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Cambodia is a beautiful country that magnetizes visitors with its breathtaking vistas, architectural magnificence, and cultural richness. As you step into this country, you’ll be greeted by thick forests, charming valleys, and lush flora and fauna. Divided into twenty-five different provinces, it is a melting pot of different cuisines, cultures, and traditions.

Home to the famous Angkor Wat and many other beautiful temples, the spiritual seekers are bound to have the time of their life over here. It is also known for its urbane lifestyle and ultra-chic venues where you can have never-ending fun and entertainment. It casts a spell on the visitors by offering the perfect medley of the modern and the old offerings.

This Asian country is also home to beautiful attractions that are known for their architectural brilliance and scenic masterpieces. Wherever you go, you’ll experience a new side of this country, and your heart will ponder to explore its hidden gems and beautiful vistas. From scenic parks to coastal towns and beaches to museums, there are endless venues that you should not miss exploring if you’re here. The wildlife sanctuaries, islands, architectural ruins, and national parks are also worth exploring, and they tell about the different facets of this country.

If you want to explore the nightlife of the country, then there are many pubs, bars, and nightclubs over here where you’ll find the best of the music, food and the drinks. You can further enjoy shopping at the world-class malls as well as local stores that sell everything under the sun that you can think of at affordable rates.

And if you’re a foodie, then you’re in for a treat over here as Cambodia is dotted with some of the best restaurants and hotels where you can relish the local dishes and international flavors. You can even enjoy swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling at the famous beaches here that are a paradise for adventure junkies.

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Overall we had an amazing family trip to Cambodia for 6 days. A big thank you to Thrillophilia for organizing our trip so well!!! During our trip, we were regularly in touch with the agent who helps us from the very first place and even we get great support from the local operator and the staff. The company employee received us from the airport and helps us with the documentation part and as well gave us a warm welcome and the driver already waited for us and very helpful too which helps us with our luggage and kept it in a proper manner in the car, we had an easy checked in at the hotel and as well we really love the hotel they provided to us as we get a great hospitalities and services and with the sumptuous breakfast. All the day tours were well-planned and well-executed and the sightseeing was truly breathtaking and we get to learn about their culture and traditions... The temples, palace, floating village, UNESCO world heritage site, and many more important and famous sites we visited were very impressive at each arrival... We clicked many pictures to keep this trip memorable for a lifetime...
Loved!!! this trip like anything, The planned, timing, and service on this trip were absolutely fantastic and everything was very seamlessly for us and the team was always available whenever we required plus they kept inform us if there is any update or changes during the trip... Hotels: was very comfortable with professional and friendly staff and served us with amazing breakfast, Transportation: the car was well-maintained and the driver was on time always, Activities: sightseeing Was the highlight. Place: it's too beautiful with its natural beauty, manmade beauty, and amazing culture and nice people... NO REGRET LOVE THE EXPERIENCE.
I was not wrong at all with my decision for choosing this destination for my family vacation and I am also glad that my family loves the place and the experience they get from this trip... I'm impressed with the way Thrillophilia organized the tour it was very professional with full detailed about the trip how it will go and also decide the place to visit which they selected with the major attraction of the place, we really enjoyed the visiting to the floating village of Chong Khneas, and the sightseeing in a boat was extremely fabulous, the Wat Temple was really breathtaking, the place has lots of scenics beauty all around, I already in love with the place...Overall this booking platform even took care of all our requirements like accommodation, transport, picked up, and the drop which was extremely great...The whole team, the service, and the trip worth appreciating...
The agent I spoke from Thrillophilia was very professional and friendly since the very first time I contacted them, providing excellent advice during the planning phase and at every point during the trip. The itinerary they shared with me it seemed great with no trouble at all especially the daily itineraries were well balance which we were truly enjoyed our trip, We spend more time in Phnom Penh and all the sightseeing-spots were incredible. Arrangement and all were fully satisfied, simple words our high expectations for the trip were exceeded... Tons of thanks and best wishes to the entire team.
Huge thanks to Thrillophilia for this amazing trip we had recently, It was really a trip to be remembered till the end of times. What makes this trip a memorable one for me and my family reasons are mentioned below. Service: we received top-notch service from Thrillophilia and the associate operator who deal with them, we get both online and on-ground support from the team, and they also always available on WhatsApp by 24/7. Arrangement: The hotel they provided to us was great and they served with amazing breakfast and the staff were courteous. Transfers were on-time with the amazing driver. Tours: All the day tours we had were interesting and the places we covered were beautiful and also gave us great pictures. Destination: Truly paradise and very rich with culture, traditions, history, religions, and foods, ... Overall we enjoyed the itinerary and the service, We do create our own itineraries as well in free time which we roam around the nearby places and tried the street foods which was delicious, we even did the shopping and purchased souvinirs, we met nice people and we became friends. Really we had a very fantastic trip. Strongly recommend Thrillophilia and this package.
A holiday to Cambodia was excellent value!!! All in all, what they provided during the trip was super excellent, we had a wonderful stay for the entire 4 nights, the transport picked-up and dropped-off were exactly on time as expected. The place is very rich with natural beauty, UNESCO Heritage Sites, and our favorite part was the arrival at Angkor Wat I was shocked by this huge and beautiful temple and its surrounding areas... definitely gave us an amazing snap, The people, culture, and history of the place were impressive...This was easily the best organized holiday we have ever had...
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Five days' trip to Cambodia was absolutely fantastic. I like that the trip was the best option for me within my budget. I have contacted them and the expert team was very helpful who made an itinerary with all things I really wanted too. I am grateful that they made my trip Amazing with awesome itinerary, hotel, vehicle, location, and sightseeing spots... I have no worries at all instead I truly enjoyed the trip and every moment I spend there.
Arrangement for my trip was good, the team was very responsive all the time we need any kind of help from them and they even called us to make sure that we are getting everything from the package we booked. The accommodations were too good with the hospitable staff, the timing was well-followed, the natural beauty and historical sites of the place were worth-it, day tours were super good, we get everything we could have hoped for and more...Thank you

People Also Ask About Cambodia

  1. What is Cambodia famous for?

    1. Angkor Wat Temple: Built by King Suryavarman II this temple is one of the largest religious structures in the entire world. It spans across four hundred acres and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

    2. Angkor Archaeological Park: 
    This is an important archaeological site located in Southeast Asia that was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 1992.

    3. Bamboo Island &  Kirirom’s Pine Forest: 
    This is also known as the Bamboo island of Cambodia and is surrounded by temperate pine forests. No internet or mobile network is available here offering complete serenity to the visitors.

    4. Rice wine with a snake inside: 
    This is one of the most famous wines in Cambodia where a venomous snake is placed inside a jar of rice wine.
  2. Is Cambodia expensive to travel?

    No, Cambodia is an extremely cheap travel destination, and both food, as well as accommodation options, are quite budget-friendly over here. If you spend around USD 25 per day, you can have a very leisurely stay here.
  3. Is Cambodia safe for tourism?

    Yes, Cambodia is extremely safe for tourism, as the crime rate over here is low. But you should take care of your belongings whenever you’re stepping outside of the hotel to stay away from the burglars.
  4. What are some famous tourist attractions in Cambodia?

    1. Preah Vihear: This is a famous Khmer temple that has been inscribed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is renowned for its incredible architecture and wall paintings. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and stands atop a five twenty-five meters tall cliff in the province of Preah Vihear.

    2. Sihanoukville: 
    This is the premium beach destination renowned for its coastal marshlands, uninterrupted stretch of beaches, and unique biodiversity. It also houses The Ou Trojak Jet, which is the only accessible river in Sihanoukville where you can enjoy swimming.

    3. Silver Pagoda: S
    ilver Pagoda is considered to be the storehouse of national treasures such as gold and silver Buddha statues. It has a huge courtyard and a façade that is inlaid with Italian marble structures. Various national and royal ceremonies are also organized here.

    4. Angkor Wat: 
    This is a beautiful temple that was built by King Suryavarman II in the 12 th century and is a prime example of Khmer architecture. It is one of the largest religious structures that spans around four hundred acres and is surrounded by a rectangular reservoir.
  5. What are the different activities one can do in Cambodia?

    1. Hop on to the Rabbit Island: If you wish to enjoy the sand, surf, and the sun, then hop on the Rabbit Island that is the best place to unplug from the hustle and bustle of the fast-paced city life. You can enjoy swimming here in the warm water, and you can also enjoy lip-smacking food at the beach shacks.

    2. Enjoy hiking at Kep National Park: 
    Get ready for an adrenaline rush as you hike through the varying terrains at Kep National Park that is home to a variety of flora and fauna. The hikes here are of varying length and are ideal for both experienced as well as novice hiking enthusiasts.

    3. Enjoy a wonderful outing at Kep Butterfly Farm: 
    Give your kids the memory of a lifetime as you take them for an outing at Kep Butterfly Farm that has a butterfly aviary, swings, and gazebos for total enjoyment of your kids. It also has a small café where you can enjoy delicious food and refreshing drinks.

    4. Snorkeling: 
    Get ready for an up-close and personal interaction with seahorses, parrotfish and sergeant fish as you enjoy snorkeling at Sok San Beach in Sihanoukville. Dive deep into the clear water of this beach and witness the marine flora and fauna.
  6. How many days are enough for the Cambodia tour?

    Three days are enough for the Cambodia tour:

    - On the first day, you can visit popular attractions such as Banteay Srei, Preah Vihear, Sihanoukville, and Angkor Wat.
    - Dedicate your second day to laze around the beaches like Coral Beach and Lazy Beach and try activities like snorkeling and swimming.
    - Reserve your third day for shopping and trying the local cuisines at the famous restaurants and cafes.
  7. Which are some of the undiscovered places to visit in Cambodia?

    1. Banteay Srei: Known to be the greatest example of Angkorian craftsmanship, this Hindu temple is a must-visit during your Cambodia tour. It is made of red sandstones and has beautiful motifs all around the wall of the temple.

    2. Mondulkiri: 
    This is an undiscovered gem in Cambodia that is inhabited by tribal minorities and is home to four wildlife sanctuaries and tropical forests.

    3. Kampot: 
    This is a small riverside town with salt fields, dusty streets, French colonial buildings, and dilapidated shophouses.

    4. Kratie: 
    Experience the authentic Cambodian culture in this laid back town that is located near the banks of Mekong River and is the most famous site for spotting Irrawaddy dolphins.
  8. When is the best time to visit Cambodia?

    April to November is considered to be the best time to visit Cambodia as the weather remains extremely pleasant during this time, and the country experiences very little rain during this period.

  9. What is the currency of Cambodia, and where can I get my money exchanged?

    Riel(KHR) is the currency of Cambodia. You can get your money exchanged at the kiosk in the airport or a currency exchange store. Some business class hotels might also facilitate currency exchange.
  10. What is the local food in Cambodia? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Lok lak(stir-fried beef), fish amok, green mango salad, and Nom Banh Cho are the local food in Cambodia. You can relish them at these places:

    1. Street 123: 
    This is a street-side shop that specializes in serving mouth-watering barbequed meat, chicken skewers, fish amok, green mango salad, and other local delicacies.

    2. Street 360: 
    This street-side spot offers the best Pho all across Cambodia. You can also try here yakitori spit-roasted chicken, Nom Banh Cho, chet chien , and fresh smoothies.

    3. Romdeng Restaurant: 
    This is a swish restaurant known for its lively ambiance and ultra-chic décor. You can try here the most lip-smacking Lok lak(stir-fried beef), fish amok, green mango salad, and Nom Banh Cho.
  11. Which are the best shopping places in Cambodia and what are they famous for?

    1. Psar Thmei: Located in the heart of Phnom Penh, this is a huge market that accommodates many shops selling a wide range of apparel, gold and silver jewelry, antique coins, and fashion accessories.

    2. Angkor Night Market: 
    Get set on a shopping spree at the wee hours at this famous night market that houses many shops that sell souvenirs, artworks, silk, and handicrafts.

    3. Daughter of Cambodia: 
    Shop various fashion accessories made from eco-friendly cotton and natural dyes at this market that supports the victims of human trafficking.

  12. Which are the famous beaches in Cambodia?

    1. Lazy Beach: This is one of the most underrated yet beautiful beaches in Cambodia where you can enjoy a laid back and relaxed evening as it is not overly crowded. You can enjoy here snorkeling, diving and swimming, and you can also indulge in relaxing massages at the spa centers located here.

    2. Coral Beach: 
    This is one of the most scenic beaches near the Ream National Park that boasts of the best accommodation as well as water sports facilities. You can enjoy cliff diving, spearfishing as well as snorkeling.

    3. Victory Beach: 
    Surrounded by lush green palm trees and layers of white sand, this scenic beach is the most renowned beach destination in the country.  It has several eateries where you can enjoy seafood and other local cuisines.

    4. Sokha Beach: 
    From great hiking spots to tons of water sports facilities and abundant greenery, this beach is an absolute paradise for the visitors. You can soak up the sun, enjoy tasty food at the cafes, and indulge in relaxing massages at the spa centers located here.
  13. How is the nightlife in Cambodia? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife?

    The nightlife in Cambodia is extremely lively and vibrant, and you’re bound to have the best experiences here. It offers various entertainment options like beach parties, puppet shows, night shopping, etc.

    1. Night parties at the beaches: 
    If you’re a night owl, then you must not forget attending the maddening parties at the famous beaches in Cambodia. You’ll find here everything ranging from loud music, wild crowd, and refreshing drinks to have the best time of your life.

    2. Shadow Puppet Show: 
    If you wish to skip the traditional pub culture and experience something different at night, then you must watch the shadow puppet show at Shadow Theatre in Cambodia. These performances are held between a translucent screen and a source of light with cut out figures and will definitely put you in awe.

    3. Phare circus: 
    Get ready for pure entertainment during the wee hours at Phare circus, where you’ll get to see an enthralling combination of performing arts and acrobatic with music, drama, and humor.

    4. Explore the Pub Street: 
    If you’re looking for a traditional nightlife experience, then you must explore the Pub Street that is home to some of the best night clubs of Cambodia. The Yellow Sub, Temple Bar and Balcony, Mezze Lounge bar & Nightclub are the popular nightlife destinations here where you can shake your legs on the loud music.
  14. Travel Advice

    • You’ll need a visa to travel to Cambodia. You can easily get a short stay visa online.

    • Never leave your important documents or cash and valuables in the hotel room.

    • Always make sure that you book a hotel or a resort in the bustling area.

    • If you are lost anywhere or someone from the group is lost, you must immediately seek the help of the police.

    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    • Do not get involved in physical or verbal spat with anyone.

    • Don’t flash your valuables in the public area.  

    • Do not hire a guide who is not from a trusted or authentic agency.

    • Never trust any stranger who gets friendly with you in just a short while.

    • Don’t eat food off the street vendors.

    • Carry with you a copy of your licenses and passport.  

    • Don’t let anyone in the city misguide you. Acquire sufficient information before heading to a new place.

    • Dress appropriately.

    • Nudity is strictly prohibited here.

    • Do not film or do videography without the legal permissions.

    • In case the banner or sign says, ‘No Photography’ obey it.

    • Avoid traveling alone in the night hours.

    • Do not go around with too much cash during the night hours.

    • Take a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before traveling.

    • Keep the touts at bay.

  15. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Cambodia is 21 years.
  16. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Preah Vihear

    Preah Vihear is situated on the top of a cliff that is 525 meter high. This Khmer temple lies in the Dângrêk Mountains that is located on the border between Thailand and Cambodia. Of all the Khmer temples, this one has the most spectacular setting. Major chunk of this temple was built in the period spanning from 11th to the 12th century during which the area was under the reign of Khmer kings Suryavarman I and Suryavarman II. Devoted to Lord Shiva (Hindu God), devotees from all round the world, come and visit this temple. In the clashes of 2009 between Thailand and Cambodia relating to the long-running territorial dispute, several soldiers were killed.


    Sihanoukville

    Also known as Kampong Som, Sihanoukville is a beach resort and a port city on the Gulf of Thailand. It is an important tourist attraction accredited to its multiple undeveloped tropical islands and white-sand beaches. This is the best place to relax and unwind in Cambodia however you must be prepared to battle massive crowds here especially during the peak season or holiday weekend.


    Tonlé Sap

    Tonlé Sap is another key sightseeing attraction of Cambodia. Located in South East Asia, it is the largest freshwater lake. One striking feature of this lake is that it expands and shrinks dramatically with the change of seasons. During the dry season in Cambodia i.e. from November to May, the Tonlé Sap drains at Phnom Penh in the River Mekong. However, during the time when the rain is heavy i.e. in the month of June, the flow of the Tonlé Sap changes its direction. This lead to the formation of huge lake forms. In the floating villages, located around the lake, there are several ethnic Cham and Vietnamese communities residing here.


    Silver Pagoda

    Silver Pagoda lies with the Royal Palace compound of the Phnom Penh. It houses abundant national treasures like the jeweled and gold statues of Buddha. Most notable of these is the small 17th century baccarat crystal Buddha along with a huge life sized gold Maitreya Buddha which is embellished with over 9584 diamonds. In the interior, the walls of the courtyard of the Silver Pagoda is adorned with detailed murals from the Ramayana myth. It is believed that these were painted by the Khmer artists in the period spanning from 1903–04.  


    Bokor Hill Station

    Built in the 1920s, by the French, the Bokor Hill Station is indeed a relief from the warmth and the sun of the Phnom Penh. This hill station has been abandoned not once but twice. First in the year 1940s, when Cambodia was invaded by Japan and second was in the 1970s, when the country was engulfed by Khmer Rouge. At present, the hill station along with its abandoned buildings give forth a feel of a haunted town. You can book a hiking tour to this place.


    Kratie

    Kratie is a very small town that lies on the banks of the River Mekong. It is superseded by the central marketplace which is encompassed by architecturally beautiful colonial buildings from the French era. Not too many tourists visit this attraction, but there is plenty of backpackers pouring through here especially in the peak season. This is an important attraction where you can encounter the Irrawaddy dolphins that live in the Mekong River in ever so diminishing numbers. Going by the estimates, there are only 66-86 dolphins more left in this area.


    Koh Ker

    Koh Ker is an erstwhile capital of the Khmer empire from the period spanning from 928 to 944 AD. In this very short span too, several immense sculptures and spectacular buildings were constructed here. One important tourist attraction at this place is Prasat Thom which is a 30 meter tall temple pyramid. The temple is surrounded by a thick jungle.  


    Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei is officially a part of the Angkor complex. Situated some 25 km north west of the key group of temples, Banteay Srei is referred to as a separate tourist attraction of Cambodia. Built mostly using the red sandstone, the temple was completed in 967 AD. This is the only major temple that is not built for the king.


    Bayon Temple

    The Bayon temple is a part of the important sightseeing attractions of Angkor Wat. It has a sea of over 200 massive stones with faces looking in every direction. Many people say that these curious smiling faces are actually a portrait of king Jayavarman VII. Some are even of the view that these faces are a combination of Lord Buddha and king Jayavarman VII. Lying in the heart of the royal city, this was built in 12th century as an expansion of the capital Angkor Thom by King Jayavarman VII.


    Angkor Wat

    There are a number of things to do in Siem Reap however, the Angkor Wat which is a UNESCO World Heritage site is a major drawcard for the tourists. Built in the 12th century by the people of Khmer, the beauty of the temple must be seen to be believed. The scale of the Angkor Wat is breathtaking.  It is the key sightseeing place of Cambodia.
  17. What you will like there?

    Untouched Beaches

    Everyone is well aware about the beautiful and serene beaches of Thailand. But who would enjoy being on a beach that is so cramped on sand that all you can taste here is the sun tan lotion on the person sitting next to you. It is better you save that affinity to the yoga classes and drift your attention to untouched, less travelled and pristine beaches of Cambodia. Visitors will definitely like the islands of Koh Rong Samloen and Koh Rong.

    People

    The locals of Cambodia are very hospitable, generous, industrious, kind and open minded. Nearly 93% of the locals of Cambodians practice and preach Theravada Buddhism. They are gentle and warm with the tourists.

    History

    Sadly, Cambodia has a very painful history. So, learning about it not just a moral responsibility of the tourists but is also a way to help this country. Despite a history of Cambodia being a poor country, Cambodia has strived hard to get rid of this tag. Though this tag has not gone away completely but still the poverty levels in Cambodia have definitely dropped down significantly. It is this rich and diverse history that makes this place so special.

    Food

    The Khmer cuisine is comforting and humble. Rice is the staple dish here and is a part of every meal. It is either served alone or can be served with curries or even fried in a cake. Sometimes, the rice is also served with freshwater fish and stews. One must have dish here is the fish amok which is basically a fish steamed in the banana leaf with a topping of coconut cream. Pork and beef are other commonly served items with noodles or rice. Food here is largely served with some kind of curry or certain herbs. Cambodia is also phenomenally popular for its Kampot Pepper that is inspired from the South of the country. It is used in dishes like stir friend crabs. When here, eating these cuisines is an important thing to do here.    


    Markets

    Right from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap, you can find a number of bustling markets all across the country. Stalls in Cambodia are brimming with everything from the produce to sneakers. Just enter any of the prominent shopping hub and shop for just about everything you possibly need. There are markets where you can bargain on the items displayed. So, learn some bargaining skills, before you get here. Shopping for things like clothes and local souvenirs is an important activity to do when here.


  18. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website:  Cambodia Tourism

  19. How to reach Cambodia?

    Cambodia Falls in the South-Eastern Region of the Asia where Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam serves as the neighboring country. The land mass of Cambodia is connected to the rest of the world with air services mainly. This country hosts three international airports.

     

    Major international airports:

     

    • Siem Reap, which is the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat temples,
    • Penh International airport
    • Sihanoukville International Airport.

     

    Connectivity with rest of the country

    • All the airports are well connected with the rest of the country with adequate local transport services and cabs.
    • Tourists can also hire motorbikes and a substantial part of the country can be covered with the help of boats as well.
  20. Do I need a visa for Cambodia? How does one get a Cambodian visa?

    In general cases, if you have a valid passport of your country then Cambodia offers you a visa on arrival.

     

    • Standard Processing Fees for Visa

    The processing fee of VISA may vary from $ 20 to $ 30 depending on the country from which you are coming.

    • The Tenure of the Visa

    In normal conditions, they provide you a Visa of 30 days in one go. If you wish for an extension then it can also be considered in special cases.

    • Overstay procedures

    In the case of an "overstay", you are required to pay approximately $ 12 per day.

    • Business Visa

    If you are seeking for a business Visa then you are required to pay $ 155 for the six months and this Visa can be extended up to one year with some additional charges. After the tenure of one year, you need to apply for a fresh Visa.

  21. What is the currency of Cambodia and where can I get my money exchanged?

    • Official Currency

    The official Currency of Cambodia is Cambodian Riel.

    • Comparison with US $

    One US $ can fetch in 4000 Cambodian Riel in normal trading conditions.

    • A Dollarised Country

    US $ can also be considered as the second currency of this country when you move on the marked paths designed for the tourist then on 90 percent of the places they accept US Dollars readily.

    • Where to Exchange the currency

    Most of the banks in Cambodia have the facility to exchange currencies; you can also search out for street vendors and try your luck for better deals.

    • If it is a dollarized currency then why we need currency exchange

    The rural parts of Cambodia still prefer riel to any other currency. Apart from it, American coins are not acceptable in the market, in order to purchase cheap articles you need local currency as a petty cash.

  22. What are the things to do in Cambodia?

    You can enjoy the following things in Cambodia:

    • Angkor Wat Archeological Park

    The adjacent area to this park and the park can be considered as the main attraction for the tourists. Here you can visit Angkor Wat temple and explore this marvel of ancient architecture with hints of Buddhism and Hinduism in the temples.

    • Phnom Penh

    It can be considered as the urban side of this country where you can visit Russian market and central market and purchase textile articles. You can walk along the river during the evenings and visit Royal Palace if you are seeking for some sightseeing options.

    • Battambang

    Have a closer look at the French Cambodian legacy in the small town where French Architecture greets you to the fullest. Statues and temples present in this town have great archaeological value and a ride in the Bamboo train can mark your day with fun.

    • Kampot

    Visit the countryside of Cambodia on a scooter and retire to this small beach town which has become a haven of sorts of international tourists because of its Expat-run Restaurants and bars.

  23. What is the local food of Cambodia? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Khmer cuisines are the local cuisines of Cambodian people. Rice can be considered as the main ingredient in all the dishes. There are more than 2000 odd rise varieties are available in Cambodia. Apart from fusion, cuisines are also available where you can find out European, continental and Asian influences on the dishes.

     

    • Popular dishes

     

    Noodle Soups

    Developed on the lines of Chinese noodles, you can try various local flavors, national and international varieties.

     

    Samlor (Rice Soup) and Chhang Plerng (Hotpot)

    Served in a hotpot, these types of dishes present a wonderful blend of European and Chinese culinary delights.

    Chha (Stir Fried Dishes) and Rice Dishes

    These dishes are an ode to Chinese stir-fried technique of cooking. You can find a variety of local tastes and ingredients in this genre of food.

    Nhoam (Salads), Rolls, and Chamhoy (Steamed Foods)

    Another variant of local Cambodian Cooking, these rolls also carries an international hangover as well. They can be considered as international food options as well.

    · Where to eat

    The marked tourist paths of Cambodia offers all the above-mentioned cuisines in street-side restaurants and other eateries.

  24. What is the best public transport to commute around Cambodia?

    Tourist cabs are the best way to explore Cambodia, most of them can be hired on a daily basis for fixed routes. In the case, you wish to explore different parts of the country on your own than following options are available. Bus services are available on selected routes but they are not fit for tourists.

     

    • Remork-Moto

    Can be considered as the lifeline of Cambodia in the terms of mass travel option. The Remork-Moto Network connects various key parts of cities to the other parts.

    • Remork Tuk Tuk

    For tourists, an improved and comfortable version of the Remork is available which is known as Remork Tuk Tuk, it is slightly expensive and you can hire it as a cab as well.

    • Outboards

    Local river bus or taxis in Cambodia are known as outboards, Cambodia has a rich network of outboards and it connects different distant parts of the land with the help of shortest possible routes.

  25. Do I need to have any vaccinations before the trip to Cambodia?

    Tetanus and Diphtheria are common vaccines; if you are planning to visit the rural part of the country then vaccination for Malaria can be useful for you. Vaccination or shots is not a must for people visiting Cambodia unless you are travelling from a country that has an epidemic outbreak.

  26. What is the local language in Cambodia and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Local Language: Khmer is the local language of Cambodia, other tonal languages along with the Khmer also has an influence on the French language on them.

    Commonly Used Greetings

    • Sampeah: Sampeah is the most commonly used greeting in Cambodia, there are five steps of a Sampeah and it can be compared with the Indian tradition of Namaskar.
    • Sourm sva kum: It is the way of saying welcome in local Cambodian language
    • Choum reap lear : It is a local version of goodbye in local Colombian language
    • Susaday: When we greet someone in an informal fashion like saying hi or what’s up then Susaday is the word for that.
  27. Here are the best tips Thrillophilia has to offer for your trip to Cambodia

    • Go for Cruising and Boating
    • Hire Cycles to visit countryside
    • Join a Cambodian Village cooking class
    • Go for a Romantic Dinner on a cruise
    • Visit a silk Farm
    • Go for Tuk Tuk Tour
  28. Which are famous beaches in Cambodia?

    • Southwestern Beach Koh Rong

    Feel proximity with parrotfishes and other bio-diversity of Cambodia on this beach which is five kilometers long.

    • Long set beach Koh Rong

    Ideal beach for night swimming, enjoy this new twist and try your hands with Natural Nightlife.

    • Lazy Beach Saloem

    Enjoy Scuba diving and rest in the shade of pine trees on this beach.

  29. Which are the best places for water sports in Cambodia?

    The entire southern coastline of Cambodia is rich with water sports facilities. Places like Sihanoukville are hot favorite among the people who are seeking for different activities like

    • Parasailing, Battambang Province
    • Sailing, Sihanoukville
    • Scuba Diving, Sihanoukvile
    • Kayaking, Sorya
    • Beach resort relaxation, Sihanouvile
    • Snorkelling, Sihanouvile
  30. Which are some famous temples in Cambodia?

    • Angkor Wat Temple

    It is a cluster of 100 temples made of stone, five of them are a must visit because they are good in condition and the craftsmanship of artisans will mesmerize you.

    • Banteay Srei Temple

    The theme of this temple is based on an epic story of Ramayana; this temple is special because of its Hindu architecture.

    • Preah Khan

    This temple depicts the story of king Jayavarman. It has become a cultural landmark among the temples of Cambodia.

    • Bayon

    The temples of Bayon are very rich in the terms of craftsmanship and also known as the jungle of Bayon because of their intricate stonework.

  31. Which are some romantic places in Cambodia for the honeymoon?

    • Koh Rong Samloem

    Hire an exotic bungalow near the sea and spend some quality time with your spouse. The lazy beach becomes the most romantic place during the magic hours.

    • Sen Monorom

    Add some jungle and wild in your honeymoon outings. Cajole with the elephants and have a gala time on beach resorts.

    • Battambang

    The area of Battambang is rich in biodiversity, apart from the Bamboo rail you can also go for road trips during the day and later on retire into your personal space in a beach resort.

  32. How far Angkor Wat from Phnom Penh is and what can be done there?

    • The distance between Angkor Wat to Phnom Pench is approximately 325 Kilometers
    • It normally takes a time of five to six hours depending upon the mode of the transport that a person takes.

    Activities to do in Angkor Wat

    • Temple visits
    • Museum visits
    • Visit a floating village
    • Cycle trip to the rural areas
    • Visit a pub street for a night party
    • Visit the night market
    • Quad Bike trip to the countryside
  33. Which are some best trekking trails in Cambodia?

    • Kulen Mountain, Siam Reap

    A visit to this national park will bring you closer to the bio-diversity of the area; you can go for jungle safari where a variety of flowers and waterfalls will welcome you.

    • Cardamom Mountains

    Term it as a plantation trip, here you can witness some eco-tourism spots developed by the local people and authorities. A refreshing journey in the mountains marked with cycle trips and bike rides

    • Mondulkiri

    Jungle, mountains and rolling hills all clubbed together in a single track. Visit elephant’s farms and enjoy a bath in the swimming holes.

  34. Which are best places for the cycling tour in Cambodia?

    Cambodia is a country that offers special cycling tours to cover various tourists’ circuits.

    • Cambodia heritage by bicycle: Cover six destinations along the area of Angkor Wat and cover all the five major temples in this exciting tour.
    • Pepper Route Tour

    Cover four destinations around Phnom Penh, this tour gives you an opportunity to explore the countryside of the area.

  35. Which are the best cruise options available in Cambodia?

    Cruise options touching the coastlines of Cambodia gives you this opportunity to touch down few destinations in Vietnam as well. There are plenty of routes and options are available.

    • Mekong Delta River Tour

    Normally lasts for three days, this cruise touches the city of Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minch City. This cruise experience also gives you the fun of speedboat ride and hiking on a peak as well.

    • Floating Village tour at Tonle Sap Lake

    Have a “peek a boo" in floating village, lotus farm, and crocodile farms at Chong Khneas. Followed by a romantic dinner at a cruise, the duration of this trip is four hours.

  36. Which is must visit museums in Cambodia?

    War, Culture, and biodiversity are the three main topics that can be covered when you visit a museum in Cambodia.

    • National Museum

    Enjoy the biggest collection of Khemar arts in Phnom Penh. This place captures the artistic history and evolution of Khemar arts and presents them in a chronological order.

    • Landmine Museum

    Explore the history and evolution of Landmines inside Angkor National Park. It can be an emotional visit for you when you will have a close look at the post-war crisis and how it affects the lives of people.

  37. How is nightlife in Cambodia? Which are the best places to enjoy nightlife?

    There are two major cities where you can enjoy the nightlife in Cambodia.

    • Siem Reap Nightlife

    Go for late night souvenir shopping at Angkor Night market, chill out in Pub Street where you can get a drink very easily and at cheap rates.

    • Phnom Penh

    Developing on the lines of Bangkok the nightlife of beachfront area is rocking where you can find all sorts of pubs and bar. In the recent past, this town also earned the moniker of being a party town as well.

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