Your Guide to Cambodia
Boarded by Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, Cambodia is a place that has it all – Culture, friendly people, famous temples, delicious food, beautiful coastlines, rich history and a little adventure! Between 1975 and 1979 the country was torn apart by the horrifying genocide that was carried out by the Khmer Rouge regime (led by Pol Pot). Cambodia is still trying to find its way, but we love the place and could not recommend it more!
There are several different methods of arrival, however, we’ll focus on the two main ones, bus or plane. No mater which mode of transport you decide to use you’ll be heading to one of two cities, 1) Siem Reap or the capitol 2) Phnom Penh. Most hotels will arrange a transfer but if not both airports are about 7km from the centres and tuk-tuks, taxis or motorbikes are readily available.
If you are planning on staying in Cambodia for more than 30 days then you will need to sort your visa prior to arrival. If not you can purchase a 30 day visa on arrival for $30 USD per person.
Getting around could not be simpler! In cities you will find a Tuk-tuk on every corner averaging between $1 and $5 USD depending on the distance. You can rent a driver for the day for around $15USD, your accomodation will be able to arrange this for you. The easiest way to get around the country is by bus and generally you can get anywhere in the country for around $18 USD.
Where to go?
Many travellers come to Cambodia and stay put in the amazing Siem Reap to get their Tomb Raidor fix at Angkor Wat. Here we would like to share a few more places, which we believe are well worth a visit!
Located in Northwest Cambodia you will find the countries most well know province, Siem Reap. Siem Reap is famous for being home to the largest religious monument in the world – Angkor Wat temple.
Wondering what to see and do? Visit the temples of Angkor Wat, we recommend checking out the 3 day ticket which will indeed keep you busy for a few days. For a bit of culture be sure to check out a river village. To learn a little about Khmers history be sure to visit Angkor National Museum. For food, drinks and markets head over to The Old Market and Pub Street. Or are you just looking for a bit of fun? Why not head to Phare, the Cambodian Circus for the evening.
Located in the Northwestern Cambodia is Battambang – A place commonly known as ‘the real Cambodia.’ Being one of the Countries best preserved colonial era towns and having streets of French shophouses it is definitely a charming place to be.
Wondering what to see and do? Apart from checking out the French shophouses you must get yourself onto the unique Bamboo Train. The train is a locally handmade form of transport which can only be found here in Cambodia.
Kratie province is a mellow riverside town located in Eastern Cambodia. It is known for being the gateway to see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Dolphins of the Mekong river.
Wondering what to see and do? See the wonderful Irrawaddy Dolphins (we recommend a Kayaking tour) and check out the French-era architecture.
Mondulkiri is located in Eastern Cambodia is home to the Bunong people who have been living in the area for around 2000 years. It is an authentic adventure hotspot for many travellers and heres why…
Wondering what to see and do? Here you will have the opportunity to walk with elephants, trek through jungles, visit waterfalls, zipline and quad bike!
Welcome to the capitol, Phnom Penh, located in south-central region of Cambodia. Like most cities in SEA Phnom Penh is chaotic yet has a certain charisma about it. It is a small city and easy to navigate as it is all laid out on a numbered grid and most sights can be seen by foot.
Wondering what to see and do? For a bit of history visit the National Museum, the Tuol Sleng prison and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. Venture to the Silver Pagoda and to the Royal Palace to watch the monks walk about the Kings official residence. If you are looking to shop until you drop, make your way to the Russian Market and then eat until your heart is content at the food markets.
Sihanoukville and Islands
Located in Southern Cambodia, this place is a hotspot for travellers. With its nightlife, food, diving, cheap booze and being the gateway to the Southern islands you can see why people love it here. Although it is not a quiet place to hang out, Sihanoukville it is a great launchpad for the islands.
Wondering what to see and do? Check out the beaches, visit Ream National Park, go diving, take a cooking course and check out the islands. There is something on the islands for everyone from party goers to those seeking solitude.