"Cambodia Travel from Angkor Cambodia to the Beaches of Sihanoukville"
Angkor Cambodia and the Angkor Wat Temples is the most popular place for tourists to begin. Not only is it a good starting point for a holiday in Cambodia but it is one of the most well-known and toured sites in the world.
It's almost as amazing as The Great Wall of China or The Temples of Egypt.
Angkor Wat is considered by many as the only reason to have a holiday in Cambodia.
Some people choose Cambodia holidays that include just a single visit to the temples of Angkor Wat.
That's a shame because Cambodia has so much more to offer.
Others will choose a Cambodia travel itinerary which begins at Angkor Wat and continues down to the very South of the country to the Gorgeous Beaches in Sihanoukville.
From Sihanoukville you can return to Thailand on a high-speed ferry back to Koh Kong, Thailand. Tickets can be obtained at your hotel, travel agents or right at the dock.
Other people might choose to include a visit to Vietnam. That requires routing from Phnom Penh to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
Learn everything about the entire trip from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City including video footage of much of the trip.
People are most willing to make the trip to Thailand.
Cambodia has developed its culture without influence while Thailand's culture and industry has been influenced by the past 60 years of exposure to foreigners and tourism.
Thais are often spoiled by the massive tourism revenues it generates, and people can sometimes be abrasive. Cambodians are a more welcoming people.
People often choose a trip to Chiang Mai in the North of Thailand instead of taking any trip over to Cambodia to see Angkor Wat.
Chiang Mai is a wonderful place but the journey is a long one that takes you so far North that unless you find a good cheap flight.
That leaves little time left to do anything else.
Depending on whether you have more time than money, because if you are not bound for time then do them both if you can.
If you have to be back at work in 12 days then either fly or choose just one.
Choose Angkor Wat if you must make a single choice. Angkor Cambodia is deteriorating and is being flooded with a growing number of destructive Cambodia Travel seekers.
Just wait until you see what Angkor Wat Tours that we've found.
They are both cheap and absolutely incredible.
Our rule of travel forbids anyone from ever taking other people’s advice over their own inclinations.
We always look at all the options, take the facts and information from a source we trust (Our eyes and ears) and make our own decisions.
Then we read through all the reviews just to make sure.
Only useful information, stories and tips will get published. I delete everything that is of no help to people making any Cambodia travel plans.
I'll try not to give my own opinions too much and stick to the facts.
All Roads Lead to Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand is the hub of South East Asia. I'll assume you're already there or planning to fly into Bangkok.
The best place to find the cheapest airfares in the world is at www.Cheapoair.com
but if you're flying out of Bangkok then we always use 12flight.com because the deals are unbelievable.
You really can't do anything about your Cambodia adventure travel until you get a Cambodian Entrance Visa.
How to get a Cambodian Tourist Visa
Getting a visa for Cambodia is a requirement but it's probably the most readily available and easiest Visa to get of any country in South East Asia and perhaps the whole of Asia.
The easiest way to secure a visa in advance is by clicking on the image below. That will take you to the official Cambodian Government run website. From there you can almost sleep through the process of obtaining a Cambodia Travel Visa.
We don't recommend you use this service, though.
It is so easy to obtain your Cambodian travel Visa at any border crossing into Cambodia that using the online Cambodia evisa service is a pointless Endeavour.
You can always confirm this by contacting the Cambodian Embassy closest to you and your home country.
Purchasing your Cambodian Visa before your arrival and the commencement of your Holiday in Cambodia is just plain unnecessary.
Make sure to pack along a few passport-sized photographs (Just a small, recent photo will do) and $20USD for the 30 day Cambodian Tourist Visa. If you plan to stay longer than that then you'll need to request the Cambodian Business Visa.
It costs $25USD (Nearly 2012 now and still $25USD) but you are able to renew a Business Visa multiple times from within the country whereas a Tourist Visa is only renewable but once for a total of 60 days.
After that you must leave the country and re-enter on a new visa and more entry fees.
The Border Police will not offer the Business visa to you. You must remember to specifically request one! If they ask why just tell them you write for an online travel magazine.
Learn more about the best ways to get from Thailand (Bangkok) to Cambodia (Angkor Wat).
Careful the bus tours from Khao San Road in Bangkok, Thailand
It takes a full day to make the trip from Bangkok to Siem Reap and the Temples of Angkor Wat. That means you'll be arriving at Siem Reap City under the cover of darkness.
The bus or tour company you used to get there will have an ongoing deal for commission in place with one of the inferior hotels in Siem Reap.
They will try to convince you that their hotel is the best. They know that your chances of finding better accommodation options in the middle of the night will be slim.
At least they hope you believe that. It gives them the advantage of getting you to accept a room that is way overpriced and miles from the temples.
The problem with accepting this is that you hand over control of your holiday to a stranger who makes money on commission. All costs are then handed down to you because their needs always come before your needs.
And your holiday.
We always recommend that you compare prices and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor before you reserve anything.
What Best to Do on Your Cambodian Adventure
The rush is coming to the Cambodia travel sector. It's not nearly as bad as Thailand yet but it soon will be.
The people of Cambodia were victims of a horrible genocide in the mid-70s and seem to have gained a humility that makes them some of the most genuinely kind people anywhere in Asia.
The history of Angkor Wat predates anything still intact in Thailand, Laos or Vietnam. That leaves Cambodia with a rich cultural history as well as some of the best Temples (Wats) in the whole of South East Asia.
Here are Some of Cambodia's Best Attractions
Siem Reap is a small city that exists only to serve and accommodate tourists visiting the Great Angkor Wat complex of Temples. It is home to the Siem Reap Airport, making Angkor Wat more accessible than ever.
A good thing or not?
Learn more about The City of Siem Reap and what you'll need to know before you go.
Sihanoukville is a famous city because it is surrounded by the most gorgeous beaches in Cambodia. The coastline is littered with tropical islands that have no running water or electricity.
But their beaches are magnificent. Especially compared with the rapid decapitation of the most famous beaches like Koh Pos Beach and Otres Beach on the Mainland.
They were traditional favorites among backpackers but have become a victim of both pollution and the fact that a Singapore company is floating away barges full of the best sand found just offshore.
The sand is receding so that the beaches are getting smaller and floating garbage is becoming a problem.
(As of August, 2014) Our favorite beach by far was on Bamboo Island. They have beach huts available for rent with the beauty of waking up in the morning to the sound of waves lapping at the door front shoreline.
Learn more about Sihanoukville and the Best of its beaches.
When you have finished touring the temples at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, you have to make a decision. Is it straight to Phnom Penh and over to Vietnam? Is it over to Battambang for a quiet respite and a slow trip down to the Capital City?
Either way, Phnom Penh is the hub for all transportation in Cambodia. You'll have to pass through at one point or another.
From there you can get a bus onward to start your Vietnam Travel or Tour; You could stay in Phnom Penh for a bit and eventually head down to the beaches of Sihanoukville and finally back to Thailand by boat through the border crossing at Koh Kong.
There are a few ways of getting to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap. Each has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. There is the fast boat, the slow boat, the bus and the good old Airplane
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Learn more about your Cambodia Travel and transportation options to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap.
Once in Phnom Penh you'll find many things to see and do.
Battambang is the second-largest city in Cambodia. It is located on the Sangker River, which connects the entire region with Phnom Penh and Thailand.
It is a very relaxed place that is set in an area of natural beauty.
There are many things to see and it is a very inexpensive city to include on your Cambodia Travel Plan. Battambang boasts having some of the best preserved French colonial architecture in the country.
Learn more about Battambang City and what it has to offer.
Kompong Thom is the capital of Kampong Thom Province in Cambodia. It's situated about half-way between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap so there is no strategic reason to go there.
It is often used as a stop gap point for weary travelers on a Cambodia Travel transfer between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh. Most stay for just a single night and barely even look about before leaving.
It is a place to go for people looking for authentic Cambodian Families living a 'Countryside life'. The people are fantastic and will often invite you into their homes.
If you want to see how a typical family lives in rural Cambodia then Kampong Thom is the place to do that.
Learn more about Kampong Thom City including how to best get there and what it has to offer.
Kampot is the Capital City of Kampot Province in Southern Cambodia. It is a quiet riverside town just a few kilometers from the Gulf of Thailand.
Kampot city is our choice as the best Cambodia Travel Destination for 2011-2012!
The location affords Kampot some of the most incredible views of the Gulf of Thailand from the steep landscape and mountain tops. The province is also connected to the rest of the country and Vietnam by a well-maintained road.
There are a number of charming hotels, guesthouses and resorts in the towns of Kampot and Kep.
We have grown to love but a single Guesthouse in Kampot.
Our favorite destination getaway for 2011 is The Magic Sponge Guesthouse.
We'll never forget the kind nature of the English owner and his wife, who helped make our stay an eye-opener. It opened our eyes because we discovered a new city that is beautiful and growing quickly in popularity.
Learn more about Kampot City including how to get there are what to do.
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