CAMBODIA

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Cambodia in a way like no other. Authentic, untouched and dripping in culture, Cambodia will open your eyes to a whole new way of living and being. As we journey through this Southeast Asian country, you’ll discover this country’s allure in its quiet rice fields, mysterious monuments and shy smiles. From UNESCO World Heritage-listed cities and ancient towns to unique foods and fragrant markets, Cambodia is one of a kind. Modern culture shines through a history that cannot be overlooked. Discover the blend of traditional and contemporary, learn of ancient empires and wander the buzzing marketplaces of local towns, where local handicrafts share pieces of cultural. Together, we’ll explore the amazing culture that drives the country and find out why more and more travellers are venturing to this corner of the world. Between gold dusted temples, monks in saffron robes and an oversized crimson sun, the glow of Cambodia will warm you to the very core. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"You'll feel the magic of Cambodia wherever you go, from the temples of Angkor to the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake."

Travel Director

Cambodia at a glance

Currency

Cambodian riel

Winter avg temp

27°C

Summer avg temp

34°C

Time Zone

GMT +7

Capital City

Phnom Penh

Language

Khmer

Good Morning

Aroun Suostei

Good evening

Aroun Suostei

Gleaming rice fields, white beaches, mysterious monuments, gold dusted temples, saffron-robed monks and shy smiles, Cambodia is one of a kind. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director as you explore fragrant markets and towns dripping in the history of ancient empires.

Our top 3 things to do in Cambodia

From natural beauty to layers and layers of history, the list of things to discover in this striking country seems infinite. Here are just some of the enchanting moments waiting when you take a Cambodia tour with Trafalgar.

Discover the temples of the lost city of Angkor Wat

Angkor Archaeological Park—home to the famous Temple of Angkor Wat—is one of the most popular and culturally significant destinations in Southeast Asia. Be enchanted by the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Angkor Wat as we discover the incredible ruins and learn about a city that once was. Stillness and quiet is best found during sunrise.

Wander around The Old Market in Siem Reap

Siem Reap is the centre of charming Cambodia. The city has a lot on offer, starting with the most stunning temples in the country and ending with an impressive creative cultural scene. Peer into the traditional ways of Cambodians through food, clothing, produce and more at The Old Market known as Psar Chas.

Make a difference by visiting Artisans d'Angkor

You’ll positively impact Cambodian culture with a visit to Artisans d’Angkor. Created to revive ancient Cambodian arts and crafts, this local business creates job opportunities for young people in rural areas. Buy souvenirs and support the social mission of this highly regarded local initiative.

Best museums in Cambodia

Spirituality, survival and royalty transcribe through the museums of Cambodia. Let Trafalgar guide you into the heart of this mystical land, as we peel back the layers of its turbulent past and a culture that could not be extinguished.

Wat Phnom temple

Stand in awe of Phnom Penh’s tallest religious structure, taking command at 27 metres high. Walk up Wat Phnom temple’s ancient staircase to the top of the only hill in the city, where you will feel the weight of history within the walls built in 137It’s grand monuments like these that make Cambodia so special.

Royal Palace

Home of the Silver Pagoda, the Royal Palace is the residence of the King of Cambodia. Together, we’ll visit one of the city’s most popular attractions, which holds an important place in the city skyline. Roam through the pristine gardens and enjoy an escape from the bustle of Phnom Penh life.

Museum of Genocide

The dark past of Cambodia cannot be forgotten. Pay respect and gain a deeper understanding with a stop at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a must for any visitor. Wander the halls of what was once a security prison and witness the living conditions of those who were held captive by the Khmer Rouge.

Best food in Cambodia

Let Trafalgar indulge you with the traditional tastes of Cambodian cuisine, heavily influenced by the country’s neighbours, Thailand and Vietnam. There’s no better way to connect to a local culture than through its food.

Kuy Teav

Cambodia’s answer to pho, kuy teav is a noodle soup with Chinese origins, consisting of rice noodles, pork stock and toppings like pork neck, ground pork and a boiled egg. Slurp it down for breakfast for the most authentic experience.

Crispy Tarantula

Chewing on crispy tarantula spiders is a delicacy in Cambodia. Quite expensive when compared to other local dishes, it is often eaten for special events like birthdays and anniversaries. Be brave and immerse in local culture with a few frightening bites, if only for the story when you return home.

Nom Banh Chok

Another popular breakfast dish for Cambodians is num banh chok – a mixture of rice vermicelli noodles served with fish gravy, plenty of raw vegetables and chilli peppers.Order your serve like the locals do, from a street vendor off the back of a bike.

Comfortable sandals or shoes

Raincoat

Whether you’re on a Cambodia escorted tour or passing through on your own, there is no doubt you will find yourself walking for hours each day, so comfortable walking shoes are a must have for your packing list.

Cambodia boasts a warm and tropical climate, but a distinct wet and dry season set the calendar thanks to its proximity to the equator. Bring a raincoat if your trip coincides with the annual down pour.

Conservative clothing

If you’re not on a Cambodia tour, you may not be advised that the local Cambodians dress conservatively. In order to respect their culture, avoid revealing or extravagant items of clothing and dress modestly.

Earplugs

Phnom Penh is exactly what you’d expect of a capital city in Asia, alive with energy and noise at all hours. Earplugs are an essential in your Cambodia vacation pack to make sure you get a good night’s rest.

Lightweight clothing

Cambodia doesn’t get cold, with year-round temperatures ranging from warm to hot. Pack lightweight and absorbent clothing like linen or very fine cotton. It’s ideal for days of adventuring in this part of the world.

What to pack for Cambodia

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

Road Trip Adventures

Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Cambodia Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Cambodia and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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