Though Incredible Asia Journeys’ travel consultants can arrange you the tailor-made tours to Cambodia with hassle-free, you should still refer to our following Cambodia travel guide to fully enjoy your trip as you may travel to a new country which is totally different from where you are living, in terms of lifestyle, custom, as well as culture. With years of experiences in arranging the Cambodia package tours, our travel specialists put some of their knowledge and necessary advice in Cambodia travel guide which can answer the questions most of travellers ask before travelling such as what the country is like, how the weather and climate is, how to travel in Cambodia, how to apply visa to Cambodia, what to prepare before the trip, along with what you can do and should not do in Cambodia. Enjoy your Tours in Siem Reap with Tonle Sap Lake and countryside area, Phnom Penh city and all the local places on the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh or from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
Among the 4 countries of Indochina, Cambodia is the smallest one but it is still an attractive destination. Despite the fatal and brutal trace of Pol Pot's destructive regime in the 1970s, Cambodia has strongly recovered in the recent years and become an attractive destination in Southeast Asia in general and in Indochina in particular.5 Reasons to Visit Cambodia1. Millennial structures of Angkor Wat and Angkor TemplesDuring the Golden Time from 9th to 14th century, the Khmer civilization reached its highest development. And Cambodia most famous structures such as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Angkor Temples, Preah Vihear are the beautiful results of Khmer civilization.Bayon Temple2. Rich and diverse cultureThroughout more than 2 millennia establishing life along Mekong River, Cambodia had built up rich and diverse culture. It can be said that Cambodia culture is characterized by Khmer culture under the strong influence of Indian Culture. Its trace is well-preserved in architecture, sculpture, literature, music and Apsara dance.The culture of Cambodia is strongly affected by Buddhism with 95% of the population are Buddhist followers. Traveling around Cambodia, you may catch a lot of pagodas – the religious, political and cultural center of community living around.Apsara Dance3. Unique lifestyle The population of Cambodia is approximately 14 million of which 90% are Khmer (Cambodian). The rest 10% is made up of Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Burmese and various ethnic hill tribes.Unlike modern life of developed countries, Cambodia is a developing country. Cambodians make a living on farming. In Cambodia, people hardly affected by modern life and still keep their daily life for thousands of years. They wake up early, work hard on their farm and even use buffalo instead of agrimotor for farming activities.Most of Cambodians live in villages and almost spend their whole life living in their place of birth. As a result, they are a bit shy but very warm and friendly.Generally, coming to Cambodia, you may witness unique and calm lifestyle of Cambodians which is far different from busy, bustling lifestyle of modern life.Monks in Siem Reap4. Great foodCambodia has a lot of delicious street food with fresh ingredients in Cambodia among which fried rice and fried noodles are really worth trying. Moreover, in Cambodia, there are some dishes that are challenging your dares such as barbecue crickets, spiders or snakes. You can find fresh fruits like coconut and sugarcane everywhere in Cambodia and they are amazingly cheap.You can find easily a local restaurant in Siem Reap so do not worry when you join in a tour in Siem Reap if the lunch is not included in your tour. Most of traveler will be happy with the food in Siem Reap.When you travel to Phnom Penh there is an influence of Vietnamese food there but you still can see the difference of the local food there for Khmer people.Cambodian Cuisine5. Low budgetIn Cambodia, all services are cheap. For example, you can find a hotel room for 15-20 USD/night. Street food is just around 2-5 dollar/meal. With only 30 to 50 USD/day, you may have a happy day for Cambodia Holiday.Siem Reap Night MarketRead more
Visiting Cambodia most of the visitors will need a visa to enter the country. Visa to Cambodia can be obtained easily on arrival (whether you come by air or by land) or online https://www.evisa.gov.kh/ Cambodia E-VisaCambodia Visa on arrival:If you arrive by air at Phnom Penh International airport or Siem Reap International airport it is a simple exercise and does not take you much time to get visa processed. The fee is 30 USD (Cash only) for a single entry – 30-day visa. If you drive from Thailand to Cambodia the obtaining a Cambodian visa is also possible at the Poit pet" border gate with Thailand. The Visa fee is USD$ 33 (Cash only) for single entry – 30-day visa.Visitors can enter Cambodia from Vietnam via border gates: Chau Doc (Mostly people come by boat) or Moc Bai when you drive from Saigon and it is possible to obtain a visa.The visa fee is USD$ 33 (Cash only) for the single entry – 30-day visa.Cambodia VisaNote:Your passport must be valid for 6 months beyond your travel date, and there must be at least 2 blank pages left on your passport. Please prepare 2 photos (4 cm high x 6 cm wide – white background, no glasses, no facial expression). Government Immigration distributes application forms upon arrival.*Cambodia Visa exemptionsThe citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Cambodia for a certain amount of time:Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam (maximum stay of up to 30 days)Philippines (maximum stay of up to 21 days)Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei (maximum stay of up to 14 days)Read more
Located in the Indochina Peninsula, Cambodia has a tropical monsoon climate. However, it has limited coastline so it is hotter compared to Vietnam. There are two main seasons in Cambodia: The Wet Season and The Rain Season. The Wet season lasts from May to October which brings 75% of rainfall on this country. The peak of Wet Season is from July to September when it can rain constantly for up to three days. As a result, floods happen frequently in Phnom Penh and some areas of Cambodia in late July and early August. If you travel to Cambodia in this time, many outdoor activities might be affected (hiking, biking or cruise tour will be canceled due to flood).The Dry Season starts in October and ends in April. From November to January, it is mild and cool (around and above 20 Celsius degree). The other months are a little bit hotter but it’s quite comfortable. Therefore, the Dry Season is also the peak tourist season in Cambodia.From April, the temperature changes quickly. It becomes very hot, sometimes up to 40 Celsius degree. The hot weather keeps going in May and June together with high humidity. If you have the holiday in Cambodia during this time, please remember to wake up early. After 10 am, you are not advised to go out because it is very hot and sunny.Angkor WatRead more
To have a smooth and joyful trip to Cambodia, you should be well prepared. Here are some things that you should do to prepare by yourself. - Make sure that your Cambodia Visa is ready. - Read Cambodia Travel Guide. You will have a general understanding about Cambodia.- Read your travel itinerary and ask your travel agent any questions you have.- Inform any health conditions to travel agent (in case you get sick or tired) then they will reschedule your itinerary.- Make sure your credit card will work in Cambodia or go to the bank to exchange your money into Riel (Cambodia Currency)- Register international data plan with your cell phone provider.- Check the calendar if there is any Cambodian festival during the time you traveling to Cambodia and ask your travel agent to arrange for you (in case you are interested).- Check the weather to bring along suitable clothes.- Check your departure flight and set alarm in case you forgetRiel- Cambodia CurrencyWhat to bring along for Cambodia Holiday?- Personal papers (visa, passport, travel insurance certificate, air ticket, etc.). A copy of your passport is highly recommended.- Money (cash in US Dollar, visa card, debit card or Cambodian riel cash)- Camera, batteries and extra memory cards- Cell phone, cell phone charger, portable power bank- Laptop and laptop charger (if you want to work with laptop on your trip)- Medicine (if you are taking medicine under doctor’s prescription)- First aid kit (urgo durable, bandage, aspirin, etc.)First Aid KitWhat clothes/items to bring along for Cambodia Holiday?- Glasses/contact lenses- Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat or umbrella if you go to Cambodia in the summer (from May to September)- Insect repellent- Comfortable walking shoes- Comfortable clothes (check the weather to bring along suitable clothes or ask your travel agent). There should be at least one long pant/skirt, long-sleeved top for visiting temples/pagoda) and a waterproof jacket.- Swimming suit (if you travel to Sihanoukville)Read more
To encourage the tourism development, the Cambodia government invested quite a lot of money to improve Cambodia's transportation system.Nowadays, that is not difficult for travelers who wish to have to travel to Cambodia to access Cambodia or to travel around Cambodia.You will easily to travel by yourselves in Siem Reap with different transportation means like Taxi, Tuk Tuk, motorbike or join in Siem Reap Tours with the comfortable car. The experience visiting the Angkor Temples will be an unforgetable memory for you.Travelling in Phnom Penh is easy too and that is easy to access Phnom Penh from Vietnam by flight, bus or even boat.How to access Cambodia?Cambodia can be accessed through the Phnom Penh International Airport and the Siem Reap International Airport; both of which provide full services for passengers on international flights operated by many international airlines. In other way, tourists can access Cambodia by land from neighboring Vietnam, Laos or Thailand.You can access Cambodia from Vietnam through 9 international border checkpoints: Bavet (Cambodian side) and Mok Bai (Vietnamese side), Kaam Samnor (Cambodian side) and Yin Soeung (Vietnamese side), Phnom Den (Cambodian side) and Tin Bienh (Vietnamese side), Trapaing Phlong (Cambodian side) and Xamat (Vietnamese side), Trapaing Srè (Cambodian side) and Bonue (Vietnamese side), Oyadav (Cambodian side) and Lethanh (Vietnamese side), Banteay Chakrei (Cambodian side) and Dinh Ba (Vietnamese side), Preak Chak (Cambodian side) and Ha Tieng (Vietnamese side), Samrong (Cambodian side) and Mi Quy Tei (Vietnamese side).You can access Cambodia from Laos through Trapaing Kreal international border checkpoint located in Stung Treng Province (Laos side) and Norg Nokbiane in Champasak Province (Cambodia side).How to get around in Cambodia?There are many ways to get around Cambodia. Each option has its own advantage and disadvantage which will be listed in the following:By planeTo save time and effort, travelers normally choose to travel by place for long distance. They often choose to fly from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Hue or Danang or Nha Trang or Phan Thiet and vice versa.Advantage:- Safe- Save time and effort - Enjoy spectacular scenery from aboveDisadvantage:- Small airplanes, small exit gate- Small seat- Small luggage compartmentCambodia Angkor AirBy Tuk-tukTuk-tuk is the most distinguished vehicles of Cambodia. Most popular tourist destinations, including Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and the South Coast offer tuk-tuk to carry tourists.Advantage:- Easy to catch- Cheap- Exotic experienceDisadvantage:- Uncomfortable- Hot in summer- Dangerous if you have careless driverTuk-Tuk in CambodiaTaxiTaxi is easy to catch in towns and cities in Cambodia. However, there are still very few metered taxis, with just a handful of operators in Phnom Penh. Fortunately, Uber entered the market which will surely improve this situation.Advantage:- Comfortable- SafeDisadvantage:- Not always available- No fixed priceTaxi in CambodiaMotoMotos, also known as Tuk Tuk are very popular in Cambodia. Moto drivers often stand in front of hotels or major tourist centers.Advantage:- Cheap- Easy to catch- FlexibleDisadvantage:- Be overcharged (especially at night)Motorcycle taxi in CambodiaCycloAs in Vietnam, cyclo is chosen by many tourists as it a unique vehicle which only exists in Southeast Asia. In Phnom Penh cyclo drivers can either be flagged down on main roads or found waiting around markets and major hotels.Advantage:- Cheap- Easy to accessDisadvantage:- Be overcharged without bargain- SlowCyclo in CambodiaRead more
Cambodia is a peaceful and friendly country. However, Cambodians are quite close and conservative so you should bear in mind some do’s and don’ts advice to have a joyful Cambodia Holiday.Dos in Cambodia- Ask for permission before taking photographs of any Cambodian people or monks because most of Cambodians live in the village and they are quite shy. Taking photos of Cambodian and monk without permission might be considered rude.- Remove your shoes when entering a place of worship such as a pagoda or temple. Additionally, visitors should dress appropriately when inside a religious site (upper arms and legs should be covered, hats removed) to show respect to locals’ belief.- Remove your shoes before entering someone’s house to show respect to house’s owner. Besides, Cambodian’s do not have the habit of wearing shoes inside the house.- Receive things from the other (especially the old and monk) with both hands to show respect.- Bow the head slightly with hands pressed together at the chest (known as “Sampeah”) as a respectful way of greeting.- Use one hand to cover your mouth when using a toothpick at the table to show politeness.- Bring a small gift for the host such as fruit, dessert, or flowers if you are invited to dine with a Cambodian family- Give genuine compliments to people when merited.- Show your respect to the elders. Acknowledge an elder's status by allowing them to walk first, take a lead or control the conversation - Do wait for the monks and the eldest sit first to show the respect to the monks and the elders.Remove your shoes before entering a houseDon'ts in Cambodia - Don't use your feet to point at someone. It will be considered rude. You may tuck your feet beneath when seated so that you do not point at someone.- Don't touch a Cambodian person on the head, even children. It violates common sense of Cambodians. - Don't begin eating if you are a guest at a dinner and the host has yet to take a bite. It will be considered impolite. - Women don't touch male monks or hand something directly to them. They will feel awkward.- Don't show intimate action to the public.- Don't point with your index finger. You may use your right-hand palm.- Don't sit higher than seated monks to show the respect to the monks.- Don't make loud inside the temples to show the respect to the religious places. - Don't give money to children or buy things from them in the tourist area. By doing that you may keep them more on the streets. The children or their parents may think that is more useful to spending time begging or selling things than going to the school.Enjoy your Cambodia Holiday!Don't wear tank-top in PagodaRead more