Cambodia Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit Cambodia in 2024
Welcome to Cambodia

Unquestionably one of the most exciting nations in South East Asia is Cambodia. A developing nation emerging from decades of civil war and economic stagnation at the hands of the Khmer Rouge, this land and its perpetually cheerful people have seen notable improvements in the last 20 years of peace.

With prospective reserves of oil, gas, and minerals that might be extracted and a fast-expanding tourism industry, the country stands out as a better option for tourists.

We have gathered some information about Cambodia to help you have a more pleasant and hassle-free journey if you consider visiting this lovely nation.

Document checklist for Cambodia

  • Visa
  • Valid passport
  • One recently taken photo of the size 4 × 6 cm
  • Sufficient funds to cover the trip
  • Return airway ticket
  • Proof of legal residence in Cambodia
  • Proof of occupation
  • Proof of accommodation

Essential Cambodia travel information

Currency– Cambodia’s US dollar is the most commonly used currency. The Cambodian Riel is also used at the exchange rate of 1 US dollar for 4000 Riels.

The daily budget for one person-the average cost per day is estimated at 50 dollars (201,847 Riels).

Languages-official language in Cambodia is the Khmer language. Locals also speak English and french.

Socket type-Cambodia has three plug types A, C, and G. Cambodia operates on 230V and 50Hz.

Time zone– time zone in Cambodia (GMT+7)

Top 3 cities: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Koh Rong Samloem.

Top 3 landmarks-Angkor Wat, Banteay Chhmar, Prasat Preah Vihear.

Visa information for Cambodia

Cambodian embassies offer international visas from Cambodian embassies-Visas in advance. The specifics of these requirements vary from embassy to embassy. Your passport, passport photographs, and proof of health insurance are the minimum requirements and should be stamped. Look up the location of the nearest embassy to learn what documentation is required.

T-visas, or tourist visas, are also accessible online and in advance. The price is $30 plus a $6 processing fee, which takes three days. The permit is a 30-day permit good for 90 days.

You can also apply for the visa on arrival at specific airports such as Phnom Penh International Airport, Siem Reap International Airport, Sihanoukville International Airport, or at land borders at Bavet, O’Smach, Cham Yeam, and Koh Kong.

Typical costs and budget for Cambodia

Daily spending per person is 201,847 Riels ($50)

Transport– is 25,537 Riels ($6) on local transportation

Meals-is 50,997 Riels ($13) on food for one day.

Hotel: For one person, it is around 141,222 Riels ($36).

Transport and ways to travel around Cambodia

The bus or minivan is the most widely used mode of transportation for visitors linking all the major villages, cities, and tourist destinations.

Hiring a private car or 4WD with a driver is also an affordable choice. For seasoned riders, renting a motorcycle is a tremendously satisfying way to explore Cambodia.

There are domestic planes that connect Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville, but you won’t get to experience the thrill of driving yourself.

Boats along the Tonlé Sap, Mekong, and Sangkae Rivers and many fast speedboat services are available to the islets off the South Coast. However, boat travel is less prevalent than it formerly was.

Train services link Phnom Penh to the shore and the Thai border at Poipet in the northwest, despite trips being infrequent.

Safety in Cambodia

Most visitors to Cambodia won’t be the target of serious crimes, although petty theft is common. However, in Cambodia, problems with police corruption and corruption in general still exist.

If they need assistance from the police, tourists can easily find themselves dealing with bribes and other problems. For example, in Cambodia, visa fraud is a big problem. Visitors must frequently pay obscene amounts for their visas, particularly when crossing land borders.

Weather in Cambodia

Cambodia has a tropical climate with two distinct seasons and warm temperatures year-round. The weather is bright and dry from December to April, especially in the first two months of January and February.

Between May and November, Cambodia experiences rainfall. However, the months of September and October are when Cambodia experiences the heaviest rain.

 

Popular cities in Cambodia

Phnom Penh is a glittering city that simultaneously embodies the dreadful recent past, the glorious history of the ancient Khmer people, and the promising future. It is simple to imagine bustling markets, majestic structures, hopping pubs, and sensual local cuisine scenes in this well-known Cambodian metropolis.

Siem Reap is a shining example of ancient splendor and ageless grandeur; it proudly serves as the entrance to Angkor Wat, one of the most impressive structures in human history. In addition, the city itself offers a pleasant surprise of historical and contemporary fusions.

Poipet is a central transportation hub for people traveling between Cambodia and Thailand. The numerous casinos in this city are incredibly well-known, and it is a well-liked tourist destination for gambling.

Southwest Cambodia’s Sihanoukville is a seaside metropolis. This city is renowned for its extensive coastline, home to stunning beaches, eateries providing delectable seafood dishes, and vibrant nightlife.

Must do and must see in Cambodia.

The ruins and temples of Angkor Wat- these temples date back to the 12th century. It is situated in the vast temple complex of 1000 temples. The temple is an example of Khmer architecture. It is famous for bas reliefs and carvings and is still used today for pilgrimage.

The beaches and islands of Koh Thornsay and Koh Rong- the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water and greenery surrounding them are some of the attractive features of the island. They are also a good destination for relaxation owing to their serenity and tranquility.

City of Phnom Penh: Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia. Tourist attraction sites in Phnom Reap include the royal palace, the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum, and the national museum.

The City of Siem has the most famous temples. The famous Angkor Wat is located in Siem Reap. A large number of markets are located here for shopping for souvenirs and handicrafts.

Typical Cambodia food

Amok is a traditional national meal using fish, coconut milk, and curry paste.

Samlor Machu trey soup is a favorite because it’s simple to cook and delicious.

You can nearly always find the popular stir-fried dish char kroeung sach ko in Cambodia.

Twa ko is a sausage cooked in Cambodia using beef or pork with various spices.

Nom banh chok, often known as Khmer noodles in English, is a typical dish many locals eat to start their day.

Vaccine information for Cambodia

Here you get more info about medical facility requirements and other travel insurance you need to enter Cambodia. Just click on the CDC website to find out everything about it.

 

Natural resources in Cambodia

The natural resources in Cambodia’s environment include forests, waterways, plants, and wildlife. Minerals, energy, and extractives are also considered natural resources. There are at least seven different types of landscape in the country’s environment.

Fun facts about Cambodia

Angkor Wat temple complex is the largest religious structure on earth. It covers an area of approximately 400 acres.

Cambodia changed its country name three times from the Khmer Republic to The people’s republic of Kampuchea and back to the Kingdom of Cambodia.

Geckos can predict marriage-the number of chirps on a gecko predicts whether one will marry or not.

Cambodian weddings last three days, while Cambodian funerals last 49 days.

The Tonle Sap, one of South East Asia’s most extensive freshwater waterways, is located there. The lake covers 10,000 square kilometers and shrinks to 3,000 square kilometers during the dry season.

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