Cambodia Travel Guide

It’s time to talk about Cambodia. If it's not already at the top of your must-visit list then you might have some rearranging to do. Embrace the heart-stealing scenery of this Southeast Asian nation as you roam through lively markets, majestic temples and charismatic towns that seem untouched by modern tourism developments. It’s time to delve a little bit deeper and get acquainted with Cambodia.  

The Highlights

The Basics

When to Visit

when to visit
  1. Peak Season

    November to February

    The high season in Cambodia, from November through February welcome visitors with the appeal of very hot weather (with average highs of 30°C in some parts) however, this is when Cambodia experiences a sharp influx of visitors – especially in Siem Reap and across the main tourist attractions. This is also the time when travellers from the Southern Hemisphere make the most of Christmas holidays or extended school holidays and university breaks, so many backpackers can be found during this time. For this reason, it is suggested that you book in advance as prices will rise, and both Chinese and Vietnamese New Year will fall during this time. 

  2. Low Season

    May to September

    Through the months of May to September, Cambodia is characterized by heavy rain (monsoon season) and a drop in temperature. This may have a small impact on the outdoor activities you wish to partake in, however, if you are travelling on a budget means this is a great time to travel as prices will be lower. The average temperature will still be warm (averaging 22°C in some parts), however, the sunlight will be overshadowed by huge rain clouds. Important festivals include the Royal Ploughing Ceremony and are held to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing season along with the Festival of the Dead celebrated in September.

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FAQs about Cambodia

  • Do you tip in Cambodia?

    There isn’t much of a tipping culture in Cambodia, but it is recommended to leave a tip of 10% in a restaurant to show gratitude for good service and this will of course, always be appreciated. 
  • What is the internet access like?

    Internet connection can range in quality, but you should have no problem with day-to-day tasks like emailing or surfing the web while in Cambodia. WiFi is available in many cafes, hostels and hotels for free, but outside urban areas, this is not as common.
  • Is the tap water safe to drink?

    Definitely not. Bottled water is available all over the country, even in the most remote parts. Just make sure the seal is still on and unbroken.
  • Can I use my credit cards?

    Yes, credit cards are widely accepted throughout Cambodia. Please check with your bank about any foreign transaction charges.
  • What are the public holidays?

    Some of the major public holidays in Cambodia include New Year’s Day on January 1, Victory Over Genocide on January 7, King’s Birthday on May 13-15, Constitution Day on September 24 and Independence Day on November 9 among others. 
  • Is it safe to travel in Cambodia solo as a female?

    Definitely! Cambodia is a welcoming and friendly place where solo female travellers should feel comfortable. As always, small precautions like keeping your bag close to you in the city will help to keep you out of trouble.