Home to the famous and iconic ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cambodia is also a popular river cruise destination as the mighty Mekong flows through it, but it is also becoming increasingly popular for its golf courses. The bustling capital, Phnom Penh, boasts the art deco Central Market and the 19th century Royal Palace, as well as the National Museum’s fascinating historical and archaeological exhibits, sure to attract history buffs and culture vultures!

First-hand knowledge

Rachel and Amy have both been to Cambodia, cruising the Mekong twice. They would both be happy to share their experiences or answer any questions, or you can read Amy's blogs about exploring Angkor Wat, Phnomh Penh and the Mekong, and the coastal town of Kep.

Key Facts Before You Go

  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Time Difference: Cambodia follows Indochina Standard Time throughout the year, which is 6 hours AHEAD of BST and 7 hours AHEAD of GMT
  • Flight Time: There are no direct flights to Cambodia. The quickest flight to Phnom Penh is via Bangkok, with 14 hours' flying time, or 14 hours and 10 minutes via Bangkok to Siem Reap.
  • Official Language: Khmer
  • Entry Requirements: Visas are required, but can be obtained easily upon arrival at Siem Reap or Phnom Penh airport - you will need to ensure you have a passport photo with you. You can apply online for an e-visa before travelling. Your passport will need to have a minimum of six months' validity from date of entry. Ensure that there are no missing pages or damage to your passport, as entry may be refused. For information on land border crossings from Laos or Vietnam, look at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website. For the most up-to-date information on visa fees, conditions, or photograph requirements (which can be subject to change), please look at either the Royal Cambodian Embassy, or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Co-operation website.
  • Vaccinations and Health: You should always ensure that you travel with adequate travel health insurance. For up-to-date information, please check this website (as recommended by the Foreign Office): https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/country/39/cambodia#Vaccine_recommendations. If vaccinations are required, it is generally advisable to arrange an appointment with a health professional four to six weeks before departure.
    General information on travel vaccinations can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/travel-vaccinations/

To find out more, and for the most up-to-date advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cambodia

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