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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.

Affordable Cambodia tours

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.

If you are thinking about booking a Cambodia tour, here are 10 places you simply must see.

More information about Cambodia tours

Do you want to know more about Cambodia and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Cambodia tourism board for more information.

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Phnomh Penh - Toul Sleng Museum, Choeung Ek Killing Fields, Royal Palace & Silver Pagoda, Skonn district market, Kulen Mountain walks...


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Ancient Hanoi, Halong Bay cruise, colonial Hoi An, Mekong Delta homestay & boat trip, Saigon, Phnom Penh sites, local markets, Kulen ...


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Hanoi's Old Quarter, Cruise on Halong Bay, Reunification Express, ancient Hoi An, colourful Saigon, Chu Chi Tunnels, cruise along the Mek...


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Killing fields and genocide museum in Phnom Penh, bicycle tour around the UNESCO World Heritage site of Angkor, Tonle Sap & fishing v...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year to visit Cambodia?

The best time to visit Cambodia is from November to February as the weather is cooler and there is a breeze.

Is it safe to visit Cambodia?

Generally, the country is safe to visit, but you should avoid the remote areas of Phnom Penh at night.

What should you wear in Cambodia?

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.

Can you drink the tap water in Cambodia?

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.

What is the official currency of Cambodia?

The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian reil, and the American dollar is the country's unofficial currency.

What is the official currency of Cambodia?

The official currency of Cambodia is the Cambodian Riel, and the American dollar is the country's unofficial currency.

How do I plan a trip to Cambodia?

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.

How much is a meal in Cambodia?

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.

Do people in Cambodia speak English?

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.


Do you need vaccinations to go to Cambodia?

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.

How much would a trip to Cambodia cost?

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.

How many days in Cambodia is enough?

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.

What is the best month to visit Cambodia?

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.

Is Cambodia expensive?

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.

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Cambodia Country Guide

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Time: GMT+7
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
Language: Khmer

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.

Highlights

  • Angkor Wat - a temple complex from the 12th century and the largest religious monument in the world.
  • Silver Pagoda - this building by the Royal Palace is also called the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
  • Toul Sleng Museum - a museum in Phnom Penh chronicling the Cambodia genocide, housed in a former school.
  • Skuon - a district capital of Cheung Prey District and market town known for its spider markets.
  • Siem Reap - a resort town in northwestern Cambodia and the gateway to the ruins of Angkor.
  • Bayon - positioned in Angkor, this temple depicts the face of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII.
  • Banteay Chhmar - one of Cambodia's most important temples from the Angkorian period and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Prasat Preah Vihear - a Hindu temple built during the period of Khmer Empire sitting atop a 525-metre cliff.

Tips

  • Avoid wearing swimsuits or beachwear around the towns in Cambodia, even along the coast.
  • When visiting temples, cover up your knees, elbows, shoulders and head to show your respect.
  • Bargaining is expected in marketplaces and smaller shops. You can bargain for Tuk-Tuks and taxis.
  • Learn some Khmer phrases and greetings so that you can interact with the locals.
  • Keep an eye out for scams and look after valuables when walking through busy areas.
  • Be wary of eating meat or fish that hasn’t been cooked in restaurants and markets.
  • Don't consume ice in drinks and stay away from salad, raw fruit and vegetables.
  • Tipping is customary, and it is polite to leave a donation when visiting a temple.

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