Welcome to Cambodia, a country rich with history and cultural heritage. This Southeast Asian gem, known for the grandeur of Angkor Wat and the charm of its capital city, Phnom Penh, provides an enchanting vacation destination. With its stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine, and friendly locals, Cambodia offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation that will captivate any traveler.

Things to See and Do in Cambodia

Visit the majestic Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.
Explore the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh.
Take a boat tour of the floating villages at Tonle Sap Lake.
Discover the history of Cambodia at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum.
Have a drink at SORA Bar in Phnom Penh at the Rosewood, a cantilevered bar high above the city.
Hike through the Cardamom Mountains, one of the largest and most biodiverse wilderness areas in Southeast Asia.

”Angkor Wat is a must-do in this culture-rich country”

``Visit the museum before seeing Angkor Wat for added history”

What to know

Hotels: There are many hotels around Cambodia primarily in the major cities of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. The prices in Cambodia are generally very affordable for 5 star luxury. We highly recommend Rosewood Phnom Penh, Raffles Siem Reap and Amanoi.

Transportation in Cambodia is primarily air travel, shared buses and private cars. Flying between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh is very easy, as is a private car.

Within cities, we recommend downloading the Grab app for easy, fast and affordable private taxis.

Cambodia offers an exciting and diverse culinary scene that is sure to delight foodies. From bustling street food stalls to elegant fine dining establishments, the country’s gastronomy is a blend of traditional Khmer cuisine and international influences. Street food is a must-try experience, particularly in cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, where night markets serve up local favorites such as fresh spring rolls, grilled meats, and noodle soups. For a more upscale dining experience, there are numerous high-end restaurants offering everything from traditional Cambodian dishes to international cuisine. Be sure to try signature Khmer dishes like Fish Amok and Beef Lok Lak for an authentic taste of Cambodia.

Shopping in Cambodia is a unique experience that offers a blend of traditional markets and modern boutiques. The local markets, such as Phnom Penh’s Central Market and Siem Reap’s Old Market, are bustling hubs that sell everything from fresh produce and street food to handmade crafts and textiles. These markets are the perfect place to purchase traditional Cambodian souvenirs such as silk scarves, silverware, and stone carvings. For more upscale shopping, the cities also offer boutique stores that sell high-quality goods, including designer clothing, jewelry, and art. Bargaining is common in markets, but prices in boutiques are usually fixed.

  • Cambodia’s culture is deeply rooted in its rich history and is an integral part of the country’s charm. As a visitor, you will be captivated by the traditional arts and crafts, which include silk weaving, silverwork, and stone carving. The Cambodian people are known for their warm hospitality and deep reverence for their religious and ancestral traditions. The country’s predominant religion, Buddhism, influences much of its culture, from its architectural marvels like Angkor Wat to everyday life. Traditional music and dance are also prominent, with performances often telling stories of ancient folklore. From visiting local markets to observing traditional ceremonies, immersing yourself in the local culture will undoubtedly enhance your Cambodian journey.
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Typical costs

When it comes to dining, Cambodia offers a range of options that can suit any budget. Street food is very affordable, with dishes like noodles or rice meals costing around 4,000 to 6,000 KHR (around $1-2 USD). Dining in local restaurants, you can expect to pay between 8,000 to 20,000 KHR ($2-5 USD) for a meal. If you prefer high-end restaurants, meals can range from 40,000 to 80,000 KHR ($10-20 USD). Traditional Cambodian cuisine, known as Khmer, features a variety of dishes including Amok, a coconut curry usually served with rice, which is a must-try for any visitor.

Luxury accommodations in Cambodia cater to travelers seeking high-end experiences. These upscale hotels and resorts, especially in key tourist areas like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, can cost anywhere from $150 to over $500 USD per night. These prices often include amenities such as spacious suites, stunning views, gourmet dining options, spa services, and personalized customer service. It’s important to book in advance, particularly during the peak tourist season, to secure the best rates and availability. Some of our favorite properties in Cambodia are Park Hyatt as a points redemption in Siem Reap, Rosewood Phnom Penh and Raffles.

As for activities, Cambodia offers a wide range of experiences at varying costs. Visiting major attractions such as Angkor Wat typically costs around 37 USD for a one-day pass, with multi-day passes also available. Entrance fees for other historical sites or museums usually range from 2 to 5 USD. More adventurous activities, like guided tours in the Cardamom Mountains, may cost significantly more, depending on the nature and duration of the tour. Remember to factor in transport costs, which can be very affordable if using local means like tuk-tuks but may rise if you opt for private car hires or taxis. Our recommendation is to check for the best prices and reviews of tours in Angkor Wat.

Suggested daily budget – For luxury travelers, a daily budget of about $300-$500 USD would be appropriate in Cambodia. This budget would cover stays in high-end hotels or resorts, dining in gourmet restaurants, hiring private tours, and shopping at premium stores. It’s worth noting that the cost can vary based on personal preferences and the specific experiences you choose.

When to Travel
Cambodia Seasons

The best time to visit Cambodia is during the dry season, from November to April. During these months, the weather is typically warm and there is less rainfall, making it ideal for outdoor activities such as exploring Angkor Wat or taking a boat tour on Tonle Sap Lake. The peak tourist season is from December to January, when the weather is at its best. However, this also means that popular tourist sites may be crowded, and prices for flights and accommodations can be higher. If you prefer a quieter travel experience and don't mind the occasional rain shower, the wet season from May to October can be a good alternative, with fewer tourists and lush, green landscapes.

Travel Tips

Siem Reap Fly to Siem Reap and spend 3-4 nights exploring the many temples and historical sites. If you only have 2 days, be sure to spend 1 full day exploring Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples and 1 day exploring the quaint city.
Phnom Penh Spend at least 1 night in Phnom Penh at the Rosewood to experience the highest end luxury at a fantastic pricepoint. Don’t skip SORA Bar, an incredible cantilevered bar high above the city.
Hire private guides Hire a private guide for Angkor Wat so you can take your time exploring the temples at your leisure.
Head to the beach If you have extra time, be sure to visit the island of Koh Rang to experience crystal clear waters and beautiful white sand beaches.

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How to plan your trip

The first step in planning your trip to Cambodia should be to determine the length of the trip and dates you want to go. This will allow you to see how many different areas of the countryside. If you want to explore Angkor Wat and Phnom Penh, you can do that in 3-5 days.

Consider your transport options within Cambodia. The new airport in Siem Reap does have international flights so our recommendation is to fly to Siem Reap first and then head down to Phnom Penh by car or by plane and fly out of Phnom Penh.

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