Friday, 20 April 2018

Cambodia Travel Guide

Cambodia is the perfect place to go if you are seeking islands and beaches together with a rich cultural heritage. While some people prefer the excitement of the bigger cities, the small villages and towns have their own magnetic charm which draws visitors from all over the world. From white sand beaches to impressive tropical jungles, here is a small travel guide to help out anyone thinking of visiting Cambodia.


Currency

The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, however, US dollars are widely accepted. Change will most likely be in Riel after purchases.

Visa 

Visitors to Cambodia can get a thirty day visa on arrival, either in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap or Sihanouk on arrival. You can also very easily apply for an online E-Visa which takes roughly three days to process. Look no further for your Cambodia visa.

Language 

While the Khmer is the official language of the country, spoken by a majority of the people, the use of English is very much on the rise because of the large tourist inflow.

Planning

The dry season, which extends from October to March, is the best time to visit Cambodia. The temperatures are high and rain is virtually non-existent. The wet season from May to October, though a bit wet, brings down the temperature and makes it easier to move around. Places are also far less crowded and busy in wet season.

Packing 

The tropical climate of Cambodia means year round humidity and heat. This means that no matter where you go in the country, it is going to be hot - so shorts, t-shirts and light shoes all round. Even in the wet season it can still be very warm, but a raincoat would come in very useful.

What to do 

Cambodia is full of riches, be it the religious Angkor Wat or the ruins of Ta Prohm. While the Angkor symbolises the epicentre of the Khmer way of living, Ta Prohm resembles a temple being taken over by the surrounding jungle. A few hours away lies the town of Kampot, which has become a haven for expats over the coming years. Travel to Siem Reap to explore the floating villages of Tonle Sap. This unique eco system, coupled with wildlife which can be found here, gives visitors a great experience of day to day life in the villages. Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem are beautiful small touristy islands that are well worth a visit too. Otres Beach should also be on your list - a gorgeous beach lined with restaurants, beach huts and bars. The sunsets are amazing here too!

History

No visit to Cambodia is deemed complete without understanding the brutal history of the country. The Killing Fields and S21 Prison are real eye openers not to be missed.
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7 comments

  1. It must be so exciting to explore the beautiful Cambodian villages and to see the wildlife!

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  2. Cambodia is definitely on my travel wish list! This is such an informative post.

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  3. Cambodia is firmly on my list to visit, it looks beautiful and so evocative. Hope I can get there soon.

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  4. Another place on my to do list, and it's always nice to be able to visit somewhere with nice temperatures over our winter time x

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  5. I've never been to Cambodia but I sure would love to visit someday. I think it's awesome that you're sharing this guide.

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  6. I've not been to Cambodia but have been intrigued by it and its cultures, so your post is very informative for when we do visit the country.

    Yeah Lifestyle

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  7. Cambodia sounds like a fab place to visit. Thanks for sharing this information! :D

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