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To understand Cambodia today, you must understand it's recent history. Cambodia went through a devastating period during the late 1970s when the Khmer Rouge, a communist regime led by Pol Pot, ruled the country. This period resulted in the deaths of millions of Cambodians and severe social and economic upheaval. The country and it's people are still recovering 

Cambodia is a land of contrasts. You’ve got mystical ancient temples in the north, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world nestled in the center, and a breathtaking collection of virgin beaches in the south. Beyond it's beauty, however, lies a complicated past.

The Good News: Weather patterns are easily predictable with 2 true seasons per year.
The Bad News: It’s humid and sticky no matter what.

Most Popular Time to Visit Cambodia: November- February or “High Season”
When to Avoid Islands: August - October
Alexa’s Favorite Time to Visit: November - June 
Hottest Months: May-June 95 ° F / 35 ° C and hotter
Coolest Months: November-December 75 ° F /24 ° C with a breeze
Most Humid Months: March-April


Siem Reap 
  • Angkor Wat
  • Countryside Village Tours
  • The Old Market & Town

Phnom Penh
  • The Killing Fields & S21 Prison
  • Markets Galore
  • Rooftop pools everywhere

  • Chinese Gambling Town 
  • Pass through here to get to islands

Koh Rong & Koh Rong Samloem
  • Gorgeous islands with hiking and swimming 

  • A River Town to Relax and Eat 

Where to Visit & Why

My Advice for Cambodia

  • Start in Siem Reap - Spend 4 days exploring the temples and markets
  • Take a night bus to Kampot - 3 days on the river
  • Take the train to Sihanoukville, then a boat to Koh Rong Samloem
  • Spend 12 days between the two islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem
  • Head to Phnom Penh - spend 2 days visiting the Killing Fields & S21 Prison

  • Visit the temples of Angkor Wat.
  • This Siem Reap Food Tour 
  • Take a Country Side Tour in Siem Reap
  • Swim in the pool and attend Taco Tuesdays at Karma Traders, Kampot
  • Kayak the river from Retro Guesthouse, Kampot
  • Swim with the plankton at night on Koh Rong or Koh Rong Samloem 
  • Visit Mondulkiri Project Elephant Sanctuary

Cambodia Bucket List

1. Shinta Mani Angkor, Siem Reap
2. Retro Bungalows, Kampot
3. Beachwalk, Koh Rong
4. Bamboo Jam, Koh Rong Samloem
5. Pavillion, Phnom Penh
6. Aquarius Hotel, Phnom Penh
7. SunBoo Beach Bungalows, Koh Rong Samloem
8. The Secret Garden, Koh Rong
9. Sabay Beach, Kampot

Best Cambodia Hotels

  • Cambodia uses both USD and Riel.
  • Bring a stack of $10 and $20 bills from USD (anything bigger is hard to break) but make sure they are in pristine condition!
  • Ripped or marked bills will not be accepted.
  • When you pay with a $20 bill, your change may be given back to you in both USD and Cambodian Riel - so learn how to count your riel. 
  • Only take USD out of the ATMs here. 

Need to Know About $$$

Cambodia is the poorest country in Southeast Asia so...
  • Keep your crossbody purse on your body at all times - even when riding a motorbike or in a tuk tuk. 
  • Do not wear easy-to-cut backpacks in a busy market. Keep you stuff in front of you. 
  • Do not walk alone at night anywhere. 
  • Do not fall for the "Milk" scam in Siem Riep

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