Cambodia is a nation that's very much looking to the future, this destination is perhaps best known for stunning temples of Angkor. These ruins are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and somewhere you must visit once in your life. Our Cambodia travel experiences and gap year programs allow you to explore the country like a local, get inspired to visit Cambodia today.
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You can gain a tourist visa on arrival by land and air into Cambodia. This costs $20 and will allow you to stay and travel in Cambodia for up to 30 days. With some border crossing it can be easier to get your visa before arriving, sometimes overcharging and some problems occur. You can extend both a tourist or business visa, you will need to pay a fee to do this though. For just your average trip or holiday the initial 30 day visa should be enough time to see this country.
Travellers heading to Cambodia usually arrive at the bustling, sprawling capital, Phnom Penh by air or by crossing a border from Thailand or Vietnam. You could fly into Bangkok and then catch a bus over the border to Siem Reap which take around 5 hours.
Cambodia is an all year round destination, even in wet season. A popular choice and one we would recommend is to visit during November, December and January when it is warm but there is usually a cooling breeze. Most probably you will visit Cambodia and it will either be hot, or rainy. During May - September you can expect a lot of rain, this is when over 75% of Cambodia's year rain falls. This can make travelling difficult due to the terrible conditions of the roads but you can expect to complete most journeys, just leave extra time in your schedule. Cambodia has a dry and warm season from November to May, expect intense heat and sunny days during March and April so it is best to head to places like Kep and Sihanoukville for the beaches.
Thinking about spending your gap year in Cambodia? Search the best ideas and programs on our directory. Top things to do when on a gap year in Cambodia is to visit Angkor Wat, sample a Khmer curry and relax in Sihanoukville. Siem Riep is a very pleasant place to visit, you can visit local markets or you might want to take a boat trip on the Tonlé Sap river, seeing a local fishermen village and go to a lake instead of pursuing the exploration of the Khmer empire former capital. The temples of Angkor are some of the best ruins to visit in the world and you will be left amazed by the amount of temples and the condition of them.
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