Travel Cambodia

Cambodia

Travel Guide

From its turbulent history, Cambodia has been recovering for a while now and has risen into a well loved destination for travellers to South East Asia. The awe-inspiring ruins of Angkor are surely one of the highlights of Asia and nearby Siem Reap with its buzzing 'Pub Street' a favourite traveller hangout. Down south you'll encounter a largely undiscovered coastline, perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


 

Cambodia Fast Facts

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Languages Spoken

The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.

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Currency

Name: Cambodian Riel (Also use USD)
Code: KHR
Symbol: ៛

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Time Zones

Time Zone: Cambodia Standard Time (UTC +07:00)

Top cities in Cambodia

A past tainted with the traumas of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia is a country still finding its feet. But with ancient overgrown temples like Angkor, glowing phosphorus in the waters surrounding coastal Sihanoukville (think the Beach), bustling markets, vibrant bars and riverside cafes in Siem Reap you won't struggle to find a reason to fall in love with it!
Siem Reap
Siem Reap & Angkor Wat
The temples of Angkor are Cambodia's main attraction and well worthy of the throngs of visitors. As the largest religious monument in the world, the complex is enthralling and fascinates all who visit with its Tomb Raider meets Jungle Book aura. Nearby Siem Reap is a great place to call base and has a good selection of bars and restaurants as well as Angkor National Museum which is worth a visit. 
Phnom Penh local
Phnom Penh
The nation's capital Phnom Penh offers visitors the chance to see a more real side to Cambodia away from the tourism of Siem Reap. It provides an opportunity to learn about the country's tragic recent past with Tuol Sleng Genocide Musuem and the nearby Killing Fields. Neither are for the faint hearted but are important reminders of the country's history and necessary to understand Cambodia today. 
Sihanoukville & The Coast
Sihanoukville & The Coast
Cambodia's favourite beach hangout, Sihanoukville is loved by backpackers for its chilled out atmosphere and tropical coastline. It's a springboard to some of Cambodia's southern islands too such as Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem. So kick back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking coastal views with an Angkor Beer in hand.
Battambang
Battambang
Battambang is fast becoming a must-do on the Cambodian travel scene for its laid-back yet local feel. Chill out in one of the river-side cafes, marvel at impressive temples, architecture and even take a ride on the city's bamboo train! 

Fast Facts

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Beers

A bottle of local beer such as Angkor (0.5L) will usually cost around £1. Cambodians drink beer as well as other local spirits made from sugar cane or rice. The capital Phnom Penh is even developing a craft brewery scene.

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Meals

You can eat like a king or queen for not a lot in Cambodia! Expect to pay between 50p and ‎£3 for lunch or dinner for local cuisine in a market/ basic restaurant. If you're craving the tastes of home this will cost you more.

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Taxi Ride

Like a lot of Asia prepare to haggle for the lower fare and agree the price before you hop in. Motorbike taxis are the cheapest and will cost as low as 80p for 5-10km. Tuk tuks are a little more expensive but shouldn't be more than £1 for a short trip.

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Transport

The most common and easiest way to get around Cambodia is by bus or if you're an experienced rider motorbike. A large air-conditioned bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap takes 6-7 hours and will cost around £16. IBIS Night buses are a great way to sleep through a long journey.

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Guesthouses

Cheap accommodation in a guesthouse or hostel dorm will usually cost between ‎£3 and ‎£10. Feel like some added comforts? Air-con, TV and rooms with other added bonuses will range from £10-£20.

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Hotels

As one of the cheapest countries in South East Asia, you can live a life of luxury for no more than £25 a night! But if you're wanting a mega fancy, frivolous night of luxe Cambodia's cities and resorts can deliver it from £50-£500.

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Cambodia Adventure Tours

Cambodia Shoestring
Cambodia on a Shoestring | 10 days
A small country with a wealth of history and blessed with some of the world’s most enigmatic temples. Cambodia on a Shoestring kicks off in the bright lights of Bangkok and will weave you through colourful Cambodia, witnessing the magnificent Angkor Wat temple, the historic yet sombre site of the Killing Fields, Sihanoukville’s glittering turquoise waters, the incredible Mekong Delta and rounds it all off with the charm and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City.
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Cambodia Voluntour | 21 days
Travel around Cambodia taking in the country's stunning local life, gritty history, sights such as Angkor Wat and get some beach time in, all whilst giving something back to the country. You'll spend time in the rural area of Kompong Sepu, helping teach underprivileged local children English.

 

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Ultimate Cambodia Adventure | 14 days
No matter where you travel in Cambodia, the past is always present. History, both ancient and modern, is everywhere here; whether you’re cycling in the shadows of the mighty Angkor Wat, wandering the streets of cosmopolitan Phnom Penh, or exploring the Irrawaddy in search of river dolphins, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land.
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Tailor made touring, rewritten

Whether you want to fully explore Cambodia in one trip, or combine it with other destinations, our INDI tailor made travel gives you free reign to create your own adventure - you choose the dates, the destinations and the budget. Our Travel Experts are just there to lend a helping hand.
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