Cambodia is an amazing place with its 1,000 year old temples kept in relatively good condition. Angkor Wat is the reason people go to Cambodia, but there are enough large ruins and temples keep anyone engaged for two full days. Be aware that for the most part, you are able to examine and climb up the steps to the tops of most of these gargantuan stone temples. Angkor Wat itself is the one temple where “touching” is no longer allowed. Damage has been done by millions of “touchy feely” tourists. Angkor Wat is said to be the largest religious temple in the world.
The photos below are not Angkor Wat, which should give you an idea of how many sites there are to see.
There are a thousand temples in Cambodia, of which 10% can be visited. The rest are hidden deep in jungles and surrounded by land mines. (See - Safety)
VISA: As with Thailand, Cambodian officials will give you an entrance visa upon arrival.
The Three Ways To See Cambodia:
Leaving early in the morning from Bangkok, the tour will start the minute you get through Cambodian customs. Your private tour guide will take you to the hotel just long enough to register and drop off your luggage, then it’s off to the temples.
These temples usually have four sides with steps on each side leading to the top. Three sides may be in bad shape, but one side is in good shape. Coming down, it makes a BIG difference – especially if it’s raining. One side of the temple may have iron rails installed to get down. Only the professional guides know these things.
Falling off a ruin or tumbling down massive, irregular sized, steep stone steps of a temple will really bring the word ruin to your mind. Take it slow like everyone else.
Travel insurance is provided by most tours, but keep in mind that if anything should go wrong with you, it would be wise to get yourself to Bangkok for anything more than aspirin treatment. Cambodia has some of the worst medial facilities in the entire world and you would be wise to avoid treatment there.
Malaria (nighttime) and dengue fever (daytime), both carried by mosquitoes, can be a problem in Cambodia. See your doctor before visiting the region. Typically, one malarial pill a day (on a full stomach) will protect you if you get bitten, but your first defense should always be deet spray. Malaria pills are simply a back-up plan for poorly applied insect repellant. Don't let tropical mosquitoes bite you. Period.
This is the tropics - you’ll need to use sunscreen no matter how dark you think you are. Note that sunscreen ALWAYS goes on first, and is absorbed by the skin BEFORE applying any bug repellent. Deet is a poison – treat it as such.
Malaria can kill you. Dengue fever will ruin your trip. Deet is the lesser of the three evils, so use it.
Blazing a new trail of any kind in Cambodia is a foolish suicide mission.
The Khmer Rouge movement is now a thing of the past. Do not fear that regime, only the mines that they left behind.