CAMBODIA TRAVEL GUIDE
Where to Go in Cambodia?
Tourism in Cambodia is still relatively new and currently the most popular parts of the country to visit are:
New areas opening up are:
General summary Cambodia information:
- With a population of around 15 million, Cambodia is much smaller than its neighbours Vietnam and Thailand. It also has a long and fascinating history with advanced civilizations going back 2 millennia to the mighty Khmer Angkor Empire. Cambodia is still developing and as such is a hot destination due to its affordability and improvement in tourist access over recent years. Let Travel Loop Adventure show you around this beautiful country. It is our country and we are proud to enrich your knowledge and experience. It is this rich history, the well-preserved temples (not least of all the magnificent Angkor Wat) and the welcoming people that make this one of the world’s top destinations. And there is more to Cambodia than the temples. Away from the ancient sites, much of the country remains untouched, demonstrating a simple rural life of days gone by.
- Away from the bustling capital of Phnom Penh and the tourist centre of Siem Reap (home to the Angkor Temple complex) there are many other provinces and towns which contrast greatly with the tourist attractions, shopping, restaurants and bars of these two main destinations. Let Travel Loop Adventure show you every side of our country from the working towns of Battambang, to the coastal towns of Sihanoukville and Kep. Check out the well-preserved colonial architecture. Between cities, we will show you up-close the local lifestyle from lake-dwellers to farmers, passing through some amazing landscapes of rice paddies, sugar palms and stilted homes. Get up close with the locals by spending a night in a family homestay, cooking and eating with the villagers. See the real Cambodia with Travel Loop Adventure. Get even closer to nature by cycling along the Mekong River or around Tonle Sap Lake to the more remote forested highlands of Ratanakiri, Mondulkiri and the Cardamom Mountains.
- Another area in which Cambodia surpasses its neighbours is its people. The warmth of the welcome combined with the sincere smiles and genuine generosity from a population who in the main live a very basic, in many cases a very impoverished life, can be very humbling.
- If you know the recent dark history of Cambodia this is all the more surprising. A visit to the Killing Fields and the S-21 museum from the Pol Pot era and his Khmer Rouge will put a whole new perspective on your impression of Cambodia and its people. It took until as recently as 1998 for the wars and occupation to officially end leaving an entire country to rebuild.
Province and town summaries:
Cambodia has 25 provinces and the capital city municipality of Phnom Penh. Each province has its own particular character, some are very well developed for tourism and many remain virtually untouched by tourists. Travel Loop Adventure has expertise and experience across the whole country; we can take you to places the others can’t.
Accommodation: Accommodation in Cambodia varies from homestay, basic guesthouses and hostels to 1 through 5 star resort hotels. In the more developed areas there is no shortage of choice. Off the beaten track a little and the choice can become quite limited, but you can be sure Travel Loop Adventure has personally inspected all properties to allow us to recommend the best available to suit the visitor.
- Food and drink: Food and drink also varies by town and province. You can easily find fine dining and cuisines from around the globe in places like Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. However when you explore the non-touristy places you will likely only find Asian and Cambodian dishes, all traditionally prepared.
Health: Unfortunately the health system in Cambodia is well behind its neighbours and for this reason we insist on all visitors ensuring they have a good travel insurance policy which should include re-patriation to your home country, or medevac to centres of excellence in Bangkok or Singapore, especially for major incidents or injuries. Care can be taken to stay healthy.
• Cover up from the sun either like the locals with clothing, or high factor sunscreen, and wear a hat;
• Rehydrate as much as possible during the day – mineral and electrolyte sachets (Royal-D) can be purchased for 25 cents at most pharmacies and supermarkets;
• Mosquito repellents are also recommended if you are prone to being bitten; Cambodia in general is not a Malaria zone, but Dengue Fever in wet season can be a problem.
• Small cuts and abrasions (especially on feet and legs) are very easily infected in Cambodia and so careful first aid is a must. Keep everything scrupulously clean and bring antiseptic cream.
• There is no prescription required for pretty much any medication including antibiotics.