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Here is our Cambodia travel guide. It contains some useful information for you to travel to Cambodia.

Cambodia is a tiny country with a huge and splendid history. It was one of Asia’s empire and most significant ancient civilization. The Khmer empire of Angkor was the peak in Cambodian history with many mega constructions of temples and monuments which provided a touchstone of Cambodian national identity. Those heritages are the main reason to attract millions of visitors every year. There are still many untouristed and unexplored place in the whole country.

Cambodia towns and cities are remained with colonial architecture and old fashion beauty. The countryside is the aspect of view to visit for your memory as well. Mekong River and Tonle Sap lake are the main waterway natural resources. Ratankiri, Mondulkiri and the Cardamon Mountains are the northern highlands with natural beauty of the forest. Down to the south, in contrast, there is a coastline bordering to Golf of Thailand. Sihanoukville is the main city there.

Cambodia is located by the west and the east of two more populous neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand. The provinces are mostly countryside offer a refreshing throwback to an old and simple era, with beautiful wooden houses set amid a patchwork of rice paddies and sugar palms. However, the standard of living is still lower than other country in the region. Despite that, Cambodian people are still one of the most welcoming and friendly people in Asia.

The cause the attract visitor to visit Cambodia might be because of the warm hospitality. Unfortunately, this country used to have tragedy in the past many times after Khmer Empire. Khmer Rouge regime was on the most tragic event in the history. The delusional leaders came to power and killed their own people. Pol Pot was the leader. The fatality was about two millions or more. It was calculated as 20 percent of the population. Unsurprisingly, this emotional scars from this period still remain deeply and through every Cambodian society.

Currency

Cambodian currency is called the Riel (KHR). The exchange rate is around 4,000 to US$1. US cash is commonly used for purchases, though change may be given in Riel. Riel is a Nonconvertible currency, once you have left Cambodia it not useful anymore. International banks will not accept or exchange it. Most ATMs dispense both USD and Riel.

Safety

Cambodia is one of the poorest nations on earth, yet it remains a quite safe place. Small theft is a problem, particularly the snatch and grab variety, but violent crime is commonly rare. Always keep your wits about you. Drinking 15 beers and walking home at 3am probably is not safe in your home country either.

Transport

Public transport is relatively comprehensive and inexpensive. Driving standards are woeful though and seat belts are close to non-existent. Motorcycle taxis (known as motos) are a very common way to get around — always wear a helmet.

Visas

You will need a visa for Cambodia. See our Cambodian visa page for details.

Weather

There are two seasons — the dry season and the wet season. You will find Cambodia to be very hot and sweaty if you live outside the tropics. For detailed weather info, see our Cambodia weather and climate page.

Cambodia is a wonderful country

Cambodia is a fascinating destination. It is more challenging than a week on the beach in Fiji — but it is a lot more interesting too. Take it easy, see more than just Angkor, and you may find yourself back again before you know it.

Siem Reap Travel Guide

Angkor Thom Gate

Angkor Thom – Former Royal City

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Angkor Thom Angkor Thom lies on the west bank of the Siem Reap River, a tributary of Tonle Sap, about a quarter of a mile from the river. Angkor Thom was established as the capital of Khmer Empire during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It was the center of his massive building...
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Angkor Wat day view

Angkor Wat, the masterpiece

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Angkor Wat is the masterpiece of huge monument in Cambodia. It is one of the biggest religious monument in the world. It was built in the reign of King Suryavarman II in early of 12th century in order to dedicate to god Vishnu. It is represented Mount Meru. The surrounding moat...
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Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei – Buddhist temple

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Banteay Kdei Temple is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is situated east of Angkor Thom and southeast of Ta Prohm. Its name means “The citadel of chambers”. It was built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries in the reign of King Jayavarman VII....
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Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

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Banteay Samre is located 400 metres to the east of the East Baray passed the local village, Preah Dak. It was built during the reign of King Suryavarman II and King Yasovarman II in the early 12th century. It is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. Banteay Samre in Cambodia is...
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banteay srei

Banteay Srei and Kbal Spean Excursion

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Banteay Srei Banteay Srei was built in the late 10th century. It is a Hindu temple with entrances on the east and west . The primary interest are the three central towers which are decorated with male and female divinities and exquisite filigree relief work. At Kbal Spean, also...
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Baphuon Temple

Baphuon Temple – The Tower of Bronze

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Baphuon Temple Baphuon temple is a three-tiered temple mountain in Angkor Thom City, north-west of the Bayon. It was Built in mid-11th century. It was built by king Udayadityavarman II in order to dedicate to  Hindu God, Shiva. In the late 15th century, the Baphuon was...
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Bayon

Bayon – The smiling faces

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Bayon is one of the biggest, well-known and most decorated Khmer temples at Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia. It was built in reign of King Jayavarman VII, the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple. It was the center of his capital, Angkor Thom. The Bayon Temple...
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Beng Mealea

Beng Mealea Temple – Spectacular Nature

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Beng Mealea Beng Mealea means “Lotus Pond” in Khmer Language. The temple has the same style to Angkor Wat and was built by the same king, Suryavarman II in early of 12th century. It is located 40 km east of the main group of temples of Angkor, on the ancient royal...
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Koh Ker

Koh Ker Temple – Seven Levels of Heaven

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Koh Ker Koh Ker was built by king Jayavarman IV in order to dedicate to Hinduism .It is located in Preah Vihear Province. There is beautiful natural attraction on the way to the temple. It is one of the oldest sites from the Khmer empire. Koh Ker was once a capital city in the...
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Kulen Mountain

Kulen Mountain

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Kulen Mountain is located at north east of Angkor Complex around 50 Km, it takes about 2 hours drive up to the slope top with 487 meters tallness and level extends 30 km long, it is opened for vacationers in 1999 by private possessed and charged for $20 toll per outside guests....
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Neak Pean

Neak Pean – Khmer Empire’s hydrological system

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Neak Pean Neak Pean Temple was built by king Jayavarman VII in the second half of 12th century. It was dedicated to Mahayana Buddhism. It has the same style to Bayon as was built by the same king. Neak Pean was a hydrological system and the secrets of the medicine. It is very...
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Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng

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Phnom Bakheng is a sanctuary mountain to pay tribute to the Hindu god Shiva and one of the most established sanctuaries in the Angkor Archeological Park. On account of its area on a 60-meter high slope, Phnom Bakheng turned into an exceptionally famous traveler spot for its...
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Phnom Krom

Phnom Krom Temple

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Phnom Krom means “Mountain Below” in Khmer language. The temple was built by King Yasovarman I in late of 10th to early 10th century. It has the same style to Bakheng Mountain Temple. It is a Hindu shrine dedicated to go Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. The area beyond the...
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Pre Rup

Pre Rup – The senset expert

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Pre Rup was built in the late 10th century  in the reign of Rajendravarman II. It was built in order to dedicate to Hinduism. Pre Rup means “Tun the body”. But the actual meaning is “Cremation the dead body to incarnate in the next life”. It is...
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Preah Dak village

Preah Dak – The Traditional Village

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Preah Dak is a traditional village and we will travel through it when we go to visit Banteay Samre, the 12th century Angkor Wat styled temple. The temple was built by king Suryavarman II, the genius behind AngkorWat. This temple has been extensively  restored. If we travel...
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Preah Khan

Preah Khan – The Sacred Sword

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Preah Khan Preah Khan was built by King Jayavarman VII. It was built in 1191 and was dedicated to Bodhisattva Lokeshvara. Its name means “Sacred Sword”. The temple was also built in order to honor his father. While another huge temple, Ta Prohm was to honor his...
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Roluos Group

Roluos Group

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The Roluos Group alludes to a gathering of four Angkor-period landmarks, which are not situated inside the primary Angkor Park, but rather almost a residential area named Roluos, 12km east of Siem Reap. The landmarks are named Bakong, Preah Ko, Lolei, and Prei Monti. The...
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Siem Reap Angkor wat slide

Siem Reap

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Siem Reap is a province in northwest Cambodia. It is a well know destination for tourist by its marvelous ancient architecture, Angkor Wat Temple. Siem Reap city is situated in the south of Siem Reap province. It is border to the western provinces by Tonle Sap Lake, the biggest...
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Siem Reap floating villages Kampong Khleang floating village

Siem Reap Floating Villages

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Siem Reap floating villages are one of the main attraction to see in Siem Reap. The boat ride on Tonle Sap Lake is nice especially when sunset. There are many landmarks their such as bird sanctuary, fish farm, crocodile farm, fisherman and many others. Tonle Sap Lake is the...
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Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm – Giant root tree on temple

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Ta Prohm is one of the biggest temples in Angkor complex. It is located in the small circuit, north-west of Banteay Kdei. It was built by King Jayavarman VII, in order to dedicate to his mother. The wilderness covered remains of TA PROHM are a standout among the most suggestive...
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Ta Som Temple

Ta Som Temple – Magnificent Nature

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Ta Som Ta Som is a small temple at Angkor. It was built at the end of the 12th century in the reign of King Jayavarman VII. It is located north east of Angkor Thom and east of Neak Pean. The King dedicated the temple to his father Dharanindravarman II (Paramanishkalapada) who was...
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terrace of the elephants

Terrace of the Elephants – Royal Ceremony Stage

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The Terrace of the Elephants is located in Angkor Thom, once the capital of Khmer Empire. It’s about 350 meter long and 2 meter and half tall. It was utilized as a giant stage for the public ceremonies and served as the base for the king’s grand audience hall. The...
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Terrace of the Leper King

Terrace of the Leper King – The mysterious terrace

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It was built in part by Jayavarman VII and extended by his successor. The wall faces east provide the best lighting for photography before noon. Terrace of the Leper King is located just to the north of the Terrace of the Elephants and is considered a part of the larger...
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Cambodia Travel Guide

foreign embassies and consulates in cambodia

Foreign Embassies and Consulates in Cambodia

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There are 29 foreign embassies and consulates in Cambodia. Here is the list of all available foreign embassies and consulates in Cambodia.  
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Shopping in Cambodia

Shopping

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Shopping in Cambodia Shopping in Cambodia is another best thing to do besides sightseeing. It have been always good bring souvenir, you would need to consider something native or perhaps something you may start a conversation over. Cambodian textile materials and fine silk...
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cambodia weather and climate

Weather and Climate

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Veayoleta Travel collects information about Cambodia weather and climate to be an information for visitors before traveling to Cambodia. Cambodia Weather  and Climate Cambodia is a tropical monsoon climate country in South East Asia. With only two distinct seasons: Wet...
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Cambodia holidays and festivals

Holidays and Festivals

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Cambodia has many public holidays and festivals. Here is the list of Cambodia holidays and festivals. 01 January: International New Year’s Day 07 January: Victory Day over genocidal regime 30 January: Meak Bochea Day – is a Buddhist ceremony. It is taken place during...
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DOs and DON'Ts in Cambodia

DOs and DON’Ts in Cambodia

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DOs and DON’Ts in Cambodia Here are DOs and DON’Ts in Cambodia. You must read this to understand more about Cambodian society. It is very important for you to travel Cambodia. The Cambodia word for hello is ‘Sour Sdey’ and normally you should say it with...
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Entering Cambodia

Entering Cambodia

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Entering Cambodia Entering Cambodia may be made by many methods. Cambodia consists of two international arrival gateways by air, Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. There are many selection of land borders with neighborhood Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos.  Cambodia’s...
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Before Traveling to Cambodia

Before Traveling to Cambodia

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Before Traveling to Cambodia Here is a tip for visitors before traveling to Cambodia. You must read this carefully by your own attention. What to bring? Travelers should remember to pack, mosquito repellent, sunglasses, sport or closed-toed shoes, and an umbrella if visiting...
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Kratie Colonial Building

Kratie

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A beguiling, bright little town on the Mekong, Kratie is best known for its dolphins, specifically the Mekong Irrawaddy dolphins. Around 80 of the waning populace of these dolphins make their home off the town of Kampi, 20 kilometers north of Kratie. The twirling waters here are...
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Mondulkiri Elephant valley project

Mondulkiri

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The nation’s biggest yet most inadequately populated area, sloping Mondulkiri sees less explorers in a year than Rattanakiri does in a month, albeit enhanced access is step by step bringing Cambodia’s “Wild East” into the visitor standard. As in...
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Ratanakiri Province

Ratanakiri

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Ratanakiri is a Cambodia’s remote upper east is a blend of wild and unforgiving wilderness, moving developed slopes, and red, red earth. It is bordering Mondulkiri, another province similar to it. It is home to a mosaic of indigenous people groups all in all named the Khmer...
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Steung Treng

Steung Treng

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Steung Treng sits on Cambodia’s northern fringe with Laos, at the point where the Mekong River crashes into Cambodia in the wake of whirling around southern Laos’ 4,000 Islands. Initially part of its northern neighbor, it was exchanged to Cambodian ownership by the...
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Kampong Cham

Kampong Cham

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A shockingly pretty area, with a few intriguing Angkorian and pre-Angkorian locales, Kampong Cham is regularly seen as a straightforward delay on the way toward the upper east, yet in addition makes for a wonderful, soothing redirection on the off chance that you have a day or...
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Steung Sen River Kampong Thom

Kampong Thom

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Since a long time ago viewed as very little more than an a place to break the excursion between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Kampong Thom is starting to pull in the individuals who can perceive its charms as a genuine Cambodian market town and an organizing post for two of the most...
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Kampong Chhnang

Kampong Chhnang

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Focal Kampong Chhnang territory is home to Cambodia’s most magnificent and effortlessly open view, while the common capital of a similar name is one of Cambodia’s most pleasant, photogenic and captivating local towns. An insignificant bounce from Phnom Penh, it should...
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Pursat Khleang Muong

Pursat

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Named after a tree that used to develop along its riverbanks, the sluggish common capital of PURSAT is basically the core of lowly. Inside Cambodia, it’s well known for the most part to be the country’s primary marble cutting focus, utilizing stone quarried from the...
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Preah Vihear Mountain

Preah Vihear

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Dedicated to Shiva in his manifestation as the mountain god Shikhareshavara, the magnificent temple of PREAH VIHEAR makes maximum use of its spectacular setting high up on the Dangkrek escarpment overlooking the plains of Cambodia and Thailand far below. The temple was built...
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battambang

Battambang

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Cambodia’s second biggest city, laidback BATTAMBANG appears to have the best of different universes: sufficiently huge to have all the vitality and clamor you’d expect of a city of around 200,000 individuals, yet at the same time sufficiently little to feel like an...
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Cambodia Beach Tours

Sihanoukville

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The city of Sihanoukville was named in 1964 after the decision ruler of Cambodia. It turned into a blasting port and its brilliant shorelines got the consideration of Cambodia’s fly setting tip top, who at that point assembled the main Angkor Beer bottling works and the...
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Cambodia Experience 6 Days

Phnom Penh

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia is crude, wild, and untamed. Like whatever is left of Cambodia, there is an exceptionally “wilderness” state of mind in the city. It appears like anything goes here in light of the fact that it normally does. It’s a city of controlled mayhem...
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