Cambodia tours are one of Southeast Asia's most interesting and rewarding experiences despite being isolated from the international community for many years.
At Encounters Travel, our Cambodia tours are a wonderful mix of traditional Khmer culture, stunning Hindu influenced architecture, beautiful jungle landscapes, and some of the warmest, and friendly people in the world – making it the holiday destination.
Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, wonderfully combines a bustling, commercial heart with Buddhist temples, majestic palaces, shady avenues and colonial-style building.
Various museums and sites of interest in and around the city chart Cambodia's past - from the glories of the Khmer Empire to the darker recent history of genocide by the Khmer Rouge.
Hidden in the dense jungle around Siem Reap, the vast complex of temples of Angkor, that made up the empires former capital, still stands today as a true and lasting testament to the greatness of the Khmer god-kings.
Cambodia's countryside is a picturesque patchwork of rice paddies dotted with small villages.
National parks have been opened covering large tracts of the dense, unspoiled jungle - and the mighty Mekong River cuts the country in half. Tonle Sap (Great Lake), a large freshwater lake is one of UNESCO's World Natural Heritage Sites and supports a unique ever-changing ecosystem.
To the south of the country, there are the lovely sandy beaches and clear warm waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Several national parks have been set up to preserve the fragile ecology of the mangrove swamps.
A Cambodia tour works perfectly as a destination in its own right, or more often as an extension to a Thailand holiday itinerary or as part of a longer multi-destination tour of Southeast Asia.
Our suggested Cambodia tour itineraries will provide you with a good starting point, and can be adapted to your own requirement or combined with other suggested holiday itineraries to nearby countries.
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The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to February as the weather is cooler and there is a breeze.
Generally, the country is safe to visit, but you should avoid the remote areas of Phnom Penh at night.
Given the year-round warm temperatures, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing are good options. Shorts are acceptable, but we suggest covering up when visiting temples and religious sites.
The tap water in Cambodia is claimed to be safe, but a lot of chlorine is added so it does not taste good. It is recommended to only drink the bottled water that is sold everywhere.
The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian reil, and the American dollar is the country's unofficial currency.
The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, and the American dollar is the country's unofficial currency.
Planning a trip to Cambodia depends on the travellers interests – where you’d like to go and what sites you’re most interested in seeing. At Encounters Travel we offer a selection of Cambodia tours that’s suites all types of travellers – ranging from six day tours to 16 day tours.
Meal prices in Cambodia can vary – the cost of your meal depends not only on the type of meal but also where you’re planning on dining.
When dining out an average meal in Cambodia costs around ?19,285 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
Cambodia has a single official language which is Khmer - its spoken by nearly 90% of the country's population. However, English is widely spoken – many visitors are surprised by the general level of English after travelling through neighbouring Thailand or Vietnam where English speakers are often confined to the hospitality and tourism industry.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required before you travel to Cambodia. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Cambodia: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
The cost of a trip to Cambodia depends on a number of things, such as how long you’re planning on staying, what your interests are and more specifically, your budget. At Encounters Travel we offer tours ranging from $995 to $2525, and higher.
It’s hard to say how many days is enough to cover Cambodia – the amount of days depends on what you’d like to do and see.
At Encounters Travel we offer extensive tours that ranges from six days to 16 days – the length of your stay also depends on your budget.
The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April – when it sees very little to no rain. During this time you'll see clear blue skies making it a great time to enjoy a relaxing getaway on the southern coast.
Although Cambodia is one of Southeast Asia's least developed countries, it can be slightly more expensive to visit than its more developed, economically successful neighbours.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.
When a single women in her 50's, traveling from the US to Egypt, stumbles across a website offering a tour, and then they make her feel totaling comfortable about every step of the process, you know you've hit a homerun!
Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.
Dial Code: +855
Area: 181,035 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Cambodia is the Gulf of Thailand 0 m (0 ft.) | The highest point in Cambodia is the Phnom Aural 1,810 m (5,938 ft.)
Population: 29,624,035 (2018)
Capital: Phnom Penh
Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Elective monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, One-party state
Cambodia, officially the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a sovereign state in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.
The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practised by approximately 95% of the population. The minority groups in the country include Vietnamese, Chams, Chinese and 30 hill tribes. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the economic, political and cultural centre of Cambodia. Cambodia has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, and agriculture remains the dominant economic sector.
The landscape of Cambodia is characterised by a low-lying central plain that is encircled by uplands and low mountains. The highest peak of Cambodia can be found in the area of Phnom Aural. Cambodia's climate is largely affected by monsoons, like the rest of Southeast Asia.
Cambodia has two main seasons: the rainy season, which runs from May to October and the dry season, which lasts from November to April. The biodiversity in Cambodia is mainly based on its seasonal tropical forests, home to 180 recorded tree species and 212 mammal species.
Khmer is the national language of Cambodia. French, the former language of government in Indochina is still spoken by many older Cambodians and is used in some schools. English is taught in many universities in the country and street signs are now bilingual in Khmer and English.
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