Thi Phuong Hoa Bui
Sales Manager Cum Sales Team Leader – GIT French Speaking Market
For a seriously off-the-beaten-path experience with world-class service, look no further than Cambodia, the “Kingdom of Wonders.” That name certainly isn’t unearned; from the world-renowned (and 8th Wonder of the World), Angkor Wat, to the bustling cities of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, your travelers will be in awe of the land of contrasts, its easy pace of life and constantly-smiling locals.
The Cardamom Mountains of Koh Kong and Pursat provinces are said to be the most pristine wilderness area remaining in Southeast Asia. The western edge of the Cardamom region abuts the Thai border, while the easternmost part ends about sixty miles northwest of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. The highest point in the range (and in Cambodia) is Mount Aural, at 1,813 meters (5,946 feet). There are five main rivers that run through the Cardamoms, creating dozens of waterfalls. The Cardamoms are considered to represent Southeast Asia’s greatest natural resources in terms of virgin forest and wildlife habitats that have never been fully explored and/or cataloged
Koh Rong as known as Monkey Island is situated about twenty-two kilometers due west of Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand. The island is the second largest island of Cambodia with 43 km of beaches, white sand, coral reefs and many fishes. Koh Rong is 15km long from north to south and is mostly covered by jungle. Its balmy, tropical climate provides a year round temperature of between 27 and 30C and a consistently sublime water temperature that hovers around, where white sands, turquoise waters and uninhabited beaches await your guests.
The Tonle Sap Lake, located in the center-west of the country and a dozen or so kilometers from Siem Reap, is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is unique because of its hydraulic flow system, which empties and fills naturally, but at the mercy of the rainy season. The Tonle Sap River, which has the same name as the lake, reverses its flow twice a year. Its surface area increases from 3000 square kilometers during the dry season to a staggering 13,000 square kilometers during the rainy season. This aquatic phenomenon is celebrated every year in the capital during the Bonn Om Tuk, the Water Boat Festival, during which many boat races take place.
A Cambodian Bliss
Journey through the Khmer civilization
Ratanakiri is a northeastern province of Cambodia. Hilly and green, it is the homeland of some ethnic minorities and outstanding biodiversity, as well as many ‘genies’ in the forests, according to the legends. Ratanakiri is also the homeland of many remarkable natural sites: volcanic lakes, waterfalls, and the vast Virachey National Park, which is located in the northern part of the province and is host to an astonishing range of biodiversity – wild elephants and tigers still roam in this protected area!
Located in the southwest of Cambodia, at the border with Thailand, Koh Kong province is well-known for several stunning natural sites: the Cardamom Mountains, waterfalls, mangroves, beaches, and the island of Koh Kong. The province of Koh Kong lies between the jungle and the coast, giving it a truly unique biosphere.
The Cardamom Mountains are located in the second largest rain forest on the mainland of Southeast Asia, with exceptional flora and fauna, which makes the area the perfect location for jungle trekking and sightseeing.
Shinta Mani Wild Tented Camp
Located in the northwest of Cambodia, Battambang is the second largest city in the country.
It is well known for fine examples of colonial architecture, and is perfectly located along the Sangker River. Over the years, the city has developed an artistic quarter; many art galleries, shops, and funky bars will help you discover the modern, artistic side of Cambodia. In fact, the most famous circus of Cambodia, the Phare Ponleu Selpak, was started in Battambang and still has a school located there.
Located in the eastern-central part of the country, and 250 kilometers northeast of Phnom Penh, the province of Kratie boasts a luxuriant, countryside landscape, consisting of orchards of fruit and vegetables, along with countless farm animals. All these scenes of rustic life take place around the famous Mekong River, the lifeblood of the province. A small town of around 100,000 people, Kratie possesses an old-fashioned charm, with its slightly-faded colonial buildings, its market, and its ancient pagodas, one of which is made out of wood and dates to the late 18th century.
Kampong Cham is a quiet provincial capital, in the northeast of Cambodia. This city is known as a gateway to the northeastern part of the country and is, particularly, a hub for buses. However, Kampong Cham is also well-known for several pre-Angkorian and Angkorian temples in the province, as well as many fishing communities on the riverbanks of the Mekong, pagodas, and beautiful landscapes dotted with picturesque villages.
Located in the northwestern part of Cambodia, Kampong Chhnang is a border province with Phnom Penh.
Kampong Chhnang (“Port of Pottery”) is renowned throughout the entire country for its ceramics. Moreover, rice fields as far as the eye can see, fruit plantations, stilt houses on the banks of the lake, fishermen pulling up their nets at the end of the day – these are all wonderful things that can also be discovered in this truly authentic part of Cambodia. We recommend a visit to the pottery villages, located a few kilometers from the center of Kampong Chhnang. The town, located on the road from Phnom Penh to Battambang on the banks of the Tonle Sap, deserves a visit, if only to admire the few buildings of the colonial era of its old quarter, as well as its incredible floating village.
Visit floating villages, cycling
Located around 140 kilometers southeast of Phnom Penh, the region of Kampot is characterized by its hills and plains covered in lush rice fields, salt marshes, and fruit plantations. As for the township of Kampot, it has been renowned throughout the entire world for its pepper since the early 20th century. This quality product was first famous in France, and then, as the years went by, it has acquired a global reputation, and is nowadays used by many Michelin-star chefs. The charming and peaceful town of Kampot, located on the banks of the River Preaek Tuek Chhu, will seduce you from the start with its colonial architecture, its peaceful streets and its charming hotels.
Siem Reap is located in the northwest of the country, in the province of the same name. Siem Reap is known for its proximity to the most important archaeological site in Cambodia: the Angkor Complex. Thus, since the 90s, when the Angkor Complex was designated as the 8th Wonder of the World, Siem Reap, which was hardly reachable back then, has undergone rapid development and become the tourist hub of the country, welcoming an amazing several million visitors each year.
Situated in the southwest of Cambodia and surrounded by Kampot Province and the sea, Kep is the smallest province in Cambodia. Famous and well-known during the French protectorate, “Kep sur Mer” was the most popular beach town in Cambodia at the time.
Unfortunately, the Khmer Rouge period destroyed many of the prestigious colonial villas. However, one can still witness some of the town’s former splendor through its architecture and charm. Kep also has some remarkable natural wonders: Kep National Park, Rabbit Island and its secluded beaches, rice and salt fields, as well as a coastline rich in fish and crabs. The best places to savor the various seafood delights and the excellent crab with Kampot pepper are the restaurants located close to the crab market!
Mondulkiri province is in the wild East of the country, sharing a border with Vietnam. This is the most sparsely-populated province in the whole country, despite being the largest one. The capital of the province is Sen Monorom, a small city, partly adapted to western tourism, but still very authentic. Other attractions include encounters with elephants and visiting hidden waterfalls, including the very famous Bousra Waterfall. More and more associations have been created to promote and preserve this natural environment and local cultures of the different minorities that are living in Mondulkiri.
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, is located in the center of the country, at the confluence of the Tonle Sap and Mekong Rivers – a strategic place chosen after the decline of Angkor as a capital. Phnom Penh has survived through the ages, and in fact developed throughout all periods that had an impact on Cambodia, whether positive or negative. During the French protectorate, many colonial buildings were erected, such as the National Library, the Central Market, the Royal Palace, and the National Museum. During the Khmer Rouge period, many buildings were deserted, and others, such as the S21 and the Killing Fields, were converted into Khmer Rouge quarters.
Pursat is the fourth largest province in Cambodia, located between Tonle Sap and the Cardamom Mountain range. It is renowned throughout Cambodia for its sculpture artists, who work on marble, soapstone, and wood. As it’s also an agricultural region, we can see, depending on the season, lush green and yellow expanses made up of many sugar palms growing amongst the plantations or on the road side.
Located on the road between Phnom Penh and Battambang, and built by the French during the French protectorate, the city of Pursat, with its colonial architecture, hosts some of the workshops of the region’s best sculpture artists.
Located on the Southern coast of Cambodia, Sihanoukville is the first beach destination in the country, due to its white sandy beaches and the tropical islands that face the city. Sihanoukville, named after the King Norodom Sihanouk, was built in 1955 to allow Cambodia to have its first deep-water port. Since then, the city has become the most popular place to relax, on its idyllic beaches and islands. Indeed, tourists, Khmer people, and expats alike enjoy their leisure time side by side on one of the seven beaches of Sihanoukville to relax and enjoy the sun. Furthermore, the city has developed as the jumping-off point to Cambodia’s southern islands, and so the city itself offers a wide choice of accommodation options and restaurants and in the downtown area, as well as shopping facilities and nightlife.
Preah Vihear Province borders Thailand and Laos to the North – a vast province known as the “mother of mountain temples”, with three of the most remarkable Angkorian legacies of Cambodia, and many other temples dispersed around the province. Prasat Preah Vihear is the most famous in the province, with a breathtaking view of the Cambodian countryside and Phnom Kulen, a famous mountain, north of Siem Reap on the horizon. Preah Kan, which covers almost 5 square kilometers, is the largest temple enclosure built during the Angkorian era, in the 9th century. Moreover, Koh Ker was the former capital of the Angkorian Empire.
Kampong Thom is a province located near the Tonle Sap Lake, to the northeast of Phnom Penh and to the southeast of Siem Reap. This province is, first of all, known for its provincial capital of the same name, located on the road between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, which is a good stopover during a long journey. The city is recognized for the several Angkorian and pre-Angkorian sites which surround the city. Indeed, the province of Kampong Thom is one in which contains the most scattered temples, after Siem Reap’s province and Preah Vihear. The most famous temple here is Sambor Prei Kuk, a beautiful structure now captured in trees’ roots
Neighbouring countries: Bordered to the east by Vietnam, to the north by Laos and to the west and northwest by Thailand.
Area: 181 035 km2
Population: 16,480,916 inhabitants (2019, World Bank)
Religion: Buddhism (official religion, more than 90%), Islam (2.5%), Christianity
Currency: Riel and US Dollar. $1= 4,052.73 KHR (Jan 2020)
Capital: Phnom Penh
National Day: Cambodia doesn’t have one national day like countries in Europe; however the Independence of Cambodia is celebrated on the 9th of November.
Electric Plug Used: 230V and 50Hz,there are three associated plug types, A, C and G. Plug type A is the plug which has two flat parallel pins, plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type G is the plug with three rectangular pins, in a triangular pattern
Having a visa is compulsory for any traveler entering Cambodia. The visa can be obtained directly upon arrival at Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap international airports.
Caution: Travelers with a passport from Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and Nigeria are not allowed to apply for a visa on arrival. Therefore, holders of these passports must apply for a Cambodian visa before arriving in the country.
Holders of these passports are also required to present the following travel documents:
Direct from Cambodia Embassy Abroad Before Departure
The client must fill in the form provided by the embassy and pay the requested fee. The visa delivery time may vary according to the time of year. We urge you to plan for a minimum turnaround of 7 working days.
Tourists can obtain a visa online (E-Visa) via the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website at www.evisa.gov.kh.
Note: The e-visa is only accepted at seven entry points, which are:
Visa On Arrival
The visa can be obtained directly at the international airports of Phnom Penh or Siem Reap. (Apart from travelers coming from the specific countries listed above).
Visa at the border
The client may obtain the visa directly on arrival in Cambodia at the following land borders:
Documents to provide:
Note: Be aware that it may take between 10 and 30 minutes and that a few US dollars (unofficial facilitation fee) can be asked for by the police on the spot. Obtaining a visa prior to coming to Cambodia is then the preferred option. Please be aware that some sites in China have been known to deliver false visas.
The visa fees are published as follows:
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Visa Express service (VIP):
Express Visa fees available (surcharge applies)
Note: The visa is valid for 30 days. Each overstay day costs 10 USD/day for the first 30 days, and after 30 days of overstay, the non-immigrant foreigner has to pay 10 USD/day and needs to leave Cambodia within 7 days. The tourist must pay the overstay fees at the airport or land border when she/he leaves the country. (From the 1st of September, 2016)
A non-immigrant foreigner who uses a visa for a purpose not permitted under the terms of the visa will be fined 100 USD and ordered to leave Cambodia within 7 days. (From the 1st of September, 2016)
Children from 0 to 12 years old who travel using their own passport or on their parent’s passport shall pay a visa fee of 30 USD. (From the 1st of September, 2016)
Airport Baggage Regulations
Baggage allowances vary depending on which domestic or international airlines you use. For more information about baggage allowances and extra fees please refer to your airline’s website or to the Cambodia airports company: http://www.cambodia-airports.aero/#anchor
The domestic airport tax of 6 USD and the international airport tax of $25 are included in the air ticket price and do not need to be paid at the airport when checking in.
Domestic flights enable you to travel quickly from one city to another one, but lately it seems airlines just keep appearing as quickly as they disappear.
For the moment, the most established domestic airline of Cambodia is Cambodia Angkor Air (www.cambodiaangkorair.com), which essentially works as a branch of Vietnam Airlines. The company has flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap using Airbus ATRs. Flights between Sihanoukville and Siem Reap are operated once a week.
Checked Luggage is limited to 20 kilograms per passenger on domestic flights and 7 kilograms for hand baggage.
The Cambodian culture was founded over a long history and is an original synthesis of both Buddhism and Brahmanism. Nowadays, Cambodians are raised in accordance with these traditions which hold an important place in their daily life. As required by the teachings of Buddhism, hospitality is a very important quality to demonstrate in Cambodia. However, as in any Asian country, it is important to respect the local cultures and manners, which are sometimes totally different than the ones practiced in Europe. Here is a list of the principal DO’s and DON’Ts to respect in Cambodia.
Angkor Visitor Code Of Conduct, By APSARA The National Authority
APSARA (Authority for the Protection of the Site and Management of the Region of Angkor) National Authority was created in 1995 to ensure the conservation and the sustainable development of Angkor Complex. The organization is thus in charge of research, protection, conservation as well as urban and touristic development of the Archaeological sites. Thus, to raise awareness among tourists on Angkor’s preservation and to harmonize tourists’ experiences with public safety and respect towards the local community they created a code of conduct that need to be respected by each visitor.
The RIEL: bills of: 100.000, 50.000, 20.000, 10.000, 5000, 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100.
However, the US Dollar is commonly used throughout the whole country. If you have enough cash, you won’t have to go to any banks as you will be able to exchange small amounts of dollars into Riels at hotels, restaurants and markets. We recommend you to always have the equivalent of 10 dollars in Riel in order to pay for moto-taxis, tuk-tuks or for small purchases in markets. If you buy a low priced item in dollars, they will give some change in Riels. Local inhabitants from remote areas in the north or northeast of the country only accept Riels or small bills of dollars.
The only foreign currency that is accepted in addition to the USD is the Thai Baht, mainly used in the west of the country. Prices are often written in Baht in certain cities like Koh Kong, Poipet and Sisopon.
To simplify your travels, take some dollars with you before coming to Cambodia. You will also be able to exchange currencies such as Euros in banks and at the markets of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
Most banks do not have an advantageous exchange rate for currencies other than the dollar, so it is better to exchange your currency at foreign exchange counters located near markets.
Western Union, represented by the SBC and Acleda Bank, and Moneygram represented by the Canadian Bank, do fast money transfers, but this service is expensive.
We recommend you to have plenty of small bills (1 USD and 5 USD). Be careful with damaged bills, which most often will not be accepted or large bills of 50 USD and 100 USD which may not be easily exchanged.
Superior hotels, airlines, luxury boutiques, high-end restaurants or supermarkets are and more likely to accept the main credit cards such as: Visa, MasterCard, JCB, Cirrus and sometimes American Express). As in every Asian country, a fee will be charged on top of the purchase fee when using your card (around 3%).
ATMs are available in most cities. You can even find ATMs at the Cham Yeam, Poipet and Bayet land borders when arriving from Thailand and Vietnam. All ATMs give out US Dollars and the maximum amount you can withdraw at once is 2 000 USD.
Like anywhere in the world, be careful when using ATMs at night. Just up from the Canadian Bank, the ANZ Royal Bank is the one that offers the best ATM network, with ATMs in gas-stations, hotels, restaurants and famous shops.
The Acleda Bank (the national bank) is the bank that has the most agencies in the country, including in provincial cities. This bank has also improved its ATM services, so they now accept international cards, which makes traveling in remote areas much easier.
Even though tips are not part of the tradition in Cambodia, they are well appreciated.
1 USD tip can represent the equivalent salary of half a day’s work. Many luxury hotels charge 10% service tax, but the money is not always given to the staff. If you stay 2 or 3 nights in the same hotel, think about tipping the staff that cleans your room.
Drivers, guides and service staff will always be happy to accept your tip. In a different way, if a local helps you in the street or finds someone to help you, he would be looking for you to provide a small amount of money for their help. It is advisable to have some small change in Riel for these kinds of occasions.
In temples, it is common to put some money in the donation boxes strategically located at the end of the visit, particularly if a monk is living in the place.
Free import for passengers aged over 17:
free import for all passengers:
Goods worth more than USD 100.- are subject to customs duty and taxes. Goods with a value of more than USD 300.- must be declared on a Customs Declaration Form.
Arms and Ammunition regulations:
A valid license from Ministry of Interior or Ministry of National Defense and import permit from General Department of Customs and Excise is required.
Cats and dogs must be accompanied by Veterinarian Good Health and Rabies Inoculation Certificate issued at the port of origin.
Baggage Clearance regulations:
Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Cambodia.
Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside Cambodia.
Currency Import regulations:
Foreign currencies: up to a max. of USD 10,000.- or equivalent is allowed. Exceeding amounts must be declared on arrival.
Currency Export regulations:
Foreign currencies: up to a max. of USD 10,000.- or equivalent is allowed, or up to the amount imported and declared.
Before going to Cambodia, consult a doctor and make sure that all your vaccinations are current and that you are vaccinated for Tetanus, Polio and Diphtheria. Other vaccines recommended include Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B, Typhus and Tuberculosis, vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis are also advised. However, officially, there are no vaccinations required to enter Cambodia.
In case of emergency: you can find the vaccinations against rabies and Japanese encephalitis in the Pasteur Institute in Cambodia.
In some regions, you may come across venomous animals (snakes, spiders): if bitten, you should be able to readily find antivenins in Cambodia.
Prevention Against Insect T-Borne Diseases
Dengue Fever: precautions must be taken in the whole country. This viral disease is transmitted by mosquitoes so we recommend travelers to protect themselves with the usual means of protection (long sleeves shirts, mosquito repellent for skin and clothes, electric diffuses). As coming down with Dengue fever is potentially serious, it is recommended to see a doctor in case of fever (the use of aspirin is not recommended). Other viral diseases can also be transmitted by mosquitoes.
Malaria: This parasitic disease, transmitted by mosquitoes requires individual protection measures (repellent, creams, mosquito nets etc) but also a preventative medical treatment has been adapted. Do not forget to wear long sleeves shirts and long trousers (if possible with some repellent on them) from sunset to sunrise and to use a repellent impregnated mosquito net when sleeping. Use a lot of efficient repellent (DEET 50%). It is recommended to use it on the whole body and to renew application every 4 hours.
In case of fever during or after your journey, you are urged to see a specialist.
It is recommended to check carefully the quality of the food and the cooking environment. We recommend avoiding eating any raw vegetables, shells or unpeeled and unwashed vegetables and fruits. Never drink tap water and wash your hands frequently.
Rabies can be transmitted by cats, dogs, pigs and monkeys. Any bite, even small, or just licking on a wound must be carefully considered as potentially life-threatening and should be followed up with a rabies vaccination as soon as possible. In this case, we recommend travellers to go to the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh where they will be able to be vaccinated with a quality vaccine.
Cambodia is one the countries that has been touched by the epizootic avian flu. This disease is viral and is transmitted by poultry. The virus is transmitted by in-air particles and by direct contact, particularly with secretions and faecal matters of the infected animals or with other infected matters (food, water, clothes etc). Confined spaces increase the risk of contamination.
In the endemic period, it may be recommended to wear a mask (medical mask).
Recommendations in Cambodia:
Your home embassy may be able to assist with advice during emergencies or serious problems. You might want to register if possible before you arrive so that the embassy staff will know where to reach you in case of emergency at home. If calling a Cambodian emergency number you may have to ask the aid of a Khmer speaker because there might not be an English-speaking operator on the line:
Fire department: 118
Police: 117 or 118
Calmette Hospital (Phnom Penh):
3, boulevard Monivong SC Phnom Penh
Tel : 855 (0) 23 42 69 48
Pasteur Institute in Cambodia:
No. 5, Boulevard Monivong, 12201 Phnom Penh
Tel: 855 (0) 23 42 60 09
Royal Angkor Hospital, (Siem Reap)
Phum Kasekam, Khum Sra Ngea, National Route 6 (Airport Road), Krong Siem Reap 17000,
Tel. 063 761 888
Ambulance of the provincial hospital in Siem Reap: 855 (0) 63 76 11 19
7 January 2021
Victory Day is a national holiday in Cambodia, celebrated every 7 January to commemorate the fall of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime that committed genocide on millions of Cambodians.
28 January 2021
Meak Bochea Day commemorates the Buddha’s final sermon, in which he summarized the “heart of Buddhism” in three principles: ceasing from evil, doing what is good, and cleansing the mind.
Many devotees attend local temples on this day to perform merit-making. They also strive to purify their minds, avoid all sins, and to adhere to all of the Buddha’s teachings, like avoidance of drinking alcoholic beverages, killing, stealing, and lying. Many who have broken these precepts will seek forgiveness on Meak Bochea Day.
14 - 16 April 2021
Khmer New Year, also known as Cambodian New Year is a three-day public holiday. The celebration is based on the traditional solar New Year, and falls on the 13th or 14th of April. In Cambodia, the celebration also marks the end of the harvest before the beginning of the rainy season.
Like most New Year holidays, Khmer New Year is full of tradition and rituals. The three days of celebration each have their own name and traditions: Maha Songkran, Vanabot and Leang Saka
26 April 2021
The Cambodian public holiday called “Visak Bochea Day” is held on the full moon of the sixth month of the Buddhist lunar calendar – normally some time in May in the Gregorian Calendar. Visak Bochea celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death (nirvana) of Buddha.
Other traditions for celebrating Visak Bochea Day include giving statues of Buddha “a bath,” cleaning up homes and city streets, decorating public and private places with flowers, along with “the Buddhist flag,” and circling Buddha statues at night while holding candles.
The King’s Birthday is a major Cambodian holiday that allows the people of Cambodia to express their patriotism and appreciation for their progressive government.
The 20th of May was chosen as the date of remembrance of the year 1976, that of the first mass killings during the genocide period. In Phnom Penh, people go to the nearby Choeung Ek Fields, a mass grave for the victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide, to perform Buddhist religious ceremonies. It is a somber time of remembrance of past atrocities, but by remembering those dark days, the people of Cambodia hope to be vigilant to prevent them from ever happening again.
King’s Mother Birthday in Cambodia is the celebration of the birth of Norodom Monineath Sihanouk, which occurred on June 18th, 1936.
Constitution Day is a Cambodian public holiday that celebrates the Cambodian government’s transformation to a constitutional monarchy in 1993.
5 - 7 October 2021
Pchum Ben is for remembrance, veneration, and food offerings for deceased relatives. Ancestors are honored, as far as seven generations. Offerings are brought for those without living descendants, or in place of those who could not attend the ceremonies. Some Khmer people give the food to the priests, while others leave it at pagodas for deceased relatives to eat, or even cast it into a field for them to find.
The late king father of Cambodia, Norodom Sihanouk, was born in 1922 and took the throne of his native country in 1941. However, his reign ended in 1955, and he was exiled from Cambodia in 1978. But in 1993, he again became king and continued to reign until 2004.
Every year, on the 15th of October, Cambodians remember and pay their respects to their late king. Many may also visit the statue of Norodom Sihanouk in Phnom Penh on Late King Father Day.
October 23rd is celebrated as a public holiday in Cambodia, commemorating the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements that ended the country’s decades of conflict.
Every year, Cambodians come out to celebrate the anniversary of King Norodom Sihamoni’s Coronation with great fanfare. There are parades, fireworks, entertainment events, and incredible cultural displays. The monarchy in Cambodia is deeply ingrained in the national history and culture, and the people show great love and adoration for the king.
Independence Day in Cambodia falls on November 9th, the day in 1953 when its independence from France was finally recognized. Cambodians celebrate their independence every year with various parades, events, and fireworks displays all across the nation. The biggest celebrations take place in the capital city of Phnom Penh, but smaller celebrations, indeed, take place across the country.
18 - 20 November 2021
Bon Om Touk is a celebration of the end of the rainy season on the full moon of the Buddhist month of Kadeuk. The full moon is considered to bring good luck that can lead to an abundant harvest. Bon Om Touk falls either in October or early in November.
Born in Kampong Thom Province, I moved to Siem Reap in 2006 to attend Sala Bai School from which I got graduated in 2007. After working in the hospitality industry for several years, I joined Easia travel’s production team in 2017. It is a real pleasure for me to create new products and share my tips with our travelers.
What I love to do and would advise any visitors in Cambodia? Hiking in the jungle and finding beautiful waterfalls, and more especially Phnom Kulen’s waterfall, my favorite one!
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