Cambodia holiday is the discovery to a country that has a long history from the 5th millennium BC, but known worldwide between its golden preriod between the 9th and 14th centure when the Khmer Empire built the Angkor temples. Cambodia was one of the countries in Indochina - the country deeply influenced by Indian and Chinese culture which make Cambodia culture diverse. Tourists can easily see this during their Cambodia holiday when visiting temples, pagodas or the lifestyle of Cambodian.
About 95% of Cambodia's population follows Theravada Buddhism which makes Cambodia is friendly and safe country to travel. Khmer language is national language in this country, but English is being taught widely so tourists find no difficulty in having conversation with the local when traveling along or when they need help.
Best time to visit
Cambodia holiday can be booked throughout the year because the weather and climate do not affect much. However, to have a well-planed holiday in Cambodia, please check with your travel consultant for advice to prepare what to bring or wear when traveling in Cambodia. In general, Cambodia has two seasons.
• Dry season is from October to April when it is sunny and hot wind blows across the coutry, but the temperture is not too hot. This is highly recommended time to travel Cambodia from mountains to sea.
• Wet season is from May to September when it brings 75% of annual rainfall. It is not recommended to visit the remote areas in this time because of bad road, flood and landslide. The sea is also rough and beaches are not so nice. However, There is no problem if you visit the major attractions in cities like Phnom Penh, Siem Reap (Angkor temples).
Best things to do
1 - Angkor temples are the best places to visit in Cambodia which are just around 20 minutes from Siem Reap. Once forgotten in jungles but when found, Angkor temples were considered as the world's largest religious complex which names Cambdia as the kingdom of wonder.
• The must see - temple must be Angkor Wat which was built in 12th century in 162.6 hectares. Like the pyramid in Egypt, people are still wondering why and how it was built. It is difficult for words to describe this monument so please come to see with your eyes and surprise will be your first word.
• Angkor Thom built by the end of the 12th century and considered as great city covering an area of 9 km² with many majestic temples such as Bayon, Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King, Phimeanakas, Baphuon, Prah Palilay, Prasat Suor Prat and Tep Pranam. To visit Angkor Thom, you will need at least 2 days. Short walking tour, cycling tour are easy to book from a local tour operator in Siem Reap, but do not forget to try elephant ride around Bayon temple which is a memorable experience for family with kids.
2 - When you are in Siem Reap, take tuktuk ride to visit the old market to buy unique souvenirs from Cambodia or taste delicious at the night market where you will find many open restaurants, bars and cheap foot massage.
3 - Mekong cruise is one of the highlights of your Cambodia holiday package and the highly recommended trip is 8 days/7nights from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh city and you will have opportunities to explore this mysterious river, floating markets, villages and tourist sites along the way.
4 - Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia where you can get an overview of Cambodia's culture and recent history. The places to visit are Silver Pagoda and the Killing Field. From Phnom Penh, it is easy to cross the border to Vietnam by speed boat to Chau Doc and travel to Can Tho, Phu Quoc island or Ho Chi Minh City.
5 - National park in Cambodia offers adventure tours to see wild nature and beautiful waterfalls. Our recommended national parks are Bokor National Park, Kirirom National Park, Phnom Kulen National Park, Virachey National Park, Preah Monivong National Park and Ream National Park. If you have special interest in Cambodia national park tour, it is best to consult with your tour operator to plan a great tour.
6 - Beaches in Cambodia are in the south of the country and the best beaches are in Sihanoukeville. From Phnom Penh, it takes you around 4 hours by car (around 222km). From Siem Reap, you can take the short flight to Sihanoukville in an hour.
7 - Cambodia has huge potential for tourism in the remote mountainous areas where tourists will enjoy picturesque scenery, meet several ethnic groups to learn about their life and unique culture. Cambodia homestay tour is highly advised.
8 - Cambodia shares the land border with Laos, Vietnam and Thailand so it is a great idea for you to combine one of these countries in your Cambodia holiday. Based on our experience, Vietnam is the best option because this country has plenty of things to see in Halong bay, Sapa, Hanoi, Hoi An or if you want to finish your holiday at one of the world's best beaches. Phu Quoc island, Con Dao island, Nha Trang or Mui Ne in Vietnam should be the right choice. As we know a Cambodia and Vietnam tour package is highly praised by all tourists to Southeast Asia.
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