Guaranteed to charm you, Cambodia offers incredible temples, beautiful beaches and the friendliest of locals whose stories will touch and whose infectious optimism will leave you humbled.
After years of hostility and challenge, Cambodia welcomes visitors with open arms and ubiquitous smiles, and offers an experience teeming with history, culture and beauty. Learn about the history of the Khmer Rouge in Phnom Penh; relax on the beaches in Sihanoukville and sample the local delicacy of Beef Lok Lak for an authentic taste of the country. We also recommend setting your alarm to ensure you don’t miss the stunning sunsets at Angkor Wat; a sight that is sure to be a highlight of your holiday.
Why not combine your stay in Cambodia with a visit to neighbouring Vietnam? Get even more from your travels by seeing more of this beautiful part of the world and enhance your experience by embarking on a multicentre trip.
Dry winds turn the air hot and dry in Siem Reap during the dry season. November to February has pleasant, warm temperatures but by March and April the weather is very hot.
The best time to visit Siem Reap is between November and February. During these months the temperatures are pleasant, the humidity lower, and there is less chance of encountering rain.
Siem Reap’s rainy season sees hot, humid temperatures and heavy rainfall. Thunderstorms occur unexpectedly, sending rain falling fast and hard from the sky but clearing the air and making it cooler.
Phnom Penh’s dry season brings dry, dusty winds sweeping across the country. November to February are pleasantly warm but by March or April the temperatures turn very hot.
We recommend visiting Phnom Penh between November and February when temperatures are pleasantly warm but not scorching hot, humidity is low, and there is little to no rainfall.
The southwest monsoon blows about 75 percent of Cambodia’s annual rain into Phnom Penh. July to September are the rainiest months. Rains fall in short bursts rather than day-long downpours, turning the country lush and green.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Cambodia from the UK.
Direct Carriers: There are no direct flights to Cambodia from the UK.
Indirect Carriers: Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Etihad Airways, Cathay Pacific and Air France offer indirect services to Cambodia.
Departure Taxes: An international departure tax of USD30 must be paid at Cambodian Airports.
Cambodia is not generally a place where people tip, although obviously tipping goes a long ways. Tipping just one US Dollar could be half a day's wages for some. Some hotels include a 10 percent service charge, but this is typically for the hotel, not the staff. Try to tip five to 10 percent of the bill to local guides and drivers. It is customary to tip a small amount to a wat (temple) at the end of your holiday in Cambodia.
Hepatitis A, B, Polio, Typhoid and Malaria immunisation are recommended. All travelers should be up to date on routine immunisations. If arriving from an infected country Yellow Fever is recommended. Please contact your GP for further information.
British Citizens are required to have a visa to enter Cambodia, which you can apply from the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in London. Alternative electronic visas are available online through the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay in Cambodia. Please contact the Royal Embassy of Cambodia for up to date country and visa information on 0208 451 7850.
The official currency is the Riel, but you will probably use US Dollars throughout your holiday in Cambodia. Even the smallest shops quote prices in US Dollars and most cash machines dispense US Dollars.
We recommend you bring US Dollars in cash with you on your holiday in Cambodia. There are no banks at the land border crossings, so you will have to wait until you get to the larger cities like Phnom Penh or Siem Reap to change or withdraw cash. If you pay in US Dollars, you will receive change in Cambodian Riel. Credit cards are only accepted at high end businesses or hotels, but you will pay an extra three percent of you bill for the convenience.
KHR - Cambodian Riel