Cambodia Travel Guide


Cambodia is a country with bright smiles and a dark past. It’s hard to forget the Communist genocide that happened here in the 1970s, but Cambodia is still a fascinating place to visit and the people are very friendly to outsiders.

The Siem Reap area of Cambodia is home to the world famous Angkor Wat ruins, which bring in millions of tourists every year. Exploring the Angkor Wat feels a bit like stepping into The Jungle Book. These are massive Hindu temple ruins from the 12th century that cover hundreds of acres of land.

Read through this complete Cambodia travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts






US Dollar; Cambodian Riel is given for change



VOA or eVisa available to all nationalities


Tropical; hot & humid year round. Dry season is Dec - April

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As a tourist, your main airports in Cambodia are in Siem Reap (REP) and Phnom Penh (PNH), which have direct flights from nearby Southeast Asian cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. You can shop for flights to Cambodia on Skyscanner.


Cambodia is a relatively safe place to travel, with a low violent crime rate of 1.8 per 100k inhabitants (71% lower than the global average). Petty theft and other crimes have been reported in Phnom Penh, but violent crime is not as common. The biggest safety risks are probably motorbike and tuk-tuk accidents, and natural threats like dengue fever. Be sure to wear mosquito spray, especially during the rainy season.


The climate of Cambodia is tropical, so the weather is hot and humid year round. The rainy season runs from May to November (but especially the months of September and October), and the sunny season runs from December to April. It's still possible to visit Cambodia in the rainy season, but give yourself some extra days as a buffer in case of bad weather.


Cambodia is a very budget friendly travel destination, with hostels available from $3 USD and private hotels from $8. Meals are also cheap, costing about $1 to $5 depending on location. Transportation in Cambodia is generally by tuk-tuk or car, and hiring a driver is cheap and easy. The best transportation app here is Grab, which works like Uber, except in Cambodia it hails a tuk-tuk taxi!


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