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Best time to visit Cambodia

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April, when it sees very little rain. During this time, you’ll see clear blue skies making it a great time to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the southern coast.

Outside of this period, humidity increases, and the rains come, assisting Cambodian farmers in the growing of their crops. However, you shouldn’t be deterred from travelling – the countryside is lush and green, rivers are full and flowing, and the temples are quiet. This is the best time to visit some of the outer-lying temples, which will often be deserted.

At the end of the summer one of Cambodia’s true wonders comes to life – The Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia and home to Cambodia’s floating villages.

You can check the detailed guide to know exactly where and when to go in Cambodia throughout the year.

Cambodia Tourist Visa Policy for Belgian Citizens

Belgian passport holders need to have valid visa to visit Cambodia. Those wishing to travel to the kingdom of wonders have 3 ways to do so: Visa on arrival, Visa online (e-Visa), or visa applied via a Cambodian embassy.

Visa on arrival

There are two different types of visas that you can get on arrival: 

  • The single-entry Cambodia Tourist visa (T-class) costs US $30, is valid for 30 days and can be renewed once for a further 30 days without leaving the country.
  • If you know you will be staying in Cambodia for longer than 60 days, do not get a tourist visa. A renewable Cambodia Business visa (E-class) is a better option. This single-entry visa costs US $35 and is again valid for 30 days, after which you can extend it for longer period up to a year.

Visa on arrival is available at 3 international airports in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanoukville and various international border checkpoints with Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. 

Check more information on Cambodia visa on arrival here

Visa online (e-Visa)

Since 2006, Belgian passport holders may apply for an eVisa online for US$36 before arrival. It allows a single entry and a maximum stay of 30 days for tourism purposes.

The application can be done online via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs dedicated platform: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/

There are 7 immigration checkpoints that e-visas are accepted including:

  • 3 International airports:
    • Phnom Penh International Airport 
    • Siem Reap International Airport
    • Sihanouk International Airports
  • 4 International land borders: 
    • Poipet/Aranya Prathet (Thailand)
    • Cham Yeam/Hat Lek (Thailand)
    • Bavet/Moc Bai (Vietnam)
    • Tropaeng Kreal/Stung Treng (Laos)

Note: E-visa holders can use all international border crossings to exit Cambodia, even the ones not mentioned in the list above

The e-visa cost US $30, plus a US $7 processing fee, and allow you to stay up to 30 days. The validity of the visa is 3 months starting from the date of issue. 

Check more information on Cambodia visa online here

Visa applied via a Cambodian embassy

If you prefer a physical contact, you can apply for Cambodian visa at the address below:

Cambodian Embassy in Brussels

  • Address: 264A, Avenue de Tervuren 1150, Brussels, Belgium
  • Phone: (32) 277 20 372
  • Fax: (32) 277 08 999
  • E-mail: [email protected]

Moreover, you can also visit one of the Cambodian embassies along the way to Cambodia. For example, in case you visit Vietnam, you can spend time visiting Cambodian embassy in Hanoi to get your visa done before continuing your journey to the Kingdom of wonders.

Cambodia Visa Requirements

Whichever visa type you are going to apply, below is the standard requirements:

  • 1 valid passport with at least 6-month validity on the date of arrival and having at least 2 blank pages.
  • 2 recent passport-sized color photos (electronic copy in case you apply for e-Visa)
  • Visa fee: $30/passport (30-day single entry visa)

There may be some extra requirements depending on the port you enter or the embassy you visit. In case you need further information, we are always available to help. CONTACT US

Here is our guide for Cambodia tourist visa policy

How much does it cost to travel to Cambodia from Belgium?

For the flight cost, check the information below in this article (Getting to Cambodia from Belgium)

Our recommended spending for your journey in Cambodia is about $120-150/person/day (group of 2 people). Of course, you can either spend less at about $90-100/person/day (even $30-40/day - backpacker style) or you can spend much higher depending on the services you expect on spot.

Here is our detailed guide for Budget & Currency for travelling in Cambodia

Getting to Cambodia from Belgium

You can find the flight to Cambodia from the airport in Brussels (BRU)

Taking flight to Cambodia will land you at one the of 2 main international airports in Phnom Penh, the capital city, and Siem Reap, the ancient capital famous for its Angkor temples. 

This will depend on your travel plan in Cambodia and the flight route that you choose to have the best price.

Whatever the plan you have, as there are no direct flights from Belgium to Cambodia, you need to make at least one stop somewhere before getting to Cambodia. We recommend choosing the transit via Bangkok as you can find fruitful connections for your onward flight to the Kingdom of wonders.

Flight FAQs

Q. When is the best time to book flights to Cambodia?

Aim to have your flight tickets secured at least four months in advance to give yourself a chance of finding the cheapest flights to Cambodia. If you can then book them even further ahead, especially if your dates coincide with a major event or the peak season.

Once you’ve narrowed down your destination by choosing a city, usually either Phnom-Penh or Siem Reap, you’ll be able to figure out what dates offer the cheapest flights to Cambodia and go from there.

Flexibility is the key to securing discounted flight tickets so if you’re not governed by a particular set of weeks or to a specific location then you’ll give yourself the best chances of finding the cheapest flights to Cambodia.

Don’t worry too much about which side of the plane to sit on as each has their benefits and offer equally impressive view through your flight.

Q. How long is the flight to Cambodia?

The duration for the direct flight from Belgium to Cambodia is about 10 hours covering the distance of about 5,699 miles / 9,553 km

However, as there are no direct flights from Italy to Cambodia, you need to add up 3-4 hours or more depending on the route you choose and the number of stops you make along the way.

Q. Which airlines fly from Brussels Airport to Siem Reap Airport?

Thai Smile, Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon and 11 other airlines offer flights from Brussels Airport to Siem Reap Airport.

Q. How much does it cost to fly to Cambodia?

Compared to Thailand and Vietnam, the price ticket to Cambodia is a little bit higher ranging from $450 to $750 depending on your flight route and date. It is because you need to add up the cost for the onward flight from those countries.

We recommend using some online ticket booking platform (Kayak, Cheapflights, or SkyScanner) to look for the cheapest flight possible according to your travel plan. They do have alert system when there is the price change on your travel date

Here is how to get the cheapest flight possible to Cambodia

Getting around in Cambodia

Getting around Cambodia is all part of the adventure. Massive improvements to the national highway network in the past few years have made getting around the country much easier than it once was, with many formerly dirt roads now surfaced and new highways built. Even so, getting from A to B remains time-consuming: roads are still narrow and bumpy, while regular wet-season inundations play havoc with transport (and often wash away large sections of tarmac in their wake).

Check How to get around in Cambodia here

Other FAQs

1. Do I need vaccines for Cambodia?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Cambodia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cambodia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza

Here is the article for recommended vaccinations for Cambodia.

2. How safe is Cambodia?

Cambodia is a pretty safe country for travellers these days, with few incidences of petty crime.

Remember the golden rule: stick to marked paths in remote areas (due to the possible presence of landmines).

  • Phnom Penh Post (www.phnompenhpost.com) is a good source for breaking news, so check its website before you hit the road to check the political pulse and catch up with any recent events on the ground such as demonstrations.
  • Take care with some of the electrical wiring in guesthouses around the country, as it can be pretty amateurish.

Here is our guide for Safety and Precautions in Cambodia

3. Do I need a travel insurance for Cambodia?

Travel insurance for Cambodia is an absolute must!

Cambodia, if you take common-sense precautions, is a safe place to travel but accidents happen. You’ll want to be covered for medical treatment as well as missed flights, theft, and other unforeseen circumstances.

Holidays are for relaxing, de-stressing and not worrying about what could happen if…x, y, or z should occur. Buying reputable travel insurance before you go alleviates you of this worry. Make sure you check that the insurance you are buying covers you for the activities that you are planning.

Check the detailed article for Cambodia travel insurance here

4. What should I take to Cambodia?

A trip to Cambodia is an unforgettable experience. Make sure you bring everything you’ll need to enjoy it to the fullest.

  • A money belt – Due to the amount of pick-pocketing that occurs, a money belt will allow you to keep your money and passport safe.
  • A sweater/pashmina – Many of the religious sites have a strict dress code, but the temperature outside will be very warm. A sweater or pashmina that one can wear inside and then remove is a great idea.
  • Sunscreen – Cambodia very warm and gets a lot of sunlight, meaning sunscreen is important.
  • Walking shoes – Visitors will likely want to explore the huge religious sites or the gorgeous outdoors, making good shoes a must.

Here is the detailed guide for what to pack for Cambodia

5. Are you supposed to tip in Cambodia?

First things first, remember that tipping is never compulsory in Cambodia and that you should think of it only when you are really satisfied by someone’s service. It is an individual reward that aims at supporting high-level service, helpfulness and friendliness.

Contrary to many others Asian countries, tipping in Cambodia is not traditionally expected, but in such a poor country, a small tip can go a long way.

There are no hard and fast rules about tipping in Cambodia, and travelers who decide not to will not be frowned upon. 

Check out the Cambodia tipping guide & other local etiquettes here

6. Do I need to buy a Cambodia SIM Card? And where can I buy it?

It is recommended to buy a local SIM card why travelling in Cambodia as it surely has a stable connection and also the cheaper price for calling & data usage.

You can buy the SIM Card almost everywhere in Cambodia, especially inside the big cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap.

Check out the detailed guide for Internet & phone in Cambodia here

7. Do I need to bargain while shopping in Cambodia?

Bargaining and haggling for a better deal is all part of the experience when shopping at markets in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, or Sihanoukville. The first price offered is rarely the true price, especially in overly tourist areas.

Tips: 

  • Remember that while bargaining is common in markets, it is not accepted or possible in convenience stores like Smile Minimart or upscale shopping malls.
  • Look around and check with your guide to have the idea of what you are going to buy. You can check the 8 tips for bargaining in Cambodia for more detail

Here is our guide for Buying and bargaining in Cambodia

Belgian Embassy in Cambodia

When traveling it is very helpful to find out exactly where your country embassy or consulates are located. Keep the address written down in case you have a legal problem, you lose your passport, or you want to report a crime. Be sure to keep a copy of your passport with you in case you lose the original.

Honorary consulate in Phnom Penh

  • Address: #404D, Boulevard Monivong. Boeung Keng Kang 1. Chamkarmon District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Tel.: +855 12 840 056 (or 012 840 056) for telephone calls in French or English
  • Tel.: +855 12 824 325 (or 012 824 325) for telephone calls in Khmer
  • Tel.: +855 128 400 56 (emergency)
  • Email: [email protected]

Opening hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday from 16h.
  • In case of an emergency outside working hours you can also contact the emergency phone of the Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok (+66 81 833 99 87)

Cambodia TOUR PACKAGES FOR "BELGIAN CITIZENS"

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Family / 26 days / fr. $3,780

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This trip is one of the best trekking in Cambodia to discover the life of people along the Mekong river, visit the hill tribe people in the northeast, nature and National Park, visit to the communi... More

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Unseen / 26 days / fr. $3,380

Go beyond the normal tourist stops and explore the remote provinces in the northeast. Get an up-close look at the sites and travel alongside locals, forging a deeper connection with the people and... More

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Unseen / 9 days / fr. $1,170

Take an amazing multisport adventure and see the best of Cambodia in style with this 9-Day Incredible Cambodia Adventure Tour.  Cycle the jungles of Angkor Park and rural Cambodia to discover... More

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Must-see / 19 days / fr. $2,090

Tap in to Cambodian culture and history with guided, insightful tours. See the blend of old and new in the capital and venture along the Mekong to charming riverside towns. Get an in-depth look at... More

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Must-see / 13 days / fr. $1,560

Khmer Empire ruins and history, centuries-old temples, and warm local hospitality make a tour to Cambodia a truly authentic adventure for experienced travelers. This Essential Cambodia trip will br... More

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PLACES TO VISIT IN Cambodia
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One of the most fish abundant lakes in the world and supports 360 floating villages and thousands of waterbirds.

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Unique experience combined with top-notch services

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Easy excursion combined with week-long beach break

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The combination of some must-see experience and the cruise tour along the mighty rivers

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Easy excursions combined with unique experience making the long-lasting romantic memories

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Reveal off-the-beatentrack routes, least explored destinations, and unknown tribe groups

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A playground for locals, Phnom Kulen (literally Mountain of the Lychees) is a gorgeous day out. The main attraction is the waterfalls at the top of Kulen Mountain and it’s also a great picnic spot; well set up in Cambodian style with hammocks and shelters to keep you shaded from the sun. It’s around 1.5-2 hours drive from Siem Reap and if you go all the way to the top by van or car, you need to get there early, as the road is one-way traffic only.

The birthplace of the ancient Khmer empire, it is said that it was at Phnom Kulen that King Jayavarman II proclaimed Cambodia’s independence from Java.

Additionally, it is a very sacred site with multiple temples easily accessible. Two sites most noted are the Thousand Lingas at Kbal Spean, within the Kulen National Park site and Preah Ang Thom pagoda with its giant reclining Buddha. The area is a magnet to “kru khmer” (natural medicine doctors), and attracts people seeking blessings from its holy waters, particularly the potent life-giving waters at Kbal Spean, that are said to help couples conceive.

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Preah Vihear Temple (Prasat Preah Vihear) is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Cambodia and Thailand over ownership, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-century-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire's spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles.

Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north–south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia's Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Park which borders it in Thailand's Sisaket province, though it is no longer accessible from Thailand.

On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Deep in the forests of Cambodia’s Siem Reap province, the elegant spires of an ancient stone city soar skyward above the sprawling complex of Angkor Archaeological Park.

The Khmer Empire’s various capitals thrived here from the 9th to 15th centuries, while their rulers presided over an empire that stretched from Myanmar (Burma) to Vietnam. Including forested areas and newly discovered “suburbs” Angkor covers more than 400 square kilometers.

Though just one of hundreds of surviving temples and structures, the massive Angkor Wat is the most famed of all Cambodia’s temples - it appears on the nation’s flag - and it is revered for good reason. The 12th century “temple-mountain” was built as a spiritual home for the Hindu god Vishnu. The temple is an architectural triumph laden with artistic treasures like the bas-relief galleries that line many walls and tell enduring tales of Cambodian history and legend.

In other parts of Angkor such art depicts scenes of daily life - offering scholars a precious window into the past.

Reading the below epic guide for Angkor Archaeological Park, you will have all the information you need from its history, maps, best time to visit and so on to have the best out of your Angkor tours

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Banteay Kdei Temple (Prasat Banteay Kdei), meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells", is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. 

Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister.

This Buddhist monastic complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings and is now undergoing renovation. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries till 1960s.

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Just east of Angkor Thom’s Victory Gate is Chau Say Tevoda. It was probably built during the second quarter of the 12th century, under the reign of Suryavarman II, and dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. It has been renovated by the Chinese to bring it up to the condition of its twin temple, Thommanon.

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Thommanon Temple is a Hindu temple site that's covered in intricate carvings and surrounded by forests in Angkor. The temple is in relatively excellent condition, thanks to extensive restoration work in the 1960s.

It was constructed about the same time as Angkor Wat. The style of architecture is quite evident in the towers and carvings, which are in very good condition. During the rainy season, the dampened sandstone offers great photo opportunities.

Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the complex dates back between the 11th and 12th centuries. It is about 600 metres east of the Victory Gate of Angkor Thom, just opposite Chau Say Tevoda. Even before restoration, Thommanon was in much a better condition than Chau Say Tevoda. Unlike the latter, which was built using wooden beams enclosed in stone, Thommanon Temple's entire structure was made out of stone. 

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