Cambodia appears to be a bit of a Southeast Asian hidden treasure. While it is still a popular tourist destination, it is not quite as well-known as Thailand. Cambodia is a location you won’t forget, with amazing temples, beautiful islands and beaches, and a rich cultural history.
While the hustle and bustle of the country’s major cities may be the main draw, my favorite locations in Cambodia are the smaller towns and villages. This nation is full with wonderful views, from the rainforests to the beaches, just waiting to be discovered.
Cambodia Quick Information
- Cambodian Riel (Although the Riel is the legal currency, practically everything in Cambodia is priced in US dollars. Prices throughout the majority of the nation will be marked in USD, however you will almost certainly receive change in Riel following a transaction).
- Electricity Socket: 230V alternating current. Two-prong circular sockets are used for power outlets.
- All travelers to Cambodia are required to get a 30-day tourist visa. Visas are available on arrival at Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Preah Sihanouk for $30. All you’ll need is a passport-sized photograph.
- E-visas cost an extra $6 and are processed within three days. The 30-day tourist visa can be renewed for an extra 30-days for $45 at the embassy in Phnom Penh. Citizens of ASEAN countries are eligible for a free 30-day visa on arrival.
- Khmer is Cambodia’s official language, however it is frequently referred to simply as Cambodian. It is spoken by more than 90% of the people. Although the precise dialect varies significantly depending on where in the nation you are, the majority of Cambodian locals speak central Khmer, the most widely spoken dialect.
- Cambodia is a country with a rich cultural past, and the Khmer people love to celebrate their customs with large celebrations and festivals. If you come in April or May, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Khmer New Year celebrations. The first two days of this festival are spent participating in traditional activities and family reunions, while the third and final day culminates in a country-wide water fight (similar to Thailand’s Songkran, but considerably more subdued).
- Transportation in Cambodia is very simple and quite efficient, as well as reasonably priced.
Cambodia is a relatively safe place to visit in general. The Khmer people are kind and increasingly receptive to international visitors and travelers as the country grows in popularity.
As with any destination, caution is advised. Bag theft is a possibility in large cities such as Phnom Penh, particularly when visitors ride in tuk-tuks. Keep your wits about you and your belongings close at hand. Proceed with caution as you would in any crowded metropolis.
One extra word of caution regarding Cambodia: Never venture alone into rural regions such as woods or rice farms without the assistance of a guide. While unexploded mines are uncommon, they are possible to come upon. This will not be an issue in the most of the areas you’ll visit, but follow the natives’ advice and avoid walking off alone in the forest. This is not the venue for you to channel your inner Indiana Jones!
At the risk of sounding like your parents, ensure that you obtain travel insurance before to embarking on your journey. Trust us when we say that this is one of those items that you do not want to leave house without. Depending on the sort of traveler you are, we recommend either World Nomads or Safety Wing. Monthly plans are available via Safety Wing, which is quite convenient!