Cambodia Travel FAQ

Please see our FAQ below to help plan your trip to Cambodia & Southeast Asia.

Cambodia Tourist Map

Cambodia Travel Map


What are the best things to do in Cambodia ?…………………………………..


Where should I book my return flight from Cambodia ?………………………..


What is the current Covid-19 & Visa policy in Cambodia ?……………………


Laundry services in hotel or town?


 Any Cambodian Foods Should I Try in Cambodia?


➡   Any suggested activities for children in Cambodia? 


 What type of lodging should I book in Cambodia? 


  What are Cambodia’s Major International Airports?


 What are The Best Months to Visit Cambodia?


 What are The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates in Cambodia?


 What are The Top Destinations in Cambodia?


 What are Souvenirs to Bring Back from Cambodia & Where Could I Find Them?


 What Should I Wear when Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Cambodia?


 What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Cambodia?


  What Should my Packing List include for a Trip to Cambodia?


 How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?


 What are The Physical Demands of The Tour in Cambodia?


  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling in Siem Reap, Cambodia?


  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling in Phnom Penh?


  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling Throughout Cambodia?


➡  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling to Cambodia & Vietnam?


  What are The Best Suggested itineraries for Traveling Throughout Southeast Asia?


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What Are The Best Things to Do in Cambodia? 

1. WAT Temple – a MUST-SEE UNESCO WORLD Heritage Site


It takes about 15 minutes to drive from Siem Reap town to Angkor Wat Temple, you can also cycle or take a tuk-tuk, which is a popular mode of transportation among the locals.

Cambodia’s Angkor Wat Temple was the center of the Khmer empire from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries. Visiting Angkor Wat, where you can contemplate the various structures made of hard stones, you completely feel cool while walking around and sitting in these stone structures, surrounding the walls in Angkor Wat it is decorated by skillful carving about the different dances among which the Apsara dance the art soul of Cambodians is available.

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia

Angkor Wat Temple, Cambodia


If you’re not afraid of heights, you can also climb to the tops of the structures here for a bird’s-eye view of Siem Reap. It is never enough to write about everything that Angkor Wat has to offer and how valuable it is for you to see; come here to learn why so many tourists are aware of and want to visit Angkor Wat.

2. ANGKOR THOM Temple – Amazing STONE HUMAN Faces & ELEPHANT Statues


It is not far from Angkor Wat Temple to Angkor Thom Temple where you can see the large human faces, these statues are not only stone status but also very soulful, this is a beautiful skill of those who created them in the past.

Angkor Thom Temple, Cambodia

Angkor Thom Temple, Cambodia


At Angkor Thom Temple, you can also see the large yards where many of the large elephant statuses were made and carved in stone, and it is said that many of the elephant’s matches appeared here.

3. Explore TA PHROHM Temple – Magnificent TREES Octopus ROOTS on WALLS


Ta Prohm Temple, which is also part of the Angkor Temple Complex, has hundreds of years old trees. During the dry season, the weather in Cambodia is harsh and hot, and this area is almost entirely covered by stones, but the trees here have grown year after year, and they are now the oldest and largest trees in the Angkor Temple Complex’s forest.

Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia

Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia


You must be astounded by the fierce vitality of the trees in this area; there are even some large trees that appear to have grown from the stone walls and appear to be very healthy.

4. Experience the TUK-TUK, a POPULAR Mode of TRANSPORTATION for Cambodians


When you arrive in Cambodia, you can easily choose between a tuk-tuk, taxi, motorbike, or bike to get around the city. And, among almost all vehicles in Cambodia, the tuk-tuk is one of the most popular for locals to use because it is convenient to transport a large number of people as well as goods at the same time, and it is safe and fun for you to try this vehicle once you travel to Cambodia.

Tuk Tuks for the local transportation in Cambodiam

Tuk Tuks for the local transportation in Cambodian


Tuk-tuks can be found everywhere in Cambodia, from the nook and canny to the bustling points in the real center. This vehicle is the most convenient and cheapest for locals to transfer in a short distance, as Cambodian roads are still narrow and crowded, so moving by tuk-tuk is much faster than moving by taxi.

5. STAY in a HOTEL with a SWIMMING POOL in Cambodia


When visiting Cambodia, choose a hotel with a swimming pool because the weather is hot all year, especially during the dry season.

best hotel in Cambodia

A hotel with a swimming pool in Cambodia


Almost all three-star hotels in this area have a swimming pool, and rates range from $20 to $60 per room/night (including tax, service charge, and breakfast). The cost of a hotel room varies depending on the type of room you prefer to stay in. It’s also a good idea to get a room with a window and air conditioning.

6. MUST TRY the LOCAL FOOD


Cambodia is still well-known for its traditional cuisine, particularly Khmer local cuisine, which is prepared differently than other cuisines. It may be difficult to try at first, but you will enjoy it because it is different from other local foods around the world.

Cambodian cuisine includes a wide range of cuisines.

Cambodian cuisine includes a wide range of cuisines


When you arrive in Cambodia, you will notice that there are a lot of insects being cooked and grilled for sale on the streets, for some tourists, this is a unique food available only in Cambodia, and they are eager to try it, but for others, it is a source of fear.

7. Take a BOAT TRIP on TONLE SAP Lake “the LAKE Sea” of CAMBODIA.


Tonle Sap Lake is only 15 kilometers from Siem Reap town, so tourists can easily take a bus, taxi, or even a motorbike or bike from the center of Siem Reap town to this lake to take a boat trip and explore the daily life of the local floating villages as well as their habits and customs.

Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia


Tonle Sap Lake is too large to row a boat by hand while this is the most popular mode of transportation for the locals here because they frequently have to move a lot to different and narrowed places in the lake every day in order to earn their living. Tonle Sap Lake is home to many people from countries other than Cambodia, such as Vietnam and China, these locals collaborate and help together. In addition, there are adequate basic infrastructures such as hospitals, schools, churches, markets, shops, and restaurants in the area, although these structures are still small and located on the water’s edge, they are also very good and steady, and you will be surprised by these architectures once you see it directly on a large water area.

Children row a boat by themselves to go to school

Children row a boat by themselves to go to school


When you visit Tonle Sap Lake, you will see children who are very good at swimming, many small children who can swim and rowboat very skillfully, and many children who must rowboat to go to school by themselves because their parents are very busy earning a living. Even though there is electricity, poor families must use oil instead of electricity because it is expensive to pay for the electricity in the lake, and the locals cannot find enough of what is offered on the land, because children do not have access to entertainment venues, they only know how to go to school and return home so that locals also sometimes take their children to the center of Siem Reap town to play in their summers or holidays.

Even a small child can row a boat in Tonle Sap Lake

Even a small child can row a boat by himself in Tonle Sap Lake


Women in Tonle Sap Lake typically stay at home to care for their children, while men work and earn a living. Almost all of the men who live on the lake make a living by fishing and selling their catch to local markets, tourists, and restaurants, as well as to their neighbors around the lake on occasion. Locals’ daily lives are very simple, and while many families only need enough money to get by each day, there are some families who want to become wealthy by doing business right on this lake. While exploring Tonle Sap Lake, you will have the opportunity to see all of the locals’ unique lives firsthand.

A floating house in Tonle Sap Lake

A floating house in Tonle Sap Lake


Tourists can also buy souvenirs made by locals here, such as hand-made towels, necklaces made of pearls or different materials, clothes, hats….all of these products are very unique to both locals and Cambodians. They are very cheap, so don’t pass up the opportunity to buy them as souvenirs after a boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake, one of the world’s largest fresh lakes.

Tourists exploring Tonle Sap Lake have the opportunity to participate in a charitable activity that helps the poor people here, such as buying rice to give to them or giving to the poor children at the schools where many students do not have parents…..or you can buy anything to give to the poor families in the lake, or you can bring old clothes to give to the poor locals at here… So, when you visit Tonle Sap Lake, you not only get to see Cambodia’s most beautiful and largest lake, but you also get to help the locals.

The local floating villages in Tonle Sap Lake

The local floating villages in Tonle Sap Lake


Tonle Sap Lake has two distinct images due to the dry and wet seasons; however, you can visit Tonle Sap Lake at any time because each season has its own beauty. The wet season lasts from October to April, and the dry season lasts from May to September. The water level around Tonle Sap Lake is very high during the wet season, but it is also very beautiful for tourists who prefer to sit long on a boat and cruise along the lake to see a large water area as well as explore local life.

8. Explore The ROYAL PALACE – CAMBODIANS’ Pride


If Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia, Royal Place, where their king lives and works, is its heart, and if your hotel is also in Phnom Penh’s heart, you can easily walk to this unique site to explore.

Royal Palce in Cambodia

Royal Palace in Cambodia


Allow at least an hour to visit all of the sites, and go early in the morning to avoid Cambodia’s hot weather afternoon. In order to enter this site, you must also follow some strict rules, such as wearing long clothes and leaving your shoes (sandals) outside the site to allow entry, not speaking loudly, not touching the objects, and not stealing anything… The Royal Palace is the most well-known attraction in Phnom Penh, and all locals respect and obey their king’s orders.

9. SHOPPING in the RUSSIAN MARKET in PHNOM PENH


Traveling through the Russian market in Phnom Penh, you can find anything you want, from the smallest to the most valuable, such as gold, silver, various types of stones, clothes, shoes, sandals, towels, hats….everything is available at very reasonable prices. The Russian market is also a famous attraction on the Phnom Penh city tour; it must be included for customers who enjoy shopping, so if you enjoy shopping or want to buy authentic Cambodian souvenirs, do not miss this interesting site.

Russian market in Phnom Penh

Russian market in Phnom Penh


After shopping in this central market, walk to the nearby street food to try the special dishes made from insects and animals such as locusts, frogs, toads, mice, and cats.

10. MUST See KHMER’S TRADITIONAL Apsara DANCE Show


When visiting Siem Reap, one of the most popular activities is to see the Apsara dances of Cambodians, which is a truly unique and authentic Cambodian traditional dance.

Apsara dances of Cambodians

Apsara Dances of Cambodians


There are many restaurants right on the local streets that offer these dances while serving their meals, making it easy for you to enjoy the famous Apsara dances that are only available in Cambodia.

11. Visit TOUL SLENG GENOCIDE MUSEUM, home to the KHMER Rouge’s CRIMES


The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum now displays photographs of victims, torture instruments, and human skulls from the Khmer Rouge’s killing of over 7000 people between 1975 and 1978. While looking at the objects here, you may feel your blood freeze.

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh

The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh


This special site is not far from the city center; you can take a taxi, cycle, or rent a tuk-tuk (a local vehicle) from your hotel in the city center to get there.

Where Should my Flights Begin & End for my Cambodia Trip?

Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) in Phnom Penh city, the capital of Cambodia, and Siem Reap International Airport (REP) in Siem Reap province, are the two busiest international airports in Cambodia, where the majority of international flights land and depart.

Where Should I Book My Return Flight to Cambodia?

Many tourists prefer a travel agent in the country (countries) where they will visit to book and organize their return flight, but the best way to help you have the cheapest air ticket rates is to book directly from your country to avoid the case where the airline charges the contrary ticket issued fee, or you can also request the return ticket to be booked by travel agents who work in your country.

Also, please verify the weight of your return international flight when you or your travel agent books it so that you may prepare and pack enough luggage weight depending on that restriction. This is critical because being overweight at the airport normally entails a hefty fee.

What are my Options for Lodging in Cambodia? 

If you visit Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s two most popular tourist destinations, the first thing you should look for is to stay in a hotel with a pool, especially in the dry season in Cambodia because the weather in Cambodia is always hot, even during the rainy season.

The second note is that your hotel should be located in the heart of these areas, as this will allow you to walk and explore the areas’ highlights at your leisure, and you won’t have to pay much to catch a taxi or a bus to visit the central market.

Any city in Cambodia provides a choice of hotel alternatives ranging from two to five stars, or even a guesthouse, depending on your budget. You can book online or seek assistance from a travel agent. When reserving a hotel, make sure you know what’s included, at the very least your breakfast, service charge, and tax, because some internet booking websites don’t make this clear.

What Foods Should I Try in the Cities in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s traditional cuisine is still well-known, particularly Khmer local cuisine, which is prepared differently than other cuisines. It may be challenging to taste at first, but once you do, you will realize how different it is from any other local food around the world.

You’ll see a lot of insects being fried and grilled for sale along the walking streets throughout tourist cities in Cambodia. For some tourists, this is a one-of-a-kind dinner available only in Cambodia, and they are eager to try it, but it is a source of concern for others.

What are Any Suggestions for Traveling with Children in Cambodia?

Bring an umbrella and some pills with you 

Bring an umbrella and some medications to avoid the weather changing unexpectedly throughout the day.
There are two seasons in Cambodia: dry and wet. The dry season lasts from October to April, and the wet season lasts from May to September, with August and September seeing the most rain.

It is not only very hot in the dry season, but the sudden change in weather from rain to sunshine and vice versa within a day can make children feel uncomfortable or ill, so bring an umbrella and some medicines for your child to avoid bad cases that cause them to avoid changing the weather even within a day here.

The drinking water 

In the dry season in Cambodia, the vehicles you use must have air conditioning and drinking water available at all times, because it is very hot, especially when exploring the Angkor Temples Complex, where the weather is very hot and you will be walking to visit a lot of sites around this area, so you should bring some bottles of water with you, because there is no place to offer bottles of water inside Angkor.

Bring a trolley and some daily preferences if you travel with young children

Always ensure that your children have some of their daily preferences, such as snacks, candies, toys, and so on, to avoid any difficulty in obtaining the same products at your present location. Remember to pack some medical supplies, such as medicine and bandages, in case they fall or become hurt…..

If your children are too young to carry in your arms while (all of your time) trekking or walking tours around the places, a trolley is extremely beneficial.

Limit transfers as much as possible

If you’re traveling with kids, try to keep your transfers to a minimum. Especially if you want to move from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap or vice versa by bus, as this journey takes around 6-7 hours and the roads are not smooth enough for the bus to run, the best option is to take a short flight from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, which takes about 50 minutes.

Combine entertainment complexes into your itinerary

Children need to play and enjoy themselves at entertainment complexes such as parks, zoos, and game complexes…Plan to visit these exceptional places with your children to help them experience memorable and enjoyable excursions with you, grownups.

What are Souvenirs to Bring Back From Cambodia & Where Could I Find Them?

The Russian market in Phnom Penh is where you can find whatever souvenir you want to preserve for your vacation to Cambodia, from the smallest to the most precious, such as gold, silver, various types of stones, local masks, garments, shoes, sandals, towels, caps…The Russian market must be included for clients who prefer shopping, so if you enjoy shopping or want to buy authentic Cambodian souvenirs, don’t miss this fascinating place.

If you visit Siem Reap, don’t forget to buy some local souvenirs, such as wooden marks in the town or toys and brocade clothing in the surrounding area of Angkor Temple Complex where you visit.

When traveling, almost all tourists prefer to purchase at least some souvenirs from the places they visit, however, before you buy these, make sure you have enough space in your luggage for your souvenirs (shopping) as well as the allowed weight of your flight tickets.

What are The Standard Tipping Practices for a Tour Guide & Driver in Cambodia?

Whatever the compensation is for a tour guide, he or she will always give it his/ her all. Because almost all tour guides are sensitive about the matter, they almost never suggest that clients should or must pay for gratuities. As a result, visitors should consider their ability and attitude to give each of their tour guides and drivers between $5 and $20 per person for their party.

Do Most Hotels Offer Laundry Service or Will There be a Laundry Service Nearby? 

Because most hotels do not allow visitors to wash their clothing in their rooms, if you did not bring enough clothes, you should either clean your dirty clothes at your hotel or, if your hotel is in the city center, you may easily find some places that offer this service at very inexpensive prices. Bring only what you need if you’re going on a short trip or prefer to save money by washing your clothes.

What are The Physical Demands of the Tour?

 Regardless of your age, our tours are moderately active.

What Should my Packing List include for a Week or More in Cambodia?

Personal Items

Cambodia is not cold even in the rainy season; temperatures range from 30 to 35 degrees Celsius, so bring light clothing on your trip here.

Bring and wear long enough clothing to enter Cambodian temples or pagodas, as per their restrictions at historical landmarks, particularly the Royal Palace, where their kings currently reside and operate.

Update The Current State of Covid-19, as well as Politics & Security

In fact, Cambodia has been safe for you to visit thus far, however, there are occasionally unexpected problems with The Current Covid-19 situation, politics, and security of the places where you intend to visit, so you should check some of the most up-to-date information about each of your destinations in each city before your arrival date at here, so you can better prepare everything and be ready to welcome the most unusual events of the place where you visit.

Learn Some Basic Daily Habits & Local Customs Before You Arrive

To guarantee that you do not act inappropriately with the most basic items, you should learn or ask your tour guide some basic daily habits and local customs about the specific spot that you will visit. To make things easier for you in this situation, learn basic local greetings, shopping, thank you, goodbye, etc. This will make the locals feel friendlier and less strangulated when you speak with them directly.

The Allergic

Another thing you should prepare and bring home if you or any member of your family frequently requires them in an emergency situation, such as being allergic to food or anything, becoming ill from changing the weather too quickly, or being exposed to too much sun in any country, medicines to prevent insect bite toxin…… Traveling to all parts of Southeast Asia is safe, and there are many good types of medicines available in these regions, but it is still the quickest and most convenient if you can bring some of these medicines with you to avoid an emergency situation on the way you travel.

(Always remember to pack LIGHT – one carry-on and one purse/backpack only, whether it is a 1-week or 4 weeks trip.) 

How Long Must my Passport be Valid for International Travel?

A passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the end of a journey in most countries. If your passport expires sooner, you will need to apply for a renewal.

What Should I Wear When Visiting Buddhist Temples/ Pagodas in Cambodia?

Cambodia is a Buddhist country so you should avoid wearing short shirts and pants when visiting temples and pagodas here, especially in Royal Place, where Cambodia’s King lives, and in the Angkor Temple Complex region, to avoid being denied access.

What are Cambodia’s Major Regions & International Airports?

Cambodia has two major international airports:            •    Phnom Penh International Airport in Phnom Penh

                                                                                     •    Siem Reap International Airport in Siem Reap

These flight times are from/to Siem Reap, Cambodia:      •     Bangkok, Thailand                    1hr 10min

                                                                                     •     Hanoi, Vietnam                        1hr 45min

                                                                                     •     Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam         1hrs 20min

                                                                                     •     Luang Prabang, Laos                 2hrs 10min

                                                                                          Singapore                                2hrs 15min

                                                                                     •     Phnom Penh (domestic flight)    50min

The flight time between domestic flights within Cambodia is approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

What are The Best Months to Travel to Cambodia?

Cambodia has two seasons: The Dry & Wet/ Raining season.

The dry season lasts from January to April and from November to December. The wet/ raining season runs from May to October. 

The Best Time to visit Cambodia is in January, February, March, April, November & December during the dry season.

Cambodia Climate

What are The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates in Cambodia?

Covid-19 travel updates may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow:

•  Vaccinated travelers aren’t required to quarantine on arrival.

•  You must present evidence of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

•  Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated hotel or Alternative State Quarantine hotel.

•  If you quarantine at a government-designated hotel you’ll need to deposit $US2,000 to cover these costs. The deposit should be paid in cash. Any unused funds will be returned to you.

•  Pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 tests are not required.

•  The Cambodian Government encourages all visitors to Cambodia to undertake a voluntary COVID-19 test before traveling and after arrival.

What are The Top Destinations in Cambodia?

Top Destinations in Cambodia

Top Destinations in Cambodia

Siem Reap – Home to the legendary Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site,  the Angkor Temple Complex, and Tonle Sap Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Asia

Phnom PenhThe capital of Phnom Penh, notable for its Royal Place and the Killing Fields, related to the  Khmer Rouge’s worst mass killings

Sihanoukville – Where has the most beautiful beach in Cambodia, including the unique seafood and local food.

Battambang Is home to some of the best best-preserved French colonial architecture in the world.

Kampot – Very famous with Kep Beach, Bokor Hill Station, Rabbit Island, and countryside short tours.

Tonle Sap Lake – Also known as “the Great Lake of Cambodia,” is the largest freshwater lake in Asia and home to numerous floating villages.

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Do I Need a Visa to Travel to Cambodia?

Below are all of the most updated information and guides to assist you in checking if you need a Visa to visit Cambodia. If so, How to obtain it.

TRAVEL VISA TO CAMBODIA

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Cambodia Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•  30 days for Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia

•  14 days for Thailand                                                                 

•  21 days for Philippines                                                       

For all visitors from other countries, the visa has remained valid for 30 days.

The international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as the international border inspection station, handle visas.

Cambodian visas are accepted at any embassy or consulate in the country.

Tourist visa fees are $30 

At the immigration office in Phnom Penh, the visa is extended.

Cambodians living abroad are eligible for a free visa (visa k).

Cambodia E-Visa

With a few exceptions, nationals of any country can obtain an e-visa. 

E-visa is also not available for: 

  •   Those who hold diplomatic passports
  •   Those who hold official passports
  •   Those who hold spouse or parent-endorsed passports
  •   Those who hold international travel documents

To obtain an E-visa, you will only need two additional documents:

  •  The biodata page of your passport
  •   A photograph of the applicant.

Cambodia’s E-visa is a government-issued electronic authorization in PDF format.

The E-visa is required to enter Cambodia and travel within the country for tourist purposes.

The e-visa must be printed and presented at the port of entry.

When entering Cambodia, an e-visa can only be used once, and you will need to apply again on your next visit.

You can apply for an e-visa a few days before your trip, so you are not concerned as long as your flight departs in more than 72 hours.

If you are flying to Cambodia, E-Visas are accepted at the following entry points: 

  •   Phnom Penh International Airport.
  •   Siem Reap International Airport.
  •   Sihanouk International Airport

If you are traveling overland, you can gain entry through: 

  •   Cham Yeam (Koh Kong Province) (from Thailand).
  •   Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey Province) (from Thailand).
  •   Bavet (Svay Rieng Province) (from Vietnam).
  •   Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treang) (from Laos)

E-visa is not yet issued for certain countries:

  • Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Sri Lanka.–

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Cambodia, valid for 30 days.