Cambodia has some of the best places to visit in Southeast Asia — but also a few duds. Having travelled a lot in Cambodia, let me share my advice for getting the most out of your Cambodia trip.
This country is always changing and some places that were once great (e.g. Sihanoukville) no longer are. In this updated Cambodia travel guide, I’ll share the best places to go — besides Angkor Wat, of course!
Many travelers visit Cambodia for only a short while, often in combination with a trip in Vietnam, Laos, or Thailand. If that’s you, read on for some tips on making the best of your limited time.
But there is enough to do in Cambodia to keep you busy for weeks, including some amazing opportunities for ecotourism and authentic travel. You’ll find some itinerary suggestions further down this page.
Plan your Cambodia trip
How to visit Angkor Wat
The UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor Wat is the biggest sight in Cambodia — and one of the biggest in all of Asia.
It’s clearly what brings most people to Cambodia.
Since 3D aerial laser scans were completed in 2016, the archaeological site is understood to have not just been the world’s largest religious monument but also a huge ancient city at the heart of the Khmer Kingdom. It’s thought that 300,000 workers and 6,000 elephants were involved in its construction.
Angkor Wat is massive. The main temple that appears in most photos is just a tiny part of the 400-square-kilometer site.
To visit Angkor Wat, you should go the nearby city of Siem Reap.
Tip 1: visit the temples at sunrise
The best way to experience Angkor Wat is at sunrise. Yeah, it sucks having to wake up at like 6 a.m., but it’s worth it!
People gather at the main temple to see the sun emerge from behind its spires. You can definitely expect some crowds at this prime sunset-watching location. Still, at this early hour, the tour buses have not yet arrived, so you can then wander the temples in relative peace and avoid the intense midday heat. The early morning light gives the ruins a wonderful glow.
Most people go to see the sunrise at the main temple, but there are many other sunset-watching locations inside the park that can give you a more serene experience.
Tip 2: explore the outer temples
Thanks to its large size, there are many areas of Angkor Wat to check out. The main temples get crowded in normal times but there are numerous ruins that are very peaceful (and often wonderfully overgrown by big-rooted trees).
There are some outer-lying temples that can take 30 to 60 minutes to get to. They are not often visited by the larger tour groups. If you’re lucky, you can still be there alone hearing only the buzz of cicadas and the chatter of tropical birds. The outer temples are not as well-restored and are more overgrown by jungle, giving them a more mysterious feel.
If you want to explore the larger area of Angkor Wat, be sure to rent bicycles or hire a tuk-tuk for the day. Ask your driver to take you beyond the standard circuit.
How many days for Angkor Wat?
You can see the most important areas in one day or afternoon. So if you really don’t have much time, 1 day will let you get a good impression.
2 days is better as this will allow you to see the more remote temples and learn more about the history of Angkor Wat.
A 1-day pass for Angkor Wat costs $37 and a 3-day pass is $62. The three days don’t have to be all in a row. Although there is enough to see for 3 days of exploration, most people will probably be a little templed out by day 2, so I think two days is probably the ideal time to spend.
Angkor Wat can also be seen from the air in a hot air balloon, though this is of course a more expensive way to tour the site. To know more, see this in-depth guide to Angkor Wat.
What to do in Siem Reap
The best place to stay is Siem Reap, the city nearest to Angkor Wat.
Besides serving as a base for temple exploration, you’ll find many other tours and services in Siem Reap to keep you entertained.
Cooking classes, pottery classes, quad bike tours, vespa tours, ziplining, massages, fish pedicures, gondola sunset boat rides… you name it, Siem Reap’s got it! You can see all the activities in Siem Reap here.
When darkness falls, look no further than Pub Street for cheap booze and entertainment.
Considering how much there is to do in Siem Reap and Angkor Wat, I think it’s worth staying for at least 3 nights if you can.
Visiting Tonle Sap lake
A common day-trip from Siem Reap to do after Angkor Wat is to visit a traditional floating village on Tonle Sap Lake. But if you do this, be warned.
First, compare the reviews of Chong Kneas floating village with those of Kompong Khleang floating village. Clearly, Chong Kneas is an exploitative tourist trap, while the latter actually helps the community and gives you a positive experience. Make sure you support the right kind of tourism by choosing Kompong Khleang.
Where to stay in Siem Reap
Lub D Siem Reap
New top rated in Siem Reap, with swimming pool and amazing facilities. Dorms & privates
$$ boutique hotel
A bit of luxury still at budget prices (deluxe rooms for ~$20)
$$ B&B / hostel
The Cashew Nut Guest House
Nice private rooms with a cute tropical garden
Traveling from Vietnam or Thailand
Many travelers visit Cambodia as an add-on to a trip in Vietnam or Thailand. Here’s how to do this.
With a few days to spare you can go to Cambodia just for Angkor Wat. It’s a long way (and tiring if you go there and back overland) but it’s definitely doable. You will spend a lot of time in transit, but I think many would agree this is still worth the effort to see this UNESCO World Heritage site, at least if your trip will be your only chance to do so.
If you have at least a week, then you can see Angkor Wat and also spend time on the islands or in the jungles of Cambodia — and get a proper introduction to this country.
From Bangkok, Thailand:
- The bus from Bangkok to Siem Reap (the city near Angkor Wat) takes about 8 hours
- You can also fly with a local budget carrier such as AirAsia. A direct flight takes about 70 minutes.
From Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam:
- The bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap (the city near Angkor Wat) takes about 13 hours
- You can also fly with a local budget carrier such as AirAsia. A direct flight takes about 80 minutes.
Since the journey from Vietnam is quite long, you could break up the journey in Phnom Penh. The bus from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh takes about 6 hours.
The border between Thailand and Cambodia is known for taking a long time to cross. Apparently it’s not as bad anymore as it once was, but it’s still a good idea to count on some delays at passport control. It’s best not to book, say, a flight out of Bangkok right after your bus’ scheduled arrival from Cambodia.
What to skip in Cambodia
Cambodia is an amazing country to visit, but in truth some places are less worthwhile than others. I just want to be honest in this travel guide to help you spend your time in the best way.
Many itineraries include the capital Phnom Penh and the seaside resort city of Sihanoukville, but you can skip them if you don’t have much time.
Perhaps the reason they still get recommended so often is that many guides just repeat the same itineraries.
Phnom Penh simply is not as exciting as other capitals in Southeast Asia. The markets aren’t as crazy as in Vietnam and the temples are not as impressive as in Thailand. Despite attempts to brand it the “Pearl of Asia”, I think Phnom Penh is simply not a must-see. It’s definitely easier to add in if you’re backpacking long-term or have ample time, but otherwise, Phnom Penh isn’t a huge priority. (Or maybe I’m missing something?)
One reason to still add a quick stop in Phnom Penh is to learn about the horrible history of genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s. This will definitely help you understand this country a lot more.
The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum S-21 is a former school that was turned into a brutal prison during the Pol Pot regime. At the Killing Fields, people were systematically murdered in the most horrific ways. Both museums are quite intense and not exactly family-friendly fare. However, they are hugely eye-opening and educational.
If you are in Cambodia for at least a week, I think it can be worth spending just half a day in Phnom Penh to visit these museums. Otherwise, there are better places to go first.
As for Sihanoukville, this seaside resort is an ugly and uninspiring place. In recent years it saw a huge boom in Chinese casino construction, then a huge bust due to the covid-19 pandemic. Now it’s basically one big construction site: dirty and devoid of any charm. It used to have some beaches with fun bamboo shack restaurants and bars, but these were almost all bulldozed years ago.
Sihanoukville used to be a big backpacker party town, but most hostels are now gone. You can party in other places (like Siem Reap) if this is what you seek. Large-scale development has completely taken over Sihanoukville and unless you are a Chinese gambling tourist there probably isn’t much there for you.
I hope that doesn’t sound too negative! People often don’t like it when a travel blog is negative about anything. I just want to be honest and potentially save you some time, so you can see (in my opinion) the best parts of Cambodia.
Best experiences besides Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is the star attraction of Cambodia. Its main temple even features in Cambodia’s flag.
But there is a lot more to Cambodia!
Having travelled all over Southeast Asia, I can say that some of my favorite travel experiences were in Cambodia. I usually enjoy lower-key places where you can enjoy nature or get to know the culture.
So, let me highlight 3 experiences that I think are highly worth adding to your itinerary. They are all in the very scenic southwest. There is minimal travel time between them, letting you create quite a compact and efficient route.
1. Staying on the laidback islands
Off the Cambodian coast you can find a scattering of small islands. These are really some incredible islands to visit, especially since they are less developed than the very popular ones in Thailand.
The biggest island, Koh Rong, is somewhat developed and has a number of small resorts. The other islands are a lot more basic, some of them only having limited power from generators and limited or no internet.
If you’d love to stay in a jungle lodge or a bungalow by the beach, the Cambodian islands are a must-visit. You can definitely get that ‘stranded on an island’ feeling and get away from it all.
The main islands are easily reached by ferry from Sihanoukville. Smaller islands can be reached from Ream or Poi Yopon.
Around the main pier on Koh Rong are some party-oriented hostels and bars, but the rest of the islands are mostly quiet and peaceful.
Keep your eyes on the waves at night; if you’re lucky, you can see bioluminescent plankton sparkling around these shores!
I really liked staying on Koh Rong Sanloem. It’s a bit less developed than the larger Koh Rong but it still has a town where you can shop for things and some small-scale accommodation around several beautiful bays. I spent a week with campfires under starry night skies and swimming during the day. Absolutely blissful.
Barely-developed Koh Ta Kiev can also give you a real castaway feeling, as well as small islands near Botum Sakor National Park.
The waters are clear and beautiful, though definitely more so if you stay in a place that’s a bit more secluded (like in its own bay). The built-up areas near the main docks on the islands do have more of a reputation of being a bit dirty as the island infrastructure struggles to cope there. This is worth keeping in mind when choosing your accommodation.
There generally isn’t as much marine life in the waters as in Thailand or Indonesia. This is why it’s not considered a top location for scuba diving (or snorkeling). However, if you’re just looking to learn, then the many dive shops in Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem can teach you the ropes in about 3 days at very attractive prices.
For beginners the dive sites in Cambodia are actually ideal. You’ll definitely see a few interesting sea creatures, but you can save the truly top tier dive sites for when you have learned your basic diving skills.
2. Ecotourism in the Cardamom Mountains
If you’re looking for impressive landscapes and untouched wilderness, look no further than the southwest part of Cambodia.
This is the most mountainous region that has the most protected nature areas, including one of the last unfragmented rainforests in Asia.
If you want to see lots of tropical birds and other jungle creatures, I can highly recommend the ecotourism in Cambodia. The rural areas here will also give you an authentic experience — perfect for local homestays or staying in jungle lodges. You can have more meaningful interactions with the locals and go a bit beyond the usual tourist sites.
Cambodia honestly doesn’t have the best record when it comes to nature conservation (mining and logging sadly get priority most of the time) but these parts are protected — and spending tourism money here will help ensure they stay that way.
I had a fantastic experience visiting the village of Chi Pat inside the Cardamom Mountains. This village has a CBT (Community-Based Tourism) project, letting you go on various trekking and jungle boat tours, with the tourism funds benefiting the entire local community.
I stayed in the village, went by boat into the jungle, and trekked for 2 days with one night spent at a camp inside the wilderness, waking up in the morning to the distant whooops of gibbons somewhere in the treetops.
The atmosphere in Chi Pat was incredibly welcoming and friendly. It was inspiring to meet the forest rangers who once used to be poachers or loggers but are now proudly protecting the nature. While speaking with some of the guides, rangers, and cooks in this village, it really seemed like this project is making an amazing difference. You can read more about my visit to Chi Pat.
Besides Chi Pat there are other projects such as the Cardamom Tented Camp and the Wild KK Project, among others. There are many options that you can find if you research the Botum Sakor National Park and the Phnum Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary.
If you’re on a backpacker budget you may find that ecotourism tours or jungle stays may cost a bit more than just travelling in the cities, but this does help fund the nature conservation and local development, so it’s designed to be a win-win.
I think ecotourism is a bit less known than in other countries (like Thailand or Costa Rica) but it’s really one of the best things to do in Cambodia.
3. Relaxing & local trips in Kampot
The small towns of Kampot and Kep are often mentioned in the same breath, as they are just 20 minutes apart. They’re easily among my favorite places in Cambodia.
Kep is a sleepy seaside resort. You can expect some wonderful sea views and a small municipal beach. Better than the beach are the woods behind the town where you can hike around and see some cool abandoned French colonial villas from the 1960s (when Kep was a luxury beach resort).
They usually say Kampot is popular with a younger crowd and Kep is a bit more for travelling families or ‘flashpackers’ — i.e. backpacker-style travellers who stay in nicer accommodation. Prices are a bit higher than in Kampot.
By the way, don’t miss Kep’s famous crab market! It’s abuzz with sellers and filled with stacks of whicker baskets brimming with live crab.
Kampot is a riverside town with a lovely buzzing atmosphere. The downtown area is very lively, though there are also many quiet bungalows along the river.
There are numerous things to do around Kampot and Kep. The region is known for its pepper farms and salt fields, and it’s home to many fishing villages, mangrove forests, and caves. The region around Kampot is known to produce some of the best peppercorns, so it’s fun and educational to visit a pepper farm and see how it is produced.
If you are able to ride a scooter (small motorbike) you can have a lovely day out driving via rural roads to the pepper farms, hidden temples, waterfalls, and caves. Alternatively you can pay for a local tour to take you to these places.
There are some concerns about new developments in Kampot that may change its character in the future (since Chinese money is flooding into Cambodia) but for now it’s a very charming town and highly worth staying a few days.
Cost of travel in Cambodia
In a (coco)nut shell: Cambodia is a very inexpensive country.
If you are traveling on a budget you may even be able to get by on $20 a day or less (backpacker budget). You can find dorm beds for $7 a night, beers cost about $1, and cheap street food and stir-fries can keep you fueled throughout the day.
If you are on a holiday and staying in normal (by which I mean non-luxury) accommodation with private rooms, then about $40 a day per person is a good guideline to use.
That said, you can easily find nice bamboo bungalows and basic double rooms in places like Kampot or the islands for around $20 a night, so even if you’re travelling as a couple on a holiday you may not have to spend a whole lot if you still travel ‘local style’.
I usually like travelling on a modest budget as it keeps you a bit closer to the ground and in the local economy. If you prefer higher-end accommodation or more creature comforts then you can definitely find this in the major locations like Siem Reap or Phnom Penh. The island of Koh Rong has some 5-star resorts if that is your style: one night at The Royal Sands can cost around $300. So, there are different levels for everyone.
Cambodia has its own currency but US dollars are mainly used. ATMs will give you US dollars.
Tickets to Angkor Wat cost $37 for 1 day or $62 for 3 days, so your daily average budget will probably be a bit higher in Siem Reap.
If you will be getting a visa-on-arrival or 30-day tourist e-visa, this will be another $30 expense.
How to get around in Cambodia
Getting from A to B in Cambodia is generally not so difficult, though as in any developing country the road conditions may not be perfect and sometimes there can be delays.
Many coach services operate especially between the cities of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Battambang, letting you travel in relative comfort.
Other destinations are often serviced only by minivans. These minivans will definitely get you where you need to be, though they are often crammed with luggage and passengers. On some routes, you’ll have to transfer between connecting minivans, which can be a bit annoying. (The 4000 Islands in Laos to Phnom Penh route is notorious for this.) The only solution is to be patient and to take estimated travel times with a pinch of salt. If you’re not a budget traveler then private taxi hire will let you get around this.
There are a couple of train lines in Cambodia. There are usually known for being very slow, infrequent, and not worth it. But new train lines are being constructed, so this may change in the future.
You can easily buy tickets for buses or minivans through local travel agencies that can be found in any tourist location, or via the reception of your hotel or hostel. The easiest way to book online is through the 12go Asia booking platform.
Going off the beaten track
I really like the southwest parts of Cambodia where the landscapes aren’t as flat and where you can find a lot of mountain, jungle, and island experiences.
I tend to advise to the south first as there is a lot to do and the travel times between points of interest aren’t that long.
But if you’re in Cambodia for a few weeks, you can poke around a lot more.
Consider adding these places to your itinerary:
This laidback town by the Mekong River makes for a nice stop especially on your way from Laos or Vietnam.
Its center features some crumbling French colonial buildings with arched verandas and a vibrant market area. Just across the water is the riverine island of Koh Trong, offering a lovely slice of rural Cambodia with cycling trails and floating villages.
Around Kratie you can visit many temples and basket weaver villages. The main attraction though are the rare Irrawaddy dolphins that live in the river about 20 km north. You’ll be sure to get some amazing Mekong Delta sunsets.
If you’re in Kratie, consider staying at Le Tonle. It’s a restaurant and guesthouse that doubles as a vocational training center for underprivileged Khmer. It has several cozy wood-paneled guestrooms and serves good food. The staff is also totally delightful. (Le Tonle had to close because of the pandemic but plans on reopening in January 2023.)
Cambodian Rural Discovery Tours is another social enterprise in Kratie. It offers dolphin encounters, homestays, trekking, and other experiences. All funds directly support local communities and conservation efforts.
Other Khmer temples
A new road has put several other temples within easy day-trip reach of Siem Reap. It’s about a 2-hour drive to the Beng Mealea temple and the Koh Ker temple, a 30m tall pyramid-like structure rising high above the surrounding jungle.
Even further afield is the Preah Vihear temple. It sits on top of a 525-meter cliff overlooking the border with Thailand.
Cambodia’s second-biggest city often gets overlooked in favor of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. However, it has a more authentic atmosphere; it’s quiet, cheaper, and less commercial.
I haven’t yet been but this northwestern province is often touted as a laidback and remote part of Cambodia with a lot of nature and waterfalls. It’s a bit out of the way from other sights, ensuring it will surely remain untouched by large-scale tourism development.
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I really enjoyed reading your blog post on planning a trip to Cambodia. Your tips were very helpful and I was able to make a great trip that I will never forget. Thank you for sharing your knowledge!
What a great article! We’re currently dreaming of going to Cambodia again – we’ve been
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This article is full of great information and super helpful tips! I really feel like I didn’t have nearly enough time in Cambodia!
I definitely agree with if you have the time to go and visit the Genocide museums. It’s a gruelling experience but a must see. Thanks for the article!
thanks for all the impressions! 🙂 I am planning a 4 weeks journey in the end of February. I am thinking about Laos & Cambodia. I want to travel from south up north. Can you suggest a trip with some good spots to also fly in and out? How to pass the border between Laos & Cambodia?
Thanks and regards,
I would suggest doing north to south, that way you can end your trip on a beach. Fly into Chiang Rai in Thailand or to Luang Prabang, then visit places like Nong Khiaw, Vang Vieng, Vientiane. Go to south of Laos and see the 1000 islands area, then Kratie, Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat, Kampot and chill on Koh Rong. Fly out from Phnom Penh or bus it to bangkok for many flight connections there. Just a suggestion of course 🙂
Thanks for this great article, been very helpful for me who just started planning for a potential 6-day trip today. I suppose it’s not practical to include more than 2 destinations, right?
BTW, on Google Maps apparently the container market is now closed?
Hey Ellyse. Depends what you mean by destinations… with 6 days I think you could definitely still hit up 2 places in Cambodia.
It does seem the container market is closed now. Things change quickly! I’ll update the article. 🙂
Thanks Mark, a very helpful and honest blog! 🙂
Hey, I really enjoyed reading your article. I’ve just driven a motorbike around Cambodia for 30 days. It was a blast. Unfortunately, didn’t have time to visit Sihanouk and Koh Rong because of floods, but that allows me to spend more time in other places. I’ll need to come back since didn’t have time to visit the east part of the country. Battambang was an amazing place, especially driving around the countryside and experiencing bat caves.
Excellent information! I completely agree that Tuol Sleng was a really important site to visit in Cambodia. I had a really hard time with it, but I’m glad I went. After visiting I read “Survival in the Killing Fields”, which is a difficult read but definitely clarifies a lot of what I saw at the museum.
Great guide as always, thanks! I’m heading to Cambodia from HCMC on November 2nd. Do you think 10 days is enough to travel Cambodia? Catching a flight to Australia from Bangkok on the 15th November..
As a route I was thinking Phnohm Penh – Kampot / Kep – islands – Siem Reap. Not sure how long to spend in each place or if this is a rational itinerary.
Any thoughts would be great,
Hey Sammi. Yeah, Cambodia is not toooo huge so you can see quite a bit of it in 10 days and it’s certainly not an unreasonable amount of time. I’d recommend just a quick stop in Phnom Penh, and then Siem Reap for however long you want to check out Angkor Wat. Kampot/Kep and the islands are the best bits in my subjective view and worth allocating a few more days to 🙂
How do you make your map?
Many people ask that 🙂 I get existing vector maps and then edit them using Figma.
Thank you for this informating! I am finding it very helpful while planning my trip!
Incredibly helpful guide, with places I haven’t even heard of before! Will definately consider going to Chi Pat and Kratie as well during my trip to Cambodia. How did you find the food experienc in Cambodia? I have read mixed things about it 🙂
Glad it’s helpful Niclas! I’m also a bit ambivalent about the Khmer food. I like Thai, Vietnamese and Laos food much more though it’s not like Cambodia is culinary torture either. It’s always a good idea to ask for local tips for restaurants. 🙂
I appreciate your article pointing out to support the local people. I see in the comments that many people are wondering if it is a safe place to travel, especially for a single female. I see that you use a service to show places to stay. But I hope that maybe if people ask you for a recommendation, you would come and stay at my hostel so you can make a recommendation to others who ask. You can check my websites and I hope you can visit on your next trip. https://AlisHouseSR.wordpress.com or https://facebook.com/AlisHouseSR
So nice to come across this page as I am currently planning (as soon as vacation is approved) to visit Cambodia later this year. I have always wanted to come and finally see Angkor Wat but no one is interested or they said they’re busy.
So nice to come across this page as I am currently planning (as soon as vacation is approved) to visit Cambodia later this year. I have always wanted to come and finally see Angkor Wat but no one is interested or they said they’re busy. My main question is, for a single traveler, is it safe to go there? Anyway, I’m still planning to join tours for convenience. Any tips?
Hey Carmela. Glad it’s useful to you! There are many solo travelers in Cambodia and it’s generally quite safe. I believe Phnom Penh has a bit of a reputation (for bag snatchings mainly) but on the whole it’s not a country to be particularly worried. Plenty of tours available everywhere… they’re easy (and cheap) to book locally.
you are talking about some less-visited temples in Angor, 30 to 60 minutes away from the main temples. It would be helpful if you could reveal some of these locations you’re talking about.
Thanks a lot and great blog, super helpful! 🙂
Hey Serge! I’m actually a few days away from totally updating this page. 🙂 There’s many… two examples are Ta Nei or Banteay Srei. Further away are ones like Koh Ker and Beng Mealea. These are actually not part of Angkor Wat but approx 1 hr from Siem Reap.
Thanks a lot for the information.. It will be our first backpacking trip and I’m like the only one organising it cause my boyfriend isn’t a big help haha..even an all in is big trouble for him so thanks a lot.. I’ll need this =)
Glad you’re finding this guide useful!
Fruitful info about the place bud. I am planning for a solo trip to Combodia. Would you suggest how safe it is for a solo female travellor and whats the overall budget for a week.
Thanks in advance.
Hey Karthika. Cambodia is quite safe with few incidents of crime. Read up on possible scams though, and pay close attention to your belongings as always. Many women travel solo in Cambodia. I usually suggest about $30 a day (backpacker budget).
Hey! I will be going to Cambodia December 2017 as well! I will arrive the 22nd. Where should I begin to explore?
Hey Cristina. That’s so cool! Some of the most popular places are Battambang, Siem Reap (for Angkor Wat), and the islands around Sihanouksville. But on my next visit I’ll be checking out some less-visited ones, like Banlung, Kratie and the Cardamom Mountains…
We are also planning to travel these places soon, but we still have doubts about the best way to travel them, do you recommend scooters, bus or maybe some other ways of transportation?
I recommend buses and minivans for moving between the major places, and scooters for local sightseeing. Central Cambodia is a bit dull for a road trip (a lot of straight roads and flat land) so I think it’s nicer to bus it there.
Big help. Planning to visit Phnom Penh next year. This one is helpful. Thank you 🙂
Great article, thanks for the tips! With the stunning temples of Angkor, moving historical sites like the Killing Fields, delicious food, colorful markets, and the mighty Tonle Sap, Cambodia is a joy to visit. However, there are numerous tourist targeted scams to be wary of http://travelscams.org/asia/common-tourist-scams-cambodia/
Do be wary of the visa scam, coin collectors, scam orphanages, Angkor Watt touts, incense/prayer scam, Tonle Sap floating village rice scam, milk/food beggar, pickpocketing, snatch theft, invitations to a local home for gambling, tuk tuk scam, rape accusation, fake police and many more!
A great intro to Cambodia! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and your wonderful photos.
Thanks man, this is a big help.
Btw. the “Tomb Raider Temple” is actually called Angkor Thom!
do you know what’s the name of the shooting range at phnom penh nearby killing fields? can’t seem to find anything online.
Try searching for ‘Phnom Pehn Shooting Range’. Here it is on TripAdvisor.
To what extent is it realistic to backpack Thailand and Cambodia in 2 weeks?
I’d probably pick one area in Thailand (e.g. south or north, not both) to keep a compact route. It takes about 1 travel day to get from Bangkok to Siem Reap, and they do combine pretty well.
Thanks for your amazing blog! Helps me lots by planning my trip 🙂
Btw Marek, about the stacks of counterfeit money. It’s not exactly counterfeit money. You don’t buy those things. It’s for the death. People bought it and burn for the deaths.
Didn’t realise it was for funerals. Interesting! 🙂
Hey, I love your website. It’s SO helpful. One question: Is it necessary (or a good idea) to book hostels in advance for travelling in Cambodia (Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville, and Koh Rong) in June? I’ve heard of them having reduced prices for certain months, so I was wondering if there is a best time to book. Thanks a lot.
Sites like Hostelworld or Booking.com will show you the price based on your selected dates, so any seasonal price reductions should already be reflected here (i.e. there’s no advantage in waiting to book later). There’s almost always some accommodation available so you can definitely wing it, and without a booking you can sometimes negotiate over the price. But if you want to be assured of a bed in your preferred place (e.g. a hostel or guesthouse with a high rating) it definitely helps to book ahead. Good luck! 🙂
Definitely some quality tips here. Thank you for the suggestions and the easy-to-read style !
Great guide, thank you. Planning to travel to Cambodia for a few months in May.