Cambodia Tours allow you to experience the tragic history, the rich culture, and active travel. The beginning of the tour in Cambodia is visiting the world heritage temples of Angkor in Siem Reap and learning the tragic story of the Killing Field and Tuol Sleng Genocide Musieum in Phnom Penh. Today Cambodia Tours offer much more than temples and war museums: lively markets, traditional villages, colonial architecture, delicious food, peaceful pagodas. These are some of the attractions and active travel that get you away from the typical tourist sights.
“We also visit the unspoiled beaches of the Gulf of Thailand, that offer a range of water sports like paddle surfing or diving, as well as the tropical islands where it is possible to see the sunset with a cold beer.”
We help you to get ready
Cambodia Travel Guides will give you clear information of what to bring to Cambodia and how to access a visa upon arrival at the airport at the cost of USD30 for 30 days visit.
Here is a brief guide about the best times to travel to Cambodia:
Nov to Feb: the so-called windy season is the best all-around time to explore the country.
Apr to May: Khmer Year fall in mid-April and the mercury regularly hits 40C.
Jul to Sep: the green season, when rice paddies shimmer and downpours bring relief from the humidity.
A few brief facts about Cambodia:
Government: Democracy (Constitutional Monarchy)
King: Norodom Sihamoni, head of state (Born: May 14, 1953)
Prime minister: Hun Sen, head of government (Born: August 5, 1952)
Area: 181,035 square kilometers
Population: 16 million
Bordering countries: Thailand to the west, Laos to the north, Vietnam to the east, Thailand Gulf to the south
Religion: Buddhism (95% of the population), the rest are Christianity, Muslim, and others
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Suggested Experiences in Cambodia
- Angkor temples
- Angkor e-bike
- Ox-card ride
- Siem Reap quad bike
- Jeep adventures
- Siem Reap street food by scooter
- Siem Reap farm tours & cooking class
- Floating village home stay
- Tonle Sap Lake (floating villages)
- Khmer Rouge Reveal
- Cambodia trekking
- Cambodia birding
- Cambodia cycling
- Cambodia motorbike
- Cambodia 4WD
- Cambodia self-drive
- Cambodia golf
- School tours
- Cambodia luxury
- Cambodia luxury tented camping
- Event arrangement (M.I.C.E)
There are a variety of choices for Cambodia Tour Packages from classic to adventure tours. The classic trips cover culture, history, home stay, family, heritage, culinary, art, UNICCO, tribal. The adventures of Cambodia packages cover cycling, trekking, motorbike, 4WD tours and some more other outdoor activities.
Places to visit
Cambodia shares borders in the north with Laos and Thailand, in the east with Vietnam and in the southwest with the Gulf of Thailand. Cambodia’s landscape is a blend of rice paddies, sugar palm plantations and remote jungles. While most visitors come to see the marvels of Angkor Wat, Cambodia offers plenty of natural beauty for those willing to explore. Bordering the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest, Cambodia offers some lovely beaches, while to the north and northeast are mountainous. Life in Cambodia has always revolved around two bodies of water: the Mekong River and Tonle Sap Lake. Tonle Sap, the name of which means ‘Great Lake’, is Southeast Asia’s largest freshwater lake and is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.
Before civil war broke out, Phnom Penh was nicknamed ‘The Pearl of Asia’ as it was considered one of the finest cities in the region. Located in the south-central region of Cambodia, at the junction of the Mekong, Bassac and Tonle Sap rivers, Phnom Penh has been Cambodia’s capital for most of the last six centuries.
Having recovered from the dark legacy of the Pol Pot era in the 1970’s, Phnom Penh today is a vibrant economic center with a population of two million. Cafes, restaurants and hotels line the riverfront while boutique shops and art galleries sprout along smaller side streets. Even as it undergoes urban development, Phnom Penh has retained much of its old world charm as evident in the French colonial architecture and traditional ornate temples.
Rich in history, the city offers a number of cultural and historical sites including the National Museum, Royal Palace, and Silver Pagoda. To truly understand the country’s history and the people’s mindset, a visit to the Tuol Sleng Prison is a must. Also known as S-21, this former school became a torture center and has now been preserved as a museum.
On the outskirts of Phnom Penh are the Killing Fields, an area where some 17,000 men, women and children were murdered and dumped in mass graves. Not for the faint-of-heart, these sites are sobering reminders of the Khmer Rouge’s brutality—and of the rest of the world’s failure to intervene.
Siem Reap, located north-west Cambodia, is a charming provincial town defined by a cluster of villages, Chinese-style shop houses, and French-colonial architecture. As a gateway to the ancient temple ruins of Angkor, Siem Reap has experienced exponential growth in recent years with hotel and resort developments turning this once sleepy village into a tourism mecca.
Activities to experience in the town of Siem Reap include watching a traditional Cambodian “apsara” dance performance and participating in a Khmer cuisine cooking class to exploring the peaceful countryside on the back of a horse or on a quad bike. The rural outskirts offer plenty of interesting activities such as visiting craft villages, workshops and silk farms, taking a bike ride through the scenic countryside, or participating in a humanitarian assistance program by making a pump well donation or funding a local school.
TEMPLES OF ANGKOR
Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992, the Angkor Archaeological Park encompasses dozens of temple ruins whose artistic and archaeological significance and visual impact place it alongside other wonders of the world like the Pyramids, Machu Pichu and the Taj Mahal. Built between seven and eleven centuries ago the temples—about 100 of which are still standing—were devoted to Buddha and Hindu deities. Within the fortified city of Angkor Thom lies the Bayon temple, the third tier of which is lined by more than 200 huge, carved faces that stare down from 54 towers.
Other highlights include the Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm, which was not been restored and looks just as it did when French explorers stumbled upon it in the 1860s, and Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex dedicated to Vishnu in the early 12th century. Many of the temples are covered with fantastic carvings depicting religious stories and scenes from daily life.
When you visit the temples, you will be issued an “Angkor Pass” which is similar to an entrance ticket but has your photo on it. The pass allows you access to all the temples in the complex and some surrounding structures. Make sure you keep the pass with you at all times just in case you would like to explore the temples in your leisure time, as long as the date is still valid.
Sitting on the Sangker River just south west of the Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang town is at the heart of Cambodia’s ‘rice bowl’. Although being the country’s second biggest town, Battambang still has a very local provincial atmosphere. Much of the architecture is traditional Cambodian and French colonial, evident in the town’s many French-style villas and storefronts. The nearby countryside also harbors old pagodas, Angkorian-era ruins, caves, waterfalls, and Khmer Rouge period killing fields.
Banlung City is the provincial capital of Ratanakiri Province in the mountainous northeastern corner. It is one of the poorest regions in the country with a sparse population of 150,000. Ratanakiri is known for its lush forests and rich biodiversity, though recent development is threatening the province’s ecological health. Some of the most biologically diverse lowland tropical rainforest and mountain forest ecosystems of mainland Southeast Asia are located in Ratanakiri. Activities include excursions/treks to remote Khmer Loeu villages and jungle areas, waterfalls, gem mines, and Ratanakiri’s famous Yeak Laom volcanic lake.
Mondolkiri is the largest province of Cambodia but is sparsely populated with about 40,000 people. Located on the eastern highlands, Mondolkiri has scenery and a climate quite unlike anywhere else in the country. There are rolling grassy hills, serene rivers, powerful waterfalls, and forested mountains.
At an average elevation of 800m, it can get quite chilly at night. Mondulkiri has numerous tourist attractions such as waterfalls, indigenous hilltribe culture, national parks and elephant trekking. Sen Monorom, the provincial capital, is a quiet town with a frontier feel, although it has potential to develop into an eco-tourism center.
Located on the southwest peninsula facing the Gulf of Thailand, Sihanoukville was originally founded as a port town half a century ago. Today this provincial town is Cambodia’s premier beach destination with miles of powdered white sand beaches, picturesque islands and warm tropical waters which can be visited year round. The nearby islands teeming with coral and colorful range of tropical fish offer excellent opportunities for snorkeling and diving. If you are a seafood lover, you will especially enjoy the local specialties of fresh caught crab and shrimp.
In contrast to the popular and bustling beachfronts in Sihanoukville, Kep is a small and low-key beach town. From the early 20th century through the 1960s, Kep was Cambodia’s premier beach town, drawing weekend holiday-makers to its picturesque shores lined with ritzy ocean side villas of the privileged class. Nowadays, the old villas are in ruins, and the town is known more for its oceanfront seafood stalls than for its beaches, which are narrow and stony, offering just a few slivers of sand. Nearby attractions include Bokor Hill Station, a mountaintop collection of colonial buildings (hotel, casino, church, and royal residence) constructed by French authorities in the early 1920s as a retreat for French officials and foreign visitors to old Indochina and Rabbit Island, a short 20minute trip from the shores of Kep with beautiful beaches and a very relaxed atmosphere. Getting here: From Kampot, it is a 25km (30-45 mins) trip on paved, smooth road through scenic Cambodian countryside. From Phnom Penh it is 3 hours.
Things to do
Suggested things to do in Cambodia
- Happy Ranch
- Cooking class
- Escape Break
- Cyclo ride (rickshaw)
- Phare, The Cambodian Circus
- Angkor Elephant Ride
- Mondulkiri Elephant Valley
- Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
- Preah Vihear UNESCO world heritage
- Sambor Prei Kuk UNESCO world heritage
- Koh Ker temples
- Banteay Chhmar temple
- Phnom Kulen Ancient City
Suggested hotels in Siem Reap
- Sokha Roth Hotel (Siem Reap | 3-star)
- Lucky Angkor Hotel (Siem Reap | 3-star)
- La Niche Angkor Boutique Hotel (Siem Reap | 3-star)
- Central Resident Boutique Hotel (Siem Reap | 3-star)
- Saem Siem Reap Hotel (Siem Reap | 4-star)
- Tara Angkor Hotel (Siem Reap | 4-star)
- Viroth Boutique Hotel (Siem Reap | 4-star)
- Temptation Boutique Hotel (Siem Reap | 4-star)
- Angkor Palace Resort (Siem Reap | local 5-star)
- Sokha Angkor Hotel (Siem Reap | local 5-star)
- Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra (Siem Reap | Intl 5-star)
- Le Meridien Angkor (Siem Reap | Intl 5-star)
- Park Hyatt (Siem Reap | Luxury 5-star)
- Raffles Grand Hôtel
d’Angkor (Siem Reap | Luxury 5-star)
- Belmond La Residence (Siem Reap | Luxury 5-star)
- Amansara Resort (Siem Reap | Luxury 5-star)
- The Beige (Siem Reap | Luxury tented camp)
Suggested restaurants in Siem Reap
- Chef d’angkor restaurant (in town | standard)
- Batchom restaurant (Angkor area | standard)
- Madam Butterfly restaurant (in town | superior)
- Kanell restaurant (in town | dance show)
- Chanrey tree restaurant (in town | deluxe)
- Malis restaurant (in town | luxury)