Cambodia is a nation that engages travellers on a number of levels. You can learn the art of tranquillity from a saffron-robed monk, and then practice it on a sandy beach. You can see the temples that have been ruins for centuries, or those like Angkor Wat that stand tall today. You can see fields that speak to a haunting history of dictatorship, or visit a village without ever leaving your boat. Cambodia offer the rare opportunity to see a country that is steeped in tradition but still firmly modern.
Things to know before visit Cambodia
Cambodia has monsoons for a long period from May to November. Late July and early August can have seasonal flooding also. The dry season is in November and December. The northern part of the country has harsher winters but otherwise in most part of the country the temperatures are almost the same at about 22.5 C.
Battambang has all that a tourist looks for to relax. Its riverside setting, laid-back amazing cafes, colonial building and stunning architecture makes up for everything. The city gives a feel of small town warmth and urban lifestyle of the natives. It is delightful country side river trips and culturally inspired hilltop temples make it a must visit state of Cambodia.
Angkor is believed to be the reflection of Mt Meru and the ride and stay of ancient Gods, which justifies the faith and spirituality in its temples and natives. The temples of Angkor Wat have intricate designs and patterns on the walls. They are also the pilgrimage spots for the residents of Cambodia that help them go beyond architectural beauty.
Phnom Pehn is the capital of Cambodia that once was worn and torn due to successive wars. However, side-laying all obstacles, Phnom Pehn managed to turn out to be the finest urban city of Cambodia, that is famous for its bustling streets, classy restaurants and food retreats, hip cafes and bars. It is the place where one may unwind and relax even through the chaos of a city life.
Tonle Sap Lake offers a tourist an aqua journey to the local lives of the Cambodians. A Boating tour in Tonle Sap Lake take ones through its floating villages in Siam reap, markets and crocodile farms. It is extremely exciting to watch the village residents go by their daily lives in an absolutely effortlessly yet different environment.
Sihanoukville is partially commercial but a well visited tourist destination as its white sand beaches are loved a lot by each tourist. It also gives access and way to some beautiful islands which are just perfect for the tourists to relax. Apart from this, travelers can scuba dive or go hiking in the Ream National Park. Sihanoukville is also a great place to party through the night.
Travel Advisory: For the latest information and advice on safety and entry requirements please consult your travel agent well in advance of your departure and visit the following government website:
Department of Foreign affairs and trade www.dfat.gov.au
Smart Traveler website www.smartraveler.gov.au
Electricity: The electrical power plugs in Cambodia regulate on 220-240 volts and 110-120 volts.