How long to spend in Cambodia may seem like a ridiculous question to address, but if you have plenty of time and aren’t sure how much to dedicate, this blog will definitely help you out. 

How long can you stay in Cambodia? 

Well, as long as you like! From 7 days to a month, there are various ways you can travel across Cambodia and uncover its secrets. Advising an ideal trip length for Cambodia is a bit of a complex challenge, as it depends on several factors such as the places you wish to visit, the activities you plan to join, or if you want to combine Cambodia with its neighbor countries. 

Stay tuned! We are going to sort all these things out including the step-by-step guide to create the best itinerary in Cambodia.

Overview of Cambodia

When most people hear about Cambodia, their first thought is Angkor Wat. It’s a name somewhat synonymous with Cambodia, and it’s the main draw for nearly every visitor—for good reason. Like the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt or Machu Picchu in Peru, this massive temple complex is one of the most unique and memorable archaeological and historical sites in the world.

Don’t forget, though, there’s so much more under the umbrella of “Cambodia travel.” From its beaches and islands in the south to its national parks and other historical sites in the north to its modernizing capital of Phnom Penh, there’s much to see and to experience in this vibrant and quickly evolving country.

While the struggles of living through the Khmer Rouge rule and the impacts of the Vietnam War are still fresh on many people’s minds, the country has taken a turn for the better in the last 25 years. Much of this is due to the dramatic rise in tourism to the country and its boost to the overall economy. Put this beautiful country at the top of your travel list, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised at all this beautiful country and culture have to offer.

Places to visit in Cambodia

Cambodia still manages to straddle the line between tourist hotspot and untrodden eastern destination, and is dotted with an array of unforgettable places, views, and experiences. Below are some of the best places to visit in Cambodia. 

1. Angkor Wat (Angkor Archaeological Park)

This temple city is the number one tourist spot in Cambodia.

Accessed from the town of Siem Reap, the temples of the Angkorian period are so ambitious in scale and in the majesty of their construction, that Angkor Wat is rated as one of the world's must-see ancient sites.

Built between 802 and 1432, this was the largest city in the world during the medieval age and the vast powerhouse of the Khmer kings who endeavored to outbid their predecessors in the beauty of their construction.

As the city's wooden dwellings were encroached and then decayed by the surrounding jungle, what remains today, are just those mighty temples.

The temple of Angkor Wat itself, the world's largest religious building, is only one sliver of the site in total, and the sprawling circuit of temples deserves three days to explore if you want to understand the scope of the Angkorian period's architectural achievements.

For those short on time though, the main highlights after Angkor Wat are the tree-root clasped temple of Ta Prohm (which first found international fame as a location used in the movie Tomb Raider), the Bayon Temple for its 216 stone-carved faces, Angkor Thom and Preah Khan.

Here is everything you need to know about Angkor Wat

2. Phnom Penh

Cambodia's capital is the frenetic heartbeat of the nation; a city of chaotic streets abuzz with motorbikes and car horns that can frazzle at first glance.

Deserted completely during the Khmer Rouge madness and left to wither and decay, Phnom Penh has bounced back to become one of Southeast Asia's most dynamic cities.

For visitors, this is Cambodia's most cosmopolitan destination, with a café and restaurant scene unrivaled in the rest of the country.

It's also home to a scattering of important historic sites that help unravel both Cambodia's modern and ancient history.

The National Museum is home to a swag of Khmer sculpture that traces the nation's history from the pre-Angkorian age right through to the phenomenal majesty of the god-Kings of Angkor.

The Royal Palace provides gorgeous examples of traditional artistry, while Tuol Sleng Museum and the killing fields of Choeung Ek speak of the horror and brutality the people of this country suffered under Khmer Rouge rule.

Here is everything you need to know about Phnom Penh

3. Koh Rong Samloem

Just off Cambodia's south coast lie a scattering of islands just as beautiful as their Thai counterparts to the west, but much less visited.

Compared to the now very developed islands of Koh Samui and Phuket, Cambodia's islands are a slice of laid-back tropical bliss, where sun and sand take center stage, and the big resorts have yet to make their mark.

Of all the islands, Koh Rong Samloem is one of the most beautiful, with the long, sandy Saracen Bay home to a dozen beach hut resorts that offer a welcome respite from the world.

It's really all about hammock-time here, but there's plenty of scuba diving activities on offer for the more active.

You can access these islands from Sihanoukville.

Here is everything you need to know about Koh Rong Samloem

4. Siem Reap

Siem Reap is usually seen by travelers as among Cambodia's top places to visit due to it being the base for Angkor Archaeological Park, but the town itself offers more things to do beyond the mighty temples.

This is the country's major activity center, with bundles of tours on offer, from cycle trips around the lush countryside just outside of town to Cambodian cookery tours.

Shoppers will also find plenty to keep them occupied, as central Siem Reap is brimming with opportunities to browse traditional crafts.

Make sure to visit Angkor National Museum, before heading to Angkor Wat itself, to dose up on the history of the site. The exhibits here explore the breadth of culture and artistry of the Khmer empire.

For evening entertainment while in town, don't miss Phare The Cambodian Circus. This internationally-renowned circus troupe and social enterprise puts on dazzling shows where performers combine theater, acrobatics, and music.

Here is everything you need to know about Siem Reap

5. Ratanakiri

Ratanakiri is a nature-filled reprieve for travelers suffering from temple-fatigue.

This is outback Cambodia, and the endless red-dirt roads of the region, leading to ethnic minority villages, are an intrepid traveler's delight.

For those with an adventurous streak, the province is one of the best places in Cambodia for trekking, from spotting gibbons at Veun Sai-Siem Pang Conservation Area, where overnight trips involve sleeping in hammocks and early rises to track buff-cheeked gibbons, to hiking in Virachey National Park home to elephants, tigers, and sun bears.

There's more relaxing options on offer as well. The emerald water of Yeak Lom Crater Lake just outside of Ban Lung town is a tranquil swimming spot, while the waterfalls of Chaa Ong and Ka Tieng are fun diversions that provide more opportunities for getting wet.

Here is everything you need to know about Rattanakiri

6. Prasat Preah Vihear

The temples of Angkor Wat may gain all the glory, but Prasat Preah Vihear wins the prize for the most dramatic location.

Sitting atop the Dangrek Mountains, on an escarpment with dizzying views across the Cambodian floodplains, Prasat Preah Vihear is a monumental temple complex of intricately carved pavilions linked by long causeways, built originally to honor the god Shiva.

The temple is snug against the border with Thailand and has historically been a point of contention between the two nations, who both claim it as their own.

The International Court of Justice ruled in Cambodia's favor in 2013 after border disputes flared up between 2008 and 2011.

Tensions have dissipated in the last few years, meaning this UNESCO World Heritage Site can now reclaim its rightful role on the tourist trail.

Access is from Sra Em, although most visitors come on a day trip from Siem Reap (200 kilometers south).

Here is everything you need to know about Prasat Preah Vihear Temple

7. Battambang

The countryside of rice fields and tiny villages surrounding the northwest city of Battambang holds some of the most tranquil rural scenery in Cambodia, and the area is home to swags of historic riches as well.
All this has made the city itself a popular destination on traveler itineraries.

For history fans, the temples of Phnom Sampeau, Phnom Banan and Wat Ek Phnom are all within day-tripping distance, while the famed Bamboo Train - a single-line rail track where "carriages" made from a platform of wood and bamboo travel between Battambang's east bank and the tiny village of O Srav - is one of the most popular activities for visitors.

Battambang itself is a rather sleepy city compared to the buzz of the capital, with a central district brimming with colonial buildings.

For those who found Phnom Penh's hectic buzz a bit too much to handle, Battambang is a thoroughly approachable town to use as a base.

Here is everything you need to know about Battambang

8. Kampot

The laid-back riverine town of Kampot has oodles of old-world ambience.

The compact central district is a joy to ramble around, full of surviving shop-house architecture, some of which has been painstakingly restored.

Kampot's charm lies in its exceedingly chilled-out atmosphere, and many a traveler finds themselves waylaid here longer than they expected, having succumbed to its easygoing pace.

For the more active though, this is also an excellent base for discovering the surrounding sights of the south.

The old French summer getaway of Boker Hill Station, with its abandoned church and eerie, empty shell of a once-grand hotel, is an easy day trip from town, as are the limestone caves of Phnom Chhnork and Phnom Sorsia both with old temples inside.

Here is everything you need to know about Kampot

9. Tonlé Sap Lake

Tonlé Sap is Cambodia's most important waterway and Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake.

As well as being an important source of food and a vital tool for Cambodian irrigation, the lake itself is home to 170 floating villages that depend on fishing for their livelihood, with homes built directly on the water.

The houses, shops, churches, schools, and temples of these villages are built on rustic buoy foundations of lashed together barrels and bamboo, and all transport is by boat. They're a fascinating place to spend a day exploring.

One of the most interesting is the sprawling village of Kompong Luong, near the town of Pursat on Tonlé Sap's western shore, although the most popular village to visit is Chong Kneas near Siem Reap.

Here is everything you need to know about Tonle Sap Lake

10. Koh Kong Conservation Corridor

The Koh Kong Conservation Corridor stretches across an area within Cambodia's Cardamom Mountains, south of the border town of Koh Kong in the country's southwest.

The highlands here, home to dense rainforest, winding rivers, and waterfalls, offer plenty of opportunities for hiking and boat tours.

Head to the Tatai River if you want to simply soak up the lush surroundings and take a time out from life. Here, you'll find a handful of boutique eco-resorts scattered along the riverbank all offering activities such as day hikes and kayaking.

Further south in the Cardamoms is the village of Chi Pat, an eco-tourism center with simple homestay and guesthouse accommodation and plenty of activities, ranging from multi-day treks into the forested mountains to wildlife-spotting river boat trips.

Here is everything you need to know about Koh Kong Island

11. Kratie

If you're here for the full Mekong experience, you've come to the right place.

Spread along the banks of the mighty Mekong, Kratie has become a major destination for travelers due to its dolphin-watching tours.

The endangered Irrawaddy dolphins are endemic to the Mekong, and environmental measures have now been put in place to try and help their dwindling numbers.

Tourism has played a good role in trying to protect the dolphins by offering an alternative economy to fishing.

To see the dolphins head to Kampi, just north of Kratie, where there are plenty of boat tours available.

Here is everything you need to know about Kratie

12. Sambor Prei Kuk

This pre-Angkorian temple site dates from the early 7th century when it was the capital of the Upper Chenla Empire.

More than 100 brick temples dedicated to various Hindu gods sit within the forest here, many half-swallowed by mammoth tree roots.

Archaeologically, the site is extremely important, containing some of Cambodia's oldest surviving buildings, but you don't have to be an archaeology buff to appreciate the ethereal beauty of this tree-wrapped site.

The most important temples in the archaeological site include Prasat Sambor, Prasat Tao and Prasat Yeay Peau which all have remarkably clear carvings on their temple walls and plenty of ethereal ambience provided by twisting tree trunks and coiling vines.

You can access Sambor Prei Kuk from Kompong Thom.

13. Banteay Chhmar

For a touch of Indiana Jones-style temple exploring, you can't beat Banteay Chhmar.

This mammoth temple complex sits consumed by surrounding jungle in Cambodia's lonely northwest, providing the perfect opportunity to discover the highlights without the crowds.

It was built by the 12th-century Angkorian king Jayavarman VII, and the remarkable stone reliefs along its walls are some of the most intricately detailed you'll see in the country.

In particular, the spectacular bas reliefs depicting Avalokiteśvara on the south wall and the dizzying array of battle scenes depicted on the eastern walls are prime examples of the Angkorian era's artistry.

The village neighboring the archaeological site has simple homestay accommodation. Otherwise, most people stay in Sisophon (60 kilometers south) or take a day trip to the ruins from Siem Reap.

14. Mundulkiri

Adventurous travelers beeline to the hill country of Mundulkiri Province in Cambodia's far east for wildlife spotting, village life, trail-bike tours, and the Elephant Valley Project.

The most famous tourist attraction in the region, the Elephant Valley Project offers visitors a chance to walk with the sanctuary's elephants (no riding allowed) while providing an opportunity for local mahouts (elephant keepers) to earn a wage that doesn't involve overworking their elephants.

For adrenaline-junkies, the Mayura zipline course skims right over the top of Bou Sra waterfall, while bird-watchers and wildlife spotters will want to take a tour into Seima Protected Forest, home to gibbons, the endangered black-shanked douc langurs, and plentiful birdlife.

The small town of Sen Monorom is the main base for travelers in Mundulkiri and within easy day-tripping distance to all of the tourist attractions.

Here are all the places you can visit in Cambodia

Things to do in Cambodia

The temples of Angkor Wat hog the headlines – and for good reason – but there is so much more to Cambodia, the warm heart of Asia. 

Fringed by beautiful beaches and tropical islands, sustained by the mother waters of the Mekong River, cloaked in some of the region’s few remaining emerald wildernesses and home to ever-welcoming Khmers, whose infectious optimism makes a trip to Cambodia an adventure as much as a holiday, this country packs everything Southeast Asia has to offer into one bite-sized chunk. Here are 10 of the best things to do while you're here.

Witness sunrise at Angkor Wat

When a visitor first sets eyes on Angkor Wat, the supreme example of Khmer genius, it's an experience matched by few others on earth. This makes the mother of all temples the definitive spot for sunrise among the many contenders at Angkor. 

Simply unique, it is a stunning blend of spirituality and symmetry, an enduring example of humanity’s devotion to its gods. Get here early to find a quieter spot and consider entering via the "back door," or eastern entrance, to avoid the crowds. During the March and September equinoxes, the sun rises directly over the central tower of Angkor Wat – a particularly popular time to be here.

Walk with the herd at Elephant Valley Project

Travelers in search of an ethical and sustainable way to see these beautiful pachyderms should visit the pioneering “walking with the herd” project, which works closely with local mahouts to rehome their overworked or injured elephants. A sort of retirement home for elephants, this 1500-hectare (3706-acre) sanctuary is set in a beautiful mountain valley in Mondulkiri and is a wonderful way to support sustainable conservation in this remote part of northeastern Cambodia. 

Elephant riding is strictly prohibited here – you simply walk through the forest with the elephants and observe them in their element. In the process, you learn about elephant behavior as well as indigenous Bunong culture and forest ecology. It's very popular, so book well ahead to avoid disappointment.

Ride the bamboo train in Battambang

One of the world’s most unique rail journeys, Battambang's bamboo train has had many an obituary written about it over the years, but somehow it's still on the rails, despite the launch of train services on the line from Battambang to Phnom Penh and Poipet.

Each bamboo train (norry in Khmer) consists of a 3m (10ft)–long wooden frame, covered lengthwise with slats made of ultralight bamboo, resting on two barbell-like bogies, connected by belts to a small engine. Actor and comedian Jack Whitehall enjoyed a ride in his popular Netflix show Travels With My Father.

Spot freshwater dolphins at Kratie

The freshwater Irrawaddy dolphin (trey pisaut in Khmer) is an endangered species throughout Asia, inhabiting stretches of the Mekong in Cambodia and Laos, and isolated pockets in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Indonesian Borneo, in shrinking numbers.

One of the best places in the world to spot these gentle cetaceans is Kampi dolphin pool in the Mekong River, about 15km (9 miles) north of Kratie. It's best reached by boat: a kayaking trip will take you gliding through secluded sandbars and haunting flooded forest before culminating at the dolphin pool, up close and personal with these beautiful but rare mammals – and without any engine noise to disturb them.

Paddleboard through the "Green Cathedral" in Kampot

The perfect way to explore the beautiful Tuek Chhou River is by stand-up paddleboard (SUP). The river winds its way past small palm-fringed islands, mangrove forest, and traditional hamlets and fishing villages under the shadow of Bokor National Park, and has some of the most spectacular sunsets on the South Coast.

Popular with both local and foreign visitors, the "Green Cathedral" is a narrow channel that makes a stunning circuit through mangroves and aquatic palms, with lots of small guesthouses and resorts to provide refreshment stops along the way. It is located around 4km (2.5 miles) out of town on the river, and paddleboards can be rented from various hotels and resorts. 

Browse the bars of Bassac Lane in Phnom Penh

Bassac Lane is the moniker given to a small, eclectic alley that's home to a dozen or more hole-in-the-wall boozers. The venerable Phnom Penh Yacht Club occupies a strategic corner on St 308, also home to lots of hip restaurants and bars, and it's a good place for people-watching during happy hour (5pm to 7pm).

Other popular establishments include the White Rabbit speakeasy for impressive cocktails, the Library for studious drinkers, Casa Diego for tapas and Harry’s for a breezy upstairs lounge. Bassac Lane has cemented its reputation as the new bohemian district of Phnom Penh and is well worth a visit.

Run away to the circus with Phare in Siem Reap

Don’t let the name fool you: Phare the Cambodian Circus is hardly a conventional circus. Its focus is on performance art and subtle social commentary – and animal lovers will be pleased to note that no creatures appear on the bill. 

The country’s premier performing arts organization, Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS) has nightly shows, and the results make it one of the best activities for visitors to Cambodia. Some weekend performances are also held at the original PPS training campus in Battambang.

Go beachcombing on the island of Koh Rong

One of the largest islands in Cambodia, Koh Rong is fringed by some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Hugging the western shore of Koh Rong is Long Beach, the island's longest unbroken beach, a 7km (4.3 miles) stretch of tropical bliss. Still surprisingly undeveloped for several kilometers, it was previously used as a key location for filming the popular US television series Survivor.

For something shorter, Long Set Beach (also imaginatively known as 4km beach) is a stunning stretch of sand on the south coast of Koh Rong. A handful of hostels and boutique resorts are here, but it's still pretty peaceful and is connected by short paths to nearby Nature Beach and Koh Tuch Beach. 

Sign up for a Cambodian cooking class

Unlike the culinary colossi that are its neighbors Thailand and Vietnam, Cambodia is not that well known in international food circles. But Khmer cuisine is also pretty special, with a great variety of national dishes, all with a unique Cambodian twist.

To learn some tricks of the trade, sign up for a cooking course. This is a great way to introduce your Cambodian experience to your friends back home by knowing your teuk trey (fish sauce) from your prahok (fish paste). There are popular courses available in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang and Kampot.

Spot rare water birds at Prek Toal Bird Sanctuary

Prek Toal is home to the best-known bird sanctuary in Cambodia. It’s an ornithologist’s fantasy, with a significant number of rare breeds gathered in one small area, including huge greater adjutants, milky storks and spot-billed pelicans.

During the peak season (December to February), visitors will find the concentration of birds like something out of a Hitchcock film. Even the uninitiated will be impressed, as these birds have a huge wingspan and build enormous nests. Trips to the sanctuary also bring you up close and personal with the fascinating floating village of Prek Toal, a bustling crossroads (...crossrivers?) between Siem Reap and Battambang, where everything from shops to schools floats on water.

Explore the remote temples of Preah Vihear 

For the ultimate remote temple adventure, take a road trip deep into Northern Cambodia to visit the king of the mountain temples, Preah Vihear, stunningly situated atop the Dangrek Mountains; the pyramid temple of Prasat Thom at Koh Ker, Cambodia's latest nominee to be a Unesco World Heritage Site; and the giant jungle ruin of Preah Khan Kompong Svay, the remotest of all Cambodian temples.

Plan a few days on these outermost roads, some of which follow ancient Angkorian highways, using a 4WD or a dirt bike for those with experience.

Here is more what you can do and see in Cambodia

How many days to spend in Cambodia?

Now, we will come to the biggest question: how many days do you need in Cambodia? 

There is no exact answer for everyone, this will depend on many factors including the places you wish to visit, the experiences that you want to have during your trip, and most importantly is the time and budget that you have.

Our recommended budget for a guided trip in Cambodia is about $120-150/person/day for the group of 2-4 participants traveling together, not including the international flight to/from Cambodia. You will need to dig further into your pocket if traveling alone or looking for a high-standard accommodation.

You will find on our website Cambodia tour packages categorized into 4 main time frames. 1, 2, 3, or 4 weeks with recommended budget per person for each trip.

About 1-week itinerary (5-9 days)

For the tour itinerary in about 1 week, you will find the tour packages that mostly cover some small parts of Cambodia such as Siem Reap & Phnom Penh, Siem Reap & Battambang, Siem Reap & Northern Cambodia, Siem Reap & Southern Cambodia, or Siem Reap and Mekong River. For some 9-day itinerary, you can cover more parts, but it will be just the scratch of what the places can offer.

Budget for about-1-week in Cambodia: $600 - $1,350 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 1 week in Cambodia:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 1-week itinerary in Cambodia here

About 2-week itinerary (10-17 days)

With the time frame of about 2 weeks (10-17 days), you can visit most of the highlighted destinations of Cambodia such as Siem Reap, Battambam, Phnom Penh and Kampot. Especially, if you can have 17 days, you can have some time enjoying some days enjoying the nature of Cambodia at some jungle resort in the northern Cambodia or leisurely stroll along the beaches on one of the islands in Southern Cambodia

Budget for about-2-week in Cambodia: $1,200 - $2,550 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 2 weeks in Cambodia:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 2-week itinerary in Cambodia here

About 3-week itinerary (18-25 days)

With 3-week plan in Cambodia, you can really dig into some of the most remote corners of the country. Exploring some untouched area of the far north, spendings some days with the local people, cycling along countryside of Battambang, or spending some days lying lazily at a sandy beach of Southern Cambodia are some of the experiences that you can expect.

Budget for about-3-week in Cambodia: $2,160 - $3,750 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 3 weeks in Cambodia:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 3-week itinerary in Cambodia here

About 4-week itinerary (26-33 days)

Is watching sunset at the top of unknown mountain in Botum Samkor National Park, trekking underground at some of the biggest caves of Cambodia or kayaking along the Mekong River what you are looking for? Welcome to Cambodia, you can have all these experiences and beyond within a 4-week itinerary with us.

Budget for about-4-week in Cambodia: $3,120 - $4,950 per person

You can find below some of our sample itineraries in about 4 weeks in Cambodia:

You can find more recommendation and advice for your 4-week itinerary in Cambodia here

How to plan a trip to Cambodia?

You now have the basic information about traveling in Cambodia. It is time to run through the step-by-step guide on how to make the best itinerary for Cambodia.

1. Brainstorming

To plan your trip to Cambodia easily, you should do a little brainstorming and ask yourself:

a) How much time do you plan to visit Cambodia?

You should consider how much time you’re planning to visit Cambodia.

Do you have one week or two weeks in Cambodia?

Is Cambodia just a quick stop for a 3-day trip in your big Asian adventure?

Although the longer, the better, you can still visit Cambodia in 3 days (choose either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh)

If you have a longer time, you can choose your favorite places to go in Cambodia.

b) How much is your budget?

Although Cambodia is a budget-friendly country, you can find luxury stuff.

It can cost a lot of money if you are overspending. Knowing your budget well will help you greatly in planning your Cambodia trip.

c) Who are you traveling with?

Do you travel with your partner, friends, or family? Or are you traveling solo to Cambodia?

If you’re a solo traveler, it’s best that you can rent a motorbike for a trip from the North to the South of Cambodia or vice versa or join tours.

Traveling in Cambodia by bus or train is a great option with friends or family.

d) What type of experience do you prefer?

Are you more into sightseeing or adventure travel? Or are you just looking for a relaxing leisure vacation? Do you prefer the city or rural area? Would you like to visit off-the-beaten-path?

2. Choose your destination in Cambodia

Deciding where to travel in Cambodia may be one of the most challenging decisions in your planning process. But after brainstorming, you may know where you want to go.

Depending on your travel style, you can pick different destinations in Cambodia that suit your needs.

Answer these questions in the brainstorming part will narrow down places on your bucket list.

Also, while choosing your places to visit in Cambodia, you should know the best time to visit Cambodia.

Are you into a rainy or dry season, or do you prefer to travel in the off-season, shoulder-season, or peak season?

Each place has a different best time to visit, so planning well is essential.

3. Check your Passport

You should have a valid passport when traveling abroad according to the “6-month-rule”.

It means that your passport does not expire six months before your arrival date. You may get declined boarding your flight if your passport is not valid.

So check your passport carefully and renew it if needed.

4. Apply for a visa

Firstly, you should check if you need a visa to Cambodia and how long you need it.

Cambodia visa is quite straightforward and easier to understand. The easiest way is to apply visa on arrival. If you are afraid of the long queue, then the online visa is your option. You can either apply for Cambodia visa via an embassy abroad if it is more convenient for you.

Still looking for an easier option? Apply for a Cambodia visa is through an agency. You won’t need to worry much about the regulation and process. Just let them take care of you.

With over ten years of experience, iVisa.com is a trusted agency providing quick and trustworthy service for travelers.

5. Book your flights

a) From abroad

You may land in either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, if you fly overseas. There are several flight companies having routes from and to Cambodia with a stopover in either Bangkok, Hanoi, or Ho Chi Minh city.
Check Skyscanner to find the best deal.

b) Domestic flights

Cambodia Angkor Air and Royal Air Cambodge are leading flight companies in Cambodia.

I prefer Cambodia Angkor Air because they provide excellent service. There is not much canceling or delaying, and you may have food onboard. The seats are also more comfortable.

The other airlines such as Phnom Penh or Sky Angkor usually has a promotion, and the price is lower than Cambodia Angkor Air. However, it’s pretty common that your flights may get delayed around 30 mins or more with them.

6. Buy travel insurance

You should never travel without travel insurance. As Cambodia is not too safe, you may get robbed or have an accident while traveling in Cambodia.

With travel insurance, you’re covered if there’s any problem. The travel insurance will cover your needs: sightseeing city breaks, vacation getaway, or adventure travel.

7. Book your stay

Depending on where you go, you can book your visit accordingly.

There are different types of accommodation in Cambodia: resorts, hotels, hostels, guesthouses (homestay), and apartments. 

From budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts, you can choose the most suitable accommodation and enjoy the best of your time in Cambodia.

Although you can just come in and ask for rooms in hotels in Cambodia, booking your place in advance for your convenience is recommended.

8. Book train, bus, ferry in Cambodia

How to get around in Cambodia?

Many backpackers buy motorbikes or scooters and get on a road trip from the North to the South or vice versa.

If you’re not a big fan of riding a motorbike, you can consider booking a train or bus or renting a car for your Cambodia trip.

How to book a train, bus, and ferry in Cambodia?

We recommend using 12go.asia to book trains, buses, and ferries while traveling in Cambodia.

12go.asia is the travel search engine compares prices and time of train, bus, and ferry routes in Cambodia, facilitating your Cambodia travel planning and simplifying the booking process.

You can pay online with a credit card and receive your electronic tickets by email.

9. Book travel tours

As Cambodia is relatively cheap, you can find budget-friendly tours starting at $25 for a day tour to Angkor Wat. There are more expensive tours such as day tour to Phnom Kulen Waterfall National Park starting at $75 per person.

If you’re interested in visiting the remote far north or rural area of the east, booking a tour may be the best idea because it’s complicated to arrange the logistic by yourselves.

Also, taking a tour will be a great option if you travel alone and would like to have a companion. Book a tour with us

10. Know places to go

After choosing your destinations, you should know where you would like to visit each site.

We would recommend having a flexible schedule because you might love one destination more than others or unexpected events during your trip to Cambodia, but still plan a bit before your departure.

We have several tips and guides on traveling in Cambodia, from the best places in Cambodia to dos and don’ts in Cambodia. The more you prepare, the better you can plan your trip.

11. Find places to eat and drinks

Trying Cambodia food must be on your list of things to do in Cambodia.

Wonder what you should eat in Cambodia? Read our Cambodia street food list to find your favorite.

We recommend downloading and using the Foody app to find restaurants when you arrive in Cambodia. You can also check Trip Advisor for places to eat at each destination.

12. Connect with the locals or travelers

Cambodia is a popular destination in Southeast Asia, so you can find several travelers who are going here.

You can either join Facebook groups or Couchsurfing to find them. Couchsurfing is a great way to meet the locals and connect with travelers around the world.

13. Take vaccines

If it’s your first-time visiting Cambodia or traveling to Asia, there’s a high chance that you will need vaccines.

If you are going to explore the jungle or mountains in Cambodia, you should be careful of malaria or dengue fever.

Before visiting Cambodia, you should check with your doctor or a qualified medical professional for relevant travel-related advice.

Some recommended vaccines are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow Fever, and Typhoid.

Being healthy is essential for traveling, don’t forget to buy travel insurance to prepare for all the risks.

14. Prepare money

In Cambodia, Cash is a King. The Cambodia currency is Cambodia Riel (KHR) and can be exchanged in banks or jewelry shops.

Depending on your budget and travel style, the amount of money needed for your Cambodia trip may vary.

There are several ATMs and banks in big cities, so it will not be a big issue to withdraw some cash. Then you can exchange your currency for Cambodia Riel.

As the withdrawal fee is high, we recommend bringing some cash before entering Cambodia.

15. Buy a sim card

Although you can find free wifi in public places such as coffee shops, shopping malls, etc., in big cities, it’s more convenient to buy a 4G sim card when traveling to Cambodia.

Some stands at the airport offer sim cards, but we recommend ordering one online in advance.

16. Pack your luggage

What to pack for Cambodia?

If you travel in the summertime, you should bring light clothes or buy new clothes in Cambodia as they are cheap.

If you need any specific medicine, you should bring them along.

You can easily buy sun cream, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste in Cambodia at convenience stores, so you don’t need to pack them.

For women, it can be difficult to buy tampons or menstrual cups in Cambodia, you should pack them in your luggage, or you can purchase and use pads here.

17. Check your travel documents & flights

Before the departure time, you should recheck all your travel documents: passport, visa, insurance, and other required travel documents such as booking confirmation.

We recommend storing those documents as PDF files on your USB or laptop, or Drive so you can access them remotely.

Also, it would be best if you rechecked your flight schedule to make sure it departs on time.

Checking online will save you lots of time and avoid a long queue at the airport, so you should do it when the online check-in service is open.

18. Prepare for your flight

Airsickness is a real problem for some people. It can make you feel nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, and dizziness.

If you have airsickness, you should eat a light meal before boarding, use anti-nausea drugs or natural remedies, and choose the right seat.

When on the plane, you should avoid reading or staring at the electronic screen for a long time because it may worsen the symptom.

Also, if it’s a long flight from your departure destination to Cambodia, buying a soft travel pillow for neck support is a good idea.

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Practical information

When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and May when the country experiences low rainfall and still enjoys warm temperatures. However, the climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid all throughout the year. 

Here is more detail guide for Cambodia weather

You can find excellent deals on flights and accommodations during the rainy season, from June to October, when the monsoons bring brief heavy showers, although that rarely disrupts travel plans.

Do I need a visa for Cambodia?

The visa law of Cambodia requires all travelers to have an approved visa to enter the country, as well as a passport valid for at least 6 months. The visa required may be either an electronic visa, a visa on arrival, or an embassy visa.

Here is more detail about Cambodia visa

We also have the specific guideline for the travelers from some countries such as: USA, UK, Canada, Australia, German, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, or Belgium

How to book the cheapest flight to Cambodia?

For the international flight to/from Cambodia, we recommend you check and book the flight ticket via some online platforms such as skyscanner.com or kayak.com.

Some of you may ask when is the cheapest time / month to fly to Cambodia? 

Logically, the cheapest time to fly to Cambodia is during the off-season from June until September. As there are not many tourists visiting the country, the airlines and hotels seem to offer promotion to attract more tourist and try to fill-up the plane. 

According to cheapflights.com.au, the cheapest flights to Cambodia are usually found when departing on a Monday. The departure day with the highest cost is usually on a Friday.

Moreover, Cambodia flights can be made cheaper if you choose a flight at noon. Booking a flight in the morning will likely mean higher prices.

Simply follow this, sometimes you can have the promotion of 40-50% discount.

We have more tips to book your cheap flight to Cambodia here

How to get around in Cambodia?

If you travel with us in a guided trip, we will arrange everything for you.

If you are an independent traveler, Cambodia has a huge network of transportation options including coach buses, sleeper buses, tuk tuk, trains, and domestic airlines.

Here is more information about How to get around Cambodia

In there any compulsory vaccinations for Cambodia?

Generally, you don’t need super specific vaccines for Cambodia and it is very similar to traveling to the rest of South East Asia, but if you want to be extra careful, here are some of the vaccines recommended by the WHO and CDC for traveling to Cambodia:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Typhoid
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Rabies
  • Meningitis
  • Polio
  • Measles
  • MMR
  • Tdap
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Pneumonia
  • Flu

Most of these vaccines should be routine anyway and you should already have them. 

More information about vaccination for Cambodia here

Is Cambodia safe for tourists?

Yes, Cambodia is a safe place for independent travel, and many find it much safer than their hometowns in the west. There are occasional reports of petty theft, and the occasional bag snatching, but these can be avoided by being cautious with your belongings. 

It is a good idea to leave expensive jewelry and watches at home. You also may consider NOT carrying that laptop as there are internet shops all around the country.  And never, ever leave cash or valuables unattended in your hotel room. 

Some travelers opt for money belts that can be worn inside the clothing or hanging around the neck under the shirt.

Here is more about safety tips for tourists in Cambodia

Do you need travel insurance for Cambodia?

The answer is a very loud YES! 

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.

If you have to claim later, make sure you keep all documentation.

Traveling without an insurance plan is never a good idea, especially when you are traversing unfamiliar territory with rules and regulations that are different to what you know at home. Not only does an insurance plan help protect you against uncertain financial and health risks, but they also provide you with a peace of mind as you travel.

Accidents do happen and we cannot always prevent them, but if you are covered by insurance, you will not have to pay the full cost of a loss, which can come in mounting bills. And when it comes to peace of mind, this will not be just for you, but also for your loved ones back home.

Here is what to consider when buying travel insurance for Cambodia

Combining Cambodia with its neighbors

If you have time, it is a good idea to combine Cambodia with its neighbor countries so that you can widen your experience with different cultures and landscapes.

Find below our recommendations to combine your Cambodia trip with Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, or Myanmar.

Cambodia and Vietnam

How to get to Cambodia from Vietnam or vice versa?

Cambodia and Vietnam are well-connected via flights or border crossing.

Flight: You can take the flight from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, or Da Nang to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia. Once again, please check schedule with Skyscanner.com, kayak.com, or contact us for more details.

Border crossing: Vietnam and Cambodia share a long border with plenty of international checkpoints. However, the entry requirements may change time after time, please contact us for the latest requirements.

Note: the entry requirements for border crossing may change time after time, please check with us for the latest update.

How many days for a trip in Vietnam and Cambodia?

For Cambodia, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 10-15 days in Vietnam, you will need 17-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Vietnam?

How much does it cost to visit Vietnam and Cambodia?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Vietnam and Cambodia is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Cambodia  will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Vietnam and Cambodia tours

You can find below some tour packages that includes Vietnam and Cambodia

Cambodia and Thailand

How to get to Thailand from Cambodia or vice versa

Same as Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia are well-connected via flights or border crossing.

Flight: You can take the flight from Siem Reap. Phnom Penh, or Sihanoukville to Bangkok in Thailand.

Border crossing: the 2 countries have a long-shared border with plenty of international border checkpoints such as Hat Lek – Cham Yeam, Aranyaprathet – Poipet, Chongchom – O’Smach, Chong Sangam – Anlong Veng, Ban Kard – Phsar Prom, or Ban Laem – Daung Lem.

How many days for a trip in Cambodia and Thailand?

For Thailand, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 7-15 days in Cambodia, you will need 17-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Thailand?

How much does it cost to visit Cambodia and Thailand?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Thailand and Cambodia is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Thailand and Cambodia will cost about $2,040-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Thailand and Cambodia tours

Cambodia and Laos

How to get to Cambodia from Laos or vice versa

Same as Vietnam and Thailand, Cambodia and Laos are well-connected via flights or border crossing.

Flight: You can take the flight from Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Pakse to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap in Cambodia. Once again, please check schedule with Skyscanner.com, kayak.com, or contact us for more details.

Border crossing: Laos and Cambodia have just 1 international border checkpoint in southern Laos at Dong Kralor. From there, you can explore the northern Cambodia before traveling further to Phnom Penh or Siem Reap

How many days for a trip in Laos and Cambodia?

For Cambodia, we recommend at least 7-10 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 7-15 days in Laos, you will need 14-25 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Laos?

How much does it cost to visit Laos and Cambodia?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Cambodia and Laos is about $120-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Vietnam and Laos will cost about $1,680-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Cambodia and Laos tours

Cambodia and Myanmar

How to get to Myanmar from Cambodia or vice versa

There is no border between Cambodia and Myanmar and there is also no direct flight connecting the two countries. The best way for you to get to Myanmar from Cambodia or vice versa is to take a flight via Bangkok

How many days for a trip in Cambodia and Myanmar?

For Myanmar, we recommend at least 10-15 days so that you can have a glance of what the country has to offer. Together with another 7-15 days in Cambodia, you will need 17-30 days to visit both 2 countries in one trip.

Here is more on how many days do you need in Myanmar?

How much does it cost to visit Cambodia and Myanmar?

The daily cost for a guided trip to Myanmar and Cambodia is about $130-150 per person in the group of 2-4 travelers. So, your guided tour to Cambodia and Myanmar will cost about $2,210-$3,750 per person, not including international flight.

Myanmar and Cambodia tours

FAQs

Is one week enough in Cambodia?

One week in Cambodia is a perfect amount of time to visit some of the main highlights of the country. While many visitors to Cambodia simply make their way to Angkor Wat, this itinerary will also include the capital city of Phnom Penh and the beaches of Sihanoukville.

Is 10 days in Cambodia enough?

The easy answer is yes. You obviously won't be able to spend a huge amount of time in each place, but it really does give you a flavour of what this amazing country is about. And of course leaves you the opportunity to one day return to explore further.

Is Cambodia worth seeing?

Yes, absolutely, Cambodia is definitely worth visiting for its beaches! Cambodia's islands are often overlooked in favor of the more well-known islands of Thailand. But if you don't visit the islands in Cambodia you're really missing out.

How many days should I spend in Phnom Penh?

The recommended minimum length of a visit to Phnom Penh is two and a half days. If you enjoy spending a large proportion of the day relaxing in the many bars and prefer to see only one site in a day this could be extended further.

What is the best month to visit Cambodia?

The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and May when the country experiences low rainfall and still enjoys warm temperatures. However, the climate in Cambodia is generally hot and humid all throughout the year.

Is Siem Reap worth visiting?

Well, Siem Reap, until today, is still the best place to visit in Cambodia. First it is because of the famous Angkor Wat, but it is not the only thing to do here. There are plenty interesting things to do within a day tour such as Phnom Kulen National Park or Tonle Sap Lake.

How many days do you need in Siem Reap?

Siem Reap can't be covered in one day—you'll need at least three days to cover the huge expanse of the Angkor temples and other attractions in the area. So unless you have a friend in the area with an extra bed, you'll need to stay at a Siem Reap hotel or hostel while you're in town. 

Is Cambodia cheap to travel?

Cambodia is a very cheap travel destination, even by Southeast Asian standards. It's not difficult to find comfortable hotels at a reasonable cost. Food is also quite cheap and in the main tourist towns there are many restaurants eager to please the visiting crowds.

Is Cambodia open for tourism?

Yes, Cambodia has reopened to tourists. Tourist eVisas have been available since October 19, 2021.

Foreigners are now allowed to go to Cambodia for non-essential purposes, including leisure and tourism.

Travelers can apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities are currently unavailable.

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