Cambodia Holidays

Cambodia boasts a dazzling array of natural and architectural wonders - there’s something for everyone on a holiday in Cambodia. Lush stretches of countryside, ethereal rainforests, paradisal beaches, vibrant cities and ancient ruins are all here.

All that, coupled with the sublime serenity of this part of Asia and the warmth of the locals, make Cambodian holidays bliss from start to finish. Once you understand something of Cambodia’s turbulent past, it’s difficult not to feel awe for the locals and reverence for the kindness and joy they shower visitors with. Cambodian’s are incredibly friendly, making a holiday in Cambodia that bit more delightful.

Crumbling splendour, lush landscapes and buzzing cities

A kingdom of temples, history-lovers will find endless enjoyment on a holiday in Cambodia. Marvel at ancient Angkor Wat, a vast temple complex unmatched in size and splendour. One of countless temples scattered across Cambodia, climb mountains to huge Buddha statues; get lost in secluded, jungle-cloaked temples; and find remarkable detail in lost monuments.

Cambodia’s cities offer every delight of the contemporary world, from fine-dining and culture in Phnom Penh, to boutique cafes and vibrating music in Siem Reap. Savour delicious local dishes whether you’re beachside or city roaming.

Where nature’s concerned, there’s no shortage of beauty in Cambodia. The rural countryside stretches far, green and wide and offers a different pace to the cities. Enjoy the rhythm of rural life in the rolling grasslands and glittering rice paddies. Climb the heights of the Cardamom Mountains; contemplate thundering falls in Phnom Kulen; wander the forested expanses of Virachey National Park. For island living, take to the south. Skip from paradise island to paradise island on any one of the Koh Island’s off the coast of Sihanoukville. Feast on fresh crab and explore crumbling colonial architecture in the tropic towns of Kep and Kampot.

Destination Highlights
  • Roam the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat, one of many spectacular temple complexes scattered across Cambodia
  • Discover the floating and stilted fishermen’s villages of the Tonle Sap, from Kompong Chnnang to Siem Reap
  • Travel through dazzling stretches of rice paddies and lush Cambodian countryside
  • Soak in incredible natural beauty, from the rainforests of the Cardamom Mountains to the white-sands of the exotic coastal islands

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours

Flight Time

No direct flights from Ireland.

Currency

KHR - Cambodian Riel

Visa Information

Irish citizens are required to obtain a Visa to enter Cambodia.

Language

Khmer

Health Information

Recommended travel vaccinations should be up to date and precautions against mosquito's should be taken to reduce the risk of Malaria.

As well as the main attractions to visit such as the Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap and the Killing Fields close to Phnom Penh, there are many other activities available which you may not necessarily know about, here are a few to think about adding into your itinerary,

  • Kayaking in a Tonle Sap Lake Fishing Village

    The village you visit on the day will depend on the water level of the lake, some villages have developed well with the drastic rise and fall of the water that can be experienced throughout the year, for example Kampong Kleang Village most buildings are perched on top of 8 metre high stilts. See local life and enjoy lunch on the verandah of a stilted hous ealong with the views. Operating from Siem Reap this is a private 6 hour excursion and all abilities and experience of kayaking are welcome.

  • Boat trip to the islands from Sihanoukville

    Enjoy a private full-day 10 hour boat trip to the beautiful islands off the coast of Sihanoukville. Embark on a public speedboat and enjoy the sea breeze while discovering islands that offer coral white sandy beaches. Lunch is a sumptuous seafood BBQ before you take the opportunity to swim in the warm crystal clear waters.

  • Champagne Breakfast near Srah Srang

    From Siem Reap before your temple visits, you can enjoy a Champagne Breakfast at a Village close to Srah Srang. Experience one of the most scenic areas of Cambodia, interact with locals at and then enjoy a delicious champagne breakfast.

  • Pub Street in Siem Reap

    Of an evening Pub Street is a great place to have a meal, relax with a drink, have a well earned foot massage or hit a bar till the early hours. Easily assessed from the hotels by a short tuk tuk journey.

  • Phnom Penh City Tour by Tuk Tuk

    Begin your tour of the capital with a visit to the city's namesake, Wat Phnom, the Royal Palace and right next door the Silver Pagoda. Continue to the nearby National Museum, built in 1917 it is an exceptional example of traditional architecture and is exclusively devoted to preserving and displaying Khmer art and sculptures.

Best time to visit Cambodia

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
27ºC
Phnom Penh
26ºC
Siem Reap
24ºC

Average weather in February

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
8mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
12mm
Siem Reap
26ºC
8mm

Average weather in March

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
20mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
7mm
Siem Reap
28ºC
22mm

Average weather in April

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
31ºC
52mm
Phnom Penh
31ºC
Siem Reap
29ºC
46mm

Average weather in May

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
134mm
Phnom Penh
30ºC
5mm
Siem Reap
28ºC
101mm

Average weather in June

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
30ºC
163mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
35mm
Siem Reap
28ºC
144mm

Average weather in July

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
179mm
Phnom Penh
28ºC
16mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
181mm

Average weather in August

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
211mm
Phnom Penh
29ºC
40mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
219mm

Average weather in September

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
29ºC
247mm
Phnom Penh
28ºC
61mm
Siem Reap
27ºC
218mm

Average weather in October

Average travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
210mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
66mm
Siem Reap
26ºC
263mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
28ºC
77mm
Phnom Penh
27ºC
23mm
Siem Reap
25ºC
73mm

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Cambodia
26ºC
11mm
Phnom Penh
26ºC
2mm
Siem Reap
24ºC
6mm
  • Visit Cambodia during the "Green Season.” There are two seasons in Cambodia - the "dry" season from November to April and the "rainy" season from May to October. People tend to associate the rainy season with monsoon, but this isn’t the case. Cambodia's rainy season experiences brief, sometimes violent, tropical rains but these last an average of 20 mins to a few hours, and occur only once or twice a day. This time of year in Cambodia brings many other advantages, such as beautiful scenery (contrasts between the red dirt roads and green vegetation and endless views of green-velvet rice fields), fewer tourists and lower hotel rates etc.” 

  • Emma, Destination Manager

    Emma

    Destination Manager

    Stay an extra day (or five)! Many of our travellers frequently comment that they regret not spending more time in Cambodia. The truth is that it is the people, the atmosphere and the relaxed tempo of daily life that grips you. The smiles, the time people take to interact with you and the genuine generosity and curiosity they show is the essence of Cambodia. Things go a bit slower than in Cambodia’s big neighbours on either side, but it creates a more pleasant atmosphere for travelling.

  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

    “Siem Reap was my favourite stop of my recent trip to Cambodia. The temples of the Angkor complex are truly fascinating, and Pub Street is a great place to relax after a long day of sightseeing.”  

Events & Festivals

Cambodians are deeply religious and there are a number of events that are celebrated throughout the country each year. During your holiday in Cambodia, join one of these festivities to gain insights into traditional Cambodian culture.

  • Khmer New Year

    Mid-April in Cambodia sees the energetic celebrations of Khmer New Year. This is an important time of year for locals; most within the Khmer culture stop working for three days and return home to celebrate with their families and communities. The festival marks the end of harvest and sees elaborate ceremonies, temple visits, traditional games and sacrifices to the deities.

  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony

    The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, in May, is an ancient royal rite held in many Asian countries to mark the start of the rice-growing season. In Cambodia, there is a royal ceremony led by the King, which sees the traditional ploughing of the Royal oxen. At the end of the ploughing, the oxen are lead to seven golden trays - containing rice, corn, sesame seeds, beans, grass, water and wine - each symbolising a prediction for the future. Cambodians believe they can foresee a range of events by observing what the oxen choose to eat and drink.

  • Pchum Ben

    Pchum Ben is a 15-day religious festival, from the end of September to the beginning of October. Along with Khmer New Year, it is one of the most important annual events in the Khmer calendar. Locals gather to make offerings at the pagodas to monks and deceased relatives.

  • Bon Om Tuk, Water Festival

    Bon Om Tuk - Water Festival - is the largest and most celebrated festival in Cambodia, taking place each November. Towns and villages across the country spend all year decorating and designing boats for the 3-day long, colourful pirogue (boat) races on the Mekong River. Thousands of locals and tourists flock to Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, to watch the races. Enjoy the firework displays and elaborate street parades.

Local Cuisine

There are a wide array of authentic Cambodian dishes that you must try during your Cambodia holiday. From creamy fish curries and the world’s biggest crabs, to banana flowers and even insect delicacies, there’s a unique and colourful world of flavour to discover.

  • Fish Amok

    Cambodia’s signature dish, Fish Amok is a delicious, creamy curry, found in almost every restaurant in Cambodia. A fragrant and flavourful dish, it's composed of turmeric, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass and creamy coconut, with steamed pieces of haddock stirred in the sauce. “Amok” refers to the steam cooking of the curry in banana leaves - the traditional method.

     

  • Beef Lok-Lak

    Beef Lok-Lak is a popular South-East Asian dish - with pieces of beef cut into small chunks, marinated in lime and black pepper sauce and then sauteed in a wok; served on a bed of green salad and rice. Also known as Bò lúc lắc, and originally from Vietnam, this characteristic Cambodian dish illustrates the influence of French colonialism in Asian cuisine.

  • Kuy Teav

    Kuy Teav is a popular noodle dish in Cambodia: a hearty noodle soup with spicy pork stock and various toppings. Try this dish in Phnom Penh, at a local restaurant named Kuy Teav - after the soup - and offering an abundance of other excellent traditional dishes.

  • Banana Flower

    The banana heart or flower is a purple teardrop bloom that grows at the end of a banana fruit cluster. An edible flower, it is used widely in Cambodian cooking, primarily in the popular banana flower salad or in curries and soups. 

  • Kdam Chaa

    Kdam Chaa (fried crab) is a speciality of the seaside town of Kep. Kep is renowned for its huge local crab markets, and particularly its blue crab. These are exceptionally delicious crabs (with electric blue colouring), fried with locally grown, aromatic Kampot pepper. 

  • Prahok

    Prahok is a crushed, salted and fermented fish paste (usually made from mudfish), used in Cambodian cuisine as a seasoning or condiment. It originated as a way of preserving fish during months when there was not a huge supply of fresh fish.

Our Cambodia destinations

Angkor Thom

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Siem Reap

Siem Reap

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Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh

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Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville

Types of Cambodia holidays

You may have heard Cambodia in the main is a sightseeing destination, this is correct, however there is also some great beaches to be enjoyed and exclusive islands just off the coast of Sihanoukville once you have finished seeing the main attractions.
Sunset behind Royal Palace

Cambodia Multi Centre Holidays

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Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Cambodia take at least 14 hours. There are currently no direct flight options from the UK to Cambodia; however, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and British Airways offer indirect flights from UK airports to either Siem Reap or Phnom Penh international airports all year round.

A single day ticket to Angkor Wat costs $37 (£28) and a three-day pass costs $62 (£48). You can also buy a pass for £55 that will allow you entry into the temple complex for up to seven days.

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