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Cambodia is the Landmark of Ancient City, one of the best destinations in Southeast Asia, the fascinating Siem Reap is famed for its marvelous Angkor Wat, the unrivaled masterpieces & the finest architectures that makes Siem Rea become a pearl city of wonder. Distinctively, from Angkor archaeology to the modern capital city of Phnom Penh where precious Royal Palace stands, Cambodia's southern coasts & natural islands offer the perfect relaxation of beach break, unlikely northern hidden Cambodia’s specialty.
Where is Cambodia?
Cambodia is in the tropical monsoon, situates between Vietnam and Thailand, and shares border with Laos at northern part, Southeast Asia. Cambodia covers 181,035 square kilometers of land and has a population of 15 million with density of 82 people per square kilometer.
The first priority you need to know before you plan to visit Cambodia!
Tourist visa for most nationality is available for 30 days either can be applied in advance (E-visa: $36) or on arrival ($30) at international airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and at border crossing including Poi Pet (Aranyaprathet), Ba Vet (Moc Bai) and Koh Kong (Had Lek).
You can apply for e-visa through government official website: https://www.evisa.gov.kh
Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months, has at least one blank page and need a passport-size photo. If you don’t have this, you can pay a $2 fee and they will scan the photo from your passport.
How long should I spend in Cambodia?
The most popular tourist attractive regions are Siem Reap & Phnom Penh and beach extension is an ideal for leisure with a few days at Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem Island or at Otres beach of Sihanoukville. It actually depends on how much budget you have, what holiday styles you plan for and how much you’re interested in the history, Angkor temples, and the surroundings when you arrived.
If you have limited budget and you wish to stay longer in Cambodia, this absolutely means your holiday style be will be under 3* category and you don’t care much about high standard services as long as you can stay in comfortable, clean bed with good air conditioning and most of your touring days are in the join-tours or mainly you go on your own exploration without local tour guide and at least with tour guide on the most important day such as Small Circuit of Angkor Complex. With approx. $370.00 per person for 7 nights / 8 days, you can visit the main tourist attraction in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and at the beach in Cambodia.
If you’re really interested in temple history and architectures, Yes, you should go ahead to grab 3-day Angkor pass which cost $62.00. If you aren’t sure whether Angkor temples are worth for 2 days, let’s try your first day tour to Small Circuit of Angkor Complex and it won’t be late to visit other Angkor temples on second day if you make a quick decision but Angkor ticket price will definitely affect your finance.
Here are options for second day at other Angkor temples:
How much is Angkor pass, how does one get it and how is it used?
The Angkor Wat pass can be purchased at the toll booth en route to Angkor Archaeological Park. There is always queue, payment is made in cash and they will take photo for you. Once you get the pass, make sure you keep it with you safely (or use name tag) because you have to show your pass to authority guards at the entrance of each temple.
A). 1-day pass is USD 37
B). 3-day pass is USD 62 (Valid within 10 days)
C). 7-day pass is USD 72 (Valid within 30 days)
Should I spend other days for authentic experience?
To get the best experience and leave the country with everlasting memory and meaningful, Siem Reap is the unbeatable region to see and hand on the reality of Cambodia, culture and lifestyle. From spending a day with practicing rural activities, meeting a host family for lunch, exotic fruit tasting to a Buddhist monastery for religious water blessing, the early morning of alms giving offers amazing experience which makes it the most memorable in your journey.
See tour sample: https://www.guidingcambodia.com/beyond-exotic-siem-reap-tour-8-days
What else can I see besides Angkor temples?
It doesn’t matter you’ve done 1 or 2 days of Angkor Wat temple, Grand Circuit and Banteay Srei temple, the a must-see is Tonle Sap Lake for your next exploration. Tonle Sap Lake offers 4 interesting places to see its floating villages, stilt houses atop very high poles and flooded forest.
Below are the highlights of differences for each places that you can consider for your journey:
See tour sample: https://www.guidingcambodia.com/kampong-phluk-tour
See tour sample: https://www.guidingcambodia.com/kompong-khleang-floating-village
See tour sample: https://www.guidingcambodia.com/mechrey-floating-village-tour
Extra information about Cambodia: https://www.guidingcambodia.com/travel-guide-cambodia/cambodia-coun...
Which international airport should I book my flight for arrival and departure?
Cambodia doesn’t have many direct flights from Europe countries and some of Asia countries, meaning you will have 1-2 transits in Seoul - Bangkok - Cambodia or Saigon - Cambodia.
Remark: If you have planned for the next destinations to Laos or Thailand or Vietnam after leaving Cambodia, you should know some direct flights to those cities then you will actually know which international airport in Cambodia you should book your flight for landing to begin your holiday trip.