why travel solo to cambodia?
Cambodia has recently emerged from a dark and turbulent past, to become one of Southeast Asia’s most popular destinations.
Despite a devastating 20th century, anyone who’s visited Cambodia will tell you that this is a country of uplifting optimism and beauty. There’s the fallen grandeur of Angkor Wat (a vision more stirring than photos can do justice to), the re-energised cityscape of Phnom Penh, the white-sand beaches of Koh Rong and the Southern Islands.
Cambodian cuisine overlaps with its famously culinary neighbours, from the crispy fried bananas well-known in Thailand to the fragrant lap salads characteristic of Lao cooking. But there’s plenty that’s individual and unique to Cambodia too: fish amok cooked in coconut and lemongrass cream, grilled squid, fresh beef salads dressed in lime juice.
Once you get your first taste of Cambodia, this is a country which will keep you coming back for more.
What's the weather like?
Cambodia has a tropical climate, shifting between monsoon and dry season. The average summer temperature is 35C (95F), while winter averages at 21C (70F).
Average temp in high season
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What’s the currency?
Cambodia Standard Time is 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7)
Top three activities
1. Watch the sunrise over Angkor Wat
2. Take a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh
3. Learn about Cambodia’s tragic history
Top five dishes to try
1. Fish amok: fish and coconut curry
2. Samlor machu: sour chicken soup
3. Char kroeung sach ko: lemongrass beef
4. Twa ko: grilled sausage
5. Nom banh chok: rice noodles with fish gravy
Top places to visit in Cambodia
Cambodia’s capital is a city that demands your attention through honking horns and colourful markets. Take a tour around its ornate palaces and temples before heading down to the riverside promenade to watch the city go by with a beer in hand.
The temple-filled city of Siem Reap is surrounded by a wealth of natural wonder. The surrounding villages feature crocodile, duck and vegetable farms as well as a lively market that will help bring you closer to local life.
The ancient city of Angkor is a real wonder. Ornate ancient temples abound, from multi-faced Bayon, Angkor Thom and the jungle-covered Ta Prohm. These intricately carved temples date from as far back as the 12th and 13th centuries.
This formerly jungle-clad wilderness has become a tourist hotspot for those looking for white sandy beaches. While the village itself has become a hub for backpackers, if you venture further away from the village you’ll discover the island’s natural charms, where a frog chorus emanates from lush forest.
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