Cambodia is home to Angkor Wat and the enormous complex that once housed the Khmer empire in the 12th century. When wandering through the Angkor temples, it’s easy to drift away from the present and feel like you’re perhaps the first explorer to stumble upon the astounding city.
Although Cambodia is probably most famous for the famous city of Angkor outside of Siem Reap, the country boasts beautiful scenery, a cosmopolitan capital (Phnom Penh) and some lovely beaches. Besides the fun tourist aspects of Cambodia, every visitor should make it their mission to learn about the horrendous Khmer Rouge regime that ruled the country from 1975-1979. Under the rule of Pol Pot, millions of Cambodians were killed, a tragedy that the country is still recovering from today.
Whether you’re visiting the killing fields outside Phnom Penh, exploring hidden temples at the Angkor complex, sunning yourself on the beaches of Sihanoukville or mingling with the upper crust at the capital city’s bars, Cambodia is an essential visit on the Southeast Asian travel circuit.
Religion: Theraveda Buddhist (95%), Islam (3%), Christianity (2%)
GDP Per Capita: $711 USD
Popular Attractions/Things To Do: Angkor Wat and temples outside Siem Reap, slow boat on the Tonle Sap, party in Sihanoukville, Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Essential Cambodian Foods: Amok (fish steamed in banana leaf), pate sandwiches on baguette, fried spiders
Information For Travelers:
Visa Info: Visas for Cambodia are available upon arrival in the country and do not need to be arranged ahead of time as long as you enter through one of the following valid ports of entry:
Phnom Penh International Airport
Siem Reap International Airport
Cham Yeam (Koh Kong) – Thai border
Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey) – Thai border
Bavet (Svay Rieng) – Vietnam border
Tourist visas are valid for 30 days and cost between $20 and $25 USD depending which port you enter through and how the guards are feeling that day. Tourist visas can also be arranged online through the Official Site for Tourism of Cambodia for a speedier entry upon arrival.