how to have a great time in cambodia
- Author- Vijaya
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Many tourists visit Cambodia hoping to see its magnificent temples, ancient ruins, and untouched beaches and experience its illustrious cultural heritage. However, few people know that Cambodia offers a staggering variety of tourist activities and stunning natural sights to enchant the visitors. The city of Cambodia has many surprises that can satiate the needs of all different types of travellers across all age groups, whether they are children, teenagers, adults, a family or just friends.
Every type of traveller who visits this ancient kingdom is in for a good adventure, whether they prefer to cruise, indulge in watersports, swim with elephants, pedal through temples, or go on a free shopping spree. This three-day itinerary for Cambodia will show you how to draft a perfect trip to Cambodia. by laying out plans to visit the main attractions in Cambodia within a short period without rushing.
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Best activities to perform in Cambodia
Cambodia is a land of magnificence. When one begins to explore the goodness of this city, there are never any dull moments. The town is diversified in its creation, from enchanted temples to magic streets. We’ve accomplished a list of the main attractions in Cambodia as there are so many to choose from. Have a look!
Day1: Exploring the Phnom Penh
- The starting point of our itinerary begins in Phnom Penh, as it is one of the main attractions in Cambodia. It serves as the most economical and cultural hub and is reminiscent of the Wild West with its dusty streets and carefree attitude.
- Once you get there, begin by visiting the Independence Monument, which was constructed as a mark of independence from French rule in 1958. It is one of Cambodia's main attractions and its most prominent landmark.
- Take a tour of a traditional dance school, a performance space and the Cambodian Living Arts Centre to witness the trainees in action and experience live traditional theatre. Learning about the nation’s artistic traditions while having fun for a couple of hours is enjoyable.
- Don’t forget to take a detour along Sisowath Quay on the Mekong River and stop by the Royal Palace, a stunning collection of structures constructed nearby in the 1860s and serve as the current residence of the king of Cambodia.
Day 2: Day trip to Sihanoukville
- A visit to Sihanoukville is indispensable if you are not too exhausted and are still looking for ideas about your trip to Cambodia. Get an early start and travel to Sihanoukville by bus, which would probably take 4 to 5 hours, and the place will welcome you with its magnificent white sand beaches, deserted islands and toothsome seafood.
- Independence Beach and Otres beach are some of your possible options to have some sun and fun. The diverse nightlife and inexpensive alcohol make it one of the main attractions in Cambodia. However, for staying purposes, I won't recommend staying at Serendipity Beach due to the increased amount of Chinese Involvement.
- Koh Rong from Sihanoukville is merely a 45 minutes boat ride. Even though you can stay overnight, if time is out of the essence, you can only visit for a day.
- You can also arrange a motorcycle trip to Bokor National Park if you don't feel like travelling to Koh Rong. You can go on a hike through a magnificent rainforest or visit the spooky ruins of the French aristocracy there. You will surely enjoy some breathtaking views and be surrounded by temples, waterfalls, and ruins.
Day 3: Siem Reap: The final destination
- Exploring Siem Reap is one of the last activities you can perform on your last day of the visit to Cambodia. Siem is one of Cambodia's main attractions as it is close to the Angkor temples. However, you must return to Phnom Penh and ride on another bus to Siem Reap. To avoid wasting a day, it is advisable to take the night bus. Although you won’t sleep well, you won’t miss a day either!
- I spent the day in the historic city of Angkor Wat, which served as the Khmer Empire's capital that once dominated most of Southeast Asia.
- Devote a few more hours in the morning at the Angkor wat complex before visiting breathtaking Banteay Srei. This temple, devoted to the Hindu god Shiva and known as “the city of women”, has several magnificent red sandstone statues.
- The largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, Tonle Sap, is a place which can be visited if you have some extra time left in your trip duration. You can see how Cambodian life is intertwined with this vital waterway.
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How to reach Cambodia
Now that you know where to visit Cambodia, you must also know the different options to reach Cambodia. Given the limited time, air travel seems to be the most suitable option. You can quickly fly to Cambodia as flights land at Phnom Penh International Airport from various southeast Asian air hubs. Suppose you are travelling from countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, or Singapore. In that case, you do not need a visa for Cambodia, but if you travel from countries like the US, India, or Russia, you must need a Cambodia travel visa. If you don't have one, you can apply through the Cambodia Visa Online portal, which offers the best prices and a 24x7 helpline.
COVID 19 Protocols to keep in mind
In the era of this ongoing pandemic, the Government of Cambodia issued some protocols that must be followed to have a safe and hassle-free journey. The set of protocols is as follows:
- Present a negative Rt-PCR test report at the airport if you're an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated tourist hoping to obtain a transit visa.
- The test report cannot be more than 72 hours old from the departure date.
- Present your immunization certificate while applying for immigration if you have received the recommended vaccine in its whole.
- An immunization record will only be considered legitimate if it has been more than 14 days after your most recent dosage.
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This article concludes the itinerary you need if you want to wind up your trip to Cambodia in an organised way with no stone unturned. A list of recommended places to visit in Cambodia has been mentioned in the article. However, the stops can be easily omitted or added to, and the days can also be switched to suit your schedule. If you have some extra days, I advise signing up for a cooking class in Cambodia or going on a walking tour of Siem Reap.