Top Things to See and Do
Temples of Angkor
Explore Cambodia's temples of Angkor and unravel centuries of history. From the iconic spires of Angkor Wat and tree-covered ruins of Ta Prohm to the carved faces at Bayon and intricate detail of Banteay Srei, each temple is unique. Rise early and take a tuk-tuk to see the first rays of sunshine illuminate Angkor Wat
Tantalise your tastebuds as you discover the flavours of Cambodia. Experience Khmer Cuisine, Cambodia own unique cuisine with an aromatic blend of herbs and spices. Join an interactive cooking class or food tour and gain a fascinating insight into the flavours of the region. Or maybe you can be more brave and try the assortment of fried bugs and even snakes or scorpions at the Night Markets.
Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum
Another chilling experience in Phnom Penh is visiting the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. Formerly a high school which was then used as a Security Prison during the Khmer Rouge regime. Tuol Sleng is just one of at least 150 execution centers established by the Khmer Rouge and is now a museum opened to visitors, filled with images and information on what happened during it's time as a prison.
Boutiques, art galleries and quirky cafes meet French-colonial mansions, ancient temples and glittering palaces in the riverside city of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's Capital
Choueung Ek - Killing Fields
Choeung Ek is the site of the former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge killed between 1975 and 1979 about 17km south of Phnom Penh. This site is one of the best-known of the The Killing Fields where Khmer Rouge regime executed over one million people across the country. Now the Choeung Ek is a site of remembrance and visitors are invited to wandered the sites on an individual audio tour learning the history and survival stories. An intense and confronting, but important experience not to miss.
Tonle Sap Lake
Floating fishing villages dot the semi-submerged forests that line the flood plain rim of the lake, offering an excellent place to see lakeside rural Cambodia.
Known most famously for the Temples of Angkor, Siem Reap as a city has created plenty to see and do. It has created a hub for backpacker party pads to hip hotels, world-class wining and dining across a range of cuisines, sumptuous spas, great shopping, and a creative cultural scene that includes Cambodia's leading contemporary circus. Make sure to check out the famous Pub Street and try a Tomb Raider Cocktail or two.
Discover the charming town of Battambang. It is an architectural treasure trove, with well-preserved French colonial architecture, delightful countryside and ancient temples
A quiet and mellow riverside town, Kratie has an expansive riverfront and some of the best Mekong sunsets in Cambodia. It is the most popular place in the country to see Irrawaddy dolphins, which live in the Mekong River in ever-diminishing numbers. There is also a rich legacy of French-era architecture, as it was spared from the wartime bombing that destroyed so many other provincial towns.
Last Updated: 29 March 2018
New Zealand Passport holders must have a valid passport with at least six months' validity beyond their stay. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
An electronic visa is required before departing to Cambodia or alternatively, visas are available upon arrival at international airports. Single entry visas are valid for three months with a 30 day maximum stay
GETTING AROUND by Air
Flying between and within Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos is the most convenient option when travelling around South East Asia. Domestic flights within these countries can be arranged by your travel consultant
Riel (KHR) but USD is widely accepted and recommended
Tipping isn't generally expected in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, but is always greatly appreciated for good service
230V 50Hz (An adapter is required)
Khmer is the official language and English is becoming widely spoken
Last Updated: 29 March 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
Cambodia has a warm and humid climate with a rainy season from May to September. From November to March it is cooler and drier.