Wayfairer Travel Guide: Cambodia

If you’re planning a holiday to Cambodia our travel guide will help you decide where and when to go and what to do whilst you’re there.


From the magnificent temples of Angkor Wat, to the bustling cities of Siem Riep and Phnom Penh, and the palm-fringed beaches and tropical islands on the south coast, Cambodia is a fantastic holiday destination.

Whether you want to learn about the country’s dark and turbulent past with visits to Tuol Sleng Prison Museum and the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat, discover the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Preh Kukh, take a guided tour in the Cardamom Mountains or relax in the quiet fishing town of Kep, a Wayfairer tailor-made holiday to Cambodia can offer a perfect combination of history, culture, adventure and relaxation.

Where to go in Cambodia

Our Cambodia holidays focus on the following areas: Siem Reap and Angkor Wat > Kampong Thom > Phnom Penh > Koh Trong > Chambok > Sihanoukville > Kep and Rabbit Island > Koh Kong (The Cardamom Mountains)

Cambodia can easily be combined with another destination, such as Thailand, Laos or Vietnam. Our Grand Indochina Explorer is a 21 day holiday which starts in Thailand, then travels through Laos and Cambodia, before ending in Vietnam.



Bayon Temple

What to do in Cambodia

We have listed below 20 activities and excursions to do in Cambodia:

  1. Explore the capital city, Phnom Penh
  2. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat
  3. Visit Tuol Sleng Prison Museum (S-21) and the Choeung Ek Killing Fields
  4. Visit the iconic temple of Angkor Wat at sunrise
  5. Enjoy a traditional Cambodian breakfast at Siem Reap’s Old Market
  6. Explore the historical city of Siem Reap
  7. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history with a visit to Wat Thmei
  8. Discover the beaches of Sihanoukville
  9. Visit the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh
  10. Join in with the Chaul Chnam (Cambodian New Year) celebrations
  11. Visit the Angkor National Museum in Siem Reap
  12. Explore the jungle clad temples of Ta Prohm
  13. Visit the Cambodia Land Mine Museum in Siem Reap
  14. Visit Kompong Phluk Floating Village
  15. Discover the small island of Koh Trong on the Mekong River
  16. Visit Chambok on the border of the Kirirom National Park
  17. Observe rural Cambodian life at Kampong Thom
  18. Enjoy a hot air balloon flight over the countryside near Angkor Wat
  19. Dive or snorkel off the islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem
  20. Discover the fishing town of Kep

When to travel to Cambodia

Cambodia has two main seasons, ‘dry’ (October to April) and ‘rainy’ (May to October). In our opinion this fascinating country can be visited and enjoyed year round regardless of the season.

The dry season is the most popular time to go to Cambodia, but the rainy season isn’t necessarily as bad as you may expect, and can actually be a great time to visit due to fewer tourists. Depending on what you want to do, tourist numbers may be a more important consideration than the weather.

Responsible Travel in Cambodia

We are committed to responsible, sustainable and ethical tourism and we’re proud to work with a fantastic supplier in Cambodia that wholeheartedly shares our core values with regards to responsible tourism. You can read more about our responsible tourism values here.

We encourage all of our clients who are visiting Cambodia to travel in a responsible and respectful manner to ensure that tourism has a positive impact on the economy, the environment, and the local communities. You can read our guide to responsible travel in Cambodia here.

Cambodia Travel Essentials

Getting there:  Our Cambodia holidays can be combined with other destinations, such as Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. For some of our Cambodia holidays you’ll need to fly into Siem Reap and for others you’ll need to fly into Bangkok - your Wayfairer Travel Specialist will advise accordingly.

Flying time: London to Siem Reap: 14 hours 40 minutes (via Bangkok), London to Bangkok: 11 hours 30 minutes (direct)

Recommended Airlines: British AirwaysThai Airways,

Time difference: Cambodia is 6 hours ahead of United Kingdom

Currency: Cambodian riel (KHR). The exchange rate is approximately UK£1 = 5,555.27KHR, US$1 = 4,097.28KHR and €1 = 4,891.04KHR

Visa Requirements: Most visitors to Cambodia require a one-month tourist visa which can be obtained on arrival at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports, and at land borders with neighbouring Thailand, Vietnam and Laos. The cost is $30, plus you’ll need one passport-sized photo. It is also possible to arrange a visa through Cambodian embassies overseas or an online e-visa ($30, plus a $7 processing fee) through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mfaic.gov.kh). However, e-visas are only accepted at Phnom Penh and Siem Reap airports and at the two main land borders: Bavet/Moc Bai (Vietnam) and Poipet/Aranya Prathet (Thailand).

Vaccinations: Visitors to Cambodia should ensure that they have Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Tetanus vaccinations. Other vaccinations may also be required.

There is a high risk of malaria in the western provinces of Cambodia bordering Thailand, therefore anti-malaria medication is recommended and you should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. There is very low risk of malaria in the temple complexes of Angkor Wat and around Lake Tonle Sap, including Siem Reap, and whilst anti-malarial medication is not necessary, you should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and sleeping under a mosquito net.

There is no risk of yellow fever in Cambodia, however, there is a certificate requirement. Under International Health Regulations a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers who have transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. Click here for further information about yellow fever vaccination certificates and recommended vaccinations for Cambodia.

If you'd like to plan a holiday to Cambodia, call our Luxury Travel Specialists for a chat about your dream trip or fill out our no-obligation enquiry form.

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