Travelling in Cambodia is the ultimate South East Asian experience

Beneath the Cardamom Mountains or on the banks of the Mekong, Khmer village life goes on pretty much as it always has (give or take the odd iPhone). And when you’re watching a sunrise over Angkor Wat or the ruins of Tha Promh, the modern world feels a long way off. While progress was for years dampened by a tragic history – Cambodia is now a country on the move. With riverside boulevards and art galleries popping up in Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap’s growing reputation for hip cafes and dining, Cambodia tours aren’t all about the temple-gazing (although we have to admit, the gazing is pretty darn good!).

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Transport in Cambodia

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:

Cambodian Cyclo

Cyclo

Take the slow road and see Cambodia from the ground level while being pedalled through the streets by a friendly cyclo rider.

Essential Cambodia

Six Days in Cambodia

Cambodia Family Holiday with Teenagers

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Remork a Cambodian Tuk Tuk

Remork

The Cambodian version of the tuk tuk is a fun way to get around and perfect for short trips.

Vietnam & Cambodia Family Holiday

Cambodia Family Holiday with Teenagers

Cambodia Encompassed

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Group of travelers cycling around Temples

Bicycle

Get to know the countryside of Cambodia while riding a bicycle. Glide past fields of rice and wave hello to passing locals.

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Cycle Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand

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Accommodation in Cambodia

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:

Homestay

Experience rural life while staying with a local family. Make new friends, eat traditional, home-cooked meals and explore the Cambodian countryside.

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Cambodia travel FAQs

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

IMPORTANT: Please note the Cambodian Government has reported many fraudulent e-visa websites that pretend to be official e-visa websites. Intrepid recommends obtaining e-visas using this official website only: www.evisa.gov.kh. Alternatively, contact your travel agent.

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 Cambodia’s urban areas, but may not be available in rural areas. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.

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.  Western-style toilets are now in some temple areas, make sure you show your Angkor ticket for free toilet entrance.

Street Snack = USD 0.50 – USD 1

Bottle of local beer = USD 1.50

Simple meal at a local restaurant = USD 5 – USD 10

Sit-down dinner at a nice restaurant = USD 25 – USD 50

Drinking tap water isn’t recommended in Cambodia. Remember to avoid drinks with ice and to peel fruit before eating it. Help the environment and try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle with filtered water. Ask your leader or the hotel where to find filtered water.

Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, large retailers and tourist sites but are less commonly accepted by smaller shops, cafes and market stalls in rural areas. Always carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are widely available in larger cities, like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, but are less common in small villages or rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

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

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 7 Jan: Victory Day
  • 8 Mar: International Women’s Day
  • 12 Mar: Meak Bochea Day
  • 13 Apr: Cambodian New Year
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 13-16 May: King Sihamoni’s Birthday
  • 13 May: Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony
  • 18 May: Birth of Buddha
  • 18 June: Former Queen’s Birthday
  • 19 Sep: Pchum Ben Day
  • 24 Sep: Constitution Day
  • 29 Oct: Coronation Day
  • 2-4 Nov: Water Festival
  • 9 Nov: Independence Day
  • 10 Dec: International Human Rights Day

For a current list of public holidays in Cambodia go to:

https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/asia/Cambodia/public-holidays/

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. Cambodia is not an easy country to travel to for people with mobility or vision disabilities, due to uneven and often broken footpaths, bumpy and potholed roads, crowded public transport and steps galore at temples. Local people are extremely hospitable and are likely to help out any travellers in need. The country’s biggest drawcard, the temples of Angkor, has had some ramps added in recent years but the paths are generally uneven and stairs challenging even for travellers without disabilities. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh airports have had recent upgrades in terms of wheelchair ramps and some higher end hotels may have accessible rooms. Many guesthouses and hotels have ground floor rooms although may not have other accessible facilities. Taxi and remorks can be easily and affordably hired to get around for city tours.

See below for some useful links for travellers to Cambodia with disabilities:
https://wheelchairtravel.org/phnom-penh/
https://www.handiscover.com/content/destinations/cambodia/guide-to-accessible-holiday-siem-reap-disabled-holidays/

Everyone should feel comfortable when they travel with Intrepid and we know that many of our travellers are part of the LGBTQI community. It’s important for our travellers to be aware of the local laws and customs in the destinations we visit as some countries have laws that discriminate against LGBTQI people. We recommend you visit Equaldex and/or Smartraveller before you choose your trip for up-to-date advice and information about LGBTQI-related laws. 

As a whole, Cambodia is a hassle-free destination for LGBTQI-travellers. The former King was a keen supporter of equal rights for same-sex partners, and as a result, most of the population is fairly accepting. Both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have small gay scenes, though they are decidedly more low-key compared to some parts of Asia. Be aware that Cambodian people typically do not engage in public displays of affection, regardless of sexual orientation.

Responsible Travel

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.

Travelers wandering through Angkor Wat

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:

Friends International, Cambodia

Friends International

Friends-International helps marginalised youth and their families in south-east Asia, and around the world, build a better future.
Photo provided by Friends International

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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.

The Starfish Project, Cambodia

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.

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