On this guide, we are going to show the most beautiful places to visit in Cambodia.
After a month exploring this amazing country, we have put together our best tips and tricks so you can make the most of your trip.
You won’t only find the best places to visit in Cambodia, but a lot of detailed information about:
- Packing tips
- Travel itinerary
- Where to sleep
- Where to eat
- & much more!
So if you want to learn all you need for your trip to Cambodia and see amazing pictures, keep reading!
Best time to visit: Cambodia’s climate can be divided into wet and dry seasons. The best time to visit Cambodia is between November and April as this is typically the dry season. However, if you want to avoid crowds and find better deals, the low season offers also great landscapes with vivid colors.
Language: Cambodia has a single official language which is Khmer.
Currency: The Cambodian Riel is the currency of Cambodia, although US dollars are also accepted in most of the places.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Cambodia?: Click here to learn if you need a travel Visa.
Safety: Cambodia is generally a pretty safe country. We stayed for about one month and never had any issue. Check here to be updated on current safety in Cambodia.
Also, for the best medical advice is worth to check Fit for Travel website.
It is important that you have good travel insurance when traveling to Cambodia.
We always travel with World Nomads. It’s designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home
You can also get a quick quote here.
What to pack: All year round, bring lightweight clothing of natural fibers, comfortable shoes, and just an extra layer which you can use if it gets chilly.
How to move around: The best way to move around Cambodia is by using the website 12GoAsia. Alternatively, every hostel or hotel where you stay can easily arrange a van or provide you with the information you need to travel by van.
In case you need to cover larger distances, then Skyscanner would be the best option to find cheap flights to travel within the country.
How much cost to travel to Cambodia?
We spent a total of 22$ per day during the 18 days we spent in the country.
The price will also depend on how many places you visit in Cambodia since transportation can add up quickly to the expenses.
Cambodia can be a very cheap destination if you stick to local food. Otherwise, restaurants and alcohol will increase your budget quite a lot.
How is the average price calculated?
It is the total of all our expenses in Cambodia divided by 18 days, which is the time we spent there. That is taking into account:
- Accommodation. We managed to stay for free a whole week with Workaway in Koh Rong Island. The rest where budget hotels.
- How did you move around? We always moved with vans arrange from wherever we were staying.
- What kind of food did you have? We had most of the time local food or cheap restaurants.
- What do you consider entertainment? Alcohol, tickets for attractions, Angkor temples, etc.
The best places to visit in Cambodia by category
Best place for culture and temples –> Angkor
Best place for unspoiled beaches –> Koh Rong
Best place for nighlife and shopping –> Siem Reap
Best place for wildlife –> Banlung
Best place for outdoors lovers –> Kampot
There are so many places to visit in Cambodia. So we would recommend to plan a 2 weeks travel itinerary in Cambodia.
If you have less time to visit the country, the musts are Siem Reap with Angkor, Kampot, and Kep since are close to each other as well. Also, even from Kampot or Kep you could easily go island hopping and see the amazing beaches of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Saloem. Although Phnom Phem is ok, and the genocide museum is a really interesting visit, I would not miss any of the other places for staying here.
However, if you do have the time to explore the country, the most likely is that you are going to land in Phnom Phem. In that case, the proposed itinerary in the infographic on the right is a great starting point.
Simply check if you’d like to visit each of those places and how many days you’d like to spend on each of them.
A suggested 2 weeks travel itinerary to Cambodia could be:
Day 1: Phnom Penh
Day 2: Phnom Penh
Day 3: Siem Reap/Angkor
Day 4: Siem Reap/Angkor
Day 5: Siem Reap/Angkor
Day 6: Banlung
Day 7: Banlung
Day 8: Kep
Day 9: Kep
Day 10: Kampot
Day 11: Kampot
Day 12: Sihanoukville
Day 13: Koh Rong/Koh Rong Saloem
Day 14: Koh Rong/Koh Rong Saloem
There many different places to visit in Cambodia, and each of them, offer many different kind of things to do.
Either if you like temples, city life, jungle or beaches, Cambodia got you covered.
If you are planning on going on high season, you should definitively check Get Your Guide for a complete list with top things to do in every place.
The advantage of doing it though is that you can book any tour in advance. Also, if you have limited time, it might be a good idea to take a look, at least to have an idea of the options.
Cambodia is a very trendy destination, especially Angkor and Siem Reap.
That’s why in most of the places to visit in Cambodia, is easy to find a great variety of accommodation for all the budgets.
If you prefer something more according to your style and budget, you can check your options in Booking.
Where to eat in Cambodia.
Cambodian food is often overlooked and people think is similar to Thailand and Vietnamese food but it is not.
Khmer food is one of the major national identities that reflect the ways of life, thought, and mind of the Cambodian. Average meals typically consist of more than one dish and ideally contrast flavors, textures and temperatures within the meal using plenty of herbs, leaves, pickled vegetables, dipping sauces, edible flowers, and other garnishes and condiments.
From the many places to visit in Cambodia, maybe Phnom Phem and Siem Reap are the ones with the greatest offer. However, one of the best meals of my life, was in a small local restaurant on our way to “La plantation” pepper farm in Kampot. So you just need to keep your eyes wide open.
Where to eat in Phnom Penh.
Namaste India Restaurant BKK. We love indian food and we like to try indian food wherever we go. Namaste Indian restaurant is one of the best indian meals we have ever had. It is comfy, the service is exquisite, and prices are ok. Not to mention the amazing flavors and how well cooked every single dish is.
Mok Money. Is a good place to have great Khmer food. The staff is extra friendly and helpful. Some of the dishes you should try are the Fish A Mok, and the Grilled beef wrapped with betel leaf.
Romdeng. Romdeng is set in a beautiful colonial building whose wooden carvings, tables, chairs, and unique lights were all hand made in Cambodia. They offer traditional Khmer food with a modern touch. Although it is a bit pricy, it is good value for money.
Where to eat in Siem Reap.
WILD – Creative Bar & Eatery. Wild offers really nice and cheap tapas in a lovely atmosphere. Is the perfect place where to go for a relaxed meal.
HAVEN. HAVEN creates new life prospects for disadvantaged young adults, teaching them valuable work & life skills while treating you with delicious, honest food that loves you right back It is a beautiful restaurant with a very warm welcome and incredible food with sophisticated flavors.
Where to eat in Banlung.
Banlung Reggae Bar and Restaurant. Although there are not many choices in Banlung, maybe this is the most complete option you can find. It is not only about the tasty homemade food, but also the lively atmosphere.
Cafe Alee. Perched above a valley in Banlung Town, every evening the sun goes down over the hills across the way, and you can watch this as you eat delicious food and enjoy the great atmosphere. Highlights include home-baked breads of various kinds, a mix of Khmer and Western foods, and great Western-style breakfasts.
Where to eat in Kep.
Holy Crab. If seafood is your thing, then you’ll love this place. The garlic prawns, fish curry and the crab are absolutely delicious.
Sailing Club. Although this option is a bit pricey, the local is beautiful and provides a romantic atmosphere. The lamb with ratatouille tower and the fish cakes are some of the things we really liked.
Where to eat in Sihanoukville.
Sandan. This is an incredible restaurant with a wonderful service and totally focused on the local people culture and future. The concept is all about training local youngsters to have a sustainable future. However, in addition to that, the food is fresh, fast and delicious.
The Secret Garden Bar & Restaurant. The perfect restaurant to sit back, relax and watch the waves. It is also one of the best options for vegetarians and vegans.
Where to eat in Kampot.
Rikitikitavi. Superb Cambodian and international food, great service, and excellent drinks with fabulous happy hour served on a gorgeous breezy terrace with the best views in Kampot. Situated looking over the river towards the elephant mountains and the setting sun.
Epic Arts Cafe.The ground floor is the dining room and the first floor is an Epic Creations shop. The menu consists of all-day breakfast options, light lunches, bagels, paninis, traditional Khmer dishes, salads, ice-creams, cakes, brownies, cookies, cold and hot beverages, including an amazing state-of-the-art espresso machine.