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5 Days in Cambodia

Travel Itinerary -
Days: 6
Season: All
trip transport traveler type
Country: Cambodia
Travel Interests: Archaeology,Tours and Sightseeing,World heritage sites
Description: From Thailand to Cambodia and from there to Vietnam: Siem Riep, Angkor Wat, Phnom Pen, the Killing fields, Traditional dancers, Shopping and great restaurants.
Created by Noa
Last modified 13/02/2018
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Day 1

Arrival to Siem Riep

Day 2

Siem Riep

Day 3

ANGKOR WAT

Day 4

From Siem Riep to Phnom Penh

Day 5

Phnom Penh

Day 6

From Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Min City

My best travel tips
Language
Khmer is the official language of Cambodia however you’ll be able to get by easily in the cities and tourist areas of Cambodia where English is more commonly used and understood.
Packing list
A passport and visa is required for most visitors to Cambodia. Visa exemption exists for the following nationalities: Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia (who can stay in Cambodia for 21 and 30 days – see this site for more information). All visa options mentioned below requires a passport that is valid for at least six (6) months from the expiry date, 01 recent passport-sized photo as well as blank pages in your passport. Visa on Arrival: Visitors can purchase a visa at the airport in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and borders. Current visa cost (one month stay) is US $30 per adult, kids under 12 years of age are free. Your fees need to be paid in US currency and in cash (We recommend EXACT change)!
E-Visa: There is also an option to get your visa sorted online pre-travels. The e-visa option will cost you slightly more at US $40 (US$ 37 Visa fee + US $7 processing fee + US $3 Credit Card fees), kids under 12 years of age are free, however processing fees will still apply. Please note that the e-visa is not accepted at all boarder crossings, so please check before you proceed. You can organise your e-visa through their website here.
Learn some history about Angkor. To even try and begin to appreciate the Angkor complex you need to have some background knowledge.
Safety and security
Be rest assured though that all touristy areas of Cambodia have been cleared from landmines. Despite its history of killings, Cambodia in 2016 is a perfectly safe country to visit, more safe I would say that a lot of other countries. Whilst we recommend exercising normal precautions to look after your belongings as you explore; just as you would in any other country; we found nothing but friendly, happy, smiling people who welcomed us with open arms to their country
The Khmer people are welcoming and friendly, we found the people we interacted with in Cambodia to be some of the most warm and helpful people we met during our South East Asia travels. As with all large cities, keep your belongings close to you and hold your bags tightly when moving through crowded areas of when riding a tuk-tuk. The borders between Thailand and Cambodia have a reputation for bag snatching so keep an eye out. Additionally, if you are visiting rural areas of Cambodia, stay with your guide and don’t wander off. Cambodia is home to unexploded mines still, so whilst not common, it is best to stick with your guide and don’t walk through jungles by yourself.
Tours and attractions
Get up early for your trip to Angkor – It’s hot year round in Siem Reap and you’ll want to start your day early to get some sightseeing in before the heat gets unbearable. Plus, there is so much to see that you need time. The park is open from 5:30 am – 5:30 pm. If I were to go again, I think I would go first thing in the morning (starting the day at any temple other than Angkor Wat) then go back into town for a couple hours in the mid-afternoon and return to the park for the last couple hours that it’s open.
Visa
A 30-day tourist visa is required for all visitors. Visas are available on arrival for $30 however if you are entering the country across a border (for example, from Bangkok), obtaining a Visa can be difficult. There are lots of local shops that will charge you more for a “quicker” visa. To save the frustration, you can also opt to apply and obtain your visa beforehand – the e-visa is available online and takes just three days to process
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