Lands of Wonder
Explore Our Cambodia
Cambodia is a kingdom of temples; history-lovers will find endless enjoyment on a holiday in Cambodia. Marvel at ancient Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex unmatched in size and splendor. One of the most important architectural sites in south-east Asia and UNESCO protection ensures it will remain just as magnificent for years to come.
Don’t miss a visit to the capital city of Cambodia, Phnom Penh and whilst their visit the spectacular Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. A darker side of this city’s history is a visit to the S 21 Detention Centre where thousands were imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Khmer Rouge; this center demonstrates the country tragic past which not long ago.
The rural countryside in Cambodia stretches far, green and wide and offers a different pace to the cities. Enjoy the rhythm of rural life in the most enchanting colonial towns like Battambang, as well as hopping from paradise island to paradise island on any one of the Koh Rong Island’s off the coast of Sihanoukville.
All that, coupled with the sublime serenity of this part of Asia and the warmth of the locals, make Cambodian holidays bliss from start to finish. Once you understand something of Cambodia’s turbulent past, it’s difficult not to feel awe for the locals and reverence for the kindness and joy they shower visitors with. Cambodian’s are incredibly friendly, making a holiday in Cambodia that bit more delightful.
World Heritage Sites
The nation of Cambodia has been inhabited for thousands of years, and arguably the height of Cambodian power was the Khmer Empire which ruled most of the Indochinese peninsula for about 600 years. Over the years, the Khmer culture has been influenced by its neighbors, especially Thailand and Vietnam, as well as the former French colonial occupiers.
Some of the most interesting Cambodian festivals are unique to small localities. When planning to travel to Cambodia, contact your travel consultant to see if any local festivals will occur during your itinerary. Some of the larger festivals in Vietnam are celebrated nationwide:
+ Khmer New Year: The holiday is based on the old Khmer lunar calendar and usually falls in mid-April. Houses are decorated and people joyfully throw flour and water on others for good luck in the year ahead.
+ Water Festival: The highlight of this festival is the boat racing that takes place in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers near Phnom Penh. Boats with up to 50 paddlers compete for top honours. The evening is just as exciting with firework displays along the rivers.
In general, there are no serious health or safety risks when traveling in Cambodia. However, it never hurts to take precautions. Please consult your healthcare provider to see if they recommend any vaccinations or other medications when traveling.
In large cities and other crowded areas, be mindful of your belongings such as cameras, mobile phones and wallets/purses.
The Cambodian Riel (KHR) is the national currency and is pegged to the US Dollar. One US Dollar is worth approximately 4000 KHR (as of February 2016). US Dollars are common and widely accepted as well. ATMs are widely available in cities and many of them work with overseas ATM cards. Some larger hotels and shops accept credit cards, and this method of payment is becoming more common. Keep in mind that some merchants may charge small fee and that international transaction fees may apply.
The Cambodia postal system can mail letters and postcards worldwide for less than $2 US. International shipping companies such as FedEx, UPS and DHL are available as well if there is a need to ship something quickly.
SIM cards for mobile phones are cheap and widely available. Short term data packages for mobile phones are very inexpensive and easy to set up. Get in touch with your travel consultant to arrange a SIM if you wish to use your mobile phone upon arrival.
A visa is required to enter Cambodia. Visas can be obtained at the Royal Embassies and Consulates of Cambodia – there is an embassy in Canberra. A visa on arrival, valid for 30 days, is available and issued at Phnom Penh International Airport and Siem Reap International Airport – some border crossings also provide a Visa on Arrival.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has launched e-visa, which enables guests to apply for a Cambodia tourist visa online. Instead of applying through Cambodian embassies and consulates, all visitors need to do is to complete the online application form and pay with their credit card. After receiving their visa via email, print out and take it with you when traveling to Cambodia. (Note: Do not purchase e-Visas through any unofficial websites only from the official Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.)
Meanwhile, there are nine countries being under strictly controlled before issuing Visa to enter Cambodia including Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Sudan. (If you are one of the citizens from the mentioned countries, please check carefully with your embassy and you must have your guarantor to certify your purpose of visiting Cambodia. Unless proper information is given, you would not be allowed to enter Cambodia.)
VISA APPLICATION FORMS
The passenger hands over a completed application form together with a photo and the passport to a visa officer. Once the application is approved and passport stamped, the fee is paid. Tourist visa: US$30. Tip: Use US$ as while other currencies may be accepted the foreign exchange rate used is very high.
Application for an entry visa requires:
+ A completed visa application form
+ Passport valid at least further 6 months
+ One recent passport photograph (4×6)
+ Appropriate visa fee
+ Supporting documents for business and official visas
The customers officer will check the completed customs form and the passport. Luggage is placed on the x-ray machine. After passing all luggage (including hand luggage, handbag, etc.) through the machine, upon exiting the Arrivals Hall passengers will be met by our guide.
When travelling from Cambodia to Vietnam be sure to detail a brief list of any and all antiques purchased in Cambodia. Upon arrival in Vietnam, have Vietnamese customs authorities confirm and stamp this list. There are strict restrictions on exporting certain Vietnamese arts and antiques so identifying goods purchased in Cambodia in advance is the best and safest thing to do.
International and Domestic Airport Tax (Phnom Penh & Siem Reap): Air fares include airport taxes and passengers are no longer required to pay airport taxes.
When traveling in Cambodia, remember to be flexible and keep an open mind. Many traveler frustrations begin with differing expectations and miscommunication. If there is an issue, try to stay pleasant, smile and enjoy the experience. The Khmer people are very proud of their country and culture and are proud to showcase their nation and its wonders to international visitors.
Suggested Cambodia Itineraries
Explore our Cambodia sample itineraries to inspire your travel planning. The itineraries can be easily customised and adapted to your personal interests and preferences.