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Cambodia travel guide

From the awe-inspiring famous ruins of Angkor to the emotional Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. The Kingdom of Cambodia has risen from its turbulent past and has transformed into a desired destination on the Southeast Asia loop. Explore an undiscovered coastline in the south, perfect for relaxing away from the heat of the city. Or join the hustle and bustle of Siem Reap with its buzzing ‘Pub Street’, a top hangout for travelers.
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Official language: Khmer
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Name: Cambodian Riel
Code: KHR
Symbol: ៛
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Cambodia Standard Time
(UTC +07:00)

Top cities in Cambodia

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

The most visited spot in Cambodia is easily Siem Reap. Not only because it is home to international airports and acts as a traveler hub, connecting everyone to continue their travels with a decent selection of bars, restaurants and museums. The magnificent ancient ruins of Angkor Wat can also be found here. Ensure you put time aside to explore this enthralling complex of ancient temples that is sure to fascinate all who visit.
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Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh offers visitors the chance to see the true and real side of Cambodia away from the tourism of Siem Reap. Educate yourself on the country’s tragic past with Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and the nearby Killing Fields. It’s safe to say, neither is for the faint hearted but are still important reminders of the country’s upsetting history to understand the Kingdom of Cambodia today.
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Sihanoukville & The Coast

Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s hotspot beach hangout and the nightlife is booming. It’s loved by backpackers from far and wide for its chilled-out atmosphere, tropical coastline and secret jungle parties. It’s also I good place to shuttle across to some of Cambodia’s more southern paradise islands, such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem.
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Battambang

Battambang is a new, up and coming stop off on the Cambodian travel loop. It is super chilled, laid-back but has an authentic local feel. Enjoy some lunch in one of the riverside cafes, marvel at impressive temples and beautiful architecture, or even take a ride on the city’s bamboo train!
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Cambodia Highlights

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Cambodia Adventure Tours

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Cambodia on a Shoestring

A small country with a wealth of history and blessed with some of the world’s most enigmatic temples. Cambodia on a Shoestring kicks off in the bright lights of Bangkok and will weave you through colorful Cambodia, witnessing the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the historic yet somber site of the Killing Fields, Sihanoukville’s glittering turquoise waters, the incredible Mekong Delta and rounds it all off with the charm and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.
10 days 
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Ultimate Cambodian Adventure

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


 

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Cambodia Experience

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

Cambodia has a warm-climate throughout the entire year, making it a top destination for all you tropical-climate seekers (plus fewer layers to pack for). The high season starts in Nov and ends in Feb. This is the best time to visit as the temperature is slightly cooler and there is little rain, so perfect for both exploring the cities and relaxing on the beach. From Mar-May humidity and temperatures rise and can hit over 100°F. Which means hot, hot, hot and city life may be slightly sweltering however it is the ultimate time to soak up Cambodia's coastline. Rainy Season spans from Jun-Oct, where you may find yourself in an afternoon heavy downpour. But fear not, this transforms the landscape into a lush green. Monsoons can make the country tricky to travel around due to flooding, so consider this when choosing your route and mode of transport. 

Do I need a visa to travel to Cambodia?

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

Is Cambodia safe to visit?

Cambodia is a pretty safe country for travelers these days. Ensure you are streetwise and don’t hang about in cities late at night, then you should be safe and sound. There are a few scams here and there, but really most are very harmless and usually involve just a bit of commission for a taxi etc. Ensure your behavior isn’t unwise, don’t accept drinks from strangers and keep your guard up when you need to.

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