Cambodia

The sensational ruins of Angkor may be the main attraction, but Cambodia’s exquisite temples, secluded beaches, charming villages and magical markets deserve lots of attention too. With genuine locals always ready to share a sincere smile, Cambodia will steal your heart and enrich your spirit.

Cambodia Tours & Travel

All our Cambodia trips

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Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

18 days from
USD $1,683.00
CAD $1,705.50
AUD $1,773.00
EUR €1,233.00
GBP £1,062.00
NZD $2,101.50
ZAR R16,132.50
CHF FR1,521.00

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cambodia mekong river

Angkor Trails

9 days from
USD $641.25
CAD $663.75
AUD $723.75
EUR €502.50
GBP £416.25
NZD $817.50
ZAR R6,262.50
CHF FR622.50

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Great Indochina Loop

30 days from
USD $2,907.00
CAD $2,961.00
AUD $3,235.50
EUR €2,245.50
GBP £1,840.50
NZD $3,645.00
ZAR R27,981.00
CHF FR2,776.50

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Cambodian Traveller

9 days from
USD $671.25
CAD $697.50
AUD $723.75
EUR €502.50
GBP £435.00
NZD $858.75
ZAR R6,588.75
CHF FR622.50

Travel through Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Bangkok in Thailand on an Indochina adventure that explores...

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Noodles, Vietnam

Classic Indochina Adventure

21 days from
USD $4,540.00
CAD $4,590.00
AUD $4,740.00
EUR €3,315.00
GBP £2,845.00
NZD $5,655.00
ZAR R43,445.00
CHF FR4,095.00

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Real Food Adventure - Cambodia

8 days from
USD $671.25
CAD $697.50
AUD $723.75
EUR €502.50
GBP £435.00
NZD $858.75
ZAR R6,588.75
CHF FR622.50

Sink your teeth into an unmissable Cambodian food adventure, visiting Battambang, Banteay Chhmar and Angkor Wat. Get to...

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Cambodia Adventure

12 days from
USD $547.50
CAD $555.00
AUD $577.50
EUR €401.25
GBP £345.00
NZD $671.25
ZAR R5,265.00
CHF FR495.00

Travel from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City on a journey of discovery. Uncover the Cambodian spirit, visit Phnom Penh, the...

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Cambodia Discovery

12 days from
USD $547.50
CAD $555.00
AUD $577.50
EUR €401.25
GBP £345.00
NZD $671.25
ZAR R5,265.00
CHF FR495.00

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Best of Cambodia

14 days from
USD $1,185.00
CAD $1,195.00
AUD $1,245.00
EUR €865.00
GBP £745.00
NZD $1,480.00
ZAR R11,345.00
CHF FR1,070.00

See the Best of Cambodia on a trip from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh, via the ancient temples of Angkor Wat and...

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Bangkok to Luang Prabang

18 days from
USD $1,960.00*
CAD $2,013.65*
AUD $2,060.60*
EUR €1,493.03*
GBP £1,232.13*
NZD $2,445.05*
ZAR R18,737.98*
CHF FR1,779.93*

Travel through South East Asian favourites Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, visiting Angkor Wat temples, laidback Luang...

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Classic Cambodia

6 days from
USD $708.00
CAD $716.00
AUD $744.00
EUR €520.00
GBP £444.00
NZD $876.00
ZAR R6,780.00
CHF FR636.00

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Best of Cambodia & Vietnam

18 days from
USD $1,818.00
CAD $1,840.50
AUD $1,912.50
EUR €1,332.00
GBP £1,143.00
NZD $2,268.00
ZAR R17,406.00
CHF FR1,638.00

Delve into the melting pot of culture, chaos and charm that is South East Asia. Travel from Thailand to Cambodia and...

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Great Indochina Loop

29 days from
USD $2,762.50
CAD $2,941.00
AUD $3,055.75
EUR €2,125.00
GBP £1,827.50
NZD $3,621.00
ZAR R27,812.00
CHF FR2,622.25

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Experience Indochina

26 days from
USD $1,500.00
CAD $1,610.00
AUD $1,665.00
EUR €1,165.00
GBP £995.00
NZD $1,995.00
ZAR R15,225.00
CHF FR1,435.00

Experience Indochina on a trip through Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Journey through electrifying Bangkok, the...

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Best of Indochina

40 days from
USD $2,885.00
CAD $2,920.00
AUD $3,035.00
EUR €2,110.00
GBP £1,815.00
NZD $3,595.00
ZAR R27,625.00
CHF FR2,595.00

Travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, via Phnom Penh, Ho Chi Minh City and Luang Prabang, and explore the best of...

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Indochina Discovery

22 days from
USD $1,995.00
CAD $2,020.00
AUD $2,090.00
EUR €1,535.00
GBP £1,255.00
NZD $2,470.00
ZAR R19,090.00
CHF FR1,895.00

Explore vibrant Vietnam, charismatic Cambodia and beguiling Bangkok on this awesome Indochina Discovery tour. Travel to...

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Explore Indochina

22 days from
USD $1,460.00
CAD $1,480.00
AUD $1,535.00
EUR €1,070.00
GBP £920.00
NZD $1,825.00
ZAR R13,995.00
CHF FR1,320.00

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Secrets of Angkor

3 days from
USD $340.00
CAD $360.00
AUD $375.00
EUR €260.00
GBP £225.00
NZD $445.00
ZAR R3,412.50
CHF FR322.50

Discover the secrets of Angkor on an Intrepid tour through Cambodia's temples of Angkor Wat. Glimpse Cambodian life in...

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Halong Bay In Vietnam

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia German

18 days from
USD $1,835.00
CAD $1,955.00
AUD $2,030.00
EUR €1,269.00
GBP £1,215.00
NZD $2,405.00
ZAR R17,523.00
CHF FR1,566.00

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Angkor Wat

Indochina Family Adventure

15 days from
USD $2,395.00
CAD $2,440.00
AUD $2,535.00
EUR €1,765.00
GBP £1,495.00
NZD $2,995.00
ZAR R23,075.00
CHF FR2,175.00

Experience the Asia of old on a family adventure that captures the spirit of the region. Meet its friendly people and...

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Cambodian Traveller German

9 days from
USD $722.50
CAD $786.25
AUD $820.25
EUR €569.50
GBP £493.00
NZD $973.25
ZAR R7,467.25
CHF FR705.50

Travel through Cambodia from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to Bangkok in Thailand on an Indochina adventure that explores...

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Classic Cambodia & Vietnam

20 days from
USD $3,415.00
CAD $3,460.00
AUD $3,595.00
EUR €2,495.00
GBP £2,150.00
NZD $4,260.00
ZAR R32,725.00
CHF FR3,085.00

Travel from Cambodia to Vietnam and experience Indochina, from Phnom Penh and the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, to...

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Cambodia Highlights

Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Cambodia, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Cambodia you may find yourself staying in a:

About Cambodia

At a glance

Trips Available:
22
Capital city:
Phnom Penh (population 2,000,000)
Population:
14.7 million
Language:
Khmer
Currency:
KHR
Time zone:
(GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta
Electricity:
Type A (North American/Japanese 2-pin) Type C (European 2-pin)
Dialing code:
+855

Best time to visit Cambodia

Any time of the year is a good time to travel in Cambodia, with each season having its advantages. The climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid throughout the year. Temperatures stay in the 30s most of the year, dropping back to the 20s at night. There are officially two seasons in Cambodia – wet and dry. During November to May you can expect dry conditions, while June to October will have wetter weather.

Cambodia weather chart

Culture and customs

Dancers at a religious ceremony
The Khmer culture has lasted for centuries, and is based on tradition, honouring ancestors, respecting elders and living a life of honesty, humility and kindness. Which is probably why Cambodians are known for being some of the most warm, hospitable and humble people in the world. Above all these qualities, Cambodians are known for their remarkable ability to get on with life after enduring the atrocities that ravaged the country in the 1970s.

As with other neighbouring nations like Thailand, the concept of “saving face” is important. Displaying control and keeping a peaceful nature in public is paramount, as is not losing your temper or ridiculing others.

Most Khmer people are Buddhist. Monks are highly regarded and respected in society, and religious festivals and ceremonies are important parts of daily life. When visiting Cambodia, expect to see orange-robed monks and many displays of faith - from people visiting large, elaborate temples to them praying over small, humble shrines.

Despite the infiltration of modern ideas and concepts, Khmer customs and traditions are kept alive with traditional dance, art, festivals and costume enduring alongside modern pop music and dance.

Eating and drinking

Transporting fruit to the market on a motor bike

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Like most other Asian countries, rice, noodle soups and stir fries are common in Cambodia. Drawing on Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese cuisines, Cambodian food is strong in flavour but usually not as spicy as food from neighbouring countries.

Things to try in Cambodia

1. Amok

This delicious dish consists of fish seasoned with coconut milk and chilli wrapped in a banana leaf and steamed. Found in up-market restaurants, cafes and markets – Amok is a national culinary treasure!

2. Baguettes

A remnant of Cambodia’s French-colonial past, fresh, crunchy baguettes are sold from street stalls and at markets - and make a great, low-cost breakfast or snack.

3. Tropical Fruit

Jackfruit, mangoes, bananas, pineapple, dragon fruit and watermelon are all plentiful in Cambodian. Get a street vendor to mix up a fresh juice or smoothie for a refreshing treat.

Geography and environment

Cruising down the Mekong
Bordered by Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, much of Cambodia is covered by forested area, although sadly, this is rapidly changing due to the growth of agriculture, logging and deforestation. Home to the largest lake in South-East Asia, Tonle Sap (Great Lake) connects to the Mekong River and swells to four times its normal size during the monsoon season.

Most of the country is low-lying, except for pockets of mountains. Large cities like Siem Reap and Phnom Penh are typically built-up, busy and filled with modern conveniences like nightclubs, bars, public transport, internet cafes and restaurants. Smaller towns and rural areas enjoy more peace and space, with low-density, simple housing and a reliance on agriculture for income.

History and government

Ancient statues Happy local boys, Cambodia

Early History

Evidence of early life in Cambodia dates back to 1500BC, and further evidence suggests that by the 1st Century, rice cultivation, fishing and animal husbandry were the basis of organised society in Cambodia. Various empires arose in the early stages of Cambodian history, with the Funan and Chenla Kingdoms reigning before the rise of the Khmer civilisation. Regarded as one of the most powerful empires in the world, the Khmer Empire prospered from the 9th to the 13th centuries. This was a time of growth and expansion, and many of the artistic treasures and archaeological monuments that Cambodia is known for come from this era. The world-famous temples of Angkor were built during this period, and hold important clues to how life was lived back then. Temple inscriptions depicting daily life, religious ceremonies and military exploits give us important insights into this fascinating civilisation. There are many theories that speculate on the decline of the Khmer Empire. It’s more than likely that a combination of factors including drought, the arrival of the Plague and the rise of neighbouring Thai superpower Ayutthaya resulted in the loss of momentum for a once-powerful empire. A period of decline followed, with the 15th to the 19th centuries marking a time of Cambodia having a lower profile in international affairs, until coming under French Colonial rule in 1863.

Recent History

The events that have shaped Cambodia’s recent history began with the Communist Party of Kampuchea overpowering the Khmer Republic after more than 100 days of fierce fighting. What followed was a radical change in society, with Pol Pot leading the country now known as Kampuchea. This brutal regime soon set about restructuring society and was responsible for committing awful atrocities against the civilian population. Religion and education were repressed, currency and banking were abolished and people were sent to work in the fields. Business people, educators, scholars and other high-ranking members of society were hunted down and murdered by the Khmer Rouge. It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of people (possibly millions) were murdered between 1975 and 1979. In addition to this, many more died of starvation and disease due to lack of medical care and nourishment.

This nationalistic, murderous regime was finally overcome by the Vietnamese Army in 1979, signalling the beginning of the peace process and the establishment of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea. In 1993, millions of Cambodians voted to elect a new government, which then ratified a new constitution, and in 2004 a tribunal was established to serve justice to the people who committed atrocities during the Khmer Rouge era.

Today, Cambodia is rebuilding and moving on from it’s tragic past. Many NGOs have set up programs that empower and support Cambodians with education, health care, training and counselling. While wide-scale poverty and other social problems remain, Cambodia continues to gain strength from its burgeoning tourism industry, and has recently been successful in increasing access to education and health care as well as improving overall living standards.

Top Picks

Royal place in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia Angkor

Top 10 Must-Visit Places of Cambodia

1. Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital may be chaotic but there are moments of peace to be found. Relax in a riverfront bar, find serenity in a local temple or soak up the grand atmosphere of the Royal Palace.

2. Battambang

Beautiful Battambang is home to wonderful examples of French-Colonial architecture, ornate temples, peaceful pagodas and scenic villages. Choose to day trip here or stay longer to be immersed in this place of authenticity.

3. Sihanoukville

With brilliant beaches and a balmy, tropical climate, the port city of Sihanoukville offers a great beach break for weary travellers. Bask in golden sunshine, swim in azure waters, visit a nearby island or laze the day away swinging in a hammock.

4. Siem Reap

With vibrant markets, cool bars, excellent restaurants and superb street food - fun times, culinary adventures and a healthy dose of retail therapy are guaranteed in sensational Siem Reap.

5. Kompong Cham

Full of old-world charm and quiet beauty, Kompong Cham is a great place to switch gears and go slow. Wander the streets to admire decaying colonial buildings, visit a Wat for a quiet moment of reflection or sit on the riverbanks and watch fishermen glide by.

6. Angkor

The sprawling ruins of ever-impressive Angkor are not to be underestimated. From the smiling faces of the Bayon and the twisted trees of Ta Prohm, to the magnetic aura of mighty Angkor Wat, this archaeological site is both intriguing and inspiring.

7. Kampot

Riverside Kampot is a blissful place to unwind. Acting as gateway to nearby mountains, waterfalls, caves, ruins and national parks, this little haven of tranquillity has a great range of quaint guesthouses and cute cafes to keep travellers comfortable.

8. Kratie

Home to rare river-dwelling dolphins, amber sunsets and a gorgeous riverfront, Kratie may be small in size but is still a great spot to stop and get away from it all for a few days.

9. Mondulkiri

A world away from the rest of Cambodia, the mountainous Mondulkiri Province has its own unique culture. Minority groups live in traditional villages here, alongside lush landscapes and a temperate climate. It may be difficult to get to remote Mondulkiri but it’s well worth the journey.

10. Ream National Park

Home to a wide array of birds including eagles, kingfishers, storks and egrets, as well as many species of striking butterflies, a visit to Ream National Park is a great way to get in touch with Cambodia’s natural world.

Shopping

Scarves

Markets are plentiful in Cambodia - from the large markets like the Central and Russian Markets in Phnom Penh, to the smaller, local markets in regional areas. As with most markets in Asia, bargaining for a good price is commonplace.

It's also a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Cambodia

1. Silver Jewellery
2. Stone and Wood Carvings
3. Traditional Cambodian Scarves (known as ‘Kramas’)
4. Hand-Woven Baskets
5. Silk Clothing and Sarongs

Festivals and Events in Cambodia

Khmer New Year (Chaul Chnam Thmey)

Khmer New Year (Chaul Chnam Thmey)

An important celebration in the Khmer calendar, the Cambodian New Year sees three days of people taking part in rituals, playing traditional games, performing gestures of goodwill towards others and enjoying feasts. Most Cambodians return to their homes to spend time with their families during this time but it’s still a fabulous time to see Cambodia shine.

Pchum Ben Day

Pchum Ben Day

"Ancestors’ Day" involves Cambodians visiting pagodas bearing food, flowers, rice and gifts, which are given to monks to offer to the afterlife so the dead do not haunt the living. This is a particularly poignant celebration given Cambodia’s recent history.

Water Festival

Water Festival

Celebrating the end of monsoon and the natural flow reversal of Tonle Sap and the Mekong, this festival is a visual feast featuring illuminated ornamental boats, music performances, colourful racing boats, fire works, dance, food and drink. With millions teeming into Phnom Penh, this is a great time to see Cambodia in high spirits – although it can get very crowded.

FAQs on Cambodia

Tipping isn’t expected in Cambodia, but is appreciated. Feel free to tip drivers and restaurant staff if you feel the service has been good.
Internet access is growing in Cambodia. Internet cafes are easily found in large cities, but the speed may be slower than what you’re used to.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be patchy and less reliable in rural areas. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive in Cambodia.
Squat toilets are the most common in Cambodia, but western-style toilets can be found in large hotels and in tourist areas. Be prepared to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets, and always carry your own toilet paper and soap as they are usually not provided.
Large beer = US$1.50
Meal in a mid-range restaurant = US$4-6
Street snack = 2000-4000 Riel
Souvenir t-shirt = US$3-4
It's not recommended to drink the tap water in Cambodia. Filtered water is a better option; try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, restaurants and medium-large shops in tourist areas. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and places in remote areas probably won’t have facilities that support credit cards, so ensure you have enough cash to cover expenses while in rural areas or when visiting smaller vendors.
ATMs are becoming more common in Cambodia’s large cities, so finding one while when staying in places like Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville shouldn’t be a problem. Smaller towns and isolated areas will have very few, or none at all, so have enough cash to cover purchases as ATM access may not be available.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 7 Victory Day
Feb 25 Meak Bochea Day
Mar 8 International Women’s Day
Apr 13 Khmer New Year (3-day holiday)
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony
May 13 King Sihamoni’s Birthday
May 25 Visaka Bochea Day (Birth of Buddha)
Jun 18 Former Queen’s Birthday
Sep 24 Constitution Day
Oct 14 Pchum Ben (3 day holiday)
Oct 29 Coronation Day
Oct 31 Former King Sihanouk’s Birthday
Nov 9 Independence Day
Nov 27 Water Festival (3 day holiday)
Dec 10 Human Rights Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. The religious festivals follow the Buddhist lunar calendar, so dates change from year to year. For a current list of public holidays in Cambodia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Cambodia/public-holidays
CAMBODIA:
Australia:Yes - on arrival
Belgium: Yes - on arrival
Canada: Yes - on arrival
Germany Yes - on arrival
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
USA: Yes - on arrival

Visas can be organised either in advance or on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for processing. It is also possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport or border crossing for approx. US$25 (cost subject to change) - you will need a passport photo.

If a point of contact is requested, please write: Freedom Hotel, Road #6, Siem Reap, Cambodia. CAMBODIA (Overland from Laos):
Australia: Yes - on arrival
Belgium: Yes - on arrival
Canada: Yes - on arrival
Germany Yes - on arrival
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
USA: Yes - on arrival

E-visa is not accepted at the border we use on this trip (Trapeang Kriel).

Visas can be organised either in advance or on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for processing. It is also possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport or border crossing for approx. US$25 (cost subject to change) - you will need a passport photo.

If a point of contact is requested, please write: Freedom Hotel, Road #6, Siem Reap, Cambodia. KAMBODSCHA:
Australien: Ja – bei Ankunft
Belgien: Ja – bei Ankunft
Kanada: Ja – bei Ankunft
Deutschland: Ja – bei Ankunft
Irland: Ja – bei Ankunft
Niederlande: Ja – bei Ankunft
Neuseeland: Ja – bei Ankunft
Südafrika: Ja – bei Ankunft
Schweiz: Ja – bei Ankunft
USA: Ja – bei Ankunft

Visas können im Voraus oder bei der Ankunft beantragt und ausgestellt werden. Erkunden Sie sich bei Ihrer Botschaft oder Ihrem Konsulat und planen Sie für die Bearbeitung etwa 3 Wochen ein. Es besteht auch die Möglichkeit, Ihr Visum für Kambodscha bei Ihrer Ankunft am Flughafen oder bei Grenzübergang zu erhalten. Bearbeitungskosten belaufen sich auf ca. USD25 (Änderungen vorbehalten) – Sie benötigen für die Beantragung ein Passbild.

Falls Sie eine Kontakperson angeben müssen, so geben Sie bitte folgendes an: Freedom Hotel, Road #6, Siem Reap, Kambodscha. CAMBODIA:
Australia:Yes - on arrival
Belgium: Yes - on arrival
Canada: Yes - on arrival
Germany Yes - on arrival
Ireland: Yes - on arrival
Netherlands: Yes - on arrival
New Zealand: Yes - on arrival
South Africa: Yes - on arrival
Switzerland: Yes - on arrival
United Kingdom: Yes - on arrival
USA: Yes - on arrival

Visas can be organised either in advance or on arrival. Check with your embassy or consulate and allow approx 3 weeks for processing. It is also possible to obtain your Cambodian visa on arrival at the airport or border crossing for approx. US$25 (cost subject to change) - you will need a passport photo.

If a point of contact is requested, please write: Intrepid Cambodia 468 Sivatha Bld Siem Reap

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Cambodia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Girl wearing appropriate clothing

Top responsible travel tips for Cambodia

1. Be considerate of Cambodia's customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

3. Ask permission, remove your shoes and cover your shoulders with a jacket or wrap before entering a place of worship.

4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

5. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

6. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

7. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.

8. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

9. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

10. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

11. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!

12. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.

The Intrepid Foundation

The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.

In Cambodia, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:

About CAMBODIA

Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in Cambodia include:

* The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) is focused on delivering education and training to increase awareness of the need for conservation and environmental protection. It also provides rescue, rehabilitation and release services for wildlife, and conservation breeding of selected endangered species.

* Green Gecko provides security, education, love and opportunities to Siem Reap street kids through their formative years and into their adult lives. It also supports the children's families and the broader community through long term health, education and training initiatives.

* The Starfish Project helps those unable to access government and other large NGO assistance. Activities include medical care, housing projects, water and sanitation, woman and children in prison, as well as small business assistance. They also run a popular cafe/bakery, massage centre and handicraft shop.

Intrepid Travel also supports the following non-profit organisation:

* The Children's Surgical Centre in Phnom Penh provides free surgery and treatment to children. Intrepid is collecting children's spectacles which are reconfigured and fitted by professional ophthalmologists. If you can help, please bring children's spectacles and give them to your leader at the start of your trip.

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)

The Angkor Centre for Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB)

Cambodia's first organization committed to wildlife and biodiversity conservation, ACCB rescues and rehabilitates threatened species, and educates and trains locals in environmental protection and management.

Image supplied by ACCB.

Green Gecko

Green Gecko

This inspiring centre is dedicated to supporting and empowering the street kids of Siem Reap with education, training, health care, counselling and creative workshops.

Image supplied by Green Gecko.

Ptea Teuk Dong

Ptea Teuk Dong

Located in the Battambang region, this organisation works to improve the lives of street families and abused girls. Providing education, clothing, health care and training, the women leave with life skills that will generate an income and foster independence.

Image supplied by Ptea Teuk Dong.

The Starfish Project

The Starfish Project

This community-based humanitarian organisation assists disadvantaged Cambodians with housing, medical care, small business advice and water and sanitation. The Starfish Bakery and Cafe, handicraft shop and massage centre all provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged locals as well as crucial funds for the outreach projects.

Image supplied by The Starfish Project.

To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
First They Killed My FatherLoung Ung
When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer RougeChanrithy Him
Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer TemplesDawn Rooney
Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of WarKaren Coates
The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian HeroineSomaly Mam