and abundance of attractions, many travelers allocate more time to explore its diverse landscapes and cultural offerings, spending around 7–9 days there. This often includes iconic destinations like bustling Bangkok, the cultural haven of Chiang Mai in the north, and an idyllic island in the south, such as family-friendly Phuket or romantically inclined Koh Samui.

In contrast, Cambodia 's compact size means that a visit of 3–5 days is often sufficient. Siem Reap, the second-largest city, is a must-visit for the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, while Phnom Penh, the capital, offers additional cultural experiences with its temples and bustling markets, making it an appealing option if time allows.

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Thailand and Cambodia Itinerary: A Classic 12-Day Tour

A 12-day trip allows you to see the most popular attractions of both countries. Here's a favorite way to organize the itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok

Days 2-3: Bangkok City Tour

Day 4: Fly to Siem Reap

Days 5-6: Angkor Wat and Local Life Experience

  • Day 7: Fly to Chiang Mai with a Transit in Bangkok

Day 8: A Memorable Elephant Experience in the Jungle of Chiang Mai

Day 9: Mountian Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai to Phuket

Days 10-11: Free Time in Phuket

Day 12: Phuket Departure

Upon your arrival in Bangkok, take some time to settle into your accommodation and recover from your journey. Consider exploring the local surroundings near your hotel for a gentle introduction to the city.

Immerse yourself in a comprehensive city tour of Bangkok, visiting iconic sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun. Dive into the vibrant markets and savor the rich street food scene, making the most of your time in the bustling metropolis.

Board a flight to Siem Reap. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and spend the day exploring the local atmosphere, getting a taste of the unique culture and charm that Siem Reap has to offer.

Explore the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat complex, including Bayon Temple and Ta Prohm. Engage in an immersive experience of local village life and enjoy the vibrant night markets in Siem Reap, offering a glimpse into the daily lives of the people.

Day 7: Fly to Chiang Mai

Fly to Chiang Mai with a transit in Bangkok. Once in Chiang Mai, settle into your hotel and take the evening to unwind, perhaps exploring the local area at a leisurely pace.

Embark on a memorable elephant experience in the jungle surrounding Chiang Mai. Focus on ethical practices and learn about conservation efforts. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Chiang Mai, reflecting on the unique experiences of the day.

Begin the day with a visit to the sacred Doi Suthep temple, enjoying panoramic views of Chiang Mai. Later, catch a flight to Phuket. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and take some time to relax.

Enjoy free time in Phuket to unwind on the beaches, explore local markets, or partake in water activities. Consider taking a boat tour to nearby islands or exploring the enchanting Phang Nga Bay.

Conclude your journey in Phuket with some last-minute activities or shopping before departing for your home destination. Reflect on the diverse experiences from Bangkok to Phuket as you bid farewell to this captivating Southeast Asian adventure.

For more details on this 12-day Thailand and Cambodia tour . Or get more itinerary ideas to plan your 2-week dream trip>>>

All our tours can be adjusted to suit you. We can make a trip based on your interests, group size, and other requirements. Feel free to contact us .

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Cambodia and Thailand are cheap countries. They can match a wide range of budgets. The cost of traveling in Cambodia is slightly lower than in Thailand by US$10–30 per day.

When exploring Southeast Asia, particularly Cambodia and Thailand, choosing a private tour is a wise decision, embodying an "affordable luxury." Our private tour provides excellent value for money, ensuring a seamless and high-quality experience with top-notch service.

Thailand and Cambodia, situated in close proximity, share similar climates. The period from November to April is deemed the optimal time for visiting both countries, offering sunny and dry weather that enhances the overall travel experience.

It's important to note that the Christmas/New Year holiday season is particularly busy, and planning ahead with reservations is advisable during this time. Share your interests and requirements with us , and we'll handle all the details, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable trip tailored to your preferences.

From August to early October, both nations experience the heaviest rainfall . Typically, these are short afternoon or dusk downpours that are unlikely to significantly impact your travel plans.

For those seeking vibrant festival experiences , April is an ideal time to visit for Cambodia and Thailand's New Year celebrations. Alternatively, November offers the enchanting Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, providing a unique cultural experience.

We would suggest starting your journey in Thailand.

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, serves as a major transportation hub, providing convenient flight connections and easy access to neighboring countries like Cambodia. Starting in Thailand not only facilitates smoother travel logistics but also allows you to gradually explore the unique charms of Southeast Asia.

Thailand allows visa-free entry from 64 countries, including the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and Norway. (If you do not qualify for the visa-free policy, you will need to apply for a visa to visit Thailand.)

However, Cambodia requires you to obtain a tourist visa, which can either be obtained online or when you arrive at Phnom Penh or Siem Reap Airport.

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How to Travel to Cambodia and Laos in 2 Weeks

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Southeast Asia is one of our favorite places to visit. The rich culture, food, history, and affordable travel are the top reasons to visit the area. If you have only two weeks, plan a trip to Cambodia and Laos!

Why a 2 week trip to Cambodia and Laos?! Cambodia and Laos are next to each other, so it’s easy to travel between the two countries. Two weeks is the perfect amount of time to learn about Cambodia’s history, see beautiful temples at Siem Reap, experience Laos’s laid-back culture, and visit Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage site.

Our 2-week itinerary to Cambodia and Laos has the following stops: Phnom Penh – Battambang – Siem Reap – Luang Prabang – Vientiane. What is great about this plan is that you can visit either country first depending on your initial departure location. We suggest going to Cambodia first as the environment is more chaotic and hectic versus Laos. This plan starts in Cambodia and includes 2 travel days. Feel free to change around your travel locations and add more days based on your interests.

The itinerary also includes things to see, places to eat, and accommodations for Cambodia and Laos. If you don’t want to travel to two countries, consider staying in Laos or Cambodia for two weeks . Don’t forget to check out these helpful tips for planning a trip to Cambodia .

Although we didn’t get the chance during this trip, we have several places that we want to visit in the future – Tonle Sap and Koh Rang in Cambodia. Check out this guide to Koh Rang for more information. For Laos, we still want to stop by V ang Vieng for river tubing and adventures and the southern part of Laos.

We hope you get some inspiration to travel to Cambodia and Laos. You’ll have a fabulous time between the two countries no matter what.

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General Information For Cambodia and Laos in 2 Weeks

Visas for cambodia and laos.

Cambodia and Laos require a tourist or business visa which can be obtained on arrival at the airport or international checkpoints. Visas are valid for 30 days.

  • Cambodia: Learn about Cambodia’s visa here and how to receive a visa on arrival . Consider applying for an e-visa prior to arrival.
  • Laos: Laos implemented a new e-visa process for over 120 locations, including those from the U.S. Use this site to apply for an e-visa . 

*Update: We’ll continue to monitor this area as an entry for tourists may change due to the current travel situation.

Currency in Cambodia and Laos

Cambodia and Laos use different currencies, so you’ll need to use the ATM or exchange money at a currency exchange store or at the airport. Both countries are cash-centric. Credit cards aren’t as widely accepted except at the larger hotel chains, such as Marriott.

  • Cambodia: Accepts U.S. dollars and Cambodian riels. If you buy something in U.S. dollars, you may receive Cambodian riels for change. Make sure that you have small bills such as $1 and $5 USD for tipping, shopping, and restaurants.  The exchange is 4 riels to $1 USD.
  • Laos : Accepts Laotian kip. Some vendors may accept U.S dollars or Thai baht.

Best Time to Visit Cambodia and Laos

Cambodia is hot all year round. The dry season is from November – April (or to February if closer to the Southern part of Cambodia), while the rainy season is May – October. The rainy season in Battambang is September and October.

Laos has a similar dry and wet season as Cambodia. If you’re thinking about visiting Laos during the rainy season , definitely go for it!

We went during the December time frame and it was a lovely time to visit.

Accommodations in Cambodia and Laos

Each country has various accommodations from hostels, guesthouses, to large hotel chains. We prefer to stay at local Airbnbs or guesthouses when possible. Many of the guesthouses that we stayed at were clean and served a hearty breakfast, which reduced our food expenses. We’ll share where we stayed in the various sections below and also share a splurge option if you’re interested.

Transportation in Cambodia and Laos

  • Plane:  You can easily travel within the country by airplane. However, it can get pricey. We used planes to travel into Cambodia, between Cambodia and Laos, and out of Laos.
  • Bus: Taking the bus is one of the more affordable ways to travel. We used buses in Cambodia and Laos to travel between cities. The buses were great with reserved seatings, air conditioning, and comfy seats. There were several stops along the way for a bathroom/eating break. We went to the local bus station 1-2 hours before to purchase tickets in person. Bus rides were very cheap. Our bus from Phnom Penh to Battambang was $5.50 USD per person for a 6+ hour ride. You can also take mini-vans but it’ll cost a bit more starting at $8 USD for a ride (between Phnom Penh to Kampot).
  • Tuk Tuks: Taking tuk-tuks is a fun way to see the city. Although it may be hot and dusty on the road, it is quite an adventure. Don’t forget to negotiate the price ahead of time if you plan to go for a longer distance (ie: Killing Fields and S21 tour). You may want to bring a face mask so you don’t ingest dust.
  • Cambodia: Grab is available for cars and tuk-tuk. It is our go-to app during our Southeast Asia travels. Download the app for iOS or Android . Another option is the Pass App for tuk-tuk rides which we heard is slightly cheaper than Grab. Download the app for iOS or Android .
  • Laos: LOCA is a new rideshare app. Download the app for iOS or Android .
  • Slow Boat: If you’re headed to Luang Prabang directly, a unique way is to travel is via a slow boat over 3 days.
  • Pre-booked transportation: If you’re not comfortable with any of these options, pre-book your transportation ahead of time.

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Travel Day & Arrival (1 Day)

Depending on your departure location, it may have taken you a whole day to arrive in Cambodia. We’re starting out in Phnom Penh, Cambodia so you’ve landed at the Phnom Penh International Airport.

Head to your accommodations by tuk-tuk, taxi, or pre-booked transportation to freshen up and/or rest. If you’re not jet-lagged, explore the area in the evening.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2 days)

Now that you’ve rested for the day. It’s time to explore Phnom Penh. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the large city with crowds and traffic, then Phnom Penh is your city. As the capital of Cambodia, the environment is gritty with pollution, unmaintained sidewalks (or no sidewalks) and streets, and an occasional sighting of garbage burning. It took some time to warm up to the city, however, we gained more compassion and understanding after learning about the Khmer Rouge regime and what the people went through just a few decades ago.

Things to Do in Phnom Penh in 2 Days

  • Visit the Silver Pagoda (also known as Wat Preah Keo Morakot) and Royal Palace . It’s one of the highlights of Phnom Penh. You’ll love the beautiful architecture and temples. The king may be staying over at the Royal Palace when you visit. Remember to dress conservatively as you’re entering the spiritual area and respect the local customs.

Reserve a half day tour of the Royal Palace, National Museum, and Wat Phnom .

Cambodia & Laos 2 Weeks Itinerary: Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

We jumped for joy as we started our 2 week trip to Cambodia and Laos!

  • Walk to the main park area to see the Cambodia/Vietnam Friendship Museum , Statue of King Norodom Sihanouk , and the Independence Monument . Join the fun with the locals walking or running laps around the park in the late afternoon/early evening as the weather is cooler.
  • Hire a tuk-tuk or pre-book a tour for the day and learn about Cambodian history. Visit the Killing Fields ( or the “Choeung Fields”) and Toul Sleng Museum (or “Security 21 or S21”), and to listen to the audio tour (included in your admission ticket) in your native language. It’s tragic to hear about the Khmer Rouge’s genocide and victims’ stories. Seeing the Choeung Ek at the Killing Fields with the glass encasing full of skulls is chilling. Although heartbreaking to listen to, it’s an important part of history. These two places are on the outskirts of Phnom Penh center. The Killing Fields is 15km away from the Phnom Penh city center. The roads are a bit dusty. You may want to bring a face mask for the tuk-tuk ride.

Cambodia and Laos 2 Weeks Itinerary: Visit the Toul Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

The heartbreaking rules that one must follow when housed at Security 21/S21.

  • Take a shopping break at the various markets around the area – Russian Market, Central Market (Phsar Thmei), Old Market (Psar Chas), or the Night Market . Or, head to Street 240 , which is nearby the Royal Palace for stylish clothes at boutique stores along the street. You’ll find some unique Cambodian souvenirs that will be perfect as gifts for family members and friends. 

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh

  • Alibi Guesthouse – We stayed here and enjoyed our visit. Room was affordable and came with a complimentary breakfast with toast, eggs, and juice. Plus, it’s close to the Royal Palace. Find availability and make a reservation for Alibi Guesthouse here .
  • Rosewood Phnom Penh – If you want to splurge, consider staying at Rosewood. You’ll love the views of the Tonle Sap River. Find availability and reserve a room at Rosewood.

Research and book hotels in Phnom Penh here .

Where to Eat in Phnom Penh

  • Night Market – What is not to love about eating street food? The area can be a bit touristy but you can get affordable Cambodian cuisine here.
  • Khmer Surin – If you’re looking for traditional Cambodian food, visit Khmer Surin. Consider sitting on the second level and you can even sit on the ground with pillows. We enjoyed the moist and flavorful fish amok at the restaurant.

Read More: Learn How to Cook Cambodian Food

Battambang, cambodia (1 day).

Battambang is less visited by tourists even though it is the city with the second largest population in Cambodia. The sleepy, small-town is a 6+ hour bus ride from Phnom Penh. From the bus stop, you’ll take a tuk-tuk to the main area for a $2 USD ride.

With only one day in Battambang, we were limited to what we could do. Definitely check out the main area with shops and restaurants with colonial architecture and cool street art. We hope to come back to spend more time at Battambang.

Things to Do in Battambang in 1 Day

  • Ride the Bamboo Train (also called “Norry” by the locals) in Battambang. We know, it’s touristy, yet so much fun to sit on a makeshift train out of bamboo and watch the countryside pass by.
  • Explore the street art along Pub Street. During the afternoon, it’s a quiet street, yet has hidden gems with finding street art along the way. Otherwise, admire the architecture in the area.
  • Browse through Phsar Nhat Market , one of the local markets that sell produce and has food stalls. You may be encouraged by the sellers to enjoy a meal at their kiosk.
  • Walk along the Mekong River . During the evening, there are several vendors who set up shop on the sidewalk. Enjoy a meal and a drink.

Where to Stay in Battambang

  • The Place – With hip decorations and one of the cheaper options, consider staying at “The Place.” Read reviews and book a room at The Place here.
  • Sanctuary Villa Battambang – If you want to the full-on pampering, come to this place. It has a swimming pool, restaurant, and massages on-site. Find availability and reserve a room at Sanctuary Villa here .

Reserve a hotel room in Battambang here.

Where to Eat in Battambang

  • Khmer Delight – If you want delicious Cambodian food, come to this place! The Khmer tom yum soup had a good kick to it.
  • Battambang Town Restaurant – It’s where the locals eat for a cheap meal. We went here for breakfast and the place was packed with people. You can’t beat an affordable meal for $2-$3 USD.

Siem Reap, Cambodia (4 days)

It’s time for a few days of temple hopping. Siem Reap is a 3-hour bus ride from Battambang. The first thing that you’ll notice is the scorching hot weather at over 86+℉ / 30+℃. Prepare yourself for an afternoon break or to leave the temples early due to the heat. Don’t forget to hydrate often!

Things to Do in Siem Reap in 4 Days

  • It’s time to go temple hopping at Siem Reap . Hire a tuk-tuk driver and spend 3 days at Siem Reap seeing the various temples. Purchase a 3-day pass for $62 USD). Three days is sufficient to prevent temple fatigue. One helpful trick is to purchase your ticket at sunset (after 5pm) on the day before you start the full day of temples. You’ll have access to go to the temples, specifically Angkor Wat, to view the sunset. The visit won’t count towards one of your ticket days. If you’re interested in a tour, book this day one:

If you have one day to explore Siem Reap, book a one day tour of the temples here .

Cambodia and Laos 2 Weeks: Visit Angkor Wat at Sunset

Watching the sunset at Angkor Wat is a highlight to add to your 2 weeks in Cambodia and Laos.

  • Take a hot air balloon ride at Angkor Wat . It’s an incredible way to see the view of Siem Reap during the sunrise or sunset.
  • Visit the Old Market ( Psah Chas) . Similar to the other local markets that you’ve been to in Cambodia, it provides an insight into what locals buy from produce to clothing and more. A few streets over is Pub Street where you can visit at least once. If you want to see the nightlife of Siem Reap, visit Pub Street. Although it’s not the authentic Cambodian lifestyle, you can get cheaper foods, drinks, and meet other foreigners.
  • Find a location with a swimming pool . You’ll need to have an afternoon siesta break to cool down from the heat.

Where to Stay in Siem Reap

Siem Reap has incredible places to stay depending on your budget. Some recommendations are below:

  • Onederz Siem Reap – Want to be near Pub Street and also have access to a swimming pool for the sweltering heat? Check out this hostel which has bunk bed accommodations and also private rooms. Learn more about this place and reserve at Onederz .
  • Le Méridien Angkor – If you want to splurge for accommodations, stay here in Siem Reap. It’s the closest hotel to the entrance of Angkor Wat. We stayed here for four nights and had a lovely time at this beautiful hotel. The downside is that there aren’t a lot of restaurants in the area. Find availability and book a room at Le Méridien Angkor .

Find hotels in Siem Reap here.

Where to Eat in Siem Reap

  • Head to the main area and Pub Street for affordable, local cuisine, and also Western foods. If you’re adventurous, try various insects !
  • Maom Restaurant – If you want some local Cambodian food and are staying nearby Le Méridien Angkor, come to this place. It’s cozy and the waiters are very friendly.

Luang Prabang, Laos (4 days)

You’ll take a plane ride from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Luang Prabang, Laos. The town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . With the numerous reasons to visit Luang Praban g and things to do, you’ll never be bored in Luang Prabang. The easy-going and extremely walkable town has plenty of activities to keep you occupied for a few days.

Things to Do in Luang Prabang in 4 Days

  • Take a half-day cooking class. We’re fans of taking cooking classes around the world . Take a tour of the local market, learn how to make Laotian food, and eat your own creations. Come hungry as there will be a lot of food for you to eat.
  • Spend a few days at the elephant conservation , such as at Elephant Conservation Center . You can stay overnight, see the elephants, watch them bathe, or even stay longer and volunteer there.
  • Visiting the Kuang Si waterfall (one of our favorite waterfalls in Asia !) to observe this beautiful waterfall. You can swim in the waters if it’s not too cold. During your visit, you’ll also pass through the Bear Rescue Center.

Cambodia and Laos 2 Weeks: Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si Waterfalls is one of our favorite waterfalls!

  • Visit Pau Ou caves since it’s one of the magnificent caves in Asia .
  • Learn about the Luang Prabang and see the ornate decor at the Royal Palace Museum . During our last visit, photography isn’t allowed inside the museum.
  • Hike up Mount Phousi for sunrise or sunset.
  • Visit the daily Night Market to shop and eat your way throughout the evening.
  • Witness the morning alms by the Buddhist monks.
  • Take a sunset cruise along the Mekong River. Book a tour here .

Where to Stay in Luang Prabang

  • Sita Norasingh Inn – Super basic room that was enough for our stay. Shoes aren’t allowed in the hotel rooms. Find your dates and reserve a room at Sita Norasingh Inn here .
  • Sofitel Luang Prabang – Want to stay at a luxury hotel in Luang Prabang? Consider staying at the Sofitel. With the French architecture, fine dining, and stunning views, you won’t be disappointed with this stay. Read more about the highlights of Sofitel Luang Prabang .

Find the availability of hotels in Luang Prabang here.

Where to Eat in Luang Prabang

  • Night Market – It’s a daily market that has amazing street foods to try. Go for skewered foods, grilled fish, and top the meal off with coconut cake.
  • Xieng Thong Noodle Shop – Crave homemade noodles and noodle soup? Check out this place to get your fix. We went here a few times during our trip. Remember to go early. Once the soup runs out, the shop is closed.

Don’t want the stress of planning a trip to Laos? Book a 5-day tour of Vientiane and Luang Prabang .

Vientiane, Laos (1 day)

Vientiane, the capital of Laos, has a large city/capital environment. The city is clean and had a robust local city bus system in place.

With our limited time in Vientiane, we didn’t get to explore much. It takes over 10 hours to get here by bus from Luang Prabang. There aren’t as many tourist attractions in Vientiane compared to Luang Prabang.

Things to Do in Vientiane in 1 Day

  • Visit Buddha Park , an unusual sculpture that depicts Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s located near the border of Laos and Thailand. Learn about Buddha Park and how to take public transportation.

Cambodia and Laos 2 Weeks: Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

  • Admire the architecture of the Patuxay Monument or take an elevator up to see the views of the city from above.

Cambodia and Laos 2 Weeks Itinerary: Visit Patuxay Monument in Vientiane, Laos

  • Visit the Night Market along the Mekong for souvenirs and lots of stylish clothing. You can also find desserts and food around the area.
  • Shop at Talaat Sao (also called the “Morning Market”). This mall is nearby the bus stop and is a good place to take a break from the outside heat. You can find various items such as household goods and souvenirs at this place.

Where to Stay in Vientiane

  • Lucky Backpacker Hostel is a no-frills type of place. The hostel is nearby the Mekong River and the Night Market. Private bedrooms with bathrooms are available, although space is tight. This place comes with breakfast. Reserve a room at Lucky Backpacker Hostel here .
  • Muong Thanh Luxury is a fancier hotel that has tennis courts, massages, swimming pools, and restaurants for guests. The rooms are gorgeous and will satisfy any traveler. Find availability and book a room at Muong Thanh Luxury here .

Find accommodations in Vientiane here .

Where to Eat in Vientiane

  • Night Market – You can easily find some dessert and noodle stalls to check out.
  • Jamil Zahid Punjabi – This is a change from Laotian food, yet this place has amazing Indian and Pakistani food. Authentic flavors and reasonable prices for their food. The curries and naan are delicious. Just note that the owner loves to take photos and videos of his guests and publish them on Facebook.

Travel Day & Departure (1 Day)

We have to say goodbye to Cambodia and Laos and head back to your next destination or hometown. It’s been an epic journey through Cambodia and Laos for two weeks! We hope you have good memories, learned more about the countries’ history, and come back home with more knowledge and positive experiences from these places.

If you’re heading to Vietnam for your Southeast Asia, check out these fun things to do in Vietnam and learn how to spend 2 weeks in South Vietnam .

What are some of your top places to visit in Cambodia and Laos? Where should we visit next time?

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Very detailed and useful tips. I had already visited Cambodia but still have Laos on my list. Buddha Park looks amazing I didn’t know about it, albiet I am guilty of not researching enough.

Thanks Arunima. You’ll love Laos as it’s such a different vibe compared to Cambodia. Definitely check out Buddha Park for its quirkiness. Let us know if you have any questions during your future holiday in Laos.

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Cambodia has been on our “We have to go here” list for like forever. This is such a detailed post – I am going to refer to this whenever I plan my trip to Cambodia.

Thank you Richa. We’re glad that you enjoyed the Cambodia and Laos post! You’ll have an amazing time in both places.

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This is a great post. Can you advise how to fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang? Also, if we had to skip Vientiane would we be missing much?

Hi Allan – You can easily fly from Siem Reap to Luang Prabang via an airplane. We took Vietnam Airlines, but there are Bangkok Airlines and Lao Airlines as other options. Skipping Vientiane is fine as you’ll have plenty of activities at Luang Prabang. Enjoy your upcoming travels!

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I love how easy it is to travel between Cambodia and Laos. The Buddha Park looks so interesting, I love the statue! And I want to visit Angkor Wat so bad, a hot air balloon would be amazing!

Hi Melissa. Hope you can visit Cambodia in the future! We would love to go back to Siem Reap to explore Angkor Wat again.

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Kuang si Waterfalls looks amazing!!

Hi Mimmie. Kuang Si Waterfall is gorgeous and was one of our highlights when visiting Luang Prabang, Laos.

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Some Cambodians wryly observe that Cambodia has three seasons – hot, hotter and hottest – but in reality, there are distinct dry and wet seasons that define the harvest cycle and dramatically alter the character of the landscape in this fascinating Southeast Asian nation.

The dry season runs from November to May, and the "cool season" months of November to February are the most popular time to visit Cambodia due to milder temperatures. The countryside appears somewhat parched from February to May when daytime temperatures can soar above 40°C (104°F ).

The wet season usually runs from June to October, coinciding with the southwest monsoon, but it's not necessarily a bad time to travel to Cambodia. It usually only rains heavily once a day towards sunset, the countryside is a blaze of green, and many hotels and resorts offer substantial discounts. 

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The high season (November–March) is the best time for good weather and exploring temples

Temperatures in Cambodia are much more Mediterranean during the "winter" months in Southeast Asia. The mercury occasionally drops below 20°C (68°F), forcing Cambodians to scramble for their coats and woollies. This makes exploring the temples much more pleasant, but it's also the most crowded time at Angkor . Lots of accommodation is booked out in advance, particularly over the Christmas and New Year period and during Chinese New Year, which follows the lunar calendar, falling in January or February.

The shoulder season (July–August) is the best time for families

Although this is the middle of Cambodia's wet season, it doesn’t usually rain that much, though there's enough water to swell the Tonle Sap lake. It's an ideal time for families living in Europe and North America, thanks to the long school holidays and discounted prices at hotels and resorts.

There are also far fewer tourists exploring Angkor during the "green season" when the moats are full of water and many of the temples are coated in moss and lichen. The main drawback of shoulder season travel is that it can rain quite heavily on the coast, meaning Ko Rong and other idyllic islands near Sihanoukville can be quite wet and windy.

Couple visiting Buddhist temple, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The low season (April–June & September–October) is the best time for discounts

When it comes to weather, these months are definitely not the best. Temperatures in April and May reach scorchio levels, and September and October are wet, wet, wet. However, this is the time when accommodation providers release their best special offers. You can save a huge amount of money if you plan on staying at five-star hotels and luxury resorts. September and October are the height of the rainy season, but this also brings emerald landscapes and epic cloud formations. 

A month-by-month planner

Many of Cambodia's big festivals follow the lunar calendar and spill across more than one month on the Gregorian calendar. Here's a guide to what is happening throughout the year.

January–March is the busiest time of year

This is peak tourist season in Cambodia, and Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the South Coast are usually heaving. The internationally recognized New Year celebrations are followed by Chinese and Vietnamese New Years' festivities, so be ready for some serious festive cheer.

Chaul Chnam Chen & Tet: The Chinese New Year – known locally as Chaul Chnam Chen – coincides with Tet, the Vietnamese New Year, falling in either January or February depending on the year. As many of Phnom Penh ’s businesses are run by Chinese-Khmers, commerce grinds to a halt around this time and there are dragon dances all over the capital.

People celebrate Chinese New Year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

April–June brings festivals and the start of the rains

This is the beginning of the low season for visitors, as the monsoon swoops in, bringing regular rain until October. Young rice is planted and the landscape begins to come to life once more in a blaze of green after the parched months of the dry season. April is the most important month in the calendar for Khmers, marking the Cambodian New Year. However, temperatures rocket and the mercury regularly hits 40°C (104°F).

Chaul Chnam Khmer: During the three-day celebration of Chaul Chnam Khmer (Khmer New Year) in mid-April, Cambodians make offerings at wats, clean out their homes and exchange gifts. It is a memorable time to visit the Kingdom as Khmers go wild with water in the countryside, and a good-natured water fight spills across the country (throwing talcum powder is also popular).

Chat Preah Nengkal (Royal Ploughing Ceremony): Presided over by the royal family, the Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient agricultural festival held to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season. The royal oxen predict whether or not it will be a good harvest by tucking into the sacred crop. The ritual takes place in early May and rotates around different provincial capitals.

Visakha Puja (Buddha Day): A celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinibbana (passing), Visakha Puja sees locals flock to wats (pagodas) to pay their respects. The festival falls on the eighth day of the fourth moon (in May or June) and sees processions of monks carrying candles through Angkor Wat at night.

July–September sees more celebrations and crowds of backpackers

Tourism numbers see a bounce in July and August thanks to the annual school holidays in Europe and the US. Backpackers also descend on Cambodia and the Mekong region to take advantage of university and college holidays. September is traditionally the wettest month in Cambodia, with sporadic flooding along the Mekong and around Battambang . The Khmer calendar’s second-most-important festival, P’chum Ben, falls in September or October.

P’chum Ben (Festival of the Dead): This festival resembles the Christian celebration of All Souls’ Day when respects are paid to the dead through offerings made at wats. P’chum Ben lasts for several days and devout Buddhists are expected to visit seven wats during the festival. Local temples are a blaze of color, ceremonies and chanting.

A family snorkeling on an empty beach in Koh Rong, Cambodia

October-December sees rain give way to warm, dry winds

The rains extend deep into October and this has led to some serious flooding in recent years. However, the countryside is extraordinarily green, and it's a rewarding time for boat travel between Siem Reap and Battambang. November sees the start of the dry, windy season, the best time to be in the country. The peak tourist season starts and continues through until February.

Bon Om Tuk, the much-celebrated Water Festival, takes place in October or November. Christmas and New Year are peak times for visitors at Angkor and leading beach resorts, so book a long way ahead. The international New Year on 31 December is widely (and wildly) celebrated in key cities such as Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.

Bon Om Tuk (Water Festival): Celebrating the victory of King Jayavarman VII over the Chams, this important festival in October or November also marks the extraordinary natural phenomenon of the reversal of the flow of the Tonlé Sap River. It’s a wonderful, chaotic time to be in Cambodia, with boat races at Sisowath Quay in Phnom Penh, and riverside parties in Siem Reap.

Angkor Photo Festival: In Siem Reap, resident and regional photographers descend on the temples and team up with local youths to teach them the tricks of the trade at this civic-minded festival in November or December. Photography exhibitions are staged all over town and some famous Vietnam War-era photographers are sometimes in attendance.

Angkor Wat International Half Marathon: This half marathon in December has been a fixture on the sporting calendar for two decades. Choose from a 21km (13-mile) half marathon, a 10km (6.2-mile) fun run or various bicycle races. It’s hard to imagine a better backdrop for a run than the incredible temples of Angkor.

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A new entry requirement for cambodia.

I f you’re making travel plans to visit Cambodia soon, you will need to take note of the country’s new e-Arrival Cards, which have to be applied for one week before your arrival.

According to Travel News and travelMole.com , from 1 July paper documents will not be accepted, and all travellers arriving in the country will have to have an e-Arrival Card.

These new e-Cards will not replace the requirement for a visa or change existing visa requirements but will replace the paper immigration form, health form, and customs declaration to help streamline the arrival process.

How to apply

Travellers can download the e-Arrival app from the Google Play or iOS App Store, or they can complete their application on the government’s online portal.

UAE’s new requirements for entry

In related news, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also recently made some changes to their tourist entry requirements.

Among these requirements, tourists will now have to provide proof of sufficient funds for expenses in cash or on a credit/debit card.

These new stricter policies were carried out to deter jobseekers from entering the country on a tourist visa with no intention of leaving ,  Visaguide.news  reports.

Tourists will need to be aware of the following before  booking their ticket  to the UAE:

  • Visitors will have to provide hotel booking documents and a return air ticket.
  • Visitors to relatives or friends will need to provide copies of their visa and passport, as well as their address, phone number, and accommodation details.
  • Visitors must show evidence of sufficient funds for expenses.

These funds are specific and tourists entering with a one-month visa must have at least Dh3 000 or R15 340 in cash or on a credit/debit card.

Tourists entering with a three-month visa will have to show an amount of Dh5 000 or R25 567 for expenses.

It was also revealed that passengers may be asked about their documentation and purpose of visiting and if adequate reasons are not given, they may be denied entry into the country.

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  • Travelers to risk areas should prevent mosquito bites by using an  EPA-registered insect repellent , wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, and sleeping in an air-conditioned room or room with window screens. .

Countries reporting higher-than-usual numbers of dengue cases

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Dengue can become severe within a few hours. Severe dengue is a medical emergency, usually requiring hospitalization.

In severe cases, health effects can include hemorrhage (uncontrolled bleeding), shock (seriously low blood pressure), organ failure, and death. 

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The countries listed below are reporting higher-than-usual numbers of dengue cases, and travelers visiting these countries may be at increased risk:

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Official Visit of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, 18 to 19 June 2024

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The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Samdech Moha Borvor Thipadei Hun Manet, will make an Official Visit to Singapore from 18 to 19 June 2024. This will be Prime Minister Hun Manet’s first Official Visit to Singapore.

Prime Minister Hun Manet will receive an official welcome at the Istana, before having a call on President Tharman Shanmugaratnam and a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong. Prime Minister Wong will also host an official dinner in Prime Minister Hun Manet’s honour. Prime Minister Hun Manet will also receive a call by Senior Minister Lee Hsien Loong. While in Singapore, Prime Minister Hun Manet is scheduled to attend the Cambodia-Singapore Business Forum and visit Nanyang Polytechnic and Keppel Infrastructure@Changi.

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