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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Essential Cambodia
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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

Cambodian Traveller

Cambodia Adventure

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

Cambodia's Secrets of Angkor

Cambodia Real Food Adventure

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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Cambodia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

Cycle Indochina (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.

Cambodia: Hike, Bike & Kayak

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Cambodia & Laos Encounter

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Cambodia travel FAQs

EVISAS
Evisas are now available for most nationalities through the official website: www.evisa.gov.kh
Please note there have been reports of fraudulent evisa websites that mimic the official site. Intrepid recommends only using the official website listed above or arranging your visa through your booking agent.

VISA ON ARRIVAL
Visa on arrival is available for for most nationalities at airports or land border crossings for approx. US$30 (cost subject to change). You will need a passport photo for your visa.

OTHER VISAS
If you are not eligible for an evisa or visa on arrival you may need to submit an application through your local consulate. Allow up to 3 weeks for processing.

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

Large beer = US$1.50
Meal in a mid-range restaurant = US$4-6
Street snack = US$1.00
Souvenir t-shirt = US$3-4
Red braided wrist bracelet (offered by non-priest at Angkor Wat for good luck) = US$1.00

USD can be used everywhere in Cambodia. It's not necessary to change USD into local currency but larger notes will not be accepted, i.e $USD 100 note.

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

Cambodian culture is generally tolerant of same-sex travellers and homosexuality is not illegal here. There have been a number of prominent officials and respected authorities who have made public statements of tolerance and support for marriage equality, although same-sex marriage is not recognised. Cambodia is a conservative country when it comes to relationships and, as with heterosexual couples, public displays of affection are not culturally appropriate. Phnom Penh and Siem Reap have a few gay-friendly bars but the “scene” is very low key compared to other destinations such as Thailand. Phnom Penh holds a LGBT Pride celebration annually.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel.

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/

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.

Find out more

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