Cambodia’s rich history and culture are a dream to discover, and the following answers to frequently asked questions about the country can help you plan your trip.
Whether you wish to see the iconic Angkor Wat at sunrise, spend time on the Cambodian islands for your honeymoon, or explore the jungle temples and culinary delights with your family, our guide gives you tips, tricks, and helpful information with which to make your trip a reality.
From the best time to visit Cambodia to the top things to do there, these answers cover typical questions our travelers raise when planning a vacation.
Cambodia neighbors Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos in Southeast Asia. Several islands off its coast form part of the nation. You can easily explore Cambodia, its islands, and neighboring countries with our Southeast Asia Tours & Vacations.
The best time to visit Cambodia is during the dry season, from November through April, when the temperatures are warm, but not hot, there is hardly any rain, and clear skies are perfect for outdoor activities.
It is possible to plan trips to Cambodia during other times of the year and your dates depend on your preferences. Do you want to visit Cambodia when it’s quieter? Then June through September is the best time to avoid the crowds. Are you traveling with your family? Then September through October allow you to plan a vacation during the school break.
April is Cambodia's hottest and most humid month, and May marks the arrival of the southwest monsoon, bringing plenty of rain across the country. Therefore, we advise avoiding these months if you do not wish to experience sweltering heat or heavy downpours.
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Ten to 14 days is a popular duration for trips to Cambodia as it gives you more than enough time to visit Angkor Wat and explore Siem Reap, tour the bustling capital of Phnom Penh, and see a selection of islands or rural, inland Khmer villages.
With 10 days in Cambodia, you can tick off bucket-list experiences and enjoy a day or two at leisure. Upwards of 14 days gives you time for trips that include a stop in neighboring Southeast Asian countries. Our Vietnam & Cambodia Tours and Thailand & Cambodia Tours showcase sample multi-country trips that include visiting Cambodia.
You could also spend less than 10 days in Cambodia. Trips as short as seven days are ideal for travelers with limited time or those who wish to spend their trip in famous tourist destinations or experience iconic sights.
Cambodia is famous for Angkor Wat, one of the most important and breathtaking heritage sites of the Khmer Empire. Beyond Angkor Wat, other Cambodian temples and spiritual complexes exude character and reveal the country's dramatic history.
Cambodia is also known for its distinct Southeast Asian cuisine, tracing origins back to the Khmer Empire and other cultural influences. You can experience these culinary traditions, cruise the Mekong River, and visit historical sites highlighting the Cambodian people's tumultuous history and resilience.
Angkor Wat is Cambodia’s main attraction, a Buddhist temple complex and the world's largest spiritual site. You can visit the impressive complex in the northwestern city of Siem Reap.
From enormous cities that exude Cambodian charm to jungle-clad towns in far-flung corners of Cambodia, there are many places to visit. Below, we offer a list of the most popular destinations to help you narrow your choices and curate an itinerary to experience the best of Cambodia:
Cambodia boasts pearl-white beaches with tropical trees, dewy forests teeming with wildlife, cultural villages where traditions are kept alive, and busy cities that merge old architecture and modern art. The following recommendations share the top things to do:
To learn more about Cambodia and the experiences that await you, browse our guide on the Top 7 Things to Do in Cambodia, where we share what to expect on your Southeast Asian vacation.
There are many spectacular islands off mainland Cambodia where travelers can snorkel to see marine life, relax on sunbeds while sipping Cambodian cocktails, or watch wildlife wandering around forests flanking sun-baked beaches. Here are our recommendations for the most popular islands to visit:
Cambodia, along the Gulf of Thailand, has some of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Its white-sand beaches, sapphire seas, and emerald greenery, with thatched pergolas and cocktail bars, provide spectacular backdrops for relaxing beach vacations. Below, we list the best beaches in Cambodia:
Lush rainforests, sprawling jungles, rolling hills, and golden plateaus dominate Cambodia’s countryside and rural regions, with exceptional hiking on trips that take you to these far-flung places.
Hiking in Cambodia showcases the country’s flourishing environments and wildlife. The trails also connect travelers to local culture, with tours taking you to villages disconnected from the rest of the world. You can also find ancient temples within the jungles and capture cinematic photography from lofty viewpoints.
Wherever you go in Cambodia, there is a route to take, be it a challenging or demanding trek up a mountain or a casual walking trail through a rainforest or palm groves.
Best hiking trails in Cambodia: Mondulkiri Project Hiking Trail • Kulen Mountain Trail • Pinnacles Hiking Trail • Kalai Jungle Hiking Trail • Kep Mountain Trek • Kirirom National Park Trails
Wildlife thrives in Cambodia’s unspoiled environments, encouraging travelers to step off the beaten path and explore the wilderness that covers vast parts of the country. On your trip, you can explore the following best places to see wildlife in Cambodia and spot the creatures that call Southeast Asia home:
Getting around Cambodia is more accessible than expected as there is reliable transportation in major cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. You can take planes between the two cities, book private transfers in and around cities, rent a car, use public buses or minibusses, cruise on ferries or speedboats, and catch a tuk-tuk.
While there are many options available in the major tourist cities, transportation is less reliable the further away you travel from these cities. Sometimes transport does not arrive on time and fewer options are available to you in remote areas.
When visiting the Cambodian countryside villages, we recommend traveling with your designated guide in the transportation arranged with your Zicasso travel specialist.
Cambodian culture is family-oriented and the country’s tourism industry is rife with family-friendly activities, making it the perfect Southeast Asian destination for such a trip.
You can build sandcastles, snorkel crystal-clear bays to see the colorful marine life, and hear birdsong as you unleash your inner explorer in temples in the jungle.
From hiking to scuba diving, Khmer cooking classes to ziplining, family experiences in Cambodia invite you and your children to create new memories among cultural and natural diversity.
Cambodia is the destination of a lifetime for senior travelers who desire to explore the dramatic history unfolding from temples and museums, or enjoy the luxuries of a private beach.
You can uncover the origins of Khmer culture as you walk among the ancient murals and sculptures of Angkor Wat, escape the sun in lavish bungalows with panoramic views of seascapes, and indulge in Khmer cuisine on food tours of celebrated restaurants.
With access to reliable transportation, knowledgeable guides, and welcoming concierges, your stay in Cambodia will cater to your every whim, whether you are an active senior or visiting the country with a group of older travelers.
Watch the breathtaking sunrise over Angkor Wat, indulge in a dinner for two on a private beach, or explore the natural beauty of Cambodia, a top destination for couples or honeymooners.
Cambodia is a picturesque part of Southeast Asia and an excellent choice for romance away from the crowds that flock to Thailand and its islands.
There is a wealth of history, timeless culinary culture, and spellbinding scenery to experience as a couple or honeymooner visiting Cambodia for the first time or returning to cherish its cinematic coastlines and wilderness.
With regional cultural influences and inspiration from other parts of the world, Cambodian cuisine traces the country’s history and represents a blend of traditional cooking with modern gastronomy. There are authentic Khmer meals to try, iconic street foods to enjoy, and gourmet cuisine prepared at private resorts. The following are some must-try Cambodian dishes:
Cambodia is generally a very safe country to visit. Its safest places are Koh Rong, Kampot, Kep, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville, though you should always stick with your guide, especially when touring cities at night.
Some travelers express concerns when visiting Southeast Asian countries like Cambodia. However, you can mitigate safety risks such as pickpocketing in busy areas by remaining aware of your surroundings and watching over your personal belongings. Although rare, these petty crimes are possible and you should exercise caution in crowded areas, regardless of where you visit worldwide on an international trip.
Most Cambodian travel experiences occur outdoors along the pristine coastlines, in rural villages, or in jungles and forests. We recommend joining a tour guide when exploring rural villages or jungles as they can provide additional safety tips or protective equipment for specific activities. When on Cambodian beaches, use plenty of sunscreen, swim and snorkel in designated areas, and be careful of stepping on sea urchins.
We also recommend mosquito repellent as there are plenty of them in Southeast Asia. Also, note there is limited internet access further away from main cities, so always travel with a tour guide in Cambodia’s rural regions and countryside.
Beyond standard safety precautions when traveling internationally, you should be aware of what not to do in Cambodia that may be disrespectful to the locals or a cause for concern during your trip. The following list shares our guidelines:
Cambodian locals are amiable, the lifestyle is laidback, and spirituality is a cornerstone of daily life. The culture is born from the resilience of the locals who have had to face dramatic events, their gentle nature stemming from religious tradition and pride in Cambodian history and achievements like the Angkor Wat.
Most Cambodians practice Theravada Buddhism, the country’s state religion. There are also Muslim Cambodians, the Cham and the Malay, a small number of Christians, and rural villagers who practice tribal religions.
The official language of Cambodia is Khmer.
Most of Cambodia’s population speaks Khmer, though several foreign languages, including French and English, and minority languages, including Cham, Vietnamese, and Tumpoon, are also spoken. You should be able to communicate in English in cities like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Sihanoukville. Your guides will be available to translate should you experience communication difficulties in these or rural regions.
The CDC Cambodia Vaccination Information provides a list of vaccination requirements and recommendations.
You should consult your travel nurse or doctor before traveling should you have any further questions or vaccination concerns.
Southeast Asia is a tourist hotspot and Cambodia is one of the most popular destinations in the region, with airports that make international travel easy.
Several airports accept international visitors. Your Zicasso Cambodia travel specialist will help you book airplane tickets to the most appropriate airports for your itinerary, with the most common international airports listed below.
The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian riel (៛). However, Cambodia's most widely used currency is the US dollar and most establishments will accept it.
You should travel with US dollars and Cambodian riel in cash, especially on trips that include tours of rural areas where the US dollar and electronic payments are not accepted. Bear in mind that ATMs are not widely available in rural areas, so you must carry cash. In tourist cities like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, you should be able to use a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express at many establishments with electronic payment facilities.
Zicasso Cambodia travel specialists can help you plan your vacation every step of the way. From preparing your itinerary to arranging accommodation and tours, you can enjoy the peace of mind of having a destination expert arrange your dream vacation. You can explore our Cambodia Tours & Vacations to start finding inspiration for your trip.
With a better idea of what Cambodia offers and how Zicasso trips can bring your travel dreams to life, you can complete a Trip Request to provide additional information regarding your budget, travel style, and duration.
Our Travel Care team will then be in touch and match you with a top Cambodia travel specialist. They will organize every detail of your trip, providing you with answers to your questions and curating your custom itinerary. Your travel specialist will also be available for the duration of your trip should any emergencies arise.
Immerse yourself in Cambodian culture, discover the country’s intriguing creatures on tours through the wilderness, and embrace the best things to do with our Cambodia Tours & Vacations.
Our answers to your questions and the insights from our Cambodia travel specialists can help you plan a comfortable vacation, making your travels stress-free, exclusive, and tailored to you.