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 clambering Tomb-Raider-style over the ruins of Tha Promh, the modern world feels a long way off. But don’t be fooled by the epic history – Cambodia is 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 thumping nightlife, Cambodia tours aren’t all about the temple-gazing. (Although we have to admit, the gazing is pretty darn good.)
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|Cambodia & Thailand Traveller||18||
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Our Cambodia trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 2851 reviews in the last year.
I come away from this trip with wonderful memories, a positive impression of Cambodia and a sense of awe after viewing so many spectacular sights. The highlight was Angkor Wat and similar temples near Siem Reap; these may be the most stunning cultural artifacts I have ever seen in the world. I enjoyed the adventure of the Battambang cycling trip, and I valued having the chance to learn more about Cambodia's tragic and painful history. The trip overall was well organized, though travellers should be aware that it involves several long bus trips.
Review submitted 25 May 2018
Take a fully guided tour around the temple complex.
See floating villages on a boat ride around Tonle Sap Lake
Cycle across the bamboo bridge to Koh Paen.
Visit the Kampot Pepper Project and learn why it’s internationally renowned.
Visit Cambodia’s first winery in Battambang.
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:
Take the slow road and see Cambodia from the ground level while being pedalled through the streets by a friendly cyclo rider.
The Cambodian version of the tuk tuk is a fun way to get around and perfect for short trips.
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:
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$30 (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.
E visas are now available for most nationalities through the official website www.evisa.gov.kh
E visa cost will be USD30 (visa fee) plus USD7 (processing fee)
IMPORTANT - please note the Cambodia Government has reported many fraudulent E visa websites that pretend to be official e visa websites. Intrepid recommends only using the official E visa website above or by contacting 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 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
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Cambodia go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/cambodia/public-holidays
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.
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:
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.
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:
The Kaliyan Mith Program will provide quality skills training and business and employment support to caregivers of marginalized children in Siem Reap.
Photo provided by Friends International
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.
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.
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.