Discover Cambodia

GENERAL:

An emerging destination on its own, Cambodia will capture your heart with her graceful age old temples, humble locals and a creative soul. More than just temples, Cambodia is perfectly combined with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

HISTORY:

Cambodia has one of the most turbulent recent histories of all countries in Southeast Asia. The Khmer Rouge is still fresh on the minds of those who lived through the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Nowadays there isn’t much in Cambodia that reminds people of that period in time. Rather than that, the Khmer people look back at the grandeur of the Angkor Empire and are more than proud of the beautiful temples that were left behind. The Khmer have a rich and colourful history that holds great influence throughout the Indochina region.

CULTURE:

The Khmer culture is very open compared to many other other Buddhist countries in the region. The traditional values of the Khmer and Buddhist culture are all around. Khmer people are open, welcoming and honour their ancestors with great respect. Especially around the countryside where the traditional customs remain in place – it’s easy to witness ceremonies in everyday life. In the larger cities, the people have experienced a tremendous transition the past 20 years. Modern day culture is commonly interwoven with traditions in contemporary Cambodia.

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL:

Dry season is typically the end of the year from November through to March where the temperatures cool with the northern winter. Wet season is marked by the rains that fall after Khmer New Year “Choul Chnam Thmey” – timed for early April 2021. And theoretically classified as ‘wet’ this season, it is commonly now known as ‘Green Season’ to locals as the rains bring back lustre and texture to enchanting forests that surrounding the temples – a dream for low season travellers and photographers from April to October.

Getting There

Bangkok, Hong Kong or Singapore are the best international hubs. Regionally, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur are also possible, but take longer. Flights from China are frequent. Overland travel is popular. Pailin, Poipet, Veun Kham and Bavet are common overland crossings. Another good option is via the Mekong Delta to Phnom Penh by boat, which goes via Chau Doc.

What to Expect

Cambodia has been voted “most friendly destination” multiple times. It is also surprisingly well equipped for all kinds of travelers, including families. Guides and drivers are well educated and really add value to your trip. Road conditions may not always be good, but venturing off road really pays off. It is the perfect destination to combine culture, nature, adventure and relaxation.

Where to Stay

In almost all places around Cambodia you find good and clean hotels. There are a number of extraordinary (luxury) options on the islands and in the deep jungles of the country. Good mid-range hotels are available everywhere and all have great facilities and capable staff. Homestays in the community are also worth a look at to mix it up a bit.

What to Eat

Cambodia’s food is a mix of Thai and Vietnamese, with its own authentic taste. The Tonle Sap Lake is the beating heart of the Khmer kitchen. Fish and rice is popular, and sour soup is usually on the menu. A good home cooked Khmer meal includes fresh spring rolls, a sour soup with fish, chicken with ginger and a sweet desert.