The Ultimate Guide about How to Plan a Cambodia Tour in 2017

Posted on 6/01/2017 8:15:22

Cambodia lies in Southeast Asia and fringes Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. It has a drift on the south and a large portion of the land is secured with a wilderness like vegetation.

Angkor Wat

Though Cambodia is a small country, it has a long history and at one point in time was a great degree capable nation. At its top in the tenth and eleventh hundreds of years, it extended crosswise over the greater part of Southeast Asia – including what is today Thailand, Laos and southern Vietnam. A great deal of remnants from this period still stay in Cambodia and a significant part of the tourism spins around these. The temples at Angkor Wat are the most popular ones, however there are bunches of different ones also. Some have been reestablished however others are still secured in wilderness or are only skeletons of what they once were.

How to plan a trip to Angkor Wat? Are there more things to do in Cambodia? What is the best time to go? There must be many questions you want to know before you start your trip to Cambodia. Here we introduce you the useful information about how to plan a Cambodia tour.

How to Apply for a Cambodia Visa

Visas are required by all nationals alluded to in the outline above. You can get these ahead of time or on landing in many ports of section. Nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the USA are likewise qualified to apply for an ACMECS visa, which is a 90-day joint visa permitting passage to Thailand and Cambodia. It’s exclusive truly worth getting this visa in case you’re anticipating spending over 30 days in Thailand be that as it may, as nationals of these nations can make a trip sans visa to Thailand for visits of 30 days or less. Visitor (single-section): £25; business (single-passage): £30; traveler e-Visa (single-section): US$37.

Cambodia Visa

Passport holders from Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia do not need a tourist visa and can stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days respectively.

To obtain a visa on arrival, you need to bring two passport photos and US Dollars (US$35 for a tourist visa or US$40 for a business visa). However, the passport holders of Afghanistan, Algeria, Arab Saudi, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Nigeria can’t get visa on arrival.

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When to Go

Best time to visit Cambodia

Located in low latitudes, Cambodia is warm all year round because of the typical tropical climate. Between May and October, affected by the southwest monsoon, the humid rainy season which is the low season for tourism presents dirty roads and flooding with high temperature and high rainfall. It gets better when the November comes. The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to February, when the sunshine is warm but not scorching, and the rainfall is just enough to enjoy the temples. After February, Cambodia goes into the hottest time (Mar.-May.) of the whole year: the temperature reaches 35°C in the day time, but it is a good time to visit the coast of Cambodia and have a nice sunbathes.

How to Get to Cambodia

By Air

Both Siem Reap and Phnom Penh have international airports. And in Sihanoukville, there is only one airport for Cambodia Domestic Flights. In Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap, there are many non-stop international flights from nearby Asian cities and countries, such as flights from Hong Kong, China, Korea, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia and Vietnam.

AirPort SiemReap

In Phnom Penh International Airport, there are also non-stop flights from China, Korea, Singapore, Lao, Vietnam and other destinations in Asia. So if you want to fly to Cambodia from US, UK and other countries in Europe, Australia and America, you can first flight to Thailand or Vietnam, and then take a flight to Cambodia. The ticket prices of flights from neighboring countries to Cambodia are quite cheap.

By Land


For those with more time, they can overland in and out of the country – Cambodia has overland borders with all of its neighbors, including Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The most accessible port to Siem Reap is the Thai crossing at Poipet. The Thai crossing at Koh Kong and the Vietnames crossings at Prek Chak and Phnom Den provide easy international access to southern Cambodia. And the most convenient way to Phnom Penh from Vietnam are at Moc Bai and Chau Doc.

By Water

go to Cambodia by boat

Meanwhile you can get to Cambodia by boat. You can reach Phnom Penh via the Mekong Delta through Vietnam. This route is served by regular passenger ferry services from Chau Doc in Vietnam, with tickets available through travel agencies or at the dock. You can reach Sihanoukville from Thailand through the border crossing at Hat Lek and the boat from Koh Kong. Tickets are sold at the dock in Sihanoukville. Also it’s possible to drive from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City in a day.

Top Things to Do in Cambodia

1. Enjoying Dawn at Angkor Wat

Dawn at Angkor Wat

It is the thing that everyone does. You’d be stunned by what number of vacationers appears at 5:30am. You simply need to know how to beat the group and where to sit for ideal unhindered survey. (Imply – get off the principle walkway and sit on the means of the station structures). Angkor Wat, worked through the span of thirty years in the 1100’s as a home for King Suryavarman II after his passing, was obscure and unfamiliar until France colonized Cambodia in the mid 1800’s. What they revealed amidst the wilderness, both congested and to some degree all around safeguarded, is presently viewed as one of the Wonders of the World. A decent visit guide will guide you to the grand bas-help dividers portraying numerous levels of paradise and damnation – some very grisly – and to a portion of the 1,800 enchanting Dancing Maidens carvings.

Please Note:

Be careful with monkeys. They swarm the place and will get stuff out of your hands (a couple were getting a charge out of tearing up a manual when we went to), and come after you on the off chance that you dis them.

2. Visiting Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom

Local people affirm this sanctuary “Uncle Tom,” and however it hasn’t been reestablished to the level of Angkor Wat, it has a few intriguing components. Angkor Thom’s characterizing highlight is a passage connect flanked by 54 stone warriors who appear to play pull of-war with the holy Naga Snake. The vast majority of the warriors’ heads are missing (appear head, incredible photograph operation!), taken by thieves after the Vietnam War. Bas reliefs here have less to do with the great beyond and a greater amount of the everyday part of this one; men playing chess; ladies cooking and having babies, a “Monkey 69” (utilize your creative ability). “That would have never been on my dad’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour,” jested a companion.

3. Going to Pub Street and Siem Reap Night Market

Pub Street

It is a zone with the vibe of New Orleans at Mardi Gras. There are a lot of eateries and “spas”. We ate at The Red Piano, start with the lip-smacking mixed drink, “Tomb Raider,” and afterward put our feet in one of the numerous “fish pedicure” tanks out on the droning boulevards. On the off chance that you are sensitive or in any capacity queasy about fish, don’t. You’ll discover bargains in the Night Market – for the most part knock-off Ray Bans ($5), hurriedly created oil depictions ($15) and drawstring pants of the day (3 for $10).

4. Cruising on Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap Lake, located about 20 kilometers away from the city center of Siem Reap, is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asia. You can enjoy a bout trip to the beautiful lake, appreciating the stunning view of the lake and mangrove forest on the lake. Also, you can explore the life style of the local people, who are living on the water.

5. Visiting the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

The Royal Palace in Phnom Penh is serves as the residence of the King of Cambodia and his family. Most parts of the Royal Palase are private for the present King Norodom Sihamoni. And the only opened region is the Silver Pagoda, which was originally constructed of wood in 1866 and expanded in 1962.

6. Enjoying the sunshine and beaches in Sihanoukville

beaches in Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville is famous for a number of good beaches. You can not only enjoy the white sand beaches, but also go scuba diving, take the booze cruise, go on a motorbike tour into the jungles and shop at the local market.

Cambodia Culture and Festival

All through Cambodia’s long history, religion has been a noteworthy wellspring of social motivation. Over almost two centuries, Cambodians have built up a special Khmer conviction from the syncretism of indigenous animistic convictions and the Indian religions of Buddhism and Hinduism.

Kampuchea monks

The Kingdom of Cambodia has a wealth of traditional and cultural festivals dated according to the Cambodian lunar calendar. All of these festivals are influenced by the concepts of Buddhism, Hinduism, and royal cultures.

Meak Bochea Day

Meak Bochea Day

Meak Bochea Day is an important religious festival that held on the full moon day of the third month of the lunar calendar. It is an occasion for followers of Buddhism to remind of Buddha and his teaching.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, or ‘Bon Chroat Preah Nongkoal’ in the Khmer language, is solemnly celebrated at the beginning of the sowing and planting season. Every year in May, this cultural ceremony takes place at the park in front of the National Museum (next to the Royal Palace).

The Water Festival

The Water Festival

The Water Festival, a spectacle to behold, is probably the most exorbitant festival held each year in November. It is usually celebrated for three days, i.e. the 14th and 15th of the waxing moon and the 1st of the waning moon of the month of Kadek.

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