When you think of Cambodia, the first thing that will come to mind is Angkor Wat – the glorious remnants of the once mighty Khmer Empire. When you learn about Cambodia, you’ll hear about the genocide – a dark period marred by war and bloodshed. But, when you travel to Cambodia, you will see its kind, resilient and humble people, who, despite the tragedies endured, have never lost their spirit and infectious smile.
Stretching across plains that were once home to the mighty Khmer Empire, Cambodia has been the site of magnificent ancient civilizations and devastating political tragedies alike. Despite a tumultuous history, Cambodia’s past lives are immortalised in the world-famous Angkor Complex, post-colonial capital city and steadfastly kind locals.
Immerse yourself in the cultural and artistic renaissance of Cambodia, discovering thriving towns, sleepy countryside villages and idyllic coastal scenery in a single, invigorating destination. With the expertise of our hand-crafted itineraries, dive into the memorable sights of Cambodia.
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Experience the wonders of Angkor and have these moments captured by a professional photographer. Uncover impressive backdrops throughout the ancient ruins – whether it be famous sites or hidden gems, the local photographer will lead the way! Discover different scenes in the countryside and finish the day with sunset atop Phnom Krom Mountain, overlooking endless rice fields and Tonle Sap Lake.
This full-day experience has been developed specifically to give travellers picture-perfect memories amidst the ancient Angkor Kingdom whilst supporting the enterprises of a local photographer.
Spend a day in Cambodia’s capital uncovering the nation’s history and culture through iconic sites and ancient traditions. Take a private cyclo tour along Phnom Penh’s ambient riverfront to the majestic Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and Wat Phnom. Delve into the ancient art of Khmer dance in an interactive workshop with professional dancers, then end the day with a magnificent dinner cruise along the river.
In Cambodia’s capital there aren’t many tours aimed at children, so we’ve put together a fun day trip suitable for all ages.
Embark on a gastronomic adventure aboard a “remork” (aka tuk-tuk) – Cambodia’s iconic form of local transport. Stop by a night market to sample local delicacies, from grilled meat with ‘Khmer cheese’ to more daring snacks like crickets and dried frog. Ignite senses with a wander through the night market and finish off the evening with fresh craft beers at Siem Reap’s one and only microbrewery.
The is a foodie tour like no other with the evening ending at the city’s only craft beer microbrewery.
Stay with a Cambodian family to learn about the local ways – support the development of rural education by helping community gardens supply local schools’ meal programs, learn to make traditional crafts, help farm livestock and embark on a fun-filled ox cart ride through the countryside.
We are immensely proud of this signature Discova tour. Perfect for individual travellers, families, groups and educational trips, there is a huge range of rewarding experiences included over the course of the three days, to ensure that every participant positively contributes to the sustainable development of Chansar.
Capital City: Phnom Penh
Population: 16 million
Currency: Cambodia’s official currency is the riel (KHR). The US dollar is its secondary currency. ATMs dispense US dollars, and they are accepted everywhere, as long as they are newer bills in good condition. Small change will be returned in riel, as coins are not used. Prices may be quoted in either dollars or riel. Money can be changed at any bank. Be sure to have riel on hand when travelling to more rural regions, as the Cambodian riel is the primary currency used in the countryside.
Most visitors to Cambodia are eligible for a visa on arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh International Airports as well as at land border crossings between Thailand, Laos, or Vietnam. A tourist visa on arrival is valid for a single entry of 30 days, and a one-time extension is possible. Most nationalities are also eligible to apply for a tourist e-Visa. It may be easiest to apply for a visa ahead of time at a Cambodian embassy outside of the country to avoid any hassle or misunderstanding at the border.
Most ASEAN nationals can stay in Cambodia visa-free for 14 or 30 days. All visa applications require a passport with six months validity and an empty page, as well as two passport photos. As travel policies change regularly, please check the official government website for the latest regulations before visiting.
As Cambodia is a tropical country sitting just on top of the equator, it’s usually hot and humid. Instead, Cambodia has two primary seasons, wet and dry, with a gradient of temperatures within those two. Dry season stretches from October until the end of April, and wet season begins in May and lasts through September. It’s hottest between March and June and tends to be coolest between October and December.
Wet season can be a fun time to visit, as there are fewer tourists, and the countryside blooms into healthy hues of green. In the heart of the monsoon swells, typically in September and October, travel to more remote parts of the country can be challenging or impossible because of dangerous road conditions. High season crowds come around December and January, when the weather is sunny and dry, and it’s easier to travel to the countryside.
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