"Cambodia Travel from Angkor Cambodia to the Beaches of Sihanoukville"
Most Holidays in Cambodia stop at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh City and the Cambodian Beaches of Sihanoukville.
Angkor Cambodia and the Angkor Wat Temples is the most popular place for tourists to begin their Cambodia Holidays. 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.
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I'll try not to give my own opinions too much and stick to the facts. After all, I hated the movie "Titanic" when so many other people just loved it, crying in the theatres until the floors were wet.
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.
Reserving a room in Hong Kong, either at a Budget hotel or a Mid-Range hotel before any late night arrival into the city is just plain smart.
Purchasing your Cambodian Visa before your arrival and the commencement of your Holiday in Cambodia is just plain unnessesary.
The Process of Getting Your Cambodian tourist Visa at any Border Crossing
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.
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.
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.
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.
(As of August, 2011) 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.
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.
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.
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.