The Complete Cambodia Travel Guide

    Cambodia is really a hidden gem in Southeast Asia with world famous ancient temple complexes, deserted pristine beaches and islands, and rich cultural heritage. Cambodia is a relatively easy and safe place to travel, as long as you have good planning and preparation before the trip. Our Cambodia Travel Guide will give you the latest travel advice and most comprehensive information you need to make your trip to Cambodia run more smoothly.

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    I. Cambodia Travel Facts

    General Information

    Cambodia Travel Guide

    Apsara dancers in beautiful Khmer traditional costumes.

    • Country Name:
      – Conventional form: The Kingdom of Cambodia.
      – Local form: Preahreacheanacha Kampuchea (short form: Kampuchea).
    • Government Type: Multiparty Democracy under a Constitutional Monarchy.
    • Capital: Phnom Penh
    • Location: Southeast Asia, bordered by Vietnam, Thailand and Laos and the Gulf of Thailand.
    • Land Area: 68,154 sq mi (176,519 sq km);
    • Total Area: 69,900 sq mi (181,040 sq km).
    • Land Boundaries: Laos – 555 km, Thailand – 817 km, Vietnam – 1,158 km.
    • Coastline: 443 km.
    • Climate: tropical; rainy & monsoon season – May to October; dry season – November to April.
    • Natural hazards: monsoonal rains (June to September); flooding; occasional droughts.
    • Terrain: mostly low, flat plains; mountains in southwest and north.
    • Population: 15.28 million (March 2019 estimate)
    • Language: Khmer (official) 97%, other 3% (2013 estimate)
    • Religion: Theravada Buddhist (official) 96.9%, Muslim 1.9%, Christian 0.4%, other 0.8% (2013 estimate)
    • Ethnic Groups: Khmer (97.6%), Cham (1.2%), Chinese (0.1%), Vietnamese (0.1%), and several ethnic minority groups (0.9%), most located in the northeastern section of the country (groups include: Kuy, Mnong, Stieng, Brao, Tampuan, Pear, Jarai, Radee, Brao, Krung and Kavet.)
    • Currency: US dollar (USD) officially used, Khmer riel (KHR) is only for small transactions.
    • Voltage: 220v/50Hz; European plugs are most common, British less so.
    • Country Calling Code: 855
    • Time Zone: GMT +7 hours

    Regions

    Map of Cambodia

    Cambodia region distribution map.

    • 1- Cardamom & Elephant Mountains (Battambang, Kampot, Koh Kong, Pailin, Pursat, Sihanoukville, Bokor National Park, Kep) – the western mountain ranges, gulf coast beaches and offshore islands.
    • 2- North-western Cambodia (Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Sisophon, Koh Ker, Poipet, Tonle Sap Lake, Preah Vihear) – the main reason most visitors come to Cambodia, plus a huge lake and the northern mountains.
    • 3- Mekong Lowlands & Central Plains (Phnom Penh, Kampong Cham, Kompong Thom, Krek, Kampong Chhnang) – the capital city and the central flatlands.
    • 4- Eastern Cambodia (Banlung, Kratie, Sen Monorom, Stung Treng, Chlong) – remote rural areas and national parks east of the mighty Mekong.

    Major cities

    • Phnom Penh – Cambodia’s bustling capital, at the confluence of the mighty Mekong, the Bassac and the great Tonle Sap.
    • Siem Reap – the gateway for UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Complex.
    • Sihanoukville – coastal town in country’s southwest, main access to pristine offshore islands.
    • Battambang – the country’s second largest city, leading rice-producing province of Cambodia.
    • Kampot – tranquil gateway to the abundant green Elephant Mountains & Bokor National Park.
    • Kratie – charming riverside town in the north-east on the Mekong, home to endangered Irrawaddy dolphins.
    • Koh Kong – near the Thai border, embraces part of the Cardamom Mountains – the biggest coherent rainforest of Southeast Asia.
    • Kompong Thom – riverside town & home to less well known but less crowded Sambor Prei Kuk Temple & other ancient sites.
    • Mondulkiri – home to several tribal minorities, wildlife sanctuary, great waterfalls. Did you know that Bousra Waterfall, Mondulkiri is one of the biggest waterfalls in Cambodia

    II. Visa to Cambodia

    Visa to Cambodia

    Visa to Cambodia.

    A 30-day tourist visa is required for all visitors coming to Cambodia, except for nationals from the following countries:

    • Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos and Vietnam (30 days).
    • Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei, Seychelles (14 days).
    • Philippines (21 days).

    Visas to Cambodia can be obtained upon arrival international airports or land border checkpoints with visa fee 30 – 33 USD in cash only.
    You are required to show your passport-size photos and valid passport to Immigration Office and then fill in application form.

    In case you want to avoid long queue at the airports or land borders, Cambodia E-Visa is also available to apply with the fee 36 USD per person. It will take about 3 working days to process your application. At this moment, there are 220 countries eligible for Cambodia E-visa.
    You can check out more details about Cambodia Visa requirements and procedures on Cambodia Visa.

    III. Hotels in Cambodia

    Looking for accommodation to stay in Cambodia? In recent years, accommodation for tourists in Cambodia has significantly improved in standards and service quality. Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanouk Ville offer plenty of hotels and lodgings in all categories to meet all budgets and demands. Even in smaller towns, tourists still can find a reasonable choice of guesthouses, mid-range hotels or quirkier accommodations in off-the-beaten-track regions, such as floating river lodges, jungle bungalows or luxurious resorts in private islands.

    1. Hotels in Siem Reap

    Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor offers a peaceful oasis perfect for a luxury Cambodian holiday.

    Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor offers a peaceful oasis perfect for a luxury Cambodian holiday.

    Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor

    – Location: 1 Vithei Charles de Gaulle, Khum Svay Dang Kum, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Located right in the heart of Siem Reap, 5 minute drive to the central market, and 10 minute drive to both Angkor Wat and Siem Reap Airport.

    – Style & Character:

    • + Opened in 1932 – a truly heritage landmark itself;
    • + The unique blend of old-world charm and modern necessities;
    • + Beautiful prints of Cambodian life in 19th century in the marble floored hallways;
    • + Original wooden elevator, John McDermott’s seminal photographs of the Angkor ruins.
    • + Hosted great celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Somerset Maugham, the Clintons and Michelle Obama

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + 60,000sqm garden, 33 meters long outdoor swimming pool;
    • + Well-equipped gym, top of the range spa.
    • + Cambodian buffet dinner combined with the classic dance Apsara performances;

    – Rooms:

    • + Dark-wood floors, historic prints on the walls, immaculate faux-antique furnishings.
    • + Modern necessities: air-conditioning, smart ceiling lighting, minibar and coffee machine.
    • + Bathrooms tiled with Italian marble, large walk-in shower.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + 1932 Restaurant – Royal Khmer cuisine;
    • + Café d’Angkor – lunch & dinner with Asian & Continental dishes.
    • + The Conservatory – colonial atmosphere with pool & garden views.
    • + Elephant Bar – extensive wine list and humidor.

    Park Hyatt Siem Reap

    Park Hyatt Siem Reap possesses prominent location, within walking distance to Siem Reap's shopping & nightlife areas.

    Park Hyatt Siem Reap possesses prominent location, within walking distance to Siem Reap’s shopping & nightlife areas.


    – Location:
    Sivutha Boulevard Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Within walking distance of the city’s shopping and nightlife area: Old Market, Angkor Night Market, Pub Street.

    – Style & Character:

    • + Exterior: ancient Khmer combines über modern aesthetics;
    • + Large sculptures like silent guards in the corridors, interior’s minimalist, contemporary décor;
    • + Strong identity by legendary designer and architect Bill Bensley, John McDermott’s iconic black and white images of the Angkor monuments, art works by local artist Lim Muy Theam.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Free traditional Apsara dance in central courtyard with dinner or drink in high season.
    • + 2 swimming pools: smaller saltwater pool, larger one consists of interconnecting pools connected by small bridge;
    • + Small but well-equipped gym; 7 spa rooms.

    – Rooms:

    • + 104 spacious, bright and elegant rooms including 13 suites;
    • + Amenities: air-con, television, a safe, a minibar, a docking port for iPads and other tablets and a Nespresso coffee machine;
    • + Spotless large bathroom.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + The Dining Room: buffet breakfast, Khmer set-menus as well as French cuisine classics;
    • + The Living Room: Khmer and Western cuisines, fine wines, tempting cocktail concoctions;
    • + The Glasshouse Deli. Patisserie: delectable light fare, fresh pastries, indulgent cakes and a grand selection of homemade ice cream and sorbets.

    Jaya House River Park Siem Reap

    Jaya House River Park is a boutique hideaway situated on Siem Reap's tranquil riverfront.

    Jaya House River Park is a boutique hideaway situated on Siem Reap’s tranquil riverfront.

    – Location: Street 30, Krong, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Situated on a tranquil riverfront, complimentary nine-minute ride to the centre, and similar distance to Angkor Archaeological Park.

    – Style & Character:

    • + A boutique hideaway mixes style and a social conscience with unique design inspired by 1960s Cambodian Modernism;
    • + Interiors crafted from sustainably sourced wood and local stone;
    • + The first plastic-free hotel in Cambodia.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Welcoming & attentive staffs;
    • + Two swimming pools;
    • + Smalls spa with a steam room

    – Rooms:

    • + 36 spacious rooms & suites with balcony or terrace overlooking garden;
    • + 4 Junior Pool Suites with alfresco plunge pools;
    • + Neutral tones and tactile fabrics, comfortable pillow-top mattress & premium bedding & linens;
    • + Vintage telephones, Bluetooth connectivity;
    • + Well-stocked complimentary minibar with soft drinks and Angkor beer, a Malongo espresso coffee machine.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Tror Kuon: all day dining, mentored by renowned British chef Neil Wager;
    • + Breakfast: part-buffet, part à la carte;
    • + Sky Bar at rooftop.

    Shinta Mani Shack

    Shinta Mani Shack is a spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort.

    Shinta Mani Shack is a spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort.

    – Location: Junction of 3rd and 14th Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Located in the junction between Royal Gardens and Old Market, 15 minute drive from Angkor Wat.

    – Style & Character:

    • + A spotless, quirky but ultimately straightforward resort;
    • + Impressive high-ceilinged lobby which sports an extraordinary psychedelic Apsara mural;
    • + Long dark corridors around the garden, contrast to the pool;

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Large pool in central garden to get sun all day;
    • + Plastic free hotel with refill stations around the resort;

    – Rooms:

    • + Mirrored featured wall, custom designed iron bed and hand crafted light fittings.
    • + A wall-mounted LCD TV/soundbar, BlueTooth, complimentary wireless internet access;
    • + Artwork exclusively created for Shinta Mani by Bensley Design Studios, Bangkok.
    • + Small bathroom but in immaculate condition.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Baitong: all day seasonal menus; reasonably pricey comfort food;
    • + Kroya: blends local products and international recipe;
    • + The Steakhouse: American steakhouse;
    • + Bensley’s Bar: over 30 Gins from all corners of the world.

    COURTYARD Marriott Siem Reap

    COURTYARD Marriott Siem Reap features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor.

    COURTYARD Marriott Siem Reap features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor.

    – Location: No 0609 Road 6A, Phum Chongkoesou Khum Slor Kram Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Strategically access to Angkor Wat, 15 minute drive to Angkor Golf Course, 20 minute drive to Siem Reap Airport.

    – Style & Character:

    • + Features award-winning Khmer architecture, forward-thinking amenities and sleek décor;

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Quan Spa in serene Angkorian architectural vestige;
    • + State of the art fitness center;
    • + Saltwater lagoon pool & whirlpool.

    – Rooms:

    • + Spacious rooms with locally inspired décor, sleek marble bathrooms, private balconies and signature amenities.
    • + Bluetooth speaker, complimentary WiFi and a 43-inch flat-screen TV.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Lok Lak: all day dining, authentic Khmer food and international favorites;
    • + The Upper Deck: chic rooftop bar with breathtaking sunset views to the west;

    Lynnaya Urban River Resort

    Lynnaya Urban River Resort offers perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.

    Lynnaya Urban River Resort offers perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.

    – Location: Street 20, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Riverfront location, 800m from Pub Street, 6 km from Angkor Wat, 8 km to Siem Reap Airport.

    – Style & Character:

    • + Offers modern and contemporary style promoting a real sense of luxury and class;
    • + Perfect blend of classic & modern chic design.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + An outdoor dark-blue swimming pool;
    • + Experience relaxing treatments in Nirvana Spa & Wellness.

    – Rooms:

    • + Each room features fine linens and classic Cambodian-style furnishings;
    • + Flat-screen cable TV, an electric kettle, comfortable seating area and air conditioning;
    • + Stylish en suite bathrooms.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Palate Restaurant: indoor main restaurant, retains the history and charm of the 1950’s building style.
    • + Palate Skybar: enjoying sunset over the river; live music on Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday;
    • + Pool Bar: located at the pool, open from 10:00 to 19:00.

    Tara Angkor Hotel

    Tara Angkor Hotel is a spacious full-service hotel close to the entrance of Angkor Wat.

    Tara Angkor Hotel is a spacious full-service hotel close to the entrance of Angkor Wat.

    – Location: Charles De Gaulle, Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Located just 500 m from Angkor National Museum, 2.3 km to the lively Pub Street and Old Market, iconic Angkor Wat is 5.4 km away and 9.1 km from Siem Reap International Airport.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + An outdoor pool, a spa and a gym, a sauna, a hot tub and cooking classes.

    – Rooms:

    • + Feature wooden flooring and garden or city views;
    • + Each room has flat-screen TV, minibar, and tea/coffee making facilities;
    • + Private bathroom provides bath amenities, bathrobes and slippers.
    • + Suites add separate living areas, dining tables and whirlpool tub.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Tong Tara Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day international dining;
    • + Frangipani Restaurant: European & Asian menu;
    • + Lily Lounge: serves cocktails.

    Central Boutique Angkor Hotel

    Central Boutique Angkor Hotel is a perfect choice for mid-range budgeted travelers.

    Central Boutique Angkor Hotel is a perfect choice for mid-range budgeted travelers.

    – Location: Tapoul Road, Tapoul Village, Svay Dangkum Commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    Located in the heart of the Siem Reap City with easy access to the Pub Street, the Old Market & Angkor Night Market.
    – Style & Character:

    • Well decorated with Cambodian art décor style furnishing.

    – Rooms:

    • + All rooms are in boutique style; 20 bungalows located around one swimming pool and 34 rooms are facing to another swimming pool and surrounding garden;
    • + Air conditioning, hot and cold water, bathtub with shower, stock mini-bar, safety box, hair dryer, tea and coffee making facility, Cable TV, IDD telephone, full bath room amenities and wireless internet access;
    • + Most of the hotel rooms face the swimming pool, all rooms attached with terrace or balcony.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Bamboo Restaurant: casual & open air restaurant, offer a wide choice of other Asian and European dishes;
    • + Bamboo Bar: offer all kind of drinks, cocktails and snack;
    • + Poolside Terrace: a relaxing atmosphere in the tropical garden.

    2. Hotels in Phnom Penh

    Raffles Hotel Le Royal

    Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh.

    Raffles Hotel Le Royal is the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh.

    – Location: 92 Rukhak Vithei Daun Penh Sangkat Wat Phnom Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Situated among embassies, government buildings and the National Library, 5 minute walk to Wat Phnom, 10 minutes to the riverfront, short drive to the National Museum, Royal Palace and Russian Market.
    – Style & Character:

    • + First opened in 1929, the true heritage hotel in Phnom Penh;
    • + Presents a wonderful fusion of colonial, Khmer and Art Deco styles;
    • + Chosen as a regular staying place for famous writers, royalty and celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Onassis, André Malraux, and W. Somerset Maugham, Jackie Kennedy.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Walls are lined with historical black-and-white photographs;
    • + Newer wing was only built in 1997, but contains many original interiors: polished tiles and restored staircase, bookcases and bureaus lining the elegant corridors;
    • + Two sublime outdoor pools surrounded by loungers, frangipani trees and tropical shrubs;
    • + Raffles Spa offers a range of traditional Khmer and modern treatments.

    – Rooms:

    • + Consists of 175 rooms, almost are State Rooms in newer wing with blend of colonial charm & modern comfort, private balconies, marble bathroom has separate shower/bath, and traditional décor;
    • + The original 1929 building has Landmark Rooms; original claw-foot baths, antiques and high ceilings;
    • + Rooms are equipped with silk bathrobes, signature toiletries, TV, air-conditioning and ceiling fans.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Le Phnom 1929: a casual, Parisian brasserie-style atmosphere, open kitchen, great cocktails and the “Around the World in 80 wines” wine program;
    • + Restaurant Le Royal: the only restaurant serving Royal Khmer cuisine in Phnom Penh;
    • + Elephant Bar: popular spot for afternoon tea, signature Femme Fatale cocktail created Jackie Kennedy in 1967;
    • + Poolside Terrace: relax in the afternoon sun on in the shared of the fragrant frangipani trees.

    Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence

    Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel offers breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace

    Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel offers breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace, and the untouched greenery rural beauty opposite of Phnom Penh capital.

    – Location: Street KeoChenda, Phum 1, Sangkat Chroy Changvar, Khan Chroy Changvar, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Sokha Phnom Penh is strategically located on the bank of Mekong River, opposite to the Royal Palace, approximately 13 km from Phnom Penh International Airport, 5.6 km to both Old Market and Central Market.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Offering breathtaking view of the majestic Royal Palace, Chaktomuk River and a wide sweeping view of the untouched greenery rural beauty opposite of Phnom Penh capital, Sokha Phnom Penh provides the peaceful, less busy side of the congested capital.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Staff here are able to communicate in Chinese, Thai, Khmer and English.
    • + Large outdoor swimming pool overlooks the Great Mekong, Bassac River and the riverside ambience of the charming city of Phnom Penh;
    • + Fitness Center with world-class gym equipment;
    • + Jasmine Spa with 17 treatment rooms.

    – Rooms:

    • + Spacious room with a spectacular view of Tonle Sap River, Royal Palace and serene greenery;
    • + Each air-conditioned room and suite is soundproof. The seating area is equipped with an electric kettle, tea/coffee maker, minibar, flat-screen cable TV and safe;
    • + Private bathrooms include a bathtub, hairdryer, toothbrushes, slippers and free toiletries. Ironing facilities are also available.

    – Food & Drinks:

    7 restaurants & 4 bars

    • + Lotus Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day dining;
    • + The China House: offers regional Chinese specialties;
    • + Takezono Restaurant: on the 19th floor, provides authentic Japanese cuisine;
    • + The Bel Cibo: ultimate Italian dining experiences with excellent view of the river and city;
    • + Thansur Restaurant: offers a global blended menu featuring East meet West.

    Palace Gate Hotel & Resort Phnom Penh

    Palace Gate Hotel & Resort is the luxury accommodation in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia.

    Palace Gate Hotel & Resort is the luxury accommodation in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia.

    – Location: #44B, Street Sothearos Blvd (corner of street 240), Sangkat Chey Chumneas, Khan Daun Penh. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Adjacent to the Royal Palace, 550m to the National Museum, 1.8km to Independence Monument and 11km away from Phnom Penh International Airport.
    – Style & Character:

    + Luxury hotel in the heart of the thriving capital of Cambodia;
    + Restored French colonial villa, ornate columns and wonderful examples of Cambodian tile making.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + An outdoor swimming pool and surrounding garden;
    • + Senses Spa: blending ancient Asian healing techniques with age-old beauty recipes.

    – Rooms:

    • + Carefully decorated in Angkorian style with tasteful interior design to reflect the country’s history and traditions;
    • + Higher room category offers wonderful views of either the Royal Palace or the river;
    • + Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom equipped with a bidet.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Mealea Restaurant: buffet breakfast with extensive menu offering a range of Asian and Western options which changes on a 6 day cycle;
    • + Organic Skybar: chance to sip cocktails and enjoy sunset at rooftop bar surrounded by the unique organic herb and vegetable garden.

    White Mansion Boutique Hotel

    White Mansion Boutique Hotel was set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence.

    White Mansion Boutique Hotel was set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence.

    – Location: #26 Street 240 (corner street 51), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Close to Independence Monument Park, the Royal Palace and other Phnom Penh tourist spots.
    – Style & Character:

    • + A boutique set in a period building that was once the US Ambassador Residence;
    • + Elegance, genuine comfort and casual chic reign supreme.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + 20m long saltwater swimming pool;
    • + In-room massages and spa treatments available.

    – Rooms:

    • + 33 suites and rooms, some with balcony or terrace with city view;
    • + Locally made furniture, marble floor;
    • + Bathroom equipped with custom Italian marble, designed cabinetry, double washbasin, large shower and/or bath, faucets.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Le Café: room service breakfast or in the gardens; offers snacks, degustation platters, Asian and international dishes.

    Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort

    Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort is well-known for its glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop.

    Aquarius Hotel & Urban Resort is well-known for its glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop.

    – Location: No 5, St 240, Sangkat Chakto Mukh, Khan Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Situated in the city’s main shopping and dining area-the street 240; a few minutes’ walk to the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Independence Monument.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Glass-walled, L-shape salt water infinity pool at the rooftop;
    • + Petal Spa: tranquil traditional Khmer massage;
    • + Art Exhibition: gallery of Phnom Penh’s famous emerging local and international artist.

    – Rooms:

    • + Rooms are tastefully enhanced with the indulgence of contemporary industrial design and dynamic Cambodian tradition and culture;
    • + Most of the rooms and suites have either stunning city view, river view or a private balcony;

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Open air Slla Sky bar & restaurant; river view rooftop, serves enthralling Western and Asian Fusion cuisines;

    Villa Langka Phnom Penh

    Villa Langka's pool is surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard.

    Villa Langka’s pool is surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard.

    – Location: 14, Street 282, Sangkat Beung Keng Kang I (BKK1), Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    Situated in a small & quiet alley, opposite to Wat Langka Pagoda, and just around the corner from the Independence Monument and street 278 with popular shops, bars and restaurants.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + A shady pool surrounded by a fragrant garden courtyard;
    • + Minispace spa.

    – Rooms:

    • + Boutique style rooms blending contemporary elegance with Cambodian traditions;
    • + 24 rooms in a traditional Khmer villa and 24 rooms in a contemporary building;
    • + Room amenities: minibars, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and free breakfast

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Poolside Restaurant: menu combines the flavour and freshness of Phnom Penh’s daily markets with the culinary skills of our Chef;
    • + Poolside Bar: enjoy fresh fruit juices and exotic cocktails.

    Queen Grand Boutique Hotel

    3 star Queen Grand Boutique Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Independence Monument.

    3 star Queen Grand Boutique Hotel is conveniently located within walking distance to the Independence Monument.

    – Location: No 14-16, Street 258, Sangkat Chak Tomuk, Daun Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
    The hotel is about 25-minute drive from Phnom Penh International Airport and Royal Palace is a brief stroll away, within walking distance to the Independence Monument, University of Cambodia and the National Museum of Cambodia.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + The La Grand Spa: combines international and rich of Khmer style massage;
    • + Rooftop Jacuzzi: enjoy sunbath and overlook the significant Mekong River and Royal Palace.

    – Rooms:

    • + Modern design with a touch of Khmer style;
    • + Air-conditioned rooms are fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows that open up to views and allow plenty of natural light;
    • + Equipped with a flat-screen TV, DVD player, minibar and desk;
    • + En suite bathrooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Restaurant & Bar: serves up a variety of Khmer and Western dishes daily;
    • + Sky Bar: over view the picturesque Riverside and dazzling city center Nagaworld Casino.

    3. Hotels in Battambang

    Maisons Wat Kor

    Maisons Wat Kor is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor.

    Maisons Wat Kor is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor.

    – Location: St 800, Wat Kor Village, Battambang, Cambodia.
    This boutique style hotel is set amid an authentic atmosphere in the heart of Khmer cultural village Wat Kor. It is a 5-minute walk from Wat Kor Pagoda, 2km to Battambang Town Centre and Central Market.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + A salt water swimming pool;
    • + Khmer cooking classes;
    • + Classic Khmer massage services.

    – Rooms:

    • + Includes 15 guestrooms within 3 wooden houses, decorated with local furniture and ecofriendly materials;
    • + Some rooms at garden level with balconies offering stunning views to the lotus pond and pool.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + La Terrasse De Lotus Restaurant serves Cambodian cuisine and Western dishes.

    Bambu Hotel

    Design in Bambu Hotel combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles.

    Design in Bambu Hotel combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles.

    – Location: Phum Romchek 5, Sangkat Rottanak, KO Street, Battambang, Cambodia.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Salt water swimming pool (14m x 6) is available exclusively to staying guests.

    – Rooms:

    • + 16 bedrooms arranged in 4 traditionally inspired buildings;
    • + Design combines local Khmer and French colonial architecture; old-fashioned Cambodian tiles;
    • + Equipped with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, telephone, flat screen cable TV, DVD player with access to our DVD library, iPod docker, mini bar, room safe and private terrace or balcony.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Russey Restaurant: all day dining, serves snacks, mains and desserts from local and international cuisine;
    • + Pool bar: draught and bottled beers, a comprehensive wine list, a selection of local fruit juices and shakes, a range of cocktails, teas, coffees and other soft drinks.

    Classy Hotel & Spa

    Classy Hotel situated in the heart of East River Bank - an ideal place from which to discover Battambang center.

    Classy Hotel situated in the heart of East River Bank – an ideal place from which to discover Battambang center.

    – Location: 159 D, Street 207, Phnum Romcheck 4, Sangkat Ratanak, Battambang, Cambodia.
    Situated in the heart of East River Bank, Classy Hotel is an ideal place from which to discover Battambang: 200m from Colonial Buildings, 300m to Battambang Museum, 400m away from riverside night market.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Large outdoor swimming pool;
    • + Spa and well equipped wellness centre.

    – Rooms:

    • + Spacious rooms, basic decoration in modern hotel building
    • + Cooled with air conditioning, feature a flat-screen cable TV, a minibar, a personal safe and a wardrobe;
    • + En suite bathrooms offer a hot/cold showers and free amenities.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Java Restaurant: buffet breakfast, all day dining, direct access to swimming pool;
    • + Dine Panorama: outdoor seating, spectacular view to river and pagoda at sunset

    4. Hotels in Kep

    Knai Bang Chatt

    Luxury boutique resort Knai Bang Chatt is located on the South Coast of Cambodia.

    Luxury boutique resort Knai Bang Chatt is located on the South Coast of Cambodia.

    – Location: Phum Thmey, Sangkat Prey Thom, Kep City, Cambodia.
    Situated on the waterfront, a 10-minute walk to the centre of town, the famous crab market, cafés, bars and restaurants.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Ground-breaking New Khmer architecture, inspired by the iconic Cambodian architect Van Molyvan, who studied under Le Corbusier.
    • + Showpiece baby blue villa once belonged to the governor of Kep; the entrance and reception building was owned by the King’s relative; and a tomato-red two-storey building with zig-zagging columns was owned by the Head of Customs.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Private white sand beach;
    • + Long wooden sea jetty with breathtaking view;
    • + A substantial outdoor swimming pool embedded in the lawn;
    • + Rental services: bicycle, scooter, kayak, paddle boat;
    • + First Sailing Club in Cambodia with catamaran service;
    • + Small but private and intimate spa services;

    – Rooms:

    • + 18 rooms at six architecturally striking buildings;
    • + Room interiors: minimalist style and inviting – earthy tones, polished stone walls, fluid wooden furnishings and mosquito nets strung above beds;
    • + Bathrooms: spacious, shower only, locally made soap & shampoo.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + The Strand: high-end & open-air restaurant; mixing elements from a range of global cuisines and palettes; serves inventive Khmer, international and vegan dishes;
    • + The Sailing Club Restaurant & Bar: a restored traditional wooden fisherman’s cottage directly over the sea; serves small plates, sandwiches, seafood throughout the day;
    • + The Lounge: open & airy space, Kep’s premier cocktail and wine bar.

    Samanea Beach Resort

    Private dinner arrangement on the beach in Samanea Beach Resort.

    Private dinner arrangement on the beach in Samanea Beach Resort.

    – Location: Kep Road 33A, Kep, Cambodia.
    Set along Kep’s seashore and next to a protected mangrove forest.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Renovated from the ruins of seaside cottage by suing the same materials: bricks, stone, cement tiles.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + 300 square meters salt water infinity pool with integrated Jacuzzi jets and a safe shallow area for kids;
    • + Private artificial white sand beach;
    • + Long wooden sea jetty with breathtaking view;
    • + Mangrove forest with wooden boardwalk meandering through it;
    • + Samathe Spa & Salon: unique concept of bio-treatments.

    – Rooms:

    • + 12 well adorned Khmer style villas built set on 20 hectares, set around botanical garden, each villa has private terrace with sea, garden or pool views;
    • + Decoration combines regional materials & innovation;
    • + Almost rooms have 4 poster beds, a living area with sofa, 1 big size Flat-screen televisions 32″, a DVD player, and an antique desk;
    • + Bathrooms: outdoor, laden with tropical plants, deep oval shaped bathtub.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Chankiri Restaurant: all day dining, serves international & Khmer specialties;
    • + Panoramic Rooftop Bar: enjoy cocktails and tapas on 360o bar with sea & mountain views.

    Raingsey Bungalow

    Raingsey Bungalow's swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants.

    Raingsey Bungalow’s swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants.

    – Location: Thmey Village, Prey Thom Commune, Crab Market, Kep, Cambodia.
    Located a stone’s throw away from the famous Kep Crab Market, 5 minute walk to Kep National Park Entrance, and 1km to Kep Beach.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + A clear swimming pool surrounded by bamboo and shaded by palm trees and tropical plants;

    – Rooms:

    • + 9 private bungalows scattered in a 2,500m² lush garden;
    • + Each bungalow cottage has large windows, a private terrace opening out to the greenery;
    • + Room amenities: aircon, ceiling fan, a desk, a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Combine both modern-creative and traditional Asian styles;
    • + Serve a tasty cocktail, Craft Beer, Local Commercial beers.

    Kep Bay Hotel & Resort

    Almost rooms in Kep Bay Hotel offer spectacular views to ocean and greenery landscapes.

    Almost rooms in Kep Bay Hotel offer spectacular views to ocean and greenery landscapes.

    – Location: No.23100, Kep, Cambodia.
    Located 400m from Kep Beach, 1.8km from Crab Market, 1.6km from Kep Jetty and 2.7km to Kep Market.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Huge & clean swimming pool – the highlight of the hotel.
    • + Free bikes;
    • + Spa & massage services.

    – Rooms:

    • + Spacious rooms feature private balconies with sea view, several rooms with mountain view;
    • + Room amenities: air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, a desk;
    • + Bathroom: combined bathtub & standing shower.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + The Bay Dining Restaurant: outdoor seating, buffet breakfast, all day dining;
    • + The Bay Sky Bar: spectacular sunset view overlooking the ocean.

    5. Hotels in Kampot

    Rikitikitavi Hotel

    Stylish room decorations in Rikitikitavi Hotel.

    Stylish room decorations in Rikitikitavi Hotel.

    – Location: Riverside Road, Corner Street 728 Kampot, Cambodia.
    A prime location on the riverfront, within few minutes’ walk from many of Kampot’s bars and restaurants.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Undergone various identities – 1920s wooden rice barn, theatre, home to an ex-governor of Kampot – before converted into a boutique hotel in 2006 by a British couple.

    – Rooms:

    • + Small, stylish rooms in renovated wooden framed rice barn.
    • + Only 8 rooms but in cozy settings, equipped with all luxuries such as air conditioning, fan and en-suite bathroom.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Restaurant: beautifully designed terrace restaurant overlooking the river, mountains and Kampot’s stunning sunsets.
    • + Balcony Bar: views over Kampot River and the Elephant Mountains

    The Columns

    The Columns Hotel was originally built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony.

    The Columns Hotel was originally built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony.

    – Location: 37 Phoum 1 Ouksophear, Kampot, Cambodia.
    Located at a quietly tree-lined street, few minutes’ walk to the riverfront and two streets from the old Market.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Built as a set of shophouses when Cambodia was a French colony;
    • + Restored & renovated into the modern boutique hotel;
    • + Retained original features: wooden beams, pretty tilework, blue French Colonial shutters.

    – Rooms:

    • + 17 rooms designed in a subtle and understated style;
    • + Hard wood furnishings, colorful silk cushions and décor created by local craftsmen;
    • + Some rooms at the back with no view but super-quiet, top-floor attic-style rooms with balconies, second-floor rooms with big windows and French Colonial blue shutters cost a little more.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Green Café: serves breakfast, freshly baked pastries, great coffee and cooling smoothies during the daytime.

    6. Hotels in Koh Kong

    4 Rivers Floating Lodge

    4 Rivers Floating Lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting.

    4 Rivers Floating Lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting.

    – Location: Koh Andet Island, 20 km from Koh Kong City, southwest Cambodia’s jungle-fringed Tatai River and at the steps of the Cardamom Mountains.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Floating white tented lodge is surrounded by lush rainforest and river setting;
    • + Minimise the use of wood, use solar power where possible, and also support community projects.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + A small library with books and DVDs to borrow, and reception sit on the central pontoon;
    • + Shaded seating on riverfront deck on other side;
    • + No WI-FI, no pool but the river awaits;
    • + Free kayak to use, waterfall trips, firefly & sunset cruises, forest hikes & village excursions.

    – Rooms:

    • + 12 luxury floating tents on tranquil Tatai River and on-land tents for family with kids;
    • + Each 45 sqm spacious tent is fully equipped with modern amenities, handcrafted furniture by local materials.
    • + Tents are roomy enough to include a lounge area with chaise longue;
    • + The spacious bathroom has twin sinks and an innovative wooden shower barrel containing a hot-water power shower.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + 4 Rivers Restaurant: combines the best of the local Cambodia cuisine and global influences, also serves a mix of Western and Southeast Asian food.

    7. Hotels in Sihanouk Ville

    Song Saa Private Island Resort

    All villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style and has private pool.

    All villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style and has private pool.

    – Location: Song Saa, Koh Rong Archipelago, Near Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
    Spanning over Koh Ouen and Koh Bong islands in Sihanouk Ville, accessible by a 25-minute drive with a 40-minute boat ride from Sihanouk Ville International Airport.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Dotted across two tiny rainforests isles, ringed by calm clear waters;
    • + Classic look blends nature & modernity;
    • + Almost every furniture item has been upcycled from wood collected in the local area.

    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Resort staffs are locals from nearby area, trained in house to an exemplary standard;
    • + Lists of activities to enhance your private island experience: snorkeling & scuba diving, sea kayaking, yoga & meditation, island safari, Buddhist ceremonies;
    • + Spa: spa with no walls – it’s actually made up of little ‘sanctuaries’ dotted across the island, where treatments take place nestled in nature.

    – Rooms:

    • + 24 vast thatched roof villas are decorated in a contemporary-tropical style, with cool stone walls and four-poster beds wrapped in blousy muslin;
    • + Dreamy indoor/outdoor bathrooms with tealights;
    • + TV & internet are provided but kept to a minimum;
    • + Private pool in each villa (from 26sqm to 33sqm).

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Restaurant: at the end of a wooden walkway to catch both sunrises and sunsets, à la carte breakfast between 7am and 11am..

    White Boutique Resort

    Natural stone pool in White Boutique Resort.

    Natural stone pool in White Boutique Resort.

    – Location: Marina Road, Otres 2, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
    It is a 15-minute tuk-tuk ride to the Sihanouk Ville city centre, 25 km drive to Ream National Park and 16 km to Sihanouk Ville Airport.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Fitness center with all basic equipment;
    • + Spa with experienced Khmer master of massage;
    • + Natural stone pool

    – Rooms:

    • + 19 spacious rooms & suites in combination with Cambodian culture & natural surroundings;
    • + All rooms are air-conditioned and feature beds with orthopedic mattresses, minibar and a flat-screen TV;
    • + A terrace or balcony are featured in certain rooms;

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Duo Restaurant & Bar: combine Western cuisine & Cambodian flavors; offers stunning ocean views.

    Naia Beach Resort

    In Naia Resort, 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age is blended with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.

    In Naia Resort, 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age is blended with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.

    – Location: Marina Road, Otres 2, Village 6, Sangkat 4, Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
    It’s located in quiet Otres Beach, 8km away from Ochheuteal Beach in Sihanoukville, 25 minutes to Sihanoukville airport. And it’s easy to Kbal Chhay waterfalls and Ream National Park from here.
    – Style & Character:

    • + Designed by Spanish architect: wavy-design balconies, porthole windows, white exterior and soft hues of greens, blues and browns exude a calm, natural beach vibe;
    • + Blends 1950s design influences from Cambodia’s Golden Age with Mediterranean tones, using Cambodian-made materials.

    – Rooms:

    • + 32 rooms with perfect balance between comfort & style;
    • + Almost room open onto the sea, private balcony or terrace;
    • + 1950s-style designer furniture in soft colors;
    • + En suite bathroom with a shower, a bidet and terry dressing gowns.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Breakfast restaurant inside the hotel;
    • + Beach Bar & Restaurant with cool blue design, wooden deck and sunset views, serves snacks, lunch, dinner and happy-hour cocktails;
    • + Bar near reception area with beautiful 1950s design.

    8. Hotels in Koh Rong

    The Royal Sands Koh Rong

    Freestanding villas in The Royal Sands Resort with tropical & uncluttered décor.

    Freestanding villas in The Royal Sands Resort with tropical & uncluttered décor.

    – Location: Sok San Village, Koh Rong (Island), Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
    Located an hour by own catamaran boat west of Sihanouk Ville in the Gulf of Thailand.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Dramatic black swimming pool, in front of the two Jacuzzis;
    • + SensesSpa: includes a semi open-air ‘sala’ for foot and Khmer massages, an outdoor yoga ‘sala’ dedicated to the art of breathing & stretching and private rooms for more specialised therapies;
    • + Fitness center in front of the spa area, overlooking the mountains of Koh Rong;
    • + Other services: island hopping, snorkeling, diving, kayaking, SUP, fishing, mountain biking, trekking, plankton experience.

    – Rooms:

    • + 67 freestanding villas, 30 of them have personal pools;
    • + Spacious bedrooms; tropical & uncluttered décor;
    • + Bathroom includes indoor & outdoor rain showers;

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + The Chill: open-air restaurant for lunch with BBQ seafood & dinner with refined Asian dishes;
    • + Ocean Restaurant: serves up Cambodia’s finest buffet breakfast.

    The Secret Garden Koh Rong

    Romantic dinner set-up on Secret Garden Koh Rong's private beach.

    Romantic dinner set-up on Secret Garden Koh Rong’s private beach.

    – Location: Pagoda Beach, Koh Rong, Cambodia.
    There is direct speed ferry from Sihanouk Ville to Pagoda Beach Pier within 40 minutes.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Outdoor swimming pool & kid’s pool.

    – Rooms:

    • + Luxury bungalows with sea views, private balcony in lush garden setting;
    • + Combine local architecture style & Scandinavian influenced contemporary decor;

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Beachfront restaurant provides stunning sea view; an exciting menu of western, Asian and fusion cuisine.

    Sok San Beach Resort

    Secluded and relaxing beachfront in Sok San Beach Resort.

    Secluded and relaxing beachfront in Sok San Beach Resort.

    – Location: Sok San Village, Koh Rong (Island), Sihanouk Ville, Cambodia.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Private speedboat services transfer guests from its mainland lounge in Sihanouk Ville to Sok San Beach Resort;
    • + Other services: island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving, wakeboarding, fishing, horse riding, beach volleyball, sunset cruises, plankton experience.

    – Rooms:

    • + 16 thatched roof rooms located in five pavilion buildings with sea view or surrounding forest;
    • + 20 chalets have 2 connecting rooms; like private traditional Cambodian cottages;

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Sundeck Beach Bar: perfect spot to watch the sun go down over the horizon;
    • + La Terrasse Restaurant: serves a delicious mix of Khmer and International cuisine;
    • + Coco Beach Bar & Grill: offers snacks and a range of local and international drinks.

    9. Hotels in Koh Rong Sanloem

    Sol Beach Resort

    Khmer-style villas with direct access to the beach in Sol Beach Resort.

    Khmer-style villas with direct access to the beach in Sol Beach Resort.

    – Location: Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia.
    Conveniently located at the heart of Saracen Bay, the main pier for several speed ferry from Sihanouk Ville’s mainland to Koh Rong Samloem within 40 minutes.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + The Soul Spa: can arrange a massage directly on the beach, or a more personal setting in private spa room.

    – Rooms:

    • + Beautifully designed Khmer-style villas;
    • + Include large soft beds, air-conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, Wi-Fi;
    • + Modern bathrooms (with a shower, a bath, and hot water),

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Bar & restaurant right on the beach, all day dining with a focus on classic Khmer dishes and well-known western foods.

    Moonlight Resort

    – Location: Saracen Bay, Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia.
    A beachfront Resort located on Saracen Bay on the beautiful Koh Rong Sanloem Island, forty-five minutes from the mainland Sihanouk Ville by speed boat.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Khmer, English, French and Chinese speaking staffs;
    • + Two Jacuzzi pools with direct access to the beach;
    • + Excursions to the white untamed beaches and surrounding local fisherman’s villages, offering guided fishing trips, snorkeling , diving, and more.

    – Rooms:

    • + Dome rooms with king sized bed places under a round skylight;
    • + Deluxe rooms with balcony, garden view, open air shower;
    • + All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, a television with movie selection, minibar, and hot water shower.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Blue Moon Restaurant: Asian European style fusion cuisine.

    10. Hotels in Kratie

    Rajabori Villas Resort

    Rajabori Villas nestles in tranquil Koh Trong Island – only 10 minute boat ride from Kratie town.

    Rajabori Villas nestles in tranquil Koh Trong Island – only 10 minute boat ride from Kratie town.

    – Location: Phum Kbal Koh, Sangkat Koh Trong 1, Kratie, Cambodia.
    Located on Koh Trong Island, 10 minute boat ride from Kratie’s mainland, 10-minute walk from Wat Chong Koh Wat Kbal Koh Pagodas.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + 180 sqm swimming pool;
    • + Free bicycles, rental tuk tuk or horse cart, kayak to visit surrounding villages and nearby hot spots.

    – Rooms:

    • + 13 small natural wooden Khmer-style buildings, built by well-trained local craftsmen to preserve Cambodian architectural heritage;
    • + Limited electricity with only one fan per room, no TV or internet;
    • + Water is heated by solar panels & need few minutes to reach the tap.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Restaurant: serves mainly Cambodian rural cuisines using fresh season’s products from local suppliers;
    • + Bar: overlooks to swimming pool, well stocked in various alcohols.

    11. Hotels in Mondulkiri

    Mayura Hill Hotel & Resort

    Mayura Hill Resort is the best accommodation in Mondulkiri.

    Mayura Hill Resort is the best accommodation in Mondulkiri.

    – Location: Phum Derm Srol, Sen Monorom City, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia.
    Situated on a verdant hillsides, 1.6km from the downtown Sen Monorom, a perfect base to explore surrounding must-see destinations.
    – Service & Facilities:

    • + Outdoor swimming pool;
    • + Children’s playground area;
    • + Fitness centre & yoga class.

    – Rooms:

    • + 11 private villas embodying the natural environment;
    • + Interiors: fresh, light and airy with wooden handmade furniture;
    • + Private balcony in each room overlooking lush green garden or swimming pool;
    • + Room amenities: air conditioner, in room safe, cable channels TV, DVD player, free WIFI, minibar, coffee/tea making facilities.

    – Food & Drinks:

    • + Pkha Cha Restaurant: indoor & outdoor seating, offers casual all day dining with both European & Khmer cuisine.

    IV. Places to Visit in Cambodia

    1. Places to Visit in Siem Reap

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Siem Reap

    Buddhist monks enjoy the views of Bayon Temple from distance.

    Undoubtedly, Siem Reap stands in the first position of the must-visited list in Cambodia. It serves as the linking bridge to the ancient ruins and temples of Angkor Complex. Being defined as one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia by UNESCO, Angkor Archaeological Park spreads over 400km2, with remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire from the 9th to the 15th century. The most highlighted temples can be listed as Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm.

    To meet the continuously increasing demand to visit magnificent Angkor, Siem Reap has transformed itself into a major tourist hub. It’s a vibrant town with many activities and attractions including lively Psar Chas Market, buzzing cafes, bars, traditional craft shops and plentiful nightlife. Siem Reap is also a good point to access the nearby floating villages, bird sanctuaries on the Tonle Sap Lake – the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia.

    In Siem Reap, there is a wide range of accommodation to choose, ranging from luxury or 5 star standard hotels, resorts to hundreds of guesthouses to meet every budget.
    There are lots of other things to do in Siem Reap that we recommend doing while you are here.

    2. Places to Visit in Phnom Penh

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Phnom Penh

    Leisure stroll along the facade of Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace.

    Phnom Penh is the vibrant bustling capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia. Despite recent rapid changes, the city exudes a sort of provincial charm and tranquility with French colonial mansions and tree-lined boulevards amidst monumental Angkorian architecture. The city is conveniently located at the conjunction of three grand rivers – the Tonle Sap, the Mekong and the Bassac river. Therefore, tourists are highly recommended to take the scenic cruise to witness the golden colors of Phnom Penh’s skyline at sunset. Or just simply take the leisure stroll to Phnom Penh’s historic riverfront area where stands lots of restaurants, art galleries and silk shops.

    City tour in Phnom Penh can’t be completed without Royal Palace and adjacent Silver Pagoda, which provide gorgeous examples of traditional artistry and offer intriguing insight into both Cambodia’s ancient and modern history. While Tuol Sleng Museumand Choeung Ek Killing Field are the evidence for the horror and brutality the people of this country suffered under Khmer Rouge rule.
    Shopaholics can’t miss the visit to the distinctive Central Market where you can buy jewelry, curios, clothes and souvenirs.

    3. Places to Visit in Battambang

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to visit in Battambang

    Wat Sampov Pram – the monastery is situated on almost top of Bokor Mountain.

    Even being Cambodia’s second biggest city, Battambang itself is a laidback place compared to the bustling of the capital. If Phnom Penh’s hectic buzz is a bit too much to handle, tourists can take 6-hour drive from Phnom Penh to Battambang to find quieter atmosphere.

    Battambang was established as a trading center in the 18th century. Later it became part of French Indochina, with some colonial buildings still in existence until now and scattered through the city’s boulevards. History lovers can take day trip to visit several Angkor-style temples and Buddhist shrines, like the temples of Phnom SampeauPhnom Banan, and Wat Ek Phnom. Among them, Phnom Sampeau (also known as Bat Cave) is the top site because tourists are eager to come there to witness thousands of bats making their way out of caves in the hillside to feed before returning at dawn.

    Taking a slow 30-minute ride on the Bamboo Train is another popular activity which only can be experienced in Battambang. It is a single-line rail track where “carriages” made from a platform of wood and bamboo travel between Battambang’s east bank and the nearby tiny village. Famed among some of the most tranquil rural scenery in Cambodia, Battambang is an ideal place to take biking trip along rice fields, visit Cambodian families and taste rice paper, dried bananas, and bamboo sticky rice which are made in traditional methods.

    Your night in this town will not be boring if you pay the visit to ‘Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus’, where all traditional Cambodian dances and circus music are performed live by students and young locals from nearby poor community.
    Here is our detailed guides for things to do in Battambang.

    4. Places to Visit in Sihanouk Ville

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Sihanouk Ville

    Beautiful secluded and deserted beach in Sihanouk Ville.

    Being known as the most popular beach destination of Cambodia on the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanouk Ville was named after a former king – Norodom Sihanouk. In Sihanouk Ville, Ochheuteal Beach and the Serendipity Beach have emerged as one of Southeast Asia’s backpacker areas with party reputation. For a much quieter scene, just take 6 km to the south around Otres Beach, with huts or bungalows on the beach, a sprinkling of classy boutique hotels, and a number of up-and-coming restaurants.

    Sihanouk Ville is also the main entry point to offshore islands of Koh Rong, Koh Rong Samloem, where are ideal places for snorkeling and thoroughly relaxing beach vacation. Blessed with pristine, wild and beautiful islands, these islands are where tourists go to enjoy the nature and stay away from the world.
    If water activities are not in your list, just take a ride to pretty and pristine Ream National Park, which is an easy day trip from Sihanouk Ville and home to more than 200 different bird species, including a few threatened species.

    5. Places to Visit in Kampot

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kampot

    Spectacular views from Bokor Hill Station.

    Located about 3 hour drive from Phnom Penh, Kampot is often chosen as a break spot on the way to access Sihanouk Ville from Cambodia’s capital. Kampot is famous for its black peppercorns around the world because of their unique flavor. A visit at pepper plantation will help you to observe the work of local community living there, as well as taste local dishes using this special ingredient.

    Besides being the land of black peppercorns, Kampot is a laid-back riverine town that has a number of colonial structures, some of which has been painstakingly restored. Many travelers stay here longer than they expected, having succumbed to its easygoing pace and chilled-out atmosphere. For the more active tourists, they will not feel boring because Kampot is also an excellent base for discovering the surrounding sights of the south. In this idyllic location, visitors can go boating and rafting on the river, as well as take in glistening waterfalls along the route.

    Day trip can be taken from the town to Bokor National Park, which is famous for the old French summer getaway of Bokor Hill Station, with its abandoned church and eerie, empty shell of a once-grand hotel. Bokor National Park is a lush primary forest with pleasant climate.

    6. Places to Visit in Kep

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kep

    Kep used to be a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908.

    Lying 25km southeast of Kampot, Kep is a favourite among Cambodians for weekend getaways and foreign travelers who want to get away from the tourist crowds at Sihanouk Ville. They are attracted by its convenient location (3h30m drive from Phnom Penh), quiet beaches and friendly people. Founded as a colonial retreat for the French elite in 1908, the town is still full of ruined shells of old villas, destroyed in the Khmer Rouge days.

    Tourists can take a lazy stroll along the shiny white shores of the Kep Beach, and enjoy some delicious, inexpensive seafood, freshly plucked from the ocean at the well-known Crab Market. Day trips to nearby Rabbit Island can be arranged for snorkelers to enjoy viewing lots of colorful fishes on the bottom of the shallow sea.
    A visit to the Kep National Park is also recommended for nature lovers. The park is filled with waterfalls, elusive monkeys, the Stone House and Little Buddha.

    7. Places to Visit in Kratie

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Kratie

    Stunning sunset over the mighty Mekong River in Kratie.

    Kratie is a small town spreading along the banks of the mighty Mekong River. The town itself is dominated by a central marketplace surrounded by old, French colonial buildings. Even there’s no large scale tourism in this town, plenty of backpackers pour through here during the peak season. The main reason tourists come to Kratie because it’s an excellent base for dolphin-watching tours. Kampie, over 20km north of Kratie, provides the best riverside vantage point to view a pod of rare freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins.

    These dolphins are endemic to the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. It is thought that there are between 66 and 86 dolphins left in the upper Cambodian Mekong area. Therefore, local authority puts environmental measures in place to try and help their dwindling numbers.
    If you are willing to spend more time in this tranquil town, check out our guide on other things to do in Kratie.

    8. Places to Visit in Mondulkiri

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Places to Visit in Mondulkiri

    Mondulkiri offers excellent chances for tourists to interact with elephant in an ethical way.

    Mondulkiri, 7 hour drive north east of Phnom Penh, is the largest but most sparsely populated in Cambodia. It is also home to the majority of country’s tribal minorities, including the Cham and Phnong people, who have maintained their way of living for centuries in the region’s forests and hills. One of the largest and easiest to access is the Phlung village inhabited by Phnong people, where their curious huts have woven, wooden walls and thatched roofs that slope almost to the floor.

    Mondulkiri is also an interesting place to visit in Cambodia for adventures due to its wildlife and natural beauty, with thickly forested mountains, powerful waterfalls and the lush green rolling hills of the western side. Don’t miss the chance to visit the impressive, two-tiered Bou Sraa Waterfall, the highest in Cambodia.

    Being known for a number of projects and sanctuaries in the region for rescuing and protecting elephants, Mondulkiri offers excellent chances for tourists to interact with elephant in an ethical way. The most popular project is included in our itinerary is The Elephant Valley Project, where helps elephants and their mahouts, as well as educate visitors about the importance of protecting these wonderful creatures.

    V. Where and What to Eat in Cambodia

    Khmer cuisine is profoundly influenced by water, rice and freshwater fish due to Cambodian geographical location and climate. Indeed, Cambodian food shares many commonalities with that of its neighbors – Thailand and Vietnam. However, Khmer food is full of distinct flavors and spices and really a must-try when you’re in the country.

    1. Fish Amok

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Where and What to Eat in Cambodia

    The trip to Cambodia won’t be completed without trying fish amok and Angkor beer.

    Being known as one of the most popular and signature dish of Cambodia, fish amok can be easily found on menus in tourist hubs all over the country. Diced fillets of freshwater fish are smothered in creamy curry like sauce. When done properly, the fish is silky smooth and melting in your mouth with each bite.

    * Where to eat?

    • Khmer Kitchen Restaurant – Street 2 Thnou the corner of Street 9, Old Market, Siem Reap.
    • Amok Restaurant – Street 9, Siem Reap, Cambodia.
    • Viroth’s Restaurant #99 Wat Bo Street Corner Wat Bo St and Tep Vong St, Siem Reap.
    • Frizz Restaurant
    • Malis Restaurant – No. 136 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh.
    • Eleven One Kitchen – #37 Street 123 (corner of 460), Tuol Tom Poung, Phnom Penh.
    • Romdeng Restaurant – # 74 Oknha Ket St. (174), Phnom Penh.

    2. Samlor Korkor

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Cuisine

    Locals voted samlor korkor as the true national dish of Cambodia.

    While amok is sometimes called the country’s signature dish, and very familiar to tourists, locals voted samlor korkor as the true national dish of Cambodia. It has been eaten by Cambodians for hundreds of years and can be found in restaurants, roadside stands and family homes alike. This type of soup is rich in both flavors and nutrition.
    * Where to eat?

    • Khmer Kitchen Restaurant – Street 2 Thnou the corner of Street 9, Old Market, Siem Reap.
    • Mie Café – #0085, Phum Treng Khum Slorgram, Siem Reap.
    • Malis Restaurant – No. 136 Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh.

    3. Nom Banh Chok

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Food

    Nom banh chok is served as typical breakfast food in Cambodia.

    Nom banh chok is simply called in English as “Khmer noodles”. It’s a typical breakfast food, consists of fresh and thin rice noodles, topped with a fish-based green curry.
    * Where to eat?

    • David’s Restaurant – Homemade Noodles – 13, #166 Preah Ang Eng St. (13), Phnom Penh.
    • Boat Noodles – Sothearos Blvd, Phnom Penh Center, Phnom Penh.
    • Tbal Khmer Restaurant – 40 Street 432, Phnom Penh.
    • Khmer Fungus Noodles – House 15 200, Phnom Penh.

    4. Pepper Crabs

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Cambodia Culinary

    Kep’s freshest and finest crabs are best matched with Kampot pepper.

    If you make a plan to visit the coastal town of Kep, you surely know that this place is famous for freshest and finest crabs. The freshest of catches are fried, quickly cooked and simply flavored with immature green peppercorns from Kampot and garlic chives, which turn out to be one of the best dishes in Cambodia.
    * Where to eat?
     Seafood Restaurants in Crab Market in Kep Town: So Kheang, Diamond Jasmine, Holy Crab, La Mouette, La Baraka, Kimly Seafood Restaurant.

    5. Fried Insects

    Cambodia Fried Insects

    Deep fried insects are widely sold in Cambodian public markets as a popular snack among locals.

    In Cambodia’s public markets, tourists can easily see local peddlers selling fried insects like: tarantulas, crickets, cockroaches, locusts. They are an excellent source of protein and often go well with a cold glass of beer. More than a popular snack among locals, these creepy crawlies are advertised as a culinary delicacy for tourists, and can be found in markets and on restaurant menus all around the country.
    If you want to explore more about Cambodia gastronomy, check out our detailed article on what to eat in Cambodia.

    VI. Suggested Cambodia Itinerary

    1. Culture & Classic Tours

    1.1. Spirit of Angkor 3 days

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Suggested Cambodia Itinerary

    Bayon Temple is one of the highlight in 3 day tour Spirit of Angkor.

    – Destinations: the most highlighted temples in Angkor Park (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Rolous Group) and Tonle Sap Lake.
    – Overview: Immerse yourself in the magic and history of Cambodia’s famous Angkor temples on this three-day tour of the ancient Khmer Kingdom. With Cambodia Travel to explore ancient monuments, cruise through Tonle Sap Lake’s charming floating villages and watch the sunset from the foot of Phnom Krohm Mountain.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/spirit-of-angkor/

    1.2. Colors of Cambodia 7 days

    Colors of Cambodia 7 days

    National Museum in Phnom Penh is an excellent introduction into ancient Khmer art and civilization.

    – Destinations: Phnom Penh – Siem Reap.
    – Overview:
    Enjoy a weeklong holiday to explore our bustling capital Phnom Penh and peaceful Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor Archaeological Park. Colors of Cambodia package is a perfect blend of Cambodia’s finest elements: combining historical temple visits with cultural immersion and urban exploration. Experience the country’s natural beauty along with the subtleties of Khmer culture on this journey from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/colors-of-cambodia/

    1.3. Cambodia In Style 10 days

    Cambodia In Style 10 days

    Banteay Srei is home to Angkor’s finest stone carvings.

    – Destinations: Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh.
    – Overview: This 10-day package takes visitors to travel across the country from Siem Reap to Kratie – one of Cambodia’s eastern provinces then travel along the bank of Mekong River to Phnom Penh Capital. Cambodia In Style package gives you a closer look in to the countryside of Cambodia Kingdom, meet locals at their villages and experience some of local daily life.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-in-style/

    2. Adventure Tours in Cambodia

    2.1. Biking Through Angkor 5 days

    Biking Through Angkor 5 days.

    Exploring Angkor by bike is the best way to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and ancient history of the region.

    – Destinations: the most highlighted temples in Angkor Park (Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Banteay Srei, Rolous Group), Kulen Mountain and Tonle Sap Lake.
    – Overview: Spice up your visit to the ancient Khmer Kingdom on a bike tour through Cambodia’s legendary temples. Exploring Angkor by bike is the best way to immerse yourself in the beautiful scenery and ancient history of the region.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/biking-through-angkor/

    2.2. Explore Preah Vihear Temple 2 days

    Explore Preah Vihear Temple 2 days

    Preah Vihear Temple – an outstanding masterpiece of Khmer architecture, was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

    – Destinations: Siem Reap, Beng Mealea, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear.
    – Overview:
    Cambodia Travel arranges the 2 day trip to discover the famous Hindu temple located on the top of mountain by northern border of Cambodia Kingdom. The journey brings you to the less traveled area of Angkor – Beng Mealea with thousands of great hands carving on ancient sandstone and explore Preah Vihear and border area.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/explore-preah-vihear-temple/

    2.3. Explore Cambodia 13 days

    Explore Cambodia 13 days

    Phnom Penh’s Royal Palace is an excellent introduction of the ancient Khmer art and civilization.

    – Destinations: Phnom Penh, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri, Kratie, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake.
    – Overview:
    For 13 days Explore Cambodia’s rich culture and history on a tour that takes you deep into the heart of the Khmer Kingdom. Discover the ancient Angkor temples and enjoy a rustic homestay; see the endangered freshwater dolphins that inhabit the Mekong and visit Cambodia’s bustling capital city. This vacation includes all of Cambodia’s highlights, offering something for everyone.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/explore-cambodia/

    2.4. Absolute Cambodia 15 days

    Absolute Cambodia 15 days

    Ancient temple ruins in Cambodia.

    – Destinations: Siem Reap, Tonle Sap Lake, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Kampong Cham, Phnom Penh, Koh Kong.
    – Overview: 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, exploring the Mekong in search of river dolphins, trekking in Mondulkiri or relax on the beach in south of Cambodia, you can’t escape the pull of time that shaped – and continues to shape – this arresting land.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/absolute-cambodia/

    3. Luxury Cambodia Tours & Holiday Packages

    3.1. Luxury Cambodia & Song Saa Island 7 days

    Luxury Cambodia Tours & Holiday Packages

    Overwater villas in Song Saa Private Island Resort.

    – Destinations: Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville, Song Saa Island, Phnom Penh.
    – Overview:
    A week long journey to visit top attractions of Cambodia: Angkor Temples and experience world-class services at luxurious Song Saa Private Island. Cambodia Travel invites you to experience the best of Cambodia on this package.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/luxury-cambodia-song-saa-island/

    3.2. Cambodia Luxury Holiday 7 days

    Cambodia Luxury Holiday 7 days

    Khmer professional hospitality ensures your stay in Cambodia to be private and comfortable.

    – Destinations: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville.
    – Overview:
    Cambodia Travel creates this luxury adventure for those who would like to take in all the main highlights of this fascinating country within a week long holiday. The combination of history, culture, architecture, countryside and coastal relaxation provides the opportunity for travelers to get under the skin of the country.
    – Details:
    https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-luxury-holidays/ 

    4. Cambodia Beach Vacation Packages

    4.1. Truly Cambodia 11 days

    – Destinations: Phnom Penh, Battambang, Siem Reap, Koh Rong Samloem.
    – Overview:
    A perfect journey through the ancient and modern Cambodia for 11 days exploring capital city of Phnom Penh to the wonders of the temples of Angkor, some of the most iconic places around Siem Reap as well as being witness the rural Cambodian lifestyle at Battambang. The trip includes couple of relaxing days on the white sand beach in Koh Rong Samloem before driving to Phnom Penh for departure.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/truly-cambodia/

    Truly Cambodia 11 days.

    Sunrise hunting moments in front of magnificent Angkor Wat.

    4.2. Cambodia Cities & Southern Coast 12 days

    – Destinations: Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Phnom Penh, Takeo, Kep, Kampot, Sihanouk Ville.
    – Overview: This package is perfect for those who want to explore the main sights of Cambodia at a leisurely pace, allowing for plenty of time to get under the skin of the country. The trip start in bustling city of Siem Reap – home of amazing Angkor temples. Spend 12 days to explore the most famous temples some of our favorite temples away from the tourists. Our journey continues to Cambodia ‘s capital- Phnom Penh before going to countryside of Khmer people and end up on the laid-back coast in the southern of Cambodia, wake up the sleeping beauty of Kep and beautiful nearby islands.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/cambodia-cities-southern-coast/

    Cambodia Cities & Southern Coast 12 days.

    Sihanouk Ville’s white sand beaches and warm waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway.

    4.3. Sihanouk Ville Beach Break 4 days

    – Destinations: Phnom Penh, Sihanouk Ville.
    – Overview: Sihanouk Ville is Cambodia’s premier beach town. Sihanouk Ville’s white sand beaches and warm waters combine with a laid back, beachy atmosphere to provide a great little tropical getaway. Sihanouk Ville is an ideal place to unwind by the beach, enjoy the fresh from-the-ocean seafood, take in a snorkeling or scuba trip, and generally slow-down, lay back and chill-out. Cambodia Travel arranges the package of Sihanouk Ville Beach Break with pick up and transfer from Phnom Penh Capital.
    – Details: https://cambodiatravel.com/tour/sihanoulk-ville-beach-break/

    VII. Best Time to Travel to Cambodia

    1. Overview of climate in Cambodia

    Cambodia Travel Guide - Overview of Climate in Cambodia

    Sunset over Angkor Wat.

    Cambodia has the simpler weather system in Southeast Asia with two distinct seasons: dry and wet season.
    The dry season
    in Cambodia runs from October to April/ early May, when hot wind caused by the dry north-east monsoon blowing across the whole country. With the average temperature at around 24°C-26°C, November to January are the coolest months of the year. Characterized by dry and sunny weather, low humidity and relatively cool temperatures, it is no surprise that dry season is when the number of tourists coming to Cambodia reaches its peak.

    From May to early October is the wet season in Cambodia. During these months, southwest monsoon brings almost 75% of annual rainfall to Cambodia. During this rainy season, daytime temperature still remains high between 25°C and 27°C. May, June and July are the hottest months and rainfalls comes infrequently in the form of short downpours. Toward the latter months of the wet season (late July – September), rains tend to be more intense and can be heaviest along the south coast.

    2. When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

    When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

    Angkor is suitable destination for families travelling with kids.

    The high season for travel in Cambodia is from November until April, with dry and favorable weather conditions throughout almost main tourism destinations. Consequently, that is also when the cost of travelling tends to increase. The travel expenses are particularly acute during special occasions, like Christmas and New Year Eve, Khmer New Year Celebration in mid-April. If traveling during this period, tourists are suggested to reserve travel services as early as possible to avoid fully booked situations.

    During November – April, Cambodia has comfortable conditions with brilliant sunshine and extremely low chance of raining. Beach and island lovers can enjoy relaxing sunny days in pristine white sand coastlines and islands, such as Sihanouk VilleKoh RongKoh Rong Samloem. In north east regions of Cambodia, journey time to Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri is shorter thanks to good road conditions in dry season. Sunny daytimes and cooler temperatures make adventure activities like trekking into jungles or interact with wildlife in these places are much more pleasant.

    Although November to January are quite cool, April is one of the hottest months in Cambodia with average temperatures of 35°C. Rather than all day visits to Angkor Temples, tourists are recommended to take early morning or late afternoon tours, and have short break by the hotel swimming pool or at air-condition restaurants or tourist venues at midday. On the other hand, the summer heat somehow helps to lower the crowd numbers at the main temples in specific time of the day.

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    Coming to Cambodia between May and early October, tourists can experience a quieter holiday. Actually, wet season is not as bad as the label implies because it depends on what you want to do in these countries. And sometimes, tourist numbers may be taken into consideration rather than the weather factor. Visitors can still come to Cambodia during monsoon season when the dust is gone and the countryside returns to its lush greenery thanks to downpours. The iconic tourism site – Angkor Temples, gets a severe decrease in visitor numbers. In some extends, these spectacular temples are more stunning in wet season with fully watered moats surrounding, which provides perfect chances to snap shots of temple reflections in the water.

    Rainy season is also the perfect time of the year to visit floating villages in Tonle Sap Lake by boat. During wet season, the lake swells to six or seven times its normal size of approximately 2,600 square kilometres.

    On the downside, heavy rainfalls make travelling to north east regions (Kratie, Mondulkiri, Ratanakiri) and southern coastal destinations (Sihanouk Ville, Kampot, Kep) fairly difficult. “Off the beaten path” travel should be avoided, particularly in August. Remote tracks can become unpassable due to flooding of road system there. For those who are planning some relaxing days on the beach should forget Cambodia’s south coast during these months.

    Overall, the best time to visit Cambodia falls between November and January because the weather in these months are cooler by Cambodia’s standards (around 20°C) and there’s not much possibility of raining.

     

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